Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Loving New York

New York Magazine's Reasons to Love New York 2008 edition is on newsstands. I'd like to point out two sibling-in-law-related highlights. First, LH has a byline in her Intelligencer article, "Amid Downturn, an Uptick in Doing Good". Second, CN is featured as the 32nd Reason to Love New York.

Monday, December 15, 2008

LED Headlight

Tonight I did a much simpler version of this to turn a regular dim incandescent bulb into a three-led super-light. It did take some soldering, but the job was straight-forward (no "electrical" work was required).

UPDATE: This doesn't work. Some "electrical" work is required. The bulb works for a mile or so, but dims and eventually goes out. I'm going back to incandescent.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ecofont Uses 20% Less Ink

The claim is unverified, but it makes sense... the holes in this "eco font" should save ink. Maurice, what do you think? We could use this in the office. I'll try it at home first. (via lifehacker)

'Tis the Season Not to Have Enough Lights

I was putting up the christmas tree this evening and (surprise) all of last year's light strands worked. However, when I string the lights each year, I realize that I have to continually readjust them until M approves of the light distribution. I thought, "self, there must be some calculus that could help me solve this problem". So I did the geekiest thing I've ever done in my life... I built a "Christmas Light Calculator". It's based on Ken Muldrew's Christmas Tree Calculator. Is the math correct? I don't know, but 83.5156' of lights sure seems like a lot!

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