Category: Cool Stuff

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Take Control of Buying a Digital Camera

A couple weeks ago, I praised caffeine because I was consuming so much espresso while simultaneously editing three Take Control ebooks. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to get some sleep this last week (which is a change — at one point I slept 8 hours, not consecutively, over a 72 hour period). ...

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Lunar Eclipse Video

Tonight was a total lunar eclipse, which won’t happen again until 2007. Uncharacteristically, the Seattle sky was completely clear, so I was able to point my video camera out the window and tape the eclipse. I used iStopMotion to take a snapshot every 15 seconds. As you’ll be able to see, I had to move ...

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Mount St. Helens Eruption Movies

We Seattleites have been keeping an eye on our sister Mount St. Helens as she lets off some steam. I’m not worried about a massive eruption, but it’s still pretty cool to see nature at work on a large scale. Now, you can see the volcano cam images as movies! (The enormous fly that appears ...

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Thirty-Two

A nice little pick-me-up today: I went to buy some new clothes and had to go down a size in jeans to a 32. Last year I lost 30 pounds thanks to diet (Weight Watchers Online, i.e., “Forget Atkins, Just East Sensibly and Control Your Portions”) and exercise (riding my bike to work), and went ...

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Benjamin Warner Fleishman

My friend and officemate Glenn Fleishman is now a dad! Please welcome Benjamin Warner Fleishman to the world. (Click for larger images.)    Updated: Glenn has posted more pictures, including one of yours truly demonstrating the proper Boppie technique to the new parents.

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Working at Seattle Public Library

<img src="http://www.jeffcarlson.com/blog/images/spl_sm.jpg" width="125" height="94" border="0" hspace="3" alt=" Seattle Public Library” align=”right”>I’m spending the morning in downtown Seattle, so I’ve claimed a desk at the new Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas. It’s a great structure, even if it’s a little out of place downtown – but that makes it more appealing to me, frankly. ...

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Cool Lightning Photo

Marc Laidlaw has a photo from the same lightning storm that I watched, only his is better than my video: he snapped his picture just as a bolt of lightning struck a tree in his yard! Great picture.

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Late-Night Lightshow

I was about to go to bed late last night when the living room briefly filled with white light. Although the weather has been incredible, a thunderstorm rolled in and treated us to a late-night lightning storm. This is fairly rare in Seattle, so I grabbed my video camera and sat outside on the deck ...

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Ballistic Nylon

One of the joys of working for TidBITS is that we learn more about the words we use. In last week’s issue, I wrote an article about what to look for when buying a laptop bag. So tonight I received an email from one of our translators asking, “I see the term ‘ballistic nylon’ everywhere, ...

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William Gibson Quote

Good interview with William Gibson as he does a book tour to promote the paperback version of Pattern Recognition, one of my favorite books last year. I love this quote: “The dire thing that multinational globalization seems to be doing is reducing the amount of genuine stuff in the world and replacing it with imitation ...