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Brent Logan
Re: Excuses, excuses: How to rationalize any bike splurge - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
"Closely related to the generic "penny saved" rationale is "my bike eliminates an expense." Whether it's fitness center monthly payments or my favorite, car payment, insurance, and gasoline, this can justify a lot of bike-related spending. :-)" - Brent Logan
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Re: The Right Tools for the Job - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Haha! It's nice to know I don't write my footnotes for nothing. :-D Hearts sounds like fun, but I prefer the face-to-face variety as opposed to virtual. We need to plan a visit one of these days so we can inspect your architectural and remodeling prowess. :-)" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: A Geek&#039s Day - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Yeah, in retrospect I'm not sure learning the Apple news live was any better than reading a summary later. I was following both The Verge and Apple's official "live blog." Apple's was clearly prepared in advance and just timed (though significantly later than The Verge's) to the event. I guess most interesting to me was Apple's complete indifference to those who haven't already bought into their ecosystem. They had live video of the event, but you could only watch it only on Apple hardware and software. The live blog had embedded videos, but they wouldn't play on my Windows 8 computer running Chrome. Oh well... I guess I'd have to admit I was more interested in the Intel event. That I was able to watch live. :-)" - Brent Logan
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Re: Labor Day Kayaking - http://blogan.net/blog...
"There are all sorts of ways to get out to the water. Kayaks are fun because they are so light and personal. You don't need any facilities to get them in the water. Ideally, just a path and a pair of wheels to balance the kayak on to roll it to the water. You don't need to be a swimmer, just not someone who panics in the water. We always wear a lifevest on the water. Some upper body strength is also good for getting back in the kayak should you ever tip (we never have, but you should plan on the eventuality)." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Jamison&#039s First Day of School 2014 - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Thanks! Jamison enjoyed his first day. We're looking forward to a great year. :-)" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
"Thanks! I moved the orchids into a room where we just cleaned the carpets so it was empty. I tried shots with backlight, sidelight, and no direct light. I think I ended up including one of each in the gallery above. Orchids are a great subject because they tend to cantilever over nothing, making for fun compositions." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Fall is Still Coming - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Thanks! I probably knew the name of your company many years ago, but if so, I had forgotten (until your better half reminded me on Facebook earlier today)." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Lunchtime Diversion, Part I - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Thanks, Troy!" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Oneonta Gorge, Plus - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Thanks, Sherwin! Oneonta Gorge is a beautiful spot, though not the safest hike. Leave you doggies and small kids at home. The log jam changes every year, and is massive. There is no way to avoid it, as it spans the width of the canyon. The adventurous can simplify the return trip by jumping into a pool. (I wasn't that adventurous.) Closer to the falls, the canyon narrows, and virtually forces a wade through about a 5 foot (1.5 m) deep pool. Although the water is chilly, it wasn't achingly cold, like the Pacific can be. Bringing a dry bag will decrease the risk to your camera, wallet, etc., but isn't necessary. I just emptied my pockets and held my wallet and phone over my head. The beautiful falls and pool at the end are your reward for the hike. Based on our recent trip, I would advise going on a weekday if the weather is warm. Parking, and the canyon itself, were crowded on a warm, northwest weekend day. If the weather isn't warm, I'm not sure I'd want to do the wade... Update. The..." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Yet another pattern. I'm not thrilled how each row is not self-contained, but instead relies on the next. That makes the 8 in the first row maybe arbitrary, and definitely useless. It does sidestep (or maybe just ignore) the skipped 4. That might be a strength instead of a fault. Thanks for dropping by!" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Patac, glad you found me, and glad I made your day. Fight the good fight! :-D" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
"normdeploom (love that name!), I think this is the same pattern many have posted, but you've rearranged it slightly. Instead of saying 8 X 7 = 56 you say 56 / 8 = 7. What is different is how you interpret this pattern. For you, the important point seems to be that the number on the right decreases by one for each row. Thus the final row should be 9 / 3 = 3, with ? = 3 being your final (corrected) answer. Right? If so, you got the same answer as Jon, and for pretty much the same reason. Thanks for dropping by!" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: The Sound of Summer - http://blogan.net/blog...
"<img src="http://blogan.net/blog/wp-cont..." alt="SOSBBCover" width="300" height="296" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-32138"/> Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of The Beach Boys is a compilation of 30 songs. Reading the titles, it doesn't look like the Beach Boys were inspired by sprinklers. Too bad... ;-)" - Brent Logan
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Re: View from the Back of the Bus - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Thanks! I love capturing moments so I can go back and relive them. It's surprising how often I'll go back and find something here to share with someone. The clouds were beautiful, though a little rough inside. <img src="http://blogan.net/blog..." alt="flying in the clouds" width="480" height="270" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-32116"/>" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: View from the Back of the Bus - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Yeah, I love my phone for taking pictures. I captures a much wider dynamic range than my point and shoot. I just wish it had the same wide angle lens and the ability to attach a polarizing filter. I *do* like that my phone is small enough that I have it with me all the time." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Mendocino Weekend - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Yeah, it was a good time. We were amazed that, even with how many were involved, we we able to keep it a secret. Don certainly pulled a few strings. And with their lives of services, my parents are certainly deserving of the honor." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
"You're probably right -- engineering changes in the field. Thanks for the compliment. Poles are cool. :-)" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
How many times should you post links to a new blog post on Twitter/Facebook before it becomes spammy? - http://www.quora.com/Bloggin...
In Blogging: Brent Logan voted up this answer. Randal L. Schwartz One.  Just one. See question on Quora - Brent Logan
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Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Ronnie, that's a great idea, but it doesn't work out. There is no integer base n where 5<sub>10</sub> = 20<sub>n</sub>." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
"jess2248, doing a quick run through the names, I'd guess we're not all guys. There are some gals in the group. :-) And yes, math is fun. Math is a language and a tool to understand how the world works, in so many ways. And even though I like math, it can still make my head hurt. ;-)" - Brent Logan
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Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Norma Jean, because the question is "3=?" it seems to me that you're answering 6, not 0. Did I miss something?" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Dimas, interesting pattern. I like how it doesn't worry about there not being a row starting with the number four. Unfortunately, it doesn't explain where the 56 comes from, while the n x (n-1) pattern does. Thanks for dropping by and writing a comment. :-)" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: Solve If You Are Genius - http://blogan.net/blog...
""3=any number but 3" Ha! :-D I can see your logic, and frustratingly so, it works. The rest makes complete sense. Thanks for dropping by. ;-)" - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: God Bless the Whole World — No Exceptions - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Hi, Joe! When I wrote the original article, I viewed the bumper sticker as a political statement, not a prayer. I saw it as a reaction to "God Bless America" stickers. Maybe it was; it doesn't matter. What matters is what people think it means when they slap it on their bumpers. From the response I got, the people who have this on their cars are *not* responding to a narrower view. The "no exceptions" phrase is *not* an implication that another, lesser view would ask for exceptions. I have learned. :-) Like you, I cringe when religion is pulled into a political setting. As Abraham Lincoln said (I now question any of his quotes on the Internet), “My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.” Thanks for dropping by." - Brent Logan
Brent Logan
Re: We think our enemies are idiots… - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"The logician N. L. Wilson has argued that a critic who confronts an alien body of texts must apply the “principle of charity.” He or she must seek the interpretation, which “in light of what it knows of the facts, will maximise truth among the sentences of the corpus.” The linguist Donald Davidson maintains that “making sense of the utterance and behaviour of others, even their most aberrant behaviour, requires you to find a great deal of truth and reason in them.” Even though their beliefs may be very different from your own, “you have to assume that the alien is very much the same as you are,” otherwise you are in danger of denying their humanity. “Charity is forced upon us,” Davidson concludes. “Whether we like it or not, if we want to understand others, we must regard them as right in most matters.” --Karen Armgstrong" - Brent Logan
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Re: My Five Labs Personality Analysis Using Facebook - http://blogan.net/blog...
"Cher, although we are allegedly similar (you're a *lot* less neurotic and much more agreeable), we have only a 74% match. Bill might be an okay match for you as well, but I bet there's someone closer. Now that more of my Facebook friends have done this analysis, it turns out that Bill is no longer my closest match. One of my friends is an 88% match! I wonder if genetics has anything to do with that... ;-) (I updated the footnote, above.) <img src="http://blogan.net/blog/wp-cont..." alt=""/> Footnotes enable me to write two posts at once. Those who don't read the footnotes get a short, readible (hopefully...) post, while I get to explain myself in more detail below. Everybody wins!" - Brent Logan
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Brent Logan
Missing link - IFTTT - https://ifttt.com/missing...
RT @pdxcommute: From @HelenJung: Driver allegedly high on 'spice' crashes into Vancouver home, police say. // Apparently, I live on Arrakis. June 18, 2014 at 10:08AM - Brent Logan
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Schneier on Security: Falsifying Evidence on a Smart Phone - https://www.schneier.com/blog...
Falsifying Evidence on a Smart Phone http://bit.ly/T2NEYl // Why no officer, I wasn't texting while driving... June 16, 2014 at 07:11PM - Brent Logan
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Cypress Launches $5 ARM Dev Board - http://hackaday.com/2014...
Cypress Launches $5 ARM Dev Board http://bit.ly/1i6dgzy June 16, 2014 at 06:39PM - Brent Logan
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