Gotta love this town. Livermore Public Library will celebrate "Livermorium Day" next Friday, with a two-hour Twitter-facilitated conversation involving various Lawrence scientists and others. I think that's two weeks before the Livermore Rodeo, the "World's Fastest Rodeo."
Odd letter in this week's (Livermore) Independent, following up somebody else complaining about "hydrolyzed aluminum hydrates" being sprayed over watersheds. This writer took up the danger of Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) at some length, noting that our water agency is injecting huge quantities of it into the ground.
Something I'd never noticed before: At least in late 2012, one J. Beall's many criteria for predatory publishers is that journals include articles by laymen--people without proper academic affiliations. Well, damn: That puts me in my place. If you're not a[n affiliated] Scholar, you can't do Scholarship. Period.
Fun days. After five weeks of headache (partly caused by since-fixed eyestrain since needed new glasses), talked to doctor. Who figures it's probably mostly allergies (as expected), suggested switching from generic Claritin (loratadine, that is) to generic Zyrtec and taking it in evening...and suggested giving up coffee entirely.
Idle tech thoughts as preparing for jury duty (shudder) tomorrow morn (at least it's Hayward, not Oakland). Boo: Google Maps wants to shoot your route 30 miles off course if you nudge one intersection (Bing's much better in this regard. Yay: I can "walk" down the street I'm headed for in street view. And all for free.
New glasses arrived today. How long should I give readjustment to clear up my persistent headache before calling doctor? (My brother says 1.5 weeks; I think 4-5 days. I think it's already starting to improve.)
Real-world economics: Went to order new eyeglasses today (after finding out yesterday that one eye has changed quite a bit in the past 5.5 years). Basically wanted same lenses & treatments as back then:Varilux high-density lenses so they're not too thick/heavy, Transitions photochromics, Crizal anti-reflective/UV coating.
I need to look at the details more closely soon, but it appears that Lulu has significantly lowered its pricing for most (at least 6x9) books, while formalizing the difference between standard, "value" (50lb. rather than 60lb. paper) and deluxe books.
Much as I've tended to admire Scalzi's ongoing series on privilege, the latest one tends to leave me with a "oh well, then, screw it" feeling--I'm sure not intended, but: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2014...
TIL: Word makes a remarkably effective waystation to move from overloaded HTML tables (e.g., journal pictures, names/links, ISSNs, etc.) to Excel. It sounds clunky, but I've saved hours using this two-step technique.
Today's education in intelligent pricing: My 3.5-year-old Lexmark Pro205 multifunction printer told me there was a printhead error (on this model, the printer cartridges are just ink: the printhead holds the four cartridges), and after trying the suggested remedies, said "replace the printhead." (cont...)
Trying to decide at what point I admit that I'm now too old and shallow to cope with John Barth, or specifically with "Once Upon a Time." I'm about 1/3 of the way in, and while part of me admires the lapidary prose (but wishes he wouldn't be so obvious about the endless polishing), another part wants to scream "FOR GAIA'S SAKE GET ON WITH IT!"
An odd ars technica item. It strikes me that, in a neighborhood with casual crime (snatching smartphones) problems, a clown grabbing Google Glasses off your face might *not* be a hate crime...but decide for yourself: http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
Neat thing on yesterday's hike (on a road because of heavy rain making most trails muddy, but the road has spectacular views and one-truck-per-three-hours traffic): A hummingbird flew up to me, sat in front of my face (maybe a foot away) for 2-3 seconds seeing whether I might be a flower, then flew away.
Good news for my public library: They apparently found a new operator for the coffee shop at the library (the old one shut down a couple of months ago). Also a name I bet nobody's ever used before: The Daily Grind.
We gave up on HIMYM at the start of the 2012-13 season; it just got to be too...well, anyway. We'll probably catch those two seasons on DVD at some point. Meanwhile, watched "Liberal Arts" last Saturday, which is very much a Josh Radnor project.
Tiny personal technology triumph today. Forced to switch to VDSL last week (I posted about that earlier), and the shipped equipment is a modem/wifi combo. Since we already have a reasonably secure wifi net set up with our owned router, didn't want the combo to be working as a router. AT&T guy said "just don't connect to it."
Reading a story in today's San Fran Chronicle about the Glasshole who filmed herself claiming "I'm not filming!" in a nightclub... she's also had restraining orders for phone-camming into a neighbor's window and restraining orders from her mother. She informs us she's a "super-nice person."