Archive for the 'leisure' Category

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Daylight wallpaper (Linux script)

I discovered a website with a beautiful world map that updates throughout the day to show sunlight and nighttime right now:

world map with daylight and night

I thought it would make an excellent desktop wallpaper and wrote a script to pull the image every half hour and set it as the background image. That worked really well so I thought I’d share it, which led me to create a sweet little installer for it:
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The Hacker’s Diet

How to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition

The Hacker’s Diet, notwithstanding its silly subtitle, is a serious book about how to lose weight and permanently maintain whatever weight you desire. It treats dieting and weight control from an engineering and management standpoint, and provides the tools and an understanding of why they work and how to use them that permit the reader to gain control of their own weight.

The blurb above is how it starts. Is it a book? Is it a website? Is it a chart? Is it an MS Excel file? Continue reading ‘The Hacker’s Diet’

Made in Japan

Yesterday I promised I’d reveal another small blog I’m building. But first, a little background: you see, I lived and worked in Tokyo between 2001 and 2003, and it was incredibly exciting. When you spend five days in Paris and claim you’ve been there then you’re technically right because you really were there, but I feel you haven’t really been there unless you’ve spent a significant amount of time in a place because actually living somewhere would give you a completely different understanding of that place.

 

“So what’s special about Tokyo, then?” Continue reading ‘Made in Japan’

Twins have more fun

I would hope that most of my followers know that I am a twin. If not, well, you do now!

What’s it like? One benefit is that we get to prank people. But to be honest it’s a lot more fun when people make mistakes and wrong assumptions all on their own, without us having plotted and planned any shenanigans.

My brother and I used to have a part of our old website dedicated to some of our best twin stories, but one of our cleanup sprees took those pages offline. That’s going to change now! Continue reading ‘Twins have more fun’

I <3 Windows XP

After cursing over Window 7 for more than a year, I’ve finally formatted the disk and installed my beloved Windows XP instead. I needed to borrow an external CD drive to do that because the machine didn’t want to boot XP  setup from a USB stick (but Ubuntu can boot from USB… weird). Continue reading ‘I <3 Windows XP’