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I love Amazon’s Kindle. I’ve had mine for about month now, and I’ve read four books on it so far: 1984 by George Orwell. (314 pages) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (350 pages) Sabriel by Garth Nix (496 pages) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (983 pages) As a replacement for the paper

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Very easy to do, you just need to install two free programs: 1) DVD43: http://www.dvd43.com (Reboot after installing) 2) Handbrake: http://handbrake.fr/ – More specifically, install the Windows GUI version. Then: 3) Insert DVD, cancel any auto-play 4) Run Handbrake, under Source, browse to the VIDEO_TS folder on your DVD drive 5) Under Destination, browse to

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I must have read this book a thousand times when I was young. Finally someone scanned it, and stuck it in an online museum: http://www.pointlessmuseum.com/museum/usbornebookofthefutureindex.php

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I’d been using wireless networking at home, and generally this worked fairly well. But a couple of things were problematic. Firstly it would occasionally go out for a few minutes at random (which I ascribed to the neighbor’s wireless phone). Secondly it was rather slow using Media Center Extender for the XBox 360. It seemed

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We could see Malibu burning across the bay for the past two days. Here it is going up Malibu Canyon. You can see some fire-fighting aircraft. This is a few hours later, the fire has almost got to the top of the hill. This is a closeup of the top of the hill in the

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Today was a good day in my inexorable progress towards running a six minute mile. I ran the 1.1 miles to Original Muscle Beach at 6:45 pace. This is quite a leap from my previous record pace of 6:53 a week ago, which in itself was a huge leap from the record before that, 7:02,

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The Playstation 3 is a very powerful machine. So powerful that it needs a lot of electricity to run, and that means it produces lots of heat. It has a very efficient built-in fan to keep it from melting down, but when it gets too hot, the fan starts to run very fast, making a

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I think I’ll try to run a six minute mile this year. Today I just did an official 7 minute mile. (The GPS claims I did 1.13 miles at a 6:53 pace). Since I started running last October, I’ve knocked two minutes off my pace. This means I only have to knock off another 53

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There’s two runs I do now, a run to Original Muscle Beach (OMB) and back, with a workout between the runs, and then a run that’s 3.2 miles, slightly over a 5K. The OMB run is 1.1 miles, so I treat it as a mile run, and judge the run by my mile pace. I

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We had heard that you have to take your shoes off a lot in Japan. I even got some slip-on shoes (Clarks Privo, very nice). But actually, excepting the Ryokan, there were not that many places on the stay where we did. Here’s the list: 1) A Japanese restaurant in Kyoto, on the street up