On the nature of cats and change with particular attention to small defenseless humans.
October 2006 Archives
Lucy and I have been discussing photography backups and we'd been thinking about buying an external drive, maybe 250 or 400G. Somewhere to stuff the clutter. Then Joyent launched Bingo!. We already use strongspace to run an automated mirror of our Documents folder, so I know they are good.
However it is a maximum of 100G, much less than the 250 of even 400 we had been planning. So, I thought a while and realised that this is actually an advantage, if we see it as a constraint. We don't have 100G of pictures yet, so we don't need all that space, it will make us delete the rubbish pictures and keep the best ones. By the time we hit 100G, Joyent will be offering 250G I'm sure, but the constraint will have helped me to winnow out the chaff. My only decision is to how tight to make the constraint, 25, 50 or 100.
I really like the autumn, the food has a warm slightly greedy feel to it, a welcome repost to the summer's salads. Stews and warming soups predominate, which build well upon the abundant harvest of vegetables. I know it rains more and the winter and dark evenings with bare trees are coming, but as the leaves turn the colours are pretty. The light also drops to a more flattering angle and lights up the sides of buildings, giving views which surprize you.
Time to start wearing a jacket again, I've needed one most days in the last week or two, rather than the default jeans and a t-shirt of the summer. An umbrella too, I've got soaked once already running from work to the tube.
The rain and continued sunshine has meant that the gardens are confused and even the grass is flourishing, recovered from the dry summer. Epping last weekend was damp and muddy in places, but there were dozens mushrooms lurking in hollows, or brazenly growing in the open under trees. All this under a canopy of still green leaves, which felt wrong, perhaps the leaves will turn by hallowe'en.
I'll miss the sun when we get to the darker afternoons with journeys to work and home in the dark. Each autumn I think I should become a morning person to make the most of the daylight and with Oscar maybe I will, he wakes at 7ish most mornings. I've never been a morning person though, so we'll see what happens. He is a ray of sunshine each morning though, so that makes getting up easier. Beaming smiles and excitement at each new day, it must be thrilling to be that age. Everyday has a sense of novelty and discovery is a daily joy for him.
A MacOSX widget supporting hiberate on later PowerBooks and MacBooks. Hibernate uses a disk image instead of ram when sleeping, so you can restore from disk and save battery life when sleeping. Useful for trips when the mac would asleep for a long time.
An excellent review of achilles pain and a good treatment regime for fixing it. Focusing on the actual movements that the joint supports rather than the usual RICE approach. Hopefully it'll sort mine out.
Analysis of the population growth in the USA, sub-urbanisation of the population, Texas Nevada and Arizona are the growth states, hispanic population the fastest growing. The sprawl grows, as the land empties, the majority of the population on the coast.
great analysis of Adrian Holovaty's data journalism essay, pointing out the need for stories to co-exist with data repositories
This feels so true... via kottke
An excellent overview of the why and what of AtomPP, the unsung side of Atom. An excellent technology which I'm a big fan of for hooking things together