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Archive for January, 2009

Awesome? Not! Well, maybe a little.

Posted: Saturday, January 31st, 2009 @ 6:47 pm in Foofy, General | Comments Off

I was dragging my feet for a while just on general principles (mainly the “No, I don’t want to upgrade when I’m in the middle of doing something else!” principle), but I finally upgraded to Firefox 3. And within two minutes I had joined the group of users that hates, hates, hates the so-called [...]

29 weeks

Posted: Thursday, January 29th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm in General, Parenthood, Pregnancy | Comments Off

The third trimester of this pregnancy is going ok so far. I’m only starting to feel huge, probably because I’ve only gained a couple of pounds (net) so far this time. Very unlike last time, but then I still have many of the pounds left over from last time. I’m not really [...]

Widening the Bottleneck

Posted: Saturday, January 24th, 2009 @ 10:39 am in Foofy, General, Projects | Comments Off

I recently reread The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, by Eliyahu Goldratt. It’s a business book from the 1980’s, actually a novel about a manufacturing plant, but still has some useful ideas. The plant management in the book spends most of it chasing down and dealing with bottlenecks in their manufacturing [...]

A Happy Thought

Posted: Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 @ 12:40 pm in Foofy, General, Parenthood | Comments Off

I just realized yesterday that we don’t need to wait for the new baby to be born to adjust our federal income tax withholding. With the second child, our federal tax will just about go to zero (the IRS has an online withholding calculator). That helps; money has been a little too tight [...]

Big books

Posted: Monday, January 19th, 2009 @ 10:14 am in Foofy, General | Comments Off

I finished reading a couple of very long books recently.
First was Christopher Tolkien’s History of the Lord of the Rings. This is actually a four-volume set about the textual history of the books. It was fascinating to look at how Tolkien wrote them: handwritten drafts on scrounged paper, in scripts ranging from [...]

Thrift stores under CPSIA

Posted: Saturday, January 10th, 2009 @ 10:32 am in General, Parenthood | Comments Off

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is exempting thrift stores (and other resellers) from having to lead test all children’s products. But…they still will be held in violation of the law if they sell anything containing lead over the limit. So they will be selling children’s items at their own risk (such as a [...]


Posted: Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 @ 10:01 am in Foofy, General | Comments Off

All right, I’ve given in. I will put in REQUESTS for library books, instead of hoping to actually go in and find them on the shelves. This big-city (metropolitan county) library system is overrated. It’s true that they have many more titles than a small town library. But, I can almost [...]

Hurry up already…..

Posted: Monday, January 5th, 2009 @ 6:53 pm in General, Parenthood, Politics | Comments Off

….and finish the MN Senate recount shenanigans (probably Franken will succeed in stealing the election) so I can write to my Senator and tell him that the first thing he needs to do is get H.R. 4040 (the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act [CPSIA]–summary here) repealed. This legislation was Congress’ see-we’re-doing-something about the [...]

Anti-vax in the computer world

Posted: Monday, January 5th, 2009 @ 9:46 am in Foofy, General, Parenthood | Comments Off

After all the anti-vaccination stuff I’ve been reading in parenting forums, it was funny to find this: Anti-Virus Software: Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?
Update: MFH the smart-aleck reminded me of the old VAX computers, which are what my college had when I started. I am not anti-VAX; they were [...]