Candy Chang has created a fantastic project called “Before I Die”. She took a derelict building and painted a wall with blackboard paint. There are spaces where people can write down one thing they want to do before they die. Very cool.
I keep my finances in J Wiegley’s Ledger format, which means everything is in a flat text file, for easy editing. I recently decided to use Xero.com for both my company and personal accounts. Unfortunately, this means that I somehow needed to upload all my past transaction data. So I wrote a Python script to convert Ledger format account files to OFX. You can grab a copy of the source code over at GitHub.
I’ve just started using Evernote to make a note of things I find interesting on the web and to capture ideas or random thoughts. So far I love it!
What I wanted was an easy way to extract the notes and save them to my filesystem, where they become much more useful. Specifically I want to save the notes as text files to a place in my Dropbox repository, so they get synced across all my devices, and are backed up.
There’s a great article here on estimating correlations and means when you have missing data in your datasets. It uses the Expectation Maximisation algorithm to calculate the missing values, and what is interesting is how much the implied correlation changes after applying EM.
We finished our four week archery course with 20/20 Archery this weekend. We had a great instructor, and we both enjoyed the lessons.
I just brought Maplin’s USB Digital Microsoft with 400x magnification, which is advertised as having Windows-only drivers. System Profiler identified the chipset as being from Vimicro Corporation. I went to the Driver Download section of their website and downloaded (and installed) the DRV_ZC0301PLus_070305 driver. I then opened up Photo Booth, and was able to select the Vimicro camera as the video source. What I should have done was just try and access the Microscope using Photo Booth before I installed the driver, as I half suspect that there was no actual need to install that driver.
Please try to use the microscope with Photo Booth first before downloading the driver, and let me know in the comments if that works.
I sit at my keyboard tapping, many formats o’er lapping, searching for a template for a letter to Lanore.
Lanore, my Facebook friend long-standing, but my distance she’s demanding, a restraining order landing, with the full force of the law.
So I’m at the keyboard thinking, with my broken heart a-sinking, trying to find the words to reconnect with lost Lenore.
Another flash story, this one written in about 30 minutes. Any resemblence to real life characters is purely coincidental (no shotgun blasts to the face for me, thank you very much).
“Red Leader, you are cleared for attack”. How did I find myself here; a marine biologist attacking an American space station armed with a squid?
Life was so much simpler when it was just the two of us. We’d explore such avenues of thought together, you and I. Walking arm in arm through the boulevards of well-established fact before ducking down a muddy alley and romping in the puddles of the arcane. I came to trust you, to lean on you, to depend on you. And you never let me down. Whatever I needed, you could always lay your hands on it. You gave me everything.