Monthly Archives: February 2003

Warblog

That’s “war blog” two words, and here’s a good one. Yawnage. Spent too much time playing with the cat and doing taxes tonight. Random neat paper of the day, on how to get around having to flush all kinds of … Continue reading

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Surplus pointers

Here in Silly Valley, we’ve got a lot of old crap hanging around that we like to sell to each other. Here’s a bunch of links to various suppliers. Nostalgia can be hazardous to your pocketbook. What’s a 25 year … Continue reading

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OBD-III

[From memepool] OBD stands for On Board Diagnostics. It’s for automobiles. You’ll probably hear more about this in the near future. OBD-II is used to diagnose cars at smog check stations (and other places). It started in California, then substantially … Continue reading

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Eyeballing KSC

From cryptome, a view of Kennedy Space Center…

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Glow Faster! Glow Faster!

How to build a nuclear rocket engine (dissertation). When I was in elementary school, my dad worked for NASA at Plum Brook Station, near Sandusky Ohio. The facility there had a nuclear reactor (actually two), and I got to go … Continue reading

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TurboTax Copy Protection

So, like millions of folks I bought a copy of TurboTax this year, and now there’s this NT system service (CDAC11BA) doing something to my computer all the time — whether I’m running TurboTax or not — and I don’t … Continue reading

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Spam resources

The Curmudgeon Okay, you probably knew this already, but here’s a summary of the California business and penal code sections that cover spam (faxes and email). [Funny how the Richmond-based company I contacted a while back hasn’t spammed me again.] … Continue reading

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Shuttle Sensors

Nasa: A description of the various sensor failures on the Columbia, with a timeline.

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Book review site

Very nice: Rob Slade’s mostly technical book reviews.

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Antiquarian book … sale?

My wife and I went to the Antiquarian Book Fair in San Francisco this weekend. In addition to the heavily overpriced copies of Harry Potter ($25,000 to $40,000), I saw monsterously overpriced Thomas Pynchon (1st ed. fine Gravity’s Rainbox $5,000), … Continue reading

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