Tag Archives: geeking out

Cheap Kablet for your Kitchen Cabinet

It's been some time since we've had a kitchen technology update, not since the the two-port usb kitchen, in fact. So pull up a chair and I'll tell you more than you wanted to know about how I installed a dedicated kitchen tablet. Every now and again, via some design, gadget or kitchen blog, I read about…
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Fun-sized statistics that melt in your mouth

I'm told that there are treatments available for those of us who are compelled like to count and sort our candy by color before eating it. I can stop any time I want, of course, but today's fun-sized pack of M&Ms gave me pause. No yellow. There's a yellow guy on the package, but he's…
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Three and a half hours in a single step, more at the pole

We all know that parallel lines never meet, and it's convenient to think of the lines of longitude and timezones as parallel, but they really aren't. The former because they're inscribed on the (more or less) spherical Earth, and the latter because they're entirely made up, a construct of how we measure time. This trippy…
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Rooting for an e-ink tablet

I've been a huge fan of E ink for ten years now.  I visited the company's Cambridge office back when I was in business school and was very impressed with the technology.   So when the original Kindle hit the market a couple of years ago, I was very interested.  Not interested enough at that price,…
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120,000 blocks to Samarkand

In places like New York City, you can easily measure distance in blocks and people generally know how far that is in miles or minutes. In New York City, everybody knows that Manhattan street blocks are about 20 to the mile, and most New Yorkers can walk about one such block per minute.  Tourists travel a…
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My squabble with Typography Scrabble

I like Scrabble, I like the Oxford comma, and I like typography.  So why does the a new Scrabble set for Typographers (or at least people who like type) have me so out of sorts?   For those not hep enough to know, Typographer's Scrabble is a redesigned Scrabble set getting some design blog love these days.…
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Are you Rear Admiral of a landlocked navy?

I am a cartography nerd.  I like maps.  I like globes.  I like pondering questions like "what countries have land borders with just one other country?"  (There are 17 such nations, including two mutual pairs and two Italian enclaves. How many can you name without consulting a map or intertube?) It was while pursuing just…
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Goog line extension

I was excited to hear that Google maps had finally added Boston's public transit system.  Now you can get directions around Boston for driving, walking, and public transit.  Of course, the MBTA website has been providing a trip planning service for some time.  So I figured I would compare the two services recommendations.  Too lazy…
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Processing those food photos with Photoshop Elements

The last three posts were all about choosing the right digital camera for photographing food.  Despite that, we all know that what you do with the equipment is the important part.  Here, I present a pretty simple set of steps for making decent blogworthy photos from whatever camera you have.  Some steps refer specifically to…
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Geek note: brown is the new black

I'm a big believer in the primacy of content, but sometimes I have to share some technical details on what kind of typewriters the infinite monkeys in here are using, and I know there are a few techies out there who dig this stuff. Feeling the need for more mobility in my computing and blogging,…
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Wider is better?

Have you noticed that just about every computer or TV screen has gone widescreen?  I'm not sure what portion of TV programming or movies comes in what aspect ratio, but I'm definitely seeing computer monitors expanding horizontally. There are some good reasons for wider screens - such as looking at two full pages of a…
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