Category Archives: Life Lessons

Adding extension associations to Mac OS X

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Whenever I have data that I want to save quickly in Python, I use the cPickle module to write the data to a binary *.pkl file. It’s a great module, but unfortunately the PKL extension isn’t recognized by Mac OS X. Here’s a neat little trick I found for teaching MacOS to recognize unusual/unknown extensions: […]

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Bookmarklets for Google Maps Directions

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I just made a set of bookmarklets to give me Google Maps directions to the text I’ve selected in my browser. I thought I’d share them in case they’re useful to anyone else! If you want to use a bookmarklet, click and drag any of the below links into your browser’s bookmarks bar. If that […]

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Readily Available

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Me: In June 1915, Walter Kirke, deputy head of military intelligence at GHQ France, wrote in his diary that Mansfield Cumming, the first chief (or C) of the SIS was “making enquiries for invisible inks at the London University.” Me: what do you think Cumming was considering as an invisible ink Me: hint: it is […]

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Go to this Colloquium!

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The Dark Side of Matter with Ubi Wichoski October 27, 2005 at 1:30 PM in Stirling D

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Eve Muses While Writing Essays

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Here’s an idea: thought’s main purpose is to make sense of our environment in order to survive in it and make more humans, right? Which is why there’s no real thought inside the womb; it isn’t needed to avert death. You’ve got everything you need: umbilical sustenance, amniotic protection, big-screen TV. So this would logically […]

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My response to The Atheist Test

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The Atheist Test is an attack on the theory of evolution, and misuses logic terribly. One of the arguments in the tract is that evolution cannot explain the banana’s design, and yet the evidence for this is even more ridiculous than its big bang analogy. There is no way to respond to it, except with […]

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