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Vegan brownies transmute

Posted in Personal by Will on Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 ~ 5pm

I just tried microwaving an all natural, completely vegan version of a brownie in the microwave in an effort to get some moisture back into it. What came out of the microwave after 60 seconds was a ball of smoke.

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Polar bears on Lost

Posted in Personal by Will on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 ~ 3pm

I’ve been watching season one of LOST (pronounced “lahwst”, not “lost” — it’s a common mistake) and because I am only on season one I haven’t been able to listen to other people’s speculations, or voice my own. So I’ll post my theory here, based on about a dozen episodes and the following clues: a metal hatch in the ground; polar bears; a 30-ft high monster that is very heavy and mechanical sounding. Here’s the theory:

The “hatch” leads to an underground habitrail system for the polar bears, who occasionally come out of these hatches and strap on 30-ft high metal exoskeletons which they clomp around in (the “monster” that lurks on the island).

So, even though I’ve sussed it, I’ll keep watching because I need to know why the polar bears would do this.

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Pump the pavement

Posted in Personal by Will on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 ~ 2pm

The first time I stopped to get gas for my car in Albuquerque, I sensed something may be different about the pumps here. I had not driven my car across the country myself (I’d flown while someone else drove my car) so I did not have any reason to be sure of the impression, but, I felt that these fuel pumps here might not sense when a car’s tank is full. In all the town’s I’d lived in, pumps knew when a tank was full and automatically stopped, releasing the trigger even when the trigger was locked into place. But did they here? The first time I fueled up I did not take the chance – I simply pumped ten bucks worth and stopped manually. My second refueling was today and I decided to go for a full tank, intuition be damned. I put the nozzle in, clicked the trigger, and waited. And sure enough, after my tank was full, gasoline started overflowing all over the place, down the side of my car, onto the pavement. Fortunately the nozzle had some kind of splash guard so it didn’t get on me (except for a lingering scent on my hands). Maybe that splash guard had subtly indicated to me that these pumps may be more primitive, but then again I had no reason to believe that non-sensing pumps even existed. I’m not sure which aspect of this story is most interesting — that intuition works, or that there are non-sensing pumps in Albuquerque. Perhaps “interesting” is too strong a word.

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200 shares of Gateway

Posted in Personal by Will on Thursday, November 17th, 2005 ~ 2pm

I bought 200 shares of Gateway computers today (GTW); a very small investment totalling maybe $600. I did this because I recently shopped for a laptop and I selected a Gateway NX250X because it was both affordable and stylish, and because I heard that Gateway machines were starting to be good again. I first inspected a model in Best Buy (where, granted, the shelves are dominated by Compaq/HP), and I later bought it online on Gateway’s website where one can customize their PC exactly like one can at Dell. It was a satisfying experience, and then today I read this article at Yahoo that explains how Gateway is currently being “reset” by a new CEO. I would like to hope that Gateway will soon be thought of as one of the main alternatives to Dell, or to Compaq/HP, if they continue to make machines with good power at a good price that look like more expensive machines. (Aesthetics are important; Compaq would have been a contender in my own purchase if Compaq’s laptops did not look like sardine tins).

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