Category Archives: Life

Update: VW TDI Diesel Goodwill

A couple news items on the VW Diesel Goodwill Package: I did get my 2.0L Goodwill package. It took about four weeks to arrive, and then I promptly used more than half of it on transmission service at VW. Sigh. They have announced a Goodwill Package for owners of 3.0L diesel engines. That program expires

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Valley News Photo Contest

I took a few interesting photos this year, and screwed up my courage to enter them into the Valley News Amateur Photo Contest. Here are my two entries: Sunset, Post Pond, and Ice Flowers I’ll find out at the 2016 HomeLife show in March whether either is selected.

More magma…

We have been planning a trip to Iceland (mostly to see the aurora) next year. I am now looking into tours that go near the volcano at Bárðarbunga and Holuhraun as well. I think that land tours (I would love to stand next to the lava front) are out of the question, since the authorities

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A Memorization Tip

I have given out this tip in past years to people in Revels North who’re preparing for the Christmas Revels show… I found this trick for memorization in a wonderful book, Don’t Shoot the Dog, The new art of teaching and training, by Karen Pryor. It talks about modifying behavior — yours and others. (One

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Gettin’ my magma jollies!

I’ve been following Rei, a blogger from Iceland, who is reporting on the Bárðarbunga/Holuhraun volcano as it continues to erupt. It’s way more impressive/scary than I originally thought. It’s huge, with fresh lava covering 37 square km, or about 2/3 the size of Manhattan, and the magma fountains are shooting 300 feet or more in

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Net Neutrality & Whitehouse.gov petition

There’s a Whitehouse.gov petition posted about Net Neutrality. It’s a little bit of a rant, but I agree with its punchline: No bandwidth modifications of information based on content or its source. This relates to a comment from Philip Greenspun’s blog (How many times do we have to pay for the same internet service?) If

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Get your IRS transcript!

Why can’t the IRS tell me how much has been reported? Various companies and entities forward the same information to me and to them. If only I could look at the IRS’ notion of what has been reported, I could avoid rummaging around for all those scraps of paper at tax time. Well, now you

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Better than rm -rf /.Spotlight-V100

My MacBook Pro (10.9.2) was running slowly. I saw frequent spinning beach balls, systemstats was consuming 100% of the CPU on a regular basis, Apple Mail was grinding away indexing files, etc. The forums at discussions.apple.com contain all kinds of dicey recommendations about rm -rf /.Spotlight-V100 followed by “Works for me!” and “Didn’t work for

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