Who Am I? [Online]

June 5th, 2012 § Comments Off on Who Am I? [Online] § permalink

What is my online presence, why is that, and what do I want it to be?

What is my online presence?

I spend a lot of time cruising the internet.  Much of it is spent on a small number of websites.  I check ESPN.com at least once per day, I try to check out nytimes.com and haaretz.com also every now and again.  I usually have gmail open in the background.  The site I spend the most time on, though, is google reader.  I have a large number of subscriptions there.  From Chicago sports news to tech updates to web comics to torrent feeds to culture web magazines to really random stuff.

While I may read a lot, I subscribe to very few websites, and comment on even fewer.  [A few months ago, I got really excited about something I found, and commented about it on a website.  Seconds later someone pointed out how very wrong I was…]  There is something about logging in to sites that doesn’t click with me.  Even more so, commenting is a strangely public thing that I just don’t feel comfortable with. » Read the rest of this entry «


August 19th, 2011 § Comments Off on Google+ § permalink

I’ve made the leap…  I joined the Social Networking scene when I joined Google+ this week.

So far, there isn’t much to say.  I have friends who have posted strange things I don’t need.  We’ll see what happens as time passes. » Read the rest of this entry «

Mechanical Computers solve Mechanical Problems

June 7th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

I’ve long forgotten how I stumbled upon this series of videos on YouTube, but I find them absolutely fascinating.  They appear to be from a 1953 US Navy training film about the fire control computer on a naval ship.   There isn’t a single electrical anything, purely gears and such.  » Read the rest of this entry «

When Off Doesn’t Mean Off

February 13th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

With options for TV, radio, video on demand, and even internet, modern cable boxes have become increasingly complex.  Yesterday I watched a two year old sit on a cable remote control.  He changed the box into what I think was some sort of radio mode.  I think he also managed to overload the remote of the box or both, because nothing seemed to be working.  We were trying to watch the news of events in Egypt, so we tried to get the channel back.  We had to leave, so we shut off the TV, and left.  Later, someone had tried to turn the TV back on, and we found it still stuck in it’s jammed state, completely unresponsive to the remote. » Read the rest of this entry «

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