addressing my cover letter
discussion of ways to address in formal letters:
To Whom It May Concern:
Dear Sir (Ma'am):
Dear Mr. (Ms./Mrs./Miss) Such and Such:
Dear (the person's full name):
In the same thread, someone else mentions that "Dear Sir/Madam" should be paired with "Yours faithfully" while "Dear Ms Smith" should be paired with "Yours sincerely"; I don't understand why, though. (post)
I'm uncomfortable with "Dear Sir or Madam" because I'm unaccustomed to addressing anyone as "Sir" or "Madam", so I chose "To whom it may concern". And I closed with "Sincerely yours": shouldn't faithfulness be evident in sincerity?
candy corn as venn diagram. via kael.
p.s. it's interesting how flickr photostreams are often themselves blogs; mine is certainly an account of things I've been doing; other peoples' are blogs about architecture, design, pets, or even images from the web (actual web-logs!)
drying food on screens
The only suitable screen material for drying food is stainless steel. Galvanized and copper screens react with the acid in fruit, aluminum reacts with sulfured fruit, and fiberglass can leave splinters. Copper screen specifically reacts with and destroys vitamin C. from: equipment for drying food
nutrition information for dried beans
: to get the most out of beans, eat them with a grain (like rice) and a source of vitamin C (like collards).
shipping containers 2
interesting configuration: stacking two shipping containers in an L shape
shipping container housing link dump
. I've wanted to live in one of these for years and years. (via uncertain principles, I think)
Vegan Tofu Cream Frosting Recipe
: I'm skeptical, but willing to try this as a substitute for cream cheese frosting on carrot cake.
this is awesome: roflcon.org
. a conference on internet joke/memes, with guests like the creators of Homestar Runner, Dinosaur comics, and I can haz cheezburger.
yahoo pipes hit counter
hit counters in Yahoo Pipes
. I'm using yahoo pipes to mash together the 'full' RSS feed for circuitous.org, for now.
feed parsing issues
I've been using MagpieRSS to aggregate some feeds (new design/content on circuitous.org). It's straightforward, has caching built in, and handles RSS 1.0, 2.0, and Atom feeds. But isn't UTF8-compatible. Somewhere after fetching the feed, in the process of morphing it into an object, characters get lost.
The source RSS is already in UTF8, Snoopy (the HTTP client included with MagpieRSS) picks it up as UTF8, and MagpieRSS already has an extremely painful looking UTF8 fix... what gives?
A possible solution is to use the "Universal Feed Parser," which would involve writing some Python. Or, I could dig around in MagpieRSS itself.
leopard might actually be awesome
I'm always grouchy about new OS versions, but parts of this list at waffle prompted my first non-'eh' response to Leopard:
- No more renegade printing apps. Previously, the rule about printing was that everything was in System Preferences, except if it wasn’t. Now that’s not the case - nearly everything is easily reachable from the Print & Fax panel.
- Printing on the whole sucks way less. In a move about 5 years late, Page Setup is no more. It has ceased to be and gone to meet the great new Print panel in the sky, where it joins reasonable presets and an active preview with page flipping. Bravo.
- No more Internet Connect either - it too is in the System Preferences network panel.
Ah-ha moment: Photoshop embeds a color profile into PNGs, and that's
why colors in PNGs render inconsistently with web colors. This is fixable by running them through GammaSlamma
on the Mac, or PNGCrush
on the CLI or in Windows. (via
latitude and longitude
Get Lat Lon
- simple tool to find the latitude and longitude of a point on a map. by simon willison.
some things I have learned this fall
- knit hats, scarves, and some sweater elements
- use the flickr api
- play my grandma's new favorite game, "Telefunky"
- manipulate Illustrator paths
- use php sessions, simplistically
- make herbal honey
- talk openly with my mom
still on the list, I want to learn to:
- make chard dumplings
- use subversion
- knit more (perfect OCD pastime!)
IMAP vs. POP
google is making IMAP available for gmail. IMAP vs. POP
. If I ran an email client on more than one computer with my gmail account, I would change my prefs, but for my use POP is fine.
heard on the tv
a tv commercial for Bangor Savings Bank that went, approximately: "Go Red Sox! Go Patriots! I'm proud to live in Maine."
: lightweight mac os x movie editing app. daringfireball RSS feed sponsor. "basic editing operations... Lossless editing and saving in native format..."
interesting photo browsing layout
. I like the straightforwardness of having all the information in a solid block. not sure how I feel about the nav block color being matched to the photo: (another example
Megan on Obama
: "The stuff he says that sounds conventionally crazy ('Of course I'll talk to any world leader who wants to talk to me' and 'I'm not interested in punishment') is straight from conflict resolution practices. Well settled, not even controversial, in conflict resolution circles."
- a vocab quiz. for every word you get right they donate a tiny bit of rice. difficult words! via uncertain principles.
pecan pie gone crazy
modular pie-cosahedron at Instructables
. awesome. when I grow up I'll learn to be a tinsmith.
interesting storytelling/science radio show: WNYC - Radio Lab
. mentioned by Ira Glass on This American Life (#336, I think?)
bad word anger
List of Bad Words - this makes me angry. translating "fag" to "homosexual"? "ho" to "woman"? "spic" to "mexican"? is "gay" really a bad word?
my problem with the site isn't so much that they're offering insulting and incorrect word-substitution filtering, but that they're doing it with a wink. Their "Bad Word Filter" comes preloaded with "Type some Fucking Words Here, Asshole" and their header image is a smiling 50s housewife with her finger to her lips. If they were serious, I could pull my wool over my eyes and write them off, but saying ho==woman and calling it funny doesn't work. *hate hate hate*
Food Karma Alert
Food Karma Alert - blog on food safety issues. tries to give action items for every post. via megnut.
from the bottom of Food Karma Alert, for future reference:
Is there an identifier on organic foods?
Yes, produce in the supermarket has a PLU (price look up) code on it. Here's how to decode:
- a 4 digit number (usually starting with the # 4), like 4011 is conventionally grown
- a 5 digit number starting with a 9, like 94011 is organic
- a 5 digit number starting with an 8, like 84011 is sourced from a genetically modified plant
super simple php forum script: Cruciforum
. via simon willison.
made this for dinner: Butternut Squash Apple Soup Recipe
(plus garlic and ginger, minus nutmeg).
SQL Joins as Venn Diagrams
. via simon willison.
Pumpkin Spice Truffles
. I've never made chocolates.
(long) short story
: this is a story by Kelly Link that I really enjoyed, but I don't know what to say about it.
new mac graphics app roundup
lots of new image editors for mac os x have been released over the last month or two. for future reference: there are the new bitmap image editors Acorn
, and eventually Iris
. Vector-based drawing tool DrawId
, which have both been around for a while (two years? one?).
I was reading this page on chard
the day I did all my chard and collard freezing. Their other veg pages look good for basic preservation techniques.
DVD etc. player
- plays divx on disk via a usb port or on a disk, as well as regular dvds. via mark pilgrim.
dogs pulling scooters
my aunts have a scooter that they hook their dogs up to: Diggler Scooters
. I think this is hilarious.
recommended by some dude at the common ground fair
Orion magazine - nature / culture / place
recipe for kale chips in a dehydrator
. I currently have access to a pressure canner, a soy milk maker, *and* a dehydrator. It's like Christmas.
near future cooking project
Fried Green Tomatoes
. making these soon.
today's cooking project
Vegan Eggplant "Parmesan"
. I'll try it out tonight, I think.
OLPC case study
OLPC Peru/Arahuay - OLPCWiki
. via simon willison.