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man have I been busy. I have tons of ideas for stuff I want to do, just need to get more time in the day to do it. The marathon has come and gone so now I wont need to run, but I will still run just to keep in shape.

the latest project ideas and directions of study are the LED Touch Sensor demonstrated by Jeff Han of NYU http://bit.ly/Kbq2u
and I want to make an open source motor speed controller driven by pwm but thats going to require a little more research.
then there is a sweet project by some guy at MIT that uses static electricity for sensing where stuff is. http://bit.ly/lhF8B
then there are a few tiny things that pop into my head at random times but for now, i need to ensure work gets priority and then i can play.

Blogs will also be double posted between here and the work blog, since i guess we have a work blog now but I will try not to abandon (again) this one because its a good place for me to keep brain dumps, since no one reads it but me anyway.

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the netflix algorithm

so upon adding some movies to my list, i came across an interesting suggestion by netflix.

which one doesnt seem right

can you guess which one doesnt match?

another one down

during the quiet afternoon i have had so far messing with my laptop, the doorbell rang today. some kid with a pitbull was on my porch and immediately I think “oh shit, how did this kid and dog get past Lelu?” but i answered. The kid was holding his dog and told my that my dog had gotten away.

there were only 2 possibilities. 1.) she broke the leash line, which has happened before. or 2.) she broke yet another choker.

it was 2. only this time there was nothing to photograph because the only thing on the leash line was the ring and a few links of the choker. the clothe had given out and went with the choker.

so now i have to find a better choker to keep her on, or just not let her go in the front yard, but that will break my heart because she will be pouting around the house all the time until she gets her way…

Earthquake OKC…or just a dropped bomb

So according to the USGS, and everyone in oklahoma city, we had an earthquake today.

was it? was it really an earth quake? sure why not. we get like 5 or so a year. only this one was a 3.4. and this one was accompanied with a “boom” sound.

you will see reports on the koco site about the lady they interviewed. I had a friend that had a similar story of it sounding like something huge jumped onto the house. or some sort of boom sound accompanied with the earth quake.

Does anyone realize where the epicenter was? I do, it was less than 4 miles from Tinker AFB… Doesn’t that seem odd to anyone else? I mean how many earth quakes have you been in and heard a loud boom that accompanied it. short of an earth quake that was bringing down buildings or messing stuff up, none that I have heard of, but i guess then again i do live in oklahoma and they are just not all that common.

So is it so odd to think that it isn’t natural at all? sure we have had larger ones hit, like the 5.5 in 1992. but usually they are all smaller. like less than three and usually near 2. maybe tinker is digging. maybe they hit some fault line with their secret end of the world tunnels. maybe someone didnt have their coffee this morning and when they were pushing that cart with some sort of warhead on it into the storage bunker, they nicked a wall and an earthquake was made. or maybe it was just an earth quake in oklahoma city.

here is the usgs page about it where they have a google maps link.

my dog goes through chokers

You know how there are regular dog collars and then there are choker collars? well my dog, Lelu, knows how to get out of her collar if she wants to so I use a choker when she is outside in the front yard on a leash. Last night she went through another choker. this time I got the one with the cloth band going through it which saved her from running off after whatever she broke the choker for (cat or skunk).

broken choker

thats what it looks like. She was sorry to break it as displayed here

sorry dad

the roof over your head

so today i woke up to a surprise, I woke up to my door bell ringing twice. This apparently is the trademark of the people doing my roof. so unless they have parkinson’s or something, they always ring the doorbell twice.

this is good though. i needed a new roof. the only problem is now I gotta fork over 7k for the roof. but at least i will have a new roof in time for the next hail storm.

also my bro is staying with me so that’s fun. I planned out the week of food and tonight we had spaghetti which was especially awesome, like I always do. but I made big meat balls tonight and they were delicious. Little bro didn’t like them as much but he did go back and get more spaghetti which is an accomplishment in itself.

we planned out the week and got some movies so we watched eagle eye and kung fu panda tonight. both good movies. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing eagle eye again and that says a lot, for me anyway.