I tend to buy the packs of various length wires that terminate in the rigid lead for these breadboards. No, it doesn’t end up looking that neat, but it works. Now the proto boards are a different issue (the ones with the solder leads laid out like the breadboard). I cut ‘em this way. » 4/15/15 1:59pm Wednesday 1:59pm

My kid’s in eighth grade and has taken some sort of standardized tests every year since first grade. She (and we) have gotten the results of every test, and the school district has put a lot of time into her and her friends that also score very well on the tests. It’s guided her class schedule and her… » 4/14/15 2:45pm 4/14/15 2:45pm

Nah, I’m with you. I’ve got one of those 27” 2560x1440 monitors as my main display, a 23” in a vertical role to the left, and a 24” cCinema Display off to the right. Virtual Machines go on the right monitor, documentation on the left monitor, terminals and active documents go on the middle monitor. +1 for the idea of… » 4/06/15 12:42pm 4/06/15 12:42pm

I really want the Parallax Propeller-powered flight control board. Mostly because I’m familiar with the Propeller (c/c++) and would like to experiment with autonomous flight systems. The Elev-8 is ~$550, I think (parallax’s canned propeller-powered quad), though I’ve considered picking up a ‘kit’ from Ebay and buying… » 4/05/15 12:23pm 4/05/15 12:23pm

There are a lot of factors. If I take time off, it makes more work for me, and significantly increases my stress level. That’s because I’ve got my fingers in *all* of the pies, and when I take them out for a while, other people stick theirs in and fuck things up. Which doesn’t help *me*, because I’m the hub. » 3/31/15 10:00am 3/31/15 10:00am

I agree, Patrick. There is an opportunity cost to being a ‘Jack of All Trades’, but there is a much lower risk. You can paint yourself into a corner with excessive specialization, when your specialty becomes obsolete. And life is more fun, IMO, as a “jack of all trades”. My ‘hobbies’ have made me considerable money… » 3/30/15 8:41am 3/30/15 8:41am

I've got these headphones - though I paid considerably more. They're pretty decent. The best sound from ANC I've encountered. I mean, they're no Grado SR80s, but they are awesome for airplanes and mowing the grass! » 3/30/15 10:15am 3/30/15 10:15am

Yeah, no. Singapore was fun that way. In Sentek city there's a grocery store and they got in a load of durian and the whole concourse smelled funny for the rest of the week. I liked all the signs on the transport and taxis "No Durian" LOL. » 3/27/15 12:36pm 3/27/15 12:36pm

I never automate payments of any (significant) size. Habit I developed when I was much younger and made a lot less money, and had to decide which check to pay each bill with each month. If you don't use "autopay", it eliminates most of the problems you describe here. » 3/27/15 10:06am 3/27/15 10:06am

"Indeed, it seems that all diets do work; the hard part is finding one you can stick to. In order to determine a diet's overall sustainability, go through Dr. Freedhoff's checklist below and assign an enjoyability score of 1-10 before you decide to try the diet:"

If you use the same standards applied to other… » 3/27/15 9:08am 3/27/15 9:08am

It's always possible to trade time for money/savings. My wife constantly combs the craigslist free stuff - though we don't have time to go get it, usually, and it's gone by the time we do. If you've got time to sort through and organize coupons and search for sales and visit multiple stores you can save a *lot* of… » 3/20/15 6:43am 3/20/15 6:43am

First, let me point out that first study doesn't correlate calories consumed to weight loss; only notes that both diets reduced caloric intake, but LC reduced it *more* than MC. This does not equate to "calories are all equal".

I've noted in other conversations here that when I snoop through Google Scholar and other… » 3/16/15 6:26pm 3/16/15 6:26pm

To be fair, that M3 and all three lenses probably fit into a box the same size as your Canon + superzoom! LOL. I'm amazed that there is a real live film camera there. I always wanted a Leica M3. Pretty much the pinnacle of mechanical camera design, IMO. But digital caught up with film before I made enough money to own… » 3/16/15 6:07pm 3/16/15 6:07pm