Curriculum Vitae

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(So Much to Learn) Learn to breathe, to suckle, to see. Learn to crawl, to walk, to talk. Learn to wipe your own ass. Learn to eat with silverware. Learn to read, to write, to add. Learn to run, to ride a bike, to ski. Learn how to change the oil and how to make […]

Improved Roads

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When we “improve” a road, what exactly are we improving? My map of Death Valley shows four kinds of roads: paved, improved, unimproved and primitive. As I bounce and rattle over the washboard of the unimproved road past the salt marshes of Saline Valley, I wonder what an “improved” road would do to this place. […]

Farmers and Miners

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Farmers When you walk the fields and woods of Vermont, where I grew up, you often encounter long stone walls. These walls were built stone by stone by farmers clearing their fields. The effort put into these walls, three feet high and hundreds of feet long, is staggering. By one estimate, there is enough stone […]

Monitoring and Tuning Network Traffic in Windows 8 with Netbalancer

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I was having trouble with Google Drive wreaking havoc on my internet connection and need to see what was going on. No tool I know of is better for that than Netbalancer and I was pleased to find out that, unlike another tool I know, this one works in Windows 8.

Garmin Forerunner 210 Review: Great Toy After Replacing Lemon

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I was excited by the features the Garmin 210 offered, but myu initial faulty unit was a HUGE disappointment. Between terrible signal acquisition and a heartrate monitor that broke almost immediately. Fortunately, the replacement unit has been a lot better.

Getting Things Done by Making Slacking Hurt

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At a certain point this year I found myself frustrated and feeling like I wasn’t getting anywhere on several different projects, while at the same time feeling like I was working too much and not having enough fun. I needed motivation, and I needed priorities. I came up with something that helps me with both […]

Gmail delete and go to next message issue

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Short version: create a label (like ‘aaDelete’), enable keyboard shortcuts, use ‘l’, then label the message aaDelete, then ‘k’ to go to the next message. When you’re all done, select all messages labelled delete and then delete them. It’s sort of like a second Trash can since Google won’t make the first one work right.