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App Store.app sucks [07 Jan 2011|08:21pm]
Got the new app store that apple had to push a couple hundred megs of OS patch for.

Interface is laggy and slow. Doing everything via html or similar is dumb.

Found something I might want to buy. Clicked buy.

Apple says: you can't buy, you need an ID first. Take the money, morons!

To get an ID, I need to agree to 6 pages of legalese? App store goes in trash. Empty trash.
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Darjeeling #22 [07 May 2010|10:24am]
Darjeeling is a classic tea style that I was apparently pronouncing incorrectly for some regions of India.
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Time machine is a POS [05 May 2010|06:09pm]
Dear Apple,

You are retarded, and time machine is complete shit.
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Tea Tasting 6 - Jasmine #5 [01 Apr 2010|02:32pm]
Normally, I find jasmine to be a sort of boring flavored tea. I put it in the same category as "Apple Cinnamon Tea" or similar constructions, though it has a much longer tradition.
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Tea tasting 5 - "Pu Erh Dante" [19 Mar 2010|03:42pm]
Today we tasted a Pu Erh. I liked it, but I don't really have the vocabulary.

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Tea tasting 4 - "Earl Grey Moonlight" [18 Mar 2010|02:36pm]
An Earl Gray blend with "flavor added" Read more...Collapse )
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Tea tasting 3 - Silver Needle [17 Mar 2010|02:11pm]
I've tried a green silver needle before which I don't remember particularly well, but today's is white.

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Tea tasting 2 - "Citron Green" [16 Mar 2010|11:19am]
Today I experimented with a 'blend'. By that I don't mean russian caravan, or Earl Gray, or any such traditional tea blend, but rather very explicitly flavored tea.
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Tea tasting - 1 Ti Quan Yin [15 Mar 2010|05:13pm]
Today I embarked on some tea ratings.

Deep bought every single sampler from adagio, so we're going to work through them.

First up is the Iron Goddess of Mercy, romanized as Tie Guan Yin, or Ti Kwan Yin, or other things. Sometimes it's translated as the Iron Goddess of Mercy, which I always vaguely associate with BSDM, myself, but.. that aside. Properly: 铁观音.


I've had many variations of the Ti Quan Yin over the years. Some of them more flowery, some of them flavored with oil, some close variations with green tea. It's perhaps the most common oolong category in the world.

This particular sample has the mild grassy notes I enjoy, and a bit of the flower. It's moderate on the astringency, which I enjoy in other teas, but never really loved in a Ti Quan Yin. Particularly a delight on the rear palate, I would give this tea a 7 on the personal enjoyment scale.
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ban all cars. [28 Jun 2009|03:10pm]
Ban.
All.
Cars.
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[13 May 2009|08:28pm]
I just finished Foucault's Pendulum. It was at times thought provoking, and often entertaining, but if I had to sum it up in a word it would be "pointless."
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os x 10.5 cron == FAIL [02 Apr 2009|10:31pm]
Apple is a UNIX right? So it has cron.

Well, sort of. They've witten their own terrible replacement, and the support for "legacy", ie. UNIX cron is busted out of the box.

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launchd sucks [15 Feb 2009|07:44pm]
launchd replaces a bunch of crufty but documented and transparent process management tools.
Failings: launchd's configuration format is horrific and unreadable, its documentation is unacceptably insufficient.

UNIX is old but transparent. OS X is new but opaque. It has not learned the lessons of why it's UNIX based in the first place. There's a reason for that, you know. Opaque has costs that rise and rise over time.
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Finder search doesn't understand its own categories [26 Jan 2009|08:39am]
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Throwaway post [07 Dec 2008|05:25pm]
Debian, I love you, but you need to speed up your release process a bit.

I've been actively bitten by around 10 or so bugs that are fixed upstream in STABLE releases of their code. The most galling was how the autosave functionality in inkscape is completely broken in the version ship, AND the crashes are more frequent. Patches have existed for a long long time, and the bug was fixed in a stable release nearly a year ago.

In your quest to "fix all the bugs" you avoid shipping bugfixes to your users.

Speed it up.
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[17 Nov 2008|10:50pm]
I was reading an article about the state of the SF Bay area housing market.
It seemed like solano county was the worst hit by the downturn, with nearly 40% of the homes "underwater", ie. worth less than the mortgages owed on them, and over 62% of sales on houses being for less than their prior sale.

I wondered, where is solano county. Of course the official site is useless, so I went to google maps. Apparently it's up around Vacaville and friends, on the way to Sacramento.

Google maps offers images, and related searches these days. Here's the related searches for Solano County:


  • new homes
  • outlet mall
  • fairfield
  • state prison
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I got another evite [12 Nov 2008|09:54pm]
First, this isn't about anyone in particular. I get lots of evites.
I don't like evites. I dont' like evite.


  • Evite messages don't say where or when the event is.
  • Tracking whether I read the actual invitation is creepy.
  • The way evite sometimes hides who sent the message obnoxious
  • I've gotten spam on addresses only evite knew about. Conclusion, using evite supports spam.
  • Once you've given evite my address, you can't ungive it.


World: Dont' use evite please, or if you must, please don't give my real email address to them.

In general, handing someone else's email address over to advertising-driven agencies is not OK. Most people would not consider doing this in the general case. Evite is not a special case.
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[05 Nov 2008|06:37am]
Sometimes, I forget that I'm a second class citizen. Thanks for the reminder, california.
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It's official: mormonism is unethical [28 Oct 2008|09:59pm]
Mormonism stands for bigotry, hatred, the removal of civil rights, and against the concept of brotherhood and equality for all. They stood against racial equality for many years, and now they have asked their members to damage their own financial well being to spread hatred and damage into the lives of their fellow countrymen.

The only ethical thing to do for current mormons is to leave the church.
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XP 64 install, anyone? [15 Oct 2008|12:50pm]
I'd like access (remote or local) to an xp 64 box somewhere, with IE7 insatalled.
I will need about 2 minutes of its time.

Alternatively if you want to do the legwork, you'll need to hit a url or two, maybe
copy and paste some text or take a screenshot.

Anyone got it? (I don't!)
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