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Mathematician, artist, father, circus performer, musician.

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mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The Ether Thief

Wicked cool. Mac lets you set it as a shortcut. I just can't stop toggling now!

Lots of good points there. goobster makes the point about what vehicle safety inspections look like in Europe and Scandanavia. I live in Norway, where as he says the inspections take over an hour (and cost about $80). We don't have to be able to diagram engine parts for our driver's licenses, but it's not easy to get one. There are different requirements for immigrants based on the the country you're coming from. I got off easy because I moved from the US with a valid driver's license. I only had to take a 45 minute road test.

One problem with Norwegian driver's licenses -- they are valid until you're 100 years old, although you have to a driving fitness test every 5 years starting at age 80. My driver's license expires in 2068.

Possibly! The environment changes and species go extinct - I reckon we'll see quite a few disappear as the planet warms. I don't think is necessarily a bad thing. As species disappear, new ones appear and thrive in the new conditions... so it has gone and so it will go. Homo sapiens will one day disappear as well, I just hope something smarter takes our place!

In my country, tipping is limited to rounding up a few cents to the nearest 20 or 50 crowns. Servers make good salary, they make what they're worth without having to busk. The customer is not expected to directly pay their wages. Servers are good servers because that's their job and they're professionals, not because they're hoping to get extra reward for doing the job they're being paid well for already.

My unpopular opinions:

It is a good thing that some species go extinct.

Genetically modified foods are generally a good thing.

The EU requires vehicle inspections every 2 years. We all grumble every time our EU-kontroll comes due but dutifully take our cars in to find out there's a light burned out and a shock-absorber that's worn. We pay up, people complain but generally agree that it is nice to know that your car has everything fixed and every other car is in good condition. I actually like getting everything fixed on my car every two years.

Folks that don't like the inspections quote the studies that say required vehicle inspections do not improve safety. But that doesn't seem to make sense. Google will give you stats favoring both side. I do know I see almost no cars broken down on the road, which I used to see often when in the US. How do cars on the side of the highway affect safety, both for the driver and passengers of that car and of the other cars? It is not zero.

The question seems to be of cost-effectiveness: what is the cost of these inspections vs. the costs of repairs after failure/accident, hospitalization and funeral expenses related to vehicle failure, and is it worth this cost?

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: DIYski! Lasercutting my own desk

Love it! Well done.

Spent the morning at the nearby highschool (there aren't many nearby highschools in rural Norway) where I'm allowed to play with their laser cutter. Only my second day on it, they've used it only for glass engraving so I'm the guinea pig for cutting plywood. Got some good results today but plenty to learn. I'm prototyping puzzle pieces that will become products - fun and exciting work.

My secondary goal is to develop a clean workflow to go from Sketchup Make to a laser cut piece in the correct size as designed in SU, using freeware programs like Vectr and Acrobat. I can't use Inkscape because it cheats and doesn't export vector graphics.

What software do you use?

I've been reading this, digesting it slowly over several days and loving it!

The author says you need to read all 6 chapters to get up to speed just to understand the amazing project underways. I'm on chapter 3 now and getting a feeling for where this is going...

Very clever that BM (for bone marrow) written in Braille and turned upside down is your company logo. You guys thought of EVERYTHING!

Seriously awesome guys. Been a follower since day 1. I already have a bag of stem cells in a freezer in Norway. I like to think of a magic potion, ready to save my life (again) someday!

We had a large fenced in area around our chickens, about 4 feet high if I recall correctly, and it kept the chickens in. The fencing was cheap wire fence from Home Depot, kept in place with metal stakes in the ground. We kept the coop in the same place and shifted the fenced area between the right and left sides as the grass got eaten up.

I'd recommend getting a compost tumbler. You can rake out the coop once a week and throw all the straw and chicken shit in the tumbler, along with kitchen scraps. It makes awesome soil in a short time (a few weeks, again if memory serves).

4 chickens is a great number. If you go to 10 you'll have more eggs than you can eat and enough to give to friends. I'd get a mix of chickens based on egg color. It is a lot of fun to take your child out every morning to gather a mix of eggs in white, brown, blue, green, pink, and white with brown speckles. It's like Easter every morning.

Advice: do not have 75 chickens. This is exactly the wrong number of chickens to have. Enough to create serious work. Not enough to create money from egg sales. 4-10 chickens or over 300.

mike  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Seriously, the guy has a point

I am less moved by the argument that the Fearless Girl is an advertisement as I am by the argument that this artwork changes the meaning of another. The statue is great, the positioning is amazing, the two pieces work together so powerfully to deliver an important message. But that's also the problem. It's would be the same if another artist added to the bull statue so that someone was riding it. The two pieces together are now essentially one work of art.

I love the new artwork, but I would be pissed off too if I were Di Modica.

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