RSS Beanie

With weather being anything but conformable, everybody out here is wearing scarfs, gloves, balaclava, etc.. A day or two ago I saw a student walking down the sidewalk wearing this:

For a moment I had gotten all excited, seeing some random guy with the Mozilla Feed icon on his head, but soon enough I realized it was just a North Face beanie. Ah well…

That’s my story for today. And I’ll leave you with this sorta interesting fact – that the “beanie” is more properly referred to as a tuque.

Traffic Widget

Things have bee a little quiet here in my little corner of the blogosphere (though I assure you real life has been far more eventful). So today I thought I’d liven things up a bit with a post on the maintenance update I did for Traffic a few weeks ago – Exciting!

First I updated the default quota to 2GB, (up from the 750MB, which cause all sorts of problems when listening to SomaFM for days). Then switched things over to using the Apple classes). And, well, that was it. Enjoy the rest of your day.

As Seen at WWDC

A gigantic Papier-mâché BNC Connector near the Marina. I have no idea from whence it came or what on earth it could conceivably be used for.

And before you ask – no, I did not find the female connector.

Fun with Dust-Off…

Dust-off canister

No, not that kind of fun – I’m talking about fun with endothermic reactions!

You see – Dust-Off isn’t really compressed air (pressurized Nitrogen is pretty boring) but is in fact liquid difluoroethane. So what happens when you release a liquid with a boiling point well below that of room temperature (-24.9 °C)?

Lets find out:
Calulations

You get a reaction that will absorb an awful lot of energy from it’s surroundings (you can freeze stuff).

Getting more to the point- around here, in the summer, I come across a fair bunch of house spiders and, while I don’t mind them outdoors, can’t have them wandering around indoors. The problem is that they can be pretty tough to catch (especially the small ones) and mashing them makes a mess (especially the big ones). However, with the help of the aforementioned fluorocarbon, dealing with insects is a breeze.

All you need to do is give the can a good shake, tilt sideways and aim and fire. If you do things correctly the nozzle (moistened by shaking) will produce a directed spray of very fine difluoroethane droplets that, due to the their large surface area, vaporize rapidly – making the immediate surroundings very cool.

Bonus: on a humid day, your very likely to see frost form from the spray!

It’s all about the Brackets, Baby!

Obj-C hands picture

With C4[1] starting tomorrow (which I, sadly, won’t be at). It seems apropos that I put out my graphical rendering of Rentzsch’s Obj-C sign from C4[0]. There you are!

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The Crankflip Tee

As I mentioned before I’m now a unicyclist of sorts and, as I should post about soon, I also have a fetish for unique, swanky tshirts- the combination of which brought me to, over the past month or so, immerse myself in the world of professional printing. The result of which I present to you now:

Unicycle Tshirt Picture

I’m calling it my Crankflip Tee, and it’s been my first hands-on experience with custom tees – how exciting!

Getting more to the point, now that I’ve completed the design I’m getting ready to get it professionally screen printed in a week or two. Since I’ve already had a few inquiries on the shirts from inside and outside the unicyclist community I’ve set up a page for ordering them here.

Over the next few weeks I hope to get much wiser to the ways of low-volume, custom printing. If the experience proves itself to be worthwhile you can expect to see a few more designs to make their way onto quality, sweatshop-free cotton in the not too distant future.

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