Lego Star Wars II: Stuck at Echo Base?

So, the Wee Lad got this rather fun, puzzle-oriented game from his uncle (my brother) for his birthday, and we’ve been having a lot of fun with that. He gets to play it as time allows, but if he has a particularly good day at school, I reward that by setting aside time that night to specifically work with him
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We kick pain in the teeth!

Power Kickbox Orthodontist! Not photoshopped. This building on 79 (E. Palm Valley) at N. Georgetown Ave in Round Rock. It’s behind the restaurant on the NW corner.

Ummm, Sand!

Wee lass was completely engrossed in this virtual sandbox that my brother linked to me. She made the picture you can see below or in the gallery at


Who’s the bitwise instruction that’s in state machines on all your chips? SHIFT! Can you dig it? They say that cat SHIFT is one bad input MUXer! (Shut your mouth!) I’m just talkin about SHIFT! (Then we can dig it!) (Yes. I *could* do the rest. But WHY?)

*squee* it’s bruce!

Slackerwood has the scoop. Of course, I *liked* The Man With the Screaming Brain, although I’ll admit that it may have been the antics of Comrade Joxer that saved the movie for me. It was Alien Apocalypse that left me feeling betrayed.

Office 2007 / DOCX files got you down?

Recently a few people have asked me how to open DOCX files, which are created in Word 2007 / Office 2007. I have found 4 solutions so far: Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac is perhaps the canonical solution. It won’t make new Office 2007 documents, but I haven’t tried doing that in the other solutions either.
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Particle Physics: Putting the FUN in FUNcertainty!

Feeling uncertain? Gain the confidence you need with our Large Hadron Collider! In these uncertain times, we all need results we can trust. At CERN and Fermilab, scientists are working around the clock to address these problems, taking very precise measurements which, by their very nature vary nature. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will introduce further uncertainty in the velocity
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So much fun it should be illegal.

So, yesterday some of you may have noticed that was down. Today you might notice that it’s back up. I bet you are wondering what happened. Or not. That’s ok, I’m going to give you the short version anyway. 🙂 The system experienced multiple concurrent physical failures. Specifically, the connector on one of the disk drives crumbled (not the
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So, after much deliberation, I have installed Leopard. So far, I am quite encouraged. It “feels” a little zippier. It looks a little better (Apple has been slowly re-vamping the look since at least the release of Panther, and it’s finally beginning to look consistent again.) This is the ongoing checklist of things I need working under Leopard (Mac OS/X
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ban dihydrogen monixide

i am so totally signing a petition to ban this. two cleanups on my property in two years. totally done with it. up the irons! click here to see the most recent carnage…