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Living Room / CQ CQ ham radio operators
« on: June 05, 2010, 05:35 PM »
I have a medium-sized box of QST magazines dating back to at least February of 1916.  Do you have any idea if there is a club that would be interested in having them?  I've asked national ARRL, but haven't heard from them yet.  The local club doesn't have a library so can't take them.  If I don't have a home for them by June 15, I'll be discarding them.  Any ideas?

Living Room / Cleaning up whe you spill something on your keyboard
« on: March 01, 2010, 09:19 PM »
While looking for ways to clean up from a liquid spill on a keyboard (not out of idle curiosity, to be sure), I came upon this, from  You probably all know this already, but a reminder might be good.

If you act fast and you’re lucky, your keyboard can be salvaged.
Here’s how to do it.
1. Shut off or unplug the computer. If the keyboard is a separate device, disconnect it from the computer immediately.
2. Turn the unit upside down so that it can drain. Do this before running off to find paper towels or some other absorbent cleanup aid.
3. Pat dry every accessible surface with paper towels, paper napkins ... heck, use your shirt if you have to. If only plain water was spilled, just leave the keyboard to dry. If you spilled something hot and
sticky, however, you’ll have more work to do.
4. If it’s a laptop, remove the battery.
5. Do not rinse your laptop. Just let it dry out. As for computer keyboards that have been disconnected from a desktop computer, prepare to be shocked: not only can they be hand washed, some say
you can even put computer keyboards through the dishwasher. Just be certain your device is 100% dry before reconnecting it.
6. Laptops need to be cleaned the slow way. Same goes for computer keyboards if you don’t want to risk the water-rinsing method. Gently pop off the keys one-byone using a flat-head screwdriver for
gentle leverage. Using cotton swabs or a toothbrush, clean the exposed surface with isopropyl alcohol.
7. If anything sticky made it inside the laptop, an internal cleanup will be required. If you’re not a techie, play it safe and call an expert for help. In the meantime, keep your laptop upside down or tilted in a warm, sunny location or near a heat source.
Tip: Never use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process; static damage could result. Also, in the case of a bad spill, the incoming blast of hot air could actually drive the mess further into the machine.

Living Room / How to get from Seattle Washington to Tokyo Japan by car
« on: December 11, 2009, 06:29 PM »
It's difficult, but not impossible.  Go to google maps.  Type in directions from seattle washington to tokyo japan (by car).  Pay special attention to directions 8 and 23.

Living Room / What's your favorite LOL joke?
« on: November 02, 2009, 01:32 PM »
I'll start with this one:

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale ' He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.

The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.

'You talk?' he asks.

'Yep,' the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'

The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.'

'I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.''  I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

'Ten dollars,' the guy says.

'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'

'Because he's a liar! He never did any of that shit.

Can anyone recommmend a good text-reading software?  I want it both to hear things read to me while I'm doing something else, and to hear foreign text read in the appropriate language.

I've looked at these: and but can't tell the difference.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Living Room / 500 years of female portraits
« on: October 21, 2007, 08:15 PM »
I found this video of 500 years of female portraits so charming.  I hope you like it.

edited to attach picture
Screenshot - 10_21_2007 , 8_17_00 PM_thumb.png

Living Room / Gender bender
« on: April 29, 2007, 07:20 AM »
The poll is completely anonymous.  No names.  No avatars.  Just numbers.  So come on out and reveal yourselves.




Text and Assignment Written by momonan

The deadline for this assignment is December 31.

Week TEN Assignment: Stephen Covey Assignment Part 2

A few weeks ago, we discussed the book “First Things First,” and the ideas espoused by Stephen Covey, principle-centered leadership guru and author of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”  This week, we will be exploring the ideas in more detail, providing some examples, and challenging ourselves to continue organizing the way we get things done, but with the focus on fine-tuning WHAT it is that we want to be doing.

First a review of FTF

FTF provides a compass to help us do what is most meaningful, to assure that we lead our lives in ways that best reflect our values.   It doesn’t replace conventional “to do” lists, but guides us so we don’t do the small things first, and leave no time to get to the big things.

The first step to gain focus is to create a mission statement.  This is the overarching document that announces what you want your life to stand for and the principles that will guide you – something to look at every time you sit down to set goals for yourself.

The second step is to identify the important roles you play in your life, such as husband/wife, parent, friend, employer/employee, community member.

The third step is to realize that there are four fundamental areas of each person’s life: physical (food, clothing, shelter), social (relating to other people, belonging, loving), mental (learning, individual growth), and inspirational (having a sense of purpose, making a contribution).  In order to lead a balanced life, it is essential to keep all four of these fundamental areas in mind while executing our action plan.

The fourth step is to establish goals for what we want to accomplish in our lives.  The goals take their direction from the mission statement and address the four fundamental areas of our lives through the important roles we play in our world.

It’s sort of like a business plan for our lives – something we can look over periodically to make sure our “to do” lists are in keeping with our life goals and that the things on our list don’t stress only one aspect of our fundamental needs, while ignoring others that are equally (or more) important.

Your assignment:

Your assignment this week will be to draft your own mission statement (maybe enlist the help of friends and/or family members) and some goals to guide you into the next year.  Then you are to devise one action (something to put on your TODO list) that you can complete the first week in January that advances one of your goals.  Here are some samples to get you started:

Sample mission statements:

A mission statement can be broad and generic, something that merely sums up the principles you want to follow.  Here are some examples:

My mission is to lead a balanced life, to act with integrity and honesty, and to leave things better than I find them.

I will embrace and see each day as not just another day, but one filled with opportunity and excitement.  I alone will choose for myself those endeavors I wish to pursue.

My mission is be a force for positive change and to act in a manner that brings out the best in me and those important to me.

Sample goals:

Using your mission statement as a guide, goals should be developed that include something from each of the fundamental areas of our lives, using the roles that you play in your world.  Here are some examples:

For myself, I want to develop self-knowledge, self love, and self-allowing.  In my family, I want to build healthy, loving relationships in which we let each other become our best selves.  At work, I want to establish a fault-free, self-perpetuating, learning environment.  For myself, I want to develop self-knowledge and self-love.  In the world, I want to nurture the development of all life forms, in harmony with the laws of nature.

To be the person my children look to with pride when they say: “This is my dad.”  To be the one my children come to for love, comfort and understanding.  To be the friend known as caring and always wiling to listen empathically to their concerns.  To be a person not willing to win at the cost of another’s spirit.  To be a person who speaks for the one that cannot, to listen for the one that cannot hear, see for the one without sight, and have the ability to say, “You did that, not I.”  To have my deeds always match my words.

I want to be known by my family as a caring and loving husband and father; to my business associates as a fair and honest person; and my friends as someone they can count on.  To the people who work for me and with me, I pledge my respect and will strive every day to earn their respect. 

I will show love rather than expect love. I choose to make a difference in this world.

Sample actions:

Take my daughter to the children's art museum (or somewhere else I know she likes).
Tell my business associate how much I appreciate the work he/she did on the ______ project.
Take one 20-minute brisk walk.
Ask my wife/husband/mate what work around the house would be most appreciated - and do it.
Tackle the clutter on one shelf of one bookcase.
Buy $10 extra in canned goods next time I go shopping and deliver it to the local food pantry.
Take the trash out/do a load of laundry/clean out the refrigerator -- without being asked.
Ask one friend to go to one movie, or come over for dinner (or some other event).


The Getting Organized Experiment of 2006 / Mark Forster & Do It Tomorrow
« on: September 19, 2006, 05:52 AM »
I have my synopsis/review of Steven Covey's "First Things First" book well underway, and I'm very excited at the possibilities it offers for deciding WHAT to do.  I'll post it once we've gone through the "Do It Tomorrow" phase of our experiment.

I'm wondering, though, if anyone else is having a problem getting a copy of Mark Forster's book(s).  I haven't been able to locate one yet (that would ship quickly), and I must confess that I don't have a good grasp on what his system entails.  Would anyone be willing to write up a (fairly detailed) description of what it's all about?  That would be tremendously helpful.

Living Room / 100 questions
« on: September 09, 2006, 09:05 AM »
You probably all know about this project in Berlin -- where people from around the world are asked provocative questions.  But, just in case, you can see live streaming here:

Has anyone on DC been by there to see what's it's like?

Living Room / Serendipity
« on: September 02, 2006, 12:59 PM »
mrainey's story of how he overcame math block to go on to code math-related programs was inspirational.  See here:  https://www.donation...38.msg35178#msg35178

Made me wonder how many of the other members of this site have had careers that followed unpredictable, serendipitious, paths.  It would really be good for the people just starting out to hear how hanging on and paying attention to chance circumstances can lead to unexpected pleasures.  Anyone have a story to share?

Living Room / avatar enlargement
« on: May 22, 2006, 06:21 AM »
Hey, mouser, is there any way we could click on an avatar to make it larger?  Some of the pictures seem interesting, and it would be nice to get a really good look.  Either allow for expansion on the forum post itself or, alternatively, allow for expansion by going to the person's profile in the yearbook. 

I'm thinking particularly of the avatars created by OldElmerFudd, AlphaWolf, and mjfreelancing, but there are many other unique ones.  For a visual explosion, go to the supporter yearbook (link at top right) and use the tab for avatars: nine pages and growing!  8)

Living Room / How -- and why -- do you use different browsers?
« on: April 26, 2006, 01:23 PM »
With all this talk about Opera 9, I realize I don't have a grasp on why one would use one browser over another.  I read the link mentioned here:  https://www.donation...dex.php?topic=2528.0.   And it helped.

But, it would be so good if some of you who use several browsers -- or have chosen one over the others -- could explain exactly why that is.  Do you like the display?  Do you like the way it allows you to keep several sites available at once?  Do you like the way it handles favorites?  What, exactly, is it?

Any screenshots you can provide would be much appreciated. :-*

Living Room / The brain's judgmental biases
« on: April 17, 2006, 09:58 AM »
Good article in the New York Times today on the way the practically unavoidable way the brain makes judgmental biases.  http://www.nytimes.c...4db20&ei=5087%0A

Living Room / singing headlines
« on: April 05, 2006, 06:05 AM »
If you want a vocal rendition of the news, you can find it here.  ;D

General Software Discussion / software for colorblind
« on: March 13, 2006, 08:58 AM »
Looks like something interesting has been developed to help people with colorblindness distinguish colors in charts, etc.

Here's their description:

EyePilot Color Guide Software is an easy to use, interactive software program that enables you to work more effectively with color information. Using eyePilot, you can better understand and work with a wide range of color-dependent web sites, documents, graphics and computer applications.  eyePilot helps to end confusion around the use of color graphics such as pie charts, maps, web links and data plots.
 eyePilot is designed as an interactive floating window (Capture Window) that can be layered over any web or browser window on your computer screen. The eyePilot tools then can be put to work.

  Gray: Isolates all instances of a single color by keeping everything that is that color unchanged and graying out all other colors.  This makes it very clear which content is represented by a specific color.
     weather maps
     financial charts
     subway maps
     cell phone coverage maps
  Flash: When any spot of one color is clicked on, this tool flashes as white or black all other instances of that color in the frame.
     pie charts
     bar charts
     weather maps
     flow charts
  Name: When the name of a color (red, green, orange, etc.) is clicked on in a list, this tool flashes as white or black all instances of that color in the frame.
     traffic maps
     catalog illustrations
     graphic arts
  Hue: This tool interactively the rearranges all the colors in the capture frame, allowing you to find a setting where the color information is more easily differentiated.
     colored text
     complex maps
     scatter charts
     engineering drawings

Living Room / protection from keylogging threats
« on: February 27, 2006, 07:19 PM »
Anyone know the best way to protect against keylogging that grabs passwords?  See

Living Room / obsessive drawing
« on: February 24, 2006, 10:14 AM »
I saw this really neat art exhibit at the Folk Art Museum in New York City the other day, called "Obsessive Drawing."  It presented the works of four people who have spent countless hours -- years, really -- making drawings that have an obsessive quality about them, a need to fill space repetitively, trance-like.

It was kind of scary, yet compelling and wonderful.  Sort of fits in with the "autism quotient" thread.  You can get some idea by looking at these pictures.  Check it out.  If you're intrigued, read the New York Times review at the bottom of the page for more info about these remarkable pictures.

Reminds me of an interview I heard, many years ago, of a man who had sheds full of journals, floor to ceiling.  He started recording his daily activities and got ever more detailed.  Soon he was reporting on the number of steps he took to get to the refrigerator, the number of peas on his plate, the lint on his shirt, etc.  He actually didn't have time to "do" anything because he was so busy recording every detail of what was happening and these activities interfered.  Funnily enough, he seemed quite happy with his life.

Living Room / Where's CarolHaynes?
« on: February 01, 2006, 10:50 PM »
I so miss the wisdom and wit of CarolHaynes. Have you tired of us?  If not, and you have just moved into something equally fascinating, care to let us in on it?

Living Room / cheatsheet to find a human
« on: November 24, 2005, 06:42 AM »
Found this yesterday.  A list of buttons to push when you want to bypass telephone answering menus and reach a human.

For full article, you can read:

Living Room / video game design classes
« on: November 22, 2005, 10:53 AM »
This may be old news to some, but check this out.  Vrgrrl is ahead of her time. Video game design classes offered at more major universities.

Living Room / supporters yearbook
« on: November 06, 2005, 09:05 AM »
Maybe I'm the only one, but I have enjoyed looking over the supporters yearbook now and again.  See https://www.donation....php?action=yearbook  It's fun to look at all the avatars side by side, and read the quotations that are offered.  Now I see that the supporters yearbook button has been replaced by the google feature, and there doesn't seem to be any way to get to it.  Any chance the supporters yearbook link could stay in there, as well?

Or, better, maybe add a link at the top of the site (say, between "links" and "donate")?

Living Room / Thank you note for donating
« on: November 03, 2005, 09:32 PM »
It's worth donating again just to get another look at the "more dignified, business-like thank you message" that is offered at the conclusion.  An endearing remembrance of the spirit of this site.

Find And Run Robot / Feature request - launch from number pad
« on: November 03, 2005, 09:59 AM »
My fingers really want to launch from the number pad -- especially since the pause/break key is right there.  I don't see an option for this and get nothing when I try it.  Is it possible to provide launch from the number pad (as long as num lock is on, of course), since it seems like such a loooong way over to the numbers at the top. :-[

Living Room / incremental vs differential
« on: November 02, 2005, 04:25 AM »
 I have a new computer and have done my first monthly full-system backup using Acronis.  I want to do another backup now, before I install some additional programs.
    a.  is it better to do "incremental" or "differential"?  What's really the difference?
    b.  why should it take over an hour to do an incremental backup?  This will be a real disincentive to doing it.  Somehow, I got the notion I could do a quick incremental backup before installing a new program.  Is there another way to do this that doesn't take so long? 

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