[livejournal.com profile] cheesentoast and I are going to try and make me some clothes. To that end I need to figure out something about fabric. I've looked in a few places but it seems to be filled with stuff that's good for quilting but not clothing.

Where do you go to by fabric to make your clothing?

Taking a break from the fiction I’ve been reading I picked up a couple of books at the library that looked interesting but didn’t draw me enough to buy them outright. I started reading Logicomix last night and I’ve found it fascinating. Here’s the blurb about the book to introduce it to you:

Covering a span of sixty years, the graphic novel Logicomix was inspired by the epic story of the quest for the Foundations of Mathematics.

This was a heroic intellectual adventure most of whose protagonists paid the price of knowledge with extreme personal suffering and even insanity. The book tells its tale in an engaging way, at the same time complex and accessible. It grounds the philosophical struggles on the undercurrent of personal emotional turmoil, as well as the momentous historical events and ideological battles which gave rise to them.

The role of narrator is given to the most eloquent and spirited of the story’s protagonists, the great logician, philosopher and pacifist Bertrand Russell. It is through his eyes that the plights of such great thinkers as Frege, Hilbert, Poincaré, Wittgenstein and Gödel come to life, and through his own passionate involvement in the quest that the various narrative strands come together.

Reading the book has made me want to read more books about mathematics such as Whitehead and Russell’s Principia Mathematica. My concern is that my lack of higher mathematics will make the book frustrating and incomprehensible. Have any of you read the book? Would someone who doesn’t know much calculus be able to understand it? If not which areas of mathematics should I study first?


Mar. 12th, 2010 10:24 am

Thanks to everyone digging in their couch for change last year I received a nice bonus at work. So I think it's time to get out of the 4x3 standard definition world and pick up a decent 16x9 1080p TV. What would you recommend I get to hook up to my XBox 360? Due to the size of the entertainment space I'm looking for something in the 40" range that would be mounted on the wall.

I've been told that Plasma isn't a good choice since I'll be using it for gaming. True? False? Thoughts about LCD or LED?

I'm also thinking about some 5.1 sound action and a Blu-Ray player to round out the upgrades if you have any suggestions for that too I'm listening.


I'm working on creating a stop-motion film. Being a "responsible" adult I don't want to blow my budget and derail my debt reduction progress. So I'm going to use my Canon PowerShot A620 and I need a tripod to keep it steady while taking the still shots. I've looked at building a bottle cap tripod but that won't aim the camera at the angle I need. The camera can sit on the table so a tripod doesn't need to be tall. I would like to tilt the camera to get the desired perspective. The tripod doesn't have to be heavy duty as the A620 is a P&S camera and doesn't weigh much.

My question to you, you wonderful photographers, is what inexpensive tripod would you recommend?

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The back of this envelope contains the text "JERAR WYRZUCIĆ." Google and [livejournal.com profile] loba tell me that "WYRZUCIĆ" translates to "discard" but I've had no luck finding what "JERAR" means. Does anyone out there have an idea?

Do you consider yourself vegan? If so, is yeast acceptable?

Your baking friend is curious.

hollyking: (ahead full)

Now I've really drunk the Kool-Ade by purchasing a myTouch. So I've started downloading the developer tools. But what apps should I get to go with it? What's the best app for Twitter? What's a good app for storing passwords? Do you guys have suggetions?


Sep. 20th, 2009 05:37 pm

Does anyone have season 1 of Fringe on DVD I can borrow? I'd like to get caught up and the episodes aren't on Hulu anymore.

My savings account towards a new computer has reached my goal so I'm looking at parts for a new computer. I don't have questions about that other than hoping someone with some MS credit can hook me up with Windows 7 when it is released. (Happy Birthday to me!)

What I do have questions about is turning my current PC into a file/backup server. Questions like which of the various server options from Microsoft I should run. So if you have answers I would like to get together over a pint or two. Anyone up for that?

Here's a random question that came up in conversation yesterday. What's the difference between a motor and an engine? Is there one or are they interchangeable words for the same thing?


Thanks to a friend I have an HD TV now. It only has component inputs. According to the less than helpful customer service rep at Comcast I still don't know if their HD DVR boxes have component outputs. The CSR would say they only had HDMI, but didn't understand any question I asked him.

Does anyone have a Comcast HD DVR box? Does it truly only have HDMI output, or is there a component output on there too?

A thought about playing music has been running through my head for a while. I used to play trumpet and enjoyed it quite a bit. Last night [livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen suggested I pick up an instrument and start playing again. The question is which one? The issue with my teeth knocks a trumpet out of the running but a trombone or other bass instrument might work. I've toyed with the idea of playing electric guitar or bass and keyboards. There's always the unusual but possibly highly entertaining accordion or concertina. So many choices.

So here's a question for you. Imagine me up on the stage with the band and knocking down the house during a killer set. What am I playing?

Also, I'll buy a few pints in exchange for knowledge about what I would need for a basic electric guitar or bass setup. Sure, I could buy some starter kit off of Amazon, but I fought against a bad trumpet for years and I would rather not repeat that part of the experience.

And does anyone have an empty 1lb can? I have a few recipes that are baked in one and don't drink the stuff myself. I'll take them off your hands and keep them out of a landfill.

Does anyone have any information about New Roots Organics? I want to get more veggies in my diet and support a local business. It doesn't hurt that they deliver too.

360 RPGs?

Mar. 28th, 2009 02:37 pm

I've just finished Mass Effect and before that Fable: The Lost Chapters. I enjoyed both games and am looking for another to fill the void. I like RPGs but wasn't fond of the FPS elements in Mass Effect. (Ok, I really (really) enjoyed using the sniper rifle.) This makes me concerned about the amount of FPS combat in Fallout 3, but what I have seen of the game looks fun. Fable II is also on my list of possible games.

The question is what games might I be missing? I used to play a lot of RPGs on the PC and PlayStation but I've been out of the loop for a while so I was hoping my friends could point me in the right direction.

I bought a copy of John Robbins' Debugging Applications for Microsoft .NET and Microsoft Windows but it didn't come with the companion CD. I've searched the web for the files but Mr. Robbins seems to not have placed them online. Any chance some Seattle folks have the companion CD I could copy?


Feb. 25th, 2009 11:13 am
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[livejournal.com profile] hollyqueen and I have been working long and hard on fixing our finances and getting out of debt. We have too many credit cards and haven’t really been responsible with our money. Well last November that ended and together we’ve made changes to how we live, developed a plan of action and, most importantly, followed through with that plan. I’m excited that we’ve paid off our first card. Not only that but we kept on budget so that we have our fun money. It’s been a long time since the two of us were able to get away together and just relax.

The trick now is to figure out where we want to go. We were thinking of going to Langley because we’ve never been and their Chamber of Commerce says they have a lot of book stores. I’m not set on Langley though. What I would really like to find is a remote place with a few good shops to browse and food to eat. Any recommendations?

So I have a particular interest for a project. Can anyone point me in the direction of ads that were published looking for porters, animal handlers, supercargoes and other jobs that might be required for a Victorian era expedition? I have a short story idea for a young man who answers such an ad.

We have an election tomorrow and I haven't gotten my voter card or have any idea where I can go vote. I registered to vote over a month ago and hoped I would hear from the election board by now. Does anyone know who I can call or where I can look to find my polling place and what ID I need to vote in my new district?

Update: [livejournal.com profile] loree gave me a link to the King County elections website. According to their website I'm still registered at my old address. So much for filling out the voter registration form at the Bite of Seattle. They're closed now but I guess I'll call in the morning to see if I can pull a miracle out of my butt.

I'm switching from Emacs to VIM for a variety of reasons. One thing that I can't seem to figure out how to do is perform a substitution using a regular expression with captures. What I have is:


What I want is:


I think it would be easy using a command like %s/^\(\d+,\)\(\d+,\)\d+,\(\d+\)$/\1\2\3/, but all I get is the error message "Pattern not found." Looking at the VIM help the syntax looks right and I've made sure that magic is set. So I don't know what's going wrong.

What's wrong with my substitution?

Update: Fixed typos in the post that weren't used in VIM.



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