Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First Recorded Senior Moment



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Impressive Results From New Cancer Drug - New York Times

NYT: After long fight, cancer drug suddenly effective - The New York Times- msnbc.com
updated 2:57 p.m. ET, Tues., Feb. 23, 2010

For the melanoma patients who signed on to try a drug known as PLX4032, the clinical trial was a last resort. Their bodies were riddled with tumors, leaving them almost certainly just months to live.

But a few weeks after taking their first dose, nearly all of them began to recover.



Saturday, February 20, 2010

Love Hot Dogs? Watch This.




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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Redirected Blog

I have setup a subdomain and have redirected my blog to it.  The new location for this blog is http://mothershiphq.bbbrown.com/ .  Will it work?  That remains to be seen.  I believe I have to wait until the DNS for the new subdomain is propagated throughout the Internet.  That can take up to 48 hours so it might be a while before this can be seen.  I am posting here to see how long it will take for the subdomain to appear.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Roku Rocks

I have been using my Roku a lot.  I turned on debugging mode by using 5 times 3 times 3 times.  After watching it for a bit it seems that the box is learning my network's capacity and is now streaming much more reliably.  I have found a lot of content in the channel store and am liking Roku more and more. 

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Monday, February 08, 2010

One Sentence archive - story #3516

One Sentence archive - story #3516

Can you tell a story in one sentence? That was an interesting challenge. My favorite is number 3516. Click on the link above to read it.
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Linus' blog: Happy camper

Linus' blog: Happy camper

Interesting argument for using a smartphone and for the Nexus One in particular. Linus Torvals, known for creating the operating system, Linux, comments:

I no longer feel like I'm dragging a phone with me "just in case" I would need to get in touch with somebody - now I'm having a useful (and admittedly pretty good-looking) gadget instead. The fact that you can use it as a phone too is kind of secondary.

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Michael Paul Smith's Awesome Dioramas and Models

Michael Paul Smith has posted photos of his models on Flickr.  As one who has enjoyed building scale models for most of his life I am awed by his skills.  Check a slideshow of his photos here.

For more info on his modeling and photos please click here.





Mixed Results with Roku

I have had mixed results with my Roku video streaming device. When it works it delivers really nice video to my TV and sound system. But, the problem is the device is totally dependent on the quality of your network connection. Sometimes I can stream an entire HD movie from Amazon with no problems. Other times I get reloads and stumbles. Searching the Roku forum revealed that there were some settings that might help. These settings set the minimum bandwidth for the device rather than leaving it to be automatically set. I received mixed results from those tweaks as well.

I am still testing and tweaking trying to find the optimal setting for my network. My ISP is AT&T. I pay for 6mbps DSL which should be more than adequate for most people. I think the problem might be that I have five computers, a Wii, the Roku and an Iphone grabbing bandwidth from my network. Not all of them are on at the same time but I did find that when my Iphone is using WiFi in my house that it grabs a big chunk of bandwidth.

My results with the Roku are mixed. When it works it is very nice delivering 5.1 sound from Amazon and HD video. I can stream my Netflix Instant Que and watch a lot of techie video podcasts such as TWIT.TV and others. Because of my network situation it is not a spontaneous experience since one never knows what quality video one will get. When the device has to rebuffer because of problems with the network it drives me crazy.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Citation Manager

How to Clip, Sort, and Cite the Entire Web with Zotero - Information - Lifehacker

If I were really serious about research this Firefox plugin would be very valuable.  At this point I am not motivated to be so disciplined about researching anything.