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Category Archives: Hobby & General Interest

Knuth, TeX, and Line breaking algorithms

I’ve caught the bug and its wonderful world of typesetting and typography wonkiness. Knuth has gone to great lengths to make open and publish all the details of and important algorithms it uses (e.g. those for line-breaking). It occurred to me to research if/how folks are actually using these fine algorithms. Others are interested too […]

Happiness is a warm puppy.

Mr. Max “Trouble” Beets ignores the dangers (my feet and electricity) to snooze away the afternoon under my desk…

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Downton Abbey — So Choice.

It’s a bit after the fact, but for posterity just let me say that I have savored the two seasons of the series Downton Abbey which hails from England and was broadcast by PBS Masterpiece in the United States.  God — some “choice” television indeed.  Yes, I have laughed; I have cried; I have watched […]

HP-33S Calculator – Separated at birth from late model Ford Fiesta?

  As a long-time enthusiast of RPN calculators from HP — an enthusiasm launched with the purchase of an HP-42S at the UC Irvine bookstore in 1989 — the fairly recent HP-33S scientific calculator has always distressed me with its horrible, horrible, horrible chevron keyboard and design motif.  Who actually thinks this is cool or […]

Steve Inskeep: “Instant City” | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Brief listen this morning while brushing teeth — familiar voice Steve Inskeep.  Missed his new book discussion, but very much appreciated his mid-western attitude and sense of humility and gratefulness (for his radio career) in the face of challenges like night and weekend work (while juggling family). Also, appreciated his pure love of radio as […]