Rattle back, Rattleback!

As part of the course requirements for the mechanics class I took, a team of which I was a part designed a Rattleback. A rattleback is a top that appears to have a preferred direction of rotation, i.e. if you start spinning it the wrong way, it (unintuitively) will ...

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Think of those out there in the cold.

While I don’t typically propagate knitting or crochet content, this one was too good to pass up. :)

So, if you have a pretty pitiful-looking tree outside your window, why don’t you do it a favor, and…

KNIT IT A SWEATER? :D

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Oh, and Josie (whose friend Jay pointed ...

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Audio player problems

I have generally been very happy with my new Samsung YP-MT6Z, until I hit a snag today. From my tests, it seems that the total lengh of all folder names on the device cannot exceed a certain number, on the order of a kilobyte or so. That boils down ...

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Rain Damage, Rain Damage, Go Away

As I previously reported, my old laptop, aramis, got rained on and sustained water damage resulting in—lo and behold—not a dead computer. In fact, most of it was fine, it even booted into X, and all of its components were usable, it would just always crash after around ...

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Taking notes like Germans do

Since the semester at Brown starts back tomorrow, I was a little concerned about my total lack of writing material. I still have my non-standard ruled paper from last year, but since a) it’s not a standard size, not even US-Letter, much less A4 and b) I don ...

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2005 in Review

Since it’s been relatively (cough) quiet around here, despite promises to the contrary, I’ll add a summary of my highlights of 2005, and hope that that will shed a bit of light on the latter half of the year, where many of you might not have heard as ...

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