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Monthly Archives: January 2013

wto logoThe World Trade organization (WTO) today authorized Antigua to suspend U.S. copyrights, which means they can move forward with plan to start a download portal offering movies, music and software without paying royalties to the American companies that own them. Read More »

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quirky oxo duspan prior inventionQuirky accuses OXO of copying one their designs: A dustpan with spikes to comb off the fluff which sticks to the brush. Read More »

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Caption: In spite of the 2007 date on this shot, this camera appears to be live and working now, I’ve watched it change from an adult woman at the table with both kids (doing homework?), to this one of the boy alone at the table. Creeped out that they’re exposed to the world without knowing it!
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sous vide water bath prototypeI’m trying to cook the perfect steak, evenly pink throughout with a thin brown crust — and almost no grey in between. I think the way to get there is via sous vide: To poach a steak medium rare and then to sear on a tasty crust using a propane torch.

My experiments in sous vide starts with a prototype hot water bath in the workshop. I replaced a non-working thermostat in this piece of old lab equipment with the temperature controller for a tropical aquarium. More on the build in a later post, when I’ve worked out all the kinks and housed all the pieces safely. Read More »

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Velveeta, “that gooey product has a permanent home in many American panties” claims an article on LiveStrong! Really? Read More »

whitehouse aaron swartz petition 20,874Likely more symbolic than to have the outcome it pleads for I signed the White House petition to “Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.”

If you would like to lean a little into the pain of Aaron’s persecution The New York Times article Internet Activist, a Creator of RSS, Is Dead at 26, Apparently a Suicide and Lawrence Lessig’s blog Prosecutor as bully are good places to start.

Sign the White House petition here.

Links: TechDirt’s Carmen Ortiz Releases Totally Bogus Statement Concerning The Aaron Swartz Prosecution