Category Archives: Microblogging

This is an archive of my posts to Google+ and older posts to identi.ca and twitter.com.

Amazingly clear day in St

Maarten today. Usually we're lucky to see Statia, but today it's clear as day, with a view of St. Kitts and even Nevis further off in the distance.
Amazingly clear day in St. Maarten today. Usually we’re lucky to see Statia, but today it’s clear as day, with a view of St. Kitts and even Nevis further off in the distance.

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Watching the #NHL All Star Game I'm reminded why I usually don't bother

Watching the #NHL All Star Game I'm reminded why I usually don't bother. Hockey with no defence and no checking is a boring waste of time.

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Some more pics of Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

Some more pics of Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

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I found it! Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

It's just a little below the Pleiades now. Not the best picture you'll see of it, but that's about as good as my camera can do with a 315mm (equiv) lens.
I found it! Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2
It’s just a little below the Pleiades now. Not the best picture you’ll see of it, but that’s about as good as my camera can do with a 315mm (equiv) lens.

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Well I tried to find comet Lovejoy last night.  I found Orion, Aldebaran, and The…

Well I tried to find comet Lovejoy last night.  I found Orion, Aldebaran, and The Pleiades.  I used my binoculars to search around where the comet should be, got a kink in my neck, and saw lots of fainter stars, but nothing obviously a comet. Hmmm. Comet finding is harder than it sounds.  I guess I'll try again tonight.

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Until I read this I had no interest in seeing this movie, expecting it to be typical…

Until I read this I had no interest in seeing this movie, expecting it to be typical American patriotic tripe.  Now I'm interested, if only to see how Eastwood treats Chris Kyle.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/06/real-american-sniper-hate-filled-killer-why-patriots-calling-hero-chris-kyle

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The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero? | Lindy West
Lindy West: Clint Eastwood’s film about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has hit a raw nerve in America, with right wingers calling for the rape or death of anyone ungrateful enough to criticise his actions

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Yet another exception to the Central Dogma

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/grawk-proteins-making-proteins/

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Science Graphic of the Week: Scientists Discover the First Protein That Can Edit Other Proteins | WIRED
A new graphic shows how that DNA isn’t the only thing in charge of handing out code for proteins.

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Sad to see Team USA get eliminated.  The game against Canada a few days ago was…

Sad to see Team USA get eliminated.  The game against Canada a few days ago was one of the most entertaining hockey games I've seen in years.
http://www.tsn.ca/shestyorkin-shines-as-russia-tops-u-s-to-advance-to-wjc-semifinals-1.173142

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Shestyorkin shines as Russia tops U.S. to advance to WJC semifinals
Moving On

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The next time I see some small retailer complaining about losing business to large…

The next time I see some small retailer complaining about losing business to large retailers like Amazon, I think I'm going to puke.

Every once in a while I make the mistake of trying to shop somewhere other than Amazon. A few weeks ago I tried to order a car stereo from Crutchfield.com.  They have a good website, and they make a big deal about how great they are for accepting international credit cards.  They seemingly have a good reputation so I thought I'd try them out, even though their price was more than Amazon.

Turns out that even though they technically do accept international credit cards, they make international customers jump through ridiculous hoops. They required conditions that were impossible for me to meet using my favourite forwarding service, at least without spending a lot more money.  After a couple of days of email back-and-forth I finally got frustrated enough to tell them to piss-off – I'd take my business to Amazon who value their international customers.

So, I figured that was the end of it… Crutchfield are asses and I'd never shop with them again.  Except next they decided to put me on their catalogue mailing list… even though my international forwarding address wasn't good enough for them to actually sell me something, it seems it's good enough for them to send me junk mail.  So now I'm paying to forward junk mail from a company I'm never going to shop at again.  Crutchfield, I'm really starting to hate you.

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Jeeze, when did Dom Joly go from being mildy amusing to being a bitter old man? …

Jeeze, when did Dom Joly go from being mildy amusing to being a bitter old man?  Joly is criticizing juvenile humour? Really? Dom Joly, the guy who is only (slightly) famous for ripping off candid camera?

A clear case of "He hates us cause he ain't us".

FWIW, I thought The Interview was pretty good.  Yes, juvenile humour, but funny juvenile humour.  Much better than This Is The End.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/kim-jongun-farce-is-no-laughing-matter-9946478.html

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The Interview and Kim Jong-un farce is no laughing matter
So it turns out that The Interview – the world’s most over-hyped movie since Ishtar – is a pile of poo… who’d have thunk it? I’m not a huge fan of Seth Rogen and James Franco at the best of times. The idea that they might have somehow made a biting satirical comedy that both exposes and ridicules the hideous Pyongyang regime was the only laughable thing about the whole affair.

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