Friday, July 17, 2009

Hour by hour temperature predictions

This is one of the hardest things for me to predict, and something I most like to know about the weather when I travel somewhere unfamiliar. I like pages like this.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

scheduled ringer un-silencing: the killer mobile phone feature

How many people have forgotten that they muted their mobile phone ringer? I can go for days before I figure it out.

The solution has been around for years in the land of windows mobile. It's a feature in the third party program called "SPB Phone Suite" which I last used several years ago. It configures different groups of ringer-related settings. You might have one with a quiet, respectable ringer that you use when you're at work and a bunch of goofy loud personalized ones you use on your own time. But my favorite feature uses the one of the default profiles, the one called "Silent." You can set a category of appointments to trigger that profile automatically. Then every time you have an appointment scheduled, your phone will automatically not ring during that time. More importantly, it will switch back to your usual profile again after your appointment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Only minorities have identity-based opinions?

There is a despicable implication in many questions Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings: only minorities are biased by their identities. Has no one mentioned that we all have identities that influence our perceptions?

-- Mobile post

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The hot cash market for 3G iphone...

I posted my 3G iphone on EBay yesterday. I've gotten two messages asking whether I would be willing to sell it for cash in person. I wonder what that's about.

The two messages were very similar, but from different EBay ids. They have some indistinct similarity to brief replies I've gotten when selling things and offering apartments for rent on craigslist, replies that are vague and suggest the person is replying to a great number of ads.

Are these phones going overseas? Being superficially altered and resold as 3G S? Simply being sold to people who don't want contracts?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Billed as "Retro Future"

I don't even know what to make of it.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

word of the day: artifactual

dismissive. in biology, it means a result that is unintentionally caused by the process of asking the question (e. g. pressure on a sample when you put a coverslip on a microscope slide). a result that is not relevant to the general biological truth.