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Honda Si love & history lesson

The “Si” ( originally indicating “Sport injected”) is a trim of the Civic line from Honda. It’s Honda’s designation that the vehicle has upgraded performance characteristics compared to the other trims (LX, DX, EX, etc.). They often had different, more powerful

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build your own Dougal

I’ve had my entire genome sequenced. Here, you can download me as an 8MB ZIP file. I hereby release my source code into the public domain. Happy replicating! genome_Dougal_Walker_Full_20131219151330 You can also listen to it.

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Mac epoch?

While installing the Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) update, I noticed that the temporary file ( /Applications/Mac OS X Mavericks.appdownload ) created while the update “app” downloads has the creation date set to January 24th, 1984, the day of the initial Macintosh release.

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movement of new yorkers over 24 hours

Visualization based on check-ins from Foursquare, a location-based social network.

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the cost of excessive alcohol use in Wisconsin

A “sobering” report recently published from the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute pegs the annual economic cost of excessive alcohol use at Wisconsin $6.8 billion. Here are the numbers on Dane County alone: Full report: http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu/publications/other/burden-of-excessive-alcohol-use-in-wi.pdf

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really, Microsoft?

This is what I get for selecting “[none]” watermark in Microsoft Office’s Print dialogue box…

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visualizing digital information storage volumes

I saw that 4 terabyte 3.5″ hard disks have recently become available for $169, which made me ruminate on how much data that actually is, and how far storage density has come. My first few computers used 1.44MB floppy disks,

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list of Mac OS computers I’ve had

Desktop Macintosh SE FDHD Macintosh Plus Macintosh IIcx Macintosh IIci Macintosh IIsi Macintosh Classic Macintosh LC Macintosh LCIII Macintosh Quadra 610 Power Macintosh 6100/60 Power Macintosh 6500/250 Power Macintosh 7200/75 Power Macintosh G3/233 Desktop Power Macintosh G3 266 Minitower Power

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