Old school hyphenating

I was reading a web page that was hyphenating words on the right margin for line wrapping.  It was really jarring.  Then I remembered this was a something that they used to teach that to us in school.  It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it much of anywhere.  With modern technology, it seems a pretty bad idea.  Having a flush right margin is not so important that it should cause you to stutter over these hyphenated words as you’re reading.

Come on self-driving cars!

I see articles like this and get so excited about self-driving cars.  I hate driving.  It’s such a waste of my time.  (Maybe it’s because I drive a boring 4-cylinder Kia?)  I could be doing a thousand useful things in the car, but I’m sitting there in the daily drudgery, fear, and frustration of the daily commute.  As this article talks about, the reason it has to roll out so slowly and carefully is liability…none of the car companies want to be the first to be sued in a self-driving car injury or death.  I’d still rather drive next to a self-driving car than another driver like myself.


Vanessa and I were talking about how some mangoes we got are stinging our tongue a bit.  Why?  Who knows?  (I don’t plan to stop eating the tasty things, whatever the case.)  Anyway, this reminded me of the tales of the poisonous fugu (a type of pufferfish) that slightly stings the tongue when you eat it.  Fugu is a Japanese delicacy that must be expertly prepared by a specially licensed chef or else it may poison you.  The poison works by leaving you paralyzed, but conscious.  In 1975, a famous kabuki actor died after eating 4 servings of the liver, which is the most poisonous part…even after being warned about it by the chef.  Occasionally, deaths still happen from it when people catch one and attempt to prepare it themselves without knowing what they’re doing.

Internet checkup

I’m home sick from work today with a pretty bad sore throat.  To find out if it was strep, I tried out Presbyterian Hospital’s Video Visit through the web.  If you’re on a computer, they use Webex to do the session through your webcam.  Beforehand, I took a pic of my throat and attached it to the request.  Because of the pic, she didn’t need to try looking at my throat through the webcam.  Because I don’t have a fever or cough, she was able to say it likely isn’t strep.  The nice part of this is that I didn’t have to go wait for an hour at an urgent care.

unlabeled food graphs

I started using My Fitness Pal to track my food and exercise.  It’s funny to look at the food reports after tracking things for a while.  I can tell whether a given report is for something healthy or tasty by whether it goes below or above the goal line.  For tasty things, the graph is usually above the goal line.  For healthy things, it’s usually below the line