how to use YouTube faster

Author: Nathan | Date: July 18, 2015 | Category: the web

When watching a video on YouTube, you often want to see it faster or just get the main points.  Keyboard shortcuts are your friends.  Left and right arrow to skip forward and backward.  Shift + > to go faster and Shift + < to go slower.  You can even jump a percentage into the video…1 for 10%, 2 for 20%, etc.  (Up and down arrow turn the volume up and down.  F for full screen.)

How to upload all your pics to google

Author: Nathan | Date: June 7, 2015 | Category: the web

Google just released google photos.  (They gave up on attaching it to Google+.)  So, you wanna back up all your pics from your PC to google for safe keeping?  Go to photos.google.com where you hopefully have an account.  On the left side, click the “…” symbol.  Select App downloads and get the Desktop Uploader to get their program to back up all your pics from your hard drive to Google.  I feel safer with my pics there, rather than a backup at our house.

Old school hyphenating

Author: Nathan | Date: June 6, 2015 | Category: the web

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.

an aria without music

Author: Nathan | Date: June 4, 2015 | Category: the web

Working in HTML, I thought the aria attributes were just someone getting artistic in the standard naming.  I thought it meant the musical “aria”.  I finally looked it up.  Oh.  Not that kind of aria.  Accessible Rich Internet Applications.

The unpleasant truth about butterflies

Author: Nathan | Date: June 3, 2015 | Category: Science

Vanessa and the kids got some caterpillars and grew them from chrysalises to butterflies.  One little-known fact about this process is that the butterflies produce a red liquid (meconium) when they emerge…it looks like blood.

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Come on self-driving cars!

Author: Nathan | Date: May 20, 2015 | Category: technology

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.

Chicago style hotdog in Albuquerque

Author: Nathan | Date: May 16, 2015 | Category: Albuquerque, food

We went to Urban Hotdog Company for lunch.  I got a Chicago style hotdog, which can be pretty hard to find in Albuquerque these days.  You can get chile cheese fries New Mexico style or traditional, Vietnamese hotdogs, etc.  It was pretty good.  I’d go back.

mangu

Author: Nathan | Date: May 8, 2015 | Category: food, history

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.

ye olde disc-based game

Author: Nathan | Date: May 7, 2015 | Category: games

I pulled out an old CD-based game to play with Sean on his PC.  He asked, “How do you install it?”  Yeah, it’s been a while since I’ve done this.

No pumping your own gas in 2 states

Author: Nathan | Date: May 7, 2015 | Category: history

Apparently, it’s illegal in Oregon and New Jersey for you to put gas into your own vehicle.  Someone from the station has to do it for you.  Voters in Oregon had a chance to vote this ridiculous law down in 1982 and…they kept it.  What?