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October 16th, 2006

Miscellany [Oct. 16th, 2006|09:41 am]
The grape jelly that I made turned out pretty well. (see this entry) The flavor is nice, though a bit heavy on the fig. Texture's pretty good, but a little loose. The wine made a nice addition, rounding out a lot of the flavors.

I had a chance to take a small jar to the marketplace yesterday. There's a great little wine and cheese shop there. The guy who had recommended the pinot noir I used was there and was tickled to receive the jelly. I don't think anyone's ever brought in samples of what they've made with his recommended wines. :) So that was nice; it's fun to surprise people like that.

In the news, it looks like element 118 has finally been synthesized. I wonder what they'll name it? By tradition, the discoverer(s) have naming rights, though this has led to problems in the past. 118 was created in Dubna in Russia, but we already have element 105 named Dubnium. Perhaps they'll name it after a person this time? (Personally, I like Unobtanium or OMGBiggium.)

Got my first OS X kernel panic today! Yep, the ominous black box telling me, in four languages, to hit the power button because all hope was lost. It happened right as I unplugged my (unmounted) iPod. Looking at the kernel dump log, it was indeed a fault (bad pointer access) in the com.apple.iokit.IOUSBMassStorageClass.

The first eInk product has finally come out. The new Sony Reader[NYT - reg req or bug me not] uses a static "digital ink" display, a technology that's been in development for some time and which I've been anxious to see in practice.

Finally, speaking of books, it's been pointed out to me that I never actually posted answers to the book identification quiz from a while ago. Here they are.Collapse )
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