Monthly Archives: December 2005

silence is silence

While there are many items that are more worthy to post here, I choose a mundane thing to post, simply because it requires no effort at exactness of language to make the post. I think that’s part of the reason why I avoid blogging about personal items. It requires such effort to write precisely what I’m thinking, that by the time it is written, the effort put into writing was larger than the effort put into the original doing. Hence my recent focus on living my life, and not committing my life to this most digital of media.

Anyway, the point of this post. I run several PC’s at my house, and the noise is a bit annoying. I’m on a campaign to rid myself of that noise, one moving part at a time. I completely silenced my router/firewall machine this past weekend. I removed the power supply and CPU fans. Then I replaced the harddrive with a 512mb compact flash card ($30 brand new!).

Now the machine is completely silent. It routes my packets and protects the machines in my home from the big bad internet. It makes no noise in the performance of its duties. It’s actually a bit eerie to turn the machine on. It doesn’t make any of the normal noises that a machine makes in spinning up drives and fans when it is given power. It simply boots.

Perhaps it’s something that you have to experience in order to understand. Regardless, tres cool. I suggest the de-fannification of computers to anyone (assuming your heatsinks are adequate for the job using only passive cooling).

today’s entry

Bored? Read about strange, unexplained artifacts that people have found. Pretty nifty stuff!

Today’s a good day for me. They replaced my poor little CRT with a Dell 2001fp. Joy!

You also need to visit this site for at least 30 seconds.

physical excersize

Melissa and I joined a gym last night (along with Jerry, Elizabeth and Mikey). For Melissa and I, we’re mainly looking for some toning and cardiovascular excersizes. More than anything, I want to increase my running ability, for ultimate frisbee. So I started running last night, in earnest. I ran 1.1 miles in 15 minutes on the treadmill. That seems horribly slow to me, but one has to start somewhere.

My hope is to run several times a week, if nothing else. I’d like to be ready for winter league ultimate when the time comes.

An email forward from Jerry

An interesting perspective…..

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq Theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a monthly firearms death rate of 60 per 100,000 for our troops.

The rate in Washington DC is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our nation’s capital, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington DC