Sep28

So you need to freeze a lot of bacon ...

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If you're like me, upon reading about the "unavoidable" bacon shortage that circulated on social media earlier this week, you probably ran out, as I did, and bought 10 pounds or so of bacon. You know, for the future. Thankfully, there won't be a bacon shortage, but the question on our hoarding-driven minds is: now what do I do with this much bacon?

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Sep16

College Football: Another Year of Whacky Results!

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Hello blog readers!

It's a new football season, so it's time, once again, to start posting the results of my college football ranking program. Last year, I stopped about half way through the season because the statistics my computer ranks were starting to produce really strange results that I couldn't even attempt to analyze. I thought I'd give it another go this year, just to see what happens.

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Dec12

Fixing the new Twitter

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I really don't like change.

When websites, especially Web 2.0 applications, change their layout, I have to relearn where to look, where to click, really how to think with the application. While this doesn't sound like a big deal, I'm someone who can recite most of the OSX keyboard shortcuts from memory: UI changes cause me a lot of stress and relearning. I don't like them.

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Dec04

Recipe: Chickpeas & Chorizo

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Recently, I came into a lot of cooked chickpeas.

It happened like this: I was defrosting a turkey in a cheap styrofoam cooler and decided to use a two pound bag of dried chickpeas to weigh the bird down. After having been doing this for several hours, I noticed that the bag of chickpeas had a hole in it and was full of water. Given that the chickpeas were starting to rehydrate and not sure how I could re-dry them, I decided to go ahead and soak them with baking soda and cook them.

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Nov02

Fixing the New Google Reader

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I, like a lot of people, use Google Reader to get updates from the RSS-based blogs I follow. I imagine that a number of these people were also frustrated by the new design Google began using for Google Reader over the last few days. If you are one of those people, I have a possible fix for you.

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Oct09

College Football: Winners Win; Losers Also Win?

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This week, my rankings are starting to settle in a little bit. I've included information on movement within the rankings for this week, to give you some idea of what changed from last week. As is often the case during the season, the numbers at the top changed a lot less than the numbers at the bottom.

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Oct04

College Football: Go Gamecocks? or Watching and Ranking

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Wow, so another weird week of football rankings. I think this week we can really see the difference between ranking and watching college football.

SEC? SEC!

My computer obviously did not have to sit through South Carolina's collapse against Auburn or Florida's beating at the hands of Alabama. While I realize that, especially in Florida's case, getting walloped by a good team is not necessarily a mark of shame (especially in my ranking system), South Carolina and Florida looked bad, like-out-of-the-Top-25 bad. As you can see below, this wasn't the case and my computer ranked both teams in highly (South Carolina at #9 was especially surprising).

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Sep29

Suit Project: Rain Gear

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Day 14 Suit (Blue Suit by Calvin Klein; White Shirt by Gap; Striped Tie by BCBG; Rain Coat by Tommy Hilfiger; Umbrella by Fox)
Day 14 Suit (Blue Suit by Calvin Klein; White Shirt by Gap; Striped Tie by BCBG; Rain Coat by Tommy Hilfiger; Umbrella by Fox; Boats by Florsheim)
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Sep29

Suit Project: More on Tie Clips

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Day 13 Suit (Grey Birdseye Suit by Calvin Klein; Birdseye Shirt by Sean John; Striped Tie by Perry Ellis; Socks by Happy Socks)
Day 13 Suit (Grey Birdseye Suit by Calvin Klein; Birdseye Shirt by Sean John; Striped Tie by Perry Ellis; Socks by Happy Socks)
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Sep25

College Football: Another Year, Another Season of Wacky Computer Rankings!

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In my ongoing attempt to get the "Pilsch Index" added to the BCS statistical calculations, I am once again spending Sunday mornings arguing with my computer's BCS ranking program. Generally, my program is incapable of producing any coherent results during the first three weeks of the season (for instance, it had FIU as the #5 team in the nation last week). Unlike all of the actual BCS computers (and the BCS human polls, for that matter), my computer only uses on-field data to determine rankings. The AP Poll, USA Today Coaches Poll, and the BCS computers all use preseason rankings (in some fashion) as initial seeds to their ranking systems. In the case of the AP and USA Today polls, this seeding takes the form of the very scientific formula of "hype + historic reputation + rumor mill," all very useful factors in any mathematical calculation.

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