I ate my wafer...


Housekeeping (*Revised)

I finally added Prizio's new internet presence, semiotheque to my links section. I know that he's had it up for quite a while, but I wanted to talk to him first.

Items I'm looking for:

1. Reccomendatios on a good RSS/Atom newsreader for Windows.

2. An "up" arrow button for Mozilla firebird. (Similar to that on the google toolbar, but for the navigation toolbar.)

3. Reccomendations on a good PCMCIA wireless card with RF listen and an external antenna jack. Preferably with high output power, and good recieve sensitivity.

4. 5-lever door locks as typically found in the UK (and any and all interesting locks you may know of.

5. A store in the Lansing area that carries Mobil 1 5W40 (rebadged Delvac 1).

6. A cheap variac (for this project).

7. Any information about how the Finns converted MG-42's to feed 7.62x54R.

8. Any information about the Austrialian Mcnamara sliding half-shaft locking differential.

9. Addtional information and articles about the J.D. Verhoeven and A.H. Pendray method of making wootz Damascus steel.

10. Any information about 6-volt alternators, specifically which 12 volt automotive models convert nicely. The more compact in diameter, the better. Weight is not a concern.

11. Information / experences with fast drying, flexible, UV setting glues.

12. Information / experences with very small scale induction hardening.


  • We don't do this often enough in real time, Bob. I just read your post and I swear to GOD ... as I was reading all my brain was processing was that "wah wah" sound Charlie Brown's teacher used to make. Which is pretty much what happened in college too, except when you were talking about beer or any of your other hobbies I understood/ was interested in. *TEAR* I miss it.

    By Blogger TheAmber, at 10:05 AM  

  • I'm a nerd, I understand all of Bob's post.

    By Blogger Finite, at 1:14 PM  

  • Ahhh! The "Wah wah" has stopped! Not sure just what you are doing with it ... but have you checked out Smooth-On for your adhesive needs? I did a quick search of their site ... not knowing what you are doing ... it wasn't very helpful other than to let me know that they have products like that. Also Smooth-On people are REALLY helpful, and you can e-mail them for product info and with questions.

    By Blogger TheAmber, at 2:57 PM  

  • RSS/Atom Newsreader: Use Bloglines (bloglines.com). I cannot recommend it enough. Its very easy to use, and its web-based so it is platform-agnostic. If you're on a computer with a different OS you can use it. If you're on a computer where you can't install software, you can use it.

    But if you must use a program and you love installing and upgrading software when changes are made, try SharpReader (sharpreader.net).

    The key for me was when I first used an RSS/Atom utility, I was trying out a bunch of different options, and I narrowed it down to Bloglines and Sharpreader. I was using them concurrently, and I ended up liking Bloglines so much that I completely ignored everything else, so if you can't tell, I'm biased. I'm just not qualified to answer any of your other questions.

    And what do you mean exactly by an 'up arrow' in the Google toolbar? Something that goes back to the main page of the site you are viewing? Try FireFox extensions: https://update.mozilla.org/extensions/

    Uh, and if you are actually using any software named FireBird, then you haven't upgraded ye olde browser in about 10 months and you might want to do it at mozilla.org.

    By Blogger D. Greene, at 2:42 AM  

  • Bob, thanks for the link to Prizio. You might want to fix it, though, since it links to "emithioque", which doesn't get you anywhere (or, coincidentally, mean anything, so far as I know).

    Mrs. Gugg

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:12 AM  

  • Hmmmm . . . do we need to call Homeland Security on you?


    /Jake Allen, ockhamist.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 AM  

  • Dan:

    I'll try Bloglines. Thanks for the reccomendation, and I'll let you know how it compares to the other ones that I've been trying. Right now, I'm using a Firefox plugin, and I hate it.

    I meant Firefox, just a typo. When I say up arrow, its a little feature included in the google toolbar that moves up to the next viewable level of a website, ignoring pages that would merely give errors. I know that I can get this function through the google toolbar for firefox (that's what I'm doing on my desktop), but I don't want the extra toolbar itsself clogging up space. Believe it or not, I heavily use this tool when searching for technical information, and would like to have it as a button on the navigation toolbar right next to “back” and “forward”. I haven't found anything useful at mozilla.org, but I have put in a request on their forums for it as a new feature.

    Oh, and since you are/were the collegian web editor, can you find me a digital copy of the pirate flag picture from the April 5, 2001 issue? I could be off by a week, but I'm pretty sure that's the right one. I know that Shuster took the photo, and I used to have a copy, but lost it sometime in the last year or two.

    Lisa: It should be fixed now, thanks.

    Jake: Nothing I asked for should have been suspicious?

    By Blogger Bob, at 10:41 AM  

  • Amber: I'm pretty sure that smooth-on doesn't have a product that would meet my needs. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you exactly what I want it for, at least openly here.

    By Blogger Bob, at 11:05 AM  

  • I second the recommendation for Bloglines. I previously used SharpReader on my PC at work, and it was a very good reader. However, I've come to prefer using Bloglines because of the simple fact that it keeps all of my RSS newsreading in one place, and that I can access it from anywhere with any web browser. Combined with Chad Everett's excellent Bloglines Toolkit plugin for Firefox, it's an awesome solution.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:38 AM  

  • Bob - I believe you had mentioned a while back that you didn't like how Firefox acted when you opened a new window. It opens in the default homepage, rather than cloning the page you are currently viewing. I don't know if you've found this yet, but there is a Firefox extension called Clone Window which will make Firefox act the way you want!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:24 PM  

  • Thanks Peter, I actually switched to using new tabs instead of new windows for that purpose. However, while looking at the clone window extension (which I am trying), I found Go Up which fixes the up arrow issue.

    By Blogger Bob, at 6:03 PM  

  • Suspicious? that "firebird" thing sounded pretty suspicious to me!


    /Jake Allen, Ockhamist.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:35 AM  

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