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1. This is one way to get a few vacation days. I suppose. Or would this fall under sick leave?
2. A fool and his money are soon parted.
3. For those finding themselves affected by flooding, take extra precautions against bacterial disease. A study conducted in 2004 (PDF, 8 pages) after flooding in Haiti showed good results from using PuR water treatment systems, though boiling should achieve similar results.
4. You would think that, after the Nick Adenhart tragedy two seasons ago, MLB would get their act together involving DUI charges. Nope, not yet. There is simply no excuse for this.
6. I've blogged about my foray into the world of the "electronic office". To date, I still have yet to print out a manuscript. A combination of EndNote X4, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Word 2007 with "track changes" has meant that I can read and review all of my papers without printing anything out. In terms of saving money for printing costs ... I imagine the savings are minimal (savings of paper and ink purchased in bulk for an institution won't add up if only one person isn't using them) but I believe it's certainly helping in the productivity aspect of things, which will reap huge dividends for me personally. Plus, it does add a bit of a "green factor" to my approach which I can claim credit for as well, which is always good.
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1. What an amateur, he "landed" after falling 39 of the 160 stories.
2. Man is a genius
4. At least steroid use isn't so obvious anymore.
5. We just got back from the Dominican and we're both itching like crazy. I'm just hoping it's residual mosquito bites...
6. I've tried to do the electronic office thing and find it really hard to read papers on a computer screen. Maybe if I got an iPad and could sit back to read them?
On #6 I've been thinking of buying a Kindle, but I've been told by my significant other that I may be getting one as a gift soon so I'm holding off. It was hard fighting the urge to have a paper copy, but persistence and a second monitor (which I use for email/iTunes/other background running programs) helped me get over it (for the most part). It did take a lot of retraining though to sit there and read on-screen and type notes as opposed to scribbling on paper.
I know with the early generation kindles that some of my scientist friends complained that figures didn't come out looking right because its image resolution isn't very good. Have they improved that?
The newer kindles don't have the same problem rendering images and figures. Plus they can be hacked to be a somewhat more useable tablet. It's not as mutli-purpose as an iPad, but it also doesn't have the ginormous broadcasting problems iOS has (if you don't believe me, put any iOS device on your private network and take a look at the info just broadcast over WiFi).