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The Mystical Engineer

Mar. 23rd, 2007

05:47 pm - Uncorrected Proof - not for sale

"You have been selected to review The Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass. Your Advanced Readers Edition should arrive at your address within 14 days via U.S. Postal Service."

This is very cool! Picked the book up from the post office today. I know what I'm doing over shabbos!

For those who'd like to join in the fun:

Keep an eye out for my review...

Mar. 20th, 2007

02:05 pm - Reserving Harry Potter

Here's a tip for those who'd like to borrow the next Harry Potter book instead of buying it -

You can reserve it from the library and get it the day it comes out!
But make sure you reserve it from the "Juvenile" section, which has a lot more copies of the book and a lot fewer reserve requests than the adult section.
Here's the link:

NYPL Harry Potter (JUV)

Dec. 19th, 2006

11:37 pm - Oil & Neon

If the miracle of the oil symbolizes our uniqueness and our fight against assimilation, because oil does not mix with other liquids; then if you're using an electric menorah, should you should make sure you use fluorescent bulbs, because they're filled with noble gases?

Jun. 13th, 2006

12:59 pm - Hameivin Yavin

Every piece of equipment bears the same [United Kilns] logo - a U followed by a K, each letter enclosed by its own circle... All over the world, it stands for quality. The genuine article. Kosher. The real McCoy.

- One of the many inside jokes in David Brin's Kiln People

May. 29th, 2006

12:26 am - Metro Diary Entry

Check this out:

May. 18th, 2006

10:35 pm - A Simile

I am evil like chocolate is evil.

Mar. 5th, 2006

03:12 am - Ta Da!

After resolution of technical difficulties by mbarr:


(To download the mp3, right-click on the link and hit 'Save Target As.')

Mar. 2nd, 2006

07:41 pm - Shiur update - and Ode to Free Downloads

OK, I have transferred the casette tape of my shiur to an mp3 file. It was not that difficult to do - all you need is a cheap cable (+ a tiny adapter) you can buy at Radio Shack and a freeware audio editing software download (I got SC Audio Converter).
The file ended up being 40 megs. I tried ratcheting down the kbps, and got the file down to 5 megs, but the compression made me unintelligible on the tape, so I think I'll have to go with the large file.
And I have the source sheets in pdf format. An actual transcript of my notes will take a bit longer.

Now all I need is a place to upload these files....
mbarr mentioned something to me about having web space on Tuesday night, but I was a little preoccupied. And I haven't been able to get into contact with him today yet. Maybe he's still sleeping... OK, I'll be nice - he's probably catching up on all his backlogged work that accumulated when he was in Israel.

Belated thanks to Josh Yuter for helping me get Hebrew support and OpenOffice for my computer and to mbarr for pointing me towards a free pdf writer.

Current Mood: chipperchipper
Current Music: Good old Classical

Feb. 28th, 2006

10:46 pm - Phew!

Shiur is over! Now I have time to take care of other things, like taxes!
Schrodinger shiur notes to follow - I do have them written down in ink, so I just have to transcribe them.

Feb. 26th, 2006

04:04 pm - Userpic

Hey, look - I found one.
It's from a painting in the Manchester City Art Gallery. (No, I wasn't in Manchester recently, but some relatives used to live there, and my parents got a book from the Art Gallery.)
John Frederick Lewis painted it in 1857. It's called "The Coffee Bearer."
No, I did not pick it because I like coffee. I didn't want to put a real picture online, and my sister once said that the person in the painting looks like me.
What do you folks think? I like the little coy grin.

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