Random Stargate Near Linz Austria

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This is a random Stargate someone found in the middle of nowhere near Linz, Austria. The comments contain a person who knows the artist that installed it. From there we get a link to the artist’s page. I looked it up on Google Maps, and it is listed as Stargate Kappern! Perhaps it should be called the chappa-ai.

Welcome To Perth Sign on Approach to SYD

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Someone put a “Welcome To Perth” sign on their warehouse that is visible to airplanes approaching Sydney Airport. The comments list the location as 407 Princes Hwy at rear of building entry via Hilton Ave, Sydenham NSW 2044. I Binged it, however the sign is new and isn’t visible yet.

Mrs Macquarie Chair

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This is a nice photo user vmin_04 posted on Reddit of a bench with a view of the Sydney Harbor, Sydney Opera House, and Harbor Bridge. Although not the actual Mrs. Macquarie’s chair, it is an apt title.

Goals for 2021

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It is the new year and the best way to start is with some goals. I feel that I’ve strayed over the past couple years. I used to do a lot of technical things in my spare time, but that seems to have been sidelined by too much Youtube and aimless web surfing. I think my biggest goal for this year is to stop surfing the web at work. Since I started keeping track in May, I’ve spent 550 hours or 22% of my computer time using the Vivaldi web browser.

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Rear Windshield Wiper for 2005 Honda CRV

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If you’re looking for a wiper for your 2005 Honda CRV, this Bosch DirectConnect 40511 - 11” works well on my 2005 Honda CRV. At 11”, the Bosch is slightly smaller than the 300mm OEM 76730-S10-305 blade, but the smaller Bosch doesn’t affect visibility and is also a bit cheaper.

Cool Airplane Trails on Google Maps

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Following a description I found in a post on reddit about a google maps shot of an airplane taking off, I found this cool google maps shot of an airplane’s contrails. EastEndMontrealer1, the poster, described it as: Look up Glasgow on Google Maps, then look for a village called Innellan. Once there, look for a white line running from Innellan to Skelmorlie. On the end of the white line near Innellan, you’ll spot a KLM blue 747-400

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Rules To Live By

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Develop systems and habits in place of goals. -Scott Adams Be so good they can’t ignore you. -Cal Newport Remove items that cause dopamine rush. -Cal Newport Eliminate distractions. Build up habits slowly. One step at a time. -Atomic Habits Do something for 2 minutes, then feel free to do something else. Small changes make a big differences.

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Thoughts on OkCupid

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I’ve been an OkCupid member for a while. Over time they’ve been putting restrictions to limit messages, presumably to women which are in short supply in relation to the hordes of men that overrun the internet. A new thing I’ve noticed is links to profiles I recieve in their daily emails tend to stop working after a while. I would guess it is to prevent people, presumably the hordes of men, from collecting links and then sending out mass e-mails.

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Sheep on the Road in New Zealand

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While surfing reddit today I came across this street view image of a farmer in New Zealand rounding up sheep. A fellow redditor posted a link to the image on google maps. Interesting stuff.

Blowing my Amex Saks Benefit on a Saute Pan

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As an American Express Platinum card memeber, I get a $50 credit at Saks every 6-months. Amex says it is a “benefit” but honestly, they’re just giving me back a small portion of my annual fee. It is always hard finding something useful at Saks. Their items are generally overpriced and there is very little selection. I decided to blow this year’s 2nd half bonus on a Ballarini Parma 2.9 quart sauté pan to replace my current pan whose non-stick coating is coming off.

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Chinese Kidneys and Fairness

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A friend recently watched a documentary that discussed the sale of kidneys and other organs from Chinese prisoners to sick people that need organ transplants. She was upset about it, while I simply thought it was interesting. My friend was dismayed at my lack of outrage. Hey, if I ever need an organ transplant then I have another option besides waiting on the generosity of a deceased person or their family.

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Thoughts on Caffeine

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For the past few days I’ve slowly been tapering my coffee intake. I’ve gone from a daily 64oz and two-teabag habit to a more normal 12oz cup and plan to completely end it for at least a week. The biggest difference I’ve seen is my sleep quality is better. I get to sleep faster and I feel better rested when I wake up. I’ve also noticed I’m also calmer during the day, it is as if I have less of an edge in my thoughts.

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Thoughs on Grit and Persevering

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When I think of grit, I think of Brendan Van Son. Brendan Van Son is a travel photographer which means he goes around to different countries and takes pictures. If you look him up today, he comes across as a successful photographer and youtuber. He has about 150-thousand subscribers, jets all over the world taking photographs, hobnobs with famous photographers, and leads high-priced photography tours. He didn’t start out that way.

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My Hugo Stack

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As is obligatory with every new Hugo blogger, today I write about my blogging setup. Unlike an ordinary person who takes 5 minutes to create a wordpress login and gets to work, I am a member of the technocratic elite and as such took an entire afternoon to set up this marvelous blogging system. Sadly I did not travel my own path but followed the footsteps of the countless Hugoistas before me.

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Blogging About Blogging

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Today, lets talk about Sander Knape. Who is Sander Knape? I have no idea. I just know about him because he blogged about why blogging is great and that post somehow made it to the front page of the Hacker News most active page. The level of meta is incredible - a blog post about blogging posted on a website where people mostly post blog posts! Anyway the reason I chose to discuss my friend Sander today is that his site is built with Hugo.

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Images With Hugo

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Lets talk about static sites and images today. An ordinary person would paste a screenshot or drag-n-drop an image into their Wordpress blog and be done. We, however, are the technocratic elite and as such endeavor to avoid the “free as in beer” in pursuit of the complicated like “free as in speech”. The Hugo documetation literally states the typical Hugoista is to store images in the static folder and add subfolders for organization.

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