Let's go, 4.0!

Not to brag too much, but as of this second, I have a 4.0! w00t! I have a shot of maintaining it if I ace the calc II final, or maybe get some bonus points somewhere.

Sorry for the lack of original content right now; school is taking it out of me.

The Boys' Own Book of Outdoor Sports
- This book is from the early 1900s. It's amazing how far we've come (in a bad way) since then. Can you imagine someone writing a "how to choose a gun" article for eight-year-olds nowadays? Sad...

Rough Living Urban Survival Manual - [PDF] This book by Chris Damitio is targeted for the "houseless". The guy has some kind of whacked out philosophies, but it is a very good read.

CIA Sabotage Manual - This is intersting! The CIA put a manual together to help the Nicaraguan people overthrow their government in the 1980s. The link leads to a flickr pool where a translated version of the original manual can be found.

Homebuilt Arc Welder - Although he has detailed plans for sale, there should be enough information on the free section of his site to put one together on your own.

That's it for today.


Going Home

Well, at the end of this month I'll be returning to Pennsylvania for the first time since my wife and I caravanned to her parents' house in Oregon in 2003. It's a working trip, but I managed to sneak in some vacation time and I'm flying the family out with me. It'll be the first time either of my kids will meet my dad. Although not 100% accurate, the easiest way to explain why the boy never saw my dad was that there was something of a family feud going on at the time.

I'm getting into the scary part of Calc II, where I start getting shaky. Volumes cause me some grief. The ones rotated about an axis aren't too bad, but I have some trouble with the solids of known cross-section. I'm coasting through the rest of my logic class. There are no more assignments due. As long as I get a 183/200 on the final, I'll have a 4.0. I'll get a 3.7 with a 150-something.

On to some more interesting stuff (for you at least):

Adding a standard 3.5" HDD to a laptop (w/o USB or 1394): Not exactly an earth shattering mod, but useful if you want to put together a small system out of a laptop motherboard or something along those lines.

This looks like fun: Railbiking. I'm not sure how great a bugout tool this would be, but it probably beats using roads (assuming the rail system is out of order).

Seattle Wireless: The old standard for wireless infrastructure info.