Updated Schools List

Having begun the process of actually doing application things, I have revised the list of schools to which I am applying. The list, in an arbitrary order, is as follows:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Minnesota
  • New York University
  • Northwestern
  • Yale

That is the finalized list, I will be writing essays and completing applications in the next few days.

Déjà, Déjà Vu

One of the women at work looks rather a bit like one of my ex-girlfriends, especially out of the corner of my eye. This results in more than a few funny moments in my head and annoying memory dredgings. It's quite a nuisance and I hope it passes in not too much time.

Unsticking Stuck LCD Pixels

Sometimes the pixels on an LCD can become stuck, displaying only some colors or appearing completely dead. These black or oddly colored spots are a pain in the neck but they're not always permanent. At some point last summer the Mac laptop I was working on got a stuck pixel and after scouring the internet for information on how to fix such things I came across instructions for fixing stuck pixels on the PSP that involved playing a particular video file, containing RGB pulses, and massaging the screen around the stuck pixel. The PSP technique worked fantastically and in a few moments my screen was free of stuck pixels. I have a similar problem on the machine I'm using right now but this machine has no means of playing .mp4 files (which the PSP pixel fixing video is) and rather than trying to figure out how to make it play .mp4 files, I thought I'd ImageMagick myself up a quick solution. To that end, I created three animated gifs that pulse at different frequencies (rgb3.gif, rgb5.gif, and rgb7.gif), which serve the same purpose as the video and are substantially smaller in size (1.2KB vs 1.5MB). The great thing about these is they're essentially platform independent and require no video codecs at all. To fix your dead pixels, just fire up a graphical web browser, point yourself at one of the images, move the browser window so that the image is under your dead pixel, massage the screen a little and with luck the pixel may start working again. If you don't have any luck try one of the other frequencies and if that doesn't work, I'm sorry.

UPDATE: If you're here, you might be interested in Unsticking Stuck LCD Pixels: A Script

I am Hansel and Gretel...

...and McDonald's is the witch trying to fatten me up so she can eat me. I mean, come on, $1 for one apple pie and $1 dollar for two apple pies; I didn't want two but I'll be damned if I'm going to pass on a free apple pie. I probably would have been fine with paying 75¢ for one; McDonald's, unless your plan is to make less money, your economics are wrong.

FYI (badgers)

When removing the last badger from the jar, a spatula is your friend. However, when dealing with canned badger, the best method is to cut around the bottom of the can and push the contents out.