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If you wanna kiss the sky, you'd better learn how to kneel.
My venerable (vintage 2006) Toshiba laptop has a couple of bad keys on the keyboard. I've verified that all of the adjacent keys work, but the :/; and "/' keys produce no response. Any ideas for quick fixes, or do I need to bring this in to a repair shop? And will they have to replace the whole keyboard? Any ideas about cost?
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"I told the Baron, if he would just give me 1000 orphans, a hedge maze, and enough cheese, I could..."

From The Adventures of Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius
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Scaled Crossfit workout today:

In 15 minutes, do as many rounds as possible of the following three exercises:

Back Extension: 10 reps
Hanging Knee Raise: 10 reps
50lb Overhead Squat: 10 reps

I was a bit surprised that I completed only 4 rounds. But those 4 definitely wiped me out, and hammered my core muscles.

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I'm sure most people who work with yogurt know about straining it (putting it in a cloth bag and letting the whey drain out). I've found that even cheap store-bought yogurt becomes remarkably creamy and nice when done this way.

I've always hated throwing the whey away though. It felt like I ought to be able to do something with it. I experimented a bit and found that if you mix yogurt whey with dry skim milk (one part dry milk to two parts whey by volume) and leave it covered on the counter overnight it makes a VERY satisfactory substitute for buttermilk. I used it in biscuits this morning and they turned out very well.
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I'm good at finding things online. Seriously, I'm really good. One of my spousal units, who is no slouch as a searcher herself, spent 45 minutes today looking for some medical information. When she finally asked me, I found it in about a minute.

I'm a professional researcher and writer, so it stands to reason I'd be good at it. The odd thing, from my POV, is that I usually don't know what I do that's different from what anyone else does. In some cases I do - I know a bunch of obscure little databases that most people don't know about. But even just using Google I'm often able to find more information faster than other people.

I don't want to look a gift talent in the mouth, but I can't help feeling that I'd be even better if I could figure out how I do it.
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Warmed up, then did deadlifts, 5 sets
225x5, 245x5, 245x4, 235x4, 225x4

Finished with alternating dumbbell bench presses, 3 sets of 10 reps using 35# dumbbells.
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In English we say, "He's on the fence," meaning "He's trying to decide which side to take." In Japanese we say kumoyuki o mimasu, meaning literally, "He's watching which way the clouds are moving."

The literal meaning is interesting to me. I don't know for sure, but it may reflect the Japanese preference for making decisions in harmony with the group. I wonder if kumoyuki o mimasu might also be translated as "He's testing the wind."
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The guy who came up with this calls it "Bad Baggage." The idea is that you choose a dumbbell of suitable weight, mark out a straight-line course of some distance, and then walk that course carrying the dumbbell in one hand. When you get to the end of your marked line, do 5 suitcase deadlifts. That's one round. Then turn around, switch hands, walk back, and repeat at the other end.

The metrics for tracking progress are dumbbell weight, course length, and time (number of rounds completed in a given time, or time to complete a given number of rounds). Today I used a 50lb dumbbell on a 70-foot course (one side of my gym to the other), for 11 rounds in 10 minutes.

One nice thing about this workout is that you can use any suitable weight you have handy - a bucket of cat litter, a bag of potting soil, even a real suitcase. Be prepared for your traps, glutes, spinal erectors, and forearms to be very annoyed with you after this.


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"Magic is the highest most absolute and divine knowledge of natural philosophy advanced in its works and wonderful operations by a right understanding of the inward and occult vertue of things, so that true agents being applied to proper patients, strange and admirable effects will thereby be produced; whence magicians are profound and diligent searchers into nature, they because of their skill know how to anticipate an effect which to the vulgar shall seem a miracle." - The Lesser Key of Solomon

"Ninety percent of most magic is just knowing one extra fact." - Terry Pratchett, "Night Watch"
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A friend of mine on Flickr recently posted naked photos of his girlfriend, taken with his iPhone. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to be aware either of EXIF data or the fact that the iPhone has an internal GPS. Using the data the phone attached to the photos, Flickr provided a helpful map link that pinpoints the exact location of the house in which those photos were taken.

I've sent him a warning, and hopefully he'll either take the pics down or set his Flickr preferences to hide EXIF data. But it makes me wonder how many other surprised iPhone technoobs are out there waiting to embarrass themselves.

Are we getting to the point where people will need to take a class before using certain examples of extremely simple, extremely powerful technology?
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