Tag Archives: home improvement

Fun Linkage

  • Errata Security: Confirmed: LinkedIn 6mil password dump is real – The updates on this are particularly interesting, as he writes about the speed of cracking passwords.

    Also, I want one of those video cards.

  • An Architect’s Guide to Color – Color is beckoning this season, and one architect is heeding the call with a plethora of new hues to tempt your house's palette.
  • Review: Sufan Stevens, Son Lux And Serengeti, ‘Beak And Claw’ : NPR – I picked up this album on iTunes and have to say that it's as quirky and cool as this review makes it out to be.
  • Linux computer the size of a thumb drive now available for preorder – "[…] the Cotton Candy, a tiny computer that looks like a USB thumb drive. The device, which can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video."

    Shenanigans.

  • Bash One-Liners :: bashoneliners.com – I think this is incredibly cool. A wide variety of geeky tasks here.
  • Cruise Ship Didn’t Aid Drifting Boat, Passengers Say : NPR – "One of the other birders on the Star Princess was Judy Meredith from Bend, Ore. She says, "We all watched him for a bit and thought, 'This guy's in distress. He's trying to get our attention. And he doesn't have a motor on his boat.' We could see that."

    Old news, but that big ol' cruise ship probably could have saved those folks. Instead they kept on driving. Of course, I'm sure if they had changed course, some passengers would have been pissed at the delay in their journey.

  • Coding Horror: Speed Hashing – As usual, a good post from Atwood on security, if a bit sensationalist. Excellent reading on the article he links to, as well.

    I'll confess, Atwood (and the StackExchange user experience) has convinced me that (for now) OpenID is the best authentication method for SAAS applications.

Living Room Redesign

With the arrival of R’lyeh last week (my very first Luftpost!), I was super-crunk to redecorate my living room.

Greg, trying out a placement of R'lyeh.The pretty blue frame Verena/Jonas sent the picture in didn’t survive the Luftposting, but a quick trip to Ikea (where the original frame was from) would fix that. The picture was A4 size, though, and Ikea in the U.S. was like, “Here, have letter size.” No, I’m not going to cut a damn inch off the picture. “But, but, we have letter size!” Fine, then, a bigger frame it is. Add a black fabric backdrop, and I think it turned out quite well.

Continue reading Living Room Redesign

Cats and wall hangings

Part of my quest for a gorgeous and comfy home includes wall hangings. Everything from posters to crochet work, I want them on my walls.

Unfortunately, my cats — most notably Jackie — have a problem with that. Nothing on the walls goes undisturbed by her if she can get to it. And, alas, all the wall space in my front rooms is accessible to her. She hangs off of them, bats them around, etc.

My parents had a set of mirrors they always put up in a style I loved. Three tall, slim mirrors in a descending path along the wall. Very stylish. But any mirror that size is going to have weight, and of all ways I’ve imagined killing my cats (especially on the nights when I first banned them from my bedroom), death-by-falling-mirror isn’t one I’d like to see happen, should I purchase such.

Likewise for any crochet work I might put up. It takes enough time to crochet such things that if I found it damaged by my cats, I might have to bust some caps in their little asses.

The internet hasn’t been helpful in figuring out a solution. A random cat-safety site says:

Tapestries and other wall hangings are very attractive to cats. If your cat has claws, she might try to tear objects off the wall and end up hurting herself. Try to remove these objects that tempt your cat.

Really? Because I’ve seen cat-owners’ houses with stuff on their walls. Nice stuff.

Anyway, I suppose this is a call for advice and/or guidance. The finally got the buggers off my desk and counters. Now I need them off my walls.