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Sunday, November 18, 2012
"Mathematical Marbling" article in IEEE-CGA
Lu, S.; Jaffer, A.; Jin, X.; Zhao, H.; Mao, X.; ,
IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Nov.-Dec. 2012 (vol. 32 no. 6) pp 26-35
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Increasingly Frequent Storm Damage
A recent letter to the editor of the "Bedford Minuteman".
The IPCC says*:
More frequent extreme weather events are predicted to accompany global warming, in part as a consequence of projected increases in convective activity.
The projected increase from 1993 to 2012 is roughly 14% in the Northeast US.
With an increased incidence of severe weather we should also expect to see an increase in tree damage such as fallen limbs and toppled trees. The increase in power outages in recent years is not inconsistent with severe weather having increased 14% in Bedford since 1993.
In addition to causing power outages, power lines being knocked down by tree limbs create a hazard requiring specialists from NStar to repair them. In areas with buried utility cables, downed limbs and trees can be cleared immediately by homeowners and emergency personnel.
In the face of this growing problem, it would make sense for the Town of Bedford to set as a long-term goal the elimination of utility-poles in favor of buried cables. The advantages to Bedford would be:
- Reduction in outages of power, telephone, video, and data services due to severe weather;
- Elimination of electrocution hazards due to downed power lines;
- Faster clearing of damaged trees and downed limbs from roads and yards;
- More robust street trees not weakened by pruned centers;
- More attractive neighborhoods;
- More authentic-looking Historic districts.
Bedford Global Warming Action Coalition
* Section 220.127.116.11 "Extreme Weather Events" in
"The Regional Impacts of Climate Change"
by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Monday, February 27, 2012
Excess Fructose Content of American Foods
I have updated http://voluntocracy.org/Fructose (Excess Fructose Content of Foods) with the new data.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Emacs bell in GNU/Linux
But today, Peter Oliver posted a solution:
As a workaround, put the following in your .emacs: (setq ring-bell-function (lambda () (start-process "canberra-gtk-play" "*canberra-gtk-play*" "canberra-gtk-play" "--id" "bell")))This solution also works for Ubuntu-10.10.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Ubuntu wired network unavailable after suspend/hibernate/resume
In a shell, run lshw. In its output find the string after "driver=" in the *-network sections (my computer had one for wired and one for wireless). Then (as root) edit /etc/pm/config.d/config so that those driver names appear on the right-hand side of SUSPEND_MODULES= in double-quotes, separated by spaces. For example:
That fixed my dv7. I rebooted after making the change, so I don't know if rebooting is necessary.
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