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Published: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:58:09 -0800

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Do the Rails not buckle in Spain?

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:58:09 -0800

One one of the hottest days of the year here in the UK, train delays and outright cancellations are being explained as due to Hot Rails and the threat of rail buckling. Can someone explain this to me? More specifically why I have not heard of this in Southern countries such as Spain or Italy where temperatures like this (33C) are the norm during summer and where winters can be even colder.

Breakfast spots in Berlin?

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:24:28 -0800

I'll be in Berlin for about a week and would appreciate recommendations for cafes/breakfast places. I'll be staying on the border between Kreuzberg and Neukölln so places near there would be especially appreciated. If you have any other Kreuzberg/Neukölln area recommendations, I'd love those too. Although I'll certainly explore greater Berlin during the weekends, during the week I'll probably only have time to walk around locally.

Whats wrong with Apple Mail IMAP

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 08:04:05 -0800

Migrating from Thunderbird to Apple Mail (on OSX Lion). Apple Mail takes about an hour to get messages from the IMAP server whereas Thunderbird gets them instantly. What may be going on? Same IMAP server of course. I was on Thunderbird this morning.
I decided to switch to Apple Mail, got all my IMAP settings in, retrieved existing messages. Fine.
Then I noticed that the timestamp for new messages coming in were anywhere from half an hour to hour earlier.

To test this, I emailed something to myself from another email account. Waited. An hour later, It still hadn't arrived. I tried "Get New Mail" and "Synchronize". Still nothing. I restarted Apple Mail. Nothing.

For kicks, I fired up Thunderbird and it retrieved the email message immediately.

Whats going on? Is there an Apple IMAP client setting that I haven't set correctly? The mail does arrive but it is very delayed.

It's an honor to be born in Sampencisco.

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:56:59 -0800

What is the native San Francisco accent? That is, the accent that San Franciscans had in the middle of the 20th century. Was it as distinctive as a Boston or New York accent? This is a question that I've pondered on and off for a while...
This article from 1984 in the SF Gate discusses the San Francisco accent in detail and how it is disappearing.

The first thing to go is the language. Despite everything you've ever heard, there is a distinctive San Francisco way of talking and it is important to make note of it, for the record, before it becomes as dead as Latin. Here's how to talk like a San Franciscan...

It then notes that "With any luck, you might catch Russ Coughlin, also on KGO-TV. He is a graduate of Mission High, and has the last pure San Francisco accent on the local airwaves.

Well, here's some video with Russ Coughlin so you can hear yourself. What is remarkable is that he sounds a lot like another old time native San Franciscan that I've met before - Roger Boas. They both have an accent that I would have described as East Coast/New York-ish. Anymore instances of this accent? Is there more scholarly documentation on this?

Louis habla Espanol?

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:03:11 -0800

The comedian Louis C.K. is Mexican, having grown up in Mexico with Spanish as his first language. His family is still in Mexico too. Can anyone help me find audio/video of Louis actually speaking Spanish?

Where was I in Vietnam or Laos?

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 05:51:43 -0800

Five years ago, while either in Vietnam or Laos (memory is hazy), I was taken out to a remote working Buddhist monastery. We went by taxi and walked into the monastery at night. I managed to snap this picture before we went in. Can anyone tell me where I was?

Dumb Excel question

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 04:39:28 -0800

Excel-Filter: I am using Excel 2011 (for Mac, if it matters). I want to create a simple X-Y chart of two columns. That's it. Should be simple. But I must be missing something. So, I have two columns. I want the data in the columns to be mapped against each other. Simple, right?

If I select the two columns and go to Charts, all I see there is 2-D line. If I select that, I get a chart which has both my columns on the same graph with row number as the x-axis and a scaled y-axis.

Help me?

Is this Google tracking?

Sun, 05 Feb 2012 13:54:39 -0800

Once in a while, when trying to load a page, I can see that my browser (Chrome) is telling me that its accessing What is this? Searching for this seems to imply its Google-related but I couldn't find a clear explanation for this.

Recommend me a Stage piano?

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 05:26:04 -0800

Stage pianos: My old Roland RD-100 stage piano has given up the ghost. Does anyone have recommendations for a replacement? Requirements within. I am really looking for the most minimal replacement for it. I do need:
- Weighted keys that give it a piano feel
- 88 keys
- My Roland had 64 voices. That should be enough I think. More isnt bad.

I dont need:
- Any sound effects
- Any internal speakers. Line out is fine.
- Lots of programming options.

I could just get a Roland 300 I suppose but wanted to see if anyone had any other recommendations. The main purpose of the piano is practice at home not really for performance. I like the greater portability of a stage piano even compared to an upright.

UK TV license: Streaming from a private TV in a foreign country?

Sun, 09 Oct 2011 13:31:11 -0800

Do I need a UK TV License to watch a foreign TV using a slingbox? This may sound like a trick question but its not. We don't have a TV license because we have no TV and do not watch live TV on our computers.

The parents - in a foreign European country - have said that we are welcome to use their slingbox to watch a favorite TV channel of ours while they are away. Technically, we can do this. Thats not the question. The question is: Do we need a UK TV license, if we do this?

We will be streaming live TV into the UK. But the slingbox and TV are in a foreign country. If it matters, the channel we want to watch isn't even available in the UK.