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Monday, April 05, 2010

[Tools :: Chemicals] Hardening Compound

There is a compound that is used to hold some of the components in a CFL in place. It starts out as a soft paste and hardens quite solid. I have been looking for a good compound like this, but most either take too long or do not harden enough. What is this compound?

Photo of compound inside a CFL

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

[Movies :: Music] Waxworks Bonus Feature Song

The DVD of the film Waxworks has some bonus videos, in which there is a song that sounds very familiar, but I cannot identify. I’m fairly sure that it is a piece of classical music, but I don’t know which, or who the composer is.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

[Video Games] Paper Mario 2 Bowser Level Block

I liked the game Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. However I cannot figure out how to break the yellow block in the last Bowser level. It is surrounded by unbreakable blocks.

Giant Bowser can’t break it.
Tiny Bowser can’t break it.

I’ve tried all the different sizes that Bowser can be in that level, and none seem to work. If he’s huge, he still cannot break the grey blocks, and if he is small enough to fit under there, his fire is insufficient to break it, and there is not enough room for him to pound-jump on it.

How do you break the yellow block? What is in there?

Friday, March 06, 2009

[Computers :: Programming :: Games] Bludbath.t ?

In one year of high school, we learned the Turing programming language. One of my classmates found a violent hang-man game made in Turing on the Internet. It was quite the hit in our class for several reasons. Unlike most of our own apps/games, it had graphics, and good ones too: it used pre-drawn TIM files instead of simple vector drawing (like my tic-tac-toe game, which to be fair wasn’t too bad at all). It also used the mouse. Neither of these were part of the course, and the mouse wasn’t even in the text book—school has a tendancy to focus on boring fundamentals instead of the fun stuff). :(

Anyway, I did not get a copy of it, and have looked everywhere but cannot find it. Does anyone know where I can find it? I think it had the filename BLUDBATH.ZIP or something.

Friday, December 12, 2008

[Computers :: Software :: Internet] Local Blogger Replacement

I opened a Blogger account a while back and created several blogs under that account. I really like it, but I am trying to move away from hosted services and store blogs, forums, wikis, etc. locally.

Unfortunately, I have yet to find a blogging system that I can download and run on my system that is like Blogger. The best candidates I have tested are WordPress and TextPattern, however neither seems to have the simplicity or multi-blog capability of Blogger.

So basically, I am looking for a blogging system that can be locally hosted that can host multiple blogs under a single account (dashboard).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

[Music] Midway, Gidway?

I remember another song that I head on the radio one night. I think I taped a part of it, but I doubt I can find it.

Unfortunately I do not remember any usable lyrics from it. The only thing that I can recall was that at one point the singer says “midway”, followed by a background singer shouting what sounds like “gidway”.

I have no idea what song this was.

[Music] Buggin’ to the Boogie by Ragga Muffin Rascals

I heard a song on the radio many years ago that I really liked. I taped most of it but ended up accidentally erasing it later. I recall a lot of the lyrics (or at least what they sounded like) and clearly remember the DJ calling it Buggin’ to the Boogie by the Ragga Muffin Rascals (and mentioning that it has “a whole lotta samples”. One sample—in fact the whole chorus—was from the end of A Taste Of Honey’s song Boogie Oogie Oogie.

Here are some of the lyrics that I—sort of—remember:

buntin’ to a bake in the pie,
one skate too many knock in the eye
kick it to the club, a flake kick the can
jibaway, jibaway, jibaway Sam
I’m still young and I’m still a rookie,
still in school, and I’m still playin’ hooky
I got the mic and I’m shoulder neckin’ it

??? little boy blue,
Saul’s on the boss on Scooby-Dooby-Doo
Jack be nibmel and Jack be quick and,
??? cause my Jack’s a-kickin’

cut into the line like the tip of a razor,
??? a new school laser
the R to the A to the S to the C-A-L,
from that Catrice so it seems like Hell
San Antoinecho’s late for the bell
wrote enough to make my pocket swell

dance now, boogie oogie oogie,
dance now, boogie oogie oogie,

I’ve checked around and it seems that Ragga Muffin Rascals changed their name to Rascalz. It may be from their album Really Livin’, but I cannot find any information on this particular song and certainly can’t find a copy of it.

I would greatly appreciate any help on this since I really liked it and would love to hear it again.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

[Computers :: Hardware] Heatsink Smoothness Meangingless?

Most computer cooling guides state that it is important for the bottom of the heatsink to be as shiny and smooth as possible to get the best and most contact with the surface of the CPU, and also to prevent air pockets and bubbles of thermal compound. To get this super surface, they endorse buffing the heck out of the bottom of the heatsink with finer and finer materials.

Why then is the surface of the CPU itself the opposite? Why is it that the surface of the CPU is rough like brushed steel, and has words and markings engraved on it? Does this not totally nullify the point of having a smooth, shiny surface? Are we supposed to buff the CPU surface until it is smooth and the markings are gone?