Tags: brainz

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why pär is my techie guru

Because Pär gives the only directions that speak straight to my brain.  Never mind any talk of feed rollers and drum units and fuser covers and electrodes, which is the sort of jargon the troubleshooting websites throw at you.  Here's how to approach a mechanical problem:

Mail from Karen to Pär, subject: Re: printer

Crap, it seems to be broken now.  I'm guessing there's a crumpled paper stuck somewhere inside, but I can find no sign of it...

Mail from Pär to Karen, subject Re: Printer
If you open the front, it looks like there's no access to the inside, but there is. Grab a hold of the thing that looks like it's made to grab hold of, then rip out a sizeable chunk of printer gut. The crumpled-up paper will almost certainly be in there.

Worked like a charm.

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bring on the techno-future

Ours is not a household of many rules, but I try to maintain certain standards: thus, as some of you know, for a few years I've placed a moratorium on any mention of the Singularity within these walls. Why? Because long ago I formed an impression of how discussions about the Singularity tended to run, which was pretty much along these lines.

Well, but my friends are smart people and I ought to give you guys the benefit of the doubt. So I hereby announce, with some trepidation, that I am lifting the ban and deregulating Singularity discussion in our house. If you absolutely must talk about it, you may do so henceforth without fear of incurring my wrath and/or being escorted off the premises.

You can thank/blame Ben Rosenbaum for changing my mind. Ben is, let's be honest, the main reason I had to make the rule in the first place, because given the slightest provocation, he will go on about the goddamn Singularity. (In fact he and Cory Doctorow just co-wrote a novella set in a post-Singularity world, currently available here as a podcast.) However, what with Ben being brilliant and all, he's starting to convince me there are things worth saying on the subject. So okay. Bring on the techno-future.

We've even broached the subject in email, after I mentioned the above-linked webcomic to him, and it has not destroyed my will to live!  A sign of progress:

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and the science gets done

Jeremiah was less than a month old when we first began to speculate on how much ice cream his cranium would hold.  Well, ostensibly we were wondering how much brain was in there, but once you start contemplating the cannibal's view of the matter, it really just comes down to dessert vs. main course, doesn't it? 

So I decided it was time to find out conclusively.  Fortunately, I just happened to have a 3/4 life-sized anatomical model of a skull sitting around.

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