On Mother’s Day

3,000 year old advice on honoring your mother, from The Instruction of Any, written in the Egyptian Eighteenth Dynasty: Double the food your mother gave you, Support her as she supported you; She had a heavy load in you, But she did not...
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I want a camera built into my car

I want a camera built into my car. I want it right in front of the rear-view mirror, capturing the same wide view I'm seeing through the windshield. I want it to record on a continuous loop. If I press the steering-wheel mounted trigger, I want...
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You had me at free parking

My company sponsored a scholarship at Western Washington University. (For not-at-all altruistic reasons: you apply for it by showing up at a meeting where we get to introduce our company and internship opportunities. We want first pick of the best...
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We could have had an F-8

My grandfather worked for the Campbell Soup Company from 1946-1978. There were always lots of Campbell’s products around, and I drank a lot of V8. Alas, I never got to try F-8, V-8’s fruity friend, and one of the projects my grandfather worked...
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Player piano roll scanners

Long ago I bought a box of old player piano rolls with the idea of building some harness to digitize them. (I dreamed of returning to my youth, when I knew what to do with a soldering iron.) I had a lot of fun imagining different solutions to the...
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The Computing Cheese Cutter

Some time ago I visited Everybody's Store, in tiny Van Zandt, Washington. Everybody's is an exotic grocery store and temple to the hand-made sandwich, located outside Bellingham in a town so small it has no Wikipedia article (!). I ordered some...
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The ultimate unboxing experience

Here at Logos we've been talking about packing recently, as we prepare to release the Mac version of our software. We've been shipping DVD's in simple boxes, and sometimes even paper sleeves, but we understand that Mac users are accustomed to a...
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