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indy's hat [link]

levenshtein dictionary [link]

tie knot [cafe knot] [ediety] [trinity]
suits, ties, interviews, facial hair, shaking hands [link]

the piano guys [link]

dorothy sayers --- the lost tools of learning [link]

monopoly math [link]

daniel dennett's seven tools for thinking [link]

cookbook
The Science of Good Cooking (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks). ISBN 1933615982 [link]

the internet fireplace [link]

razors [link] [link] [link]

grover's quantum search algorithm [link]

brain teasers [link]

8-bit pop-up cards [link]

ninja turtles [link]

knots [link]

sewing [link]

headphones
sennheiser hd558 [review] [review] [review]
amp w/ recharge batt [link]
amp [link]

the past and pending [tabs]
the wooden song [tabs] [song]
flash "tuner" [link]

custom clothing labels [link]

stuff

illustration of phd [link]

Awesome Costumes

yeti [link]

kat armor, by LilTyrant (posted on 405th forum) [link] [link]
 
(photo linked to imgur, from 405th forum; linked above)


Quotes

"When you wish to achieve results that have not been achieved before, it is an unwise fancy to think that they can be achieved by using methods that have been used before." -Sir Francis Bacon

"The walls between art and engineering exist only in our mind, and few have the imagination to see beyond them." -Theo Jansen

"Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery  footballs of hope. And you've got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception." - The Tick

deterministic
when one is able to talk to god, one really only needs to listen. god can say "here's how the conversation would've gone"

Passwords

words of advice (link)
LastPass (link)
schneier's password tip [link]

--bad passwords--


words in the dictionary don't make good passwords, even the very obscure ones like logorrhea or ablutomania. there are certain forms of attacking an account that can go through words in a dictionary very, very short amount of time (read: few minutes). other words that are commonly used are names (your name, husband/wife name, children names, grandchildren names, etc. ), numbers (anniversaries, birthdays, graduation years...), place of work.... these "personal words" can be found easily through facebook or other search sites.


by the way, search for yourself on http://www.spokeo.com. this data was scraped from the web (public info) or is statistical (looking at where you work, where you live, and how many kids you have can tell a lot about how much money you probably make)


a common variation on the above is called the h4x0r "language", where o's are replaced with zeros, e's with threes, etc. cAmEl CaSe and UppEr-cAsE vOwElS are also commonly used cypher methods. simple character exchanges like these are easy to hack, too.


don't have many repeating / sequential letters or numbers (12345, qwerty, abcdef, zyxwvu, aaaaa). don't tack a number to the end of a password, either (jon1 or jon99 are too easy)


and finally, don't use the same password for multiple accounts! different sites have different levels of security. if a "hacker" is able to get your password from a site with terrible security, they have you password for all other accounts using that password. especially have a different, unique password for each money account (paypal, credit cards, bank).




--ideas for strong(er) passwords--


think of the chorus of a favorite song or a bible verse and use the first letter for each word. it helps if the site reminds you of the song.
ex: my account for a site selling sheep-shearing tools might remind me of this:
mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow => mhallifwwas


insert (unrelated) numbers or punctuation in the middle of the password
ex: ha2ll3el5uj7ah (hallelujah+primes mixed in)


capitalize every nth letter (where n does not equal 2)
ex: joNs_biKe!shOp  (note the additional punctuation!)


misspellings


--storage--

keep the list of passwords somewhere *secure*, not in a plain-text file on your computer / smartphone or a sheet of paper under the keyboard ;) some operating systems can store files encrypted. use a VERY strong password to encrypt the file!! also, backup the file to separate media!
OSX: http://www.applematters.com/article/ways-to-secure-files-in-os-x/
Win: http://www.thefreecountry.com/security/encryption.shtml (DO NOT USE WIN'S "ENCRYPTED FILE" CRUD!)
Lin: http://basket.kde.org/


50 ways to be persuasive (link)

kitty pee removal tips

buying laptops

when it comes to computers, you get what you pay for. i would highly recommend staying away from the super cheap ones. and unless you absolutely need it, the pricier ones aren't worth the extra dough. best thing is to decide first on what you're going to use it for (word, internet, solitaire, shoot-em-up-games, etc.) and know how much you'd like to spend. do this before looking. there are so many options that it's very easy to buy something that's way more than you had intended. also, every computer is "obsolete" in 2-5 yrs. by obsolete, i mean it won't run the latest and greatest things without some major upgrade or repair. it may still run just fine, but you'll be using "older" software. i only say this because a lot of people buy an expensive laptop so it'll "last them longer" (in terms of being up-to-date), but really they are only spending more money. (now, i'm using a laptop now that's over 10years old, and it works perfectly for taking notes. however, it certainly won't run the newest games!) recommended minimum specifications: - if it comes with windows vista, you'll want at the very least 1gb of ram, not 512mb! (they do sell these :P) 1.5gb or 2gb is good enough. if it has windows xp, 1gb of ram will do great! - if you're going to store all your music, videos and pictures on it, go for the bigger hard drives (>100gb). otherwise, 40-80gb is big enough (if $ is a priority). - if you're going to play the latest "shooter" or high-end video games, you'll want to have a nicer video card. (i can help answer questions about this if it's a priority). most games, though, will generally run fine on a normal laptop. oh, and treat every file that you put on the laptop (or any computer) as if it could disappear any second! backup... backup... backup! http://www.mozy.com offers a free-for-ever 5gb space of storage. their software is super easy to install and very secure! set it and forget it. just make sure you're backing up!! the one absolute claim that can be made about any storage device (hard drive, floppy disk, cd, dvd, flash drive) is that it will eventually - and sometimes without any warning - die! and unless you have a ton of money (usually several thousand), everything stored on that drive is gone. redundancy is the best antidote!


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