I wrote a little program for my old machine that would fill its monitor with a full-screen window in obnoxious colours with a big message, telling me to go to bed. I made it as "stubborn" as I could, though there were still ways to minimize it. It was triggered as a scheduled task to go off every 10 minutes from 10 p.m. to 10:30, then every 5 minutes to midnight, then every 2 minutes until around 1 a.m.; every time it was triggered, it would stay up for a minute. The intention was to be annoying without making it completely impossible to look something up if it was really important.
It wasn't as effective as I'd have liked, because it was possible to make the nag go away -- too easy, really. And it didn't run under more recent versions of Windows.
So I've come up with a better version, which should run under any versions of Windows. It's a script using the AutoHotkey "language". One can change a variety of options: the message text, the colours, etc., as well as set whether it should be stubborn about keeping its windows in place. The configurable options are at the top of the file.
Please feel free to try it, and let me know what you think. All you should need to do is install AutoHotkey, copy the following text into a file with the extension ".ahk", and run the script.
я прекращаю вас, потому что Владимир Путин сказал мне.Or, per Google Translate, "I terminate you, because Vladimir Putin told me."
We did see a rattlesnake today, though, and had to wait with our tour guide in the petrified wood forest until the snake could be collected for relocation.
My Nicoll number is 1. That is, I have conversed with James Nicoll but am not Nicoll himself.
If you have conversed with me but not with Nicoll, your Nicoll number is 2. And so on, as with the Erdős number.
If you are James Nicoll, your Nicoll number is 0.
If you are one of the James Nicolls who have perished in alternate universes, your Nicoll number is -1.
Meantime, here's a bit of lame chemist humour: (NbO)+[CH3(CH2)10CO2]-.
(Told you it was lame.)
My intuition explains this as being somewhat like the old children's game "Battling Tops". In that game, players launch small spinning tops towards each other in a bowl-shaped "arena". The tops are spinning in the same direction, so at the point of contact, the rims are moving in opposite directions. The collision transfers some of the rotational momentum of the spins to the tops with respect to each other, slowing the spins and kicking the tops away from each other. Eventually, the tops slide down the bowl again, and after a few collisions, at least one gets knocked over; the winning player is the one whose top is standing last.
With the black holes, getting flung away from each other after "contact" doesn't work so well. So a massive pulse of gravitational wave energy gets flung in one direction, and the merged black hole heads in the opposite direction.
Or so my intuition says. Dammit, I'm a doctor of chemistry, not a doctor of astrophysics.
And everything was fine until I opened up the packet of cheez sauce powder. It was a kind of medium brown colour, instead of the expected bright orange; about the colour of an old apple core. Okay, I thought, this might be because Kraft has switched to using natural food-colouring agents. It'll probably brighten up when it's mixed into the pasta.
Except it didn't. The "finished" potful of pasta was still brown. It tasted a bit weird too.
Then I remembered where I'd acquired the package: Dad's pantry, when we were clearing out foodstuffs that he didn't need to take to the assisted-living place. It might have been there... a while.
So I checked the best-before date on the box. "98 AL 15". Given the expected shelf life of KD, the package was probably more than 20 years old.
Now we know. That fluorescent-orange cheezy substance does expire eventually, even in dry form, even inside its foil pouch inside the cardboard box, presumably stored under reasonably good temperature conditions.
How hard should I be pushing to get our people to chuck out the Win'10 OS and install Linux directly on the machine? Or to use some earlier version of Windows, such as 7 or 8 or 8.1? We've got site licenses for at least some of those.
Originally, Win'10 had a host of "features" that many people considered utterly unacceptable. Freely sharing network passwords with everyone in one's Outlook contact list; automatic and irrevocable installation of OS upgrades; snooping on user activity and uploading the results to μsoft. Push advertising. More. Some of these have been pulled back, some haven't, but I'm under the impression that I still don't want a Win'10 machine on my home network if I can help it. Have I got that right?
I suppose that one option would be to make the machine dual-bootable, and simply never boot up the Win'10 side.
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It's okay to be 100% sure you don't know. Knowing the limits of your knowledge is a very good thing.
One of my pictures made it into today's CakeWrecks. It's the last one on that page, the "beach vomit" cake.
There were actually a couple of other cakes in the same "style" that looked even worse, but they disappeared before I could get back to the store with a camera.
It would not have occurred to me that one might create permanganate at home by dissolving steel wool in bleach. Nevertheless: I've got that distinctive grape-juice colour that first-year chem students at Queen's used to ask me "is this a purple solution?" about.
I probably won't bother to try to save and purify it; it's likely to be much more fuss than it's worth, I don't need it, it's relatively chemically unstable and would probably decompose before I got to play with it. My intended product is the rust, ferric oxide. With which I will make ferric chloride, by dissolving it in hydrochloric acid. With which I will make jelly.
I have also made some cupric (copper+2) chloride by dissolving fine copper wire in hydrochloric acid with hydrogen peroxide. Combined with ascorbic acid extracted from vitamin C tablets, I'll be making copper nanoparticle jelly. The two jellies combined can be used to copper-plate stainless steel so it can be soldered onto.
From there, I hope to be able to build a light-up propeller for my bike helmet. I'm having some trouble sourcing some of the stainless steel bits, not to mention having to revise my designs as I discover that some items simply aren't available. I've already gone through a fair bit of hassle getting some T-pins that were supposed to be stainless steel, only to discover (on prior testing, because I'm suspicious) that they were just ordinary nickel-plated regular steel and rusted rapidly when scratched. (The seller tried to insist that their product was stainless and that I must have switched the pins. Then that, well, yes, their stuff rusted, but it was still stainless, just really low-quality stainless. "Of course if you scratch off the protective layer it rusts!")
"Disconcerting" because I discovered it by eventually noticing that the breakers were matching the wrong set of neighbors -- the breakers for the former electric water heater, rather than the ones for the current clothes dryer -- at the wrong time. Could have been worse. I have felt 240VAC just once, and that was enough, thank you.
Most print-on-demand books cannot be returned after purchase. In most cases, that's a fair limitation. When the product is as misleading as this... well, I don't know if the no-returns policy applies to these books, but I'd be surprised if it didn't.