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   This evening after work I set out to build a cover for the window in the front room of this apartment.  There are several lights in the parking lot that run all night long and I have difficulty sleeping in anything less then total darkness.  Initially I thought I would just use a piece of foil-backed foam insulation to cover the window.  However, the mini-blinds in the window protrude out enough to make this a problem.  So I build a frame out of 1x2" wood, and covered it in aluminum foil and white cloth.  As it turns out, the cloth was fairly transparent and you are able to see the duct tape seams. 
   To mount this over the window, I used four small L-shaped screws; two on top and two on the bottom.  These keep the frame seated tightly against the wall.  A little light comes through on the edges, but it is much better then how it was before.
   Normally I don't care at all about the presidential election, but this year I found this site. The guys running it were throwing a good deal of math into weighting the various polls taken in order to produce the most accurate election predictions they could. My love of numbers took over. Tonight after I finished at work, I went home, switched on the live feed from my favorite news station, opened up a bunch of browser windows at various news sites and watched the numbers come in. It was actually a lot of fun. I was chatting to a bunch of people at the same time and there was many moments of joy when I saw a new state claimed for one of the candidates--always matching the predictions. It was also interesting to see the lag and sometimes error between the news sites. Most of the news sites had their own "firsts" and I'm not sure any of them were all that much behind. But one site, Fox News, made a mistake that still makes me laugh: they colored California for McCain. All of the major predictions showed California with a very strong lean for Obama. I have to imagine someone hit the wrong button because it just seems ridiculous they actually made that call. While McCain was making his speech and conceding, I was still waiting for numbers to come in. By the time Obama spoke, all the states but Missouri and North Carolina had been called by most major news networks. The predictions site was right on except for Indiana which predicted a small McCain lead.
   So thanks Obama, that was a lot of fun! It should be fun tomorrow at work in my very conservative company listening to all the groaning. I think I'm going to enjoy it because that's the way I feel about most elections! ;)
   Pictured are my computer screen during the event.

October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Noah

Noah

   I worked extra hours all week so I could have all day today off.  Tonight, Halloween night, the Garage had a fine gathering of people in custom.  I put on a prom dress and made a really hideous women.  Several people said I resembled Boy George--I'll let you decide.  I think the best custom has to go to Noah who looked unlike anything worldly. 
   Unfortunately I had been coming down with a cold and by 2:00am it was winning.  I ended up leaving for Cedar Rapids on Saturday after canceling all my other weekend plans.