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How common OTC "pain pills" work

How common OTC “pain pills” work

July 26th, 2012

While cleaning out the medicine cabinet today, I came across a bunch of different kinds of “pain pills”. Because of my experience with gout, I know not to take Tylenol or any other Acetaminophen based products… but I wondered what the difference really was and how each one worked. It turns out, most pain drugs […]

Compiling Pound reverse proxy on CentOS 5.x

July 22nd, 2012

This post is another “just for me” reminder on how to do something, but it might be useful for some people so I’m making it public. To install a current version of Pound on CentOS 5.x, you need to make a couple tweaks; yum install gcc – If you don’t already have the compiler installed, […]

Tesla day is coming...

Tesla day is coming…

May 14th, 2012

I’ve posted before about Tesla. He’s great. July 10th is his birthday and people around the world are pushing to make it Nikola Tesla Day, an official holiday. To get into the spirit, go here: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla In case it ever goes offline, I have duplicated it’s genius here:

RFID implant removal and replacement

RFID implant removal and replacement

April 28th, 2012

From March 2005 to March 2012 I had a 2mm by 12mm glass encased HITAG S tag implanted in my right hand. The HITAG was chosen for it’s feature set, which includes writable memory blocks, the ability to emulate EM4102 tags, and a 40 bit crypto-security feature that could help protect the tag’s memory blocks […]

I love HD because it shatters facades

I love HD because it shatters facades

April 26th, 2012

Every once in a while I spend a few minutes of down time searching Google Images with random words. Then I crank up the resolution filter to see if I can find any interesting photos or infographics that are “70 MP or larger”. I love high resolution photos for many reasons, but I have to […]

Force cancer cells to commit suicide... with electricity!

Force cancer cells to commit suicide… with electricity!

April 25th, 2012

Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the best-known methods for treating cancer. At TEDMED, Bill Doyle presents a new approach, called Tumor Treating Fields, which uses electric fields to interrupt cancer cell division. Still in its infancy — and approved for only certain types of cancer — the treatment comes with one big benefit: quality of […]

Today's WTF moment - oxygenating plants makes them grow?

Today’s WTF moment – oxygenating plants makes them grow?

April 24th, 2012

I was checking my local hardware store’s website for available 50CFM vent fans and this ad caught my eye. I couldn’t let this one go, so I found the manufacturer’s site and it also expounded on the virtues of oxygenated water for plants. Checking their site and FAQ section, they had plenty of marketing material […]

How to compile and deploy an AnyCPU targeted COM DLL built with VB.NET 2010

How to compile and deploy an AnyCPU targeted COM DLL built with VB.NET 2010

April 21st, 2012

In moving servers and workstations to the 64 bit architecture, occasionally you run into ridiculous limitations with components you’ve been used to working with for years… namely, they don’t work. Even Microsoft offers 32-bit only components that fail to load when you try to leverage them through IIS on a 64 bit OS. I just […]

RTOTD: What would a real alien invasion look like?

RTOTD: What would a real alien invasion look like?

April 15th, 2012

Just a random thought – Pretty much all alien movies show alien ships piloted by alien beings of some sort, while the most likely scenario would not include any “manned” craft at all. Why would aliens even bother to make the trip, even if they had some kind of faster-than-light travel capability? We certainly don’t […]

Prank call or marketing tactic?

April 5th, 2012

I woke up this morning to a voicemail that had me a little confused. voicemail The number given is for some kind of housing contractor about 40 miles away from me… so, was this some kind of lame prank call or a disturbing attempt at a marketing tactic?

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