October 19, 2011 in Random Thoughts
Michael Faraday created the first practical electric motor, but his first and most elegant motor was a Homopolar Motor. It consists of a single piece of wire, a battery, and a magnet. These motors form the basis of many modern electric flywheel storage designs. Here is an example of this elegantly simple motor:
Have you ever tried to use Quickbooks? I have been trying to get ATX Hackerspace’s finances off a spreadsheet and into the online version of Quickbooks .. and the conclusion I’ve come to is that accountants are part evil wizard, part sadist, all crazy.
Sticking your hand in a basket of dry beans..
Kissing someone and watching their eyes light up with surprise and happiness..
A clean car..
Throwing a stone in a pond, and watching the ripples..
Going “A-BOO!” to a baby, and the giggle storm it causes.
This weekend, I’ve managed to:
- reconnect with a friend I haven’t seen in over a decade
- make massive monetary decisions about car, work, and play
- find a credit card I thought I lost on a plane six years go
- play. on. a. swing! WHEEEEEEEeee…
I haven’t really put much up here lately, and I was reminded of something my English teacher told me when I was in 6th grade:
“Most of the greatest authors, on average, only ever really wrote 10 words a day over a year. It’s not that hard to write, but it is hard to be diligent about it.”
She’s right .. so, from now till the end of the year, lets see if I can post at least 10 words a day.
How hard can it be?
So, after two years at Amazon AWS .. and being charged $80/mo, I’ve made the move to Rackspace. They have virtual server instances for as little as a couple pennies an hour, and they are more than robust enough to run my blog and the other services I use. Plus, they have a fantastic flexible storage subsystem that I can use for data lockers.
So .. goodbye AWS, hello Rackspace Cloud.
For the record, the move from one to the other took 2 hours. Neat.