Archive for 2013

How To Remove Unused Facebook Apps

Happy New Year! Time to clean up your Facebook!

Every time you sign up for a new Facebook app, another company gets access to your information, your contacts, your posts, everything. More importantly, another company gets to start advertising at your friends through you. Yuck.

Here is an easy way to slow down this ceaseless parade of ads and privacy violations: remove unused Facebook apps from your account. ┬áJust click on this link and remove any apps that you don’t use.

If you aren’t ready to remove an app, you can still use the link above to change the “Visibility of app”. If you change it from “Public” to “Only me”, then your friends won’t see ads, Farmville updates and such, but the company still sees your info.

What I did to study for the GRE

Studied November 12th thru December 6th, almost 4 weeks, maybe averaging 4 days/week, 3 hours/session.

I read “Cracking the GRE 2013” from Princeton Review; doing all the examples and sample tests as I went.

In the week before the test I did the two timed practice tests in the PowerPrep II software.

* I find that caffeine pills really work to enhance my mental focus and stamina. I used them for my physiology class over the summer and in studying for the GRE to good effect. I had to carefully manage my caffeine intake (I’ll tell you the caffeine story another time). By the end of my study cycle I was popping a lot of pills. On the day of the test I took 3 200 mg pills divided into 1/2 pills over the course of the day. Today, 4 days after the test I’ve got a pretty consistent dull caffeine withdrawal headache. I’ll probably have it for a week or two. It was worth it.

* The test paced REALLY FAST. If I had enough time I would have gotten a nearly perfect score. But they make sure you don’t have enough time. Taking the practice tests alerted me to this issue.

* The test is REALLY LONG. I was in my chair for some 4 hours, focusing hard the entire time. It is a grueling marathon of a test.

* I found the following question answering strategy worked for me: I’d look at a question and if it didn’t feel right, I’d skip it. Usually the issue would be that I’d read a question and then have no idea where to go with it, or it just seemed really hard. Or overly complicated. Just skip it! (I knew my brain might be churning on it in the background)

What Dessert Should Be At Our Wedding?

We are trying to think of desserts that are less sweet and more bold, like tiramisu for instance. What do you love?


How To Remove Words from the Google Chrome Dictionary

Here is how to edit the Google Chrome autocorrect dictionary. Just go to this web page:


(you have to copy-paste that line into your browser)

Strip Formatting Out of Text When Pasting with Puretext

Pasting text that already has formatting in it can be a bother.

The homebrew fix to strip formatting is: Copy the text, paste it into Notepad, Copy it again, paste it wherever.

There is a great program for it: Puretext
With the program: copy the text, hit WINDOWS+V (instead of the normal CTRL+V and the text is pasted with the formatting stripped out :-)

I use it all the time and it is a huge lifesaver.

Merry Christmath!

Here is The Gauss Christmath Special from Vi Hart

Megan’s Hip Tip For The Day: Stirring Coffee

Megan’s Hip Tip For The Day

If you know how much cream and sugar you like in your coffee, put them in the mug before you pour your coffee. It stirs itself, no need to dirty a spoon!

Repaving 24th Street

It’s fun seeing the bones of the neighborhood slowly change.

24th Street was repaved on August 23rd, 2013. Here are some photos

I don’t know why they dug up this section all the way to dirt. They later filled it with concrete and then repaved it in asphalt. It’s interesting to see that there isn’t any gravel and the concrete is only about 6 inches deep. That’s not the best road construction but it’ll do well enough.

I love the asphalt Zamboni!

Live Action Bob the Builder

My Kinetic Helmets at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

Cool news:
I told you that I worked on the kinetic elements of Desiree Holman’s most recent art piece, Sophont. The installation, along with my bits are at the Philip J. Steele Gallery at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver until November 23rd!

See the whole catalog in PDF here!

I’m going to make an admission. When I first saw her art, I it didn’t really excite me but I thought, “Sure, let’s make art, let’s make it kinetic!” After hanging around it for a while and most recently reading the catalog, it’s seeping in. I’m starting to get it and I like it! Art is funny that way.

I Am Going To Grad School!

I got a phone call from San Jose State today. I was accepted into their Master’s of Occupational Therapy program!!!The program begins fall 2014. I am over the moon!

Some folks have asked what OT is… You might start with the idea of a Physical Therapist. A PT gets your body working, an OT focuses on helping you do whatever it is you do in your life, your “occupation”. Some quick examples: kids need to grow, amputees need to relearn shoe tying, elderly want to keep living independently. It’s a rather broad field!