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Photogrammetry!

I made a scan of the corner of a room to test. I took 34 photos with a Nexus 5X on a tripod with this 3D-printed mount printed by a friend and Meshroom.

This tutorial was helpful. The white balance was fixed, exposure was 100 ISO, and focus was at infinity. I might want to try a closer focus next time; see if that changes things.

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Comcast

They’ve found another way to piss me off… somehow. You have to admire their persistence.

Prohibited Uses of HSI. [High-Speed Internet service] You agree not to use HSI for operation as an Internet service provider, a server site for ftp, telnet, rlogin, e-mail hosting, “Web hosting” or other similar applications, for any business enterprise, or as an end-point on a non-Comcast local area network or wide area network. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Comcast and its affiliates, suppliers, and agents against all claims and expenses (including reasonable attorney fees) arising out of any breach of this Section including, but not limited to, any claims based on or arising out of any material violation of any applicable law.

Their TOS is available here. I’d call their tech support and ask if I can opt-out and have them stop blocking port 80, but their call center says they’re closed. The robot suggests that I call back during normal business hours, but then helpfully neglects to mention what those hours may be. I’m going to renew my push to switch to C2.

EDIT: Turns out they’re not blocking port 80. I had forwarded the port on my router, but I was forgetting to add port 80 to my firewall. I feel silly now. That would explain why it would show up as closed, then when I forwarded it, it was filtered. Oops.

EDIT 2: Also turns out I was misunderstanding this section. The limitation is only for businesses?

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Gordon Food Service

I was really bored, and when I saw a Gordon Food Service truck, I started wondering what else GFS could stand for. Here’s a short list:

  • Gordon File System
  • Gordon Freeman Says
  • Giant F*#@ing Snakes
  • Great Flying Snails
  • Gloubulous Frying Sherry
  • Gordon Frees Sheep
  • Grant Feels Shirts
  • George Flew South
  • Geoff Flattened Shelves
  • Grand Fractures Surprise
  • Glitter Flutters Stealthily
  • Goats Frolic Suddenly
  • Giraffes Fret Solemnly
  • Gargantuan Fragmented Shells

If you can think of more, feel free to add it to the comments!

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Fans

Why do fans make noise? Go ahead and turn one on. It whirs, right? Now turn it off. While the blades are still spinning and the motor is off, it is mostly silent. How do electric motors make noise?

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Sweater

It has been brought to my attention that what I thought was a nice, textured, slightly fuzzy grey t-shirt I had never seen before is in fact a white t-shirt with a somewhat uniform coating of fuzz from my sweater.

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Cars

Really fuel efficient ones.

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Aaah!

How could they vote against HABEAS CORPUS?! Good to see all the Democrats and some Republicans voted for. The only sane thing to do, really.

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Contact!

Well, it’s happened again. I’ve been spontaneously contacted by someone I had no prior knowledge of who lives in another state…

steve,

i stumbled over your blogspot while doing a search. it’s great! but, what i really wanna know is…did you attend pine forest high school, fayetteville, nc?

jerri olsen

san antonio, texas

 
 
Hi Jerri,

I’m really glad you like my blog. I have to say I’ve never attended Pine Forest High School – I’ve never lived outside of Michigan.

Just out of curiosity, what were you searching for when you found my site?

Would you mind if I wrote about this email on my blog?

Steve Dougherty
Lansing, Michigan

   
 
Thanks for getting back Steve. Hmmm…well, to be perfectly honest with you…it was someone I went to high school with…who has your name! I think I’m having a nostalgic moment. ; ) But he would have graduated in 1970. Yes, we’re old!!!!! hahaha!Thank you! That’s sweet of you to mention this email. It might even find MY Steve. : )

There you have it. First Hawaii, now Texas. I’m amazed.

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Ridiculous

There are some really, really, stupid things going on…

Selling of Partial Zero Emission Vehicles illegal in many states

Scientist charged to read his own paper in violation of the license he released it under

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o_O

Scary…