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Pickpockets in China —

Have you ever had a pickpocket put your wallet back into your pocket without taking the money? That’s what happened to me in Beijing yesterday. He grabbed my credit cards, my driver’s license, etc. and proceeded to make massive charges. I actually thought I’d stopped the pickpocket, because I felt the wallet going out of […]

Increase Your Blog Traffic —

The world needs to know when we post, and it’s difficult ways to shout “Pay Attention To Me” in a polite but noticeable way. WordPress provides a ping-o-matic service and turns it on by default, but I’ve discovered Vladimir’s Ping List. This gives a fuller default setting for pings. We’ll have to see if it […]

True-Type fonts on Fedora 11 —

The key insight to getting true-type fonts working was finding this page: http://www.go2linux.org/msttcorefonts-true-type-fonts-on-linux. I had to make some minor tweaks to get this to work. Here’s how my session went: yum -y install rpm-build cabextract xfs ttmkfdir rpm -ivh http://dl.atrpms.net/all/chkfontpath-1.10.1-2.fc11.x86_64.rpm wget http://corefonts.sourceforge.net/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec rpmbuild -ba msttcorefonts-2.0-1.spec rpm -ivh /root/rpmbuild/RPMS/noarch/msttcorefonts-2.0-1.noarch.rpm

ODT to RTF converter —

Recently I discovered that OpenOffice can’t really generate RTF files, so I wrote my own converter. It’s rather basic, just handles italic, double space, paragaraphs, and centering. However, for what I need it for it works a lot better than the built-in OpenOffice export ability. The program is written in Java and you can get […]

Natural Family Planning, the Church’s Best Kept Secret —

When I began my journey to becoming Catholic I was focused mainly on doctrinal issues, e.g. what is the nature of the eucharist, did Mary remain a virgin her whole life, did Christ intend for the Pope to be the head of the church, etc. After I was fairly far along in my studies I […]

Safe Nontoxic Cockroach Killer —

After moving to the South I discovered how large and unpleasant cockraoches can be. I used to think those 1 inch long bugs in movies were just props. (Now I count myself lucky, in South America they can get to be six inches long.) I was also amazed to discover how fast they were. They […]