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If you'd like to read my doctoral dissertation... [Mar. 26th, 2014|10:01 am]
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I've made a PDF copy of my doctoral dissertation available here for anyone who would like to read it.
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Good hardware for a new PC [Mar. 25th, 2014|06:44 pm]
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If you're in the market for a desktop computer which you hope to use for quite a few years, prefer Microsoft Windows to Apple's OS X, and at least for now don't intend to play video games requiring cutting-edge graphics cards, then the following components would be my recommendations:

Motherboard: Asus Z97-A

CPU: Intel Core i5-4590

Memory: 8GB (via two 4GB sticks of 240-Pin DDR3 1600 SDRAM)

Storage: Samsung 840 Evo 250GB (an SATA III SSD)

Optical: LG Blu-ray Burner WH16NS40 (SATA)


A few comments:


  • The graphics capabilities built into the above CPU, together with the HDMI and DisplayPort outputs offered by its motherboard, should be good enough for any common purpose other than the most demanding gaming. And if you ever decide to get into gaming, then there's nothing stopping you from sliding a top-of-the-line Nvidia or AMD graphics card into one of the motherboard's PCIe 3.0 expansion slots.
  • If you ever want to double your available memory, then just add two more memory sticks of the same type: there's no need to replace the ones you already have.
  • If you're assembling this machine yourself, then make sure you're creating an ideal environment for your SSD's performance: plug it into one of the motherboard's native SATA III ports, be sure the SATA type is set to AHCI rather than IDE in your motherboard's BIOS, and turn off any automatic drive defragmentation that your operating system may be set to perform.

A system with all of the above components, plus Microsoft Windows, a good-quality PSU, and a good quality case, would currently cost about $1,000 (including tax and shipping) if assembled by CyberPowerPC.
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The Seattle Sounders FC march to the stadium [Mar. 8th, 2014|11:35 am]
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The Seattle Sounders FC march to the stadium

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The Vince Lombardi Trophy at the Seahawks Victory Parade [Mar. 5th, 2014|10:35 pm]
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The Vince Lombardi Trophy at the Seahawks Victory Parade

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The Seahawks just won the Super Bowl [Feb. 2nd, 2014|07:58 pm]
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The Internet Cat Video Film Festival [Jan. 15th, 2014|09:26 pm]
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Last night's Pearl Jam concert at Key Arena [Dec. 7th, 2013|11:40 am]
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My Halloween costume [Nov. 8th, 2013|05:00 pm]
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I combined several powerful myths when creating this year's Halloween costume. On the one hand I evoke the myth of the peaceful unicorn, on the other hand I evoke the myth of the noble knight protecting his king's lands from the savage unicorn, and finally I evoke the myth that anything good can come from posting pictures of yourself which you took in a men's room.

I admit this isn't simple.

But then again, neither is life.

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Heading home [Aug. 18th, 2013|11:48 pm]
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Particularly if you're a Brunelle who is also descended from Hilaire and Antoinette, I hope all of this has been interesting for you.
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Hilaire's funeral record (bottom right corner) [Aug. 18th, 2013|11:46 pm]
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