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Link: Consider Riding Out a Fever Instead of Treating It

[T]his most recent study reveals a fever works to make certain parts of the immune system work harder. This temporary enhancement provided by a fever might actually help you get over the flu more quickly than if you suppress it with medication.
Consider Riding Out a Fever Instead of Treating It

Link: You Say You Want a Devolution? | Style | Vanity Fair

Scary. My generation has contributed virtually nothing in design to differentiate itself from the previous 20 years.
You Say You Want a Devolution? | Style | Vanity Fair

Link: Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine

I gave a brief reflection about Time for last year’s Thanksgiving service. Here’s some fascinating facts, such as “physics teaches us something remarkable: every event in the past and future is implicit in the current moment.”
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine

Link: Comparison of video editing software – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It’s been a while since we updated Final Cut Pro; here’s a comprehensive list of the options out there.
Comparison of video editing software – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Roll Your Own Steam Cloud with Dropbox

Steam Client

Steam running on multiple PCs

The Steam gaming platform has a great feature called “Steam Cloud” for users with multiple computers that automatically synchronizes settings and saved games between your separate installs. You can save your Half-Life 2 game right before the big strider battle on your laptop and pick it up right at the same place when you fire up your desktop PC.

However, only a few games officially support this feature, meaning if you play one of the other games that isn’t supported on multiple machines, you’re officially out of luck. But by leveraging the power of Dropbox, you can synchronize your unsupported games just as easily by moving the files to your dropbox and linking to them from the old location. Here’s how I did it for the classic game Knights of the Old Republic, which isn’t supported by steam cloud.

Make sure you have Dropbox, Steam, and the game installed on both PCs. Then find your saved games folder. For KotOR, it’s located here:

C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\swkotor\saves

You’ll want to move the entire folder to your dropbox. Make sure you actually move it, not just copy it. You may want to create a new folder in your dropbox first just for game data to keep it clean. I put mine into a folder called Dropbox/Game Data/kotor. That will synchronize your save game files to all of your computers.

Next you’ll want to create a link from the original location to the dropbox folder. Open a Command Prompt (Start -> Accessories -> Command Prompt) and create the link with the mklink command:

mklink /J "C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\swkotor\saves"
"C:\Users\Eric\Documents\Dropbox\Game Data\kotor\saves"

This will create a virtual link from your steam app folder to the one you just moved into your dropbox. As far as the game is concerned, the files are right where they are supposed to be.

Repeat this process on your other machines and when you save your game on one machine it’ll be available on all of them for loading.

I’ve got Windows 7 installed on my machines so if you’re using XP, Vista, or a Mac the instructions for creating links may vary. See this article on the dropbox wiki for more details.

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One Last Time

I just put up my Michigan flag for the last time this season. Michigan is playing in a bowl game for the first time in the past three seasons. It may be Rich Rodriguez’s last game ever for the Wolverines, if the rumors are true. I hope he stays.

Give him his fourth season. Give him a chance to come back and coach perhaps the most exciting player in College Football. Let him at least tie his predecessor’s record of four straight losses against Ohio State. I look back at my expectations from the beginning of the year and they were met. They beat the teams they were supposed to beat and lost to the teams they were expected to lose to. The losses sting, but were not that suprising when you look at them.

You keep him because churn at the head coaching position should be avoided whenever possible. When you yank him out after three years you set a bad precedent: if the next guy doesn’t produce in three years you have to get rid of him, too. Rodriguez’s first year was a waste to begin with, not having time to get his players installed and the cupboards short stocked, if not bare. Also, now is not the time to abandon the spread, if you want to keep advancing to the highest levels. The majority of the conference champions are running some version of the spread. The two best teams in the country, Oregon and Auburn, are both shredding opponents with the spread. I fully support gutting the defensive staff and revamping that side of the ball. But you don’t need to fire the head coach to do that.

Plus, he is a good guy. He doesn’t put his star QB on the field in a must win game when he might have a concussion. He doesn’t let his kids go straight from prison back
onto the field. He doesn’t oversign recruits then kick scholarship players off the team without even talking to them face to face. When his only decent kicker or his essential backup QB breaks team rules, he sends them home, not let them play in the big bowl game and hold off their punishment until next year. Any rule or contract he’s broken has never hurt his kids.

Finally, the reasons you DO get rid of Rich Rod: although he increased the win count, he never pulled the big upset. The offense sputtered down the stretch. He gets too emotional and plays sappy Josh Groban songs for the team.

One last game this year. I want to see more.

ADDENDUM: it’s nearing the end of the Gator Bowl, and this performance makes it hard to see him staying around for another year. Get ready for the turmoil.

But I Probably Won’t Hear You

I am a huge fan of programmer-turned-troubadour Jonathan Coulton’s folk/pop/geek song writing skills, and I’m not the only one. Graphic artist Jarrett Heather created a jaw-dropping-ly brilliant animation video for one of my favorite JoCo tunes, “Shop-Vac”:

For more awesome songs by Jonathan Coulton, visit http://www.jonathancoulton.com/. Check out his primer, general info, and listening suggestions.

Illinois Win: Two Faces of the Michigan Defense (via Our Helmets Have Wings)

Win at all costs? Yeah, right. Call him what you will, but Rich Rod is a good guy.

First. Whew. That was a game that Michigan 2008 and 2009 loses. That was also a game that I didn’t think Michigan was going to win. So, 6-3 looks a lot better than 5-4, and now the Big Ten record is 2-3. It puts the brakes on some of the criticism that has been levied on the program over the past few weeks. Second, RichRod & the staff deserve to have something pointed out: in a very tight game they sat their biggest offensive threat (Robinson … Read More

via Our Helmets Have Wings