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I lost my passport in Hungary

I’m posting this in the hopes others who find themselves in this predicament will find this online and find it useful. I certainly found comfort in this guy’s tale. I took a side trip to Hungary this past weekend and inadvertently lost my passport. So now what? This all happened on a Friday night. Thank… Read more

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Behind my name.

This came up the other day and it occurred to me that not everyone knows why I call myself what I call myself. Why mrz? It’s not short for Mr. Z. Shortly after moving out to Mountain View in 1996, I worked at 3Com. I worked in the engineering division that, during the two years… Read more

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Facebook says 25, says 7. I prefer not to be a strict follower of either and I’m sure no one needs to re-read the rules again.  You can blame Mayu and Sean. If I had to do it all over again, I’d do something around sociology.  I’m often fascinated by human interactions and behavior. … Read more

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Follow-up: Gas cooktops & regulators

Just to close the loop on this one – I had a plumber out this morning and after $100 in parts I’m all set ($100 also included the vent and gas line for the dryer).  He used a 90 degree joint and a short rigid pipe to move the regulator further to the back.  Oven… Read more

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Gas cooktops & regulators

This is an off-topic (off Mozilla anyways) post but I’m stuck and it’s late and I’m not sure who to call to help. I bought a new cooktop and oven.  The gas cooktop has a pressure regulator that sticks out just enough that I can’t slide the oven in under it.  I’m not sure if… Read more

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My face is cold

NSID 2008 had to come to an early close for me today. I leave Monday for my sister’s wedding in Chicagoland and while I would have loved to hold out till the end of the month or even a few more days, that just wasn’t realistic (something about looking presentable). You could argue I could… Read more


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“You have a Midland accent”

Dave made me do it. What American accent do you have? Your Result: The Midland   “You have a Midland accent” is just another way of saying “you don’t have an accent.” You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could… Read more

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Doing as my father did

I have some pretty fond memories of my Dad, a math teacher, bringing home one of the (or maybe it was the) Apple II computers from work when I was in first or second grade.  That’s how I got introduced to computers (and where I learned how to spell catalog).  It’s also where I spent… Read more


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