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Day 5 - July 17, 2013: Train-dodging in Monterrey

Posted on July 17, 2013

Yesterday I drove from Reynosa to Monterrey. It would have been about a 2-hour drive, but without a GPS, and Mexico’s lacking road signs, I got lost in Reynosa, and again in Monterrey. But this is part of the adventure, right? Today on my way from the hotel to where I would be working, I saw something new for me.

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Day 1 - July 13, 2013

Posted on July 15, 2013

Today I started my journey. I’ve been thinking about this two to three years. And today I began. 37 months ago I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, for what was to be a 1-year stay, for the purpose of learning Spanish and a cultural exchange. My 1-year stay, which lasted 19 months, made the world seem so much smaller, and more within reach than ever before.

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Windows 7 + TrueCrypt 7.1a and Debian wheezy + encryption dual-boot with GRUB2

Posted on April 29, 2013

Getting Windows 7 (or Windows 8 or Windows Vista) with TrueCrypt to play nicely with GRUB2 is quite a chore. Although, after 2 days of fighting, I finally found a simple solution, thanks to the README file that comes with grub2tc. Unfortunately, grub2tc didn’t actually work for me, but their docs did!

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Some questions to ask yourself before voting for or against fluoride next week

Posted on October 31, 2012

This is a letter I sent to a number of my personal friends, employing them to consider how they will vote on the fluoride issue in Wichita next week. As you probably know, I work in spam prevention, so I am very sensitive to sending bulk e-mails. I debated whether to send this one, but ultimately I decided it was a necessary evil.

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Filed under: fluoride health Opinion politics public health science

In search of the perfect Laptop Daypack

Posted on August 2, 2012

I like to travel. And I already own the perfect travel pack. It’s the MEI Voyageur travel pack (US$136 direct from the manufacturer). MEI essentially invented the travel pack (a combo duffel bag, suit case, and back pack all in one). It’s perfect for a light traveler, such as myself, for a number of reasons I won’t really go into here.

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