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Picking a name for your baby

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While Emily and I were brainstorming naming for Ryan, I briefly threw out the idea of giving him an entirely different, shorter last name than either of our last names.  The dreadfully un-scientific thoughts I had were:

Seeing the world through a kid's eyes

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Before we had Ryan, Emily had predicted one benefit to having kids would be we could see the world afresh through their eyes.

Un-fetch git-svn revisions; Rewind git svn commits; Revert remotes/trunk branch

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It's possible for an old subversion commit to be changed after it has already been committed.  One example is someone editing a commit log message for an old revision with svn propedit -r <revision> --revprop svn:log <URL>

Great Timing

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I decided to carry Ryan on my shoulders today for the first time.  Since he can't sit up on his own, I held onto his arms so that he wouldn't fall over backward.  I carried him into the kitchen and Emily said "oh, he's smiling!"  I wanted to see it myself, so I carried him back into the bathroom.  At this point, he wasn't smiling anymore.  But as I was watching him watch me in the mirror, he

Reduce the number of threads Boxee / XBMC / Kodi uses for thumbnailing

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In Kodi/XBMC/Boxee, Canon .CR2 and other raw photo file thumbnailing speed is pretty slow. On a slow computer, using a large number of threads to generate thumbnails in parallel can use up a lot of CPU and memory and lock up the UI.

The number of threads used for thumbnailing can be reduced by creating a .boxee/UserData/advancedsettings.xml or .xbmc/userdata/advancedsettings.xml file with these contents:

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