Tick tock

March 9th, 2017

Here’s how to turn an old hard drive and some LEDs into a clock: LED Hard Drive Clock 3.5″ by Ian Smith. Take a look at his demo video (YouTube, 3min)

Don’t be put off by the year-10,000-compliant website design. One of my students built a clock like this and it is just about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!

Books and books and more books

March 8th, 2017

I think I have house envy… take a look at the bookshelf house!

“By singling out citizens from these countries for exclusion, Trump’s order may well actually increase the risk of terrorism”

March 7th, 2017

The Washington Post: Trump’s revised travel ban is still cruel and still unconstitutional.

“Today, Donald Trump issued a revised executive order barring entry into the US by citizens of six Muslim-majority nations. The new order replaces an old one that was repeatedly rejected by the courts. The new order is less bad than the old one in some crucial respects. But it is still indefensibly cruel, and still unconstitutional for many of the same reasons as the original.
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Despite those improvements, the order still inflicts cruel harm on refugees and others, while creating little if any security benefit.”

““This will be investigated, […] It will all come out. I will be proven right.””

March 6th, 2017

Washington Post: Inside Trump’s fury: The president rages at leaks, setbacks and accusations.

(The same article is also available at the Independent.)

“Then, a few hours after Trump had publicly defended his attorney general and said he should not recuse himself from the Russia probe, Sessions called a news conference to announce just that — amounting to a public rebuke of the president.

Back at the White House on Friday morning, Trump summoned his senior aides into the Oval Office, where he simmered with rage, according to several White House officials. He upbraided them over Sessions’s decision to recuse himself, believing that Sessions had succumbed to pressure from the media and other critics instead of fighting with the full defenses of the White House.

In a huff, Trump departed for Mar-a-Lago, taking with him from his inner circle only his daughter and Kushner, who is a White House senior adviser. His top two aides, Chief of Staff ­Reince Priebus and Bannon, stayed behind in Washington. “

Bare Trees and Mistletoe

March 5th, 2017

Today’s weather meant no good photos from my Sunday walk, so here’s one from last Sunday instead.

Trees with mistletoe growing in them, fish ponds, near the Rhine.