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Disabling keyboard on Debian so you can do a video call on your laptop with an infant and he doesn't hang up on grandma

The kid would much rather bang on the laptop keyboard than have a video call with grandma.

But banging on the keyboard inevitably leads to an early hang-up.

So disable the keyboard.

To deal with that pesky infinite carriage return problem, and make it easy to reenable the keyboard, make a couple of shell scripts, save them to the desktop, and you can double-click to disable, and double-click the other one to enable.


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Juniper VPN on 64-bit Ubuntu

First, I installed 32-bit firefox and ran it just to run the VPN.

Then I discovered this: http://askubuntu.com/questions/136194/juniper-setup-on-12-04 and it worked on Firefox for awhile, but then stopped working for no reason I could figure out.

So I switched to using Chrome per these instructions: http://arecordon.blogspot.com.ar/2013/07/ubuntu-junipers-network-on-ubun... and it seems to be working again

MK reports the following worked for him:
* sudo apt-get install  libc6-i386


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Corn Tortillas

Not that it's worth writing a recipe for, but I don't do it enough to remeber...


Yield:

8 tortillas


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Pumpkin Pie Shot

Here's what you do with your extra pumpkin pie. Reposted from http://www.flickr.com/photos/djpiebob/5205303162/in/photostream/


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How is babby named?

I made a post over at Splunk about searching the SSA baby names database: http://blogs.splunk.com/2013/10/31/how-is-babby-named/


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Hibiscus/Jamaica Syrup

From Simply Recipes, but with a little less sugar.

When diluted 1:1 with water, this has ~1/6 the sugar by volume as coke (1.5g/4oz vs. 10g/4oz)


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Tapioca Pudding

"Adapted" from 101 cookbooks, which is to say I tripled the amount of tapioca, added coconut, and put the egg whites back in.

This is a pantry buster - you bought some tapioca for something and now you need to get rid of it. The coconut too - we bought it for carrot cake, but flake is not the best for cake, shredded is better.


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Genoa Vodka

Traditionally with Campari, but I always substitute Aperol for Campari always under all circumstances everywhere.


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Smoky Orange

Similar I guess to the "MacArthur" in this suspicious list of whisky cocktails

Cherried brandy is the liquid from brandied cherries, of course!


Yield:

1 drink


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Farkle Heuristic II

I've been playing solitaire farkle on an app, and my goal is to get on the high score list, which means that I'm starting to aim for higher and higher scores. This has altered my heuristic a little bit. Here's the new one:

  • Maximize the number of times you can roll for three of a kind each turn - this means scoring as few dice as possible on each roll as long as you'll still have at least 3 dice to roll on the next roll

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