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David Anthony Colarusso - Sadly not Havoc Dinosaur
Intermittent musings on the law, science, education, technology, design, and life. Also, I build things: furniture, software, reasoned arguments... To learn more about that, click a persona below for my eponymous website.

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Respect the Chemistry

by David Colarusso - October 12th, 2013

I am a Tad Late to tHe Party, But I juSt finisHed watChing Breaking Bad This weeK. As a Former high School scieNce Teacher wHo maY or may Not Currently Work with meth deAlers, it Seemed apPropriate to make Use of this teAchable Moment. Below you’ll fInd a litTle tool I made for highlighTing elemental symbOls in a string of text. I fiNd it fun to pLay with Names. ImPortantly, it Respects the chemistry. Each element’s symbol links to the appropriAte wikipedia artiCle, and you Can cut and Paste an HTml verSion of the final product. Enjoy.

Spring Cleaning 2013

by David Colarusso - April 20th, 2013


I’m not vert tidy. In college, I was once issued a warning regarding the condition of my dorm room. There was a fear that it might constitute a fire hazard. The picture above, of my desk earlier this year, will help you assess how far I’ve grown as a person since then. I now try to avoid stacks on the floor…

Anywho, this posting is about cleaning of the digital variety. A while back, I upgraded my blog’s database. In the transition, a few special characters got lost in translation. For example, instances of the pound sign (£) and curly-q quotes (“) found themselves transformed into � symbols. This prompted me to go back through and correct these errors. While there, I removed the “justified” alignment from many of my earlier post. I rescaled some images and videos to better fit the blog’s new layout, and I overhauled the blog’s categories. I didn’t reread every article, but I did occasionally correct typos. However, if I made any substantive changes to content, I used [bracketed text]. If you don’t trust me, check the Internet Archive.

If you’re curious what that awesome desktop art is on my Mac, it’s a wonderful distillation of geekyness created by Mike Mayhew and Rain Beredo. You can check it out over on deviantART. As for the book peaking out from my papers, it’s Jeffrey Toobin’s The Nine.

What’s In a Name?

by David Colarusso - March 23rd, 2013

I’ve known since college that “sadly not havoc dinosaur” is an anagram of my full name, and I’ve been a bad blogger for many years. Only recently, however, did it occur to me that I could combine these two things.

So today, I am unveiling, my re-branded blog. Does this re-branding signal renewed interest on my part and perhaps more frequent postings… Only time will tell.

I’m a Bad Blogger and 25 Other Random Things

by David Colarusso - February 11th, 2009

I’ve really been neglecting this blog, and for that I’m a little sad. Luckily no one reads it. So it’s not like I’m letting anyone down. Anywho, yesterday in a fit of insomnia, I finally gave in to peer pressure. Below you’ll find my “25 Things” note. If you don’t know what I’m taling about, you aren’t on Facebook. Here’s an explanation. The phenomenon is really a derivative of an old blogging challenge. So it seemed right to post it here as well.

1) I was once told that blogging about my job was disrespectful. That week, a few of the things I had “complained” about magically got fixed.

2) My first job was a summer internship for the DOD. Soon afterwards, I decided I never wanted to work for the military. Now I really want to be a JAG (as well as 50 other things ;).

3) I once had a living room apartment. My “room” was separated from the rest of the apartment by a shower curtain, and my bed was an air matters. I didn’t have a TV, radio, or computer. I did, however, learn to love running, and the Sunnyvale library.


On Education is now Tilts at Windmills

by David Colarusso - August 11th, 2008

This September I will be attending Boston University full-time as a law student, and I expect this will effect the focus of my blogging. So I’ve decide to go with a more general name, settling on “Tilts at Windmills.” It seems to me this could have been the blog’s title all along. Of course, this means a URL change too. No longer am I blogging at “/edblog” from here out, it’s just “/blog”.

“Why law school?” you may ask. The short answer, “I think I can do more with the law.” Only time will tell if I’m right about that.

So be on the lookout for some wicked-cool legal postings, but don’t worry, I won’t forget my roots. I have a mile-long list of would-be Tabletop Explainer episodes, one of which should be produced this week. Unfortunately, it’s not the next in the relativity series. It’s a how to I plan on entering in a video competition. Heck, I have to pay for law school somehow.

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