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RSS feeds

I have some scripts that scrape a couple of websites and syndicate their updates as RSS feeds, suitable for reading in feed aggregators such as Google Reader.

San Francisco seismic hazard zones

I sometimes find myself wondering whether I'm more likely to be swallowed by the earth or crushed by rubble when the Big One strikes, so I traced this huge PDF map from the California Department of Conversation showing San Francisco's seismic hazard zones into Google Earth.

I imported the areas at risk of liquefaction and landslides into Google Maps, but the landslide map got split across several pages, so you may just want to download the KMZ file and view it in Google Earth instead.

Resident Evil sound clips

The original release of the first game in Capcom's Resident Evil franchise featured gloriously awful spoken dialogue. I'm not sure if it was the Japanese production team's shaky grasp of the English language or the Canadian-sounding voice actors' odd placement of emphasis, but something about it kept me laughing through the whole game.

Here's a zip file with every line that I found worthwhile. IMDB has first-name credits for the voice actors.

Free pull-up bars in San Francisco

A map showing places in San Francisco where one can do pull-ups outdoors.

Parking permits for moving trucks in San Francisco

What I've learned while trying to secure temporary parking for a moving truck.

Transporting ice cream cross-country

How to bring ice cream on a plane.

Fun with a glucometer

Information about blood sugar and how you can measure it with a glucometer.

How to get more sleep

Advice on how one can get more sleep.

"Good Calories, Bad Calories"

My summary of Gary Taubes's examination of the 20th century's changing dietary beliefs.

"Why We Get Fat"

My summary of Gary Taubes's followup to Good Calories, Bad Calories.