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Tilting at windmills for a better tomorrow.

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Google SheepView

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:16:18 +0000

Cool story: The Faroe Islands are so remote, and have such a small population, that Google hadn’t gotten around to doing StreetView there. So citizens took it upon themselves to strap solar-powered cameras to their sizable sheep population, and uploaded the resulting images to Google themselves. Soon after, Google took notice and sent actual StreetView […]

A Nation-Sized Battery

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:31:37 +0000

If you want to power your home entirely on renewables, the general recommendation is to include enough battery storage to keep things running for 3-4 days without any input (no sun, no wind). This fascinating blog post looks at a hypothetical scenario where we wanted to scale this pattern up to supply the entire United […]

Testing Reusable Django Apps with Pytest

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:27:29 +0000

Django project dependencies are normally installed with a simple pip install myapp But if you want to be a code contributor to a dependency such as a reusable Django app (or if you are writing one), the usual pattern is to: git clone that app to another directory, outside of your project From within your […]

Vintage Motor Paced Racing

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 19:39:29 +0000

Not exactly sure how this works, but check the 10-yr-old kid in his underwear, on 14″ wheels. Apparently these guys would get up to 60mph! More here.

Raising a nerd

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 06:47:26 +0000

“Dad, there’s a mistake in Stranger Things. It’s supposed to be set in 1984, but that periodic table in the background shows an element that wasn’t discovered until a decade later.” (Turned out to be Oganesson 118). Kid has a memory like a steel trap – makes me so jealous sometimes.

How To Screw Up a Good Backup System

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:07:33 +0000

I back up our family computers like crazy, using a combination of Time Machine and cloud backup via Backblaze. But I did something dumb and almost lost our family’s entire history of home videos. Facing estimates of $500 – $1500 for professional data recovery, I stumbled on an awesome hack that saved the day. Background […]

Smith Rock State Park

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:52:55 +0000

Best eclipse shot I’ve seen today (ever?). Smith Rock State Park, by Ted Hesser.

Help Us Support the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:11:20 +0000

This Saturday (Apr 22 2017), our family will be hiking 17 miles to help raise funds to complete the Bay Area Ridge Trail – your contributions most welcome! The vision of the Bay Area Ridge Trail is a 550-mile continuous loop that traces the ridgeline above San Francisco Bay. 370 are currently open for hikers […]

Skeptoid on Rhino Horn

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:04:47 +0000

In the mid 2000s, a rumor circulated that an unnamed politician in Vietnam had been cured of cancer by consuming powdered rhino horn. Fast forward 17 years, and rhino horn is now worth around $25,000/pound on the black market. That rhino that was shot by poachers and had its horn removed with a chainsaw in […]

Believe, Believe

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:59:04 +0000

Believe in this. Young apple seeds, In blue skies, radiating young breast, Not in blue-suited insects, Infesting society’s garments. Believe in the swinging sounds of jazz, Tearing the night into intricate shreds, Putting it back together again, In cool logical patterns, Not in the sick controllers, Who created only the Bomb. Let the voices of […]

Iceland 2017

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:48:14 +0000

Just returned from nine days in Iceland – two days of work and seven days of pure exploration. It was winter, so days were short, and it was gray/stormy the whole time, so no Northern Lights for me, but the trip still managed to blow my mind. Misc notes and photos below. For lots more […]

Weird Math

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:49:06 +0000

I just got called “a radical leftist” who is “angry because I’m not getting my way.” It occurred to me that that is probably how many Trump supporters see protestors against his regime – as radicals. So, I want to know: what “radical” ideas have any of us promoted in the past 18 months? Is […]

My Head Hurts

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:20:07 +0000

My head hurts, literally and figuratively. Can’t glimpse media for 10 seconds without being overwhelmed and terrified by a torrent of news about the rise of authoritarianism in our own back yard. There is SO much of it, no one knows which story to focus on. It’s been like this since the beginning of the […]

Cross the Aisle for Climate

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:35:39 +0000

It’s overly simplistic to say that liberals believe in anthropogenic climate change while conservatives don’t. Not true! Large numbers of Republicans are fiscally or socially conservative, but are still willing to let scientists (who are THE experts and professionals in the field) do their jobs. Lately, those experts are ringing very loud alarms. With Democrats […]

How to Make Drink Coasters from Old Vinyl Record Albums

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:49:33 +0000

Have been meaning to do this for years, finally got around to making my first Instructable: How to Make Drink Coasters from Old Vinyl Record Albums Including a how-to video to accompany: