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A stupid Internet of Things story

Recently my Nest thermostat started getting aggressive about going into Eco or Away mode to save energy. Normally, it’s probably fine but our winter has been a bit chilly this year and I’ve started to notice. I’ll be working in my home office for a couple hours and suddenly it’s freezing. I’ll check the Nest … Continue reading A stupid Internet of Things story

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:40:35 +0000


One Moto

I went to the One Motorcycle Show in Portland this past weekend. It was an interesting mix of bikes of all shapes and sizes and styles. It was held in a huge warehouse with probably 7 or 8 giant rooms filled with bikes, but was choked with people and tough to move around. Also, no … Continue reading One Moto

Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:43:29 +0000


Emoji magic

This Emoji Mosaic site is really incredible. I don’t know how someone on a free github install created something so magical, but it takes any image and turns it into a mosaic made up of emoji. It works best with high contrast photos of recognizable things, so I fed it a bunch of plain giant … Continue reading Emoji magic

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 18:56:53 +0000


Cars are boring af now

At the Portland Auto Show last night, I spent hours jumping into and out of pretty much every car on the show floor from every manufacturer present showing off their lines. Growing up in Southern California at the heart of car culture, I’ve been enamoured with cars my entire life. In high school my dream … Continue reading Cars are boring af now

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 23:09:37 +0000


Advanced operators, still useful in this day and age

While Google increasingly tries to guess at what you’re searching for, it’s good to be reminded there are still a such thing as special search operators and Google still supports 42 of them. I’ve been using the web now for 25 years and almost half of these were new to me.

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 20:48:38 +0000


The sharing economy

I stayed in my first airbnb in SF last night (hotels were sold out because of a urology conference) Thoughts after an eventful first night: It came with a Nest thermostat, which hundreds of random people have used, making the task of guessing what temps everyone wants at what time rather difficult for the AI … Continue reading The sharing economy

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:25:20 +0000


My year in movies

Late in 2017 I remembered I’d always had an account at Letterboxd, but I barely used it in the past and didn’t know what I’d ever use the site for. But in early January, I decided that I’d log every film I watched during 2018 and I would leave a quick rating along with a … Continue reading My year in movies

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 23:02:43 +0000


How are stories kept a mystery in your mind?

I woke up from a nightmare where my daughter was injured and it “shocked” me awake. I was having a pleasant dream about a day walking around with family in Montreal, a city I’ve never visited before. It was lovely and fun for what seemed like ages, until a freak accident ended it. How was … Continue reading How are stories kept a mystery in your mind?

Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:28:12 +0000


A visit to the Olympic Peninsula

I’ve lived in Oregon for over 15 years now, and I realized in all my trips to Seattle, I’d never explored anything further west than Olympia, in the middle of the state. I’ve always wanted to visit Olympic National Park and I knew it’d be cold and wet in the winter, but it’s only a … Continue reading A visit to the Olympic Peninsula

Wed, 02 Jan 2019 16:58:37 +0000


X-treme BMX Mary Poppins

The new Mary Poppins has been out for a week so I’m gonna talk about the only WTF moment for me: the extreme sports moment in it (skip this if you consider a critique of a scene a spoiler) At one point in the film, they need to get across town and decide to go … Continue reading X-treme BMX Mary Poppins

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 06:59:32 +0000


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