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How to take better photos

A friend recently asked me how they could take better photos. First off, it’s better to think about making photos instead of taking photos. Where you choose to point a camera, how you zoom in and frame it, and at what time of day are all choices you make that influence the final shot. So … Continue reading How to take better photos

Thu, 09 May 2019 19:07:53 +0000

Tips on industrial strength WiFi for normal people

I live in a ~2,500sqft house built in 2005, and it’s given me nothing but problems when it comes to wifi. My home office (where internet enters the house) is at one extreme corner of the first floor and no matter what I tried, the second floor’s opposite end of the house never could quite … Continue reading Tips on industrial strength WiFi for normal people

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 19:50:06 +0000

NG-11 Space launch trip day 2

Day 2 was the big one and all signs pointed to everything going smoothly with perfect weather conditions for a launch later that day. We started our day with a presentation and Q&A with retired astronaut Robert Curbeam, then we made our way to a telescope array where satellite data is beamed down continuously and … Continue reading NG-11 Space launch trip day 2

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 22:21:27 +0000

We have liftoff

Everything since October 1957, when Sputnik streaked across the sky, has led to where we are today. Sputnik led to our own satellites and then to vehicles that could hold animals, then people, then we could orbit the earth then we could orbit the moon, and then we could land on the moon. And then … Continue reading We have liftoff

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 05:15:31 +0000

NG-11 space launch trip: day 1

Yesterday, I flew to Washington DC, then drove about 3.5 hours to get near NASA’s flight facility at Wallops Island, Virginia, where they occasionally launch rockets. I lucked out on this trip many times over: This facility has the closest viewing area to the launchpad of all the Florida, California, and Texas launch sites This … Continue reading NG-11 space launch trip: day 1

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 01:58:32 +0000

The wisdom of the twitter crowds

After years of putting it off, yesterday I finally rounded up all the change we leave around the house in jars by doors where we drop our keys as well as the inch of change in the center console of my truck that have all been collecting for years. It filled a canvas shopping bag … Continue reading The wisdom of the twitter crowds

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 03:22:53 +0000

Converting phone lines to ethernet in newer homes

I live in a house built in 2005, and when we got rid of our landline around 2012, I knew I wanted to try converting all our unused phone jacks in the walls to ethernet someday. After 7 years of thinking about it off and on, I finally got it done today. I should have … Continue reading Converting phone lines to ethernet in newer homes

Sat, 13 Apr 2019 21:57:04 +0000

Empathy and Invisibilia

The new episode of Invisibilia is at times both incredible but ultimately, frustrating to me. It starts with an interesting premise: a new producer, Lina Misitzis, is given the task of cutting a raw interview into a small story as a test, but the hosts are shocked at the difference in tone of her work … Continue reading Empathy and Invisibilia

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 20:37:03 +0000

Woodburn Oregon Tulip Festival 2019

This morning I got up around 5:30AM to get to the Woodburn Tulip Festival around 7AM to try and catch some sun between weeks of rain while the tulips were near their peak in the fields. It was muddy and I was slipping like crazy but I really enjoyed the Spring color on display. The … Continue reading Woodburn Oregon Tulip Festival 2019

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 17:03:07 +0000

A glorious pi hole

I recently heard about an intriguing project called pi-hole. You use a cheap tiny raspberry pi computer that runs on your local network, and it handles all your DNS. It’s essentially just a database of ad servers that run as a blocklist after grabbing DNS from popular services (like Google, Cloudflare, etc), so you get … Continue reading A glorious pi hole

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 03:09:05 +0000

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