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Lonesome Lake Hut

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Another lovely weekend hiking in the white mountains.  This time we went up to Lonesome Lake Hut, which is located just south and west of Cannon Mountain.  The hike up Cascade Brook Trail on Saturday was magnificent – some of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve seen in ages (If you hike this, don’t forget to visit… Read More

Drone Racing in the Metro West Boston!

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Yay! We’re having our first race!  Sunday, July 5th.  Folks should bring their racing drones and join the fun!  Check out the EventBrite signup page.  It’s free! Wondering what drone racing is?  Check out this awesome video from ABC News in Australia.

Anti-Intellectualism is Killing America

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This article on Psychology Today cuts through the current easily derailed conversation about race, gun control, and the lack of informed, civil discourse today… America is killing itself through its embrace and exaltation of ignorance, and the evidence is all around us. Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter who used race as a basis for hate and… Read More

Zealand Falls Hut

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Finally made an overnight hike to one of the AMC backcountry huts. These huts are maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club along the Appalachian trail for hikers to visit, either on their way along the trail or as a destination all their own.  The huts are 100% off the grid, and  Zealand Falls has that… Read More

From Youtube to Pilot – My Journey Into the World of FPV Drone Racing (Part 2)

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This is part 2 of 2.  To see part 1, click here. In part 1, I described the new sport of FPV Drone Racing.  In this posting, I’ll tell what it’s like to try and take those Youtube videos and star-eyed ideas and make them real – IE, build and fly my own drone. Once I understood… Read More

You Should Be Standing At Your Desk 2-4 Hours a Day

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Hah!  I am vindicated!!! Experts now say you should start standing up at work for at least two hours a day — and work your way toward four. That’s a long-awaited answer for a growing number of workers who may have heard of the terrible health effects of prolonged sitting and been wondering whether they… Read More

Dear @Evernote – This was a bad decision.

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I’m a rabid user of Evernote and it’s associated screen capture tool, Skitch. I use it for just about everything, and regularly snap screenshots to share what I’m seeing with coworkers. I’m aware that my screenshots are stored in my Evernote account, and there’s a disk space limit there. I’m okay with that, free services… Read More

Rain! Rain! Rain!

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You know that scene in movies where people go running out into the field and dance in the rain after a long drought?  “Our crops are SAVED!”.  Or the scene at the end of Dune (yeah, if you don’t know this spoiler by now….) I feel like that today. The 2 storm fronts that came through Berlin… Read More

Changing Tides – Reworking my FB, Blog, Twitter Sharing.

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It’s become sadly apparent that Google Plus, the service we had all hoped would dethrone Facebook and become a more open, useable, and at least mildly privacy aware environment, is rotting on the vine. Features are being spun off into standalone products, and long hoped for features have never materialized. So I’m falling back to… Read More

From Youtube to Pilot – My Journey Into the World of FPV Drone Racing (Part 1)

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It started innocently enough. A video linked on youtube showing some “pilots” gathered in the woods. An obviously well organized group, with safety crews, a well marked course, and referees. The pilots were several guys sitting in camping chairs, with goofy looking goggles on, or staring intently into small video screens. Then the racing started, and… Read More

One Week with the Chevy Volt

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So a week ago I traded in my Jeep Wrangler for a Chevy Volt.  It was a hard decision, but made sense on so many levels.  I have a long commute (70 miles round trip), do other road trips, etc.  And while I’ll miss being able to bang around in the woods and romp through the… Read More

Goodbye Jeep, Hello Volt.

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Today I made a hard decision. 8 months ago my venerable VW Passat became unmaintainable. It required a new oil pump, which was going to run around $2000. It had been good for me for 4 years, but with 140,000 miles on it, I was concerned about shoveling more cash into it. I’d always wanted a… Read More

The Desktop Mail Client is Dead.

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It’s no secret. I’ve been a rabid IMAP user for ages and ages and ages. To the point where I’ll keep shifting mail clients around to stay ‘current’. My preferred poison for almost 10 years had been Thunderbird. The tool that started out as a potential replacement for Outlook, but in the end never quite had… Read More

Sorry Jekyll, I’m done with you.

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I’ve been working with Jekyll on the US Drone Racing Association site. It seemed like a nice idea. Check all your content into Github, then, when ready to do work with it, check it out, make your edits, run a local test site (that part is really nice), and when finished, check it back in.… Read More

My Vacation in Crawford Notch

Back on Mt Willard, beautiful weather!
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Around mid-November of this year, my boss pulled me aside and said “Son… I’m kickin you outta here.” Okay, he really didn’t say that, but he did let me know if I didn’t take some vacation time by the end of the year, he was going to be cranky. Since my company only rolls over 2… Read More

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