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Month: August 2017

Happy 5th anniversary, Carmella!

Happy 5th anniversary, Carmella!

Five years ago, today around 13:00, we re-met* at the Burning Man staff commissary. Thank you for five incredible years! Yes, re-met. We actually met in 2010 at UnScruz, a Burning Man-related event held in Santa Cruz, California. I was asked to head up the Ranger presence at the event, and Carmella was a participant, complete with costume and poi to spin.

gnuplot ~ a non-trivial introduction

gnuplot ~ a non-trivial introduction

We are awash in data. Often the best – or only – way to understand the meaning of data is graphic; humans have been extracting meaning from images far longer than from tabular text. Today I’ll present an introduction to graphing (plotting) data with gnuplot, a command-line program that generates two- and three-dimensional graphical plots of functions and data. The advantages to using a command-line-driven program are that it can be easily scripted into computational workflows and repeated as needed….

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RIP Bourbon McDee

RIP Bourbon McDee

It’s with great sadness that I heard about the death of Bourbon (Andy McDonald) by his own hand. Bourbon and I served the Burning Man community for decades, where he was an empowering and steadying influence, always providing a can-do attitude and steadfast attention during shifts. Bourbon served off-playa too. In the United States Coast Guard he was a shipboard intelligence officer doing border patrol. At the USCG Pacific Rescue Coordination Center he was an Operations Controller/Search and Rescue planner….

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❤ → ☎ → ☻ → ✈ → ❆

❤ → ☎ → ☻ → ✈ → ❆

Happy Birthday, Carmella A week ago Carmella shared with me a song that touched her: ♫ I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz. With her birthday a week away, I spent my free time collecting some pictures and videos taken during my trips up to see her in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I spent a bunch of time converting many of the stills into motion photographs via the "2.5D parallax" technique. Here's an example: