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Urban(e) geek. Traveler. Foodie.
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:

UNIX commands for GeekTool

UNIX commands for GeekTool

GeekTool is a fabulously easy way of displaying images from the web and the output of UNIX commands on your Mac’s desktop. UNIX commands Within GeekTool drag a “shell” object onto the desktop and paste the UNIX command line into the “command” field. Specify an appropriate refresh interval, in seconds. Note please there’s a significant difference between a straight quote ‘ and a back-quote (or back-tick) `. Time elsewhere Coworkers in India – how to keep track of their day…

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Get WordPress permalink for posts & pages

Get WordPress permalink for posts & pages

Today I present PHP code to remedy a long-vexing (to me) deficiency in WordPress. Zero-day use cases The first-day needs of those starting with new software are what I call “zero-day use cases”. For example, users of a word processor require the ability to change typefaces and apply bolding to text usually pretty early in their experience. Footnoting is rarely needed immediately, if ever. WordPress is pretty awesome, from its five-minute install to a user interface that allows those non-technical…

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Migrating an HTML website to WordPress, pt. 1

Migrating an HTML website to WordPress, pt. 1

Backstory: I started this site just after the World Wide Web was unleashed upon the public. At first, all was painstakingly hand-coded HTML. When WYSIWYG tools became popular – like Dreamweaver – there was a choice for the technically-minded: Userland Frontier. Frontier was an unbelievably powerful content management system (CMS), with features a decade ahead of the curve. Frontier is dead. Userland is dead. TWENTY-FIVE years later there’s still no equal alternatives. My site has lain fallow because of the…

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A work trip

A work trip

Early morning breakfast in cabin 11.317 before Carmella’s work training starts. Then it’s up to the Windjammer restaurant for crispier bacon and really great miso soup! Then it’s down to the On-Air Club on the Royal Promenade for the travel agent training. During a break we take a picture with a vertical art featuring world dress done in bells and beads, so when the ship moves… As I write this we’ve come 622 miles… Nice to see position completely offline….

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Vancouver, out of the rain, playing the travel game

Vancouver, out of the rain, playing the travel game

First thing this morning we got an email saying or Amtrak train had a change in schedule, and we needed to call the main office. Carmella, with statue entitled “Woman in a Wetsuit”. Seriously. Several hang-ups and three-quarters of an hour later we’re told that an avalanche has blocked the train tracks, and that we’ll be bussed the last leg of the journey, from Everett, WA, to Seattle. Then an email confirmation for an upcoming flight shows the wrong month, and…

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