January 20, 2020
A few years ago (2005, see this blog post), Frosty and I came up with the notion of a small, inexpensive device that one could take to the bar, or elsewhere, without feeling like you were risking an expensive laptop or iPad – with a focus on writing (of code, or words) rather than web-surfing or game-playing. We coined the term “barputer” to describe this concept.
Things Fall Apart
December 30, 2015
On the one hand, it’s amazing how long old stuff can last. On the other, when your house was built in the 1950s, there’s an awful lot of old stuff that’s just waiting to break down. An example is the roller assemblies that our garage doors hang from.
Downtown Holiday Adventures
December 30, 2015
We elected to go on a multi-modal (car, CalTrain, feet, BART, car) adventure to downtown San Francisco for our pre-Christmas outing this year. We took in the sights, took the escalators to every floor of Macy’s (both mens’ and womens’ stores), went to the ACT’s production of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, had a spectacularly delicious dinner at Bouche, and generally had a jolly and festive time.
Nimue got to look at kittens (KITTENS!) in the Macy’s display windows, while we fended off the kindly animal shelter volunteers seeking kitten adoptees with cries of “we already have two!”
No trip to downtown SF at Christmas time would be complete without visiting the giant tree set up in the plaza, and a kindly European girl with a bike snapped a picture of us.
White lights what?
December 9, 2014
As Richard Masoner / @cyclelicious pointed out today, CA assembly member Kansen Chu (who represents Alviso, Berryessa, Milpitas, Newark, North San Jose, Santa Clara, and South Fremont) introduced a really misguided bill, AB-28, which might go up for vote in early 2015. Below is my attempt at educating the assemblyman and his staff, posted via the really quite convenient “comments to author” tab in the legislative information website.
Raspberry Pi fun and games
August 29, 2014
While I continue to find good uses for Arduinos and such small microcontrollers, lately I’ve been playing around quite a bit with the Raspberry Pi. I got one last year, and fairly quickly set it up to be my surrogate Dropbox, using BTSync. It has been happily chugging along in that role ever since, connected to a small 100GB hard drive and living on my workbench in the garage.