Coe Bikepacking Addendum
September 8, 2020
Sadly, almost everything I saw when I rode through Henry Coe State Park back in March on a bikepacking trip, has been burned by the recent fires. Fire is a natural process and passess through Coe on a pretty regular cadence; I worked on the last big fire in there in 2007 and it burned pretty hot in some places. And yet, the area recovered quickly. You’d hardly know it burned, if you didn’t know what to look for. So I’m hopeful that this latest conflagration will not have been too devastating.
Blog Update Addendum
September 8, 2020
I had a bit of a breakthrough with this blog that requires an update to the previous update. I was struggling with how to make my Tufte-style theme work with GitHub’s automated Jekyll build; the Tufte theme doesn’t adhere to GitHub’s “safe” plugins list, so it won’t build in their system. It almost works – there’s really only a couple features that seem to prevent it from working, but they’re pretty integral to the look-and-feel I want from the theme. It took me a couple trips down blind alleys, but now I have a working solution.
PowerPoint is the wrong hammer
April 28, 2020
Out of an email discussion at work , came this, which I thought I’d share since I seem to have to repeat it on a semi-regular basis… indeed, we are doomed to re-learn most lessons.
ATMOAccording To My Opinion (warning: rant begins) there is no plausible “good” use-case for Power Point, but it has become so embedded in the technocracy that it’s extremely difficult to back out of the habit. One can use it to present good material, but that doesn’t make any use whatsoever of the features that make PowerPoint what it is. Better to use a different tool altogether, lest one be tempted by the “features”.
Bikepacking in Henry Coe State Park
March 8, 2020
The rest of my family was heading off to Southern California for some college visits, leaving me to my own ends for three days… the weather has been unseasonably dry and warm, downright spring-like according to the flowers and grass which have taken off like it was May, so some kind of big outdoor adventure seemed in order. “Aha” I thought, “I shall go bikepacking into the depths of Henry Coe! That will keep me entertained for all of three days!”
January 20, 2020
After (another) lengthy but unintended hiatus from posting, I’ve decided to revamp this blog.
I’ve been spending too much time reading Twitter and looking at Instagram. Thank goodness I never fell down the Facebook well, as the others are more than enough of a mostly-useless time sink.