Water Drops in Reston Jun 14, 2015 I continue to love my Canon G16, which I recently purchased for its portability and quality. Reston is the likely choice for a photo walk with it, since I work there and flowers are everywhere. Here are a couple after the maintenance crews watered them all.
2015 Memorial Day Hike - Day 3 Jun 05, 2015 Day 3: Thomas Knob to VA 603 (12.7 miles) I woke on day 3 well-rested and refreshed. The previous evening had been a perfect fit for the 10 or 15 degree bag I brought with me for the trip. This was the complete opposite of the previous night where I was half-sweltering and half-comfortable. Others expressed slight annoyance at the breeze and the cold coming across the face of Mt. Rogers, but it appeared that everyone got at least a moderate amount of sleep. ...
2015 Memorial Day Hike - Day 2 Jun 01, 2015 Day 2: Lost Mountain Shelter to Thomas Knob (12 miles) As the second day dawned we all ate quickly and discussed our nights. After filling all our water reservoirs to the brim at the stream, we were off. Almost immediately we encountered the first major hill of the day: the nearly 2000 foot ascent to Buzzard Rock over a distance of about three miles. Having slept fitfully the night before, my entire body rebelled against me right away. ...
2015 Memorial Day Hike - Day 1 May 31, 2015 Day 0: Arrival and Abington, VA I arrived in Troutdale (exit 50 off of I-81) and went straight through to Va Route 603, which was the end of our hike this year. On the way, as the cars behind me peeled off in different directions, I realized I was being followed by both Compass and Moaning Trout! This was the first (and probably only) time where everyone arrived at the destination point at the exact same time. ...
DC in Black and White Apr 15, 2015 It has been a couple of years since I’ve ventured into the city during the peak cherry blossom blooms. Today we took a day off of work to do so. Being a Monday, the crowds were not nearly as bad as we’d expected and we could roam freely about and take all the pictures we wanted. While I have a few panoramas that I’m still working on, I can share some of the stills from the day. ...
2014: The Year In Music Feb 16, 2015 2015 is well underway, so it is time to reflect on last year’s music landscape. I dusted off summarizr to grab a data-centric view of my music world in 2014. To start off… Which artists did we listen to the most? Pink Floyd (262) C418 (235) Nine Inch Nails (200) John Mayer (176) Daft Punk (160) Less Than Jake (150) David Bowie (133) Led Zeppelin (127) Carbon Leaf (126) Metallica (123) No surprises here. ...
The Ceiling Fan Jan 17, 2015 Six and a half years we’ve been living in this house. Not a large amount of time by any stretch, but surely a long enough period during which one would figure out how all of the lights about the house work. Not so! My four and a half year old discovered just this morning that the main fan light in our master bedroom operates on a dimmer. My wife and I were dumbfounded. ...
Retropie Setup Nov 24, 2014

I’ve been fiddling a lot with RetroPie lately. It satisfies a lot of the nostalgic gaming urges I get from time to time. There’s just nothing like a bout of Super Metroid to cleanse the soul! With how much fun I was having with the system, I wanted to share the love.

I will admit that it wasn’t exactly a smooth process from end to end. I certainly had a lot of trials and tribulations along the way to the smooth system that I have today. When a friend of mine purchased a CanaKit B+ kit from Amazon at my recommendation, I took it as an opportunity to document the process from end to end. I gave him my completely-functional SD card and I took his. What follows are the steps I took to get a working system. Here we go!

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The Abominable Nov 06, 2014

My notes and thoughts on The Abominable by Dan Simmons, read in August 2014.

At its core, the book is about world-class British and American climbers who go on a recovery mission to Mt. Everest in the early 1920s. The objective of their recovery mission is to obtain copies of incriminating, lewd photographs of Adolf Hitler in order to push him out of power. These photographs are so important that German sympathizers, also world class climbers (of course) are sent to recover the photographs as well. The catch here is that the photographs themselves are on the corpses of two climbers who unsuccessfully ascended Everest in an attempt to evade the Germans a year prior to the current story line. The vast majority of the story is told by the sole American climber, who recounts it from his retirement home shortly before his death.

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Corolla, North Carolina Aug 25, 2014

We vacationed this year in Corolla, North Carolina. It was intentionally remote and every bit as beautiful as we’d anticipated. I spent the time chasing after the girls and relaxing on the beach. I did have to break the ranks for a day to go see Nine Inch Nails with my sister, but that was 100% worth it. We had a great time.

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