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Firechat — A tool for the digital citizen

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Firechat appears to be another useful tool for the digital citizen during civil unrest.

Happy International Coffee Day

Today being International Coffee Day gives me an excuse to display one of my favorite emoticons. c[_] :-D

I don’t need an excuse to enjoy coffee. If you do, note there are many different national coffee days.

The Fireside Marquee

We dropped by NW 23rd, celebrating Ashley’s recent birthday with desserts at Papa Haydn. Waiting for a table for seven, we wandered a while and I snapped some shots. Fireside’s marquee, with its neon accents and witty epigram, won the evening.1


  1. Rethinking, I would award the win to the hazelnut huckleberry cheesecake I enjoyed for dessert. Mmm… :-) 

Hobie 14 Pitchpole

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The boat in the video1 reminds me of the 14 I used to have and the customizations I did to it: double-grommeted trampoline with larger diameter shock cord, dolphin striker, trapeze, and non-skid on the side rails. It was awesome!

The pitchpole reminds me of a beautiful morning many years ago, screaming across Eagle Lake on the trapeze in freshening winds before the chop had built up. Increasing winds must have pushed the leeward bow under the water because the next thing I knew, I was swinging out in front of the mast, my mass pulling the cat turtle in no time flat. And it was then that I was glad my trapeze hook had the opening at the bottom.

I’ll never understand why Hobie stopped selling the 14. It’s the first catamaran Hobart designed and his best. RIP, Hobie.


  1. Following a chain of YouTube videos starting with my prior post resulted in this Hobie 14 video

High Wind Pico Sailing

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Wow! Sailing a Pico in high wind1 looks like so much fun.2


  1. Hat tip: The Horse’s Mouth
  2. And reminds me of this

Give me moire

I experimented with taking pictures of my screen. The diagonal stripes are real. The moire patterns are the result of the camera’s sensor, image resizing, and your computer’s display.

Melissa’s First Day of School 2014

First day of school!

That was the text I received from Melissa early this morning. And she attached the picture above.

Haha! I’m so happy to get it. :-)

We have a tradition in the Logan family: on the first day of school we take a picture in front of the Japanese maple tree in our front yard. I’ve already posted the pictures for Jamison and Yuna this year, but Melissa’s was going to be a little more problematic with her starting grad school in southern California.

Melissa solved that problem for me by having her roommate take her picture1 and then sending it to me.

Thanks, Melissa! This should be an exciting year for you. We’re so glad you’ve found your passion and are able to pursue it at a great school. Best wishes for the coming year.2


  1. Did you notice it’s in front of a maple leaf wreath? Well done, Melissa. 
  2. And I’m looking forward to getting more pictures from you. ;-) 

I’m living my bio

Some days, it all comes together. Today, for example. I rode my bike to work where I did engineery things. During lunch I donated blood and snapped a picture of the sticker they gave me. And yup, I posted it here, on my WordPress blog.

Looks like I lived my Internet bio: “Engineer. Lawyer.1 WordPress geek. Bicycle commuter. Blood donor. Snapshooter extraordinaire.”2


  1. No, no lawyerly activities, by design. ;-) 
  2. Or today, on International Talk Like a Pirate Day, it says, “Engineer. Lawyer, and a bucket o’ chum. WordPress geek. Bicycle commuter. Blood donor. Aarrr! Snapshooter extraordinaire.” Arrr! 

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day

Arrrrrr!

A View of the Wing

Headed home from Southern California, I made sure to get window seats for both legs of the trip. Being in group B ensured I sat behind the wing and in the wake of the jet engine. Still, I enjoy getting the bird’s eye view of the landscape.

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