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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.

Ontario Rental Terminal

While I was crouched down to snap this, a woman walked by with a wry smirk. Apparently, she thought I was being ridiculous. Little did she know…

9/11 Remembered

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Is it possible to remember 9/11 and appropriately honor those directly affected and yet look for a new ways to respond, ways that seek healing instead of vengeance? I hope so.

If this resonates with you, I invite you to view this Charter for Compassion video video.1


  1. Yes, I shared this video a couple of years ago, but with the continued violence in the Syria and Iraq and the renewed drumbeat for never-ending war, maybe we find a different long-term solution. 

The Right Tools for the Job

I just started my first class on Coursera.1 When I attempted the first homework assignment, I pulled out the tools I typically use at work: 0.9mm mechanical pencil, blank photocopier paper, and the calculator on my Android phone.

Nope! That just wasn’t going to cut it.

Off to the office supplies store I went and got the real stuff: 0.5mm mechanical pencil, an eraser in a holder, engineering paper, a D-ring binder, and enough dividers. When I got home, I retrieved my HP calculator.

And although those tools got me through college, it wasn’t going to be enough now. I had to get my reading glasses, too.

Now I’m ready.2 :-)


  1. It’s Introduction to Power Electronics from the University of Colorado. The tools my team designs and builds help our customers validate their voltage regulator designs. This class will help me understand a little better what our customers go through. 
  2. And I’m having fun. And I hate to admit it, but I’m working hard. Where are my college buddies so I can relax with a game of hearts? ;–) 

A Geek’s Day

It’s a great day to be in tech, with Intel’s IDF keynote streaming on the laptop and Apple’s iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in two windows on the larger monitor.

Labor Day Kayaking

Labor Day afternoon, we kayaked the Willamette, embarking at Willamette Park. The river was lower than the last time.1 The northern dock wasn’t in the water until its end and we weren’t able to go between Hardtack and East islands. Instead, we crossed closer to the floating houses and went father around the islands before deciding to turn around. Along the way, we watched the other paddlers, the bicyclists on the river path, and the train. We heard those at Oaks Parks screaming as their rides swung around.2

I’m even more convinced than ever that I need my own kayak.


  1. And the sky was bluer. :-) 
  2. And were glad we were on kayaks. 

Favorites From Art in the Pearl

This afternoon, we went downtown Portland for Art in the Pearl. So many different ways to make art! Here are a few of my favorite artists from the show:

I’m looking forward to visiting again next year.

Wired Ride

My lunch ride today was along the Rock Creek Trail underneath some impressive power lines. Out came my camera.

Power poles have incredible variety. Every pole solves a different problem of topography, relationship to adjacent poles and need for lateral bracing, wires to nearby poles and to the ground, and wireless antennas.

So many poles, so little time. :-)

Crowd-Powered Journalism Becomes Crucial When Traditional Media is Unwilling or Unable

Crowd-powered journalism becomes crucial when traditional media is unwilling or unable. “[T]he ability to have those real-time news reports — both verified and unverified — available for free to any user of the network is important not just because it allows us to see what is happening to the protesters and their civil rights, but also because it reveals First Amendment abuses like the dismantling of cameras and other equipment used by media outlets, or the arrest of people for recording the activities of police, which as my colleague Jeff Roberts points out is legal, despite what police forces across the country seem to believe (or want to believe).”1


  1. Hat tip. Dave Pell