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Firechat — A tool for the digital citizen

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.

Hobie 14 Pitchpole

pitchpole

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

pico

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

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.

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

cfc

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? ;–) 
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