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
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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. ;-) 
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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! 

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. 

My Facebook Experiment

I love my friends on Facebook. I love your status updates. I love the pictures you take. The more, the better. When you post to Instagram and share it on Facebook too, that’s really cool. If you write a clever tweet, I want to see it. If you write a blog post and share a link to it on Facebook, I want to see that, too.1

In other words, if you wrote it, created it, or photographed it — I want to see it!

Conversely, your links to news, your links to politics, your quiz results, your game invites — I’m not so interested.2 But if you post all those things, don’t worry. I’m not asking you to change.3

Instead, I’m taking charge of my own Facebook news feed.4 When someone shares a link to something they didn’t create,5 I click the “V” at the upper right and then select the “Hide all from this website” on the drop-down that appears. I’ll never see links on Facebook from that source again. Ever!6

I started this experiment by hiding one of Buzzfeed’s quizzes. Since then, I’ve hidden scores of viral story sites, radio stations, news organizations, sports sites, recipe sites, etc. The effect on my news feed has been dramatic. I see more of my friends and less “stuff.”7

And the satisfaction from hiding stuff? That just can’t be beat! :-)


  1. Actually, that’s my biggest complaint about Facebook: it doesn’t show me everything you post. 
  2. I get news, politics, and religion from Twitter and some RSS feeds I read. 
  3. In return, please don’t ask me to be consistent. I won’t be. 
  4. This was inspired by Mat Honan who “liked” everything he saw on Facebook for two days straight. His experiment made Facebook an ugly mess. My experiment does the opposite. YMMV. 
  5. I have a few exceptions. There are some organizations I’ve liked. I actually want to see their stuff. There are also a couple of news orgs that I haven’t (yet) hidden. Time will tell whether I hide them, too. 
  6. Yeah, this does appear to be irreversible. Not that I’m complaining. At some time in the future I expect to accidentally hide a source I might want to see from in the future. At that point, I’ll get more serious about learning how to undo this. In the meantime, should I recognize my error immediately, there is a handy undo link. 
  7. Sure, my friends continue to link to places I haven’t yet hidden. But it feels like there’s less of it.