Occasional musings and technical posts…
Ingenuity's First Flight
Early this morning, Ingenuity successfully made its first flight…. pretty amazing! Oh, and that helicopter is Lin...
A Decade of Portal 2
Hard to believe it’s been a full ten years since Portal 2 launched! It was one of a select number of items I&rsquo...
A Warning about the High Desert Amateur Radio Club
This is something I never thought I’d have to write about, but due to the events of the past few weeks, I need to ...
Good (and Bad) Customer Service
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a higher than normal number of interactions with various online companies. ...
Perseverance's Descent and Touchdown
I think we might be living in the future… we’ve got a satellite (the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) snapping ...
UniFi AC Pro and IPv6 RAs
For a while now, I’ve been running an IPv4/IPv6 dual stack network on my main wired LAN. IPv6 availability has com...
One Month Since the Capitol Insurrection
Yesterday marked one month since insurrectionists stormed the US Capitol building. One month since the Confederate battl...
Shady Behavior from the RaspberryPi Foundation
Well, the RaspberryPi Foundation burnt a lot of good will this week. For those who haven’t heard, they released an...
OpenRCT2 Packaged for Debian
I’m happy to announce that OpenRCT2 is coming to Debian as a proper package – and the first that I’ve ...
Charitable Giving, Redux
Well, 2020 went exactly as I had planned…. not. COVID-19 completely disrupted life, and put into even starker con...
In praise of the HDHomeRun
Over 13 years ago, SiliconDust released the first of its HDHomeRun devices. These are pretty nifty network-attached TV t...
A RaspberryPi Stargate
Here’s a pretty nifty project I saw recently!
SpaceX Starship SN8
Scientific progress goes boink, er, boom!
I35 Emergency Landing
A pretty impressive emergency landing – avoiding the light poles and cars on the highway. Luckily it sounds like e...
Arecibo Observatory collapse
Following two cable breaks in November, this past Tuesday the radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory finally collaps...
SpaceX Crew-1 Recap
We’re truly living in the future now, with commercial contract crews going to space!
Remembering Alex Trebek
Who was an incredible host every week? Answer: Alex Trebek.
President-elect Joe Biden's Acceptance Speech
It is such a breath of fresh air to have someone who can actually give a speech and is capable of carrying on a coherent...
Donald: You're Fired!
I’ve been waiting a long time to say this: Donald, you’re fired! The Presidential race has finally been call...
SpaceX 100 Successful Launches
Hard to believe SpaceX completed its 100th successful launch last week!
If you haven’t already done so – go and vote! If you’ve got an absentee ballot, get it in the mail soo...
Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Flying-V - scale model
A pretty cool, non-traditional airplane model:
The Lord of the Rings Teaser Trailer
Recently finished re-watching the three films – remember when the first teaser trailer came out?
SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 Splashdown
One week ago today, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken arrived safely back on planet Earth, capping an amazing mission! ...
Perseverance Rover Launch
Off to Mars!
Sherlock Ten Years Later
So hard to believe it’s been a decade since Sherlock on BBC first premiered…
Remembering Ennio Morricone
This past week one of my favorite contemporary composers passed away. Ennio Morricone composed scores for so many films,...
The Great Tribble Hunt
From one of the best episodes of Deep Space Nine:
It's You I Like
With all that’s going on in the world today, I think we all could use a moment of happiness.
SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 ISS Docking
SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 Launch
Successful launch, first stage landing, and initial orbit for the Crew Dragon!
Good Omens: Lockdown
Last May Amazon released an excellent adaptation of Good Omens that you should go watch after reading the book. A couple...
2017 Solar Eclipse from Homestead National Monument
From the Before Times, when you could gather in large groups for things, like say a solar eclipse. Here’s a video ...
The Secret of Monkey Island
Another great game if you’re looking for something to do while stuck in quarantine is The Secret of Monkey Island,...
Portal Stories: Mel
If you’re stuck in quarantine and running out of things to do, here’s an incredibly well-done free add-on fo...
Remember when we had a President who actually acted like a President? Someone who listened to their advisors and experts...
Apollo 13 50th Anniversary
Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 13, and tomorrow will be the anniversary of the explosion ...
A Challenging Landing in Columbia
That’s some pretty impressive flying!
Life's Not Fair -- Being Thankful in the Time of COVID-19
That’s not fair! Last night the huge $2.2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill was finally signed into law. As has been e...
You Can Always Go Around
Good advice when flying: you can always go around and try again.
Pale Blue Dot
The past Friday marked the 30th anniversary of Voyager 1’s famous Pale Bule Dot photograph, so I thought Carl Saga...
Tracking the International Space Station
My project this past weekend was utilizing an old RaspberryPi to build a simple tracker for the International Space Stat...
The Talos Principle
If you enjoyed Portal, you’ll probably like The Talos Principle as well. It’s similar being a first-person p...
LEGO International Space Station
A set I’ve been eagerly awaiting, the LEGO International Space Station is now available! The latest set from LEGO ...
Farewell to The Good Place
Last night, the final episode of The Good Place aired, and we said goodbye to one of the best series in recent televisio...
Portal Teaser Trailer
Remember when this game first came out? Some cool puzzles, but seemed kind of short… oh…. it isn’t o...
SpaceX Dragon Launch Escape Demonstration
Well, looks like SpaceX had a successful launch escape test this morning of the Dragon capsule. One step closer to flyin...
Concerning LXD, snaps, and Debian
I’ve been a long-time user of LXC, going all the way back to 2014. It’s come a long way and is a great conta...
As a new year starts, and no, it’s not a new decade, the topic of new year’s resolutions is popular. While I...
OpenRCT2 on Debian
Update 2021-01-14 I have packaged OpenRCT2 for inclusion in Debian; visit that post for more information. Manually build...
Hello, world. Happy Saturday.