Bash Command Prompt Flair on a Mac

A couple of months ago I was going through Apple's Introduction to Swift, wherein they mentioned that Swift's support of unicode allowed that you could use emoji as variable names. They were quick to point out that it was a bad practice, and you shouldn't do it, but it was kind of fun. More recently, I was in my terminal and I wondered if there was [...]

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The three magazines of my life

Print is dead. That's the first thing I think of when I think of magazines. But on reflection, I realize that I've had some special magazines in my life. Special to me, I [...]

Plex, Synology, and the dreaded “Video Unavailable”

Going to skip the usual stuff at the top here and get straight to it1: Plex is a super-cool, easy-to-use, everywhere media server. Lots of people use it, and lots of people [...]

The 2013 Portland Mini MakerFaire

Last year (you may have read), I participated in the Portland Mini MakerFaire. It was great. I absolutely loved sharing and teaching people. This year, I definitely wanted to [...]

10 minutes with Cory Doctorow

This past Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go see Cory Doctorow (arguably my favorite author) on the local stop of his tour for his new book Homeland. He had been generous [...]

Thoughts on Libraries

My wife works at our local public Library. We started visiting there more recently and I was once again struck at the accessibility and amount of information there. For a [...]

It’s a Trap!

For the past few years, my brother and I have been pranking each other a bit when it comes to gifts. It took on a rather peculiar theme a couple of years ago when my brother [...]

Bread

Sometime before Thanksgiving we (Hykel and I) agreed to bring bread to Thanksgiving Dinner. Rolls, specifically. I figured when we'd agreed to it that we would probably just [...]

Star Trek!

I was going to say that this is the nerdiest thing I've done in public in a while. But I was presenting at MakerFaire just a couple of months ago, so I guess not. I [...]

My Perfect Phone

I got my first cell phone in 2005. It was a Nokia candybar identified by some 4 digit number. At the time I carried it along with a Handspring Edge Palm handheld and an iPod [...]

Attached to a steel cable 30 feet above the ground.

A week ago was Hykel's birthday. After seeing a billboard on the highway (yes, sadly they actually work), she expressed some interest in taking on what is termed as an "Aerial [...]