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Time Lapse of Mt. Rainier visibility from Kerry Park in 2012

Visibility of our surroundings is a key aspect of the experience of a place. I live in Seattle and one thing everyone here is obsessed with is Mt. Rainier. It’s common to hear the phrase “The mountain’s out”. How many times in a year can you see Mt. Rainier from Seattle? Some people claim that it’s a “few days a year”. …

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Quick git workflow for small teams

Here is a simple and straightforward way of using git in small teams. I have tried different approaches and think this works well for teams up to a size of 5 people. Beyond that, you may incorporate some more sophistication in the workflow, but that can be in a different post. For this post, assume that the team is set …

Three symptoms of the problem with Surface RT

Ballmer is reported to have said recently that Microsoft built more Surface RTs than it can sell. I think there are three symptoms of the product that hint at some of the reasons why it didn’t do as well as expected. It’s called Surface RT Seriously, you are betting the future of your company on this but you still don’t …

Thoughts on the Trayvon Martin case

Please listen to this audio clip before you continue. This is a picture of a glacier on Mt. Kilimanjaro which I took when I was there last year. It clearly shows that the glaciers have shrunk in the past years. I believe climate change is real. I believe at a minimum some amount of it caused by humans. The popular documentary …

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Climbing Mt. Adams in one day

It can be done in one day but it’s more comfortable to do it in two. But if you plan on two days then you end up carrying more weight which slows you down and justifies doing it in two days. So it’s a cyclical argument. We decided to summit Mt Adams in one day. Conservative estimate was 14hrs round trip …