Fix for Wifi issues on a Mac (Yosemite)

Since the Yosemite upgrade to OS X, I have been facing lots of WiFi issues on my Mac. As I go from home, to cafe, to airport, to train, to cafe etc I notice that my connection just stops working. I kept blaming the public wifi routers until I realized that many times the issue is with OS X. This …

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Alpine Climbing Equipment

Alpine Climbing Equipment When going out into the backcountry, one has to be prepared for all kinds of weather. The goal is to read the weather and understand the conditions in advance and avoid running into a bad weather window to begin with. But it’s all a probability and everything helps in making sure you stay safe. Here’s the climbing …

Meditating on Mt St Helens

Change is the only constant. Sometimes even a mountain defaces itself to find it’s true expression. Doesn’t this look so distinguished? A photo posted by Sameer Halai (@sameerhalai) on Mar 8, 2015 at 5:50pm PDT

Understanding Variances based on Sample Sizes

Every now and then you read something that really furthers your understanding of the world around us. I read this fascinating piece in the book by Howard Wainer: Picturing the Uncertain World. The specific chapter I read was called “The Most Dangerous Equation” where he discusses De Moivre’s equation. It’s quite a bite to chew on and I tried explaining it to …

Soylent – Food as a Service (FaaS)

Soylent. I am calling it Food as a Service (FaaS). Because you pay $9 for 2000 calories of full nutrition, no compromise food with no prep time, planning needed. Absolutely beats resorting to fast food, ramen noodles etc. Also, it can potentially help address global malnutrition by at least playing a complementary role to other efforts. I got my pre-order delivered while …

Drone video of the WA state ferry unloading and loading

I used a DJI Phantom Vision to shoot this WA state ferry unloading and loading. These are some of the biggest commuter ferries in the world. Leaving as frequently as 30mins it’s amazing that they can take 200 cars and 1,000 passengers on foot.

Outdoor Movies in Seattle 2014 – ical and csv format

Thrillist put together a great collection that lists out all of the outdoor movies screening this summer in Seattle . However, they didn’t offer a calendar format of that data which makes it kinda hard to plan these movies around other things that I also have going on. To make it easy to compare this with other things on my calendar, …

Understanding weather forecast trends for alpine climbing

We were planning on climbing Mt Rainier this weekend and then decided not to. Here’s why. Hidden in the small text changes between the forecast right now (left) and the forecast earlier this morning (right) is the information that the conditions are slightly worse than they initially thought. For optimal climbing conditions – you wanna catch a positive trend in …