Moss Landing Harbor August 17: Some days things just click

This is a trip from mid-august that I'm just catching up on image processing for. One reason: it was an extremely successful outing. I went down to Moss Landing to do some experimenting with the autofocus on the X-T2 and because the reports were that a few thousand...
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Be careful about assigning blame until you know what caused the problem

I’ve been running High Sierra on my computers since some of the last developer betas, and for me it’s been working fine. Well, mostly fine. I have been having weird audio cutouts on my bluetooth headset (the Bose QC35), where I’d bring up a video and I’d get no sound,...
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Feral Pigs at Coyote Lake

I made a quick trip out to Coyote Lake in Morgan Hill, mostly to scout it to see what shape it was in going into fall. It's one of the reservoirs that feed water to the Silicon Valley area and it's used for recreational boating as well as day tripping and camping, and...
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An early visit to the refuges

A couple of weeks ago I saw the first reports of sandhill cranes arriving at the refuges, so I decided to day trip out to Merced and see what I might find. This is about a month earlier than I typically visit the refuges for the first time, but I wanted to check out...
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Thoughts on building (or killing) a great online community

I’ve been chewing on what makes a great online community over the last few weeks and thinking about what I’ve done in the past that’s worked (and, of course, haven’t). A couple of things that have happened in communities I’m members of crystallized this for me, and so...
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2018 NHL Season Predictions

NHL 2018 Season Predictions I am days late for this, since I try to get this out before the season starts, and for that I’m sorry, but, well, reasons. As I write this the Sharks have played 2 games and are 0-2, which, well, is not a great start. It hasn’t changed my...
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I fell into a rabbit hole called Youtube, and that changed my thinking on blogs and podcasts.

It’s probably no secret to my readers here that I’ve gone through a — not sure what to call it — reinvention of my photography. I’ve had funks before, but not one this extended. It’s taken me some time to understand the roots of my dissatisfaction and figure out what...
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I am just crushed

I am just crushed. I went to bed just as the news of the Las Vegas shootings was breaking. I woke up this morning to more than 50 dead and hundreds injured. I’m numb to some degree because it’s just the latest of these attacks, I know it’ll happen again and I know...
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The Updated Home Office

I admit it. I’m… I’m… I’m a serial furniture re-arranger. There. I feel better. But it seems every few months the things that aren’t right about my office space start annoying me enough that I decide to dive in and fix them by moving stuff around. Which doesn’t really...
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Fun with the Apple Watch and WatchOS 4

One of new features announced for the Apple Watch in WatchOS 4 was that the pulse monitor would be watching for unexplained high pulse rates and warn the user about them. Well, I've now seen that warning in action. Unfortunately, I wasn't wearing the watch at the...
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Occam’s Fireaxe Podcast

 

Occam’s Fireaxe is a monthly podcast where I sit down and review two books for you in 30 minutes or less. Most of the books will be science fiction or fantasy, but I will occasionally sidetrack into history, biography or something off the wall that caught my eye. If you’re trying to find the next book to sit down and enjoy, Occam’s Fireaxe has my recommendations for you.