Month: December 2017

My favorite Podcasts 2017

As we wind down 2017, I thought I’d discuss my favorite podcasts. I did this a year ago, but the list has changed a bit, in part because two podcasts I recommended last year have gone on hiatus or closed down, and because I’ve found my preferences have shifted a bit more to listening to podcasts for relaxation and entertainment. How I chose this list: the podcasts that make this list are, when I thought about it, the ones that when a new episode appears I make sure I listen to it right away. Some podcasts I subscribe to because I enjoy listening to them when I want to fill time; these are the ones that make me look forward to hearing them. Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street Radio (2016): This continues to be a favorite of mine, in large part because Kimball is a fascinating interviewer and each week he talks to someone about a food related book but those discussions go much deeper than ingredients and techniques. Milk Street has become something very different than his time at America’s Test Kitchen and I’m enjoying it immensely (and to be honest, I think ATK misses him although what they’re doing now is still quite good) Free Agents: Jason Snell and David Sparks sit down every two weeks and talk about the reality of working for yourself. This podcast is...

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2017 Photo of the Year: Otter Mom and Pup

I love sea otters and I love photographing them, I’m lucky to have two locations where it’s fairly easy to get access to colonies of otters in Moss Landing Harbor and Morro Bay — assuming they cooperate, of course. Both colonies are doing well and growing, so there have been visits where there have been otter mothers hauling their pups around, which has given me chances to shoot them and their interactions. This shot is one of my favorites, with the pup in the water near mom as she’s grooming...

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A quick FAQ on my new job

I’ve had a few people ping me with questions about the new job, and now that I’ve started and I’m digging in figuring it all out, I figured I’d post a quick piece on it and sharing some basic information. And because I feel like it, I’ll do it in FAQ format because it’s a real easy piece to write that way… Q: Who are you working for? A: I’ve gone to work for a small startup called Farsight Security, which makes security software in the DNS space. It was founded by Paul Vixie, who knows a thing or two about DNS. Q: What are you doing there? A: My job title is “Manager, Technical Publications”; my initial task is to sort out and get some backlogged documentation needs they have. It’s a small group (well, initially, it’s me) but over time we have ideas about where this will grow into a bigger group doing more things. But for the first few months, it’ll be me digging into geeky stuff and turning out documentation about it. Q: Why did you take this job? A: Because they offered it? No, more seriously, interesting products, good people, and it’s a fun challenge where I both have some unique skills to bring to it and a chance to grow and do some new things as well. Q: Where is Farsight Security? A:...

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2017 Best of the Year: Northern Harrier

One of the birds I’ve traditionally struggled to get good shots of is the Northern Harrier, so I’ve been working this year to try to fix that with some success. In this shot, a harrier is sitting on the ground, probably with a recent kill, and watching the world around it. One thing I find fascinating about the harriers is how owl-like the faces are, and in fact, the Harrier and some owls (for instance the short-eared owl) basically share the same ecological niche but harriers have the day shift while the owls have the night shift. This species...

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