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My GoTo IOS Applications (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the IOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync the...
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My GoTo Macintosh Apps (2017 edition)

Here’s a list of the MacOS Apps I use regularly and depend on. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted some of my tools because I now require that apps that do things that I might want to also do on IOS (or access their data on IOS) both have an IOS App and sync...
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My reading list for 2017

I was complaining to someone the other day I needed to read more and play video games less, and in fact added that to my goals for 2018. And then I sat down and compiled my reading list for 2017, which totals 16 fiction books and 29 non-fiction books. That’s, um, 45...
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My Favorite Youtube Channels 2017

I really fell into a rabbit hole with Youtube this year after not really paying much attention to it before. What I found was a great diversity of interesting voices and people and a place (unlike blogs where you really can’t compete anymore with the big sites for...
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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...
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Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith

Eisenhower in War and Peace Buy on Amazon Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith For much of 2017 I found myself reading non-fiction more than fiction. This has included continue to read books about the two World Wars, but I’ve also started exploring new...
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Vallista (A Vlad Taltos Novel) by Steven Brust

Vallista Buy on Amazon Vallista is the 15th novel in the Vlad Taltos series by Steven Brust. Taltos is an Easterner warlock who is a retired assassin — retired because he ran afoul of the leaders of his guild, who now want him dead, so Taltos is on the run because...
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New Binoculars: the Zeiss 8×42 Terra Roof Prism

Zeiss 8x42 Binoculars Buy on Amazon After about five years with my Vortex binoculars, I decided to upgrade. After doing a bunch of research, I picked up a pair of Zeiss 8x42 Terra Roof Prism Binocular. I was increasingly thinking I was missing detail while looking at...
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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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Some recent Photography books I’ve read and how they’re changing my work

Books Discussed in this Article: Luong, Q.T.: Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks Wolfe, Art with Sheppard, Rob: Photographs from the Edge Rowell, Galen: Inner Game of Outdoor Photography duChemin, David: The Soul of the Camera...
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Understanding today through the past

That I’m choosing to (mostly) not talk about our current political situation online doesn’t mean I’m not interested or paying attention. I am, and in various ways it impacts me, but I’m doing what I feel I can offline to affect change rather than getting into...
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What’s in my Camera Bag

(last update: August, 2017) I am a photographer that specializes in outdoor nature photography, especially birds, wildlife and landscapes. I've been shooting digital since 2005 and started as a Canon user, but starting in 2014 I started shifting my gear to the Fuji XT...
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I hated History in High School

Books in this article Alexander Hamilton A People's History of the United States Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong The First World War: A Complete History The Second World War: A Complete History I think I'm like most kids in...
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My Emergency Kit

Like most intelligent people, I keep an emergency kit in the car. Since we live in Silicon Valley, we also have to worry about that next significant earthquake, and the authorities recommend everyone set up an emergency kit in case bad things happen. I've kept that...
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2016 Favorite Podcasts

I’m compiling a few lists of favorite things as I exit 2016 and look forward to 2017 because I want to share these things with you in hopes that you’ll discover some new things that might make your favorites list for 2017. These lists are in no particular...
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