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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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Getting started in bird photography: Choose Your Weapons

I frequently get asked about about buying gear to get started in bird photography, primarily from people who have outgrown their point and shoots and are interested in upgrading. The reality is that you aren't going to go far in Bird Photography with a standard point...
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Summer Reading Recommendations

I recently had a friend ask me for summer reading suggestions, and we went back and forth for a bit on interests and what they’d already read. Out of that came a list of things I gave them, and I thought it might be fun to pass it along here as well as...
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New Toy: Synology DS216Play

About a year ago I finally took the dive and started using Plex to host and play my videos. This happened about the time I write about how iTunes was a dumpster fire, because, well, sigh. And still is. The good news is that my Synology NAS supports a Plex server, so I...
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Occam’s Fireaxe #3: A Big Bear Talking Ghosts

About this episode After a bit of an unplanned hiatus (sorry about that!) Occam's Fireaxe returns talking about two books: Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal, a historical romance spy novel set in France during World War I, with ghosts. Sword at Sunset by Rosemary...
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My Birding Field Kit

This is the list of of gear I carry with me when I go out birding. What's the bare minimum you need to carry to go out birding? A good attitude and a comfortable pair of shoes. Just go out and walk, look around, and see what you see. As you get more interested in the...

New Toy: Synology DS216Play

About a year ago I finally took the dive and started using Plex to host and play my videos. This happened about the time I write about how iTunes was a dumpster fire, because, well, sigh. And still is. The good news is that my Synology NAS supports a Plex server, so I...

Neverwinter

I’m someone who tends to find a game to go really deep into, and play it extensively until I get bored. Once I do, I seem to never go back. I’m also someone who really prefers RPG style games rather than fighting or driving games or platforms. The last...

Feliway Cat Pheromones

We got to take Manon in for her checkup and vaccines, which is always a fun adventure. When the vet came in this visit, she brought in a small spray bottle, sprayed a bit on the examination table, rubbed it in and then rubbed her hands together. This caught my...

New geek toy: Studio Neat Dock

I've recently added new toy to the collection that I liked enough I wanted to share it with you: Studio Neat's Material Dock I saw an article about Studio Neat's new Material Dock and immediately decided I wanted it. The dock itself has a wood base with Cork bumpers...

A Few of my Favorite Podcasts

This posting starts a new series I’ve been considering for a while which I’m calling a few of my favorite, where I’m going to give a quick shout out on various topics to things that I use and depend on in my world. To start, I’m going to look...

The Netatmo Weather Station

We’ve had a Netatmo weather station on the house for a couple of years and we really like it. They finally started shipping their long-delayed wind measuring module, and so I got mine and needed to add it to the system configuration. Unfortunately, things went a...

P3 Portable Protein Packs

One thing that I’m starting to see are experiments in higher protein snacks. This is a good thing in its way, since I think it’s a hint that the fast food companies are starting to plan their way away from the current high-carb processed food mentality. The bad news...