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Archive for June, 2015

Photography: Nepal White Himalayas

The himalaya mountains are fabulous; I couldn’t stop staring at them. I can’t remember if this was early morning or early evening — but the mountain was just glowing from the sunlight, while myself and the surrounding area was engulfed in shadows. The moon appears on the edge. Notice how the skyline of the mountain pulls your eyes towards it. Taken 4/8/15, ISO 640, f/20, 1/60, 70mm with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM lens and 5D Mark III.


SF Uni Tour

Going through some old pictures on my hard drive and ran across this one that Daniel Inouye took of me on the San Francisco Unicycle Tour back in 2011: I like the composition; my head is centered in the top third of the picture, with my body in the dead center. It conveys a ton of movement. 


WWDC 2015: Improving the Full Screen Window Experience

For the past 10 years I’ve given a talk at every Apple World Wild Developer Conference (WWDC). Well, except for one. That was 2007 when I was busy working on UIKit for the iPhone 1.0. Apples is now posting our videos online without requiring an Apple developer account. So, everyone can check out my video for this year’s session #221 on their site:  I talk about how to implement Full Screen in Cocoa desktop applications, including some new tiling features in OS 10.11. Most the full screen information applies to all OS X versions that support full screen (I think 10.7... [read more]


Hacking duolingo to make flashcards with sounds using Anki

Use Anki to learn a language with sound enabled flashcards. 0. Buy a Mac if you don’t have one already 1. In Safari’s Preferences, turn on the Develop menu item (Advanced tab) 2. Visit duolingo, and go to a lesson 3. Click the menu item: Develop -> Show Web Inspector (note: this may have changed in later releases) 4. In the web inspector, expand www.duolingo.com, and you should see an “Other” section in the Resources tab: If you don’t see an “Other” section, reload the page. If that doesn’t work, hit the reload button that is shown in the screen... [read more]


On learning languages…

I’m working on learning Italian. When I was a kid, I hated learning languages, and had the terrible monopolistic language view that everyone should speak English. I have long since realized that was a really stupid opinion, and it really hindered me from learning another language. In high school, we had to take two years of a language as a graduation requirement. I wanted to take German, just because I thought it would be cool, but they stopped teaching it the year before I reached high school. So, the options were French or Spanish, and I heard Spanish was easier... [read more]


Plug Bug: Killing Chargepoint Charging Stations

Well, my bug wasn’t killing the charging stations, but it was giving them an internal error. It seems that the newer charge point stations with a large display weren’t compatible with my car’s J1772 port for some reason. There are rows of them at my work, and I’d plug in and it would give an error:  Error Code #303-RSC, RELAY STUCK CLOSED. I couldn’t find any information on this error, and both phone calls and emails to ChargePoint went unanswered. The phone people just assumed it was a problem with the station, but I told them my car caused it... [read more]


Adventures in Solo Camping: Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe

I got really excited about an upcoming backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness with Costanza and some friends, and decided to jump the gun and do a solo trip by myself a bit earlier. I drove my electric car up to Tahoe from Santa Cruz and decided to do some backpacking into Susie Lake. Even though I love the outdoors, and love camping, I had never actually been backpacking where you hike in with all your stuff and setup your own campsite. I also don’t have a proper backpacking backpack, so I sewed on some straps to my travel backpack to... [read more]


How to make a custom bee hive stand

I’ve been keeping bees for about a month now. I absolutely love the little girls! My friend, Stefan from A Jar Of Honey in San Jose, gave me a hive to get started. I needed my own bee stand, and here is what I came up with. Cut two 2x6s (2x4s would also be sufficient) long enough to hold two bee hives. Cut two more long enough for the width of the hive. Nail them together; the legs will later add strength:     The legs I made with 1.5″ metal pipe and angle iron. 1″ pipe would be sufficient,... [read more]



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