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Developing For Alexa

I got a new Amazon Alexa a few weeks ago. [Full disclosure: I work for a company that’s owned by Amazon Web Services.] I find the technology a fun novelty, but I’m not sure it’s mature enough to be promoted to a central part of my home life beyond a music player and todo-list maker. That … Continue reading Developing For Alexa

Free Paper Cowboy Hats

You may recall my in-real-life trolling stickers and signs — the voice activated paper towel dispenser, the fake power outlet, and the baby changing station — from a previous blog post: I have some new stickers now that are less of a troll and more of a chuckle. Like the previous stickers, I cannot take credit … Continue reading Free Paper Cowboy Hats

Walk to Work Day 2016

Several years ago, a local Portland organization — I think they were called the Portland Pedestrian Coalition at the time but are now Oregon Walks — put together a Walk to Work day. They designated meetup spots in each of the quadrants of town, each about three or four miles from downtown. You’d walk, drive, or … Continue reading Walk to Work Day 2016

Amsterdam: Selfies, Aided by a Professional

I have friends who recently took a trip to Paris. When talking about their trip, they had some wonderful photos of an afternoon, on cobblestone streets and at monuments, taken by a professional photographer. It turns out that there’s a service called Flytographer that works as a sort of broker between people vacationing abroad who want … Continue reading Amsterdam: Selfies, Aided by a Professional

Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum

While on our Amsterdam vacation, we dropped by The Rijksmuseum. Although there was a ton of stuff to see, and I took numerous pictures, I’m sharing only a small subset of them here. Weapons There was some great stuff in the weapons section. Below, you can see a powerful crossbow. It has a stirrup on … Continue reading Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum

Evil Prank Stickers

UPDATE: Since posting this, I have a new design (“Free Paper Cowboy Hat“), plus all of these stickers are now available to purchase.   Back in the day, some friends and I would hang out at the late night coffee shop, coming up with all kinds of amazing ideas. Great ideas that could get us … Continue reading Evil Prank Stickers

Amsterdam: Oude Kerk

One of the first historic landmarks we visited on our Amsterdam vacation was the Oude Kerk, the old church. This is an impressive 800 year old piece of amazing and gigantic architecture. Like, real big. Vaulted ceilings that make you feel like an ant. They’d taken out any artificial light sources, which had been added over the years, … Continue reading Amsterdam: Oude Kerk

Amsterdam: De Poezenboot

One of the first stops on our Amsterdam vacation was De Poezenboot — the cat boat. It’s a houseboat. It’s an animal shelter. It’s been around since 1966 and is now a tourist destination. When Kim was last in Amsterdam, about 10-15 years ago, the Poezenboot was more of a houseboat-home plus cats and a … Continue reading Amsterdam: De Poezenboot

Amsterdam Vacation: Arrival

As you might have seen in a previous blog post, the first leg of my sabbatical vacation was to Disneyland. The second leg was Amsterdam. I had just over a week there, and it wasn’t nearly enough. Between jetlag, a headcold, and the sheer amount of stuff to do, I didn’t have nearly enough time. … Continue reading Amsterdam Vacation: Arrival

Reading Atari Cartridges with an Arduino

There are a lot of online repositories to download video game ROM images. Whether it’s from a website or BitTorrent, you end up with a collection of binary files, each file corresponding to the code stored on a cartridge or an arcade machine’s internal chips, which you can then load into a console or arcade … Continue reading Reading Atari Cartridges with an Arduino