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January 2013

Calvin looks out the hotel window at Victoria Harbour
Lay ho, Hong Kong World-readable
2013-01-03 19:09:57
In which the intrepid narrator begins to explore Hong Kong
Tags: travel
Barge dredging the harbor from our hotel window
Defending the harbor World-readable
2013-01-04 01:43:14
In which the intrepid narrator beats jet-lag and worries about the appropriate level of history to discuss with a preschooler
Tags: travel
Kowloon and the International Commerce Centre
Cheung Chau World-readable
2013-01-04 08:32:55
In which the intrepid narrator visits the outlying island of Cheung Chau
Tags: travel
Riding the Peak Tram up the peak
Christmas at the Peak World-readable
2013-01-06 18:55:01
In which the intrepid narrator spends Christmas on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong
Tags: travel
Bamboo scaffolding under an expressway suspended over Victoria Harbour
The New Territories World-readable
2013-01-07 18:53:17
In which the intrepid narrator explores the New Territories
Tags: travel
Bamboo-lined walkway in Victoria Park
A day without a plan World-readable
2013-01-08 19:05:44
In which the intrepid narrator tries to get a visa for the People's Republic, and tries to go shopping in Hong Kong
Tags: travel
Calvin eats a Mickey Mouse waffle at Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland World-readable
2013-01-12 20:35:01
In which the intrepid narrator experiences the magic kingdom and the middle kingdom at the same time
Tags: travel
UART at BLUG World-readable
2013-01-13 11:48:13
In which the intrepid narrator gives an impromptu talk about his day-job at the Boulder Linux User's Group meeting
Tags: tech
River traffic on the Pearl River in Huangpu
Guangzhou World-readable
2013-01-13 12:33:34
In which the intrepid narrator visits the third-largest city in the People's Republic of China
The noonday gun fires
The Noonday Gun World-readable
2013-01-14 21:41:00
In which the intrepid narrator spends his last full day in Hong Kong picking off the last few sites he missed
Tags: travel
Victoria Harbour from the hotel window
Leaving Hong Kong World-readable
2013-01-15 20:51:53
In which the intrepid narrator bids farewell to Hong Kong after ten days in the Special Administrative Region and fails to visit the giant Buddha on Lantau Island
Tags: travel
Slide in the playground at the 228 Peace Park
Provisional capital World-readable
2013-01-17 19:37:44
In which the intrepid narrator explores Taipei in the rain
Tags: travel
Display of Asus motherboards on a street corner in Taipei
Sunology World-readable
2013-01-18 19:11:43
In which the intrepid narrator sees a giant panda, rides a gondola, contemplates the study of Sunology, gets nearly lost on the alleys and lanes of Taipei, and eats a Ma-Po tofu burger
Tags: travel
Plastic screen in a classical Chinese style
Living in the future World-readable
2013-01-19 11:45:15
In which the intrepid narrator visits the National Palace Museum, meets a friendly local student, goes shopping, and visits the erstwhile tallest building in the world
Tags: travel
United 777-200 waiting at the gate at Narita International Airport
2013-01-19 18:39:43
In which the intrepid narrator flies home, lands before taking off, and experiences the same day twice
Tags: travel
Dining room with original flooring
The Floors World-readable
2013-01-20 12:32:52
In which the intrepid narrator installs a beautiful (and expensive) hard wood floor

February 2013

2013-02-06 20:44:06
In which the intrepid narrator unleashes an ebook on the unsuspecting populous
Tags: travel

March 2013

mod_rewrite World-readable
2013-03-10 20:17:40
In which the intrepid narrator does his part to keep the Internet free of the scourge of link rot
Tags: tech
Recommended reading World-readable
2013-03-10 20:48:38
In which the intrepid reader suggests books for his wife to read
Tags: books
Calvin plays with Legos on the plane to Pasco
2013-03-24 12:12:35
In which the intrepid narrator delves deeper into Legos
Tags: lego

April 2013

Criminal terrorism World-readable
2013-04-21 13:18:51
In which the intrepid narrator tries to figure out why similar mass-casualty events are treated differently
White rabbit near the CMC ski trail
Spring snow World-readable
2013-04-30 21:21:54
In which the intrepid narrator skis to Lake Isabelle in spring conditions, and finds a new class of gear to lust after

June 2013

Back yard in snow in May
Month of May World-readable
2013-06-01 21:03:54
In which the intrepid narrator evaluates Front Range snow conditions, visits San Diego, and eradicates an invasive weed.
Longs Peak from Twin Sisters
2013-06-03 20:35:04
In which the intrepid narrator tours civil engineering sites in Boulder County, celebrates Holi, and observes Colorado Thirteener Day.
Calvin's drawing of New York: building and a cow
Flying east World-readable
2013-06-04 20:38:42
In which the intrepid narrator takes his four-year-old to New York City
Tags: travel
Advent Hope Church
Legos in Times Square World-readable
2013-06-15 20:50:17
In which the intrepid narrator explores Manhattan with his preschooler and finds a giant X-Wing built entirely in Lego
Tags: travel
Calvin and Midtown Manhattan
Between the lions World-readable
2013-06-19 20:15:53
In which the intrepid narrator and his preschooler visit Roosevelt Island, the New York Public Library, the American Museum of Natural History, Strawberry Fields, and Curry Hill
Tags: travel
Josh, Bethany, and Calvin on the High Line
30 Rock in Lego World-readable
2013-06-20 21:08:33
In which the intrepid narrator visits the High Line and loses his camera on the Top of the Rock
Tags: travel
New York Stock Exchange
2013-06-21 20:59:28
In which the intrepid narrator recovers his camera, tours Lower Manhattan in the rain, and tries to explain September 11 to a preschooler
Tags: travel
Calvin watches the harbor recede from the stern of the Staten Island Ferry
South Ferry World-readable
2013-06-23 20:36:38
In which the intrepid narrator bids farewell to New York City and unlocks a major parenting achievement
Tags: travel
2013-06-29 21:06:13
In which the intrepid narrator digs up his old journal to recap his first trip to New York City, as a nine-year-old in 1990
Tags: travel
Living room with new hard wood floors
The Rug World-readable
2013-06-30 17:14:46
In which the intrepid narrator buys an area rug off Craigslist

July 2013

Sunset near the Great Sand Dunes
Great Sand Dunes World-readable
2013-07-20 17:25:19
In which the intrepid narrator goes camping at the Great Sand Dunes and stages an impromptu engineering workshop in the sand
Tags: travel
Data sets World-readable
2013-07-27 23:22:26
In which the intrepid narrator tries to figure out how many miles his cars have driven each year

September 2013

Basement sump with high water
Deluge World-readable
2013-09-14 12:21:40
In which the intrepid narrator weathers a 100-year-flood in Boulder
Post-flood rain in Boulder
After the flood World-readable
2013-09-26 21:04:36
In which the intrepid narrator cleans up after Boulder's 1% flood event
Stuff waiting to be taken to CHaRM
2013-09-28 14:20:58
In which the intrepid narrator takes obsolete and broken electronics to Ecocycle's CHaRM
Through-the-floor speaker wire installation base station
2013-09-28 14:57:17
In which the intrepid narrator atones for a previous homeowner's crimes against baseboard molding

October 2013

Calvin rides his pedal bike across a bridge
Like riding a bike World-readable
2013-10-06 16:45:28
In which the intrepid narrator gets a tiny pedal bike for his preschooler

November 2013

Portico (D830) and Freya (Thinkpad X1 Carbon)
Introducing Freya World-readable
2013-11-07 21:02:31
In which the intrepid narrator acquires a new Thinkpad X1 Carbon
Calvin, Kiesa, and Nana go trick-or-treating
Faraday cage World-readable
2013-11-09 17:42:11
In which the intrepid narrator takes Calvin trick-or-treating in his lab and shows off an actual Faraday cage
Front view of a Lego Seahawk helicopter
2013-11-18 20:41:46
In which the intrepid narrator indulges Calvin's Lego obsession
Tags: lego
Completed container garden on patio
2013-11-23 18:12:34
I wanted to title this "I know what you planted in your garden last summer" but managed to resist

December 2013

Fun with natural gas World-readable
2013-12-08 13:35:06
In which the intrepid narrator survives a major natural gas outage in sub-zero temperatures
Logan Christmas photo featuring Calvin
Merry Christmas World-readable
2013-12-25 12:03:15
Flood tourists walk past damaged road at Heil Valley Ranch
Flood disaster tourism World-readable
2013-12-30 21:59:49
In which the intrepid narrator indulges in some flood tourism
Tags: flood
Ok, well, the most obvious problem with [new years resolution
about getting a girlfriend] is that the intended outcome relies on
variables which are out of my control. It's a matter of chance,
luck, being in the right place at the wrong time, what have you.
Obviously, it also relies on the willful participation of
another human being. Since the only people we control are
ourselves, making resolutions -- promises to ourselves -- which
require the involvement of others, who may or may not want any
part of the game, is like sitting at home and cheering a
football team, and then saying "We won! We won!" when in fact
you had absolutely nothing to do with any of it. Or something
like that.
- Bitscape, Random Rambling, 01 August 2000