Bike to Work Day 2009

May 16th, 2009

I started in Herndon and stopped at Reston, Vienna and the Tysons Corner Pit stop. I think Reston had the best food

Photos from the garden

May 16th, 2009

I took some quick shots from the garden and would like peoples help identifying the plants

Family History

April 15th, 2009

My dad just forwarded this on to me, it is a an offer letter from Scottish Malt Distillers to my grandfather offering a managers job at Dalwhinnie Distillery then the second one is his acceptance letter on December 22nd 1937.

Truly amazing.

Beer Tap

April 6th, 2009

I picked up a beer keg starter kit from someone on craigslist over the weekend for $100 (orginal cost about $184)
I got a regulator, a CO2 tank, Keg Tap, and Beer tap

So now I need to build a bar and find a keg of good beer.

Good prospects include

Norms in Vienna

Arlington Market
Total Wine in Mclean

Chicago Photos

April 3rd, 2009

I am in Chicago doing a data center build out, on the first day there I was able to get out an do some photography. I started at the Metra Train Station in Itasca, which is about half a mile away from my hotel.

Once in Chicago I walked around looking for opportunities for some night time shots.

Photos from last nights DC photowalk

March 8th, 2009

Thanks to Shawn for organizing this.

Home improvements

February 24th, 2009

When you pull a fleece blanket off in the dark and all you see is blue static electric, other than being very cool to look at you know you might have a humidity problem.

Our house runs on a heat pump system, which in the summer sucks the hot air out, and in the winter goes into to reverse to suck cold air out. One of the side affects of doing this is that that it also pulls all the moisture out of the air which is a good thing in the summer and a bad thing in the winter.

We have been running a standalone humidifier since last Christmas but the cats were starting to avoid us since they would get little shocks every time we touched them. After being out in a cabin for the long weekend I decided to come home early and install a whole house humidifier. After 2 trips to Home Depot I had a Honeywell HE360A whole house Humidifier and almost everything I needed to do the install. Our house used to have a humidifier and I am not quiet sure what possessed the previous owners to remove it, but it was gone, but they left nice starting holes for fitting the new one. After a couple hours of cutting, drilling, running thermostat cable, spraying my self with water, I had it installed, and the house was sitting at about 30-40% humidity.

The only problem was the humidifier was a running all the time not just when the heat pump was running. After a bit of research I found I needed a A50 24v current sensing relay. Surprisingly this isn’t something that Home Depot or Lowes stock so I had to order it online. It came last night in the mail last night and after some more unscrewing, twisting and rerouting I have it installed and everything it works!

The house is continuing at about 35% humidity, the heating appears to be running less frequently, and the cats are a lot happier. It will be interesting to see how it affects our electricity bill, but we are ever hopeful.

New phone

February 24th, 2009

So in my ongoing quest for the prefect replacement for my temperamental 700p, I saw that Bestbuy is offering $100 of an iphone to silver level rewards members, which I happen to be.

Now apple never does anything out of the goodness of their heart, so either Best Buy has a huge stock of iphones they need to clear from their books from Christmas or Apple is coming out with a new model and this is a way to clear some stock.

Either way I think I will skip for the moment. I need to be able to tether my phone to be able to do call duties.

Photos from Kojo Nnamdi/BBC Obama’s Washington

January 25th, 2009

bash geeking

January 14th, 2009

I am archiving my photos onto DVD’s so I thought I would be smart and create MD5 sums of the files so I could verify the DVD is still good. Except I screwed up a little. The files I created contained the following

MD5 (./034/DSC_4109.JPG) = 294b6282bfcaca127f680d88240d4192

So I had to do a little bash scripting to split the file and then compare the files, this is what I came up with

for a in `ls *.JPG`; do export MD5=`md5 -q $a`; export MD52=`cat $a.md5`; MD53=${MD5#*=}; if [ $MD5 == $MD53 ]; then echo "$MD5 $a good"; fi; done