Automatically Mark Prompt Lines

Thanks to a tweet by John Siracusa, I noticed something I’ve had enabled on my computer for months and never noticed (but now can’t unsee): automatically marked prompt lines in Terminal: Notice the square brackets around the executed command on the first line? [jared@Jared-MBP:~$ ll A* ] According to this answer on an Ask Different … Continue reading "Automatically Mark Prompt Lines"

Why is light so fast?

Light travels at around 300,000 km per second. Why not faster? Why not slower? Aeon.co has an excellent article on the science behind light. Gives you a lot to think about. There’s something very intriguing about how tightly constructed the laws of our own Universe appear to be.

Tracking aircraft with PiAware

As I mentioned in my SDR post, I had planned on setting up my SDR dongle and my Raspberry Pi 2 to listen in on aircraft transponders. I did just that this morning. I started by following these instructions to clone, build, and install MalcomRobb’s fork of dump1090. After following the instructions (and blacklisting the … Continue reading "Tracking aircraft with PiAware"

Software Defined Radio (SDR)

I started playing around with software defined radio today, using a cheap RTL-SDR module I bought on Amazon. Using Elias Önal’s OS X port of gqrx, I was able to tune in to our local NOAA weather station: Next comes aircraft tracking with PiAware.

99% Invisible

I came across a new podcast that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying – 99% Invisible, which describes itself as “a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.” I’m working my way through the backlog of episodes, but so far, my favorite episodes have been: Cold War Kids Skyjacking … Continue reading "99% Invisible"

2015Q1 Running Report

It’s time for my 2015Q1 running update! Total distance: 140.9 miles Average overall pace: 12:01 min/mi Longest run: 8.5 miles Fastest run: 5km in 29:19 My goal for 2015 is to go over 400 miles (which is 1.1 miles/day), and so far, I’m 35% of my way to that goal. In January, I mentioned that … Continue reading "2015Q1 Running Report"

2014 Running Report

Now that 2015 is officially here, I decided to look back at my year of running and see what I accomplished: Total distance: 307 miles Average overall pace: 11:36 min/mi Average run distace: 4.0 miles Longest break: 33 days (ouch) Longest streak: 2 days Day most frequently run: Thursday Overall, not too bad. Of course, … Continue reading "2014 Running Report"

Engineering rotations at Etsy

Etsy posted a walkthrough of their ‘engineering rotation’ for employees: This got us thinking about starting up engineering rotations, where people outside of the engineering organization spend some time learning how the team works and doing some engineering tasks. Armed with our excellent continuous deployment tools, we put together a program that could have an … Continue reading "Engineering rotations at Etsy"