Scooter shorts

Best boxer shorts ever! Just ordered 4. (the boxer boxers come in a close second)

Getting wireless to work in Ubuntu on a Lenovo ThinkPad X200

I ordered my X200 with the default wireless ethernet adapter, the ThinkPad 11b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Express Adapter III. I’m not even sure why I had a choice between that or the more expensive Intel WiFi Link 5100/5300, but…

Setting up Ubuntu from scratch

This is mostly to help me remember what I like to do when setting up Ubuntu on a new computer, but maybe other folks will find it useful too. I’ll probably update it over time. Update Ubuntu sudo apt-get update…

Setting up a nice LAMP development environment on Ubuntu

This is more to aid my memory the next time I have to set up a LAMP development environment on a fresh install of Ubuntu (can you tell what I’ve been up to this weekend?). The nice thing about starting…

New hallway carpet

Shortly after Stephanie and I moved into our apartment in San Francisco we bumped into our landlords measuring the hallways. “Yay,” we thought, they’d be replacing the ratty old carpet soon! Turns out we were right about the “replacing the…

Bumpass Hell

I mean with a name like that… you’d think it was a joke. But it’s actually the Old Faithful of Lassen Volcanic National Park, which Stephanie and I visited with Joy and Kyle over Labor Day weekend. We started the…

Justin versus the Volcano

Shortly before our Lassen trip, I was cruising Google Maps in satellite view and stumbled upon the after-effect of a dramatic volcanic eruption. Flipping back to the awesome Terrain view, I discovered that these were the Fantastic Lava Beds, and…

Morning campfire

It was below freezing on the last morning of our trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park, so I immediately started building a fire after emerging from the tent. The embers from the previous night were still hot underneath the ash,…

Grand Canyon for the weekend

Once again, in less than a month, Stephanie and I showed up to work with our backpacking packs, stuffed to the gills. Whereas Lassen was more of a dry-run—they were just convenient hands-free suitcases—this time we were really going backpacking.…

Along the South Kaibab

We started off around 11:40 at the South Kaibab trailhead. We each had about 30lbs of camping gear, clothes, food, and 4 liters of water strapped to our backs. This was our first-ever backpacking trip. And we chose the Grand…

A surprise dinner guest

So we put up our tent, moved our food into the protective “ammo” boxes provided for that purpose, and generally prepared for the night. We could barely use our legs. I set up the camping stove and started to boil…

A meal I’ve been waiting months for

Literally. Stephanie and I brought back two backpacking meals from France. Hachis Parmentier for me (ground beef and mashed potatoes), Purée au Jambon for her (ham and mashed potatoes). Check out our cool sporks Update: Here’s a proper review, requested…

Black bridge over the Colorado River

The very bottom of the Grand Canyon I was quite literally holding my camera an inch off of the water. This also shows how we got from one side of the Colorado River to the Bright Angel Campground on the…

All the way up Bright Angel

We woke at 6am on Saturday morning and began taking down the tent and packing our bags. We hit the trail around 7:30, hiking to the river and then over the Silver Bridge. We followed the river for some time,…

Accidental Collection

Of course I use the word “accidental” loosely. Missing for some reason: Sequoia National Park. Aww shucks, I guess we’ll just have to go back and pick up a new map. Update: In 1977, Mas­simo Vignelli designed the Uni­grid Sys­tem…