Sunday, May 29, 2005

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Two Rectangles, Vertical Gyrotory Up, Variation III (Chrinitoid @ RPI)



Two Rectangles, Vertical Gyrotory Up, Variation III (Chrinitoid @ RPI)

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I was tripping down memory lane and dug out some photos from RPI. Here is a fairly
good one of the Chrinitoid I took graduation weekend 1986. Okay, it was taken with one of those cheap-ass Kodak Disc cameras, but hey, there aren't may photos of it.

Geotagging gravesite: Matthew Thornton (1714-1803) New Hampshire graveyard sign



Matthew Thornton (1714-1803) New Hampshire graveyard sign

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Geotagging is a way to tag your photos with a latitude/longitude on flickr.com and have them mapped using Google Maps.

geobloggers.com just does that.

Basically you add the tags "geotagged", "geo:lat=xx.xxxx" and "geo:lon=xx.xxxx" to a photo and optionally (but I've not see it work otherwise) put a link to geobloggers.com in the photo description.

When you click on the link, it will show that photo on a zoomable google map.

This afternoon Griffin and I took some photos around Matthew Thornton's gravesite. Drill down can you can see the relative location of all the gravestones. Don't know who Matthew Thornton was?

I'm trying to convince Spencer and Griffin geotagging a cemetery closer to the house would make
a great summer project -- using digital camera, GPS, using the PC, helping genealogists, and of course, the possibility of fame -- hopefully will be enough to get them interested.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Having fun with geobloggers.com

If you add the appropriate tags to your photos on flickr.com (geotagged, geo:lat=XX.XXX, geo:lon=XX.XXX), then it will automatically be displayed on geobloggers.com's augmented Google Maps.

Check out mine. There are a couple other Granite Staters who are playing along too -- crschmidt and StarrGazr

Monday, May 23, 2005

iPodder (v2.0rc3) on UbuntuLinux

I usually run debian/sarge on my laptop, but tonight it is booted to Ubuntu 'Hoary Hedgehog' and wanted iPodder running in this environment too.

The current 'released' version of iPodder today is v2.0rc3 for Linux.

First off, go grab and install the the kit from http://ipodder.sourceforge.net/

You'll need to use python2.3 instead of the default python which is v2.4. I already had it installed, but you many need to install it. Also the older version of the xmms python library needed to be installed, but the current version of libwxgtk2.5.3-python is needed.

The commands to install those packages is:

sudo apt-get install python2.3 python2.3-xmms libwxgtk2.5.3-python

Finally the PYTHONPATH needs to be extended to pick up the wx 2.5.3 libraries.

Either edit /usr/bin/iPodder to look like this, or just do it manually when you want to run iPodder:

export PYTHONPATH=/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/wx-2.5.3-gtk2-unicode/:$PYTHONPATH-unicode:$PYTHONPATH
cd /opt/iPodder
python2.3 iPodderGui.py

Enjoy!

I fence epee and foil. Fear me.



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Griffin and Trevor both placed 8th for Epee in their respective age categories at the USFA Youth Regional Fencing Tournament this weekend. Congrats boys!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Fencing competition at Fairfield, CT



Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

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Griffin and Trevor are fencing this weekend at Sacred Heart University.

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Sunday, May 15, 2005

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Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom



Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom

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The Hollis library has displaying a copy of the world's largest published book "Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom". If you have an extra $15k laying around, buy me one.

Check out the entire set

MyAct in Merrimack this weekend



The Dullsville Mystery and Case of the Missing Gym Shorts, Cast Photo

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The older three boys were in MyAct performance of "The Dullsville Mystery and Case of the Missing Gym Shorts". The girls were in "The Real Princess"

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Friday, May 13, 2005

fyi: straw database recovery

This morning I accidentally double clicked on the straw RSS aggregator icon and two copies raced
to see who could corrupt the app's database first.

straw refused to start with this error:

ItemStore.py:52:__init__: DB_RUNRECOVERY: Fatal error, run
database recovery - - PANIC: Invalid argument
Recovery Error: See README for details on how to recover data.

And the straw README says to do this:

$ db_recover -h $HOME/.straw -c -v
$ db_checkpoint -1 -v

Fair enough, but I don't have those scripts installed db\_recover or db\_checkpoint. It turns out that they are in the libdb2-util package. (apt-get install libdb2-util)

Fortunately the recovery processed work fine.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

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Monday, May 9, 2005

Gov Lynch with Griffin, Trevor and Spencer Nozell of Kids for Democracy at NH Convention



Gov Lynch with Griffin, Trevor and Spencer Nozell of Kids for Democracy at NH Convention

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Saturday as the NH Democratic Party State Convention. Spencer, Griffin and Trevor (and Wendy) were there staffing the Kids For Democracy booth.

They had the opportunity to talk with a number of people, including Governor John Lynch

Photo credit: Anita Gonzalez-Cecchin

See all the photos from the event

Sunday, May 8, 2005

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Friday, May 6, 2005

Non-Paged Pool



Non-Paged Pool sign (1/3)

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A little geek humor for the day --

Instead of the usual afternoon coffee break, I walked out behind the office building and took these pictures.

Back in the late 1980s, one of Digital Equipment Corp's VAX/VMS developers planted this sign.

VMS has two types of kernel memory pools to allocate from -- paged which can be swapped out and non-paged which can not move. Clearly this pool is of the latter type. Is there any other kind?

See all three photos here

Monday, May 2, 2005

PC Cable for Garmin eTrek GPS

I just bought a replacement GPS, a Garmin eTrek and they wanted $38 for the PC connector cable! Five minutes of googling found navsphere.com which sells the same thing for $7.95 + $5 S&H.

Now I'm loading waypoint, cache sites and benchmarks from geocaching.com using gpsbabel and trying
to figure out gpsdrive, gpsman and xastir.

Sunday, May 1, 2005

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Northern New York Historical Newspapers

A number of newspapers in northern New York state have digitized their archives --
Digitization 101: Northern New York Historical Newspapers -- this could be a goldmine for genealogists researching in that area.

Now if only Orange County, NY newspapers were digitized I'd be in heaven.