Saturday, December 29, 2007

John McCain in Merrimack

Panoramic from John McCain @ VFW hall

McCain was in Merrimack, NH today and I took a bunch of photos at the event.

They are all licensed under the Attribution Creative Commons license.

John McCain
John McCain in Merrimack, NH

Media filming McCain
John McCain @ VFW hall

John McCain

Ron Paul Supporters outside John McCain event
A couple of Ron Paul supporters were outside holding signs

The only remarkable moment was during Q&A a young woman asked "I have just one question. Why are you in favor of amnesty for illegals?".

McCain: "I'm not."

woman: "I've been informed that you are."

McCain: "You have been poorly informed."

He then did go on to talk to his position on immigration -- securing the borders but also said that we should treat those here illegally well since we are all god's children.

(my paraphrasing)

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Blogging @ 10

I heard on NPR that today was the 10th anniversary of the blog. Turns out that this just over half that old -- 5 years, 9 months, 12 days. Born on date: March 5th, 2002.

And I still have Jorn's blog in my RSS aggregator: Robot Wisdom and the more frequently updated Robot Wisdom auxiliary

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hillary Clinton in Nashua, NH

Hillary Clinton @ DWC

Originally uploaded by marcn

We attended the "Countdown to a New Beginning" campaign event for Hillary Clinton at Nashua's Daniel Webster College yesterday.

Hillary Clinton

Videoing Hillary Clinton

Pick me! Pick me!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

HP leaving NH

Yup, the office building known as ZKO and where I've spent the last 20 years working for DEC/Compaq/HP is no longer going to be where I park my butt during the day. I'll be heading down to Marlboro, MA a few days a week starting sometime in 2008.

Here is what the Nashua Telegraph has to say in their newsblog section: HP to close Nashua site. The news traveled fast -- their entry is dated 5:24pm today, just hours after the official announcement to employees.

Update: Wednesday full coverage in the Nashua Telegraph: HP to close Nashua site

I wonder when the new owners will take down the VMS-inspired Non-Paged Pool sign.

Non-Paged Pool sign (1/3)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Barack & Michelle Obama with Oprah Winfrey in Manchester


Originally uploaded by marcn

Spencer obtained press credentials for the big Obama/Oprah rally in Manchester. He'll write an article for the Merrimack High School newspaper, The Hawk.

Trevor's 9.8 on the Vault @ Yellow Jackets meet

Trevor's 9.8 on the Vault @ Yellow Jackets meet

Originally uploaded by marcn

Floor: 8.7 (1st )
Pommel: 8.2 (4th)
Rings: 8.5 (2nd)
Vault: 9.8 (1st)
PBars: 7.6 (3rd)
Hbars: 8.05 (4rd)
AA: 1st

Friday, December 7, 2007

My first photo with 5000+ views on Flickr

Hillary Clinton in Hampton, NH

Originally uploaded by marcn

This photo of Hillary Clinton taken at the Winnacunnet High School in Hampton NH is my most viewed on

I've licensed that photo under a Creative Commons license and it has been used by NPR's website.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Back from SF

Lombard St
Lombard Street

San Francisco Trolley car
San Francisco Trolley Car

Extra Male Chromosome for sale (best offer)Extra Male Chromosome for sale (best offer) graffiti

The rest of my photos from Oracle OpenWorld 2007 (SF, CA)

Friday, November 2, 2007

Hillary Clinton files for the NH Primary today

Hillary has registered for the NH Primary
Hillary Clinton files for NH Primary

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton in Concord, NH

Vermin Supreme '8
Vermin Supreme also registered for the NH Primary

Monday, October 29, 2007

Autumn in New England

Autumn Cemetery Tree 2 Panorama
Trees in Merrimack Last Rest Cemetery

on to Monson Center
Emma, Addy, Logan and Trevor walking to the lost town of Monson Center, NH

Monson Commons
The commons at Monson Center, NH

See more about the forgotten town of Monson Center, NH on the Hollis town website

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Speakers at NHDP Jefferson-Jackson Dinner w/ Senator Webb

NH 1st district US Representative Carol Shea-Porter (and my rep!)

Carol Shea-Porter

NH 2nd district US Representative Paul Hodes

Paul Hodes

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia

Jim Webb

See the rest of my photos here: NHDP Jefferson-Jackson Dinner 2007

Before the NH Jefferson-Jackson dinner


Originally uploaded by marcn

Hillary and Obama had a large number of supporters and a somewhat smaller number for Edwards. Dodd had a large labor pre-event in the hotel.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sports tips from the future

September 31, 2007

Originally uploaded by marcn

Check out the date on last Thursday's Nashua Telegraph -- September 31st, 2007.

Hot sports tips! Now if you can find a bookie taking bets for that day...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Trevor doing a Giant

Trevor learned how to do both a front and back giant on the high bar at USGTC this summer:

Too bad he broke his nose a few days later and is recovering from it being reset. Lets hope he doesn't forget how to do it...

Friday, August 10, 2007

Photos of John McCain in Merrimack, NH

Asked a question about healthcare

Originally uploaded by marcn.

Since he was having a town hall meeting just up the street, I stopped in to take some photos.

Of the current Republican candidates, the US could do a lot worse.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Rapture signs holding up well 15 years on

Every now and then I stop by and take a photo of these posters announcing the end of the world that happened on October 28, 1992.

Going on 15 years now!

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Friday, June 22, 2007 event: Meet the Generals

Last night I went up to Manchester to this town hall meeting:

Retired Generals Robert Gard and Brigadier General John Johns are coming to Manchester on Thursday and they're going to speak out against President Bush's reckless policy in Iraq. This is a great opportunity to see these generals powerfully indict the current war plan—and talk about how we can responsibly exit. Former Maine Congressman Tom Andrews is hosting a town hall meeting with them to talk about what New Hampshire can do to help end the war and they need your help to drive the discussion.

General Robert Gard, Brigadier General John Johns, Congressman Tom Andrews

We didn't stay for all the Q&A, but Marty ?? make a comment that if Kucinich got a respectable 20% or more showing in NH's primary, that it would have a huge impact on the political discussion of the three front runners.

Monday, June 18, 2007

USB to Serial Adapter for Ubuntu

I recently received an updated laptop at work -- a nice hp nc6400 notebook. Unlike the previous nc6000, this new on does not include a serial port which is problematic for the Garmin to serial cable I have. I ordered from CompUSA a USB to Serial Adapter by CablesToGo (model 26886) and it works great out of the box on Ubuntu/Feisty.

All I needed to change is the serial port to use, so:

gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyS0 -o kml,points=0,line_color=ff0000ff -F waypoints.kml
gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyS0 -o gpx -F waypoints.gpx


gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o kml,points=0,line_color=ff0000ff -F waypoints.kml
gpsbabel -t -i garmin -f /dev/ttyUSB0 -o gpx -F waypoints.gpx

FWIW, it uses the pl2303 kernel module.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cool! is using my Creative Commons photo of Hillary Clinton

Cool! is using my Creative Commons photo of Hillary Clinton

Originally uploaded by marcn.

I got this email today:

Hi marcn,

I'm the Web producer for NPR's 'News and Notes.' Just
wanted to drop you a line to let you know we used your
Creative Commons photo on our blog:

Geoff Bennett

My original photo:

Hillary Clinton in Hampton, NH

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Greater Grater Woods geocache replaced

This evening Griffin, Trevor and I replaced the Greater Grater Woods (GC10QMW) geocache that some kids trashed. It was the one near the north part of the Grater Woods property near some very large rocks -- it turns out that it is about 500ft from Beebe Lane. Last winter that area seemed so far and remote, but it is very close to a number of homes.

We were going to replace the camera in the Lesser Grater Woods cache, but now that we can't just walk across the frozen water, you have to go east around the beaver pond or just approach it from the MMS side. Maybe tomorrow evening.

I brought along my camera and GPS and took a bunch of photos that you can see via Google Maps.

Either click here to see it on Google's site.

(Click on some of the photo icons)

Or if you have the Google Earth (free for Windows/Mac/Linux) application installed, click here and it should run on your PC (and faster, more features).

There is a free open source application, gpicsync, for Windows/Linux that takes the GPS track info and matches it up with the timestamp of the photos and generates a file for Google Earth to use.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

gpicsync on Ubuntu/Feisty

GPicSync is a very nice cross-platform tool to match up photos with GPS locations. However it requires a package that isn't included by default by Ubuntu/Feisty.

1. Download GPicSync from

2. Unpack it: tar zxf Linux-GPicSync-0.91.tar.gz

3. Move to the directory it created: cd Linux-GPicSync-0.91

4. Set the GUI and command line versions of the program executable: chmod +x

5. Install the Ubuntu/Feisty package python-wxgtk2.8 which provides the python bindings for the wx library and the exiftool: sudo apt-get install python-wxgtk2.8 libimage-exiftool-perl

6. Run the program and start geotagging photos: ./

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Some photos from MySQL Conference 2007 Day 3

Battle of the Database Egos (pano)
Clash of the Database Egos

Michael (Monty) Widenius, CTO & Co-founder, MySQL AB

Mikael Ronström, Senior Software Architect, MySQL AB

Jim Starkey, Senior Software Architect, MySQL AB

Heikki Tuuri, Vice President, server technology, Innobase Oy

Ari Valtanen, Co-Founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Solid Information Technology

Paul Whittington, Founder and Chief Architect, NitroSecurity, Inc.

Mike Smith, IBM

Eben Moglen
Eben Moglen

Bdale Garbee
Bdale Garbee

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Some photos from MySQL Conference 2007 Day 2

See the complete set here: MySQL Conference 2007

Marten Mikos / Guy Kawasaki
Marten Miko & Guy Kawasaki

Marten Mikos / Mark Jones (hp) MySQL Partners of the Year Awards
Marten Mikos / Mark Jones (hp) MySQL Partners of the Year Awards

Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki

Marten Mikos
Marten Mikos

Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki

Marten Mikos
Marten Mikos