When my girlfriend and I moved into our small apartment in San Francisco we wanted to setup some sort of compact liquor cabinet and wine rack. After a quick trip to IKEA we had a bookshelf we could easily convert into a fancy boozeshelf unit! *insert music montage here* After adding holders for wine glasses and bottles it was good, but still a bit boring and not quite perfect. At night it would just stand there against the wall in a shadow, not presenting our handiwork at all. A true insult to all the alcohol we had on display. I felt like it needed something more — some light…and sensors…and might as well throw in a dance party while I’m at it.
Several years ago I figured out how to convert the Virtual PC images windows used to provide for Windows testing to VirtualBox format, that would run on the Mac. It was a long process but was the only way to legally(ish) test Windows for free on your Mac.
So it’s the second month of the new year and a lot has happened. I notice that my last post is over a year old and is a great indicator to where my mind has been. Over the last two years I have been focusing more on my life and extracurricular activities than my blog and technical projects. It’s been an exciting ride and continues.
First off, I think it is high time that I officially announce that I will no longer be maintaining my mozilla extensions. This will come as no surprise as I haven’t been doing anything with them in the last few years. My arm has been twisted into this reality as the hosting company of my extensions seemed to loose my website and everything on it. The code for them is still publicly available on my SVN server (which will be moved to github at sometime in the future).
On to the new interests. Two years ago I decided to get back into shape and through diet and a dedicated workout routine I lost ~30lbs in about 3 months. I have continued my routine and in August became part of CrossFit Mountain View. A big part of this transition was learning how to cook food that is delicious, healthy, and now paleo. So many of my friends have asked me for my recipes and tips that I finally decided to start posting it all online!
So, without further ado, I present my new fitness blog: *drum roll* The Tough Banana!
It’s brand new and I’m still working on the content, design and templates. Check it out and feel free to provide suggestions.
Not to worry, I’m not killing this blog, I’m just checking in and letting you all know what I’m doing. I’ll update this one as it’s relevant.
This is a follow-up to the post I wrote last year with a lot of new information I learned from my last two climbs. Be sure to read the original post first to get a good overview about the mountain and the route.
The Tale of Two Trips
My plan was to attempt to climb Shasta twice in one week in May, with a few days in between to recover. It didn’t go entirely as well as I had planned, but I did learn a lot. Here’s how both trips went.
I’m the type of person who loves to learn and experience new and different things whenever I can. My Parents have always shown me how exposure and experiences can enrich your life, and often times the more awkward or uncomfortable it is, the more you get out of it.
UPDATE: I’ve written a follow-up post which contains a lot of new information and how my two 2009 trips went.
As 2009 rolled around I decided that this would be a great year to go backpacking up Mount Shasta again. I have attempted the mountain twice in the past and topped out (i.e. reached the summit) once. This year I’m organizing a group trip, which is why I’ve started planning so early and the reason for this post. Here I will outline my experience with the mountain and what to expect.
This funny little robot has eyes, eyebrows and a mouth and will verbally read your latest Twitter status to you. It uses an Arduino Decima to control the head actions and receives the latest Twitter status information over USB from a host computer.
You can also send the robot something to say directly from the command line with a few Ganzbot moods to choose from. More information after the videos.
One of the most requested features for the TinyUrl Creator extension is to support other URL shrinking services like bit.ly and is.gd. After some dedicated research and development I have been able to add the following seven URL shrinking services to the latest version of TinyUrl (v2.0):
To change the service you’re using click Tools > Options and select the service from the dropdown list.
If you prefer another URL shrinking service and would like it to be added to this extension, leave a comment here to let me konw. Be sure to check if the service has an API, because if they don’t the extension will have to resort to screen scraping; which is pretty ugly.
Thanks for all your support.