Prototyping at Work

I have a fun job. I’m a Software Engineer at Safari Books Online. I focus on automating our back-end infrastructure. I also experiment with prototyping hardware architectures. My boss, Clark Hartsock, loves low powered RISC boards for data crunching. We built a 12 Terabyte 10 nodes cluster to compete with our older Atom based stack. … [Read more…]

Tweet-A-Watt is working locally

I made a Tweet-A-Watt last year which is a hacked Kill-A-Watt wall plug that sends data wireless to a computer. The twitter API has changed a lot since then, it now uses OAuth to authenticate tweets. I cloned ladyada’s Tweet-A-Watt github repo and started getting to work. My code isn’t ready to push up to … [Read more…]

Vegetable Barley Soup

We made a nice soup this week that we want to make again soon. It was really easy and healthy. 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 cup uncooked barley 2 large carrots, chopped medium celery, chopped 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained 1 onion, chopped 3 bay … [Read more…]

Bobcat in field in Pt Reyes

Last Fall Craig and I took a trip to Pt. Reyes. We did an overnight in the Wildcat campground. On the way back to Sonoma we took the coastal rd out of Pt. Reyes. We saw this bobcat in a field on the drive home.