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Nov. 28th, 2010

Pictures from faraway

Pictures from Cairo this past October, including my cousin Hamed's wedding, the pyramids, and a horseback ride around the countryside, are now on my gallery. Enjoy!

Stovetop Veggie Stew

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Nov. 12th, 2010

Java on Mac

Here is a letter I've written to sjobs@apple.com.

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Update: Turns out that there was an announcement today that Java will be supported on Mac by OpenJDK

Nov. 11th, 2010

I Remember

I may have forgotten the poppy my mother gave me a week ago in Toronto, and the one my brother gave me, and the poppy I picked up last night. I may not be a soldier or even believe that violence is ever the right action. I can be thankful for everyone who has made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today, and everyone currently fighting and ever will. I thank those people, because I've seen the other side and I am forever grateful that I have the choice of what I think, feel, say and do, knowing that the only consequences will be the natural consequences of my actions. Thank you.

Today we honour the people that have made this life possible. I've chosen to show my respect by dressing in red and white with a black suit. It's the best suit I have. For those who don't know me well, it's not the suit that makes this any sacrifice - I like dressing well. It's the tie. I've never been fond of ties. Much like two minutes of silence, wearing a tie is a very small thing compared to sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.

I Remember

Oct. 26th, 2010

Photography from horseback

I've gone for many rides on horseback as a tourist. I'm not a serious rider, though I can usually get a horse to go in the direction I would like most of the time. Through beginner's luck, I got the combination right on my very first trip. Since then, I've found that I get the combination right at the very end of the trip - after the best opportunities have already passed. Here's what I've learned. Hopefully it will be useful to you, even if I'm not likely to remember to read this before my next trip!

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Oct. 25th, 2010

Looking for a Materials Manager / Purchasing type person

Aeryon is looking for a Materials Manager / Purchasing person. Basically, this person would be in charge of getting all of the stuff (plastic parts, circuit boards, components, etc) that we need to make flying robots. Know anyone that would be a good fit? Let me know, or have them apply directly through the website.
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Oct. 7th, 2010

Leek and Potato Soup

Made this last night, and definitely enjoying it today.

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Jul. 31st, 2010

First Glider Solo - on Video!

Have I mentioned that the people at the gliding club are awesome? 'Cause they are. Awesome. Not only did they celebrate my first glider solo by properly "baptizing" me - something that didn't happen on my first power solo - someone caught it on video!

I'm starting to feel just a little self-conscious about these videos. The first one didn't feature me, it was all about the experience of flying. This one is a little more self-centered. I provide it more as a celebration that I'd like to share, and I hope it comes across as such.

Jul. 28th, 2010

Gliding at SOSA Video

Took a little time to piece together a video of gliding at SOSA... and by a little time, I mean that I've spent half the night on it. This one is with a background track by the Chemical Brothers. Another one without music is uploading now, but it's a little boring since there's no usable sound for most of it.

The onboard video was made using a small camera clipped onto my sunglasses. Fortunately, it didn't bounce around too much while flying, though the takeoff and landing are pretty unusable. This also explains all the jerkiness: I'm flying solo, so I've got to keep a good lookout! After the release, I start into a few air exercises: a steep turn, forward slip, and then a slipping turn. The rest is just sightseeing, the circuit and landing. Finally, the offboard video was taken with my little Canon point-and-shoot of other people taking off and landing in the same aircraft. Stitched together, I think it gives a good idea of what SOSA's all about.

Update: Apparently, embedding the HD version makes it rather huge in a browser, so I've reverted the above to be SD. You can either change it using the viewer, or go straight to the HD version on YouTube. Sorry for hogging all teh space.

Update: Turns out that when embedding YouTube videos, the size of the player is independent of the HD setting. Now it should really be fixed. Try the HD version though, it looks much better.

Jul. 25th, 2010

Pictures of flying things and pretty people!

... are all up on Flickr. Enjoy!

The SOSA Towplanes

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