Archive of August 2009


Sat 22 Aug

Kohana Documentation Offline Snapshot

This is a snapshot of the Kohana documentation as of Aug 22, 2009 that can be used offline. It's not pretty but it is nice if, say, you're about to get on a plane and want to be able to reference the Kohana documentation.


Sat 22 Aug

So long JPL

In a few hours I'm boarding my plane back to Chapel Hill after a truly wonderful summer working at JPL. While I'll be posting more information about what I did later after my reports are cleared for release, here are some brief highlights:

  • Worked in the coolest software development house ever, OPS Lab people know their shit
  • Wrote a sizable piece of software that I'm proud of
  • Looked at pictures from Spirit and Opportunity on a regular basis
  • Saw the first mock-up of TRI-ATHLETE, a gargantuan robot for the moon
  • Saw MSL being built
  • Saw the efforts to Free Spirit
  • Talked to a scientist who builds balloons for planetary exploration
  • Spent hours geeking out about space, robots, and computers
  • Worked with and got to know really great people throughout JPL
  • Fulfilled my childhood dream of working for NASA (thanks Dr. Pausch, and family and friends that supported this decision)

And that doesn't even begin to cover the great experience I had outside of work at Caltech, in the LA bike scene, and around the region. I thought I would be itching to leave LA as soon as I got here, but surprisingly enough I've come to really appreciate it. I'm sad to be leaving, in fact. LA does live down to a lot of the negative stereotypes about it I've heard, but there are good people here. Wish I had more time to interact with them.

But, all that said, there is a season for everything, and this season is winding down to a close. I am fortunate to have had a summer like this, and now it's time to head back to Chapel Hill for one last lap. I'm really looking forward to making it the most intense lap ever. Hopefully there will plenty of pictures, projects, and progress to report on.

And finally, Ramadan Kareem to all.

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Sat 15 Aug

Migrating iTunes to New OS

I recently switched from Vista to Ubuntu/Win7 due to truly abysmal performance. We're talking file copy rates in the tens of kilobytes, folks. Bad stuff. Anyway, I have switched over to a much better setup and am getting the kind of performance I am supposed to for the hardware I have. That said, I needed to move over my iTunes library to my new machine, without reimporting everything and losing all my playcount information.

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Tue 11 Aug

Do the internet and computers fundamentally alter existing socioeconomic power structures or do they merely exacerbate existing divides?


Sun 2 Aug

LA Day on the Metro

The goal: See as much of LA as humanly possible in one day using only our feet and LA Metro.

I can confidently say "Mission Accomplished".

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We started at 8.30am from Pasadena and hit up Hollywood, Downtown, West LA, and Santa Monica. Got home at midnight.

Our complete list:

  • Hollywood
  • Downtown
  • West LA
    • La Brea Tar Pits/Page Museum
    • LA County Museum of Art (just outside)
    • LA Farmer's Market
    • Rodeo Dr. (driving by)
  • Santa Monica
    • Getty Center
    • Santa Monica Pier (and funnel cake!)

Click to see the list of Metro buses and trains we took.

  • Metro Gold Line
    • Lake
    • Del Mar
    • Union
  • Metro Red Line
    • Union
    • Hollywood/Vine
    • Hollywood/Western
    • Civic Center
  • Metro Purple Line
    • Wilshire/Vermont
    • Wilshire/Western
  • Metro Rapid 720
    • Wilshire/Vermont
    • Wilshire/Western
    • La Brea
    • Wilshire/Westwood
    • 5th/Colorado
  • Metro Rapid 761
    • Wilshire/Westwood
    • Getty Center
  • Metro Local 4
    • 3rd/North Broadway
    • Sunset/Innes
  • Metro Local 2
    • Sunset/Marion
    • Civic Center
  • Metro Local 217
    • Fairfax/6th
    • Fairfax/3rd

Total Cost for transportation: $5. Try that in a car.

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