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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

DEFCON 17 Badge Hacking Report
Here is our Badge Hacking Report from DEFCON 17, held in the summer of 2009 in Las Vegas, NV.
11:03 am pdt

Monday, August 10, 2009

Diana Krall Concert Review

Diana Krall’s performance at the (outdoor) Palomar Starlight Theater on the absolutely gorgeous evening of 9 August 2009 was the sprawling, delightfully engaging, effortlessly-talk-to-the-audience type of aural experience that only a truly competent musician can accomplish. The songs romped across the bedrock American standards playlist, with music from Tom Waits, Nat King Cole, and a bunch of others you’ve undoubtedly heard of. “Quiet Nights” and “So Nice” and “The Look Of Love” were (predictably so) highlights for me.


Diana, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist John Clayton, and drummer Jeff Hamilton parlayed their talent into sunny pure jazz bling, keying off each other and reworking the songs into unfolding layers of tap-your-feet-on-the-grass enjoyment.


The seating on the grass consisted of white plastic folding chairs arranged in the exact same configuration as a commercial airline. Shoulder to shoulder, with the seat in front of you approximately 2.5 inches from your knees. Oh, and that center aisle? 15 seats away from you, if your seats are in the middle of the row, like ours were. If you’re short, you’re out of luck being able to comfortably see the musicians, but there was a big projection screen to the left of the stage that afforded an edited-on-the-fly view of the concert.

9:25 am pdt

Friday, May 22, 2009

Soccer Books - Success!

The individualized soccer books were completed and handed out to all team members. The reviews have been very positive, to say the least! The books were a joy to do, and the parents of all the boys really appreciated the memento of a highly successful season.

See books here:


6:37 pm pdt

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Visit to Palomar

We spent most of the weekend enjoying the snow on Palomar Mountain. Photography, Bakugan, and other schemes were accomplished.
10:37 pm pst

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Photography, MEP, gardening

Soccer photography has been clocking along! Several session have been done, with lots of photos generated. I've been experimenting with taking the soccer photos in jpg to see if that reduces the workflow without too much loss in quality.

I ordered three beagleboards and three intel atom 330 boards for MEP, along with cables and connectors. This is the first big hardware purchase for MEP, and I'm excited to start making lots of mistakes in the process of trying to get the project on the air.

The garden (link at left) has some progress too! The radishes have sprouted. I'm going to keep track of the costs and yields to see how well it does this year.

2:29 pm pst

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Welcome to our web site!
This is a project website for family and friends. The major projects on this site include the Microwave Engineering Project, activity with the partnership Optimized Tomfoolery, photography projects, a family jewelry business, an electric car conversion project, an archive for an AMSAT project called Namaste, and an art site dedicated to Unicorn-Pegasus hybrids.

Rocket Plume at Night
Vandenberg rocket launch photo by Michelle

We hope you enjoy checking out our projects. The Microwave Engineering Project and the Unicorn-Pegasus hybrid art site are open invitation. If you would like to participate, then just let us know.

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We are proud members of the following organizations:
ARRL, AMSAT, 10-10 International, North County Photographic Society, Palomar Amateur Radio Club, TAPR, San Bernardino Microwave Society, San Diego Microwave Group


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8:00am-12:30pm projects
12:30pm-2:30pm gym
3:00pm-6:00pm help kids with homework
6:00pm-late meetings and projects


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