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Morning commute

Since I work for a distributed company, there’s not much of a morning commute. Usually it involves me coming downstairs, making some coffee and finding a comfortable nook in the house to work in. On occasion I venture outside to a local coffee shop or library, but for the most part I just work at home. It’s comfortable, my stuff is there and it’s easy to become complacent.

This week I’ve decided to get out of the house more often, winter is coming afterall, and the likelihood of doing much outdoorsy stuff once it gets cold is relatively slim. And since I can work anywhere on the planet as long as there’s an internet connection, why not take advantage if it?

So, here’s what my commute has been looking like this week:


It’s about a ten minute hike to a secluded nature preserve near my place, where the only thing I have to worry about is moving my chair back when the tide comes in.


The view is spectacular, the environment peaceful and I feel more encouraged to write. Er, I mean work.

Raspberry Pi camera module

I recently ordered a camera module for my Raspberry Pi, and finally got around to installing it this evening, to include the lego tower that it’s perched on. I also discovered that my ASUS AC66U wireless router has enough power in the two USB ports to run a Pi and charge an iPhone at the same time.


The camera works great, it has five megapixels and can produce 1080p photos or 720p video. There are some updates and packages that need to be installed before you jump in, but that really only took about 30 minutes to run through that process, including download time. Step by step guide here.

The pictures from the actual sensor are great, if I have time tomorrow I’ll take the rig outside and upload some photos.

Regarding sorting folders

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 7.22.55 PMEveryone has a ‘sort me’ folder somewhere on their computer for photos, right? If you don’t, it’s only because you forgot about it… You have one. I know you do. If you don’t (see aforementioned note, that you actually do) then you should create one now, so that you can follow along with this post. Once you’re done reading, go back and find the real one. It’s like Christmas and Black Friday all rolled up into one folder. Chaos and bliss.

While cleaning up my machine tonight I found one, then another and then another. As as I started looking through them, it was discovered that this task would more closely resemble an archaeological dig as there were also ‘sort me’ folders inside folders and subfolders. All in all, about 90GB worth of photos and videos that need attention.

Don’t judge me. I horde data. And apparently photos.

Ok, so lots of photos. Headed over to SmugMug to start trying to upload them into some sort of logical, well thought out format only to make a dreadful discovery. I have a couple of layers of ‘sort me’ folders there as well, and none of them duplicates. “You like things in neatly tied bundles” a friend once said to me. I totally agree, and that’s my year end goal.

Oh, and that “sort me” graphic above … just went into a “misc images” folder. I need help.

My brother is now working @instrument

My brother Jason just started working for Instrument in Portland OR (which is pretty much the furthest away he could go without leaving the continental United States). He sent this picture last night .. they have a friggin teepee in their office. Yes, a teepee:


We’ve done some cool things in the Automattic Hawthorne office space, like inflate a weather balloon for sound reduction, created a t-shirt museum and had Google do a streetview of our interior. But we lack a teepee. Need this ASAP. ;)

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