1. Driving to Flagstaff

    A storm rolled in before I left Apple Valley.

    One thing the West has that the East doesn't is independent drive-thru restaurants and beverage stands. Ever since New Mexico I've been seeing coffee trucks and smoothie wagons. I've also seen a good number of drive-thru Mexican restaurants. All of them …

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  2. Kanab, UT (round 2)

    We headed out for a casual day of hiking in the Kanab region. We visited the Toadstools Hoodoos, the Belly of the Dragon, and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

    The first is a short hike, with just a few cool rock formations. I was really hoping for more of …

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  3. Bryce Canyon, UT

    I traveled to Bryce Canyon the 21st of February. I don't have much to say right now so here are some photos.

    We went on a hike down into the canyon. It was pretty icy. Here you can see some wonderful colors between the red stone and the white snow …

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  4. Kanab, UT

    Friday evening we stepped out to take in the foggy full-moon. I'm not one for superstition but the previous full moon claimed SOPHIE, this one was to claim its own victim, albeit mechanical. Unsuspecting, we spent a good half-hour watching the local cats play tag in the moonlight.


    The …

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  5. White Sands, NM

    I woke up today in Carlsbad, NM. I was to drive west through the Lincoln national forest and across the Sacramento mountains. I began the day late since I was waiting for my Airbnb's dryer to finish its task.

    So I headed out to La Patrona to grab a breakfast …

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  6. My Experience with Xonsh

    Since January I've been using Xonsh as my main shell on both my work and personal machines. In this post I will describe what I liked and what I didn't. TLDR; I liked that I found myself scripting more under Xonsh, but it can be slow and inconvenient as a …

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  7. Cumberland, MD

    Cumberland is a neat town. It's industrial like Pittsburgh but also has a colonial feel. There are churches everywhere, and in between them you'll find truck depots, train tracks, canals, earth haulers, and other elements of industry.

    The city is split by a canal. Alongside it runs a walking path …

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  8. A daytrip to Breezewood

    I'm keeping this short so that they actually get published. Don't expect anything elaborate.

    I used Thanksgiving's low-traffic to checkout some sights near Cumberland.

    1. Paw-Paw Tunnel along Maryland 51 (Scenic Byway)
    2. Abandoned PA Turnpike Tunnel
    3. Breezewood PA Junction

    Paw Paw Tunnel

    The Paw Paw Tunnel was underwhelming, mostly because the …

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  9. Society of the Spectacle: Thesis 60

    Where I write for the sake of writing. No promise of quality. Here is an attempt at interpreting thesis 60 of Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle.

    The celebrity, the spectacular representation of a living human being, embodies this banality by embedding the image of a possible role. Being a …

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  10. Constructing tests for legacy code

    Every company has legacy code sitting somewhere that isn't well understood. Maybe it was written long ago and the original authors have moved on. Here's a high ROI approach to getting that code tested.

    The code I have in mind was written in a time when priorities were different, the …

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