Geoffrey Wiseman

2020 Blog Update

August 1, 2020

So it's been a while.

After my last system upgrade, this blog languished on my old hard drive for a while, but I recently discovered an update I needed to make, and in order to get there, I needed to get this off the old hard drive, hook it up, and...

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Home Reno Automation with Pi

June 15, 2018

We've got a home renovation coming up, and we've been talking about a project that I can do with a bit of home automation / maker / raspberry pi skills that I basically don't have currently. It sounds like fun, but I'm enough of a newbie to this space that I'm afraid that I don't know what I don't know.

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Sam Phillips: Don't Do Anything

November 5, 2015

For the past month or so, I've been playing the Sam Phillips album, Don't Do Anything (iTunes, Amazon, Wikipedia, AllMusic) very regularly. It's a great album, end to end, basically all the songs are good. You should listen. And if you don't like it, what's wrong with you? (Or maybe you just have different taste, I guess.)

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New Music, July 2015

July 26, 2015

I've had a busy month for music discovery with Apple Music's free trial and catching up on my backlog of NPR's All Songs Considered podcast. Here's some of the songs that have stood out for me.

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Daredevil on Netflix

June 19, 2015

I have been enjoying Marvel's Daredevil TV show on Netflix. I had heard good things, and they're right.

If you haven't seen it, I'm not entirely sure how to describe it. Daredevil is a comic-book character, and certainly some elements of the show are larger than life. Matt Murdock is a lawyer, but it's not a law show. There's a lot of crime and police-work but not really a police procedural. It's a mix of a interpersonal drama, crime and comic-books, but a pleasant mix.

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April 4, 2015

Nice to see something like, both because it allows people (makers / hobbyists) and startups to build USB devices, encouraging innovation, but also because it's fun to see bureaucracy defeated by its own rules.

I'm sure the USB-IF can make...

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Bartender Dance

January 30, 2015

So, having been a long-time Mac user and a bit of a power user (developer), I have lots of apps installed, a fir number of tools and many of them want to sit on my menubar, or at least have little utilities that sit on my menubar. I've disabled some here and there, but often I actually like the tool and like having quick access to it.

Still, the menubar tray gets very crowded, and it feels like clutter.

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