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learning traditional lead climbing at Moore’s Wall

This past Saturday (the 1st), I avoided all the bad Internet jokes/pranks by going climbing with Dylan B. at Moore’s Wall. Dylan is an experienced trad leader who has been kind enough to spend time doing easier routes with me so that I can learn. We started the day with Dylan leading “Raise Hell (5.8)” […]

Some climbing pictures

I’ve been climbing for awhile, and at some point I decided that I wanted to figure out climbing photography. Here is some of my noodling so far.

A ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway

I would like to thank the National Park Service, Camp Celo, and several friends who shall remain nameless here for a much needed reset in the form of a bike trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Friends at the camp were kind enough to let us park the car I’d borrowed for the trip off […]

An Anti-Harassment Policy for TriLUG

Attention conservation and troubling content notice: this may take you more than a half hour to read and process if you read the background material I link to, which I will strongly urge you to do if you intend to engage with me about this. Additionally, some of the content I link to and discuss […]

python and virtualenv problems after Mountain Lion upgrade

Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8) moved my cheese in the form of the following error: Traceback (most recent call last): File “<string>”, line 1, in <module> ImportError: No module named virtualenvwrapper.hook_loader virtualenvwrapper.sh: There was a problem running the initialization hooks. If Python could not import the module virtualenvwrapper.hook_loader, check that virtualenv has been installed […]

bad behavior backup oops

It looks like I’m not the only one to have a blog backup oops and lose data in the process. It’s nice to see a nod to implementing a robust backup strategy in the post. Note that Michael uses rdiff-backup, while I use rsnapshot. May you, dear reader, learn from our mistakes rather than from […]

Sambar recipe

Makes roughly eight (8) servings. Serve with rice. Ingredients/Supplies: One (1) cup Toor Dal Four (4) cups Water Four (4) cups vegetables One (1) onion Eight (8) cloves garlic, peeled Two (2) teaspoons brown mustard seeds One (1) teaspoon asafoetida One (1) teaspoon fenugreek One (1) teaspoon cumin seeds One Eighth (1/8) to One Half […]

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pottery and glass

I have some new pictures to share. I went to the Spring Pottery and Glass Festival at Cedar Creek Galleries this past weekend. I spent most of my time there watching glassblowing demonstrations in the 4 winds studios space. Here are a couple of my favorites:  

Problem Exists Between Leopard and Chair

Had to share this one. The above image is from XKCD and is republished here under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. See the XKCD license page for details.

Night owl

Couldn’t sleep. Have a picture I took.

This work by tarheelcoxn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States.