Tracking Wildfire Smoke

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When smoke started to descend on White Salmon a few weeks ago, I couldn't help but wonder where it was coming from. There weren't any fires burning nearby, but there were several burning in Washington, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. So which fire was supplying the smoke?

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Insitu: Weeks Six and Seven

I’m now passed the halfway point of my internship and realizing how quickly time is passing. I’ll finish up here in mid-September and then start school again the week after that. Here are some random, loosely organized thoughts on what I’ve learned.

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the rolling rock The rolling rock in the living room.

A few weeks ago Rachael and I rented a house on Bainbridge Island with some old friends from Qatar. Inside the living room we found this giant rock resting on the carpet. I immediately tried to pick it up, but it was far too heavy. It appeared perfectly spherical, as if it were made by a machine. The real story, it turned out, was even more impressive.

The owner of the house told us that she and her husband had long been searching for a large spherical rock and one day they found one. It was on a beach in Alaska, and since they were running a crab fishing boat at the time, they had the ability to bring it home. They used the crab trap lift to move it onto the boat and then contracted with a freight company to transport it back to Washington. She said it weighs about 350 pounds, and a geologist she knows estimated that it probably spent about a million years being rounded off in the bottom of a stream or river. Incredible.

Over the course of the few days we spent there, I alternated using it as a chair and a footrest. I rolled it around a bit and stood on it like a bear at a circus. I told myself that someday, when I own a house, I’ll find for it a giant, rolling rock.

Insitu: Week Five

Today I finish my fifth week at Insitu. I was supposed to be on a bus headed out to watch a test flight today, but that trip was postponed because of a nearby wildfire. So instead I’m sitting in my usual coffee shop in White Salmon, thinking back on the past few days.

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Class Report: Parallel Programming (CS 475)

I took parallel programming this spring. It focused on a variety of parallel programming libraries and the hardware that they depend on.

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Idara at 21 Months

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At 18 months, I wrote that Idara was beginning to develop opinions. Now, a few months later, she’s learning to express them.

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Insitu: Weeks Three and Four

Onboarding is over and I'm on to the real work. Time for things to get hard.

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Untitled Posts in Jekyll

A couple weeks ago I read a thought-provoking post by Fiona Voss, a fellow C.S. student at Oregon State. The crux of the post was this: writing blog posts without titles reduces friction and makes writing easier. So how could I put it to use in my own writing?

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This is a short post designed to illustrate Jekyll’s capability for microblogging. There’s not much to it, but that’s the point.

Insitu: Weeks One and Two

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Back in December, I accepted an internship offer at Insitu, a company that designs and builds unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In the spirit of making my learning visible, I’ll be writing a brief post every week or two on what I’m doing, learning, and thinking.

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