matt | July 13, 2006
Hey folks, been busy.
Wedding plans are basically done, and we're just tying up some loose ends. Kudos to Lizzy for coordinating and planning the whole thing.
I've been handling loose ends and taking care of planning the fun part – the honeymoon. We are going on a cruise in Alaska and, of course, there are excursions from the boat. We will be horseback riding through Klondike national forest, looking at the Mendenhall glacier, going on a brewery tour, going hiking in a rainforest (yes, apparently they have rainforests in Alaska), and going saltwater salmon fishing.
We had my bachelor party last Saturday. Simon planned a nice one; we hit F1 racing up near boston, and raced some go-carts, shot some pool, threw some darts, drank some beer, and just generally had a good time. Thanks to all who attended, including .
In other news, we've bought a Lowrance iFinder GPS. This little unit is very feature-packed, boasting an internal magnetic compass and barometer, is waterproof, and takes SD/MMC cards. It also has a 12 channel receiver and WAAS capability. The kicker is that you can find these for about $125 – much less than comparable units from Garmin and Magellan. With software and the special card reader (you need one of the Lowrance or LEI cardreaders to use it with the software), it comes in at $250, shipped. For the curious, the software is Windows only, but the card reader can be used under Linux, and firmware upgrades are java apps, which are also supported under Linux.
As a corollary to the GPS purchase, Liz and I are taking up Geocaching. Of course, we've been busy with the wedding, so we haven't actually found any yet, but we will. I have found one which is near work, however. We will be geocaching up in Alaska, which is kind of neat.
On the software side, becoming a paid member of the geocaching website allows you to flag and download waypoints to a file. This file can be converted via GPSBabel into the iFinder's native waypoint format, allowing for the batch dumping of large numbers of waypoints. Additionally, it is easy to just click on all the caches and print them off to a printer. So, you have the waypoints in the GPS, plus a pile of sheets with information about the waypoint.
An interesting bit of short fiction. This guy is writing a story in a kind of action sort of story, and it makes for a decent read.
Cornered Cat A website about women and guns. If you've ever given any thought to self-defense (and perhaps, more importantly, if you haven't), maybe you should proke around and have a read.
LinCity-NG Because I'm a Sim City junky, this provides me with the same type of micro-management fix in a nice Free Software Way.
In other news, I'm still shooting, still reloading, and have a pile of stuff I want to post about (updates to shooting pages, discussions of power supplies as a result of the one in my server dying, etc.), but, as I said, I've been busy.
If I don't have a chance to post again before the wedding, I look forward to seeing some of you there.