Notes from Dweb Camp 2022

We (Custom Camps) recently finished running the week long, 430 person Dweb Camp 2022. This gathering of technologists took place in Navarro CA, in the ancient Redwood forests. We got a beautiful note from one of the participants who flew in from Europe: When we were driving out of Camp Navarro, after the last bus… Read the rest »

Oakland to Asheville

In April our family moved 2600 miles across the country from Oakland, CA to Asheville, NC. Like many others, the pandemic influenced our timing but we are also part of the first wave of US climate migrants. We moved because the wildfires in California were causing smoke that made our lifestyles less enjoyable. Our son… Read the rest »

Cost of Newspaper Subscriptions

My brother Matt asked why there is no useful comparison of the cost of newspaper subscriptions. Some Googling made it clear – this consumer comparison does not exist. So, I took a few minutes to knock one together. I think the real reason is most people are looking to get a specific paper, and are… Read the rest »

Crossing the country for the Eclipse

The first solar eclipse Mandy and I saw was in October of 2014. That one was a partial eclipse, but nobody seemed to care. We grabbed glasses from the Lawrence Hall of Science, and joined crowds in the Berkeley hills to watch it happen. Shadows went wild, and it was a fun afternoon. The first… Read the rest »

The Twitch

A few times a year my lower eyelid starts to twitch. It is annoying, but not painful in any way. It is happening now and I looked up the different reasons it can occur: Computer eye strain Caffeine Alcohol Tiredness Stress Yup, yup, yeah, uh huh, right. All of the above. Boozy wedding party in… Read the rest »

Cheese. Wonderful Cheese.

Have you ever sat down to an appetizer plate of good cheese and found that you completely ignored the rest of the room until all the delicious morsels had been disposed of? If so, you might be interested in some of the below: Everything Niki Achitoff-Gray says in this article I agree with. If you like… Read the rest »

We built a Yurt

Over the past few weeks Mandy and I have been getting the land ready for a yurt. Over the New Years Holiday, some friends came up and helped us make it a reality! We had the framing for the platform done when we started, but it still took 3 days of solid hard work with… Read the rest »

The Egg Nog Review

Egg Nog, a drink now sold by every creamery in America from November to December, has a long and storied past. It is responsible for riots, was drank by English aristocracy, and was even used to fortify travelers before setting off. The American travelers, before they pursued their journey, took a hearty draught each, according to… Read the rest »

It’s an Automotive Future

Some 12,000 hours ago Elon Musk announced that his company, Tesla, would
“not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, must use our technology.”
Public interest in Tesla spiked, but not actually in electric cars in general. The Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt have not found widespread adoption. Charging stations are still the exception, not the rule.