My Life as a Tunnel Rat

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For Sale: Spacious multi-bedroom dwelling, Over 150,000 square kilometers. three levels, the lowest will withstand even the heaviest B-52 bombing. Includes meeting rooms and hospitals. Miles of short narrow corridors, ideal for hobbits. Secret underwater entrance.

How would you like to live for nine years in an underground house …

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Ten Thousand Things you can Haul on a Motorbike

To say that there is a motorbike culture here in Saigon is a bit of an understatement. The population of Saigon is around seven million people and there are about four million motorbikes. Today we got to be a part of it all.

I'll spare you the details of our …

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Advent, Anticipation, Adventure

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In the Christian church, Advent is a season of waiting, a season of anticipation. Normally, we are waiting and anticipating the celebration of the birth of Christ. Christmas! This year is no different, but it is a bit hard to not look just past Christmas at what awaits us in …

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Is Google Bad for CS1?

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I've just finished teaching a seven week course called Fundamentals of Web Development. Its an introductory course for potential CS majors and non-majors alike. I enjoyed teaching this course, but I learned something that I think has been right in front of me for years, that became very apparent with …

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Runestone Fall 2014

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School is underway again, and now that we are a few weeks in to the semester I wanted to take a minute to talk about growth. Last year about this time things were still pretty chaotic, with the unexpected success of the books the servers were laboring intensely to keep …

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On the Denial of Service Attack

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Well its been an interesting week. My daughter is married, and I've been caught in the crossfire of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Webfaction, my hosting provider. I'm quite sure the two are unrelated.

For those of you who have been frustrated in your attempts to access …

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The Sous Vide Adventure Begins

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The Sous-vide adventure begins

When we were in Las Vegas last fall, I had the most delicious steak I’ve ever eaten. It was at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill. This blew me away. Although I love a good steak at a restaurant, usually I can do just as well …

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