bryce canyon sunrise -- antelope canyon

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It was an early morning today. The alarm went off at 5:30 and we were out of the hotel by 5:43. We made a short drive up to Bryce Point in twilight. The temperature was only 37 degrees but it did not seem too cold. We waited a …

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angel's landing

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Our first day of hiking in Zion National Park was great! Here is our goal for the day:

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From the bus stop known as "The Grotto" we hiked 2 miles and 1,800 feet up to the top of Angel's Landing. The hike to the saddle point in the middle …

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bryce -- navajo / queens garden

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According to National Park Service literature, the combination of the Navajo loop and the Queens Garden loop is called the best 3 mile hike in the world. I'd say they must be right. The first thing that is just totally amazing is when you first peer over the rim of …

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phoenix to springdale

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Long day of traveling today. Left Minneapolis at 9:05 this morning and just got into our room in Springdale UT at 11:00 Mountain time, or midnight back home. Actually we checked in a while ago but went straight to the Bit and Spur to have some dinner since …

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mit uses python instead of scheme for intro cs

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I've seen several interesting blog posts related to MIT switching from Scheme to Python for their intro course. This is really interesting to me since SICP is one of my favorite CS books of all time. Nevertheless I'm glad to see leading institutions change to my favorite language.

Paraphrase of …

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vpython version 5

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The other day I discovered that the folks working on VPython have been very busy over the last couple of years. I had given up on VPython because the Mac distribution was so difficult to use. It required the X windows server and one point and lots of other extra …

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book plug

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Here’s a little plug for our book from our Colleague Mark Guzdial at Georgia Tech. This was written last September right after the book was published but I didn’t find out about it until this morning. Thanks Mark!

In addition, David and I have started a new blog …

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remember the milk

In the past year, I've been a passionate supporter of three task management apps. OmniFocus, Things, and Remember The Milk (RTM). I've switched back and forth between them trying to decide which one works best for me. I think I'm finally ready to commit to RTM as my long term …

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python + growl + remember the milk = launchbar task management

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Once I could add tasks to my RTM account through LaunchBar I wanted a way to quickly pull up a view of what tasks were due today through LaunchBar. The Growl library provides a nice way of doing this.

The overview is as follows: Activate LaunchBar and type due …

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a mid-winter cycling treat

Although the weather back home may have been below zero, in Northern california he sun was out and it was 68 degrees. Perfect weather for a bikeride. So after talking to the nice folks at the Palo Alto Bike Shop Wes and I rented a couple of nice demo road …

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