It Isn’t Just for SETI Any More

Distributed computing –lots of small machines emulating one gosh-darned big one — is a thing.  Used to be that pretty much the only thing happening was SETI At Home, where you could be part of a project looking for extraterrestrial intelligence by donating your computer’s idle time.   It came with a screen saver.   Nowadays,Continue reading “It Isn’t Just for SETI Any More”

More on the Bookstore Project

Here’s my process for finding Independent Bookstores for my TomTom Navigator set of Points of Interest: 1) Find the name/address of an independent bookstore. 2) Google it. (All too often, the most recent hit will be a local newspaper story about how the store has closed after twenty-to-forty years in the same location. I suspectContinue reading “More on the Bookstore Project”

Finding Places

So what have I been up to? Well, I’ve been creating data sets for my TomTom GPS navigator. I’ve already uploaded a couple to TomTom: Covered Bridges of New Hampshire (the covered bridges listed by the state Department of Transportation), Historic Bridges of New Hampshire (the bridges listed by either the New Hampshire State RegisterContinue reading “Finding Places”


This coming week, 2-8 March 2014, is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. 2013 was a pretty bad year for weather events: In 2013, there were 7 weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included five severe weather and tornado events, a major flood event, andContinue reading “Weather”

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