The Futility of Being a Utility

Earlier this year, Pacific Gas & Electric was forced into bankruptcy protection by lawsuits seeking billions of dollars of damages for starting a major forest fire with a fallen power line. Then last week, during a period of exceptionally dry and windy conditions, PG&E made the bold decision to cut power to large areas of Northern California to reduce the possibility of… a fallen power line starting a forest fire. And people were outraged. Read More…

Fair Food

We went to the Topsfield Fair yesterday. Due to our late arrival with hungry kids, we immediately entered “seek food” mode, searching for a food vendor that didn’t look too sketchy, greasy, or full of allergens. It wasn’t easy. Does it seem reasonable that an annual celebration of local agriculture should be a difficult place to find fresh, healthy food? Read More…

Travel providers: metadata please!

I travel often enough that keeping track of the little details is cumbersome. For years, I’ve relied on sites like TripIt to try to magically siphon the pertinent details out of all those confirmation emails and aggregate them into a single itinerary. Read More…

Drill Rack

I recently got tired of digging around for my cordless tools under a pile of materials and built Shaper’s Cleat-of-the-Week Drill Rack. Read More…

Air Broke

I try to avoid it, but it happened anyway: on my cycle-commute I got stuck alongside a city bus at a red light. Inevitably, the bus did its air brake thing right next to my ear: PSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHT! Read More…

Wordprexit

The Hugo documentation currently recommends three different tools for migrating a blog from Wordpress. Why not a fourth? Read More…

Introducing Scottosphere 4.1

I redesigned this site just half a year ago. While I wasn’t unhappy with the results, I was pretty disenchanted with the state of Wordpress. So I ported the whole darn thing over to Hugo! Read More…