A tribute to Browse, Utah

A tribute to Browse, Utah

Browse, Utah. Exit 30. This one's for you. (The sign has been charred from a rather large fire, but the sleeping area seems intact.)

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DIY Nalgene Cozy

diy nalgene cozy close-up
While randomly cleaning up from a recent Utah trip (stay tuned for more photos...), I found myself with a need to coil a long section of 3mm cordage. I decided to wrap the cord around a Nalgene I found lying about, with the intent to slip it off and finish the coil. While wrapping, I found that it looked quite good, and with a bit more effort, a very handsome cozy had been crafted.
diy nalgene cozy
  1. wrap nalgene bottle in 50-foot length of 3mm cordage.
  2. thread ends back through one another, alternating and crossing in the middle.
  3. soak everything in the sink so the cordage will stretch even further, and tighten once dry.
  4. twist wrappings in direction of wrap, so they tighten around the bottle, pulling slack through the threaded ends
  5. push threaded sections into nice neat lines
  6. tie ends together, forming a handy loop with which to clip bottle to one's belt or ear
  7. enjoy cozy thoroughly, making fun of the less fortunate cozy-less nalgene bottles
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The disposable digital made reusable

dakota digital 1

It would appear that somebody associated with Kits/Wolf Camera thought/thinks that marketing single-use digital cameras to the rubes will make them some money. The basic idea is that one buys a digital camera from them, then returns it in exchange for a CD and prints. Considering that this sort of defeats the convenience of the digital age, we'll see how their business model works long-term. However, in the mean time, thanks to the wonderful people at Make Magazine, and the dilligent people at cexx.orgI discovered this amazing possibility: there is a way to get the pictures off the camera all by oneself. All you need is a soldering iron and an old usb cable. It sure ain't pretty:

dakota digital 2

but it takes some nice pictures:

Daniel Glacier
Silver Star Peak - Descending Burgundy Col
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Yosemite - Vernal Falls

Yosemite - Vernal Falls

I found this old series of photos (2001 I think), and after a bit of digging, found this awesome software called Autostitch. Anyway, this panoramic is taken from the top of Vernal Falls, looking down-valley onto the Mist Trail.

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Le Summit Denied

Le Summit Denied

Crevasses galore on Silver Star glacier in August on a bad snow year (they're only getting worse). See all Silver Star photos here.

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Tags as shotguns

An interesting take on Technorati and the use of tags to describe self-describing data:

...we've got the Cro-Magnon shotgun of tags. We've got nouns trotting across our page like a first-year's bad found poem. We've got a technology wide, wide open to tag spam, and one that rewards the tag-friendly early adopters instead of the insightful, analytical and creative.
We here at PBBBS want to test this by adding the following Technorati tag code to our post...just for checking. link

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