Skydiving season is on

My 2014 skydiving season is off to a great start: I made jumps on both Saturday and Sunday! This puts me way ahead of last year, when the weather was so poor we didn't have a two-day weekend until July. I made a video to celebrate the occasion: Still nothing…

Free Fall Suits: malice or incompetence?

Free Fall Suits sells made-to-order jumpsuits, wingsuits, camera jackets, etc. -- everything a skydiver might want. Note that I said "sells", not "makes". TL;DR I ordered and paid for a freefly suit and camera jacket from Chris Kotscha at Freefall Suits on September 21, 2013. My five delivery dates…

avr-gcc on Travis-CI

I wanted to build an Atmel AVR project on Travis-CI. This wasn't hard at all: Ubuntu ships a usable gcc-avr package. I uploaded a sample project as a demonstration. Here's the .travis.yml: --- language: c before_install: - sudo apt-get update -qq install: - sudo apt-get install -qq gcc-avr…

Exporting from the Wayback Machine

One of my little projects has been trying to resurrect a corner of web history. It seems like a normal enough story: there used to be a website, it went away, the guy who made it has no backups. Of course, the Wayback Machine has copies of nearly everything, and…

Health checks in nginx

nginx is an awesome web server. If you haven't heard of it, that's okay; it has a lot of other users. The problem I have a project that involves a bunch of nginx servers in a bunch of different locations. If one of them stops working, I'd like to stop…

2013 skydiving season

My 2013 skydiving season is now complete. I made my last jump an hour ago, a 5-way RW jump, landing on a borrowed Katana 150. It was my 840th jump total, and my 500th jump of the year. I had a great year skydiving. It's sad that it's over, but…