Happy New Year

2010 is ending on a cold note here in Boulder. We finally received a proper snowfall yesterday–the first of the season–and the low temperature last night was 3 (three!) degrees F. It’s going to be a brisk morning for shoveling the walk and steps.

Thanks for reading my blog, despite its intermittent and unfocused nature. May 2011 be a healthy, happy, and prosperous year for you!

I’m Dreaming of a White–Well, Any Day Would Do

I realize that it might seem insensitive of me to complain about dry weather when southern California is flooded and people are stranded in the Paris airport because of snow, but I’d be quite happy to a decent snowfall in Boulder before the year is out. It hasn’t happened yet this season, which is unprecedented in the 26 previous winters I’ve seen here. A quick check of the ski reports shows that most areas have most of their lifts open, so I guess the mountains are getting snow, but we’re not getting any down here and, frankly, I miss it. read more

RGB Christmas Lights

I knew this day would arrive: you can now buy strings of RGB LEDs for Christmas decoration that cycle through different patterns of colors, and you can now control them with a microcontroller to do whatever you want them to do. Info is here. I’m delighted.