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Nov 26


Hi, welcome to my website. I don’t really use this blog anymore, but it’s still here in case any of it turns out to be interesting. Users of Garmin GPSes might like the collection of calibrated maps for local parks in the menu above!

Jun 19

Garmin VIRB Action Camera – DO NOT BUY

A few months ago I bought a Garmin VIRB Elite “action camera”, their alternative to a GoPro. The camera itself is nice, but the editing software that comes with it is totally, completely unusable. Any attempt to play videos captured with the VIRB gives the error message, “An error occurred playing this video”. Other applications …

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Dec 10

Is a smartphone GPS Good Enough?

Samsung Galaxy S3 (blue) vs. Garmin 62st (red)

Submitted for your approval. No. The Garmin’s recorded track (red) precisely follows the actual trail as shown by Google Earth. The Samsung phone (blue) … is usually in the right zip code. Details: Garmin 62st, latest firmware. GPS was clipped to a belt loop of my pants during the hike. Samsung Galaxy S3, running “GPSLogger” …

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Oct 17

Umunhum Beginning

The Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) Board met tonight to determine the fate of the Cube on Mt. Umunhum. Here’s the Mercury News article describing the results. The bottom line is that the Board chose Option A … to preserve the Cube for 5 years, and to use that time to seek partnerships in …

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Oct 14

Umumhum Speech

The pivotal meeting on the fate of the Cube on Mt. Umunhum is this Wednesday night. I hope you can attend! During the Public Comment period before the Board votes, anyone wishing to address the Board may do so, probably for 2 minutes. I plan to make a short speech…as I’m sure many others will …

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Oct 12

Umunhum Endgame

On Wednesday night the Board of the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District will decide the fate of the Cube on Mt. Umunhum. In previous discussions about the Cube on Mt. Umunhum, three options have been discussed: Remove the Cube entirely Remove all but the base of the Cube, or Keep the Cube intact and seal …

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May 11

Fifty Weeks


Not even a year, and what a difference. May 2011: May 2012:

Nov 20

We’ve moved!

FYI, this blog is now available at its new permanent address, The previous address,, will continue to work – but the new one’s so much cooler, don’tcha think?

Oct 30

Little Shop Of Horrors!

Steve Wood, aka WorkerOfWood, hosts a yearly get-together for members of the Geocachers of the Bay Area called “Little Shop Of Horrors”. Steve and his family are nice enough to open up their workshop and yard for geocachers to come and chat, swap stories, and use the workshop to make hard-to-find cache containers. Happily this …

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Oct 14

New Garmin Maps!

I’ve added several new Bay Area park maps to my collection for the Garmin 62, Oregon, Dakota and Colorado. New additions include Sam McDonald County Park (where I’m spending the weekend) and the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. Check ’em out here.

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