Chant, Legion Within, and KMFDM

While cleaning out Windbringer's hard drive, I stumbled across a set of photographs that I took but forgot up upload last year. I had gone to see the bands Chant, Legion Within, and KMFDM at the State Theater in Falls Church, Virginia. It was easily one of the best shows I'd seen all through 2013, and it was well worth getting there early so that I could get right up next to the stage.

Without further ado (because it's been over a year since the concert and I don't remember very many specifics about it), here are the pictures I …

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Notice: Katie Yeager has gone missing.

I'm boosting the signal for Eria Owens Yeager - this is important:

Quoting from her blog:

IMPORTANT.

Katie has run away; she left from school yesterday (Thursday). We believe that she has gone to Williamsburg VA or Richmond VA, to be with a young man named Donovan Bullock. (An earlier attempt to run to him was thwarted on Tuesday of this week.) Police in Silver Spring MD and in Williamsburg have been notified, and there is a national missing persons report for her.

If you can help, please contact the authorities. Katie sometimes goes by the name "Howell." She is around …

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We're all moved in.

As a few offhand comments made in earlier posts (and no small amount of bitching on Twitter) alluded to, Lyssa and I have largely finished the task of relocating to a house in a small-ish neighborhood a stone's throw from downtown Washington, DC. We're not quite in the Sprawl anymore but you can definitely see signs of its encroachment if you walk a few blocks.

We'd lived for nearly six years in our apartment, a two-and-a-half bedroom deal that started to get pretty crowded a few years in (largely due to the fifteen bookcases split between Lyssa and I, but …

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Earthquake shakes up DC!

As you may or may not have heard on the interwebbytubes, the DC metroplex was rocked by an earthquake that measured 5.8 on the Richter scale this afternoon and was felt as far away as Ontario, Canada. Various and sundry other locales reported the quake as well, from Pittsburgh, PA to Tampa, FL, to Brooklyn and New York, NY. An aftershock measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale was reported a little while later (I don't know how long). This is the second to hit the area in the last couple of years; the quake that occurred in July …

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Spaceblimp test launch writeup, part one.

A couple of months back I mentioned that HacDC had thrown its hat into the ring of the Hackerspaces In Space competition held by Workshop88. The past few months have been a whirlwind of activity designing and fabricating circuitry, running simulations, carving a number of chassis out of high density foam, installing hacked camera firmware and writing code for the microcontroller. Folks with much better engineering skills than I put together all of the interesting stuff - the microcontroller board, the transmitter, the camera controller, and stuff like that. Aside from helping wherever I could I spent most of my time …

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HacDC Spaceblimp trajectory track.

Screenshot from aprs.fi:

If anybody's monitoring APRS, the Spaceblimp's callsign is W3HAC-11. We lost the probe a few hours ago and can't pick up its telemetry. If you pick anything up or you happen to find the probe itself in Virginia please get on 146.415 MHz (voice net) and tell us!