Sunday, March 08, 2015

Sky camp and Mount Wittenberg, Point Reyes

Point Reyes National Seashore is a beautiful place, both in winter as in summer. On this trip, we did not luck out and didn't get the Wild Cat campground.

Wild Cat camp ground, April 2014

Instead we were able to reserve Sky Camp. This came out perfect, as the camp is right next to Mount Wittenberg (eleveation: 1407ft - 428m).  We are on a quest to hike all mountains, part of the Rim Rover group: Mission peak, Mount Diablo, Mount Helena, Mount Tamalpias, Mount Wittenberg and the Pinnacles. After this weekend, only Mount Helena and Mount Tamalpias elude us.

We lucked out with great California weather. The backpacking meals were excellent. For dinner, we had lasagna, chicken red curry with okra and couscous. For breakfast, french pressed coffee and pancakes. Here are a few snaps from this weekend. 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Watcha read'ng?

It is not easy to find great sources of information. We all know that you are more likely to find Fair and Balanced information on TheDailyShow than watching FoxNews. 

Attention grabbing and shock evoking headlines are no longer the purview of CNN. Also The Huffington post is all about hunting for clicks and advertising dollars. Disappointment surely awaits you when clicking on the bold red all-caps headline articles. Fear inducing headlines or titles with a specific number of items are just everywhere. Can we get some boring to the point titles? 

And please, let the news be original for a change. Lots of websites run the copy-modify-slightly-and-paste machines all day and night. And it is not just limited to the US. Techcrunch, ReCode or SFgate articles show up within hours on the websites of Belgian news outlets, translated into Dutch. 

Finding original blogs is not easy either. Try to find a product review blog or the personal opinion of a user of the product on their personal blog. Nowadays, every company or product spawns a bunch of blogs-in-sheep-skin. 

So, where do I go for my daily information dose, beyond books, Twitter, ArsTechnica, HackerNews or Wired? Here are my to-go-to tools and sites: 
  • Medium - is a new "blogging" platform. I find great articles there. (I've written a few on medium as well:
  • Pocket- is my favorite tool to save articles, using their Chrome plug-in, to read later in the day. 
  • Flipboard - curates various magazines in a tablet friendly format.
  • Feedly - is an old school newsfeed reader. I switched to Feedly after the death of Google Reader and being disappointed by Digg's reader. Sadly, fewer and fewer websites advertise an RSS feed. Here's a list of the websites and blogs I read in Feedly: 

If you have any interesting original content sites, let me know.