Monthly Archives: May 2013

DC is growing!!!

Washington D.C. Subway HDR

Washington D.C. Subway HDR (Photo credit: Intiaz Rahim)

For the last couple years I have noticed more and more people in DC as I travel on a day to day basis.  I initially thought it was just my imagination, but as it turns out….its true after all.

What did surprise me was how many people are moving to DC per month.

About 1,100 to be more exact.  1,100 people…….. good lawd that’s a lot of people!

Thanks Chris.

Of course, to a certain degree more people, more problems.  Case, in point the Metro system is already overrun with the HU MAANs.  In fact, it has been for years now.

Don’t believe me?  Then I challenge you to get on a train during rush hours and you will see for yourself the mayhem that exists.

Have you seen all the new construction lately?  Oh it will be needed that’s for sure.  This does of course have an impact on area rents since supply cannot keep up with the demand and so people can charge more for each unit because of the demand for it.

I once wrote a post on here about gentrification.  Which by the way is not a dirty word necessarily.   Murder rates in particular have been dropping for years,  at least in part to the greater diversity in the neighborhoods.  This, is a benefit to us all, I believe, and is a major reason for the great increase in population.

At the same time I do not agree with relegating those of humble means to obscure enclaves of the city, that’s just not cool for it seems to polarize the social issues that already plaque certain areas of the city.  Unfortunately as a consequence more and more areas will experience increases in rent, which will prove disastrous for some.

Speaking of gentrification, it  has been happening for a very long time so it is indeed nothing new.  Case in point Georgetown in DC.

Another example is H street in NE DC, it has experienced a serious renaissance recently, for now you have a rather lively night-life scene there with lots of new restaurants.

Here’s the deal:  The majority of people that are moving to the District are young urban professionals that are single.   Over time, many will get married and have children, this will increase the need for housing even more quite likely. Not to mention increased need for childcare, medical centers etc.

A boon for anyone in those industries indeed.

At the same time, with these additional people more pressure is put on the current infrastructure which is already buckling at the seams as it is.

Have you tried to park in Adams Morgan or Georgetown lately?   I dare you to try it.

Then again….maybe not!!!




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Recent Puffins

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As most people know, the Shetland Islands provide a superb nesting ground for a whole host of different seabird species, but the one that is arguably the chief crowd-pleaser has to be the little Puffin. Yes, I did say little. People seem to have this idea that Puffins are quite large – it’s the similarity with Penguins I guess (to which they are not related in any way), but to be honest they are tiny birds, and I think this just adds to their obvious attraction.

In Shetland there are a number of places where you can go to see them – the best known being Sumburgh Head at the southern tip of Mainland, or Hermaness at the northern tip of the island of Unst. There are lots of other good spots for Puffins, but I’m going to keep those to myself, mainly as I make a living (

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Some useful Linux Aliases

Conor Forde

So due to a newly installed hardrive failing on me only two months after purchase (Curse you PC World) I need to do a fresh install of well…everything. But instead of going my normal Windows route for my main laptop I have decided to leap towards Ubuntu. I have had dealing with it in the past but nothing as pleasant as a windows setup. This time (so far) has been different and I have the benefit of experience this time around. I’m recording my setup procedure and scripting it so that if something ever goes whrong again all I have to do is run a script or two and boom laptop is back to running condition. But at the same time I am also trying some new things which I knew about but had no real reason to implement. One of these are terminal aliases. Little shortcuts to cut down…

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Raspberry Pi helps with 2.4GHz home automation


Wanting to extend the capabilities of the radio frequency devices in his home [Kalle Löfgren] turned a Raspberry Pi into an RF control hub. We’ve seen some of his home automation work in the past. In his media room he built a universal remote base station which used the same RF board as in this project. The main difference is that before he went with an AVR microcontroller and this time he’s upgrade to a Raspberry Pi board.

The RPi brings a lot more to the table. Notably, the scripting (whose output is shown above) and networking features. His radio board is an nRF24L01 which he talks to via the SPI protocol. The Raspberry Pi has no problem talking to SPI devices through its GPIO header. [Kalle] just needed to do a bit of setup to configure the pin modes.

A Python script lets him sent commands using his keyboard, but this…

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