Snow Temperature Logger with Raspberry Pi

I do some work for ski areas, and one of them has a nordic center. The Nordorks really care about the snow temps, so I built a raspberry pi temperature logger using a waterproof temperature sensor. Skip to the example

Nordic Pi Documentation

The Nordic Pi is a raspberry pi, display, and temperature sensor. The goal of this project is to
collect snow temperature readings. They can be viewed online, and also displayed on a
monitor connected to the same raspberry pi device. Internet connectivity is required.

I went and coached another ski team

And it was pretty fun.

358 Townsend Road – Groton, MA 01450

3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 1,101 ft²
1,101 ft², 3 bed, 2 bath, single family cape. New windows, new roof, new paint in & out, new high efficiency boiler, new kitchen & both baths, refinished hardwood floors from 1935, pre-war construction…  Get into a house in Groton, MA.

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Year Built 1935
Type Single Family
Style Cape
Lot Size 0.68 acres
Parking 2 Car Garage
Kitchen 10′ x 13′
Living Room 15′ x 16′
Master Bedroom 11′ x 12′
Master Bathroom 5′ x 7′
Bedroom 2 10′ x 11′
Bathroom 2 6′ x 7′
Bedroom 3 9′ x 10′

1960s Magneet Sprint, Dutch city bike converted to fixed gear

I bought this frame on Craigslist. I’ve been commuting on a Lemond but where I lock it up at work some kids mess with my integrated shifters and leave strain on the cable all day.  I wanted the dead simple setup and to just ride simply all summer as I become more addicted to biking.

The magneet is made of old heavy steel but compared to my Lemond, which I thought was forgiving, the Magneet is like a Cadillac. It’s like butter over all the bumps on my commute. It’s saved me a lot of attention to the road surface so I can enjoy the ride more.



Alaska Bus Guy – not a bus, definitely an Alaska Guy though

I’m not much of a writer. Sometimes I have something and I don’t know where to put it so it ends up here. I got a message asking me to review my experience with Alaska Bus Guy. My experience was funny so I’m sharing.

My 2-star Review of Alaska Bus Guy LLC

I will generously give the ABG 2 stars, because it was an interesting “Alaskan” experience for us and we have a story to tell, but it was a pretty rough ride, haha.

Alaska Bus Guy had a strong web presence, so in 2010 my wife contacted him and setup a ride from Denali to Anchorage. While we were waiting for ABG, we met another traveler also headed to Anchorage, and we hit it off talking. He was worried about his bus being so close to his plane flight that he thought he might miss it, so we told him our bus was a direct trip and he chose to ride with us instead. It’s a good think we didn’t meet any other new friends, because when ABG arrived late, he was driving a Saturn Vue. We all paid him cash and the 3 of us hopped in, completely filling the 3 passenger seats and having to hold our bags on our laps. About 10 minutes into the 2+ hour drive, just as our legs were falling asleep with our bags on them…we heard a loud bang and the car coasted to a stop. We were in the middle of the Alaskan wild and we had just suffered what our driver Ron told us was “a catastrophic engine failure”. (more…)

Google Business View is so hot right now

Good thing I like it hot!


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How has Jonathan Damon earned the seven stars of spiciness? The same way he got 2 thumbs up: He just did it!  The internet is a fast moving, evolving place.  The best way to move ahead of your competition is to keep trying new strategies and never stop.  Jon has noticed that Google Business View virtual tours help businesses overcome a lack of reviews, so it’s an especially good choice for new businesses.

Canoe and Kayak Storage Rack

Canoe and Kayak Storage Rack
We bought a Grumman Sailing Canoe this weekend through craigslist. We’d talked about having a small kayak that either of us could carry to the water, and the same seller happened to have an 8′ kayak for sale.  It only weighs 14 lbs so it’s pretty easy to carry to the Squannacook.

I wanted to make a 4′ tall rack to make it easier to get under and pick up the heavy canoe.  I had some 2″x3″s in the garage and built the rack like one large sawhorse.  The little pieces on the ends to hold the canoe on are helpful guides when you’re setting it down, but not required.

The kayak is hanging from two 6′ straps I purchased at the hardware store.  It turns out that the kayak is 9′ long!  I may unscrew the 8′ span of wood and replace it with a 10′ piece.  The canoe is narrower at that length, but I’d like to get the kayak up higher off the ground.  If you’re planning on hanging a kayak under your canoe, you may want to design the side supports so that they don’t interfere with hanging the kayak.  For now I’ll call it “good enough” and enjoy paddling and sailing in West Groton this summer. ~JD

Fire Juggling

A friend shot some smartphone footage of me juggling fire at Witch’s Woods.  I have no footage of unicycling there, being the photographer/videographer means I spend most time behind the camera.  Freakshow Firestarter is the exception.


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