Introduction to Policy Governance®

Introduction to Policy Governance®

In September 2015 I trained several charter school boards and directors on Carver Policy Governance. I finally finished editing the training and have posted it on YouTube. Here is the final result: …

Clip Rotation in Final Cut Pro

Clip Rotation in Final Cut Pro

Here is one way to rotate a video clip using Final Cut Pro: The gist of it: Create a new library Import the movie Note the current dimensions with the Inspector pane (Info tab): e.g., 640x480 Right-click clip in the browser and choose "New Compound Clip" Video Properties -> …

Spuds

Spuds

This is an unpaid endorsement of something I enjoyed. I like to see small companies whose products I enjoy do well. The Spuds food truck came by our work today—I'm sold. Everything on their menu is gluten-free. That doesn't matter to me personally, but my wife has a gluten …

Git Roots and Branches

Git Roots and Branches

Git is a minimal and elegantly architected DVCS. However, its terrible user interface obscures its simple data model, making reasoning with git surprising and frustrating. Once you have learned git's data model and a few commands to help you see what's going on, most of the surprises and frustration go …

OS X El Capitan and the case of the missing disk space

OS X El Capitan and the case of the missing disk space

For several weeks I've had a 69 GB chunk of disk missing. No scanner could detect where it had gone (DaisyDisk, WhatSize, Finder, "About This Mac → Storage", Disk Utility (also in Recovery mode), command-line utilities df and du): they all indicated that there was only 18G left and none of …

Visit to the Yucatán 2016

Visit to the Yucatán 2016

This isn't a travel guide, it's just my notes from 8 days we spent on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico in January 2016. The first section is a day-by-day account of what we did, the second section has practical, topical notes such as working with Mexican currency, dealing with police, …

Finding Sugru at Target

Finding Sugru at Target

I went to my local Lowe's today to pick up some Sugru, but sadly they no longer carry it; the helpful employee was able to tell me about other Lowe's that do. I figured I'd try Target since it was on my way home. I popped in to the store …

Time and Chance

Time and Chance

Another Sentra bites the dust. We barely knew ye! I was driving home from work Thursday night; it was about 6 p.m. As I was about to pass the Lindon City park, a large deer seemed to materialize in front of my car. My guess is that it was …

OpenSSL, OS X "El Capitan" and Brew

OpenSSL, OS X "El Capitan" and Brew

Apple removed the OpenSSL header files in "El Capitan", making it hard to build OpenSSL-dependent libraries without modifying your system a little bit. Fortunately we have Homebrew; if you don't have it yet, go ahead and install it now. I'll wait here. Ready? Now, repeat after me: $ brew doctor (now …

Don't Repeat Yourself Unless Coupling

Don't Repeat Yourself Unless Coupling

Dan North gave a presentation a few years ago about some of the decisions a software architect or a developer might make. At 46:50 he begins to talk about the DRY principle ("Don't Repeat Yourself"). He makes it clear that he's a fan of the Pragmatic Programmer, but this …

LG LFC25770SB Start Relay/Overload Replacement

LG LFC25770SB Start Relay/Overload Replacement

A few weeks ago our refrigerator starting clicking periodically. Click, then 20 seconds or so and another click. Mostly silent between. A couple of days ago we noticed it wasn't cooling well. We woke up yesterday and found that it wasn't cooling at all. We moved all the food worth …