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Restored this old blog post about a challenging day hike in East bay. Good option now that the weather is starting to cool off.

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We just launched the AMP Demo for non-news results:
https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2016/08/amp-your-content-preview-of-amped.html

You can try it out at https://g.co/ampdemo from a mobile phone. My blog is AMP'ed, so you can try searching for [gregable] if you want to see how it might look.

For those who have been asking, my blog is back up and posts are slowly coming back. I'll keep adding old ones as I have time to convert them. A little description of the changes I'm making is here: https://gregable.com/2016/05/gregable-redesign.html

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This is a fascinating look at a gear assembly found onboard an ancient roman shipwreck. Many mysteries surround it, especially considering the simultaneous engineering complexity and age.

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This would be fun to combine with an NFC ring.

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At first I thought penny arcade was just making fun of Apple's hyperbole in the general sense. And then I realized that Apple did just announce a thing they called a "Live Photo", which is, in fact, a "video".

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10% cashback on credit card purchases using your Discover card with apple pay, up to $10,000 (so $1,000 cash back). I wonder which company will be losing money on this one (discover or apple). This reminds me of when Bing would show coupons for 10% off eBay purchases and folks on eBay were selling stacks of cash at 105% of the value of the said cash.

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My buddy launched a kickstarter for a small software project to augment tabletap RPGs. It's pretty slick and there is even a small demo. Unfortunately, it's only got 2 days to go and isn't quite there yet.

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Faster, better, cheaper solar.

As the price of solar panels keeps dropping, one of the fixed costs for home solar installations is simply assessing a roof. When I installed my panels 2 years ago, the installer had to climb up on my roof with a tape measure and a device for measuring sunlight, take a bunch of manual measurements, and then go and make a plan. They must do this even for homes that don't eventually buy solar. It's a non-trivial cost.

Google just launched Project Sunroof, which uses the Google Earth aerial and satellite data to make this calculations for essentially every roof in an area all at once. It's not perfect, but it's a very good estimate and a good place for homeowners to start. Type in an address and get a rough idea of what a solar install would cost and return for them with typical lease/loan/buy options.

I tried it for my own roof and the results came out fairly close to the more detailed ones that I ran myself with my installer's help. I wrote up a blog post 2 years ago with those numbers if you are curious how they essentially work (http://gregable.com/2013/05/residential-solar-financials.html) as well as a more recent post with a years worth of actual data (http://gregable.com/2014/06/one-year-of-solar-and-tale-of-how-pg.html).
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