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I've just completed a computation of the true isolation of every peak in the world. Cool visualization included.

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Meridian 59 launched commercially 20 years ago today!

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Better late than never.. pictures of my 13 mile hike up Mauna Loa three weeks ago.

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Saw Babbage's Difference Engine #2 working yesterday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. This is the back, where you can see the helices of carry arms (checking for carries from adding two digits together). The right part of the machine is a printer. Amazing!
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Meridian 59 first went live to the public 20 years ago yesterday! A history of those times (itself 15 years old) is attached. The alpha test server could handle at most 35 people at a time on a 90 MHz Pentium.

The game is still running and still under active development as a result of going open source in 2012.

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This past weekend I climbed California county high points #51 and #52 (of 58), near Los Angeles. 35 miles, 10,000 vertical feet.

The remaining high points will likely have to wait until next year, as they'll soon be under snow.
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Southern CA county high points
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At long last, my Peakbagger app for iOS is live.  You can use it to plan, track, and record your ascents of hundreds of thousands of peaks worldwide.

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I climbed Kilimanjaro over 6 days via the Rongai Route with 5 friends. We all made it to the top with various degrees of altitude sickness. We saw a total lunar eclipse near the top, but unfortunately I was too cold and tired to get pictures at that point.
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Kilimanjaro, September 2015
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After many years of thinking about it, I finally took the plunge and decided to climb Mt. Rainier.  I went with several other county highpointers and an incredible group of guides who have climbed big mountains all over the world.  Months at the gym and hauling backpacks up smaller peaks paid off with exhausting but exhilarating success.

We took the most common route, which involves 9000 feet of elevation gain over 9 miles.

Edit: I'm mystified by the behavior of G+ and photos.  To see the pictures in the right order, click on the one in the upper right (picture of the mountain from a distance), and then just keep advancing to the next one.  Clicking anywhere else gets you either the wrong set of pictures, or the wrong ordering.
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Mt. Rainier, August 2015
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Brokeoff Mountain, California county high point #50! I hauled 25 pounds of water to the top of this as practice for an upcoming attempt on Mt. Rainier.
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Brokeoff Mountain CA, July 2015
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