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Better late than never.. pictures of my 13 mile hike up Mauna Loa three weeks ago.
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Great adventure. Mauna Kea in background?
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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.
Meridian 59 was the first 3D massively multiplayer game, released in 1996. It's back, and it's free to play!
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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.
Bring the mountains with you wherever you go! * Search the huge database of mountains and trip reports from peakbagger.com * Keep track of your climbs, even when offline * Measure your progress against hundreds of peak lists * Get route information and directions from SummitPost and listsofjohn.com * See weather forecasts (U.S. and Puerto Rico), topographic maps (U.S., Alps, Norway, New Zealand), and survey markers (U.S.) * Save a peak to your de...
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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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Andrew.
Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment. 
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Mt. Eddy (9025', Trinity County), Bear Mountain (6411', Del Norte County), and Salmon Mountain (6956', Humboldt County), California county high points 47 through 49 on three consecutive days.

Bear Mountain lived up to its name and was the second most difficult high point so far, after Mt. Shasta.
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40+ mile hike/mountain bike ride to the summit of Big Pine Mountain, the highest point in Santa Barbara County.  The road was blocked by rocks 4 miles before the usual trailhead, and it was 90 degrees out, providing some (unneeded) extra challenge.

This was my 46th California county high point (out of 58 total).
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Go Andrew! I can only imagine how difficult this hike was. I admire (but cannot emulate) your determination!
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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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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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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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So amazing! Congratulations!
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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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Google Earth launched 10 years ago today!  I had the honor of doing much of the service's configuration and performing the actual launch process in 2005.  At the time, Google knew how to serve lots of small requests (i.e. searches), but images, not so much.  Google Earth quickly became Google's biggest user of bandwidth, and we had a few close calls during the first week where we nearly overwhelmed the network hardware.  I was not popular with the production team for quite awhile.

My favorite Earth feature is historical imagery, which I helped design along with +Reuel Nash  who did most of the work.  There was a great story about some farmers in India who used historical imagery to receive compensation for their land when a new highway was being built.  The government claimed that the land was not under cultivation when the highway was planned, but Earth's historical imagery showed otherwise!

There were so many other great launches in Earth: Sky, Moon, and Mars, Ocean, the Web plugin, the flight simulator (which I opposed and nearly cut), camera tours, Street View, and the Android and iOS versions.  It was even ported to some high-end cars.

Congratulations to everyone who has kept Earth going all these years, and especially the Keyhole team who dreamed up and built the original product on a shoestring budget.
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"Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose." - Sir Fred Hoyle, 1948
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County high points from first principles: legal definitions of every county boundary in the U.S.

Inspired by the following oddity in boundaries on USGS topo maps, which has led people to attempt to reach a very dangerous point on Mt. Jefferson, OR.  Turns out it's not necessary.

http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=44.68135,-121.87328&z=15&b=t
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We just had a great team offsite here. Our guides Ed and Tyler brought us on a tour of Arches, and later in the day some of us went on a short hike closer to the ranch. In November the weather was cool and we had the whole place to ourselves.
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