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   I started my ride to breakfast this morning and just before getting on the trail that runs along University Ave. I noticed I was really putting in a lot of effort for how slowly I was traveling.  At first I thought maybe I had a cold and my body was tired from riding yesterday.  Then I looked at my back tire.  It was flat.  I pumped it up and continued down the trail.  I repeated this process about every 5 minutes all the way to breakfast.  I was too far into my ride to go home and switch to driving.  Tyson offered to give me a ride to work.  I keep a spare inner tube in my bag so figured I would just swap out the tube before heading home.  Turns out that tube also had a hole in it--a big one.  So I called a cab to transport me to the bike shop.  They put a new tube in my back tire and get me a new spare plus let me look at some nice touring bikes.
   At work I had been experimenting with Yocto Linux and trying to get it to work with a Raspberry Pi. I grabbed one from home and thought I was using a Raspberry Pi 2, based on pictures. However, that Pi is now the DNS server for, and the CPU identification is for a Broadcom BCM2708. This is the CPU before it is bonded with DRAM where it gains the name BCM2835. This is a a Raspberry Pi 1, not 2. That explains two things, why I was never able to get Yocto to do anything useful and when I tried to boot it with a loader that only supported the Pi 2 and 3 it didn’t start. Also explains why it is so slow having only a single 700 MHz.
   Pictured is a gold course I bike past on my way home from work.  The grass is green but the trees still empty.
   Rain in the morning so I wasn't able to ride into work.  However I was able to get in a short 12 mile ride after work before dinner.  Took several shots of the land slowly waking up from its winter slumber.  The trees are bare, but the grass is green.

April 01, 2017

Wisconsin Makers April Iron Pour

   I was invited to photograph an iron pour in Whitewater for the Wisconsin Makers.  It was an interesting process to observe, and I took over 700 pictures, saving 160.  I used mostly my 70-300 mm lens which allowed me to get up very close to the action.  I was shooting back to document the event, and to capture some close-up detail.  Since I love shooting rust and junk these kind of shots worked well.
   All the pictures from the day are here.