Canoe Paddling Techniques

November 23, 2007

A canoe is a great platform for wildlife viewing. Many species come down to the water’s edge. Some, like otters, beaver, muskrat, and mink are aquatic by nature. With a little practice, it is also easier to paddle quietly than to hike quietly, providing an even better experience. So, it’s good to know how to control the canoe well and quietly to have a good opportunity to see all the wildlife available.

Getting to a descent level of paddling ability is not hard. I am no expert. My wife and I learned a few techniques for flat water and mild white water that have proven incredibly valuable in all paddling conditions. We learned the basics from a Maine guide during a trip down the Allagash Wilderness Waterway years ago. I hope these basic techniques will help you to enjoy this wonderful activity.

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Golden Oldie Geek Humor

November 23, 2007

It’s humor time again. I’m trying to avoid making this a total geek blog. Sometimes though, I just can’t resist. Here are a few very dated bits of computer humor that will bring back memories for some and make the younger crowd go, ‘huh?’

Real Programmers Don’t Eat Quiche; Real Computer Scientists Don’t Eat Quiche; Real Software Engineers Eat Quiche – On the last, I remember this as Real Application Programmers. If you mentally change all occurrences of software engineer with application programmer (or just pipe it to “sed ‘s,Software Engineer,Application Programmer,g'”) you’ll get it the way I remember it from years gone by.

If Architects Had to Work Like Programmers – A real classic. For non-geeks, take my word for it, programming really is like this.

The Adventures of Luke Vaxhacker – Only a certain brand of geek will still appreciate this one. And, that brand will love the font.