I am Certifiable

Posted June 7, 2012 By ab2rc

In my last post I talked about a mountain of mulch that got moved from my driveway to my backyard in an attempt to eliminate yard work. It turns out that because of that work, I am certifiable — but not in the way you might think. Recently, my old friend Cat at The Optimystic Gardener wrote [… Read More]


Mulch Mountain

Posted May 18, 2012 By ab2rc

Wikipedia defines mulch as “…protective cover placed over the soil to retain moisture, reduce erosion, provide nutrients, and suppress weed growth and seed germination.” I call it freedom. Freedom from lawn mowing. About 2 years ago, we began what I call “the great mulching project”. The idea was to cover the backyard in landscape fabric, [… Read More]


Electronic Building Blocks

Posted May 10, 2012 By ab2rc

A few months ago, I gave a presentation at the Delaware Valley Radio Association about the possible uses of an Arduino in amateur radio. During the presentation I jokingly referred to the Arduino and associated shields as Electronic Lego blocks. Using Arduinos, stackable shields, and a handful of other electronic components, along with some simple [… Read More]


Homebrewing – beer & radio stuff

Posted May 6, 2012 By ab2rc

I am interested in homebrewing, for me that means two different things; beer and radio stuff. The adventure in homebrewing today was on the beer side of things, but in an odd way it is also amateur radio related. Today’s batch of beer is a Bourbon Barrel Porter, using a recipe and ingredients from the [… Read More]



Posted May 3, 2012 By ab2rc

Right now I am taking a little study break, and clearing my head before a medieval history exam. I find it helps to stop and think about something totally different just before taking any test. It gives my brain a chance to settle down, and for whatever I have been reading about to sink in [… Read More]


Rainy day

Posted May 2, 2012 By ab2rc

I went to the doctor yesterday, he gave me the usual advice – eat better, exercise more, see me in 3 months – do they ever say anything else? Between work and school, I have very little time to do any ‘real’ exercise. I do try to walk as much as possible, and would like [… Read More]


Wrapping up another year at school

Posted April 27, 2012 By ab2rc

Those of you that know me, will know that I work as a software developer at a major research university in New Jersey (the one with a large R as a logo). Many of you will also know that I am also a part time student there — finishing an undergrad degree that I postponed [… Read More]


Hello world!

Posted September 14, 2011 By ab2rc

First! Hello World – traditionally the first program shown in programming manuals or to demonstrate a simple program. In my case it was coded the following way : HELLO      .” Hello World!” CR ; In case you don’t recognize the language, it is Forth — avoid it at all costs (just kidding)