why?

I'm a web developer/sysadmin/host (NERD TRIPLE THREAT!) and this is my attempt to write about...leaving the house. Sometimes. Like, to go backpacking. And take some pictures. And justify spending the money on all the gear WHY SO MUCH?!?

So check back weekly for all the smrt missives! And the dumb tweets!

Also hiking things!

Feel free to write and complain.

short and stout
21 June 2017

Didn't drop the poopsack!

I can hike a dozen miles with a 20lb pack through rain, roots and rocks but one uneven stretch of sidewalk and ASS OVER TEAKETTLE

walden bird
14 June 2017

I compose tweets while hiking alone in the forest. Just like #Thoreau.

interminable
7 June 2017

The wife says I've been going on and on about wanting to get a drone.

i wuz frameded
31 May 2017

The sixth taste for dogs is whatever slippers are made of

hammock tv
24 May 2017

That really is the worst phone to do this with so slippery

If you're like me, going out into the woods is pretty much all about not being bored. Since I don't make forts DO BUSHCRAFT, I kinda need...something. So I load up the phone with books and shows and hope for the best. But the weight of all this media really makes the phone a pain to hold for longer than a few seconds (THIS IS JUST SCIENCE, PEOPLE).

Shock cord to the rescue.

Just tie two knots -- doesn't really matter what kind, just make them smaller loops than the size of your device (I wouldn't recommend doing this with a tablet, but you do you) so it will fit properly. Then I just hook the cord to my ridgelight like so:

So.

It tends to want to twist horizontally, so I put my electronics pouch behind it and it keeps it in a good viewing position. You can adjust the verical orientation by positioning the knots -- just experiment (like in college)

That phone was so light!

Of course, you could just not take any electronics SHUT YOUR MOUTH SHUG NEEDS A CONTROL LINE PLANE SQUADRON WE CAN DO THIS PEOPLE

nerve damage
17 May 2017

That wasn't there a minute ago.

Date: 05/06/2017

Location: Laurel Highlands, rt 271 parking lot to rt 30 shelter

Trail Distance: NO MILES FOR YOU COUNTING IS FOR CAMPERS (39.6 miles ytd)

Rain? -- no problem. Wet shoes? -- big deal. Cold? -- BRING IT.

Breezy tree blowing and train sounds? -- OH IT'S BEEN BROUGHTEN.

Man, I gotta get over being freaked out by the wind. Other than that, had a good pace and pretty easy terrain (despite the mud and wet).

Guess I'll go back to trying to grow a pair.

glutenous
10 May 2017

Cream of Wheat is a very Lovecraftian breakfast #eldritchhorror

Ever smack your elbow so hard your stomach hurt? I HAVE.