Category Archives: Day to Day

Horses in the Snow

I love watching when the neighbor’s horses are first let out after it snows. They seem to delight in it as much as dogs or kids:) It also reminds me that action photography is hard; all that galloping, bucking, rearing, … Continue reading

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Snow Day

First snow of the season! (Remember, click on the photos to see them full size).

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Happy New Year 2017! (and House 2.0 update)

Happy New Year! Obviously, our new house is not complete by the start of 2017. (Its ok, I promise). The latest estimate is that we’ll be able to get the CO in mid-February. After that, there will be many punch-list … Continue reading

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We Need More Automation Engineering Degrees

I think its hard to overstate the rising importance of automation today. Automation in manufacturing has been having an impact on society for a long time now, but in recent years, the pace of technological progress has been accelerating, which … Continue reading

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I hate Microsoft and Windows 10, Part 2

At the end of last year, I bought a new laptop.  It came with windows 10. I tried to work with it as a Win 10 machine, but had nothing but problems. After many hours (days) of my time, I … Continue reading

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It’s not all sunshine and rainbows

While this is just a personal blog, since it’s on the internet, I don’t usually use it like one would an actual personal journal. I typically reserve this space for a few highlights I’d like to share with family and … Continue reading

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Industrial parts as cheese shop

If Monty Python sold industrial equipment: (But instead this is real life!) The set up for today’s work related shenanigans – Went to the manufacturer’s website. Quickly found the exact part number and accessory part numbers needed. Added the parts … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2016, and a PSA

Ok, fine, 10 days in, and no “traditional” year end wrap up post and outlook for the new year, or fun pics. We’re hard at work here at casa de AmyTracker. 2015 was another good year for us, and we … Continue reading

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Comic of the Day

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Woodsons Mill

Back in October, we took advantage of a beautiful sunny day to ride up to Woodson’s Mill in VA, a historic, working grist mill with two waterwheels. We talked to the owners about various technical approaches for converting this micro … Continue reading

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Technology is Hard OK?

This is our life right now: also this: P.S. xkcd is the best. P.P.S. – When I previewed this post, I nearly fell over with laughter…see the title of this post. Then notice the top image running over into the … Continue reading

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Horse pics of the day

“I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine.”  – It turns out that horses apply that expression literally. Who knew. (Probably people who know more about horses than I do). I feel bad that the flies must be bothering them, … Continue reading

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A little camping trip

Avoid this intense heat by going up into the mountains! Pretty fun for a first camping trip and visit to the mountains for this Florida boy; campfire and hot dogs and smores, a hiking trip the next day with family, … Continue reading

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River Rats

It must be summer; look at this crew out for a little paddle on the river.

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Citizenfour

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin I would modify that quote to say the illusion of safety. If you haven’t seen the documentary Citizenfour, you … Continue reading

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Spring

One of our dogwood trees is really putting on a show these last couple of weeks:

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Relatives in the news

How neat. Congrats Jean! Jean Ippolito is the 2015 recipient of the Alice B. Tompkins Community Service Award, given annually by the Community Roundtable of Brandon. http://tbo.com/brandon/woman-lauded-for-her-charity-efforts-20150318/

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Thermal Imaging Camera

We finally broke down and bought an infrared camera (its for work, I swear). The Seek thermal camera is (I think) the first to market for android devices. You just plug it into the usb port, and use the app … Continue reading

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Happy New Year 2015

Let’s start the year off right with more pictures of the neighbor’s horses in our front field from yesterday and today: (We got a fancy new lens for our camera for Christmas, so Kevin has been playing around with it. … Continue reading

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Andrew’s Great Adventures – crossing paths again

Remember when we met Andrew Siess this summer at a rest stop in North Dakota, on our way to Alaska on an epic moto adventure? (Third picture down on this page.) Andrew is walking (and sometimes running, or sailing) around … Continue reading

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Rosetta Spacecraft Comet Landing

Humans are currently (as in literally right now, the morning of 11/12/2014) trying to land a robotic probe on a comet for the first time. Aside from the incredible technical challenge, the Rosetta Orbiter and Philae Lander are just cool; … Continue reading

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Trail Riding Pics

Peak fall leaves + perfect 70-some degrees and sunny Sunday afternoon + horseback riding through beautiful Pilot Mountain State park = Awesome

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Update Fall 2014 – Now with book recommendations

I haven’t blogged since returning from our trip, and even though we haven’t done much worth blogging about in the last two months (mostly just work and a few moto-tag day rides), I want to post that first post-trip entry, … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake

Kevin captured a few nice pictures from our weekend at the lake, which is the perfect place to enjoy the “official start of summer.” The dogs certainly enjoyed themselves. Many sticks were fetched from the water.

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Geese Crossing

While riding around the other day, Kevin was playing around with a dash-cam recording some video.  Normally this makes for very boring video that gets recorded over, but the following snippet of his ride was pretty fun. You have to … Continue reading

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