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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

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Sep
27
comment When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
The AT will be well known to anyone trying to hide illegal activity in the woods. You're simply not going to stumble on something like a marijuana farm on or near the AT.
Sep
27
answered When should you carry a firearm when hiking/trekking?
Sep
22
comment Is it possible to put a kayak in the water in Berlin and reach the Baltic via lakes and rivers?
The Havel and Oder rivers are linked by canal. Also I know that my grandparents did it regularly in a small boat in the 1920s and 1930s.
Sep
22
answered Scat Identification in Southern NH
Sep
21
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Sep
19
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Sep
18
comment Black bears and torch lights
@Russell: The numbers on predatory bears is higher than what I remember from a earlier study, but you still need to keep that in perspective. As the article says, there are millions of encounters between humans and bears, and only a very small fraction result in injury. Since 1960, the average has been one such death per year. Compare that to over 40 deaths per year in the US from getting hit by lightning.
Sep
18
answered Black bears and torch lights
Sep
12
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Sep
8
comment How do I find north using a watch?
Another way to look at the halfway rule is that it compensates for the hour hand going around twice in a day, when the sun only goes around once in a day. Personally, I find it easier to think about the geometry than to try to remember rules of thumb.
Aug
26
comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
@Aravona: That's a electric fence!!? Wow, that's really overkill, and requires shlepping along a power source.
Aug
26
comment Should I be worried about bears when sleeping in a hammock?
Seems like ridiculous overkill. I also don't see how those three little white strings are going to slow down a bear that wants to get inside for some reason. The reason this may appear to work is that bears generally don't give a crap about you and your tent, whether surrounded by a few strings or not. This really looks like a gimmick to keep your money out of your wallet, not to keep bears out of your tent. It works because you believe it does.
Aug
18
comment What batteries would make sense to power 12v devices (e.g. blankets, lights) for camping?
Bring more insulation, instead of power to run a electric blanket. The extra insulation will last indefinitely, is more reliable, and should weigh less than a electric power source to power the blanket for any meaningful length of time.
Aug
3
comment How can I maximise my chances of seeing a wild wombat?
The first step is to get yourself to Australia.
Jul
24
comment In an abandoned quarry, is it possible to pry loose rocks from walls until stable?
Maybe it's because I'm no climber, but that doesn't look like a good idea with all those rocks on top just waiting to fall on your head.
Jul
21
comment Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
@Alex: I agree about the openess, but whether that's a problem or a feature is individual preference. There is probably poison oak and ticks, but I don't get the part about trails not for the fainthearted. I don't remember anything like having to use your hands, along the edge of a cliff, downhill and slippery, etc. I really don't know what you are referring to.
Jul
18
comment Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
@Mich: It has both, although most of the trails are thru open grassland or sparse trees. You make that sounds like a problem, but this was one thing I particularly enjoyed about the place. Here in New England we have plenty of shaded woods, but trails with open vistas are rare below treeline.
Jul
17
answered Hiking possibilities near Silicon Valley
Jul
15
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Jul
14
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