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Into the wild: geeking in Oman

A few days ago we celebrated the Prophet’s birthday with a 3 day weekend, allowing me time to head into the mountains for an extended trip. Just one problem: the qualification round of Google Code Jam Africa Arabia fell on … Continue reading

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Sketching up the machine shop

I know what we want, but have no idea which models to get… help?

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Quick, what’s my IP address??

What? Announcing the glorious debut of two sites: ip.dustin.li and ips.dustin.li. Why? Here in the UAE, it pays to be sure whether you’re on your VPN or not. There are also many other technical reasons you might want to know … Continue reading

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Protip: do not leave your passport in your pants, and then put your pants in the washer and dryer. Trust me on this one.

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The first rule of Pork Club…

I finally got some photos of the Pork Room, which is strictly off-limits to Muslims and found in only a few select grocery stores here. While they had the typical pork products like pulverized meat stuffed into synthetic intestines and … Continue reading

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Tawayan

Two weeks ago I went climbing in Tawayan. If you squint you can see me in the upper left corner being lame. The route was named, appropriately, Stone Pussy (6c/5.11b? Yeah, right). Thanks for the photo, Dylan.

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Scale-up

No, it’s not the antithesis of the lower education system in much of the Arabic world. After writing my previous post, I was thinking about how powerful each “micro” instance actually is… I mean, what happens when my newly minted … Continue reading

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