New software

I’m trying out a software package for journaling, called MacJournal. Supposedly it integrates with MovableType. If you see this on my website, it works.

Anyway, this will allow me to create entries without being connected to a network. Like next week, while I’m in Alaska. Which will be something worth writing about, unlike summer in Bloomington.

A Skippy Update

Skippy is currently on a back country patrol until Wednesday. Since she’s not around to say no, I’m going to post a little update on what she’s been up to. :-)

First of all, she’s doing her internship in Denali National Park, way up in Alaska. Her internship is through The Student Conservation Association.

The Place

Her main job is working at the sled dog kennel, taking care of the 30 sled dogs and sled puppies that reside there. She is also responsible for running some of the demonstrations that educate park visitors about the history and importance of mushing.

I love a woman in uniform…this woman in particular, anyway

Being in Denali provides for some spectacular surroundings. Here’s the view from her home camp.

Not so bad!

Of course, I can’t forget about the dogs. There are 30 in the kennel, and while she’s sent me pictures of all of them, I’ll only share a couple with you. If you want to read more about each dog, the park hosts dog bio pages on the website.



During her first week there, she was given the opportunity to travel to Wonder Lake, near Mt. McKinley, to retrieve winter stores and help prep the ranger cabin for occupancy.


Back at camp, she bikes around to views like this.

That’s definitely not Indiana

During the summer, Alaskans are treated to near continuous sunlight (balanced out by near continuous darkness during the winter, of course). Right now, the sun sets around 12:20am, and rises around 3:45am.

It’s past midnight

As part of her demonstrations, she gets to ride the sled, which has been adapted for use in gravel.

Looks of determination on every face

The park is rife with trails, which provide excellent scenery for Skippy to take pictures of herself for me. I like that. :-)

I like this picture a lot

Being in the park gives her opportunities to do things other than specifically kennel work. Recently, she attended a helicopter safety class, and then was able attend a more advanced class on helicopter search and rescue.

Same woman, another uniform. HOT!

As I mentioned before, she’s currently on a back country patrol with another ranger. Yet another opportunity she’s taking advantage of. What more can you ask for? The only bad part is being 3700 miles away!

18 days, 3 hours, and 45 minutes to go!

Intel vs. PowerPC

Recently, Apple announced that they are going to transition all Macs from using IBM’s PowerPC processor to Intel’s processors. Others, like those at Ars Technica, have addressed the technical issues in much more depth than I care to in this post (here and here).

Personally, I think it makes sense. Intel seems to be on the verge of delivering some serious advancements in hardware technology, and Apple is the perfect company to take advantage of them with advancements in the software and integration advancements they are famous for. Hopefully it will also bring down prices a bit, though high-end PCs (of which the Mac is one) are always expensive. At least now I won’t have to go through lengthy discussions about the merits of RISC processors vs. CISC processors.

In the end, what really matters is how well it works. If Apple can deliver at least as good of a user experience as they do with PowerPC chips, then I don’t see any problems. If Apple can make transfering code to the new processor architecture as easy as they show it to be in their demonstrations, that will help a lot.