日本漫画大全无翼乌全彩

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

The floppy disk credit card

Lansey brothers followers will know that we love our credit card designs. My newest one has been particularly fun.




The date and name on the card comes from the "Michelangelo" computer virus which would only be active on that date.



Note the magnetic strip is completely toasted, but there are enough places now that don't require magnetic strips so it still works.

Since everybody loves gifs, here is a gif of the card:


Monday, June 01, 2020

KEEP CALM and SET SCE TO AUX T-Shirt design


I made another T-Shirt design, this one inspired by the time Apollo 12 was hit by lightening, all the telemetry data went haywire - and one "steely eyed missile man" John Aaron knew that "Set SCE to AUX" would fix the problem.

You can grab a T-Shirt on Teespring or Redbubble here:
https://teespring.com/keep-calm-and-set-sce-to-aux?pid=369&cid=6514
https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/49441603



I'm releasing the files with a creative commons license here:
http://jonathan.lansey.net/img/keep_calm_set_sce_aux.pdf
http://jonathan.lansey.net/img/keep_calm_set_sce_aux.svg
http://jonathan.lansey.net/img/keep_calm_set_sce_aux.png
http://jonathan.lansey.net/img/keep_calm_set_sce_aux_transparent.png

Note, the technically that command from John Aaron was during lift off (thanks Aryeh) which is presumably why other shirts include the whole Saturn V rocket in the graphic, but personally I like the lunar module since it is has more similar proportions to the crown, and also looks more awesome and interesting than the command module.

To hear the whole story watch this video from Scott Manley - who incidentally is my favorite of the space vloggers.




The image of the lunar module was vectorized from scan of an this Apollo 11 media kit:
 https://twitter.com/apollo_50th/status/1151961610811895808/photo/1


I am using this font (which you will need if you open the SVG). Love that capital "M".
https://www.dafont.com/keep-calm.font



Sunday, May 31, 2020

(CC) University of Wikipedia T-Shirt Design

I made a "University of Wikipedia" logo. The establishment year is 1973 [Citation Needed], an impossible year, but you need to think a moment to realize how impossible it is. I pulled together the rest of it with inspiration from a few logos from real universities and of course the actual wikipedia logo and branded font. Happy to say it looks real enough to have fooled actual people into thinking it was real.


You can get the T-Shirt or stickers etc. from
Wikipedia University on Teespring (my favorite for tee-shirts)
Or Wikipedia University on RedBubble  where you can also get stickers, mugs etc.

If you want to go and DIY your own Wikipedia University thing then I am releasing the original files with a creative commons license CC BY-SA 4.0:

Here is the PDF and the SVG:

Would love to hear if you used it! Please share in comments or by email.

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

How to reserve a ticket to Chingaza Parque from Bogota

Chingaza Nacional Parque is beautiful and only a 1.5 hour drive from Bogota. Information about how to gain entrance and hike in the park is conflicting even from official sources. With much effort and a bit of luck we managed to have an awesome trip there - and in this post I'd like to explain how you can too.


Getting in to Chingaza:

There are two entities interacting with tourists in the park:
  • Parques Nacional, they control reservations for entrance to the park, and also the entrance to the park. They have offices in Bogota where you can visit and get a free map of the park and marginally accurate information.
  • Corpochingaza runs the hostel/hotel in the park, and arranges for (expensive) guided hikes.
To get into the park, you need to have either a reservation with Parques Nacional or a reservation with Corpochingaza. If not - you will be turned away.

To create a reservation with Parques Nacional: create an account on this website, choose a random hiking trail "tourist attraction" with availability because according to folks at the gate you are allowed to hike on any trail.
The website states clearly that you need to make your reservation 15 days in advance, and I heard this repeated by Parques Nacional at the gate - but it is definitely possible to use the website to make a reservation fewer than 15 days in advance. You will receive information about how to pay with banco-colombia, but it seems possible to pay with cash at the gate.

To create an overnight reservation with Corpochingaza: there are various phone numbers floating around, but you seriously just want to send an email to ecoturismocorpochingaza@gmail.com with the following information:
  • Fechas (dates): Entrada (checkin) **/**/**. Salida (checkout) **/**/**
  • Nombre: full names of everyone in your party
  • Pasaporte: Passport numbers for everyone in your party
The Corpochingaza hostel/hotel is at Monte Redondo and they have shared dorms and two private rooms. To confirm your reservation - Corpochingaza will reply to your email with a vague bill and payment instructions with an impossibly short deadline. But there seemed to be no communication between Parque Nacional a the entrance, and Corpochingaza further inside the park. So despite not missing the deadline to pay and therefore not having a truly confirmed reservation - we told Parques Nacional at the gate that we had a reservation for the night with Corpochingaza and they let us in (after paying the entrance fee). It was possible to confirm the details with corpochingaza and pay cash on site. It turns out that there were zero other guests that Sunday night in February.
Dorms are $55.000 COP and private rooms are $150.000 per night.

Lagunas de Siecha. Photo credit: trekcolombia
One of the main attractions is the Lagunas de Siecha (shown above), three glacial lakes nestled in the mountains. To get there from Bogota you go to the Piedras Gordas gate and visitor center. I recommend you rent your own car instead of taking an organized bus tour, since you will want to get out and take pictures along the way. We rented from this AVIS location for about $100.000 COP/day. An economy car should get you there - I wouldn't recommend a mini because of the potholes.


Hiking in Chingaza:

There are only a few trails on the official Chingaza map, the ones labeled as "tourist attractions" on the reservation website - but there are numerous well marked trails surrounding the official ones. The park requires you to hire a guide from Corpochingaza for some of the longer trails - but the prices are exorbitant ($40usd/person) - and you apparently hire them by messaging the same gmail email address (ecoturismocorpochingaza@gmail.com) which given their slow and unclear responses makes me think it would be difficult to organize. They don't seem to police the trails though - and despite the website making it very clear that only 40 people can go on a trail per day - at the gate we were told that once inside the park we can go on any hikes that don't require a guide (and if not too late in the evening). But when we went it was super foggy - so they might be better about stopping folks from walking on the guide-only trails when you can actually see more than a dozen meters ahead.

Here is a quick description of the trails:

  • Sendero Lagunas de Siecha: This is a short, 3 hour hike to the 3 lakes. The trailhead is in the less convenient Siecha entrance.
  • Sendero Cuchilas de Siecha: This is a long 5 hour hike with a trailhead at the Piedras Gordas station. I highly recommend this hike - including a hike all the way around the largest lake, which follows the ridge and includes a few short bouts of serious climbing. Google maps doesn't have the trails marked, but the trail follows those marked in openstreetmap fairly closely. This trail is supposed to require a guide, but it is super easy to follow in the red zone, and a little trickier to follow in the blue zone (shown below)
  • Sendero Lagunas de Buitrago: This is a long - but not difficult 2 hour hike and it doesn't require a guide. It definitely connects to the Sendero Cuchilas de Siecha and I think making a big loop out of it would probably be really nice (though very long).
  • Sendero Laguna Seca: This is one hour hike in a pretty nice flat-ish area, very pretty but it is in kind of a valley so the views are not as sweeping.
  • Sendero Suasie: 1.5 hour hike for the short loop, and a longer loop with unknown distance. The longer loop is supposed to require a guide, but there isn't anyone there to stop you from going on the longer hike. The short hike is very well marked and goes through some spectacular low-lying rainforest.

More pictures:


Friday, November 22, 2019

Exploring Raw Cocoa Pods

So I'm in Colombia and came to a kind of food machinery trade show and the nice people at soltecal had all sorts of machinery for preparing chocolate - and they gave away one of the coco pods!


The inside was super wet and slimy, smelled fruity and the gooey part was super delicious and sweet.  The consistency was soft and a little fibrous and the flavor was very tropical.

The shell had a kind of sticky sap that came out in a web when you ripped apart the shell.

The seeds were super easy to scoop right out of the pods, and they tasted vaguely chocolaty, but still mostly tropical, kind of nutty and very bitter.
Fermenting is basically leaving the pods in a pile somewhere that they can drain, stirring sometimes ... will check back in ~8 days after fermentation is complete!

Note that I'm feeling a little left out here on the blog as far as cooking goes - so I'm going to take this post to inaugurate the Yoni Cooks tag, finally joining Aryeh Cooks and Eli Cooks.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Spotted in the air

I'm on my way to Bogota to try and level up my language abilities ... and Aryeh spotted my plane in the air! Fenomenal :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Check the Jury pool

I was called up for Jury Duty and want to share my thoughts on the experience.


The judge in our orientation video was bragging about how fair the jury system is. The video mentioned a few times that it was so important for us to be there – waiting specifically inside the jury pool room. They had books for us to read, some cat puzzles, chess and trivial pursuit. Twenty odd strangers in the room at  8:30am – it was dead silent. After maybe four hours I took my headphones off and noticed that the room was still dead silent.

I spoke up and asked if anyone wanted to play chess ... more silence, now awkward ... finally a nice older man said "are you going to play with imposant and all that?" then agreed to a match. It was a delicate glass chess set, with a rook missing and a cracked bishop that couldn't stand up. Another juror gave us some paper and we improvised new pieces. Since the silence had broken, people all over the room began talking about their kids. My chess opponent blundered because it was difficult to see the paper pieces.

A judge came in to make an announcement – wearing those fancy robes like they do. The lawyers had settled the case without going to trial, but she didn't want us to feel like we came in for nothing. She told us that the lawyers only settled because of the hanging threat we posed. The thought that all of us random jurors could stop pooling down in the basement and become empaneled to pass judgement struck fear in both sides of the legal entanglement. Our "common sense" would have the final word, no matter what evidence – in fact no matter what the law states. Our jury pool was a stochastic killing ax held high by the judge; and I was struck by the plainness with which it was explained.

They wanted us to feel that our role was meaningful. But like a piece in that broken chess set, I played a pawn in the Massachusetts Court System.


[Juror orientation video]

Monday, July 29, 2019

The Eagle at Tranquility Base now has an AirBNB review

It has been a couple days and the Lunar Lander is still up on AirBnb.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/36977025

And now - my friend Daniel has left an official review! (This is the second time Daniel has been featured on the blog!)





Monday, July 22, 2019

The Eagle at Tranquility Base now on AirBnb

Happy 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon Landing! It has been fun watching the whole mission in pseudo-real time on this website: https://apolloinrealtime.org/11/

To celebrate I posted the Apollo 11 Lunar Module on AirBnb here (recommended you go quick because rooms are filling up and the mission could be cancelled at any moment):
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/36977025

"Local activities include walking around, driving around, rock hounding and golfing."
Thanks fellow bloggers Aryeh and Eli for contributions!

For posterity - here are some screenshots: