The Joshua Tree

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An example of a Joshua Tree (Yucca Brevifolia –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_brevifolia) a yucca plant that gives Joshua Tree National Park in California its name.

Pinto Basin, Joshua Tree

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Cottonwood Spring, Joshua Tree

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Joshua Tree

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Presentation: Visualizing MongoDB Objects in Concept and Practice

This afternoon I gave a presentation titled Visualizing MongoDB Objects in Concept and Practice at MongoDB Washington DC. The slides for the presentation can be found in PDF format here:
Visualizing MongoDB Objects in Concept and Practice Slides

And the example code is available online via my GitHub repository here:
https://github.com/cvitter/ikanow.mongodc2013.presentation

Belle Isle State Park

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Beautiful afternoon for a walk along the river at Belle Isle State Park (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/bel.shtml).

New Wolf Hammock

Yesterday I received my brand new Northwoods Hammock Co.’s Wolf Hammock in the mail. I am completely new to the world of hammock camping so I find the Wolf Hammock (seen below hanging in our back yard this afternoon) to be amazing.

Northwoods Hammock Co.’s Wolf Hammock

The whole package weighs in at a super light 20.9 ounces (hammock, integrated bug net, whoopie slings, tree straps, ridge line organizer, and stuff sack). I added 2.6 ounces to the package by using two Black Diamond Neutrino carabiners to hook the whoopie slings to the tree straps (since I am not a master of the art of tying knots). Totaled up that is 23.5 ounces (or just a hair under 1.5 pounds) for a super comfy shelter that packs down into a space of roughly 5 by 8 inches with almost zero effort.

Next step in my preparation for hitting the trails this year is rigging up my new tarp for protection from the elements.