How to build a MoCA bridge

A MoCA network bridge that is, so you can link multiple wireless access points using coaxial wiring to form one humongous home network streaming videos and games everywhere around the house. You might wonder why I ask since the problem has long been solved. Well, the reason is I find the conventional solution a bit […]

Installing Cassandra in OS X Mavericks

A step by step guide to installing Apache Cassandra database on OS X Mavericks, the hard way, as I just spent a couple of hours doing it. Hopefully, you won’t have to. First, you need Java 7 JDK, not to be confused with JRE. Cassandra won’t run without it. So run a java -version command […]

Happy 2014

Featured photo above: Aspara dancers in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A look back at the travels of 2013. Wishing you a happy 2014! [videojs mp4=”″ ogg=”” webm=”” poster=”” preload=”auto” autoplay=”false” id=”video-2003-greeting” class=”alignleft” controls=”true”][/videojs] This video was made possible with services from Google+, for content creation; Zencoder, for cloud based encoding; and Amazon S3, for hosting. The […]

Trips45 WordPress Theme Released

This site is built on a customized WordPress theme designed by me, and released under the Open Source GNU license. Find it on Gitbub trips45-worldpress-theme. trips45-worldpress-theme is a free worldpress theme based on Inkness, a responsive theme with 3-column grid based homepage layout. I created this theme because I wanted a blog site to look […]

Christmas in Mexico

Puebla Mexico: Cinco de Mayo, Popocatepetl, pyramid, food, and a magic show in the zocalo during navidad. magic show in the zocalo Popocatepetl, an active volcano in Puebla Cholula. A church built on top a giant pyramid, the largest pyramid by volume in the world.


Above: external view of Ayasofya.  The four minarets were added over the course of its history under the Ottomans. I took the photos at Ayasofya in Istanbul.  I thought it presented a kaleidoscopic view of the museum’s rich past: Ayasofya was a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum in Istanbul. […]