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A Sunday Spent Web Scraping

December 14th, 2014

Dave Umrysh

Scraper

I had some free time today so I thought it would be fun to write a quick little web scraper to alert me if any new land comes up for sale near where I grew up. I guess you could boil the reasoning down to a little bit town-gossip and a little bit curiosity. Finding out that Farmer John is selling the old homestead makes for interesting Xmas dinner conversations :)

The code currently scrapes the Remax website once a day looking for any properties withing a specific radius of my set middle-point and will ignore any town addresses.

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Adventures in Wine Making (part 5)

December 14th, 2014

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Glass

The day has finally arrived, bottling time!

Due to other plans coming up I wasn’t able to bottle the wine at exactly 14 days from stabilizing. Instead we bottled the wine a full 30 days after step 4!

Full Carboy

Again, I can’t recommend enough the use of old milk crates for holding your carboys. I had to carry the full carboy up two floors in the house for bottling and having nice handles to hold made it so easy.

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Namecoins

November 28th, 2014

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After mining Bitcoins on Eligius for some time I somehow just recently realized they provide merged mining of Namecoins. According to chatter in their IRC channel it appears payouts are processed manually. Even so, after only a few weeks I came to posses over 3 Namecoins. Yay!
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Time-based One-time Passwords for Email

November 16th, 2014

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A few months ago a thought crossed my head why no one had ever integrated TOTPs into the existing email protocols. I’m not talking about adding it as a second factor but rather replacing passwords entirely with TOTPs. I’m sure there must be a reason as to why no one has done this but I thought it would be fun to see if it was possible.
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Adventures in Wine Making (part 4)

November 9th, 2014

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After 11 days it was time to test the specific gravity of the wine :)

Specific Gravity

With a specific gravity below 1.010 we are good to go to move on to step 4: Stabilizing.
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Update: Ham Exam

November 9th, 2014

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Thanks to an email from an awesome user it was brought to my attention that Industry Canada had updated the exam questions for both the basic and advanced amateur radio exams. After a quick search on the Industry Canada website I was able to track down the complete exam questions. Unfortunately they decided to release them in PDF form this time rather then posting them in HTML as a webpage.
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The Battleford Trail

November 6th, 2014

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I’ve driven by this sign [53.17614817, -112.24546515] countless times in my life and always wondered about the significance. After numerous searches online I decided to begin looking through the local community history books. That’s when I stumbled across the following article in my trusty copy of “Hemistiches and Hackamores – A history of Holden and district”. Seeing as though the book is out of print I thought I would reproduce the information here for anyone else who is curious about these mysterious signs1.
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October 29th, 2014

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So I’ve been noticing something concerning with Bittorent Sync.

I have a script running on my machine that looks through the Bittorent Sync logs for all IPs that connect to my computer and it will alert me if an unknown IP appears.

Over the last two days IP 67.215.229.106 has been appearing in the logs.
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October 27th, 2014

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Adventures in Wine Making (part 2)

October 20th, 2014

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Done

After a wonderful week of fermentation smell permeating throughout the house it is officially Chaptalisation time!
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Adventures in Wine Making (part 1)

October 13th, 2014

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It has been a while since I made wine. Actually, the last time I attempted it I ended up dropping a full carboy, spilling delicious drink and glass everywhere. My hope is this round will go much smoother, and if not, at least I will have logged the experience here.
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September 8th, 2014

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I was browsing around and found a website that displays all the torrents that have been downloaded from your IP address. It occurred to me it can’t actually be all that difficult to log the IPs of the individuals downloading torrents. I took a few hours to familiarize myself with the Bittorent protocol and wrote a script that does just that.
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September 7th, 2014

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It is with a sad heart I must announce I will no longer be updating The Farmer’s Buddy.

The wife and I are expecting our second child shortly and along with my commitments to work, my bachelor’s degree, our curling league, and my new hobbies I am simply running out of free time these days. My plans are to leave the website up as long as possible as a repository for the archival data.

Creating the original Android app and subsequent website taught me a lot. The Farmer’s Buddy was the first Android app I ever wrote and at it’s height it had close to 1,000 installs. To this day the website still averages approximately 100 unique visitors a month.

Thank you everyone for your support of the Android App turned website. It has been a fun two years.
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In Place

Erin and I have been discussing for some time about eventually building a cabin out at the family farm. But after seeing how much Seth enjoys being out there we decided to accelerate our timeline and get the cabin built sooner rather than later.

We placed the order for the basic shell of the cabin this spring and it was delivered on the July long weekend. Since then we have been trying to get out there as much as possible to get as much accomplished before the snow flies.
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July 17th, 2014

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A few days ago a stumbled across a JSON Resume.

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It has been a long time since I have updated my resume, mostly because of job security, but also because of the whole issue of browsing through tons of templates, finding one that lookes semi-okay, and then the laborious task of making my data fit nicely inside the boundaries of the chosen template. It always felt like such a backwards method; find a template then enter your data.
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I’ve been a customer of Focus@Will for a few months now and use it every day. A couple weeks ago they sent out an email stating they were willing to cover the cost if I wished to be a part of their new brain assessment clinical trial that would find out what kind of brain type I have. I figured why not.

The test in itself is an on line cognitive test designed by Dr Evian Gordon. I found a quiet place, logged in, and completed the tests to the best of my abilities.
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The Pink House

May 19th, 2014

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A piece of my youth has been officially demolished :'(

In my final year of high school my parents purchased a quarter section of land adjoining our property. With that land came The Pink House.

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April 14th, 2014

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