I Spotted some Strange Radio Towers on a Roadtrip

Photograph of a radio tower with large horn shaped receivers at the top

I was taking a small road trip from Missouri to Iowa using I-35 and spotted something strange. Well, two things, one was a Tesla Cybertruck in the opposing lane. Which at the time of writing this post, are a rare sight to see in the Mid West. The second thing I saw was radio tower that look both ancient and epic at the same time. Usually I see radio or cell towers that have these things that look like flat white panels or something that looks like a large white drum. This however had large gray horn shaped features aimed in four different directions. I imagined this had nothing to do with cell service and would more likely be receiving alien messages from space.

To be honest, I’ve driven past this tower many times and raised an eyebrow. Look at the tower, look at the mile marker, drive for couple more hours and then totally forget. Finally I remembered, found it on Google maps, which took about half an hour. Even seeing it in the browser I thought it looked epic. What is this thing? Who should I ask for more information?

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Dump of Interesting Links

It seems like every day I find an article or blog post that grabs my attention. Most of the time this happens during the work day and I just don’t have to time to stop what I’m doing to read the whole article. I’m creating this post/list of interesting links as a way to revist these links that I collect in my daily notes. These are a mix of development, computer hardware, design, art and sciences. In this particular list I will break out the WordPress and web development links and move those to the bottom of the list.

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#5FTF – January 26th 2024

Once a month at WebDevStudios we dedicate an entire day to giving back to the open-source community. It’s called “Five for the Future” or #5FTF. Contributions can be done through bug fixes on open-source projects, answering questions on forums, providing translation services for projects and even building our own project from scratch.

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Open VSC with “code” command from terminal

These are the steps to add the ‘code’ command to your terminal to open a file or directory in Visual Studio Code.

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Terrain Generator Built in Processing

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a programming ASMR video on youtube. The idea of that made me laugh, so I just had to watch. I pretty quickly became less interested in the audio coming from this gentleman’s mechanical keyboard and more with the program he was writing. Evidently he was inspired to make this video because he watched a tutorial from The Coding Train channel that built a similar terrain generator.

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Rescuing a Retro PC from an Abandoned House

On the weekend of June 6th 2021 I went camping on an old pecan farm in Kansas with some friends. On this farm land is an old chicken coup, stone water well, and a small collapsing farm house. The house has been abandoned  for over a decade. Most everything from the inside is long gone. The floor bent and squashed as I walked across it, on the verge of collapse.

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