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An Epistolary History of Wesorts

It’s time once again to round up some Wesort news. For those just tuning in, this is a long-running arc on the blog, based on some of my earliest childhood experiences in boats. The first real post in the series is here, where my dad lays out the history of a small sailboat design called […]

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Building an Exterior Door with Plywood and Epoxy

The back door of our garage was in rough shape when we bought the house ten years ago, and we’ve been procrastinating its repair for just as long. Ordinarily I’d just go to the lumber yard, pick up a pre-hung door in the appropriate style, and install it by lunchtime. However, this particular door is […]

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A Giant Airborne Virus

I wanted to log a couple more hours of flight time this week, but couldn’t decide what to do. Practicing the same maneuvers over and over gets old, and I didn’t have a specific place to go. Then I remembered what Boeing pilots did recently when they needed to test the engines on their new […]

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Man of Letters

While clearing out some old files, I found a folder full of strange artifacts from the late 20th century: personal letters. Being just barely older than the Internet, my generation was the last to use this medium as a standard means of staying in touch. Even when I was in my 20s, long-distance phone rates […]