If anyone knows the U.S. Women's National Team inside and out, it's Sweden. Facing Pia Sundhage, who left her role as the U.S. head coach shortly after winning gold in the London Olympics, has always made me nervous. My most vivid memory from the group stage of the 2015 World Cup was watching the crossbar bounce up and down after Meghan Klingenberg's headed clearance off the line, a play that saved the US from a loss to Sundhage's Sweden. I loved watching Pia coach the USWNT. She always seemed like she was having fun, had a good relationship…

LIRCbar is a small app that runs in your Mac's menu bar allowing easy access to your infrared remotes through your lirc_web installation. LIRC is a Linux package that allows you to record and transmit infrared signals. Setting up LIRC on a Raspberry Pi is a fun DIY home automation project. Beta This application is still in beta, so please contact me with your suggestions, feedback, and bugs. When I find time I'd like to add the ability to rename remotes and keys or pull the labels from lirc_web's config if possible. Requirements Server running lirc_web Mac…

There is a toxic tradition today of presidential candidates being pressured into releasing their personal medical information. It can only be used as a disgusting tool that moves debate away from anything resembling actual substance. Candidates like John McCain and Bernie Sanders have faced nasty attacks, but anyone being honest will admit both are examples of candidates with a tremendous amount of experience. Our country shouldn't lean on one person so much that an illness or death in the White House would send our country to a grinding halt. We have a system in place to handle the loss of…

The single most important class I ever took in school was typing. The classes where we played computer games were fun and sometimes educational, the classes where we learned Microsoft Office might have been good at the time and taught a few computing principles, but typing is a skill I doubt I'll ever quit using. There are some overall concepts like critical thinking that are much more important, but those are learned over the course of many years, both in and out of school. Typing took 9 weeks. Typing might not be as important to you as it is for…

Probably not. But in all seriousness, ignore the alarmist news stories about people getting robbed or killed. You'll find a few tragedies every day in any sample containing millions of people.…