Joseph Hallenbeck
February 17, 2016

2015 In Review

Filed under: Journal part of Annual Reviews
Time for the annual retrospective. We can look back on last year’s and reflect on the last year and my resolutions for this new year. This last year was truly a year of unexpected surprises from switching employers to totaling my precious Ford Explorer after eleven years of use, to a wild last minute wintery move from Jackson, WY to a small trailer in Greenlee County Arizona. Professional Development The new year brought with it a new employer, Research Square, where I joined a dedicated team of professionals working on both the website and internal tooling of a medium-sized, fast...
February 16, 2016

2016 Reading List

Filed under: Literary Criticism part of Annual Reviews
To match up with the list of books and films read or watched in 2015 is a list of books that I hope to get to this year. There are a lot of re-reads in here. I am finding that as I get older I am much more inclined to step back and re-read a good book then I am to always be searching for the next great thing. I’ve also grown a lot more choosy on what it is I do start up reading. There just isn’t enough time in a year to rush though a paperback a week...
February 15, 2016

2015 Reading & Media Review

Filed under: Journal part of Annual Reviews
So folks seem to be doing this: jotting down a list of the books, graphic novels, and films read or watched in 2015 with a short review of each. A few surprises hit me in looking through the list. First, I read a lot of non-fiction. Much more then typical in any given year. Second, I read very few novels: only three. While I read a great deal of graphic novels. What is not shown here is the vast number of short stories that I’ve been reading. I remember a teen being bored with short stories. How were we supposed...
February 09, 2016

A Brief Note on Moving

Filed under: Journal
There have been some requests for more information about my recent move. We found out that Jess had an offer for a new position in the Forest Service in Arizona near the end of the year. So we packed up our trailers and hit the road making our way south on 191 to our new home in York valley – roughly the middle of Greenlee County, one of the least populated counties in Arizona. Unfortunately, we had no housing immediately lined up. So we ended up living in a FEMA trailer behind the Forest Service. It’s a nice little place...
July 01, 2015

A Social Media Fast

Filed under: Journal
I’m taking a quarter off from Social Media – namely Facebook, Reddit, Slashdot, Twitter, Hacker News. I would unplug entirely from the Internet, but considering the Internet is my job, I don’t think my employer would be too hot on the idea on me attending sprint planning via post. My reason for this is simple: my information channels are becoming rather siloed. Facebook curates my news feed such that it is just an RSS feed of same two people over and over again. I don’t know why Facebook has decided that I want to hear every one of their posts...
April 13, 2015

Cookbook: Turkey Chili

Filed under: Cooking
My slow-cooking turkey chili recipe. Takes all day to make, but it’s worth it! Ingredients 1/4 Cup Butter 1 Large White Onion (Diced) 1-2 Strips of Bacon (Diced) 2.5 lbs. Ground Turkey 1-2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste 1 28oz. Can of Diced Tomatoes 1 28oz. Can of Diced Jalapenos 1 16oz. Bottle of Amber Ale 2 Cups Chicken Broth 1/4 Cup Apple Cide Vinegar 2 Cups Dried Beans Spice Mix 1 Tbsp. Garlic 1/2 Cup Chili Powder 1/4 Cup Cumin 2 Tsp. Ceyenne Pepper 1 Tbsp. Paprika 1 Tbsp. Oregano 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar Salt/Pepper to Taste Directions Soak beans overnight...
Macro photos of the flowers Jess got me for Valentine’s day last month. A good chance for practicing macro stacking as well. Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 200mm f/4.0 AF-S FX Shutter: 1/25 sec F-Stop: f/4.2 ISO: 320 Focal Length: 200mm Lighting: None Stack: 5 Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 200mm f/4.0 AF-S FX Shutter: 1/13 sec F-Stop: f/4.5 ISO: 320 Focal Length: 200mm Lighting: None Stack: 6 Model: Nikon D80 /w Nikon 200mm f/4.0 AF-S FX Shutter: 1/25 sec F-Stop: f/4.2 ISO: 320 Focal Length: 200mm Lighting: None Stack: 3
March 23, 2015

Trails: Wolf Creek

Filed under: Wanderlust
Details Location: Alpine, WY Length: 1 mi (Winter) Water Access: Yes (Winter) Usage: Light (Winter) Highlights: Limestone escarpments, pine forest cover Safety Concerns: Winter avalanches, embankments too steep for safe winter hiking. River crossings. In February, we found much of the nearby trails around Jackson, WY either packed or simply closed off from excursions. This has become a recurring theme in Jackson and one that is getting rather tiresome. We turned to looking westward and in turn into the Snake River Range between Hoback and Alpine, WY. The canyon is rather steep walled, but a number of drainages into the...
March 16, 2015

Trails: Sweeney Ridge

Filed under: Wanderlust
Details Location: Pinedale, WY Length: 6 mi Water Access: None Usage: Moderate Highlights: Spectacular view of the wind river range, Half Moon Lake and Pinedale Safety Concerns: Steep embankments in areas After venturing to Half Moon lake several times throughout February we decided to check out the cross country ski trails on top of the nearby ridge. We found these trails to be in much heavier use during the day time than aforementioned Half Moon, but for what they gave up in solitude we gained in views. Sweeney Road, an ungroomed cross country tail, is perhaps the most isolating and...
March 09, 2015

Trails: Half Moon Lake

Filed under: Wanderlust
Details Location: Pinedale, WY Length: 3 mi (Winter) Water Access: None (Winter) Usage: Light (Winter) Highlights: View of Half Moon Lake, Windriver Range Safety Concerns: Care should be taken with ice depth. I have found no official ice-depth reports The Wind River Range in Pinedale, WY has a number of trails open for snow shoes or cross country skis year round. In our ventures south of Jackson, we have found the range rather open although range closures do exist in areas and many a Forest Service road turns into snowmobile track. The paved road to Fremont lake, however, remains plowed...