Joseph Hallenbeck

Anno Domini 2015

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...
February 07, 2015

2014 In Review

Filed under: Journal part of Annual Reviews
It is that time of year again, time for my retrospective. A look back on last year’s goals and a reflection on what I would like out of this year. It may be a month late for New Year’s resolutions, but I do get to them eventually. One thing that I started up last year was a much more rigorous interpretation of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I used a similar process towards breaking down and getting to tasks in the past, but this last year was one where I focused much more on continuously revising my goals, recording what...