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April Nobrega of Testify – Warp & Weft, Lowell MA


2018 photo100 – #72

I made this image during the ‘final show’ of the band Testify at Warp & Weft in Lowell MA. I was fighting with that spotlight behind her head all night.

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Aaron Norcross, Jr. – Back Page Cafe, Lowell MA


2018 photo100 – #71

This one was captured in the now closed Back Page Cafe in Lowell in Feb. 2017. This one is a bit ‘grainier’ than I’d normally post but I like the angle and Aaron’s expression.

You can see all the images in the 2018 Photo100 project here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/streamingmeemee/albums/72157662177136077

Tariffs will hurt makers and encourage offshoring.

There was a time when my job depended on my skill wielding a soldering iron and diagnosing computer hardware failures. I haven’t done that in ‘a while’ but I do still build electronic circuits now-and-then.
 
I occasionally build prototype devices for a client and when I do the vast majority of the parts come from China.
 
The new tariffs proposed by the current administration will increase my costs by 25% on this parts. However, these new tariffs do not apply to finished consumer goods, like TVs, cell phones, and the gadgets I’m likely to be building. So I have two choices; pass along the increased cost of components to my clients, or, pay a company in China to build the gadget for me and import it as a ‘finished good’. Neither of these are good outcomes for the US Economy.
 
I’ve linked an article below from a well known ‘maker’. He presents the case in greater detail and also includes info. on what you can do to influence these new tariffs.
 

HTTP/1 vs HTTP/2 – Performance degradation with packet loss

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted something systems engineering related; frankly, it’s been awhile since I’ve had the time to read anything systems engineering related.

I found this piece on the performance impacts on HTTP/2 of packet loss quite interesting.

https://www.twilio.com/blog/2017/10/http2-issues.html