Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Stardew Valley Labor, Space, Keg, and Time Comparison of the High Profit Greenhouse crops: Starfruit, Ancient Fruit, and Hops

The High Profit Crops in Stardew Valley (all bigger than Pumpkin, Rhubarb, and Strawberry) are Starfruit, Ancient Fruit, and Hops. Each of them has unique strengths. The following table is one way to look at them in terms of a) usage of the Greenhouse and b) labor, space, and kegs per 100kgp. It still amazes me what you can do in your second month with 2 Kegs and 60 gp of Hops (one starter).

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The complex steps for renaming a Dropbox shared folder

If you have a folder shared with colleagues on Dropbox and you want to rename it for everybody, you can't. I explain why not at the bottom of this post. To change the name for everybody, you must create and share a new folder with the new name. Here are the full steps so you don't forget anything:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Custom geographic projections and HEC-RAS

This is my research report on using custom geographic projections with HEC-RAS 5.0.7. All my tests were based on the NAD83 AZ State Plane Central Zone 0202 International Feet (AZ83-CIF) projection.

Stardew Valley starting strategies

This is my notepad of Stardew Valley starting strategies. Comments are welcome.


  • Spring 2 Bridge: a Spring 1 to Spring 4 walk-through
  • 20 Free Strawberries: a two-week outline of an up and coming strategy
  • Two-week walk-through: Combines Spring 2 Bridge and 20 Free Strawberries. Also upgrades pick and axe in first two weeks.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Creating custom menu button icon image with transparency for AutoCAD Dark and Light themes

I am building this out into a detailed guide to creating a custom menu icon with transparency for AutoCAD Light and Dark themes. The guide begins assuming you have everything (the easiest case) and drills down step by step in case you don't have anything (the arduous case). I provide sample files, and I recommend you verify you can do each step before going to the next one. Please leave questions or comments (including section rewrites) as needed; I'd love to hear which software and method you used to create images and DLL files.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Farmer Boys' Names for Stardew Valley

This is my progress list of boys' names for the Stardew Valley farmer character. Suggestions are appreciated. Some of these are names of my ancestors. And some are not completely obsolete.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Favorite sing-along songs

This is a carefully curated list of songs that go over well when I am in sing-along jam sessions. (Many other cool songs turn out to be a bit hard for sing-alongs.) For instrument chords, search the web for the title plus the word "chords" (ultimate-guitar.com is a good site I will be working to improve).

Do-Re-Mi Complete Production Number Lyrics (Script) with instructions

Maria sings this song with the seven Von Trapp children. Choose a role before starting or ad lib through the number.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

NPS Global Engineers - a multi-national corporation conglomerate with no owners - my 30-second pitch

This is my 30-second pitch for NPS Global Engineers, a conglomerate that currently has two member corporations.

I am a CEO of a multi-national conglomerate who lives in voluntary poverty. Here's what I'm doing:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Stardew Valley multi-player pre-game coordination

Before starting a Stardew Valley multi-player group, I like to coordinate about some questions and requests in a group voice call or chat or emails:

Monday, September 30, 2019

Using HEC-RAS 2D area breaklines to improve modeling

HEC-RAS 2D area breaklines are a great way to force cell faces to follow a terrain ridge or crest hinge (top of slope) line.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Windows batch file to map virtual drive letter with prompts and conditional branching

I created this batch file for NPS Maricopa Inc. to help colleagues map their local Dropbox root to a standard drive letter. This was necessary because AutoCAD Civil 3D data shortcuts do not use relative paths.

Monday, July 1, 2019

DDMSW HEC-1 Quick Start

DDMSW is a program of Maricopa County to calculate and manage drainage projects. This blog post tells the simplest way to get started using the HEC-1 hydrology part of DDMSW.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Arrested and stranded in Chihuahua, Chihuahua

Saturday 2 Mar 2019
It's dark, and it's getting late. My bags are both heavy and ill-prepared. I need to find a bus to downtown Chihuahua. I know downtown is to the right, but a passerby assures me the bus to downtown comes from the right. So I confirm with other passersby, then cross the street to wait at a bus stop on night three of a 3-week vacation now interrupted.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Driving in Mexico 2019

Mexico Customs (la Aduana) considers your vehicle contraband if you leave the border zone without first getting a Temporary Import Permit (ImportaciĆ³n Temporal) from Banjercito (Make sure you understand how your security deposit will be returned to you) in addition to your personal visa and your Mexico insurance (I got mine from GNP).  Here's my sad story: