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Welcome to the public area of EBessette.com.  Here you'll find some articles on various topics, projects, trips, and reviews of mine.

A couple weeks ago, I was surprised to find that my Jackson Monstar http://www.paddling.net/buyersguide/showBoat.html?boatID=2490&boattype=Kayaks whitewater kayak had a 6 inch crack in the bottom.   I contacted their customer service and they said to fill out their warranty form http://jacksonkayak.com/about-jackson-kayak/jk-support/warranty/, even though the boat is 5 years old and it was very unlikely that it would be covered.  After submitting the form,…
Building My Own 3D Printer
3D printing has always intreged me and recently I decided to build my own 3D printer.  I decided to build my own instead of just buying one because I think I will enjoy making it as much as using it.  I'm documenting this project at 3DPRTR.  Hopefully my trials and successes will help others. 3d_printing projects
Meditation
I've been meditating each morning before I leave for work for a couple of weeks. I've been interested in “learning how to meditate” for a while now, but never really knew where to begin. Eventually, I found this article on How to do Mindfulness Meditation http://www.shambhalasun.com/?option=content&task=view&id=2125 and decided to start with just 2 minutes each morning. From the beginning, I found it very difficult to NOT think about anything. Focusing on the breathing and counting,…
Ecuador 2013
At the end of January, 2013, I travelled to Ecuador for 2 weeks. The first week was for whitewater kayaking in Ecuador’s amazing rivers, and the second was for board surfing in the ocean and hanging out at the beach. I was extremely excited about going, but I had never been to South America before, so I didn’t know what to expect. I had a great time and am now trying to figure out how I can go there every year. I’ve wanted to go kayaking in South America for years now,…
My Favorite Android Apps
I've had an Android mobile phone since the first one http://phandroid.com/t-mobile-g1/ was released. Over the years, much has changed with Android. Here are my favorite apps and games. Alarm Clock Plus https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vp.alarmClockPlusDock (Utility) I've been using this app for my alarm clock for a couple months now.…
Password Management
A couple weeks ago I read a blog that recommended some Mac applications. One of them was 1Password https://agilebits.com/onepassword, a password management application. I installed the free trial on my work computer (Windows 7), home computer (Mac), and phone (Android). In addition to a desktop application, there are plugins/addons for modern browsers like Firefox and Chrome. All of which I’ve installed. After a couple days of using it, I was hooked.…
My Movember Adventure
I first heard about Movember http://us.movember.com/about/, a weird fundraising effort for men’s health, 2 years ago when a friend of mine did it. Please donate to help men’s health research, especially for prostate cancer. I meant to participate in 2011, but forgot until about halfway through the month. However, this year I remembered and it helped that 20+ guys in my office were participating as well. I haven’t had any facial hair since high school, when I tried (in vain) to grow a gotee.…
1.jpg Every year for the long Thanksgiving weekend my friends and I rent cabins on the Olympic Peninsula coast. We go whitewater kayaking on the rivers and creeks of the OP, kayaking surfing on the ocean, play games, eat tons of food, and play lots of games. Every year it’s an amazing time and always comes with an adventure. This year was no exception. This year the forecast was rain all four days, so I was expecting (and hoping) to spend most of the daylight hours at the Mosh Pit http://www.…
I feel very lucky to have grown up with my parents and grandparents teaching me about personal finance. I learned about specific topics like compounding interest, debt, inflation, the stock market, assets versus liabilities, and balance sheets. But I also learned about their financial mistakes and what has historically happened with interest rates and inflation. Unfortunately, our education system does not feel it’s necessary to teach these skills in school.…
Scrolling to an Element
A friend of mine wrote this code and it's been helpful to me over the years. It may no longer work in all modern browsers. When writing AJAX websites, developers sometimes need to scroll to a particular element within the DOM on the page. The most common approach, using javascript, is: /** * Scroll to an element (by id attribute or name attribute of the anchor tag ) */ function scrollToElement( elementName ) { if ( elementName ) { window.location = "#" + elementName; } } However,…

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