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Hello,

My name is Jesse Morgan. I am a Software Engineer at Amazon.com. I also backpack, sail, ski, and play with radios in the woods.

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This is the private signal flag that I fly from my boat (or anywhere, really). A private signal (or a house flag) was traditionally a flag that represented the owner of the boat. They aren't very common anymore—the closest I usually see is someone flying Blackbeard's flags —but given my interest in archaic communication systems, here we are...

Jesse Morgan's Private Signal Flag

As best as I can describe it, it's a blue swallowtail flag, charged with two green right triangles, each surmounted by a white chevron, the peak of the first at the first third and the peak of the second at the crutch, with the second overlapping the first.

I designed it near the end of the summer of 2021. This was the favorite of a half-dozen or so iterations. All of them were blue, green, and white and vaguely represented both mountains and the letter M. All of those are fairly common elements, but I wanted the flag to be somewhat unique. After searching through Flags of the World, Wikipedia, and reverse image search, the most similar flags I could find were Ed Mitchell's reimagined flag for Montana and the flag for the city of Seward, Alaska. The swallowtail shape helps set it apart from most flags. It fits with the theme, since private signals were traditionally swallowtailed (perhaps for the same reason...). Along the way I also found the FlagWaver web app, which was really helpful to visualize how the flag would look with and without wind.

If, somehow, you found this page after seeing the flag, do let me know.

I finally decommissioned Californium, my 12 year old Linode instance first launched 2009-12-19. It was a Gentoo installation that was so out of date that portage couldn't update anymore. I started this migration so long ago that it's replacement has already been replaced once.

Circuit diagram

What's it going to be???

This still dark at 07:00 time of year is always so depressing. But just three more days until it starts to get better again.

NF 21

The best of my photos from this year's friends camping trip (of the photos without people).

Butcher block counter top with waterlox drying

First coat of waterlox on the countertop.

Network cable install

A year and a half into WFH and one house later, I have a wired network connection at my desk.

When I got the old boat motor back, the lower was still detached. It was also seized up. I was trying to reattach it to store everything away, but I needed to spin the shaft to line up the teeth. Out of curiosity, I started to disassemble the lower. As I worked at the shaft, this junk started pouring out the gear oil drain... It had the consistency of dirt with some salt crystals mixed in. I didn't have a magnet to check if it was ferrous, but I assume this is what was left of my gears.

Kitchen drawers (pre-paint)

And now I have drawers. I'll finish painting them tomorrow and then see how they fit.

Kitchen drawers, some assembly required

Hey! I made Ikea furniture (building cabinet drawers for the old kitchen)

Run route

I took a hiatus because my knees were bugging me, but here we go again!

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