Multi Room Audio with Chromecast

I’ve always wanted to be able to play music in all of my rooms at the same time. I have a theater setup in my living room with speakers and a projector connected to a Windows computer. In my bedroom, I have a stereo bookshelf system.

I got two Chromecast Audios and connected it to each of the systems. It was super simple to group the speaker systems on the Home app.

Now I could cast music to all the speakers in the apartment
Cast Choices

However, because of the way I setup the Chromecast audio to the desktop, there was significant delay on one systems. I hooked up the Chromecast output to an input on the Windows computer and had it mix to the output. Google Home supports delay correction. I’m guessing it delays the lower-latency systems such that it matches the slowest. Cool!
Cast Choices

Climbing at Rocks State Park

I live in Maryland which has less than optimal climbing options. However, one of my favorite places to go is Rocks State Park. Not world-class, but its close by and has some good rock. It’s fairly small with MAYBE two dozen or so climbs.

Approach is short, but it can get busy with hikers on weekends. No sport climbing here. However, If trad isn’t your thing, there are some climbs you can set up toprope with 30-60 ft of cord. However, you will have the best experience if you have a rope gun with a rack.

Breakaway Wall

Breakaway Wall is probably my favorite wall there. There are side-by-side climbs ranging from 5.6-5.12 with climbs going up to 80 feet. Below is me setting up anchors at the top of this wall.

Setting up Anchors

This ledge can be found by walking past the King and Queen’s seat perpendicular from the trails, slightly down hill. It will be on the right, but you will have to hop up a short chimney. Once you setup the anchors, I’d recommend rappelling from here. You can scramble down by going downhill a bit more, then going right, but it’s a no-fall scramble.

Make sure you climb Vertical once you’re down there!
Climber on Vertical

Pinnacle

Pinnacle is a short spire you will see a bit downhill form the Breakaway Wall anchoring ledge. Peanut Butter (below) was a short but fun climb. At the top are some bolts that can be used to rap. Strawberry Jam is on the other side of the spire.

Me Starting on Peanut Butter

Hexo Blog

For the longest time, I’ve used Wordpress to run my blog. I recently tried out Ghost. Ghost was nice and simple, but wasn’t quite what I was looking for.

I found Hexo and deployed the site with NGINX on a linux vm. Super simple. You pretty much write blog posts as files in markdown, then “compile”, and publish the static files it generates. I love how I can use git to version control the whole blog. In the future when I get super bored, I’ll try setting up continuous integration for this site.