Shallowsky.com: Akkana Peck's website, covering a wide range of topics.
"Shallow Sky" encompasses the solar system: observation of our moon, the planets and their moons, comets, asteroids, and the sun. The term was invented by David North as a pun on the "Deep Sky" term long used by observers of galaxies, nebulae and other distant targets.
Beginning GIMP: From Novice to Professional, second edition is a comprehensive guide to image editing using the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) for editing photographs and creating digital art.
Jumpstarting the Raspberry Pi Zero W: Control the World Around You with a $10 Computer gets you started using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, or any other Raspberry Pi model, to control a wide assortment of hardware. Includes instructions on how to blink LEDs as well as two more detailed projects: using temperature sensors to control a fan or air conditioner, and controlling a programmable colored light string to reflect the state of Twitter or any website you choose. Also available on O'Reilly Media in both paper and electronic format, or on Amazon as a a Kindle Edition.
If you buy the books via the Amazon links above, I get a tiny kickback from Amazon. No pressure, though. :-)
I give talks on a variety of technical and semi-technical subjects.pho image viewer and metapho image organizer, the Saver and Pandora GIMP plug-ins, PyTopo tiled map viewer, many little astronomy apps, Crikey for mapping strings to keys, assorted useful scripts, and plenty of other free open source software.
I'm a software developer specializing in Linux and open source, and I sometimes do technical and science writing.
My latest hobby is welding junk metal into sculpture. You can see samples at my art website: JunkDNAArt.com.
I also wrote the monthly Shallow Sky column for the SJAA Ephemeris for many years.
Please visit the Shallow Sky Bookstore for book recommendations, and help support this site! Thanks!