2016 is a dumpster fire fueled by grief.

Personal Writing

For most of us, 2016 has been a dumpster fire of epic proportion. For me, it began with the death of David Bowie, days after my father’s 69th birthday; a poignant reminder that our idols are also mortal. We’ve added a shitload of fuel to that fire, folks. Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, and George Michael; iconic artists who reflected pieces of ourselves back at us. Florence Henderson, Gene Wilder, Allan Rickman, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kenny Baker, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds; thespians who bared their souls through their work, allowing us to fall in love with them a piece at a time.

Posted on 29 December 2016

#2016 #grief #makeartnotwar

the authenticity of grief

Personal

I still hear his voice, almost a decade since we last spoke. Sometimes, I imagine it’s over the airwaves of amateur radio, an interest he rekindled and mentored me in. We come across each other by chance, calling out into the darkness for another soul to connect with, and pick up the pieces of what we once had, one tiny hurt at a time. Reality sets in, and I remember the hard lesson: time does not heal all wounds.

Posted on 24 October 2016

#grief #divorce

bzr "Insecure string pickle"

Technical

I’ve been bit by a bug in the bzr source code control system where running a commit throws an ugly stack trace blaming an “insecure string pickle”, but I’ve found a workaround.

Posted on 6 May 2016

#brew #osx #python #bzr

Migrating to Hugo

Technical

Hugo, the static website engine, not the award.

I’ve grown frustrated with Wordpress and Dreamhost. Running a Wordpress site on a shared web host is a ticking time bomb. More users crowded on a server. I threw turned on caching and Cloudflare; readers should have had little trouble using the site, but my sessions were consistently timing out while using the admin dashboard, which makes posting new content a frustrating experience.

Posted on 15 March 2016

#hugo #wordpress #cloudflare #dreamhost

Ubuntu on Mac

Technical

I recently rebuilt a Mac Mini to work as the forth screen in my workflow. I googled around and pieced together what I needed to do by cherrypicking from various guides, and everything was running well until I updated to a new kernel and rebooted. I spent the better part of two nights trying to get the machine to boot. Unfortunately, it happened just after I blacklisted a module to work around a USB bug that was causing one of my drives to go haywire occasionally, and it took a while before I finally figured out it wasn’t a problem with my change but the kernel itself.

Posted on 15 October 2015

#linux #ubuntu #ubuntu on mac

American Serenade

Personal

Back in 2009, we were winding down our life in the U.S.. We drastically culled things we didn’t want or need, and put the rest into storage for the eventual move to Canada. Andrea was home in August 2009; I was there on and off, until I was officially issued a visitor record in November 2010 and filed for permanent resident status. On that day, I entered the country with one large suitcase and a backpack containing some notebooks and my laptop.

Posted on 6 July 2015

Announcing Benchmarking with Juju

Technical

Benchmarking and performance are interesting problems, especially in today’s growing cloud-based microservice scene. It used to be a question of “how does this hardware compare to that hardware,” but as computing and service-oriented architectures grow the question has evolved. How does my cloud and application stack handle this? It’s no longer enough to run PTS on your web server and call it a day. Measuring every microservice in your stack, from backend to frontend, is a complex task.

Posted on 23 June 2015

#actions #benchmarking #juju #ubuntu

The doppelgänger effect

Personal

Yesterday was a travel day, coming home from a week in Breckenridge, CO for a work sprint. These are usually uneventful days, riding trains or shuttles to and from airports. Yesterday was different, though. Yesterday, I ran into my doppelgänger. The first indication that something was off was when I checked my bag curbside. The porter asked me if I’d already checked a bag. I said no, and he gestured me to come around the counter and see what he was seeing.

Posted on 29 March 2015

#travel

sshuttle workaround for OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Juju and Vagrant

Technical

sshuttle is a nifty little transparent proxy/vpn that works by tunneling TCP traffic over SSH, or more specifically, tearing down a TCP session and reassembling the data on the other side. I started using it earlier this year, as part of my workflow using Juju and developing under OS X. It’s like a data center in a box, inside another box. Code locally in my editor of choice (vim, TextMate, and more recently, Atom). Deploy new code. Refresh web browser, thanks to sshuttle. With sshuttle, I could connect to the services running within my virtual machine running Ubuntu natively through OS X.

Posted on 12 December 2014

#ipfw #juju #os x #sshuttle #vagrant #yosemite

Making OS X, Go, and Brew play happy

Technical

GO and OS X I’m doing a little hacking with juju actions before they land in a stable release but I ran into some hurdles getting Go working with the brew-installed version. Trying to install Go packages failed with a bunch of ‘unrecognized import path’ errors. Here’s how I fixed it. STOP, GO, STOP Even though you can install Go via brew, there’s more to be done to get it working.

Posted on 13 November 2014

#go #homebrew #juju #os x