Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Life has been conspiring to inspire me, and a few more posts are getting prepped. In the meantime, here are a few more bits that don't deserve a long treatment. First, Men of the West has picked up some of my posts, and will do so in the future when my articles fit their needs. It's a site I've regularly kept an eye on as they cover a broad range of subjects from the practical to the philosophical relevant to men without getting all squishy like Art of Manliness does all too often. I'll be trying out the orange chicken…

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Discussions and Repetitions

I was talking to a friend this weekend, and one observation that both of us madee in our way is how often we stop delving into a topic, teacher, etc., because we find that through little or no fault of their own, they are no longer worth the time. Before you drag the knives out and look for places to bury the body; again, it's not their fault, it's me. I spent over a decade in the Navy as a nuke operator. One of the biggest reasons I got out though had everything to do with this. After over ten…

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Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

So, even as I tried the sandwich bread out, I'd started on sourdough starter. This was actually my second shot - the first a long while back having failed miserably to really "take". Turns out the process is both very simple, but there are a few things that can help or hinder. Take, for example, my insistence on using unbleached flour this time around. I'll provide links to several videos and articles I found useful, but starting and maintianing a sourdough starter can really be boiled down to several core principles. Measures below assume you're doing 1-2 loaves at a…

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Breadmaking and Other Cooking

Breadmaking and Other Cooking

Been wrapped up with family, spending time with friends online shooting the breeze and/or playing RPG's, usually both at once, reading, and taking care of various household projects such that, as work slowed down, I've had less time for posting. There's plenty to write about, but first, I have to credit a friend of mine for reviving an interest in making homemade bread that I had explored a while back and dropped because I didn't have the right tools on tap. What got me started though was the following video: First of all, it looks like I wasn't the…

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The Last Couple Weeks

The Last Couple Weeks

I count myself fortunate to have work, but one of the consequences of the last week has been a lot of time spent scrambling to help people get moved to working from home. That said, it's been home cooked meals for the last couple weeks. I've gotten my inline skates working again. The hard part was tracking down a suitable brake replacement since Solomon hasn't sold skates in the US for over a decade, putting me in the position of "do I replace an otherwise perfectly fine $150 set of boots for the lack of a $5 part". I've spent…

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Things to Do, Things to Avoid

Firstly, I guess we'll see what actually will happen with the Wu Flu here in the states. I've been running around helping other people prepare to work from home. A few thoughts on the impact on our day to day lives so far... It’s clear that many of us live day to day solely dependent on our massive globo-capitalist system. No spare food, no spare supplies, no safety net of any sort. We live in a fantasy that we will be taken care of by a big-government that does not exist in reality. At the time of this post…

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Frameworks, Libraries, and Learning Curves

Frameworks, Libraries, and Learning Curves

I've been quiet recently as I've both been prepping for a personal hobby project and putting a customer project to rest. On the work front, I was dealing with a combination of limitations in Amazon's built in VPN and the fact that the IBM environment we were trying to connect to overlapped the VPC. Namely, we needed to do NAT translation across the VPN, and Amazon doesn't do it. OK, fine, spin up a Fortinet instance, or a mikrotik instance, or even just an ubuntu/etc. instance and install OpenSWAN, and setup IPTables. Easier said than done when you're trying…

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