I Heart Github Actions

Wherein I profess my love for CI/CD
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Hugo Is a Bit Maddening

head desking with hugo
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Site Refresh

Time for the every few year effort to revive this blog. I might port over the old stuff later, but for now I just want to get it all configured for CI/CD with Hugo for generation, Github Actions to build and deploy to a refreshed S3 Bucket/Cloudfront hosting setup. moved to cloudfront initial s3 sync deployment hugo deploy working Still not sure how sold I am on this theme, but I’ll work on that later.
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The way companies should handle promotional email

wherein a company does email marketing right by asking me to opt-in
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duksta.org has moved to S3 website hosting

I had to move off the server I’d been on for 10 years
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Drobo to the Rescue

Drobo saved my data’s bacon
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Top five things about living in Seattle

Thing I love about living in Seattle
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Found Object

It’s funny what you find when you’re doing renovations on your house.
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Breadboard Template

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Building Statically Linked Binaries with make on Linux/Unix

Posting this mostly as a reminder to myself for the next time I have to do this. For those who don’t know, a statically linked binary is an executable that does not require any support libraries. All the required support libraries get included in the binary itself. This results in a binary that will run on any system of the right CPU type (i386, x86_64, ppc, etc.) The downside of this is that the resulting binary is going to be quite large.
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Sage Flower Jelly

Besides being a computer geek, I’m also a bit of a foodie. I was doing a little yardwork today, planting some plants, weeding, and cleaning up our overgrown herb garden. After trimming all the blooms off the chives, I started in to do the same on the sage, as that had gone and bloomed. Thinking to myself that sage was tasty and edible and that its flower must be as well, I tasted one of the sage flowers.
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meggy unboxing

I’d been wanting to pickup a Meggy Jrfrom the fine folks at Evil Mad Scientist Labsfor a while. When I saw that the MakerShedhad them on sale last month as they were cleaning out inventory in preparation for Maker Faire, I decided that it was time to spend the cash and pick one up. Then I saw that they had free shipping for orders over $100 and I was reminded of the quote from Contact: “First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price?
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Overhaul

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Ice Cream Trucks

My neighborhood is filthy with ice cream trucks. During the summer, it’s not uncommon to see four to six of them roaming the streets from noon to 8pm. Generally, I don’t have a problem with them. I like ice cream. I also like our Rhode Island favorite, frozen lemonade, which they all sell. What I do have a problem with is the way they announce their presence. It used to be that ice cream trucks would ring a loud bell to call the children to the curb.
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Over the Air HDTV - My interview with WJA

I got interviewed by our local NBC affiliate, WJAR 10, about a month ago for a segment on over the air (OTA) HDTV. It aired last night and apparently again tonight because they got so many calls about it. It was a lot of fun being the technology evangelist for OTA HDTV for Rhode Island. Not bad, huh? I was a little nervous and forgot to mention a couple of things during the interview.
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Playing in the dirt

I spent the better part of yesterday digging up about 24 square feet of the side yard to make room for a raised bed garden. Late in the afternoon, a friend stopped by and helped with installing the raised bed frames and getting them level. I’m pretty sore today in places where I forgot I had muscles. Today I’ve got to go get a whole boatload of peat moss to fluff up the soil.
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It Doesn’t Suck

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Double Yolk

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Online Rebate Submission - It’s About Time!

So… I went to Staples this morning to pick up some DVD-Rs. Pretty routine trip; run in, grab DVD-Rs, stand in line, check out. While I was in line, I noticed that they had TurboTax sitting there in a POS display. I thought to myself, “Better get that too, as I think we have all the various and assorted tax information now and it would be nice to figure out if we’re going to owe or get a refund.
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Shmoocon Review

I spent this past weekend at ShmooCon. Getting there was a complete pain in the ass, as National airport was apparently fogged in for the better part of Friday. I was slated to take an 11:55 am flight down, which was delayed until 12:25 and then canceled. The fine folks at US Airways then rebooked me onto a 3:30 flight, which didn’t actually get off the ground until about 6pm. I finally arrived at the hotel around 8pm, missing all of Friday’s proceedings, which I’ll have to watch when the Shmoo release the video torrents.
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Origins of the term ‘Swamp Yankee’

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A show worth seeing in Providence

After missing the Doughty show last friday at The Call, I finally broke down a spent the big ten bucks on a Pollstar account. Now Pollstar pokes me any time a venue or artist that I have selected has an update to their schedule. It seems that The Pernice Brothers are going to be playing at The Century Lounge here in Providence on August 25. I think we’ll go check it out.
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Implementation: A novel in sticker form

I spent last weekend participating in the Psy-Geo Provflux 2005 event here in Providence. One talk that really grabbed my attention was by Nick Montfort and Scott Rettberg about their novel Implementation. It was written as a series of discreet sticker length chunks that may be read on their own. I first noticed one the day before their presentation on a sandwich board sign for a gallery downtown and was left wanting more.
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Matrix shows you how to get Flock of Seagulls hair

A stylist working for Matrix is apparently a fan of the old Flock of Seagulls look. At the end of their selection of hairstyles for men, all promenently featuring their Trix line of products mind you, is this modern look at Mike Score’s unforgettable hairdoos. The thing that really kills me about this styling guide is that 80% of the men’s styles require a flat iron. I don’t know a single guy who could manage to flat iron his own hair.
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Prefab Housing gets swank in Germany

The modernist prefab housing trend is gaining some traction in Germany. As a fan of modern design and prefab housing, I fully support this. There are some beautiful prefab structures being sold these days, so much better than the crap that went up in the 1970s. Also, pick up a copy of the April/May 2005 issue of Dwell to see an article on a cool prefab apartment complex that is going up in Manchester, UK.
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Weather data wants to be free

Rick Santorum (R-PA) is floating a bill that would force the National Weather Service to hold back any of its data if it competed with a private sector company that also provides similar information. The essence of this bill is that the NWS will only be allowed to provide “severe weather forecasts and warnings designed for the protection of life and property of the general public.” Of course, this bill is a sweetheart deal for PA based AccuWeather.
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How Not to Show a House

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Home Buyers are Stupid

Apparently a number of folks who own Frank Lloyd Wright homes from his usonian period are having are hard time selling them. This is just plain sad. According to this AP article on Yahoo news, the average home buyer is so hung up on multi-car garages and sprawling kitchens and bathrooms that they won’t even consider the beauty and elegance that is a Wright home. If I had $400K and wanted to live in Michigan, I’d kill to buy a Wright home.
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Old Retired Men

My wife and I are sitting here having coffee early this fine November morning and listening to the sound of our neighbor Bill putting the garbage out for tomorrow’s collection. Bill is always the first person on the street to get the garbage out. He gets it out a full 24 hours before the garbage men actually come to get it, despite the fact that you’re not supposed to put your garbage out until the evening before collection.
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AIX is Hell

This week at work, I’ve been beating my head against the wall trying to get AIX installed on a couple of machines. I had to get AIX 4.3.3 installed on a RS/6000 B50 server and AIX 5.3 installed on an eSeries p520. Both were no end of trouble for me. First off, I’m no slouch when it comes to installing Unix machines. I’ve built tons of Solaris machines, a couple of HP-UX boxes, and numerous Linux and BSD machines.
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Mac OS X Marklar Icon

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A quick nibble at New Rivers

Having spent way too much time over the last year cooped up in this house, we decided that we needed to start getting the hell out of the house more often. As we like to do with all decisions of serious import, we acted on it immediately by getting out for a quick nibble this evening. We were originally going to go to Olives on North Main Street, but when we pulled into the parking space in the lot by the Secretary of State building, I noticed that we were right by the kitchen door of New Rivers.
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Say it Frenchie!

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Starving Dog!

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Navel Gazing

In a moment of utter boredom this morning, I was contemplating my navel lint. Every evening, after a day of wearing one shirt or another, I manage to accumulate a certain amount of lint in my navel. I know it comes from the shirt I’m wearing, as it is inevitibly the color of the current day’s shirt. The big question is why don’t all my shirts have a little hole wear my navel lies.
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CSP: DYI Certificate Authority

Are you in need of X.509 certificates for your systems? Are you outraged by the expense of commercial CAs? You can be your own certificate authority. I’ve tried out a bunch of different Open Source CA packages and found most of them to either be too rudimentary (e.g. the CA.sh script that comes with the OpenSSL distribution) or way too complex (OpenCA). However, I’ve finally managed to find a reasonable middle ground for a low volume CA.
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