New year, new nerdery

Posted on Thu 11 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, aws, funtoo, gentoo, linux, personal, vps • 5 min read

It’s the January of 2018, and the sickness is upon me again. Sometimes you can feel it coming, like that first head fog that warns of a coming cold, or the klaxon of a stomach churn that alerts you to an impending flu. Other times, it comes out of …

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2017 by the numbers

Posted on Thu 04 January 2018 in Dispatches • Tagged with meta, personal • 3 min read

Yay, the obligatory retrospective post!

Let’s face it, in many ways, 2017 was a dumpster fire of a year. The political and social climate has been toxic and frankly it’s hard to be effective in this kind of environment. That’s why it’s more important than ever …

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Riding the Mastodon

Posted on Sun 26 November 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with mastodon, open source, personal, social media, twitter • 7 min read

Reader, I did it again. I joined another social network.

I know, I know. I should know better, right? But this time feels different. There’s something special about this one. Maybe it’s simply the contrast from Facebook and Twitter that makes it so appealing, but I can’t …

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My faithful companion: mutt

Posted on Fri 21 July 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, email, personal • 2 min read

About a month ago, on a whim, I started an experiment where I stopped checking my personal email on my phone, or via the web. Instead, I moved all my personal email activity over to Mutt. Yes, I’m now one of those nerds. The ones that use unnecessarily complex …

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Soaring with Pelican

Posted on Fri 19 May 2017 in Dispatches • Tagged with assorted geekery, development, meta, pelican, personal, python • 3 min read

Pelican logo

Get Pelican: it’s good!

There comes a time in every young man’s life when he begins to neglect his digital lawn, and the weeds grow so thick you wouldn’t think there was any home there at all. Such has been the state of Ministry for the last …

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What Are You Doing Now?

Posted on Sun 08 November 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal • 3 min read

It’s easy to forget what’s important to you.

It shouldn’t be. It should be easy to say “no” to the unimportant. It’s counterintuitive that we so easily set aside our priorities in the wake of the new shiny. But we do, and quite often. I’m …

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Hating on Curious George

Posted on Fri 10 April 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with parenting, personal, tv • 1 min read

One thing that parents can always bond over is irritation over children’s programming on television. For my wife and I, the primary focus of our irritation is the cartoon adaptation of Curious George in all of its incarnations, but we each hate it for different reasons.

My wife hates …

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Strumming Again

Posted on Mon 30 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with guitar, music, personal • 6 min read

Let’s talk about regrets, shall we?

They tend to haunt us through the years. Sometimes they are the things we wish we had said (or could be unsaid), and sometimes they are bigger than that, a path you didn’t take, or one you abandoned only a few steps along the way. It’s the second type I’d like to focus on today, and I’d like to start with one of mine.

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On Journaling

Posted on Mon 23 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with journal, personal, psychology, writing • 3 min read

Do you keep a journal? I often wonder.

It’s something we’re told we should do. Any simple search on the internet, or any self-help book you care to pick up, will suggest that there are numerous mental health benefits to journaling. Yet, when doing informal polls of the …

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Changelog: Improving Discovery and Readability

Posted on Thu 19 March 2015 in Dispatches • Tagged with development, django, haystack, jekyll, lsi, meta, octopress, personal, xapian • 4 min read

Iteration is the thing. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. After all, tinkering is easy to do, especially when you are working with a platform as flexible as Jekyll. So as you would expect, I’ve made several changes to the site since the initial relaunch.

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