Blog for 2021

  • Off Beat

    ,  tagged project boat

    Off Beat is my new old boat, an Island Packet 27 built in 1987. It's a sturdy, slow and comfortable sailboat and should satisfy my nautical yearnings for some time now. It needs some work before I can go far in it. The south east coast is not a particularly great cruising ground. Where else will I go?

  • Shipping (Apps In) Containers

    ,  tagged software

    Software containers intensively developed devops crowd and are starting to catch on as a mainstream technology. But I think more pervasive adoption is hampered by another round of platform wars (Docker is not like Kubernetes is not like (fill in the blank). This forces application developers into tough choices, and reduces or complicates options available to users who would like to invest more in container-managed environments.

    Header Photo by Rinson Chory on Unsplash

  • Oregon Coast Bike Tour 2021

    ,  tagged biking

    Trip report from the Oregon Coast bike tour, lead by Ralph Nussbaum and the Pegasus Tours crew.

  • Get a Receipt for Your Vote

    ,  tagged rants politics

    analogy with credit card transactions Large scale -- country wide, billions of transactions per day, can handle peakes like Black Friday with aplomb Customers (voters) transfer credits (votes) to vendors (candidates). Banks (election supervisors) ensure the transfers are correct and also ensure that customers can only spend the same dollar once. Double entry bookkeeping assures integrity of the process. Vote credits and transferred to voter, then to candidate.

  • 22-June-2020

    2 days till I retire. 13 days till we set out cross country. today, we got the first covid reports mentioning Charleston county as the hotspot in SC, and we've started to hear of friends and coworkers testing positive, so risk is rising. risk of travelling rising, too. need to be real sure we've got health insurance in place before we leave!

  • Lessons Learned in Hugo Config

    ,  tagged hugo

    Configuration gotchas [Solved] UglifyURLs and CanonifyURLs I'm trying to keep images in same folder as post they belong to. That's an easy thing to manage in Typora (and other markdown editors). But I'm having trouble using simple relative image links, e.g ![foo](foo.jpg). I can't seem to get hugo site generation to put the files in the right place in the generated site (in fact, they're not being moved anywhere.) On the one hand, I want to host images in same folder as .

  • Big Reads and Listens

    ,  tagged Commentary

    Literature and Music I want to drill into. First, accumulate sources here, then blog about the individual pieces as I wade into them and study them.

  • Why I Blog

    ,  tagged Blog Rants

    Like everyone else, I've got opinions and experiences to spare and to share. So why not simply haunt the usual online communities and contribute there? Why go to all the trouble of starting an isolated blog? Three reasons: to control my own data; to spare innocent users of all the other sites the burden of my opinions; to see whether this is a feasible model for personal interaction on the internet.

  • Er, Hello, Tap, Tap... Is This Thing On?

    ,  tagged Commentary

    First post on the newly refurbished blog server. Sadly, all content of the old blog was lost in the transition. But the new server is spiffy and I'll tell you all about it soon. For now, can do Markdown? Is it crunchy? awkward? Is it delicious? fractious? Can insert HTML here Enough blather with the editor.

  • NGINX Supporting Multiple Services, Doing TLS for All

    ,  tagged Blog Software

    My first direct engagement with Ngnix, employing its vaunted reverse proxy capability.