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If you’re like me, you find it hard to enjoy reading through the majority of blogs out there. They are either too clickbaity, too bullshitty and almost always after your money. Wanting to get money is understandable, it takes at least time and effort (often money as well) to create the content that people want to read. The problem is when the money is first, the content comes second. When you see the Guardian or…

I’m a huge proponent of Kubernetes, but I’m not afraid to admit it has flaws. It has plenty. Like most people, I tend to use the NGINX Ingress Controller. It is simple and works well. Set it up, add an annotation to your ingress, and you’re golden. If you’re using cert-manager, it also plays nicely. The challenges arise when you try to use other ingress controllers which don’t conform to the standard kubernetes ingress model.…

Home away from home – a place that is as pleasant and comfortable as one’s own homeMerriam-Webster dictionary I’m sure most of us have experienced this before. It’s always a sad day. The day where you find the notice that one of your regular spots is closing for good. It could be a favorite restaurant, library, coffee shop, you name it. The loss of a place where you have a sense of comfort and stability in…

I have been asked why I would bother paying for an IDE when there are great ones out there that are open source. VS Code for instance is open source and with the help of a few plugins can be built into a first class development environment. And the truth is, I do use VS Code when it comes to lightweight work whether that be editing yaml files for Kubernetes resources or writing markdown (like this very…

Staff of Life – historically referred to bread as the staple and necessary food for life. Long ago, bread was the nutritious staple food item that kept people alive. If you read through On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee, you will find an interesting history of bread and it’s importance throughout history. But around 100 years ago, the quality of bread, especially in the US, has gone down dramatically. There is the saying “the best thing since sliced…

We’ve got all information just a few clicks away on the internet, yet sometimes it is good to have information stored in your head. This is just like how when writing applications, sometimes you want frequently used information to live in memory rather than pulling from a database whenever it is needed since it is faster to access. For many of us these days, our brain’s memorization ability has not been put to the test…

I generally sleep well at night. I exercise most days, I don’t drink most days, and I’m not carrying crippling levels of stress. So when I go to bed at night, within a few minutes I’m asleep and I wake up roughly 8 hours later feeling well rested. But what if I could sleep even better? Dream more vivid and interesting dreams – and remember them. Wake up feeling 25% more well rested. It turns…

After yesterday’s post on organizing knowledge, I investigated some ways to overcome the challenge I mentioned with using markdown + git for everything. That main challenge being portability. How do you access and edit your personal knowledgebase from anywhere in the world? Well after scanning through the original HN post I quickly saw that I was not alone in the desire to use markdown and git for everything (shocking, I know). Anyway, someone else was a step ahead of…

As happens commonly, I read an interesting question today on Hacker News that got me thinking. Today’s question was How do you share/organize knowledge at work and life? This is something I have spent quite a bit of time over the years trying to master. There is so much to learn out there every day, and yet something learned about is as quickly forgotten if not recorded or memorized. So the question to me is how do I ensure…

When you are a weightlifter, it is important to take a deload week from time to time. Might be once every 4 weeks, once every 8 weeks, or whatever your body needs. When you’ve been lifting heavy weights and increasing either the intensity or volume every day, your body will eventually need a break. Sure, most likely you have a rest day or two in your week, but that only keeps you going so long.…