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Not Dead Yet #1: This wasn’t on my calendar…

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014
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Wednesday Night was a normal night. Laurie and I had a nice dinner, polished off some muffins she’d baked, and splurged with an Angry Orchard cider (very nice, good flavor, not just sweet). Next thing I know, this happened. I’m in the emergency room, wired up to a bunch of machines — including the machine that goes *ping* (and *bloop* and *spung* and a few other noises). It’s been an interesting few days. Today was spent running around between my doctor and my tests (okay, shambling between). The stress treadmill...

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Things happening, things planned

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014
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There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes, and one aspect of that is that it’s reduced the time and energy needed to keep up a regular set of blog postings here (that, and Elder Scrolls). (Oh, shut up). I’ve been doing almost no photography since I got back from Yellowstone in June. That’s not that unusual for me; summer is definitely my least favorite season in the Bay Area, when the skies go boring and the light goes glaring and the summer birds are just hanging out waiting for the signal to migrate. That, and I...

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How Apple got the U2 giveaway wrong

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014
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I’ve been watching the kerfluffle about Apple giving away the new U2 album with some amusement. It’s really easy to say “watch all of these people complain about getting free stuff” and try to dismiss it, but in reality, there are some bigger issues where they have a point, and that shouldn’t be ignored. At the same time, much of what I’m seeing seems to be more about being able to make snide comments about Apple and/or U2 to gain snark points with their peers, because both are easy targets with groups of...

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Some back of the envelope calculations on web site costs

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014
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Okay, I promised myself I wouldn’t do this because I know I don’t have time for this project, and then I went and did it anyway, of course. So I’m putting it here as much for my ability to reference it later as for your benefit, but if you find it interesting and useful, even better…) I took a quick look at what I’m paying to operate my web site environments. That includes this site (chuqui.com) and my portfolio site on smugmug. The hosting setup I use for this site also hosts some private and small stuff,...

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Blog tools updates (a few quick geek notes)

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014
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I noticed that the WordPress folks released version 4.0 today. Before I upgrade the main site, I wanted to do some compatibility testing, so I spun up a quick test system, loaded it up, and than installed a copy of the main site content onto it. As far as I can tell, the site is working fine in the sandbox; I’m not seeing any problems. I have seen one report of a problem after an upgrade involving attaching media to a post, but other than that, not hearing much bad news. I thought I’d add in my early results for others...

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I suddenly found myself in the middle of a site redesign…

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014
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It wasn’t in my plans, but without really realizing it, I found myself elbow deep in my site doing a bunch of redesign and working on a lot of the guts normal humans never see. This is all stuff that’s been on my “do someday” list, but I’ve been going through a phase where “waiting for someday” is a bit of a dirty phrase, and so I’ve been trying to dig through the various “to do” lists and clean them up where I can and have time. I originally mentioned this back in mid-july, and at...

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Review Wednesday: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014
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Salt Sugar Fat Buy on Amazon One of the background tasks in my life since I was diagnosed with diabetes is to continually find ways to improve my lifestyle habits and eating. A bit part of the reason I became diabetic was because I was eating badly and neglecting what my body needed to stay healthy. I am, at my core, an engineer and a geek, so it was natural when I decided to get serious about this to treat fixing my body as an engineering project, and that implies things like tracking metrics and researching topics and technologies to...

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Why I threw out my bucket list. Should you?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014
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Like many people I’ve kept a so-called bucket list of things I want to do someday. Unlike most of you, I decided to throw mine out about a year ago. I happened to run into an old copy of it in my archives this week, and it made me think about explaining why I got rid of it. I realized the bucket list was an excuse to not do anything. It’s a fake accomplishment. It makes you think you’ve done something, by deciding that you’ll do something “someday”, so you don’t actually have to try to make it happen....

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Review Wednesday: Towards Better Eating

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014
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When I left Apple I was a mess, and so was my diet — it was pretty literally burgers and fries six days a week. Since then it has been that long, slow trudge towards a healthy diet, one salad or turkey sandwich at a time. You don’t just wake up one morning and eat a healthy diet. You can try, but you’re fighting lots of ingrained habits, and breaking bad habits and rebuilding new better ones is stressful and hard. It takes a solid six weeks for a new habit to become something you’re really comfortable with —...

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Review Wednesday — I have committed Keurig

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014
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If you had told me a year ago I was going to buy a Keurig, I’d have laughed. And yet, here I am, owner of a Keurig. A couple of weeks ago I bought a Keurig K60/K65 — and to be honest, so far, I really like it. Why? Since I’ve started my new job I’m working at home more. That means I’m not out and about as much, which means fewer opportunities for an easy stop by the local coffee shark or a convenient Starbucks. One day I found myself seriously thinking about getting into the car just to drive a few blocks to grab...

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