Jobs on Death

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart… …This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept: No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. 

– Steve Jobs

2016 Reading Challenge

As the end of the year approaches, I am also approaching my goal of reading 52 books this year. The tally is 51 as of today. I have several in progress. However, a few of the books could be classified as novellas. I shouldn’t nitpick, but I may still try to read a few more full-length books anyhow.

No Regrets

Were I to live my life over again, I should live it just as I have lived it; I neither complain of the past, nor do I fear the future; and if I am not much deceived, I am the same within that I am without … I have seen the grass, the blossom, and the fruit, and now see the withering; happily, however, because naturally. 

To the Google Cloud

Despite my distaste for all things Google, I’ve decided to give Google Compute Engine a try to see if there is a cost savings to be had over Amazon AWS offerings. The site has been completely migrated and is running on what I consider to be underpowered hardware. I will scale it up if necessary, but I want to see how much I can push this configuration before it locks up.

Straightening Stuff

The home office moves toward entropy without fail; however, I managed to restore some order today in preparation for a new computer monitor and in the hopes of tracking down my lost Mont Blanc. Alas, the writing instrument remains missing.

NGINX

The more work I do with web applications and complex backend architectures, the more I like NGINX. It has come a long way and is mighty powerful. I hope it remains lightweight as it matures.

DNS Outage

It seems that my domain registrar, and thus my DNS provider, was under a DDoS attack making my site unresolvable for a short while. It looks like the issue has been resolved. I’m hoping there’ll be no more outages today.

NaNoWriMo

Dare I say that I am going to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year? I find my inner procrastinator does not like grand plans.