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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.

Piper

Piper is a short from Disney Pixar. Go buy it. It's six minutes of wonderment.

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.

On Dying

"He does not lose anything, for with the loss of himself he loses the knowledge of loss." – Jack London, The Sea-Wolf

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.

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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.

Heat

The iPhone 7 gets quite hot (not Note 7 hot, but still) when I’m actively working on it for over 15 minutes. It is reminiscent of my old 17” PowerBook leg-warmer. Better out than in, I suppose.