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.

November 24, 2016 · Ian W. Parker


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

November 17, 2016 · Ian W. Parker

On Dying

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

November 3, 2016 · Ian W. Parker

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....

November 2, 2016 · Ian W. Parker

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.

October 16, 2016 · Ian W. Parker


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.

October 13, 2016 · Ian W. Parker

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.

October 12, 2016 · Ian W. Parker


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.

October 11, 2016 · Ian W. Parker


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.

October 11, 2016 · Ian W. Parker


“The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation is already memory.” —Henri Bergson, Matter and Memory

October 7, 2016 · Ian W. Parker