Version control for ~ (v3.0)

For a long time I used NFS for my home dir. That worked great at home and at work where I’d have a desktop and server. But then I got a laptop and that stopped working. For a while I’d rsync things but then I came across a “version control your home dir” article (this one?) and was hooked.


Docker Versus a Fossil

Docker is essentially “container tooling 2.0” following the 1.0 attempts of LXC. And it now has a number of competitors - including the original LXC project. All of them look interesting and rapid feedback loops are making them better.

Containers themselves aren’t really magical. They’re based on a number of newer namespace services in the Linux kernel. If you’re curious, Julia Evans has written some great pieces on how containers work with Running containers without Docker being a really good starting point.

Her articles show an interest in exploring and learning why things work as they do. A new tool shows up that could be useful and she dissects it to see how it works. A good, positive approach to an industry rapidly changing.


The Yellow Mug

This evening I cleaned up my kitchen. Even seasoned my cast-iron pan with some flax oil I overpaid for today. And I must admit it came out really nice. Yes, I watched about a dozen (two dozen?) YouTube videos on seasoning cast iron pans yesterday evening, what’s your point? Anyway, my clean kitchen. Go me. Feeling rather successful I decided to reward myself with a cup of hot chocolate. Unfortunately that was… not quite so successful.

Fun with tyres

This is from a facebook post on 18/10/2016. It was a rather odd evening.

Just learned a lot of things.


"Do you think she'll win?"

After a lifetime of talking politics, we were kind of ignoring this election. There were other, more immediate concerns. I’m not sure when she first asked, but it was when Bernie seemed to be doing better than the pundits had expected.


Review: Girl With All The Gifts

The Zombie genre has been a bit, well, full the past number of years. But there are still some really interesting stories nestled in amongst the survivalist ammosexual fantasy crud this genre has descended into. Happily this is one of them. Reviewing this without giving bits away is hard. So I’ll say first off that I liked the book. It leaves you wondering what you’d do; whether the right decisions had been made.

Some Drabbles and Twabbles

A number of years ago I was introduced to the Escape Pod and Drabblecast podcasts. And when reading up more about them I discovered the Drabblecast forums and the amusing Drabbles (100 word stories) and Twabbles (100 char stories). I even got a few on the show and thought I’d put them here. Note that the drabblecast is for weird stories… Four times they took him. Every time an anal probe.

Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream

One of the neatest bits of my first trip to Denmark wasn’t Legoland amazingly enough. It was a place that did liquid nitrogen ice cream. Istid is this little shop on a residential street in Copenhagen. Happily the street I was staying with a friend on! The setup is simple: on a counter behind glass are four brightly coloured Kitchen-Aid mixers; opposite them is a chalkboard explaining the four flavours of ice cream with toppings they offer.

Retirement Update

An update to my original retirement post. One issue I didn’t really highlight in the original post was debt. Pay it off. Not having debt could be considered a leg in itself. No mortgage, no credit card debt, no student loans, etc. That all needs to be gone once you retire. Private pensions sometimes have an option to borrow from them for various reasons. You should almost never do this. Right now interest rates are low so mortgages will generally give you decent rates, so even using your pension to buy property isn’t a great idea.

Back Home

My mom came home today. As per normal, I got confused about the time and place. While I was generally pretty good at collecting my mom from the airport, I ended up showing up a bit late from time to time. And there was often mixups with alarm clocks or wake up calls that made my on-time pickups a bit miraculous. This time there was a mix-up in getting my mom’s ashes.