Update to my SoC Cluster

Back in 2015, I created my first SoC cluster. It was based on the Raspberry PI 2 Model B with added 1TB spinning disks and a custom designed stacking case. Hadoop YARN, HDFS, and Spark all successfully ran on it. However, the limits of 1GB RAM and the 100mbps Ethernet NICs meant that Spark was…

Garage Renovation – Completion

Finally, the garage was ready for the epoxy coatings of the floor and foundation. Epoxy coating a garage floor is one of the best things you can do to a garage in my opinion. It’s something I did when we moved into our Seattle house, and I couldn’t wait to have this floor coated too….

Garage Renovation – Part 3

With the foundation finished, it was time to cover up the walls. This was not a task for drywall or plywood. I wanted a material that would tolerate the potential for moisture and insects. I also wanted it to look good. With that criteria, it’s difficult to find a better option than tongue and groove…

Garage Renovation – Part 2

Following the mold remediation and ventilation addition described in my Garage Renovation – Part 1 post, the concrete foundation needed to be repaired. As I am not a mason and have limited experience with concrete work, the Internet had to be my expert. After hours of online research, the best course of action appeared to…

Garage Renovation – Part 1

Before any real renovation work could begin, the mold and ventilation had to be addressed. As mentioned in my Garage Renovation – Overview post, once the garage door was closed, there was no way for air to circulate. There were no vents in the garage door or ceiling. That created a perfect world for black…

Garage Renovation – Overview

When we moved into our San Francisco house, its 91 years of age weighed on us. I’m convinced that I vacuumed 30lbs to 40lbs of spider webs from the garage alone. Cardboard boxes we had stored there as we unpacked would be damp from the cavelike environs. Once the door was shut, there was no…

Celebrating France

Melissa has been in Paris all week for work.  Tapas and I have been stuck at home.  That also means that there is nobody here to tell me not to do stupid things.  😉  So, Tapas now has a tiny beret.

Bacon Club

Over the past decade, and since falling off the vegetarian wagon, I’ve home cured bacon a couple times. If you eat bacon and have never tried home curing, I recommend you indulge.  Although you might find store-bought artisanal bacon that compares, my home cured bacon has always been the best bacon I’ve ever had.  It’s…

Charging the Tesla

A week into learning the etiquette involved in charging my car at work, and I can tell that this is going to get interesting.  First, my commute is longer than most (which means that my required charge time is long).  Second, my office is at a building where there is more competition for the chargers…

Chez Klio

For the second time — while on Maui — we have spent an entire day at Chez Klio learning to cook beyond our comfort zone.  Highlights this time around were: the correct way to prepare Ahi, the secret to homemade wasabi mayo, the best seafood curry I’ve ever tasted, and a variation on pani puri…