Nixie Tubes

My early experiences with electronics was at the very end of the tube era. Five & Dime stores still sold replacement vacuum tubes for television sets and radios. Did anyone actually buy them, though? Not sure. Apple II and Commodore computers were already commonplace. Tubes still fascinated me, and in the past several years I…

White Whale

Being a bit OCD and having far too many interests, I’ve found myself suffering the “White Whale” on more than one occasion. “Call me Ishmeal…,” and all that. More appropriately, “Call me Ahab.” I become fixated, but I’m also lucky enough to recognize that character flaw trait. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This led to an art project I…

Artistic Metalwork

Another of my many hobbies is artistic metalwork. Back in 2015, after years of Melissa asking for cafe lights in our backyard, I designed and fabricated three light poles in an Art Nouveau style. My goal was to bridge both the cafe lights common in French cafes with the famous Art Nouveau styles of Paris…

Letterpress

One of my hobbies and passions is letterpress printing: both the product (e.g., cards, stationary, art) and the activity. Since this is a new version of my blog, it does not have the years of prior posts — including those documenting my letterpress work. To attempt a remedy for that shortcoming, I’ve put together a…

Micro-Trenched Fiber Optic

One of the many, many projects on my home project list was to run wired network connectivity between our house and the garage (which is a physically separate building). The existing WiFi extension to the garage proved widely variable and generally unreliable. It’s no fun to be in the middle of a Peloton class and…

Sourdough Loaf

Since I’ve got this sourdough starter sharing the kitchen, why not throw together a sourdough sandwich loaf? Unlike the bread I made in a previous post, the loaf was exceptionally simple and fast. Dangerously fast. As in: I have to stop making bread before it does bad things for my health.

Sourdough

Baking is not something that comes natural for me. (Cooking is where I tend to shine.) This never stopped me from trying to make something fantastic, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at a natural sourdough bread. Being homebound for the past several weeks has given me the perfect opportunity to do so….

Surviving Fourteen

Tapas turns fourteen this month. Fourteen is definitely getting up there in the life expectancy for a chihuahua. However, Tapas has been a very healthy dog his entire life. Because of that, it came as quite a shock when he became deathly ill last week and had to spend several days at the pet hospital…

2020 Hot Chocolate Run SF – 15k

On Sunday, January 12, 2020 I ran my first Hot Chocolate 15k. For years I’ve seen people sport the high-quality swag from that race and thought to myself that I should sign up. The San Francisco race was a convenient opportunity to finally get some of that swag for myself. Unfortunately, the race has moved…

Kubernetes on Udoo X86 Cluster

As of this post, my new Udoo X86 cluster is fully functional and running Kubernetes. One Udoo is a master; three other Udoos are workers. Each of the three workers has a SATA connected 512GB SSD for storage. There is a fifth Udoo in the cluster that I have yet to put into service. This…

Udoo X86 Power/Sleep Messaging LED

This post is not going to have wide appeal. I get that. I’m posting it because I was unable to find the solution online myself, and I hope it will help someone else spend far less time than I did getting to the solution. Here’s the problem: The Udoo X86 that I am using in…

Update to my SBC Cluster

Back in 2015, I created my first SBC 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.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  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…

Maui Sunset

We’re in our last day of this trip to Maui.  It’s hard to leave such a nice environment.  Alas, we are but visitors.  Until next time…

Darioush’s 2017 Estate Dinner Series

Continuing my birthday month celebrations, we headed to Napa for the weekend and attended the August 26th winemaker dinner at Darioush.  It was one of their new Estate Dinner Series evenings, this one “Featuring Duel” (a cabernet sauvignon / shiraz blend that we enjoy immensely).  If wineries received Michelin Stars, Darioush would have at least…

2016-2017 Golden State Half Marathon Series

A week after running last year’s Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon, I had the opportunity to run one of my bucket list races.  It’s not the particular race that was on my bucket list — it could have been any race that crossed the Golden Gate.  It just so happened that I saw the Golden…

Hello world!

After a multi-year blogging hiatus, I’m jumping back in. ย The advent of social media platforms temporarily diverted my attention, as was true for the attentions of most of my friends. (It was easier — at that time — to snap a photo on a phone and upload it to those platforms than to our own…