Today I finally finished converting my blog from WordPress to Pelican. I have been meaning to do this for quite some time. I didn't really have any problems with WordPress, I just don't want to deal with a service anymore and static site generators now provide all the functionality I need. In fact, the fact that I can easily write code snippets directly in the posts is something I have long desired with WordPress. There are ways to do it in WP, but the ReStructured Text format is familiar to me and is natural/intuitive.
Comments are not avaiable. I don't know if I will enable them again; there were one or two useful comments out of the hundreds I received. I will most likely use Hacker News/Reddit comments when I post new things going forward.
Better Puppet Module Development through Testing - CasitConf 2013
Quickly validate puppet manifests in a git repo.
I have been bitten on more than one occasion with a forgotten curly brace or missing comma in a puppet manifest. So, I wrote a little git post-commit script that will validate all manifests in a repo. I have tested it on a repo with ~60 modules and ~400 manifests ...read more
My first puppet forge contribution: redis
Fixing Master Boot Record on Windows 7
I recently removed the linux partition from my desktop. I had a linux partition, but it made sense to just use one windows partition and run linux in a vm.
Removing the partition is not a big deal. I just used the Windows Disk Management tool to remove the linux ...read more
Monitoring RabbitMQ Queues with Zabbix
I was looking for a solution that did not require additional plugins or packages, but would perform well. Some useful tools for monitoring include: the ...read more
Jenkins Windows Slave with Git
There are some articles out there about setting up Jenkins slaves on Windows. This is one more, with a bunch of information about configuring Git. The documentation for setting up Git to work well with Jenkins is surprisingly sparse and the process is extremely frustrating (in my experience). Hopefully this ...read more
Five python tips
Six Days in New York City!
Eurotrip - Four days in Paris
Paris was spectacular! The weather was a bit drizzly, but I did get one full day of sunshine as I made my way through a four day whirlwind tour of monuments and museums.
The first museum I visited was the Louvre. It is huge. I cannot believe how big the ...read more
Eurotrip - Five Days in Barcelona
I had an exciting five days in Barcelona. The weather was nice, the time changed (to DST), I saw some great Gaudi buildings, and ate some amazing food.
My hostel was located on the south side of the Eixample neighborhood, in the middle of huge clothing stores and near La ...read more
Eurotrip - Four Days in Firenze
I had an absolutely wonderful time in Florence! It is clearly a city for tourists, but the museums and landmarks are, none-the-less, magnificent. I was completely exhausted every night from walking around the small city and its museums. I probably gained five pounds just from eating the gelato every day ...read more
Eurotrip - Three days in Zurich
I arrived in Zurich 21 hours after leaving Seattle. I took the train from the airport which provided some pretty exciting views of Zurich.
I love the feeling in Zurich. The buildings are mostly old. The windows all have shutters. There are lots of cobbled streets and narrow walkways.
I ...read more
Eurotrip Day 1 - Toronto!?
After staying up all night celebrating the end of my academic career, I was whisked to Toronto, Canada via Air Canada.
I had a six hour layover, which lead to an exploration of the Toronto airport. Turns out Coyote Jacks Grill is a pretty good 'fast food' concept. By American ...read more
Europe - Itinerary
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be traveling through Europe in the latter part of March into early April. I considered going to several places including Germany and Amsterdam, but ultimately I decided to go with my original plan. So, Zurich, Florence, Barcelona, and Paris are the ...read more
WikiGraph - Visualize Wikipedia Connections
WikiGraph helps users visualize connections among Wikipedia articles. It uses links within articles to decide how articles relate to each other. It is a Flash application with a PHP data services api, and a MySQL database. The database contains about 8.3 million articles with 800 million links. Seven UW ...read more
I have booked a trip to Europe at the end of Winter quarter! w00t!
I will be flying in and out of Zurich. I am hoping to travel to two or three other countries during my 18 day adventure. I am considering Florence, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Paris, France. I ...read more