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thoughts on tents in Florida

Joe Robbinet likes the Big Anges Creek ul1 and while it's a really expensive tent I can see the appeal. Total carry weight is around 2lbs but you can reduce the weight to just over 1lb if you give up the rainfly and poles and instead use a tarp and ridgeline. I don't have any concept of what a single pound feels like, however, if every item in your pack was rounded up to the nearest pound it would likely be very unpleasant.

After the Rules

After the Rule of 3 and the 5 C's of Survival there is yet another thing to know. When making choices like which cutting tool to carry there is also a usage count. So when choosing an item make sure it serves more than one purpose.
Humm,
how interesting.
I'm looking back on my career and many of the jobs that I was offered were based on more than one thing. [a] what can I do for the company today [b] what can I do for the company tomorrow.  
There were other times when there was interest in the code I was going to write today and in addition the ability to train or even manage my peers.
The lesson here is that if you want to take on a profession with singular focus you might want to reconsider. It's one reason why colleges offer a minor system. (Major in Computer Science and minor in Art History).
I will tell my daughters if they want to be programmers then also get their MBA.

Victorinox Hunter Pro Coating Gumming Stones

My Hunter pro is an awesome knive but the blade has a coating, however, if you email the factory's customer service they call it a finish. I don't know the difference.

The factory edge was awful. Making feathersticks or my usual sharpness tests all failed. Finally I decided to convert it to a scandi grind and the knife is awesome. I still need some work including a buffer and some compound to remove the "finish" completely.

And then I need to clean my stones again.

Review: CRKT Squid

In conclusion; feels solid, opens and closes nicely, pocket clip is functional and an odd shaped lanyard hole that I wish was a glass break. The framelock is strong and the finger studs and framelock are well placed making one handed open and close easy but it will never flick like a flipper.

My only real complaint is the edge. From the factory it's just not sharp enough. Even using my DST system and my DC4/CC4 I have not been able to get a good edge on this knife. Given the price is not worth the effort for the edge. Also, there seems to be a manufacturing problem with the blade. Not matter which system I use I cannot get rid of a divot.





I'll try again with my DC4 but I think this knife going into the junk drawer with my KISS and Pazoda2.

Where did all my folders go?

I've been cleaning my desk and so I need to make my undesirable knives go away. I have a box an so they are officially away. In my first pass all but one is a folder. Many suck so bad I wouldn't even pay the postage or even try to recycle them. Here they are:



The Ganzo blade finally took an edge but the blade is starting to get wobbly. I'm not going to even play with that. Someone will get hurt.The black HK has a nice action and lock but the size and shape of the blade makes the serrated edge a pain in the ass.The CRKT KISS is just crapy qualityThe CRKT Squid is nice all around except the edge. The Hallow grind sucks.The Pazoda2 is too small for anything... anything that small and I'm going SAK Classic SDPromithi's quality is the worst. I'm not sure it makes a good bottle opener since there are so many other ways to do that. What remains is two SAK SDs, a SAK Hunter Pro, and a SAK Farmer. At the moment the Farmer is my favorite except that I need a toothpick but…

coated knife blades

I will NEVER buy a knife with a coated blade. It's not that the blade adds friction or width to the blade but because it makes a mess of my sharpening stones. I does not matter if the stone os natural or man made the coating gets into the stone and makes a mess. The coating on my Victorinox Hunter Pro has damaged my CC4. Basic water and soap cleaning has restored some of it but the mess is on every stone and I have about 10 of them.


The orange knife in the middle is a Victorinox Hunter Pro. It's a nice knife but I hated the factory edge. after a few hundred strokes I was able to remove enough of the blade coating that I could convert the edge to scandi grind. I was finally able to make some proper feather sticks and defend myself against the evil paper empire. Except for that the knife is great.

In the meantime I have complained to the manufacturer because the descriptions are seriously lacking. I wonder if I'm looking at the right website.

Entry level cost for CoreOS+Tectonic

CoreOS and Tectonic start their pricing at 10 servers. Managed CoreOS starts at $1000 per month for those first 10 servers and Tectonic is $5000 for the same 10 servers. Annualized that is $85K or at least one employee depending on your market. As a single employee company I'd rather hire the employee. Specially since I only have 3 servers.

The pricing is biased toward the largest servers with the largest capacities; my dual core 32GB i5 IntelNuc can never be mistaken for a 96-CPU dual or quad core DELL

If CoreOS does not figure out a different barrier of entry they are going to follow the Borland path to obscurity.

Why enterprises and the super-rich get discounts

I was sitting at my desk writing a letter to the CEO at CoreOS. In chaotic fashion I was outlining how CoreOS might lose the container war and I outlined my reasons. I also described what I thought was a potential winning strategy given my experiences and perspective of history.

One recommendation I made was that CoreOS should have a lower cost of entry for developers, consultants and startups. And in the same recommendation I suggested that the enterprises should be subsidizing the startup and not the other way around. And lastly I was starting to outline what I thought were the 3 major layers and their offering.

What I wrote,

startupestablishenterprise what I read, poormiddle-classrich I do not pretend to understand the sales, marketing or economic justification for why business' give deep discounts to enterprise customers. Once you have an enterprise customer they usually stick around a while. If you have a sticky technology they are not really going to leave for a very long whil…

best of both worlds

Two things that I like about hammocks are the no poles and the wide open ventilation. Living and camping in Florida has been a real pain. I currently have an 8P and a 6P tent. The 8P is huge and takes too much time to setup and break down. Every time I sleep in this tent I sweat until the temp drops. I have not tried the 6P tent yet, however, it's supposed to be 10% cooler.

I've been thinking about how I would design a tent and that when I saw the Escapist from Sea to Summit.


It looks like it will support 2 people in a way that is comfortable in Florida. The inner tent hangs from the ridgeline and so poles are optional although pictured here. Of course you still need flat ground unlike hammocks. But in the Florida heat this might be idea. While STS seems to have put together a nice KIT it also costs $400 for the tent, tarp, ground cover ... and no poles.

There is an alternative and that is to assemble my own kit. STS has a nano 2P mosquito net that might be useful but there is…

camp stoves

I'm sitting at my desk watching my code boil and listening to a bushcraft guy talk about the Pathfinder alcohol stove. The first thing to note is that appears to be a break-in period. I do not know exactly why but I would imagine that it has something to do with the dual wall construction and the wick material between the two walls. He then described the capacity and burn duration. One filling would last 5+ hours and the kit included a second filling. Between the two reservoirs he estimated at least 5 days worth; which is a vague estimate since we do not know how many burns a day that is.

I have a Solo and Campfire from SoloStove and while I really like them because I do not have to carry fuel with me I'm starting to discover that they may not be permitted where I would normally be camping. I'm still researching the limitations and I'm getting to the point where butane may be the only way to go. Even for those thrifty AT hikers may be legally limited to something with …

Review: CRKT Original KISS

It sucks.


It folds nicely and the action is ok. Rather than using the stud I found myself using the bevel of the blade to open the knife. The complaint is that when it's closed the DT is not strong enough and when open it's easy to close since the normal grip include the lock release. The only problem with the closed blade edge is that the point is pointy and not smooth against the frame. I was not able to correct that with my stones as I was never certain what angle to reduce.
The blade is ok and cutting  takes getting used to. The 100% edge causes the knife to move sideways in the target.


I think the designer was intending the user to wrap the blade with money so that the bills would act as a sort of sheath. Which is not a bad idea. But then you're not going to win any speed awards.

There is a lanyard hole and the clip appears to be removable. I do not think this would make a good neck carry as it is kinda heavy for that and dangerous too. Although a creative knot might …

buyers remorse the Appellation Trail

I'm not doing the Appellation Trail (AT) any time soon but there are some ideas that I have been reading that leave me with knife buyers remorse.

I have been collecting knives since I started going head first into self-training bushcraft. I'd watch a few videos and then review some of the equipment people were using and then watch a dozen knife and tent reviews. And then the boxes start rolling in from Amazon.

I recently wrote about my knife collection. Some were complete shit. In retrospect they are still complete shit but I also do not need 10 Mora knives. One or two would have been fine and I should just have stopped there.Supplemented by a SAK.

In the meantime I watched a vlog


and although the conclusion is that hammock camping is fun/preferred for the presenter he was quick to explain that it's [a] expensive [b] heavy [c] complicated [d] difficult to get consistent.  I've, separately, commented that hammock camping is not permitted it all campgrounds and that ther…

rkt is making the rounds

As the pendulum swings back the other way I'm making some additional discoveries.docker leaves shit-loads of garbage around with no simple gc optionrkt has a great gc option and because it's not a daemon there are few locked artifactsand my favorite is that rkt is now packaged with other distros
In particular I like NixOS as it offers a level of idempotent configuration/execute that no one else does.

CRKT missed by a mile

I'm still looking for my EDC. I like my Ganzo but it's intimidating in the street regardless that it's legal with it's 3.5in cutting edge.

My complaints about the Pazoda 2 are:

too small - can only grip with almost 3 fingershinge is tightone hand open is HARD and requires two fingers in the holeclip does not work in a jean pocket Since it's tip down I suppose I can attach a lanyard for safety preventing slippage. At least the SAK SD has a pair of scissors etc. This blade does the one function when you really need more than that to justify a carry.

Review: Victorinox Farmer

Victorinox, aka S.A.K., is probably one of the most recognizable knife companies out there. I do not recall when I receive my first SAK but I have received, bought, and lost many. In fact I have one in my dopp kit for when I travel and check my bags and several around the house including my office.



Recently I decided to give the SAK Farmer a try as one of the BOBs (bug out boys) I like to watch decided to leave his fixed blade at home and try an expedition with just his Farmer. He was successful, however, unless he secretly had a saw, fixed blade or secret ax I think I learned a few things from my try-stick.

know where you are going so you know what sort of fuel you can expectknow the weather conditions because wet fuel can change the profileknow if you are going to use a gas cooking fire or a wood cooking fireknow if you're going to have or make a recreational campfireknow if you are going to cook where you sleep (not a great idea) After considering this I came to the conclusion t…

if microservices then why a registry

By definition I expect a microservice to have a small executable which means a small amount of source code. Therefore what is the benefit of a public registry giving evildoers a brand new vector to inject bad code into my system. It's particularly dangerous since the registry is binary, the source cannot be authenticated, and even so, just like the many other land grabs for vanity usernames leaving open  the possibility of impersonation and so on.

It seems to me:

that ALL registries should be privateI should be able to link to a repo with either a Dockerfile in the project or one I might inject in the registry which might itself be a repoI should be able to specify the trigger rules for updatingI should be able to connect to a zero config build-cluster If you represent an enterprise you're already doing this or you should. If you're not an enterprise and you're not doing this then you will eventually be someone's bitch.

kuber-hating it

I was getting ready to switch to Deis when I found and watched a video on Deis Workflow and Helm. I wasn't particularly excited except to notice that they were abandoning their 1.0 project; as was the direction I was heading into.

So for the 3rd or 4th time I headed into the kubernetes world and everything the Deis CTO said about kubernetes was true. It's simply a pain in the as to configure and who wants all that minutia. Even dedicated OPS people don't want that crap and that might be something he missed altogether. Simply put there are just a few usecases that need to be solved and you've got 99% of the work done. The rest need only change the way they do things in order to accept the best practice. Even Docker has missed that point.

Frankly Docker is going to win regardless of the specific reasons it's better. Not even MiniKube is going to patch that hole as it does not work on certain environments. For example I'm building with CoreOS and not even that wor…

water safety

I could be wrong but when I was a kid, every summer, I took Red Cross swimming lessons at the community pool. And every summer I received my Red Cross certificate. I cannot tell you whether my parents paid for those lessons or not but they lasted nearly the entire summer.

By comparison I was looking at the Weston YMCA swimming lessons and they are approximately $50 per 30 minutes. Living in Florida you'd think that swimming lessons might be subsidized beyond the very basic classes which are sponsored by the State of Florida and not the YMCA.

Struggling with rkt, flannel, etcd

I'll say it again, I want to make Docker go away from my stack for all the reasons that the CoreOS team talks about. Granted I cannot eliminate it all but I should be able to get rid of a lot. And here are my challenges:

etcd2

Make sure that etcd is listening on 0.0.0.0. I wish this were not the case because it means that rogue apps could communicate with etcd directly just by connecting to the network and while not a terrible thing it does require more network security instead of secure by default.

I had several problems with my cloud_config, aka user_data, and frankly I did not want to reinstall my IntelNuc as it is unpleasant to install.

I manually updated: /var/lib/coreos-install/user_data
I also edited my local cloud_config.yml
and I bootstrapped from my local cloud_config.yml with this:

sudo systemctl stop etcd2
sudo systemctl stop fleet
sleep 2
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/etcd2/proxy/cluster
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/etcd2/proxy
sudo coreos-cloudinit --from-file ./cloud-config.yml 

fleet

I'…

Bug Out Bag in Seattle

We were in Seattle for 9 days as a tourist. From time to time we went on extended drives from 1hr to 3hrs. Many of the longer drives were in the east where we were on single lanes, in the mountains, and most of the time we were alone.
On one occasion we were driving back to Bellevue when a deer jumped out and crossed the road. Had we not been paying attention we could have crashed ... the next car might not see us is we went over the edge of the road.  What did I carry and what did I use?
first aid kit - USED, I'll probab ly get a smaller kit and put my flashlight and SAK in it2x micro towels - USEDfolding knife - NO, next time I'll bring my SAK insteadsharpening stones - NO, leave it at homecordage and zip ties - NO, too many bad actors out there and on the riseflashlight - USEDlightweight rain jackets - NO, personal sheler is a muststroller rain cover - NO, leave the stroller at home toostuff sack with snacks - USED2x small travel games - USEDtarp - NOnylon beach blanket with…

skydns from docker to rkt

I'm trying to move my projects from docker to rkt for reasons described by the CoreOS team and my own personal feelings about docker. As a result I was able to get my skydns container to run nicely as a rkt container.

Pre-Requisites:

CoreOS - kinda optionalrktdocker2aci - I forked this project so that [a] it could run statically in the CoreOS host and [b] so that I did not have to trust another binary The process is pretty simple: convert the docker container to a rkt container
./docker2aci docker://skynetservices/skydnsrun the rkt version
sudo rkt run --net=host  --insecure-options=image skynetservices-skydns-latest.aci --exec="/skydns" There is some room for improvement in the RUN. For example, daemon vs interactive; and whether the DNS server is to be bridged to the host or the container subnet. Then you have to make some choices about how the containers are going to talk and how skydns is going to connect to etcd, fleet, and possibly flannel.
There was some doc that sugg…

camping in Florida

I have a couple of Florida camping notes that I had not previously considered in too much detail.hammocks may not be permitted because they damage trees; straps or not. Frankly if you are not experienced you could hurt yourself and much of it depends on the type of trees and the quality of the soil.if you are 2 campers then get a 4P tent. The rule is 2x the number of people.use a cot so there is circulation around you.tent should have plenty of ventilation so pick your tent and tent site carefullyconsider blankets instead of sleeping bags Specific brands are subject to debate.

SouthWest Airlines the friendly skies

We were flying back from Seattle when a drunk passenger 2 rows behind my wife and kids went off on them as my 5 year-old was singing with her headphones on. He was sitting two rows behind her and had his headphones on. And although I was half a row ahead of her I was listening to a lecture and I could not hear her at all. In fact I could not hear him complain until it was over and he was heading back to his seat.

We lodged a complaint with the flight crew and indicated that he had alcohol; who then gave him another vodka tonic.

While the passenger might have paid for the drink it occurs to me that with random seating it is impossible to file a formal complaint because the seat number is insufficient information for anyone to do anything.

rkt for building apps

I use CoreOS for about everything.


It's a secure and robust OS meant for containers. One challenge that I have had is my development environment. I started with CoreOS toolbox but there was an uncomfortable latency between starts. So I built a devbox project that created a docker container instance which I would connect to and then do my work. I could create more docker container instances or build applications and so on.

The challenge is that in order to build my apps I needed my devbox container. Which pre-supposes that I could not CI/CD. Which I could not.

Now I have constructed a sample project which documents how to use rkt to build an app and then a rkt container.

what can rkt do for me?

I have an app that I want to compile inside a rkt container. I'm just not sure if it works.

For starters I already have a docker container that I built based on Alpine 3.3 (not my favorite but works). I shell into the container and edit my code. Clone, commit and push to my github repo and I can build from within the container and produce containers for docker and rkt.

rkt let's me run static binaries but that's about it. I do not see any connection to the guest OS or even if there is a guest OS.

UPDATE: it works great! See my demo project. Also, I wrote a post to go with it.

Five more Cs of Survival

This should be short.  I've decided to criticize Dave Canterbury's 10 C's of Survival. Basically his C's. The first 5 on his list are the same as everyone else's.

cutcordagecombustioncontainercover But then he added candlecottoncompasscargo tapecanvas needle While Dave's do not add much weight to any BOB (bug out bag) it is kinda redundant. The candle and cotton are part of combustion and so are specific examples. Cargo tape could be considered the same as cordage and a canvas needle could be constructed in the field and frankly I'm not sure what you might need it for.
The real interesting one is the compass. If you take Alan's advice from season 1 of ALONE. He says that navigation during survival is more about knowing where your resources than it is about exact direction. And if you have the time you can always determine north the old fashioned way.

"Now that's a knife"

My new Mora knifes arrived. The 746 Allround and the Allround Multi-purpose (I'll refer to it as the MP).

It's easy to see the blade length and once you've handled a SCHF37 you'll know just how special Mora knives are. In practical terms I went directly to my pile of processed word and started making feathersticks. These knives are the sharpest yet.

Given the 8.1 inch length of the MP I was surprised how light it is. The thing about the short blades is that your stroke to make a feather is shorter and with the long blade the stroke is longer. That means that more of the blade will tear at your skin until your nerves report any sort of pain to your brain. I have the cuts to prove it.

I do have one complaint. The sheathes.

The MG and MP sheathes are made from the same plastic, however, the lops are either leather, pleather or some other synthetic that is not webbing. Also missing is some kind of piggyback that many of the shorter knifes have. I'm also not sure if I&#…

YouTube Kids is not for kids

I have attached a screenshot of the YouTube for Kids app. It very clearly says that it is for ages 5 and under. It goes on to tell you about electronic recommendation engines not being perfect, however,  you'd think that once I had reported an inappropriate video that it would be deleted.


So I ask the question, in what country is it OK to show children 5 and under videos of pregnant Disney characters, Barbie, and even My Little Pony.... having surgery, c-sections and the like? And this begs the second question; once I have reported the offending videos why do they keep popping up in the playlist?



who is paying for whom?

Some months ago there was talk about the rich and the middle class. The question was who was paying the bulk of the taxes. Some talking head said that the top one half of one percent pays more than the rest of the country.

Bu that's not my point.

I like CoreOS. I like that they have found products and services that let them earn a living, put food on the table and send their kids to school. But where I get frustrated is that Quay.io costs $12/mo for 5 private repos. But if you're an enterprise customer it costs $1200/mo for 1000 repos. If you do the math it seems that the starter user is subsedising the enterprise user.

Consider this that the enterprise user likely has larger projects with many more servers and many more users. You cannot tell me that once the initial setup is performed that the enterprise user is benefiting from any amount of scale. Furthermore, bitbucket charges for each user in the private repo and githut charges for the number of repos. The reality is that…

analysis of a train wreck

I was reading an article about a DEVOPS train wreck. The author seemed to be critical of DEVOPS, Openstack, Kubernetes, and the Agile process. Frankly he was throwing around so glossary tems that his point seemed lost in the aggregate.

And as I kept digging for the conclusion, I heard it. It's the phrasing that you hear in any Shark Tank episode.
"We’re staking our future on solving this problem, and others are as well. If more smart people get busy solving this problem, we will all benefit by getting our industry into shape for the new-new way of writing and running software." -Sumeet Singh That's when I realized it was marketing. The article is broken into what amounts to an executive whitepaper.

the problem statement with a hint of a solutionsupporting bullets that reinforce the problem statementa polished summary that basically restates the problem and then offers a vague solution Now if you were writing to the CEO of a company with a complaint it might look somet…

don't pipe to shell

The topic has been around a while and this article does a good job describing the challenge. But is it really a problem.

First of all most programmers give themselves sudo or admin permissions whether on Windows, Linux or Mac. Many times not requiring a password. Many time these same people install tons of packages, 3rd party libraries, containers, and so on from curated and non-curated sites.

Examples of curated sites include the default ubuntu, fedora, bsd, redhat package servers. Examples of non-currated sites include alpine linux, most of the development sites, directly from public repos on github or bitbucket, and my favorite is the docker public registry.

So the point is....
If you are wiling to install code from public non-currated sites with NOPASSWD sudo access what difference does it make if you install the code with a shell script or pkg_add, yum, or apt_get?

GPL or MIT

I classify BSD and Apache as MIT licenses. They just don't care what you do with thrie code. I think there is some attribution that is required but that's it. And in this post I'm going to take a birds eye view of MIT and GPL.

I'll start by saying that I do not like any of the GPL licenses and for the most part it just not matter why although when you compare the different licenses only the GPL expects me to actively do something when consuming GPL'd source which goes beyond simple attribution.

So far as I can tell the MIT license only requires attribution.

If you ask me to choose between the two I will always choose the MIT version. Both as a consumer and as a publisher. Sure I'd like to get credit for my code. Sure I'd like to get paid if something I did was the root of some else's billion dollar enterprise. And for that matter I have no idea why RHS is so hell bent on the GPL other than he is simply so invested in it.

If you're a good programmer …

Weave vs Flannel

While Weave and Flannel have some features in common weave includes DNS for service discovery and a wrapper process for capturing that info. In order to get some parity you'd need to add a DNS service like SkyDNS and then write your own script to weave the two together.
In Weave your fleet file might have some of this:
[Service] . . . ExecStartPre=/opt/bin/weave run --net=host --name bob ncx/bob ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker attach bob
In sky + flannel it might look like:
[Service] . . . ExecStartPre=docker run -d --net=host --name bob ncx/bob ExecStartPre=etcdctl set /skydns/local/ncx/bob '{"host":"`docker inspect --format '{{ .NetworkSettings.IPAddress }}' bob`","port":8080}' ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker attach bob
I'd like it to look like this:
[Service] . . . ExecStartPre=skyrun --net=host --name bob ncx/bob ExecStart=/usr/bin/docker attach bob
That's the intent anyway. I'm not sure the exact commands will work and that's partly why we…

Birch v. Baton (1-0)

I'm a little bored thinking about DNS and other work things and I decided to hit pause on my Tivo. I'll return to Shark Week later tonight. In the meantime I decided to do some batoning.

I took a small half segment of birch from my stock and started whacking. The first split was a little tough and I got the sense that the knot was going to be tough. After the first split I went back to my different Mora knives only to discover some things:

The Mora Light My Fire knife is no good for batoning hardwood.  The thickness of the blade prevents it from acting more like a wedge. Later I tried some more feathersticking and while the blade would grab the wood it seemed to require more power than I thought necessary.The different Mora Carbon blades were generally thicker and baton'd better. The blades with the smooth polish did better on the feathersticking.The Stainless Steel Mora was probably the best balance. All of the blades above were either just under 4" or just over. The …

SkyDNS vs Consul

Competition is a good thing and that someone at HasiCorp decided to compare SkyDNS to Consul is also a good thing. I'm just a little tweaked about the biased nature of the review even though I cannot find fault with wanting to come out on top.
Getting SkyDNS started is as simple as: start etcd if not already running (systemctl start etcd2)pull SkyDNS from the docker registry (docker pull skynetservices/skydns)set your SkyDNS config (etcdctl set /skydns/config '{"dns_addr":"127.0.0.1:53","ttl":3600, "domain":"nuc.local", "nameservers": ["8.8.8.8:53","8.8.4.4:53"]}')you must restart SkyDNS after any config changeonly supports one domainpassthru to other nameserverslaunch SkyDNS (docker run -it --net host --name skydns skynetservices/skydns)install a test record (etcdctl set /skydns/local/nuc/bob '{"host":"127.0.0.1","port":8080}')test SkyDNS (dig @localhost bo…

appengine and appscale

appscale and appengine are awesome platforms. There is something to be said for all that infrastructure that I do not have to be concerned with. The amount of documentation that Google offers is amazing and the appscale says that they are plugin replacement for appengine would be nice but falls short.

First of all appengine has two flavors.  The first offering that has been around for years and the latest managed VM or flexible environment. The later is not supported by appscale.

Appscale has an interesting Docker version. It seems to be a plain container with appengine inside. The documentation makes no mention on how to join containers or how appscale might launch it's own containers. Basically I was looking for containers inside containers... sort of. Or for that matter how to communicate to the appscale instance inside the container and pushing apps into appscale from outside.

Sadly, from this page it seems that appscale is not intended for nested docker.

baton FAIL

Sitting here at my desk with a Sponge Bob bandaid on my finger I feel like an idiot. I was taking a moment from my day, as a programmer, to relax and get my thoughts before I started work on my next segment. I decided I was going to Baton some wood.

This is what our wood looks like in suburban Florida:

This is my anvil for processing wood. I think the retailer was trying for a Swedish torch so when I'm finished with it as an anvil I will burn it too:

This is my box of feathersticks

This is my baton (pretty certain it's a verb and a noun):

My tools:

What went wrong? To be hyper critical a number of things went very wrong. First and foremost I was not thinking and taking my time. The first thing I did as was use my silky saw to create the baton. As soon as I picked up the dead-fall I thought to myself that the baton was going to be too light. And after the first 5 or six whacks of the baton against the halved log (birch) I should have realized something was going wrong. Between …