We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?

Man, it's been two months since I last wrote something here. Two months! But hey, I'm here now, with all the boring news and hot takes you've come to crave from this journal-which-is-also-a-public-facing-website. And so much has happened! I started my new job, I got engaged, I went to the west coast for the first time, civil order and decency has continued to unravel nationwide. But hey, let's ignore that last thing for a bit, and concentrate on the first three. No time for sad sack bullshit to start off this post, no sir Around the middle of my grand »

I've Driven Stick For Four Days Now

It's been 4 days since I picked up, if not bought, my Ford Focus GT, and it's been an eventful 4 days if nothing else. The first day was just a series of terrifying and jerky starts and stops as I attempted to navigate my way around the area without a) killing anyone and b) pissing anyone off. I succeeded at the former, flipped off a couple people while failing at the latter, but overall I was just a big ball of stress. I was filled with a lot of doubt. Was this the right choice? Am I a super »

Picked Up My New (Used) Car Today

So last week, I ended up buying a car. This is what I used to drive: I love you, old car. (Quint singing "Spanish ladies") It's a great car, easily the most comfortable and performant car I've ever owned. So why buy a different car? Do I have two cars now? The answer is no, I traded this car for this: A Ford hatchback? Really? Yes! Specifically, a 2013 Ford Focus ST. I've been meaning to get a car for a while, specifically a car with a manual transmission, not an automatic. I figured if I was into cars, I »

I Went For A Run Today

I'm now on day 3 of my month of not working, and I've started to make progress towards the (reasonable, attainable) goals I've sort of defined for myself before going back to work. One major one I accomplished late last week was purchasing a new (used) car! I'll write more about that when I actually get it, since there was some paint damage I negotiated the dealer fix before I'd agree to buy, but suffice to say it's a fun little 6 speed stick shift that should be a great commuter car. Not as good a commuter car as my »

Fads In Software Engineering

This blog post by Adam Drake (I 100% don't know who he is, to be clear) was posted in a few different places I tend to frequent for tech news, including Facebook. It's a pretty decent read, but the tl;dr is that Microservices are really hot right now, and that's a bad thing for a lot of software companies, particularly small ones. Why? Well, it doesn't have anything to do with the architecture in question, it has to do with how, where, and when it's applied. This is true for an enormous number of new or emerging technologies, and »

We're Putting The Band Back Together

A lot of decisions are hard. In general, the larger their impact on your life, the harder they are to make. Thinking about some of the most important and difficult decisions you might have to make, some obvious ones come to mind. Getting married, buying a house, having a child, moving to a different region or country. One that I think often goes overlooked is deciding to find a new job, and shortly following that is deciding where you want to work. You're making the choice to forgo the relative financial security you enjoy in favor of new opportunity, while »

Reading The Man Pages Doesn't Make You Dumber

I read a lot these days about how The Internet, and how we interact with it, has some pretty important serious for human cognition. This is something that interests me a great deal, since 1) I spend a hell of a lot of time online for my job as a web developer and 2) I would like to have a little bit more foreknowledge on stuff like "should I let my kid have a phone" when that topic inevitably comes up in like 15 years. I'm also keen to know whether or not the industry I'm a part »

VPNs, Networks for VIPs

A few weeks ago the Senate nullified FCC rules that prevented Internet Service Providers (ISPs) sell your browsing history to 3rd parties. "But Chris, I always clear my browsing history after I [buy my girlfriend presents/read conspiracy websites/purchase mail order brides]!" you say, thinking that this is sufficient. But alas, it is not. You see, in order to actually get to that mail order bride website you know and love, you have to travel over wires and through switches owned by Comcast, or Time Warner, or RCN, or whoever you pay too much for internet access. »

The Sun Is Great

Winters are generally a pretty tough time for me, and this last one was no exception. I really love New England, and all the varied people and climates that we get to experience here, but as I've gotten older I've really come to hate Winter. Me, all Winter It's cold, everything is dark, there's too much food, most of it isn't as good as food in other seasons (fight me). When you throw SAD into the mix, it's a recipe for disaster. In the U.S., and other places that have variants on "Daylight Savings Time", the shock »

We're Definitely Home

In case there was any chance we were mistaken, today it's definitely Spring In New England. Cloudy, rainy, miserable, and everything looks dead! There's no place like home Still, it is great to be back. We've been away since the 23rd of March (with a brief 24ish hour stopover here), and we're exhausted. The cat is absolutely ecstatic that we're back, and she won't leave me alone. Yesterday/last night, we had to put up with endless meowing and running around, which has now given way to her just sitting next to me on the desk and occasionally grabbing my »