Go home Clipper, you're drunk

The Bay Area transit system is what could be compassionately referred to as a "clusterfuck." SFMTA, AC Transit, Samtrans, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, BART, to name a few of the agencies that immediately come to mind. That's not counting the agencies that run busses and light-rail further down towards Palot Alto, etc.

A loose collection of notes from Puppet training

Last week, Kohsuke and I participated in a Puppet training and consulting event on behalf of the Jenkins project. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, we both had some amount of Puppet knowledge going into the sessions, but neither of us had actually deployed a puppet master before, let alone used the Puppet Enterprise Console. I've written good bits of Puppet code, I've not made good use of Puppet though.

3 Elasticsearch nodes in 3 minutes

For one of my newer projects at Lookout, I've been experimenting with Elasticsearch as the primary data store. The advantages of Elasticsearch are many for my particular use-case, but one of the things I particularly like about it is the distributed nature of its design.

Wrasslin' with Mike Echo

All over my body I feel warm, my eyes dart left, to the fully extended wind sock, back to my panel, and then straight ahead. A couple hundred feet before the displaced threshold I line up on the centerline and slowly advance the power. The airplane starts accelerating down the runway, I sit mesmerized for a moment at the sight before remembering who's at the controls.

Flying in severe clear to Monterey

Reunited with an old friend, the Ugly Duckling, I finish my engine start checklist and the Duckling roars alive. Unlike some of my lessons over the summer, the plane gives me no trouble starting up.

2014 European Tour

Update: I will unable to be in Yurp the entire month of February due to some changes in my work schedule :(

Airborne ass-kickings

We begin our descent towards Santa Rosa, lined up for runway 32 with strong headwinds and a warning of moderate turbulence from the tower.

The scratchiest neckbeard, or FreeBSD on my Thinkpad X200

Pulling my laptop out of my bag this past Friday, I was excited with the prospect of a good relaxing day of hacking on whatever I pleased. Having fulfilled the Thanksgiving family obligations, and negotiated an errand-free day with my wife, I was pretty excited about a full day of tinkering.