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Alex from Peloton likes to say something along the lines of “you don’t have to get ready if you stay ready.” Its pretty good advice.

Along those lines I decided to put together a react app to stay fresh. I’ve on (gitlab) pipelines and api frameworks at work for most of the year.. time for a project.

It is live on

The goals were to:
– hit some APIs from react
– mess around and build some components
– implement playwright on a project
– write GH Actions to handle build / test / deploy
– POC CI/CD to DigialOcean

Pretty fun project.. I’m displaying weather stuff and doing fizzbuzz via a weird component. Full CI/CD. Take a look if you’re bored.

MT is Cold

➜  ~ curl -s\?q\=Bozeman\&limit\=5\&appid\=$WEATHER_API_KEY | jq .
    "name": "Bozeman",
    "local_names": {
      "en": "Bozeman",
      "ru": "Бозмен"
    "lat": 45.6794293,
    "lon": -111.044047,
    "country": "US",
    "state": "Montana"
➜  ~ curl -s\?lat\=45.67\&lon\=-111.04\&appid\=$WEATHER_API_KEY\&units\=imperial | jq .main
  "temp": -18.99,
  "feels_like": -31.59,
  "temp_min": -21.44,
  "temp_max": -15.3,
  "pressure": 1022,
  "humidity": 71


1/19/2023 – Bozeman gets Verizon 5G

It is both fast and several years late.

ooh zap!

I mentioned in the previous post that the lightening picture would possibly look nice on a canvas, or
“It would, without any doubt, look fucking awesome on a sleeveless shirt if I crop out the neighbors’ houses.”

Here’s the crop..

.. go nuts.


Welp 1. I finally bit the bullet and fixed the site

The issues were really straight forward.. I had ssl issues after juggling the wordpress install across several (4?) cloud platforms over the past several (4?) years, and a directory issue that took some time to resolve. There are still some broken photo links from the early-early posts, but I can say with certainty that nobody needs to revisit. Assume we all had fun and move on.

Welp 2. I’m still doing software

The issues are really straight forward. You use your brain and get upset by things that really don’t matter. I like it quite a lot. I’ve moved into infrastructure engineering, and spend most of my time pissed at AWS for whatever reason. Unify your goddamned APIs.. it is tiring.

Welp 3. remote work

The issues should be straight forward. Software Engineer and Katie is a Controller. It feels like we are at a pretty big turning point in the field. I really like my wife, really like my daughters, mostly like the dog, and usually don’t hate the chickens. The gloves come off when the dog eats the chickens’ shit, after the chickens have jumped the fence into the dog portion of the yard.. but that is solvable.

Katie and I have put in the work over the past two+ years to get good at working from the house. We’re good.. the kids are good.. things in general are good.

Welp 4. now what (still about work)

Offices are back open. But sad.

Last summer I upgraded the old black crew cab F-150 for a newer black crew cab F-150 with a goddamned moonroof. It used to be a huge flex to roll into the work parking lot with a new truck. That flex doesn’t work if nobody is there.

Welp 5. It’s better (still about work but wrapping it up)

The coffee is much better now. I dump sweat on the Peloton everyday. The commute was pretty unneeded in retrospect. I miss my work buddies, but that ship has sailed. We’ve scattered while trying to keep our shit together over the last few years.

Weird stuff, but glad to be on this side of things.

side table production

Work from home?
Starving after your midday workout?
Arguably snack too much?

You need a little-ass end table.

I picked up a few sticks of 3/4″ copper pipe and broke out the torch yesterday. Little side tables are great.

This design is minimal enough to look sharp, and sturdy enough for the kids to drag around for such things as ‘sit on a side table and watch Full House’ and ‘argue with your sister while she serves you breakfast on the side table in front of the couch while you sit on the couch and your dad asks you if you can possibly turn off Full House or at least turn the volume down to a sensible level.’

Good stuff. This is the third one I’ve made. I went with a better grade of wood this time, and spent a lot of time two weekends ago sanding / sealing. The not-so-shiny finish should do a decent job hiding salsa stains quite nicely ?.