Amateur Radio

Erin suggested I take up Amateur Radio as a hobby after watching an episode of Last Man Standing in which Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) operates a ham radio station. A couple of weeks later I was a licensed ham. I earned both the Technician and General class licenses on the same day, and an Amateur Extra class license two weeks later.1 Amateur radio has provided me a focus and purpose. In recent years my interests have been varied: astronomy, photography, physics, software development, and others. [Read More]

Back to Jekyll

I have migrated back to Jekyll for generating nonlinear.zone. While development of the AWS Lambda based workflow was interesting and challenging, it was not a sustainable approach for me. My primary interests lie elsewhere, and relying on an established foundation, such as Jekyll, allows my time and energy to be directed to those interests. [Read More]

ARRL Field Day 2015

As a newly minted ham (3 weeks), I have only operated my HT. Field Day was my first chance to sit with experienced operators and learn the art of operating radios and making contacts. On Saturday evening I drove out to the Six Shooters of San Diego club’s Field Day site in Boulevard, CA. There I met a number of the Six Shooter’s members, including Scott, N6MI, in his incredible mobile contesting van. [Read More]

Hook Puzzle Game

The last few nights I have been playing a cool puzzle game, HOOK. HOOK is a minimal, relaxing, puzzle game. It is more of a game-like experience than a challenge. No menus, no achievements, just you and a puzzle. Player is surrounded by calming sounds and music. Playing “HOOK” is a meditative and calming experience, rarely found in mobile gaming. To solve a puzzle the sticks must be removed in a specific order. [Read More]

The Best Manual Razor for Most People

I whole heartedly agree with this recommendation from The Sweethome. I have been using the same Gillette Mach3 Power Razor for nearly 10 years. I bought it at a Walmart in San Antonio, TX and have been using it ever since. After 200 hours of research and testing, we found that the best razor is the Mach3 Sensitive Power. It shaves just as well as the latest razors but for a fraction of the price. [Read More]

Writing a Mission Statement

An earlier post I linked to a recent NY Time Well Blog on Writing Your Way to Happiness. They have another useful post about Creating a New Mission Statement By creating a mission statement people can begin to identify the underlying causes of behaviors, as well as what truly motivates them to make changes. “A mission statement becomes the North Star for people,” says Dr. Groppel. “It becomes how you make decisions, how you lead, and how you create boundaries.” Writing a mission statement brings life into focus and helps identify the reasons we make decisions. [Read More]

Home Town Tourist

My sister-in-law is staying with us for a little while, so we are doing some home town touristy stuff. Last week we went to Old-Town San Diego. The weather was warm and breezy, just perfect. It was a great way to spend a beautiful San Diego day. Old-Town is known for its Mexican restaurants and ambience, and Casa de Reyes did not disappoint. The food was delicious, and the patio setting was a treat. [Read More]

An AWS Lambda Based Static Site Generator

In an earlier post I wrote about settling on a blogging platform. At that point I had decided to use Jekyll, but were still some rough spots. I didn’t want to maintain a VPS, and I wanted better draft previewing. Recently Amazon (AWS) started previewing their AWS Lambda platform. From their description: AWS Lambda is a compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the compute resources for you, making it easy to build applications that respond quickly to new information. [Read More]