Thursday, September 29, 2016

Comments section blocking

We all know that the comments sections are teh suck. Here are a few rules to block comments sections on a bunch of sites. I might this into a github repo in the future so y'all can contribute to it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

automated speedtest using centos and IFTTT

Several months ago, I saw a Make tutorial on how run on a Raspberry Pi every hour and record it to Google Drive using IFTTT. I had to tweak it a bit to run on CentOS and added some basic metrics.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Home lab upgrades + current config

NUC model NUC6i5SYH
NUC memory 32 gig crucial DDR4
NUC drive old SSD
BIOS vers SYSKLi35.86A.0051.2016.0804.1114
Vmware version ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard (VMware, Inc.)
9/21 Added swap to local storage (SSD)

This replaces my AMD based ESXi host that wouldn't run anything newer than 5.1 because of NIC driver support and the NUC is a ton smaller and fanless.

Splunk instance
Splunk 6.4.2 build 00f5bb3fa822
Receiving logs from Windows machines, Router, NAS, and ESXi.

I'm using it to do some cool dashboards. Maybe I'll write some posts on it in the future. I'll be updating it soon, when I get a free moment.

TP-Link TL-WDR4300 v1
Running OpenWrt Chaos Calmer 15.05 / LuCI (git-15.248.30277-3836b45)

Synology DS1812+

Friday, May 20, 2016

the season of cold brew coffee

Now that it's finally warming up, I've been experimenting with my cold press coffee maker that I got from Amazon.  I got the 600 mL Hario Mizudashi coffee maker on sale a few months ago and I've been using it when I don't want to make a doppio.

To make a batch use
6 scoops of ground beans
400ml cold water
and let it set in the fridge overnight.

To serve I use put two square ice cubes in a tall glass and pour in some cold brew with room for a splash of milk. I've tried adding some spices like cinnamon and that tastes pretty good.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Soylent 1.5 experiences

I've been using Soylent 1.5 pretty regularly for a while. There was a 2 week period where I was using it exclusively, mostly out of laziness. It's certainly better than reaching for a candy bar if I can't get away for lunch but the taste is pretty bland.

Here's what I've tried so far:

Recovery drink (post workout)
  • 1 scoop vanilla Muscle Milk
  • 1 scoop Soylent 1.5
  • (optional) 2 scoops Fruit Punch BCAA from Optimum Nutrition
  • 1.5 cups water in a blender bottle.

Fruit & Berry shake
  • 1/2 cup frozen fruits/berry
  • 2 scoop Soylent 1.5
  • 1.5 cups water in a blender bottle.
  • Toss it all in the blender and pour and drink through out the day.

Peanut butter shake
  • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut powder
  • 2 scoop Soylent 1.5
  • 1.5 cups water in a blender bottle.
  • Toss it all in the blender and pour and drink through out the day.

Espresso shake
  • lungo (long pour) on espresso
  • 2 scoop Soylent 1.5
  • 1.5 cups water in a blender bottle.
  • Toss it all in the blender and pour and drink through out the day.

Friday, December 11, 2015

A few months with the Cogito watch

I've had the Cogito Classic watch for about a month. There are definitely some things I like and dislike. The net of it is that I wouldn't buy it again. Actually I just sold mine on and bought a Pebble Time. I've been much happier with that buy.


  • Notifications
  • Analog clock
  • The color
  • It's water resistant

Don't like

  • App is flaky
  • Form factor- it's large and clunky
  • battery life - there are no warnings it just stops.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bucket list races

This is the bucket list of races that I've built up so far.

  • Bay to Breakers-Running with not just California crazies but the creme of the crop from SF. 
  • Mt Hood to Coast-a downhill course. Party on the coast, totally the way to go. 
  • Reno Tahoe Relay-Amazing views. Couple it with a vacation. 
  • New York Marathon - Marathon Major
  • Big Sur Marathon-The race is supposed to be hilly but the views are supposed to be amazing. 
  • Escape from Alcatraz-this is a tri that's pretty unique. You start off in the Bay and do a swim-run bike run
  • London Marathon Marathon Major
  • Tokyo Marathon- Marathon Major. Couple it with a vacation. 
  • Bolder Boulder-Heard great things from a friend that worked at the race
  • Pune Marathon-Just to say I ran a marathon in India. Would be afraid of being run over or drinking in water, or stepping in cow shit. 
  • Athens Marathon-The Original. Enuf said. 
  • Steamboat Classic 15k-Hilly and typically humid race in Peoria, IL.