Emma Long Park

Two posts in one day, eh? Yup. If earlier this week I went to Walnut Creek, today I went to Emma Long park out west of here in the hills. There was a rather nice nature trail that follows Turkey Creek. Soooo many doggos. If I ever get a dog, I think I’ll take them to this spot lots just to socialize them.

I took a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!

Emma Long Park (2018)

Job Offer!

So, for those not in the know, for the past two and a half months I’ve been unemployed. My previous employer was a pretty cool place, but it wasn’t working out for me and I resigned back in March.

Maybe one of these days I’ll talk a little more about why it wasn’t working out, but for now I prefer to keep that story close to my friends.

But anyway! Today I got a job offer from one Mirantis! I’ll be moving forward in my career as a Cloud Operations Engineer, doing support stuffs! I’m very excited about this, and am glad to see the end of my unemployment vacation in sight.

A New Paradigm!

So! I’ve turned off my Facebook account, and I’m going to be using my blog here as a sort of “replacement.” I was just getting tired of Facebook. I mean, yeah, it’s a nice way to stay in touch with folks and get back in touch with people that I haven’t spoken with in years, but more often than not it seemed like a mindless, thoughtless time waster of a place. That, and politics is just so frustrating these days, that I’m honestly much happier being apart from it.

And, to be honest, I’m annoyed with the idea that “you can’t leave facebook, cuz it’s the only way to stay in touch with people.” It’s absolutely rotten to be in a place only because you HAVE to be.

Anyway, I’ve gotten things set up so that I can add subscribers too, so any time I post those subscribers get emails informing them. It’s not a perfect match to what facebook is, but it’s better for the very reason that I don’t have to be there anymore.

Aaanyway, I’m recently unemployed and undergoing a job search. I’ve been taking it easy and going slow with it, since I can afford to do so and also cuz I want to take some time to practice the skills I learned at my last job while allowing the right opportunities to float up to the top. It’s been very relaxing and rather good for me to take this much time to look for new work.

I’ve also managed to completely redesign and rebuild my server cluster using modern tools and technology. I’m supremely happy with how it’s all come together, and I’m pleased with all the things that I have managed to get working. 🙂 I mean, here’s a list of some of the things that I used:

  • Icinga2
  • Puppet 4
  • Grafana
  • Collectd
  • Rundeck
  • Gitlab
  • Nginx
  • Consul
  • haproxy
  • Powerdns
  • MariaDB’s Galera cluster implementation
  • Keepalived
  • Csync2
  • Postfix

It’s been good to work on all this, and I’m optimistic that it’ll help me out moving forward as well.

Anyway! I’ll be posting here more often moving forward.

StarCraft “Pro”-Casting Flibble

In college, my friends and I looooved Starcraft (the original one, II hadn’t come out yet). We would regularly play games on the college LAN, and over time I became one of the pre-eminent players along with Andrew Lambourne. Tons of fun was had before everyone got tired of Andrew and I trading wins back and forth, almost always kicking everyone else’s ass. XD

Anyway, when I went to Korea, I was in professional Starcraft territory and I reveled in it! I started attending live pro-games at the GOM TV studio in Mok-dong. I became one of the regulars and was often featured on the live internet broadcasts as the token “White Guy,” especially if I had a sign.

Anyway, one day one of the English casters was out for some reason, and I was randomly invited into the casting booth to fill in. Well! That was definitely the offer of a life time. If I were smart I would have said “no,” but I wasn’t smart and I wanted to make some memories. I ended up “professionally” casting, live on the internet, three matches that evening, and booooy oh boy did I make an ass of myself. XD I’m both glad and regret that I’ve not found videos of that procast so that I could watch myself fail so hard at being charismatic.

Even so, for having never done something like that before, I think I acquitted myself well enough and there was even a fan thread on the Team Liquid forums. I now present that thread to you so that you can share in some of my embarrassment from that time and an honestly fun memory. I wouldn’t take back what I did at all. 🙂

Shameless Flatulence in Korea

Once, when living in South Korea, I met up with a couple of expatriot friends and we went out together. I don’t entirely recall where we were going or what we were doing, but it involved taking the Seoul Metro.

While out, they told me about how older folks in Korea didn’t really feel any sense of public shame as we would understand it in the States. They’d spit on the ground and make all sorts of bodily noises, and no one would really be all that bothered by it socially.

Sure enough, while walking down our destination’s metro platform, this elderly Korean man right in front of us let out the loudest and longest flatulence. We giggled for at least 10 minutes afterwards.

Holiday in the UK!

Well hello all! I have been fairly quiet over the past few weeks, mostly because I’ve been on holiday! I’ve been in the UK for the past two weeks spending time with my dearest friends in the lovely town of Milton Keynes.

I won’t be posting much about this today, mostly because I think this visit will be better told in pictures. I’ll get around to posting those in the Photos section once I’m back in the states.

For now, at least, a pool match beckons, so more will follow later! Bye!