First Day of Freedom Feb 9

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

Alan Watts

It’s Friday, and I’m not at work. It’s my first day of unemployment, and one of my last days in San Francisco. The van adventure begins in less...



Thanksgiving in Santa Barbara Nov 27

Me and the van went on our first major trip last weekend — from San Francisco to Santa Barbara — to visit my family for Thanksgiving. It was a weekend of firsts, so come along with me while I share the adventure with you.

my van in front of a mountainscape

The first major event that...



Setting Up a Handheld Radio for Emergencies Oct 26

In part 1 of this series, I wrote about why a San Francisco resident might want to keep a cheap two-way radio with their emergency supplies. In this article I will walk through purchasing and setting up your own radio.

Important note! Talking over a...



I Got a Van! Oct 25

I got a van yesterday. It’s a 1992 Dodge Roadtrek 190 Versatile.

the layout of a Roadtrek 190 VersatileThe internal layout. The front seats spin around, and the rear dinette converts to a queen-sized bed.

My van

Out of all of the vans in the Bay Area, why did I pick this one? Well, a ton of...



Music Worth Listening To: Weedpecker Oct 12

Don’t let the silly name fool you, Poland’s psychedelic rock quartet Weedpecker takes their music very seriously.

I recommend you put this one on and sink into your couch for a while. You’ll barely notice almost 8 minutes have gone by.



How This Site Works (p. 2) Oct 12

In this article I’ll talk the design of the site and how I did it. For technical implementation details, check out part 1.


I’m not a big fan of CSS. CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is the current web standard for the look and feel of a site When...



San Francisco Emergency Radio Setup Oct 11

This article explains the rationale behind why you might want to add a radio to your emergency kit. If you’re already convinced, skip to part 2, which outlines which beginner radio to buy.

a photo of a handheld radioYou might want to add a Baofeng UV-5R (~$26) to your emergency...



How This Site Works (p. 1) Oct 1

In this article I’ll talk about my technical goals for this project and how it began. For details about the visual design, check out part 2.

My goals on this project were as follows:

  • Articles should a simple directory of Markdown files
  • The site should...


Elastic Beanstalk Enhanced Health Reporting Sep 29

When you start using AWS Elastic Beanstalk, you quickly learn that the Health dashboard is the best place to go to understand what is going on on your app. If you’re anything like me, however, you might be disappointed to find some of the most useful...



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