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March 23, 2020
Mar 24, 2020

Today, the Governor of Virginia ordered: Cancelled school for the rest of the academic school year Restaurants are limited to curbside/takeout and delivery only Essentially all congregation areas / brick and mortar retail are closed – gyms, theaters, fitness centers, salons/barbers, bowling, you name it Essential places of business can remain open – medical supplies, grocery stores, etc. … somewhat interestingly, beer/wine/liquor stores are part of this “essential” list. I’m ok with that … even though I’m not really a frequent drinker.

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March 22, 2020
Mar 23, 2020

Virginia has 3 deaths now. My county, Goochland, has its second confirmed case. Testing still isn’t happening on a widespread basis. Stayed home all day today. I did get outside to remove the snow plow from my lawn tractor and reinstalled the mower deck. Felt good to be outside and doing something. Stumbled across this video with a general from the Corps of Engineers – if this can actually happen and move forward, then I would say this is one of the first good signs of there being some kind of plan.

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March 21, 2020
Mar 21, 2020

Decided to finish the season of Living With Yourself that I started awhile back on Netflix and never finished. Took some stuff to the dump today ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Still trying to figure out what to do with downtime. I don’t really have anything else worth sharing …

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March 20, 2020
Mar 20, 2020

I forgot in my previous entry, not sure how, but there are massive shortages of things like toilet paper in stores. It’s heavily talked about. There are plenty of questions like, “why is everyone hoarding toilet paper? It doesn’t make you have to poop.” Yeah … that’s true. But with it being in such short supply, I’m not going to fault anyone that buys two packages if they find it when they’d normally just buy one …

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COVID-19
Mar 20, 2020

Well, it’s been an interesting week. Starting last Wednesday, I was told by my job to to start working from home on the following day – and it would continue until further notice. I knew what COVID-19 was, I knew that it had made it to the United States. The previous Monday we’d done some tests to see how well a large population of us working from home would play out. But, I didn’t really know what we were in for. Life has changed at this point, in just a week. I guess I somewhat want to set a baseline with this post and then, for me if no one else, keep a journal as things continue to unfold.

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Removed Gallbladder
Aug 16, 2018

I had two separate series of events over the course of almost 2 years involving severe abdominal pain. 4-5 events about 2 years ago, and another 4-5 over the past 2 months. I underwent multiple scans, most of which came back saying my gallbladder was all-clear. Following another type of scan and the worst event to date, gallstones were discovered in my gallbladder. I was quickly scheduled for surgery and had my gallbladder removed. I’m now recovering. The following is a recounting of my experience.

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Weekly Links
Apr 30, 2018

Five worst things in AWS Cloudformation: I’m linking the reddit thread rather than the article. It’s interesting to see how folks are dealing with these things differently. I need to check out Troposphere and Stacker. JAMstack Comments: It feels a little hacky to me to use Netlify’s form storage as a data store for comments, but it’s still an interesting idea. I’m sticking with Disqus for now. Alexa Blueprints: Personal Alexa skills ✓ Primitive Technology: Round Hut: Love this guys videos and I always watch when he puts out a new one.

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New Job
Apr 16, 2018

I just thought it was worth noting that I recently changed jobs. I’ve moved from being a consultant to practicing DevOps at a large Financial company. I’m really looking forward to the opportunities I believe this job will afford me. Anyhow, I generally don’t like talking about work, but as I’m trying to get back into blogging, I thought it was a point in time worth marking.

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Weekly Links
Apr 7, 2018

AWS Secrets Manager: Store, Distribute, and Rotate Credentials Securely: Awesome. Learn Python Glacier Vault Remove: “Remove all archives stored inside an Amazon Glacier vault, even if you have a huge number of them.” This proved helpful recently when I needed to remove a vault from my AWS account. brain.js: Neural networks in JavaScript Hugo v0.38 Released Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service: Potentially interesting Amazon DynamoDB Encryption at Rest: I didn’t see this when it was announced.

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Weekly Links
Mar 31, 2018

Used to do this as a series years ago, thought I’d give it another shot. List will be short this week and pretty focused on the tools I used to get this incarnation of the site going: Hugo related Hugo: Static site generator I used to build this site. Blazing fast on generating the site and pretty easy to figure out customizing templates to pull off what you want. Netlify: Used to host this site.

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