An Exercise In Restraint

I've been known to run a few miles here and there. Truth is, I run more mileage than the average runner. Thanks to all the calories I burn, I'm lucky enough to not worry much about my diet. That doesn't mean I eat anything and everything. It just means I…

Treasure Islands

I just finished reading Treasure Islands by Nicholas Shaxson. To say it was eye opening would be an understatement. Shaxson sheds light on the shadowy world of offshore finance. He introduces concepts of trusts, secrecy jurisdictions, tax havens, capital flight, and transfer pricing. His main premise is that the world's…

Why size DOES matter, aka non-linearity

I'm currently reading Nassim Taleb's newest book, Antifragile. The penomenon of non-linear systems is central to the book. Unsurprisingly, I find many parallels in the ideas of another favorite author of mine, Eli Goldratt, who introduced the Theory of Constraints (TOC) in his book, The Goal. So why does size…

Adding some varnish to my shiny new server

I've had a lot of fun playing with my Amazon EC2 free tier micro instance running ghost. It's so easy and tempting to stand up multiple sites. I started wondering how much load my micro instance can really handle. Soon I learned of a fantastic service for load testing called…

Blogworthy Brisket

I've smoked probably about 4 briskets so far. I finally achieved a result worth blogging. First here's a rapid fire list of my notes: Rub 4 parts kosher salt 4 parts coarse, fresh ground black peppercorn 3 parts paprika 3 parts brown sugar 2 parts onion powder 2 parts garlic…

bashrc sftp fubar

So, I try to be pragmatic. I figure out how to have the proper environment variables set up so that ssh-add will be able to find the ssh-agent when I ssh into my server. All I have to do is add the following to my ~/.bashrc eval `ssh-agent -s` But…

Google Analytics for Ghost

If I am going to migrate fully from worpdress to ghost, one of the features I need is google analytics integration. After searching around I found this post by Jeff Matson. It worked beautifully, but I wanted my google analytics code to still be in play even if I changed…

sudo env_keep

Today I changed ghost to run in production mode on my ec2 instance. In my opinion the best way to control the environment under which any given application runs is with an environment variable. So I added this to /etc/profile: export NODE_ENV=production. I use forever to run…