I Broke My GS - Update

Posted on Thu 20 July 2017 in motorcycling • Tagged with motorcycle, repair, accident

One of the service reps at my dealership went to bat for me and got me squared away. My GS will be all fixed up in plenty of time for my trip to Maine.

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The PlayStation Store Sucks

Posted on Wed 19 July 2017 in Rants • Tagged with sony, playstation

I’ve played a ton of great games on my PlayStation consoles over the years, and I have a decent sized backlog of more great games yet to play. And of course, Destiny 2 is just around the corner. Which brings me to this …

Yes, the PS Store design is …

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I Broke My GS

Posted on Mon 17 July 2017 in motorcycling • Tagged with motorcycle, repair, accident

I broke my GS.

No injuries other than my pride. Less than a second’s worth of inattention and I dropped my bike at a gas station while I was out joy riding this past Sunday (July 16th). The resulting chaos was impressive for such a silly little tip-over.

I …

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Back To Flex

Posted on Sun 16 July 2017 in Misc • Tagged with pelican, flex

It’s been a long while since I changed anything here and as is often the case, when I tried to update pelican and the pelican-bootstrap3 theme started giving me a lot of grief. After much messing about, I switched back to the Flex theme which seems to be working …

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And My Axe!

Posted on Fri 06 January 2017 in Music • Tagged with guitar, les paul, epiphone

I bought a guitar: An Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro in “Bourbon Burst” colour scheme. And it is freakin’ gorgeous.

Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro

I’ve started hacking on some basics, chords and chord transitions, various forms of scales, and lots of YouTube lessons (Lessons with Cameron, Andy Guitar, and others). Nothing formal …

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My 2016 BMW R1200GS

Posted on Tue 13 September 2016 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live • Tagged with motorcycling

Like all right thinking peoples, I like to ride the train. And I particularly like riding the train when there’s a brand new motorcycle waiting for me at the other end of the line.

All Aboard

Of course, a good book is a great way to pass the time if the …

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AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate

Posted on Fri 26 August 2016 in All The Posts • Tagged with aws

Another certification in the bag. I wrote the AWS Associate level Solutions Architect exam today. I didn’t realize AWS certs are only good for 2 years. Sets a bit of a roadmap for my AWS certifications going forward. I got my Associate level SysOps cert in earl 2015, so …

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A New Lid - the BMW System 6

Posted on Wed 24 August 2016 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live • Tagged with motorcycling

So I dropped my reasonably new Shoei RF-1200, from about handlebar height, onto my driveway, which calls in to question whether the helmet is still safe to wear. Is it even 2 years old yet? Shoei offers a helmet scanning service to confirm whether it is still safe, but …

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A New Ride - the BMW R1200GS

Posted on Sun 07 August 2016 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live • Tagged with motorcycling

A Winner [Updated]

I had a 2017 BMW R1200GS in “Frozen Dark Blue Metallic” on order with a variety of gizmos including BMW’s Navigator V GPS system, keyless ride, and the Akrapovic exhaust. Being only 172cm tall, I was getting the bike lowered to better fit my height.

My …

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Platform and Data Operations Analyst

Posted on Fri 08 July 2016 in All The Posts • Tagged with misc

In what was more than a bit of a surprise, I was “laterally promoted” to a new role with my employer, something I only found out less than 24 hours before it was announced to the department. I shall not complain. A bit of an odd way to go about …

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Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator

Posted on Thu 05 May 2016 in All The Posts • Tagged with lfcs

I’ve been at this Unix and Linux systems management stuff for over 20 years now. As with my undergraduate degree1, I’ve long wanted to knock out a few relevant technology certifications. Following on from my AWS SysOps certification, I took and passed the Linux Foundation’s LFCS …

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Highly Available NAT with AWS Auto Scaling

Posted on Fri 22 May 2015 in Amazon Web Services • Tagged with aws

[AWS now offers a highly available NAT Gateway service. You can still run your own NAT, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both options. I’ve converted my systems to use the NAT Gateway service. This document is a work-in-progress.]

This is largely a re-spin of Cake Solutions’ methodology …

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My First Pull Request

Posted on Wed 20 May 2015 in All The Posts • Tagged with git, github, pelican-bootstrap3

I use Pelican and the pelican-bootstrap3 theme to built this site.

I made my first real pull request today in the form of a minor contribution to pelican-bootstrap3. I added a feature that allows you to add a series of images to the sidebar. The original intent was to allow …

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AWS SysOps Administration - Associate

Posted on Wed 20 May 2015 in All The Posts • Tagged with aws

Last week I took the AWS SysOps Administrator - Associate test and passed with flying colours. Next step will be the Developer and then the DevOps certifications, both of which I hope to complete this year. I look forward to doing a lot more work in AWS in the future.

AWS SysOps Administrator -

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My First Kaggle Competition

Posted on Mon 04 May 2015 in Data Analytics • Tagged with data, analytics

We are wrapping up the final week of MIT’s 15.071x “The Analytics Edge” course, delivered online via edX.org.

As part of the course I participated in my first Kaggle competition. I finished in 1406th place out of 2923 people with a Private leaderboard score of 0.88319 …

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The First Post

Posted on Sun 18 January 2015 in All The Posts • Tagged with misc

I have proven to be absolutely terrible at this blogging business, but I’m giving it another whirl. This is intended to be some form of working life / professional experience related site. I suppose it is meant to be a “brag sheet”, though there may be some non-work stuff too …

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