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What’s Brewing (October 2016)


his has been a pretty wonderful year for coffee.  Right now, I have some goodies from Kuma Coffee here in Seattle.  I’m brewing up a washed Kenya Mugaya which is a juicy and tart SL28, SL34 mix from Kirinyaga.  Also lining my coffee drawer is a bag of their absolutely delicious natural processed Ethiopia Wenago.  It’s so distinct and fruit-forward, as is the case with many naturals from Ethiopia, but this particular offering from Kuma was a stand-out for me in 2016. My Colombian coffee hails from Narino and is roasted by Sweet Bloom in Colorado. Every time I look […]

Visit: Elm Coffee Roasters, Seattle, WA


I believe it was about a year ago that I first heard about the Elm Coffee Roasters cafe opening up in Pioneer Square, and I made note to go down and check them out.  If you’re like me, I tend to make note of things, and then put them off in typical procrastinator style.  Fast forward to April 17, 2016 – a day which involved visits to three separate cafes (though, one of them closing about five minutes before we arrived). I wasn’t completely sure where Elm was located, but their on-street signage was easy to spot.  It was unusually […]

Coffee Brewing This Week (Feb 15-22, 2016)


This week is a good one for sampling coffee.  I currently have the following bags on the go: George Howell Rwanda Kanzu George Howell Kenya Mamuto AA Sightglass Ethiopia Wanja Qarsa Jimma (espresso profile) Sightglass Indonesia Cempaka Mulya Village Copa Vida Ethiopia Guji It’s a fine selection, but the Mamuto AA keeps me coming back for 19-23g of beans at least once a day.  This is simply put, one of the best coffees I’ve had over the last year.  There’s no wonder that this is my third bag of AA, and when combined with the Mamuto Christmas Box which contained […]

Let’s Tell the FCC that Network Neutrality is Important


’ve been pretty fortunate over the years, to have very good connectivity to the Internet.  When I was in University, I had the very first Ethernet-connected dorm room, while my friends continued to dial-up using their 28.8k or 56.6k modems.  When I moved to my first apartment on McLean street in Halifax, I was one of the early adopters of ADSL technology with their MT&T MpoweredPC roll-out.  At one point in time, my house had two DS-1 lines from both Allegiant and Qwest so that I could serve up web sites for a few personal customers, back when hosting plans […]

Rocket Salad


Some nights, a light and refreshing supper is what’s on order and there’s nothing better to satiate that need like a rocket salad.  Arugula is known outside of the United States as “rocket” or eruca sativa, and is a bitter leafy green.  To combat the bitterness, the salad dressing I made for this uses lemon, sugar and balsamic vinegar and I think it’s pretty wonderful.  To bring out a few more flavors in this dish, I added some uncured pepperoni and feta cheese, though it can be made without for people who suffer food allergies like dairy and garlic. Enjoy. […]

Dutch Cyclist Commentary on US Cycling Facilities


I came across this video earlier this evening when scanning my feed on Facebook.  A friend from Halifax posted a link to this video where a cyclist from the Netherlands discusses the dismal cycling infrastructure that exists in the United States.  I’ve seen this first-hand as a cyclist who both utilized my bike for transportation as well as recreation.  I have to admit that I increased my usage of spandex and lycra when I rode to and from Harborview, because it was about 25 miles each day, and I’d tack on some recreational riding in the evening. Since moving to […]

Cycling in Maple Leaf


I haven’t used Vimeo for a very long time, but in the process of updating some of my social media links, I stumbled across this video that I shot when playing with my Panasonic HVX-200 and the Letus 35mm film adapter for my Canon EOS lenses.  This was shot with the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens, which is one of my favorites.  I’ve always loved the look of a wide angle lens, ever since I started volunteering at the local television station, and gravitated towards being the cameraman with the steadiest hand-held shots.  I learned early in my career that the […]

First day of Spring


The road is long, and sometimes it’s difficult to remember that there’s an end in sight.  Everyone has a journey ahead of them, and we’d be completely ignorant to suggest that we know where the road ahead is going to lead us.  I made this photograph the other day, while it was snowing amidst brilliant sun on the first day of Spring.  When I look at it, I wonder what obstacles I’ll be facing on my journey, but take comfort in knowing that I’m not alone, and that I have support from those closest to me.  

First post since 2011


It’s starting to feel like Spring here in Seattle.  Lunchtime was pretty great, with a walk over to SLU for some tacos with my co-workers.  On the work front, I’ve been spending a good amount of time working on Zenoss monitoring to include sensor data from our cluster of servers.  It’s easiest to pull data from the onboard BMC using FreeIPMI, outputting it in a Nagios-friendly format, and ingesting it into Zenoss.  At times, I’ve been frustrated by the lack of documentation for rolling your own commands to fetch information, but am pretty happy that after getting the necessary wrapper […]