blog Nine Years in Japan

Nine Years I have now been in Japan for 9 years. Japan is far from a perfect company and there are plenty of bits that cause irritation at times, but overall I feel like my normal day to day is pretty good. This past year definitely had some ups and downs and I have quite a lot to consider moving into 2024. Winter Break I had a number of paid holidays accumulated that were due to expire if I did not use them, so this year I have an extra long winter holiday.

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blog Starting Rust

Rust has been on my list of things to learn for quite a while, and recently I have started to actually start learning it. I started with the Rust Book online, working through a chapter at a time, mostly during my weekly MokuMokuKai . After finishing the first I/O project I also went through the rust cli book to further check some of my understanding before moving on. Right now I’m taking a short break from the book to experiment with a few small CLI applications in Rust to check my understanding.

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blog Salt Renderers

I would not be the first engineer to joke that those working in devops have become yaml engineers. In small amounts, yaml is not terrible, and provides a human readable way to handle simple configuration. At some point we jumped the shark and now it’s yaml all the way down . (I have seen a few projects use something like jsonnet for configuration which quickly goes from turtles all the way down to Cthulhu)

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blog Grayscale

Like many, when bored I tend to pick up my phone and start fiddling with it or I pull up things on my ipad. Both devices are useful at times, but I should also reduce the amount of passive time on them. A while back, I recall reading about someone who enabled grayscale mode on their phones to help make things more boring. I decided to do my own similar experiment.

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blog Pillar Tool

Building a tool to make it easier to manage pillar values.

blog Long Term Todos

I often have all kinds of ideas flying around my head but have no idea when I might even try to prioritize it. Sometimes I want to keep track of some high level todos somewhere and a page here is probably sufficient. Listing here makes no claims about when I will actually prioritize it. Build my own CalDav server to manage todos. I have some strong opinions on how a todo app should work for me, and I naively think I still want something built on open protocols like caldav.

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blog NFC With Home Assistant and MQTT

I have been experimenting with various habit tracking and home automation prototypes for quite a while. While I like the idea of having smart buttons around my house, they are a bit expensive for what I want to do with them, and I have not yet had luck getting an IKEA Tradfri button working. A few weeks ago, I recalled the NFC tag support in Home Assistant and wondered if I could use that.

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blog Apartment Year One

I nearly did not notice the day, but it has now been one year since I moved into my new apartment. For the first year I was in Fukuoka, I was in an apartment provided via a contract with my Japanese school. After my school year was up, I needed to find new accommodations. A classmate was moving out around the same time and recommend their old place which worked out great since it was the same management company as my initial apartment which made all the paperwork easy.

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blog How about calendar feeds?

One of the things that has been nice about the recent interest in Mastodon, is the idea that each account has a built in RSS feed. RSS is great for subscribing to one type of information, but what about more software adding more calendar feeds? My day typically involves too much context switching, but being able to put various bits of information in my calendar helps when I attempt to make a plan for the day.

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