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A few more things to stir the creative juices

I thought I’d put out another collection of tidbits I ran across that give me ideas of things I might want to do or create. There are lots of other preoccupations in my mind besides these, but I prefer to collect the ones worth keeping around Every night we are witnesses to a bigger bunch of explosions than anything ever shot up into the sky, though we don’t get to hear the sounds of all that energy being released.

Links for 15 January 2021

Like most people, I like roaming around the web looking for cool things, and sometimes get the feeling that I’ve run across something worth bookmarking, something I want to mull over in the future. Some of them are worth saying a few words about, and I was thinking I would put these up on the blog in hopes that someone might find them fascinating too. This is the kind of video I think people are looking for in the middle of a frightening epidemic while there is talk of unrest liable to break out at any moment.

I keep my eyes wide open all the time

© publicdomainpictures ID 91785348 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Predictive text parody sites produce a Trump White House exposé and a lifestyle website I haven’t investigated much into how this Amazon money laundering scheme makes sense for whoever is running it, but it seems like a way to generate profit with little effort. Is this really a good name for a shoe brand? Seriously? Data is king. Here are numbers for violent crime incidents in large and small cities around the country.

See something, say something

© creativecommonsstockphotos ID 92160937 | Dreamstime Stock Photos I’ve been keeping an eye on the some items that Something on a little bit of fossilized legal speech you have probably heard at some time. I’m a little late, but I love this little video on the tradition of octopus for Christmas. Watch this video on The Scene. In my past life I did a few years of work on neutrinos, enough to find it that something as small as the Earth could manage to absorb them when conditions are right.

Kind of great

© creativecommonsstockphotos ID 89250373 | Dreamstime Stock Photos Instead of passively consuming the nearly endless stream of content coming my way I thought I’d gather together a few items to share with everyone here. Forty-nine years ago this happened: I particularly like this polyphonic visualization We were moved when we saw the remnants of the Berlin Wall last October, so I was pleased to see the site for the online memorial It’s been over two decades since I was passed over for tenure but the feelings this left behind are still pretty much as fresh as what I see in this account of the experience.

What I've done

Here is a list of what I have put together or worked on for some significant amount over the last couple of years on the job. Monitoring will get its own post eventually. We migrated from a single service which ran on a single instance in Classic EC2 to a half dozen services running in separate VPCs, each with autoscaling instances behind an elastic load balancer to provide high availability.

Hosting a Hugo generated blog on Netlify

It took me a while to get this blog running properly and I think I should record what I had to do in case I need to refresh my memory sometime. I’ve had plenty of before including one which started out as a statically generated one (in a Python script I hacked together). Things have changed now and I wanted to do something that didn’t have so many tiers to it, just a simple virtually unhackable set of static HTML pages that can be hosted somewhere with a content distribution network.