New Host for this Blog

If you’re seeing this post, this is being hosted on an AWS Lightsail instance running wordpress. I got tired of forgetting that WordPress was going to charge me $100 a year in November, so I went ahead and got a bit more technical.

Its a bit annoying – I have to google everything. I’m currently working my way through this guide: https://metablogue.com/enable-lets-encrypt-ssl-aws-lightsail/ (thank you, Mr. Mohindra), but I haven’t gotten to the “Change All Internal Links to https” part, and it looks like image links are broken.

This is a test image to see if this image survives. I think I need to search-replace or something to get previous images to work, or just delete and re-import them now that I have the server name set up correctly.

I also need to change the default user to … me. 🙂

Custom Fit Clothing: Zozo Pants

WARNING:  There is some realistic waistline shown in this post.  Do not proceed if this concerns you.   

Recently I got introduced to Zozo.com via SpaceX.  It sounded like a neat idea!  I like the sound of clothing that just fits, and their prices were not too crazy.   So when I got some birthday cash in, I went for it.

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I used their little stand, propped up my phone, and went through the process of getting measured.  Standard photogrammetry – they take 12 pictures, guided by voice prompts.  They don’t save the pictures.  The app crashed twice on me, and once I didn’t wait long enough (I have an old phone), but I finally got these measurements:

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Which I promptly trusted.   Not a mistake, as you will see later.

I then went on to order a pair of pants, a T-Shirt and a Long Sleeve shirt.   The Pants got delivered within a week, the shirts aren’t here yet.

Excited, I tried on the pants, and: 

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What gives? 

Pull the pants up and ..

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Turns out the computer had used 39” for my waist, which is technically correct, but the actual number that we should have used should have been measured a bit below, at about 37.5”.  Which is nowhere near the 34 Waist pants that fit me in normal stores.   I guess there are real inches, and designer inches.

Note, I did have an option of customizing all the numbers while ordering the pants.  I didn’t know what I was doing at that time.  THIS was my mistake, and this is where I’m learning. 

imageWell, I had taken them out of their plastic, so I figured I was stuck with the pants.  (also wrong).  I cinched them up with a belt, and they worked pretty well!  

Sealing my fate: I wore them for two days.    Now they are really “worn” and cannot be returned.

Then, later, trying to see when my shirts were going to arrive, I found this button in the app:

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Doh!  I could have gotten them altered!   Clicking in gives a more complete method of “returning for a different fit”:

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Okay, Zozo, I forgive you.  I really could have double-checked which measurements the computer was applying to me – I’ll do that next time I order.   I probably will order again, just to complete the cycle.

All in all, I’d give it a thumbs up.  They don’t have the most awesome clothing ever, but if you have a hard time finding the right size of stuff, this would be a relatively gentle way to get in with measurements and custom fit clothing.  You could then branch out to several of the other services, which have suddenly started showing up in my Instagram feed – go go targeted advertising. Most of them are much more expensive, for much higher quality clothing. 

Heart Rate with Fever

Been a long time since I posted.  Lots of stuff going on; no lack of that; just lack of priority…  Well, one of the things I’m looking at is “why did I post”, looking at those motives, calling them into question, and redirecting energies.     That could have been another post, if I were to post that stuff .. see how meta this is?

Anyhow, here’s an interesting thing that developed over the last few days.   I started feeling crummy, definitely crummy by Monday 7pm or so.  Ended up with a fever.  Better now.   Looked back at Heart Rate data, and … I can tell!   That heat has to come from somewhere, right?

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Sunday is provided as a reference for a normal day.   HR hanging between 70 and 100.

In case it was a stomach bug – Monday 9am: Instant Oatmeal from Aldi   12pm: Chipotle Steak Bowl

Monday, about 3pm, you can see it start to rise.  I didn’t realize I was sick until about 6pm.  At the time, the single read temperature was 98.9 degrees, compared to my normal of 98.6 or is it 96.8 I can never remember… not enough to count.

Tuesday, I had an important meeting at work, so I went in .. then headed home.  Slept a long time.    About 6pm, actually detected the fever at 100.5, took a Tylenol.    Heart rate and fever started marching back down. 

Wednesday – kinda-working-from-home — my appetite seems to be coming back. 

Pretty cool stuff.

My first Electric Bill!

Got my first electric bill since we got the EV.  

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Uh….  I guess that’s $30 bucks more than the same month last year?

Graphing it out vs temperature, its still hard to say.  We also had a bad furnace fan that shifted some numbers around:

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Doing the math, I’ve driven about 1000 miles since I got the car.

  • IMG_04101000 miles at 4.5 miles per kwh is about 222 kwh.   Bill shows 1324kwh
  • 222 kwh at 9 cents per kwh is 2000 cents.
  • Which is $20.

That ends up at $0.02 per mile.

Yay.   Reality fits.

Life stuff leads to Leaf EV

Life has been in flux since the end of March.  I thought I’d take April off and recharge, but life had other plans.  In very short order:

  • Death of a human family member in my extended family
  • Death of our canine family member in my immediate family
  • Death of a Prius via large Pothole and frame damage

Not going to dwell there.  However, the last one is launching me in the following directions:

  • Purchase of an EV to replace the Prius

This LEAFS me in a bind.  the EV thing is huge.  Do I blog about it? Do I tweet about it?  Does anybody care?  Do I just tell my friends?    Should I vlog?  ???

I’ve started a thread on Facebook – on a photo – where I’m taking questions.   https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156221680033444  .. if you have any questions, please feel free to ask there, leaf a comment comment here, or  tweet at me @sunjeevgulati.

I’ve got a spreadsheet going where I’m keeping track of charge-times and distances travelled.  I’m sure there will be a blog post on that later.

Overall, the map of what I’ve learned so far, thanks to draw.io.  Green = specific to me.  If you’re buying a LEAF, you will learn what these things are.

LEAF information

Gah, found a bug.  “S” Trimlevel also has a 3.3 Kwh charger.  And note, these are all pre-2018 LEAF’s.. they seriously upgraded in 2018.  Used price on those isn’t low enough yet, I needed a car payment under $300, which is also why no Tesla Model 3 Smile 

Enough for now.

I Spoke

This was such a big deal; and now it is such a little deal.   What is it really?

I spoke at a conference for the first time – Pics of Bling:

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Leading Up

Leading up to it, it was .. scary. 

  • Will I have something worthy to say? 
  • Will I be able to say it? 
  • What if I say something and I’m wrong?
  • WILL I BELONG?

Walking into the speaker dinner the first time ever .. as a volunteer, three years ago .. surrounded by these splendid specimens of technical trueness .. was both overwhelming and exciting.  Some of that is captured in this blog post:  https://geekygulati.com/2015/04/27/codepalousa-day-2-for-me/

And this year, at the prompting of my company … I took the plunge and I submitted a talk. (Well, technically, two talks, because @jstill did a talk together).    And it took a LOT of time:

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28 Hours, in powerpoint, to be exact.   A lot of this was after-hours.   There’s probably another 4-5 hours in there working on it in other apps (like looking for images, or looking up screenshots, or drawing things).   The above graphic is thanks to RescueTime, which I have on both my work and personal machines.   I also spent 14 hours on Youtube in March. 

Delivery

I don’t think there were any empty seats in the room.

Several people I respect were in the room.

Several of my former students where there!

One person was there because they had seen me talk about RSI.  (link)

I got nervous, and I got ready, and I started … at 3pm, 15 minutes early.  ABORT.   Continue with asking people what their challenges were.  A flow started to form in the room.   Got warmed up.

Once I launched into it, it was fine.  The slides had personal meaning for me, so the slide pulled the information out of me, in the grooves and paths that rehearsal had laid down before.   I had my comedic timing on the sloth slide, and the cat nap slide, amongst others.  I think I saw lightbulbs and people writing stuff down furiously at certain points.  There was drop dead silence as we talked about fears, and then laughter as we went to the van down by the river. 

And then

It was over.  I wish I had spent some more time winding down the presentation, and maybe asking people to give me feedback.  Maybe I could have had my twitter handle present in the slide master like the Storyteller Spellbook’s author talks about.   I did ask specific people what they got out of the presentation, and it was pretty much all on the fears side, not on the process side.

AND THEN

It crept up on me slowly.  At the Google Thursday Night Party.   I was a speaker.  I had crossed that bridge.

What is that bridge?  Who was I before, and who am I after?  And not much has changed, yet, something is different.

Before

After

Maybe what I have to say is relevant? Maybe not. My experiences have relevance
I wish I could help people I can help people.
I wonder if I’ll ever … Looking forward to the NEXT!  what will it be?

Possibilities

I could definitely submit this talk to other conferences for 2019.

I could do several things for CodePaLousa for 2019.  I could expand on existing things:

  • An expanded version of the RSI talk (instead of 10-15 minutes) …  although, learning to dragon dictate again will be annoying.  And I’m so unsure about the quasi-medical stuff that I unearthed. 
  • Zoom in deeper to dealing with Fears.  I skipped all the stuff from where you become aware of the fear to awareness/acceptance and DABDA before you can get to effective action. 
  • Zoom in deeper into prioritization.  I glossed over the Franklin stuff, I could look at GTD and other such things, I could delve into the not-perfection aspect of it, I could look at the swapping of spots in a queue, etc.
  • Zoom in more into tools.  I didn’t mention Rescuetime, Ditto, or Timesnapper.   Maybe.

I could also do some stuff that’s bouncing around inside, but hasn’t come out yet:

  • How I deal with Conflict.   (Non Violent Communication, basically, except I’m not certified in NVC, and usually walking through that leads to a breakthrough even prior to talking with the other party.)  I know @chadgreen has a talk and a series of blog posts about the same subject.
  • Patterns within Healthy Organizations – keeping this one vague, ask me in person and I can explain why. 

I wish I had technical things I could talk about, but I’m not at the forefront of technology anymore (was I ever?) — I just use things to get the job done.  

I’d love to cover some of my pet projects .. like 3D Printing My House, or making the Tree of Directions, or the as yet uncompleted Map of Best Routes.   Some of these projects are older now, and not very hip.   But hey, I could submit them, and whatever gets chosen, go have some fun with that.

Okay, enough ruminating.   Time to button up this blog post.  There are other stories from the weekend, like how @bryan_soltis helped me find my elevator pitch, and how @guyroyse came up with a perfect summary of @heyslingshot.   

Thank you @CodePaLOUsa for giving me this first opportunity.

What To Mine

I finally understand WhatToMine.com.

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This bit is which video cards you have.  The ones in Red are ATI cards .. the ones in green are NVidia cards.  Well, technically that’s just the chipset, but .. yeah.  You put in how many of them that you have, and you click the button.  Green or Red = on, Gray = not on.

If you hover over the button, you get this:

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The +150/+500 is the tuning you can do in MSI Afterburner:

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You can see the numbers applied .. I’ve also additionally limited power to 50% and temp limit at 60 because I don’t want to burn out my new graphics card…

So you put those numbers in, and then it tells you what it thinks you can do:

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This is where you turn on or off the various algorithms .. for example Ethereum uses Ethash and Monero uses CryptoNight.   Based on the graphics cards selected, it prepopulates the numbers, but you can change those numbers to reflect what you actually get. 

So far its been very accurate – with the tuning in place, i get 29.42 Mh/s for Ethereum, and 680 h/s for Monero (although Monero I get an additional +160 via CPU if I so choose).

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Then, there’s the list of exchanges.  Some exchanges deal in some coins, but not in others, and that narrows down the list of coins ..   join Exchanges to Algorithm.   My favorite exchange, Binance, is not listed.     And then that gives you ..

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  • The Profit is the estimated Profit per day based on mean difficulty and current prices.
  • The % is “as compared to Ethereum”.  The time period has to do with market fluctuations over time … looks like CRC is on a roll right now, so its way more profitable (that usually balances out pretty quick as everybody floods to it and then the algorithm stabilizes).

Looking at used graphics card prices … the break even for a card appears to be in the 7 to 10 month range.   The lifetime of a graphics card .. who knows?  I wouldn’t do it.  Plus proof-of-stake will probably flip a lot of things. 

Trying to come to peace with my inner butterfly

I went to CodeMash earlier in the year, and I came away with a desire to do some Machine Learning stuff in my spare time.  I needed a Plan, I said.  I’d get up at 5am I said, and have time in the morning!  

So I made this system for myself, using AirTable, something my wife had found:

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To further decrease friction, I broke each project into steps:

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See that 4th column?  I’m calling that my “Affirmations” column.  Its like listing a fear, but then converting it into an affirmation instead. 

I even created a view that filtered things down to just things that were actionable at the moment:

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This worked well for about 3 days, and then … I no longer woke up at 5am.  Instead, I woke up at 5, then at 6, then at 7am, with just enough time to get to work.  And  when the day is done with me.. and we’ve cooked and cleaned and the day is winding down.. its 10pm, and its time to go to bed, if I want to wake up at 5am.

But, I don’t go to bed at 10pm either.  Right now, its 10:30pm.  I should be writing this post in the morning.  But I know, at 5am, my morning-self … just doesn’t care.  F-U he says to my evening self.  And its COLD outside the covers, and the damned dog is sleeping on my sweatshirt.

No happy ending yet.  But I also know I need to get back to running, because the progression of miles is coming up soon.   So… yeah. Smile  Some decisions get to be made.

No Post in October??

Wow.  I didn’t post at all in October.    Things I could have posted about, in no particular order:

  • My Birthday Present — Android Tablet in my car — configuration, usage
  • Trip to Las Vegas — 360 video
  • Segmenting work into Interruptible vs Focus vs People.
  • Further experiments in remembering every project I ever worked on and classifying them in various ways.
  • How much I’m liking how my workplace is developing.
  • Water leaks
  • Trip to Morgantown – 360 video of PRT.
  • Stranger Things
  • Running in Teslagear shoes — did a 5k in them!
  • Diagnosing, analyzing, and processing old emotional pain

But yeah, … its been crazy, and I haven’t had the bandwidth to do a proper post.

I did, however, update the … tagline? second line? of my blog.  Having watched Stranger Things Season 1, I really liked Dustin’s Line: “Why Are you Keeping This Curiosity Door Locked!”   … so yeah, inspired.

More time in the future.  Lots of things I could write posts on.   Later!

 

Upgrading my ReFS

I got a larger capacity drive to upgrade my ReFS (Resilient File System, Windows 10 “RAID” array) with.. also, most of my drives are >5y old, and I’m running low on capacity, so I better start upgrading before the world starts upgrading me.

Here’s what it looked like before the upgrade:  (“Manage Storage Spaces” are the magic words to Start->Search for):

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Now I’m going to save this draft post, open up the computer, and unhook the 931G drive (if I can find it) while the machine is running to simulate a fault.

DANG! I have two 1TB disks.  Oh wait, one is a WDC and the other is a Seagate.   Cool.   The WDC is the one to unplug.

The WDC is unplugged!  It hasn’t figured it out yet.. Opening up the drive … drive opened..  WinDirStat to exercise the array .. 

there we go.  “Reduced Resiliency”

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Okay, cool.  I’ll power down the machine and swap out the drive.

The Storage Spaces UI is unchanged – the (now removed) drive shows up with the yellow icon.

I have a new drive in regular Disk Management:

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First, I click Change Settings .. I tried to find a way to remove the old drive, but I couldn’t find one.

So I went with adding in the new drive first.  I clicked “Add Drives” —

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Once it was happier with the drives, the option to remove the errant drive showed up. 

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I clicked “Remove”, and it asked me to confirm the drive that I was removing ..

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This took a LONG time.   From 7:20pm to  9:38pm, so about 2 hours.  Opening up a second Storage Spaces UI, i could see the drive listed as “Preparing for Removal”, which I think meant “I’m going to find all the stuff that was supposed to be on this drive and make sure it is elsewhere”.    (Confirmed – the % used started dropping slowly.) 

The other thing I didn’t realize is I had to increase the size of the storage space to use the new free space in the storage pool.

And… I’m going to post this before its all done.  But basically:    I now have about 3TB of Mirrored Space.  I’m also Resilio-Syncing the important bits to an off-site backup.  So, any two of three things could die, and I should still be good.