Setting up an On-Demand AWS Service

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Today I'm mapping out a brief set of requirements for bringing up and stopping an instance on-demand using MFA and the AWS CLI tools. I need it for work anyway, and it's a common use-case besides.

After that, I want to take a look at using saving state for a …

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Playing with Raspbian-Docker

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For a little while now I've been using the excellent shairport-sync package by Mike Brady on a Raspberry Pi 2B+ to stream music in my kitchen. I'd originally tried this out on FreeBSD around a year ago, but hit a wall due to only ALSA support for the package at …

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Getting Started with AWS

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After releasing the fbsdzfs-ec2imager last week, I posted it on Reddit and got one follow-up suggestion: to include a mini-guide for generically setting up access right to an AWS account. Having an account and access keys to run things there is a prerequisite to running the packer builder, so it …

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Quietly Busy with Packer

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It’s been a couple months since posting last, thanks to work, and too much reddit. Politics is something of an addiction of mine, and I want to avoid bringing it here. The plan for bringing an s6-init FreeBSD into existence has taken a bit of a back seat to …

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letsencrypt ACME Client with NginX and daemontools

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Deciding to pick up where I'd left off with my blogging routine, I noticed yesterday that my Let's Encrypt certificate for this site had expired. Not 100% why, as I thought I'd left a cron job in place to update it. But I’m also a dumbass, and didn't. So …

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Getting Started with s6-rc on FreeBSD

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I started by setting up a raw and simple Vagrantfile, copied from a previous "portsbuilder" for staging new changes. After bringing up a new install of 11.1-RELEASE it was a matter of checking out the latest ports tree, as for some reason the s6-rc package for v0.4.0 …

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Didn't Lift a Finger

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Without having much oomph left in me last week, I didn't bring myself back to working on package updates and other details needed to bring s6-rc up to date for replacing BSD Init and filling out the next "easy steps". But lo and behold, I turn things on this morning …

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Templating AMIs with Ansible

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Spent all weekend working on a simple Ansible script to generate and construct new FreeBSD images from a specific AMI. It was something of a cross work/qbsd support project. It was a lot of head-to-wall banging until I went back and carefully read the ec2_configinit rc script, and figured …

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Happy New Year!

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I’ve definitely let this lapse a bit too long in the last several weeks, much like everything else. What can I say? 2017 has been overwhelming, and the last weeks leading up to Christmas were packed to the gills with my day job and end-of-year deadlines. The only progress …

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LetsEncrypt ... was confusing

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I spent most of today learning that Google Apps were no longer free, and wandering through their support pages trying to pull apart the momentary domain email I'd set up to get going. Because (1) it's not free anymore, (2) at best all I can do is add queerbsd.com …

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Next Easy Steps

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The last five weeks were a bit chaotic at work, forcing me to put this aside while I focused on moving a critical platform at work. To be fair that was effectively done two weeks ago, so I’ve been a bit lazier than all that. But. I come bearing …

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EuroBSDcon 2017 & skarnet.org

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We’ll always have Paris.

Spent the last four days in tutorial sessions and some very enjoyable talks. As soon as I come up with a good way of integrating images in this ad-hoc tool, I’ll post my selfie with Groff the BSD Goat and some of the speakers …

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The Plan

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I originally picked up this domain two years ago over drinks with one of my best friends, @grembo, but at the time wasn't even sure what to do with it.

After working a few days on a simple project at work, using daemontools by @hashbreaker to run a little report …

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Working out the kinks

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Finally got around to setting up a process for testing automated publishing with github, daemontools and py-pelican. This is that test!

Basic idea (final design to be tweaked) will be to export this file as a Markdown doc in the Working Copy app, and push it to the private pelican …

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Testing the new site engine

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This is the first time I'm attempting a markdown page in vim. There's some fun stuff, like python syntax highlighting. I'll take the opportunity to record some very simple date functions I find handy.

from datetime import datetime, date, timedelta
import re

def now(): return datetime.now()

def today(): return …
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Describing Qualia

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A few weeks ago, a student in my MA course posted a question that took a little while to answer. I'm including it, and my answer here for reference.

Can someone please explain to me how qualia links into what constitutes the self? I seriously cannot see the correlation.

Most …

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There ought to be a limit

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There ought to be a limit to the way we think of free will's influence on responsibility in the first place. It's rarely the case, if ever, that a person's actions aren’t already predetermined by a complex of prior judgments, personal outlook and knowledge, and circumstance. When someone does …

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Silencing, Rhetoric, and Argumentation

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While sick in bed today I've had the rare chance to catch up on my "other" inbox, which consists of about forty webcomics, four news feeds, and sixteen various philosophy blogs. It's not particularly normal for me to follow a train of thought in any of this, but there did …

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Trust and Consequence

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I've been tinkering with an idea about trust, and its relation to organized religions and other socially insular groups. Trust between individuals, I felt, was bolstered by a mutual, implicit commitment to some set of prescribed moral rules. However, it struck me yesterday that in commerce a similar sort of …

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Notes on Riga - Concepts and Perceptions

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Reference: Mental Representation

Ok. So. Concepts are taken to be images or representations, and the argument is whether they influence our sensory perceptions or not, and to what extent.

Perceptions are taken to be representational, but then the question is "representational of what?" (all representational states have their content in …

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School Blather: Identity

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I haven't been filling out this blog much after setting it up primarily because I've been occupied with schoolwork. This past February I started in on my MA work for the Open U and it's been rough going. I'd love to imagine myself somewhat skilled at this, but it's been …

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Internal Speech and God

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I have a severe issue with what appears to be the overriding principle of Atheism as I've often heard it stated. My issue is that, given what people say God is, they profess that people who believe in their own characterization are wrong to believe that there's an object of …

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First Principles - What’s Wrong With Liberalism?

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In this interesting result to my search for "Why is Liberalism Wrong?" Ryszard Legutko presents a straw man named Liberalism and proceeds to attack it. There's a good point made about separating the goals of egalitarianism from liberalism, but otherwise I have a sneaking suspicion that his aim is directed …

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No intuitions no relativism » 3:AM Magazine

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HC: To get into issues in philosophy of language, one can never read Kripke’s Naming and Necessity enough. It’s written the way philosophy should be written: it’s clear, it has beautiful arguments, it’s original, it’s deep, and it’s almost entirely true. It’s just …

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Aachari Murgh (Pickle-Style Chicken)

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Murgh Aachari - Serve with Pickle


Murgh Aachari: Recipe Expliciter



Aachari Powder

Powdlerize
Amount Substance Acceptable Replacements
1 tsp cumin seeds ground cumin seeds
1 tsp Fennel Seeds ground fennel seeds
1 tsp chili powder no substitute
1 tsp yellow mustard seeds brown mustard seeds, or even a good dijon mustard …
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Goan Vindaloo

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Gravy Ingredients


Amount Substance Acceptable Replacements
2 tsps cumin seeds ground cumin seeds
5 thai peppers dried chili peppers, or 2 habaneros -- to taste
1 tsp black peppercorns ground black pepper
1 tsp cardamon seeds ground cardamon
1 1/2 tsps black mustard seeds brown mustard seeds, or even a …

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An Argument for Atheism

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A little while ago on Stack Exchange, I came across a question asking for a "rigorous argument for Atheism". I tried out an answer and picked up a few votes from the international peanut gallery.

I thought I'd provide the question and answer here again, and maybe a little later …

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