Computers are still hard

My goal: have a place for Leah and I to store all of our photos and videos (and maybe documents too). Both of us have gigabytes of media from the last decade or so, with more to come. I’d like for the hardware layer to work well with the software layer — it should be easy to access and upload on a daily basis. Ideally, it should be in the cloud so I don’t have to worry about hardware failure. Realistically, I only care about catastrophic backup.

Options I’ve looked into over the last two hours:

  1. Attach a USB hard drive to our ASUS N66U router to serve as NAS. Reportedly, this is possible. However, when I began my search, I came across this article from February 2014: “Dear Asus router user: You’ve been pwned, thanks to easily exploited flaw.” This doesn’t give me much confidence, particularly considering I’ve never upgraded our router’s firmware and have no desire to do so.
  2. Buy a Time Capsule, connect a secondary USB hard drive, and put a common iPhoto library on it. However, this comes with a bunch of caveats. Namely: it doesn’t really work. Plus you really need to commit to a wired connection.
  3. Chuck all of our media assets into one of those fancy file sharing services. Box appears to have the best deal: unlimited storage for $15/month. However, that’s on the Business plan with a 5 user minimum.
  4. Use Dropbox or BitTorrent Sync to sync files between our computers. We’d get an additional layer of redundancy. Leah has 500 GB free and I have… 30 GB free (SSD).
  5. Buy an iMac and use it as our shared family computer. We can use whatever we want, but we’d have to figure out where to put it in our small condo.
  6. Or buy a Mac Mini, put it in the figurative closet (actually the bottom of the changing table, where our printer is), and VNC into it when want to manage photos. Might be on to something there.

P.S. Crashplan supports backing up a NAS drive as long as you can mount it. It’s $60/year for unlimited data. And Dropbox is $100/year for 100 GB. How does that work?

A full fridge is the sign of a happy home

Or so I’ve always thought. Our fridge tonight contains:

  • Homemade whey (and it’s corresponding cream cheese).
  • Fermented salsa. Leah has a new, quadruply-spicy batch on the counter.
  • Half an avocado. Bobo is eating these like it’s her job. Go Bobo!
  • Homemade watermelon citrus gummies. "Tummy Gummies" — good for the gut!
  • Eggs by the dozen. Duh.
  • Cheese: cheddar, blue, parmesan, Babybel, smoked gruyere, Brie
  • Corn tortillas. Eggs, tortillas, avocado and fermented salsa is pretty much the best breakfast ever.
  • Homemade quinoa, cashew Asian salad.
  • Homemade lasagna. It’s vegetarian, but you wouldn’t know with the awesome mushrooms it has.
  • Fruit: blueberries, strawberries, watermelon. Veggies: zucchini, onions, red pepper, asparagus, carrot, brussel sprouts.
  • Crab caught by my dad this morning from Nehalem Bay.


#wcnyc: A Journey To The Center Of WP-CLI

The talk went great! I improved my wp present command to do some fancier Markdown parsing, and it worked out quite well. Here’s the markdown file if you’d like to skim through.

Although I didn’t finish my slides until this morning, I did a couple of things I’ll always be doing going forward:

  1. Produce a list of a few bullet points I want to hit for each slide, in case I get off track. I put these in Apple Notes so I could easily reference from my phone when I got stuck.
  2. Practice the presentation a couple times. This was really helpful to identify how I wanted to transition between each slide.

The visual representation of the slides are below.

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Grist is hiring

Grist, an environmental news non-profit based in Seattle, holds a special place in my heart as the first place I ever worked. The story goes a bit like this…

During my freshman year at college, I was still keen on making my career as a photojournalist. I applied for six summer photo internships at various publications, all unpaid. I waited, waited, and waited, and didn’t hear back from a single one. Then, Corey McKrill (now with the legendary Theme Foundry) sent an email to the Whitman listserv advertising Grist’s web production internship. Paid — enough to live for the summer in Seattle. Andrew Witherspoon and I had done some WordPress hacking breaking the past semester so I applied, got the gig, and the rest is history.

Grist is hiring not one but two developers. If media, the environment, and WordPress is your sort of thing, you should talk to Nathan (and tell him I sent you).

You Are Not Late

Looking back now it seems as if waves of settlers have since bulldozed and developed every possible venue, leaving only the most difficult and gnarly specks for today’s newcomers. Thirty years later the internet feels saturated, bloated, overstuffed with apps, platforms, devices, and more than enough content to demand our attention for the next million years. Even if you could manage to squeeze in another tiny innovation, who would notice it?


But, but…here is the thing. In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet. The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning. If we could climb into a time machine and journey 30 years into the future, and from that vantage look back to today, we’d realize that most of the greatest products running the lives of citizens in 2044 were not invented until after 2014. People in the future will look at their holodecks, and wearable virtual reality contact lenses, and downloadable avatars, and AI interfaces, and say, oh, you didn’t really have the internet (or whatever they’ll call it) back then.

Kevin Kelly — You Are Not Late