I made cheese!

I made cheese!

Awhile back my wife and I saw a TV show that featured a lady that waxed cheese for long-term storage. Seeing as we love cheese, food storage, and DIY projects, we decided we also wanted to wax our own cheese. So I put some cheese stuff on my wishlist and my parents ended up getting it for me. Unfortunately, I discovered that you can’t really wax a block of cheap cheddar bought at Target....

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Finding your friends on Google Images

Finding your friends on Google Images

My wife and I had some fun tonight searching for people we know on Google Images. We found an old photo of a friend commemorating their score of a 5 on the AP U.S. History exam, a funny college photo of a friend that has been in the workforce for years, a bajillion photos of a family that we know, and other random things. Oh, and lots of photos of my wife, like the one I put in this post (Becca...

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Replacing MySQL with MariaDB

Replacing MySQL with MariaDB

Turns out I’ve been living under a rock. I found out a few days ago that there are several drop-in replacements to Oracle MySQL that provide additional features and better performance. After doing some research, I chose to try out MariaDB. Although MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL, they don’t really go out of their way to make it easy to switch. It took a fair amount of...

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AWS Summit 2013

AWS Summit 2013

I had the privilege of going to AWS Summit 2013 in New York today. It was a blast! There was quite a variety of people in attendance, including a man that was literally wearing a tinfoil hat, a Hasidic Jew wearing Crocs, and a man whose first name was K (just the letter). In addition to the great breakout sessions, I snagged 6 (!) t-shirts and a sumo wrestler stress toy. Yay for free stuff!...

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Fake Music Generator

Fake Music Generator

I had an awesome idea the other day: create my own computer generated music by using Markov chains and MIDI files. “I’m a¬†genius! Nobody has ever thought of this before,” I said to myself. I registered FakeMusicGenerator.com and planned on looking into it later. Well turns out everybody has thought of this before. Oh well. I already had the domain so I went for it. I ended up...

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