personal and professional development

Sep 14, 2020

Reset Grafana admin password in container

I came across this handy article1 today while attempting to resolve the very issue in the title. Short, unambiguous, and to-the-point, this post by Milosz Galazka wins my "handy dandy article of the

Apr 5, 2019

Wall of Knowledge

The past few days I've been reacquainting myself with Python and I can say it feels really good to get to the point where I'm not constantly looking up syntax. Well, I mean,

Dec 6, 2018

Practical Monitoring

I recently snapped up Practical Monitoring by Mike Julian during a DevOps book bundle and don't regret it a bit. I haven't read through a book that fast since...

Aug 30, 2018


My Field Notes filled up again. They don't do that often for me. Get filled up. But this one did. So, as is my current process, I moved it to the special, zippy

Aug 27, 2018

m = Momentum

Writing can be difficult. It is difficult. Not the tippy-tappy party my fingers do on the keys. The pre-pre-pre-draft of the fourth version of the second mental edit. Between the previous line and

Jul 8, 2018


This isn't the first time I've written an introductory blog post or the second time I've...

Jun 22, 2015

The Skill

When it comes to writing code, the number one most important skill is how to keep a tangle of features from collapsing under the weight of its own complexity. I’ve worked on

Jun 21, 2015

The Drive Home

This post was originally written on June 11, 2012. It remains  unedited from its first posting except for line breaks and misspellings.  Of course it could use some editing, but it's been so

Dec 20, 2014


I want to stream. I want to shoot video. I want to photograph, edit,  write, teach, design, motivate, encourage, create. I just want to do a  lot of things. Yet I do nothing.

Dec 12, 2014

The X Effect

I discovered and started using this productivity / habit-development method today. It's called The X Effect. I found it on Reddit via the get disciplined subreddit. The short version is willpower is like a

Jul 22, 2014


I just reread my previous post and chuckled quietly to myself. How  can I expect to succeed at any long-term goal without a system set in  place? I just downloaded a productivity / to-do

Feb 5, 2014


This was originally posted on an old blog of mine years ago. I just read a blog post by some guy named Michael Hyatt. Apparently,  he's a productivity guru. The post was something