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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars

Rise of the Rocket Girls as the name suggests, is about the women (and some men) that worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The story chronicles the JPL from the 1940s all the way up to more modern times. I do want to mention that this book is not the […]

My Kombucha Smells Like Nail Polish Remover

I’ve been keeping a batch of the booch on the counter for quite a while now. My first SCOBY was gifted to me by one of the wife’s friends and my SCOBYs rode first class in the front seat when we moved from Tampa to Austin last spring. While still […]

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness

Have been asking around recently for books on personal finance. It’s a subject I’m not terrible with, but also a subject I don’t learn more about year over year. I’m sure you’re thinking, “damn, Josh must be in debt”. Not really the case aside from an auto-loan and some zero […]

The Final Redesign

You read that headline correctly. What you’re looking at right now is the final redesign for my blog. Nothing could be better than this. Okay, you got me. I know that there are better designs out there. Freezing my blog’s design has nothing to do with how it looks and […]

Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, 10th-Anniversary Edition

Sometimes it’s great to read books when they come out, sometimes it’s better to wait. Having not read Small Giants before, I’m glad I waited until now to get to it as the 10th anniversary edition packs in a lot of additional content. Want to thank my boy Anton for […]

The Great Gatsby

Not too long ago, I read on Reddit of all places a post by somebody that had read The Great Gatsby for the first time. Their story was not unlike my own. A bit older, not much of a reader but trying to pick up reading more. The said that […]

Reading Calculator

I recently had a conversation with somebody (a few people actually) about how much time I have to put in to read as much as I do. The short answer is, a lot. The longer answer is that it really depends on the individual and how you want to approach […]

The Girl on the Train

For the last couple of months, the wife and I have been swapping book recommendations. It’s starting to turn into the Sherman family book club over here. The last recommendation I gave the wife, was Dark Matter: A Novel (which we both loved) so I figured it was time for […]

2016 Recap

A few months back I outlined my 2017 goals and figured it would be good to touch on some of the highs and lows of the past 12 months. The biggest thing on the list from this past year is that we moved from Tampa, Florida to Austin, Texas. My […]

Tenth Anniversary of Weeks‑a‑pizza

For whatever reason, 10 years ago the wife and I decided to start eating pizza every night for dinner between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We obviously like pizza. Five epic nights of pizza it is! Over the last 10 years, Weeks-a-pizza has evolved from us just being lazy and […]

Reading List - December 2016

Figured since I’ve read so much this year, and am planning to read a ton next year that it would be fun to start reviewing what I’ve been reading. Nothing too crazy, just some brief thoughts on the books that I’ve read over the last month or so. Hoping to […]

8GB Showdown: Linode vs DigitalOcean vs Amazon Lightsail vs Vultr

Earlier this month I posted yet another of my $10 Showdown posts comparing Linode, DigitalOcean and the newcomer, Amazon Lightsail. The response was freakin’ amazing, I got a ton of great feedback and I figured I may as well follow up with a comparison of a larger plan. Instead of […]

I survived the 30 day plank challenge

November’s a pretty hard month for me emotionally, so I figured, may as well put my body through a little hell too! On November 1st, 2016 my daughter and I set out on a 30 day planking challenge. The challenge starts at 20 seconds on day 1 and you work […]

Striking while the iron is hot

Right now I’m sitting in Mexico, enjoying great weather, greats friends and some great sips. Yesterday was fairly hectic with an early flight, a bit of a layover and quite the drive to get to our house for the week. BTW, I’m in Mexico on a work retreat with SumoMe […]

$10 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Amazon Lightsail

Yes, Linode announced a $5 plan. You can check out the $5 Showdown: Linode vs. DigitalOcean vs. Lightsail vs. Vultr Yes #2, Linode made some changes to their $10 plan, increasing the storage a bit and kicking up their network out. I have updated the post to reflect the network […]

My 2017 Goals

Without goals, we are aimless. I thought I had come up with a great opening line for this post only to find out that it’s actually a quote from a book I have never read. Thanks Google ;) My lack of originality aside, I do believe in goals. Goals are […]

A day without food

This past weekend I set out to do a water fast. The plan was to go from Friday evening to Sunday evening. A full 48 hours. Why? No real health reasons, and definitely not to see if I could lose weight. Really just wanted to see if I could. Thing […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 5: The Conclusion

If you’re like me, you enjoy the journey more than the destination. If you’re just tuning in, you should probably catch up. Part 1: The Motive Part 2: The Distro Part 3: The Desktop Environment Part 4: The Development Environment On this fifth week of writing about my transition back […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 4: The Development Environment

New around here? You may want to catch up: Part 1: The Motive Part 2: The Distro Part 3: The Desktop Environment Before switching to OS X, I was running Ubuntu codename whatever and had my local system built out as close to my production environment as possible. I would […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 3: The Desktop Environment

In case you missed it, here’s the story thus far: Part 1: The Motive Part 2: The Distro Before I discuss my current desktop environment, let’s rewind to 2012 before I had switched to OS X. At the time, I was running xmonad as my primary desktop environment and was […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 2: The Distro

In case you need to catch up, here’s the story thus far: Part 1: The Motive Caught up? Solid. Okay so at this point I have been running Linux again full-time for two weeks. There have been moments of needing to reboot into OS X. Couple times because I have […]

Switching from Mac OS X back to Linux, Part 1: The Motive

This post is half a decade in the making. On June 15th, 2012 I took the plunge and switched from Linux to Mac OS X. 1,585 days later, I am writing to let you know that I have seen the error in my ways and I am back home, running […]

Reading a specific line from a file with PHP

As I’ve been building a system that is driven primarily by CSV files (because it’s easier to use Google Sheets than it is to build out an admin section) I’ve had to get creative. Recently I found myself working with a CSV file that’s around of 3000 lines of data […]

Invalid or corrupted package (PGP signature) during pacman sync / install

I’ve been using Linux off and on for the last 20 years. I’m currently moving back to Arch Linux after a short stint on OS X (now MacOS). I am quite the Arch noob but I’ve been completely taken by it’s simplicity and wasn’t turned off by high barrier of […]

How to pickle peppers

A few months back I wrote a post about making sauerkraut. It was a bit wordy considering how simple the process really is. Along with kraut, I have been pickling [hot] peppers. At any given time, I have at least a couple of jars of peppers hanging out on the […]