It’s been a while since I published anything personal on here. Not that I ever really did that, but I’ve been having some blogging guilt lately. I present the following unorganized list of things going on which you may, or more likely may-not find interesting. I tend to get introspective around birthdays that are divisible by five. This is a complete random collection of items. You have been warned.

  1. I’m working on my second book. This book is a much bigger project than my first one. It involves the Internet of Things, security, privacy, and your home. For now I’ll leave it at that.
  2. After about a year of starting my own company, work is steadily increasing which has been keeping me busy. There may be some blog post worthy insights here, but I don’t think I can add anything new apart from what’s written in the many business related books published each year.
  3. I now have a one year old daughter. She’s away with her Grandparents this weekend and I’m realizing how much I miss her. Even at one she has a distinct personality. She likes her keyboard and her stuffed baby Gnu. These two items probably say more about me than her.
  4. Packt Publishing occasionally asks me to review some books for them. The deal is: I get the book and in return I write a review. You’ll see these on my blog. You should know that I read a lot and I infrequently find a book that is not worth reading. As matter of example, I present to you my current library usage in the next bullet.
  5. My local library will not let me request more than 20 books at time. I put in a support ticket to increase this and they respectfully refused to increase my limit. I have the following media on request (down to 10 items):
    1. Morning Phase – Beck.
    2. Modern Guilt – Beck.
    3. Professional Android 4 Application Development – Reto Meier.
    4. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel.
    5. The book of Inkscape — Dmitry Kirsanov.
    6. Android tips and tricks – Guy Hart-Davis.
    7. All eternal deck — The Mountain Goats
    8. Black Code: Surveillance, Privacy, and the Dark Side of the Internet – Ronald J. Deibert.
    9. Mastering Bitcoin – Andreas M. Antonopoulus
    10. Consent of the networked: the world-wide struggle for Internet Freedom – Rebecca MacKinnon.
  6. I spend a lot of time managing this list. You can request up to 20 books and once you pick one up it goes off the “hold” list to the “checkout list.” I currently have the following items checked out:
    1. The Book of Wireless – John Ross.
    2. Science v.347 no. 6221, Jan 30 2015
    3. Best 20th Century Classics
    4. Arduino + Android Projects for the Evil Genius – Simon Monk
    5. To Save Everything, Click Here – Evgeny Morozov
    6. Photographs & Memories – Jim Croce
    7. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains – Nicholas Carr.
    8. The Big Switch – Nicolas Carr
    9. The Paul Simon Collection
    10. The Glass Cage – Nicolas Carr
    11. The Age of Cryptocurrency – Paul Vigna and Michael Casey
    12. Design Patterns for Embedded Systems in C – Bruce Douglass
    13. SQLite – Chris Newman
    14. Arduino Workshop – John Boxall.
    15. Make: AVR Programming – Elliot Williams.
    16. The Internet of Things – Donald Norris
    17. Countdown to Zero Day – Kim Zetter
    18. Switzerland Zauerli
    19. Node.js in Practice – Alex Young
    20. Exploding the Phone – Phil Lapsley
    21. Smashing Node.js – Guillermo Rauch
    22. Bluetooth essential ls for Programmers – Albert Huang
    23. Bulletproof Andoird – Godrey Nolan
  7. Use your library. It’s an important resource. Make a reading list. People like lists.
  8. Somebody has my book checked-out. This makes me happy.
  9. I like physical books and I’m increasing bothered by eBooks. LibraryThing is a good website to organize your books. Here’s my library.
  10. I’m trying to get a workable version of an Arduino library out to work with Atmel’s crypto devices. It’s on GitHub.
  11. These are a set of good heavy-duty bookends.
  12. This is an excellent commuter mug.
  13. I would like to receive over-the-air HDTV. However, I continue to fail to make this work because the reception indoors is very bad. I spent a day a few weekends ago on my roof playing with an antenna. I failed. There was a company that had a clever idea: capture the over-the-air signal and push it out over the Internet. The U.S. Supreme Court passed a ruling that makes this a legal gray-area. This would have been a nice solution to my problems because I don’t want to pay $100 a month for cable TV.
  14. I’ve been enjoying Kona coffee lately. It’s probably some mass-produced brand that puts a Kona label on the bag but it makes me think of Hawaii. However, Kona coffee is routinely pretty good.
  15. This is my favorite way to search for something in zsh: printf "%s\n" **/*.foo
  16. I’ve left the Mac world and I now use System76 hardware with Ubnuntu (but Gnome Shell). I’m very glad I switched.
  17. Victory at Sea is a fun game. They did an especially good job with the submarine combat.
  18. Neal Stephenson has a new book coming out. You can pre-order a signed copy from Barnes & Noble. This will be my second signed Neal Stephenson book. The first was Reamde which says, “Josh, thanks for your service, Neal.” That’s pretty cool. I made a friend go get it signed for me while I was deployed. He is a good friend.
  19. Hopefully soon, SparkFun will release another collaborative project that we’ve been working on.
  20. I originally saw white and gold, but then switched to blue and gold.
  21. I’m increasingly of the opinion that IRC is the best social media network ever created.
  22. deadmau5’s while (1<2) album is pretty good.
This is my desk. I need to clean it.
This is my desk. I need to clean it.
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8 thoughts on “A list of random things going on in my life

  1. In your work desk photo, just curious if you remember where you got those small component boxes/trays?

      1. cool! thanks for letting me know…

        good luck on your book authoring progress. πŸ™‚ The topical description sounds right up my alley of interests right now. let me know if you wanted someone local (I live in Loveland) to beta test or review or otherwise sound off on…

  2. I working on a class with SparkFun regarding item #19 above. There will be some crypto-hardware involved πŸ˜‰ Once the details are worked out I’ll post an update.

  3. 1) This post makes me happy on several levels
    2) I love lists (duh)
    3) I cannot believe you own all of those physical books!

    1. 1.a. Glad to hear that.
      2.a. I should have made this list in a planner and taken a picture of it ;). My current favorite notebooks are Zequenz classic 360 in graph paper.
      3.a. I just added some more today :p

      Good to hear from you!

  4. Nice, also I think I may have to purchase the keyboard you posted for my 1.5 year old. He loves smashing keyboards and inadvertently disabling hard to correct things on the desktop. It will go good in the living room since we don’t have cable there is already a PC hooked up to the TV. Speaking of which if you are looking for a good antenna this one is good http://www.amazon.com/RCA-Compact-Outdoor-Yagi-Antenna/dp/B0024R4B5C/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1425348929&sr=1-1&keywords=rca+antenna and if you buy it used it is like $40. Its nice because you can mount it on the side of the house instead of the roof. I have also tried a few amplifiers and have found that this one is good for the price http://www.amazon.com/RCA-TVPRAMP1R-Preamplifier-Performance-Enhancement/dp/B003P92D9Y/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1425349063&sr=1-2&keywords=rca+amplifier

    1. Ha! My one-year-old has already destroyed my Nexus 4 once. That kid’s keyboard is doing much better.

      I may get that pre-amp. I’m a bit wary of directional TV antennas because where I live there’s no good one-direction to point the thing. However, I won’t need to borrow my neighbors 10 foot ladder to put it up, so there’s that πŸ˜‰

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