Monday, March 14, 2016

Growing English Lavender From Seeds

I'm attempting to grow English Lavender from seed, because I would like to plant a lot of them around our house - approximately 170 - and the seedlings are relatively expensive.  Also, as my friend Jason R. pointed out, I'm Mark Watney'ing - I'm inspired by the book The Martian that I read over the summer.

The main instructions came from the "growing information" section on the Burpee catalog page for Lavender, English: but I also read through several other web pages, see references below.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ezekiel 25:17 for software engineers

The path of the righteous engineer is beset on all sides by the iniquities of scope creep and the tyranny of product owners.  Blessed is he who in the name of Agile and Scrum shepherds their project through the valley of deadlines, for he is truly his team's keeper and the finder of lost core functionality.  And I will strike down upon thee with great practicality and furious patience those who attempt to delay our release.  And you will know my name is Victory when I lay my practicality on thee.

With apologies to Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson.

And a wall paper version provided by Phil M.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SNNR web stack: SQLite, NGINX, Node.js, Raspberry pi

I'm writing to introduce SNNR, a "new" web stack: SQLite, NGINX, Node.js running on a Raspberry Pi.  I intend to use this stack for home heat monitoring and controlling.  I had previously built some electric imp based devices to monitor the temperature, and then built some to act as thermostats, and initially I will use this stack to provide a very simple API for the electric imps to store data.  Later it will  provide a web app for users to display temperature data and control the thermostats.  The stack runs on a Raspberry Pi 2 model B running Raspbian, uses NGINX (v1.2.1), Node.js (v4.2.4) and SQLite3.
All code available at this repository on github: