One down, nineteen to go

A couple days ago Clover came home crying about eir “wiggly” tooth.

This doesn’t affect me in anyway possible, expect perhaps in marking that my baby isn’t really a baby, and will soon have the non-baby teeth to show for it.

However… it kinda freaked me out!

I mean, I remember my loose teeth, and the weirdness of it wiggling, and that one time I fell on the playground and saw it drop from my mouth and bounce around on the porous floor of the play set until finally dropping down into the sand beneath, never to be seen again (I didn’t get any money for that one, my parents were apparently sticklers for tooth fairy “rules”).

I have been here to give C lots of support and am willing to discuss it at length, but gah, some things I could happily skip over.

Tonight we had pizza help it along, and finally a popcicle to finish the job. There was some manic reevaluation of reality, but after a little bit of bleeding and a lot of cheering, I think kiddo is gonna be okay.

Clover smiling, missing a tooth on the bottom row.

Got my idea for NaNoWriMo 2016

Oh snap, I haven’t done NaNoWriMo in years! I missed it, and am up to the challenge!

I was worried for a while there, because I didn’t have any fleshed out ideas I thought I could write 50,000 words about, but I’ve just discovered a confluence of ideas create something I find quite interesting.

I am not too sure on all the details, and I am not trying to be. Rather, I just know it will involve low-level magic users working in government agencies during a tumultuous era of growth and change. And by low-level I mean both as mages and as employees; they are the rank and file of the civil service. Whereas great wizards may go off to fight wars or run for elected office, these folks deal with paperwork. And some of them work in a customs office.

My brain is spinning, but I am jazzed to have the foundation for this to build on. There are so many interesting events in the real world to reflect and interpret, I think this may the easiest year I’ve done NaNoWriMo. ^_^

Name a website that impressed you

I am starting to plan out a new design for my website. After some soul searching I realized that my ideas won’t fit into a pre-existing WordPress theme, and I need to start building one.

I am pretty clear on how I want posts and custom content to look and feel, and of course I will endeavor to make it as accessible and useful as possible. Once I get a repo going I will share that.

There is one aspect that I can’t quite decide, though, and that is landing or informative pages. Specifically, I don’t know how I want the front page to look. I want it to be easy to read and serve as a launching point for the different sections on my site, with a strong emphasis on the work and play that is my life.

I started looking at websites that I frequent, but I wanted broader exposure to what folks find useful or pretty or interesting or maybe just something that stood out for them.

So please, share with me an inspirational design. Or something tragic and ugly that must be avoided at all costs. Leave a comment or email me at ^_^

Open Guide to Amazon Web Services

Some folks have put together an Open Guide to Amazon Web Services. Love or hate it, AWS is a complex and useful (many-headed) beasts, and their explanation for a guide describes my experience:

A lot of information on AWS is already written. Most people learn AWS by reading a blog or a “getting started guide” and referring to the standard AWS references. Nonetheless, trustworthy and practical information and recommendations aren’t easy to come by. AWS’s own documentation is a great but sprawling resource few have time to read fully, and it doesn’t include anything but official facts, so omits experiences of engineers. The information in blogs or Stack Overflow is also not consistently up to date.

I primarily just use S3 for backups, but I’ve considered playing with EC2 instances, but most webcraft I do requires a consistent server life that isn’t compatible with stateless, 12-factor apps.

And of course, given my history of incredibly small edits to READMEs on GitHub, I submitted a patch to this guide removing a single word. ^_^

Jabber on

I am ready to announce that jabber should be working on You can help me test it by sending me a message at

I am pretty sure it should work, because of this nifty badge: score

I still need to add HTTP uploads to the server, but it currently has a bunch of nifty XEPs active (I am tracking it publicly, if you are curious).

I am glad to be using jabber again. I had trouble renewing the last domain I was using ( because of the registrar I had used. I considered a new domain for this, but I have bigger plans for that, and I needed a way to communicate with folks sooner than later.

I’ve got so much to say about this process, because every step of the way I needed to research how exactly I was going to configure this, from certificates to clients. For now I just wanted to let folks know this was up, and I am available at that address. ^_^