My first Nix derivation

Does precisely nothing, but I’m inexplicably excited 😛

nix-repl> d = derivation { name = "foo"; builder = "${bash}/bin/bash"; args = [ ./ ]; system = builtins.currentSystem; }

nix-repl> :b d
[1 built, 0.0 MiB DL]

this derivation produced the following outputs:
  out -> /nix/store/l23m6a2fkidklr8plhkb6iwl5x690c7h-foo

Interesting links: November 2018

Orbital sunrise (credit: ESA/NASA)


Happy Holidays!

Honey Yogurt

I had slowly gotten used to the flavored Chobani yogurts (strawberry, peach ….) but the one I liked most of all was the honey flavored one.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have easy access to this anymore … but I did have plain yogurt around, and I did have honey, and … I mixed them together and it tasted pretty good!

So — I’m clocking in at a few times a day now, gotta slow down, but — this is my new addiction!

Monthly recap (November 2018)


Random train tracks …


Major updates:

A week in Cabo!

  • A lot of hanging out at the pool
  • A lot of eating
  • Wandering into the towns, encountered some music
  • A boat ride and just randomly walking around (nice and warm)

Minor updates:

  • Adventures in fixing a faucet and water heater


  • Read The power of full engagement
  • Watched Season 6 of House of Cards (meh)

Starting this all over again!

After much whining, I decided to try out alternatives to my static website, to “see what sticks”, and then realized that I used to have a Tumblr (just as I used to have an Ello or Google+ but let’s not speak of those), and … maybe this is the right place for snippets of code and test and random links I want to share.

So for now — dunno, few months? A year? — I’m going to stop updating with new posts and (more frequently!) update this instead.

Angst about the static blog (again!)

This is beyond frustrating … after I moved everything this year to a different layout and thought I was “finally done”, I’m now wondering whether the static site is a good idea at all.

The big bottleneck turns out to be having to SSH somewhere and regenerate/refresh the site that way, which was okay earlier, but feels like a drag now.

I really want to write whenever I get time, since I’m not always onmy laptop. So I resorted to making it “async”, decoupling the writing from a separate time when I go and copy-paste everything into new posts and re-generate … except I then forget to do this sometimes, and every time I write something, I realize I have to now remember to do this other step at some point.

It would be so much better if I could just publish whenever I write. This seems to suggest one of the usual hosted platforms, and then I have to wonder why I even have two separate blogs, and I think of all the effort it would take to convert what I have into a new format (sigh!).

I’m sure there’s a sweet spot that exists somewhere. Is this the kind of thing that Ghostwould provide? Or is this what Tumblr was supposed to be?

Is having a personal hosted site simply too old-school and I need a new kind of place for this?

Or should I just have this WordPress place and — I do want to keep these two “worlds” separate — have two sets of posts? Is that possible?

I just want to be able to write and publish and forget about it 😦