Short Stories

A strange request at a Piano Bar

It was an early July afternoon and the sun was a haze – a mask of sorts that served only to try and hide the true location of the bright orb overhead. Of course, only one person on that long dust bowl of a street was remotely interested in the awkward look of the sun. In fact, Sal was the only one on the street at all. A controversy at a piano bar had brought Read more…

By ryan, ago
Life

Words to live by

I have often found that for me to remember something I need to write it down. Case-in-point, the words presented here in this picture. The first two, short and concise, are written on a piece of paper on my monitor at work. With my work it’s the name of the game- get the message across as fast a possible. The second part, talk less and smile more, are words I got from a song on Read more…

By ryan, ago
Family

A Black Friday Birthday

Today’s my wife’s Birthday, and yes, it’s Black Friday too. I wouldn’t go so far as to call her a shopaholic, but she does like a good deal. Today also brings about the realization of how observant kids are. Case in point, here’s the card Liberty made for mom’s day of birth;

By ryan, ago
Family

Kid photo update

So, I’ve been neglecting the front-end of this site for a few weeks as I’ve been working on the back-end of my servers (this web server, a NextCloud server, and a Plex media/back up server). So I thought I’d update the front page with some photos of the kids and this year’s tree.

By ryan, ago
Uncategorized

DIY Halloween Costume: Kids Rubik’s Cube

Following the path laid out with last year’s costumes (a jellyfish and Rosie the Riveter; I’ll repost those as time permits) Lena, with some help from Mom, decided she wanted another DIY costume for Halloween… a Rubik’s Cube (nothing ghoulish this year). Not a hard costume per se, but it was a little tricky to get right. And, of course, we wanted to get it right. So, let’s get to it. The first thing we Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

Crush and be Crushed

I was asked to give you a quick lesson on the Sylvilagus floridanus. Topics were to cover its medium height ears, the fluff of gray and/or brown, and its appropriate tail color of white. Yes, this was going to be a quick narrative of the Eastern Cottontail rabbit, specifically, those living amid the woods to the south of New Portland Road between Gorham and Westbrook, Maine. An odd sub-breed to be sure as they are known to grow Read more…

By ryan, ago
Raspberry Pi

Multi-Site Raspberry Pi WordPress Server, Part III

Thus far we’ve gotten our little "toy" computer (I’m rolling my eyes at my wife’s comment to the same) ready to take on the monumental task of running a world-class WordPress site that can handle moderate traffic (add some caching to the mix and you’re set!). We’re now moving on to the folder setup and installation of WordPress, one install per site. Theoretically, we can install as many sites as we want. However, the Raspberry Read more…

By ryan, ago
Short Stories

Noise

He said it started with a dull buzzing and light ring in his left ear. Then moved to his right. That was, um, about four or five days ago. He went and saw Doctor Brine on the second floor yesterday and last night Brine admitted him here," the man with the glasses said. "Do you think he’s actually hearing all of that?" asked the stout man standing next to glasses. "What?" asked glasses with a Read more…

By ryan, ago
Raspberry Pi

Adding Let’s Encrypt to your Raspberry Pi (Stretch) WordPress Server

Adding SSL to your in-home Raspberry Pi is actually super easy (see the image below… it’s the easiest "A" I’ve ever gotten)… made only easier if you’re using WordPress as you don’t have to edit your Nginx Server Block. What’ll you need?: Real Simple SSl WordPress Plugin ^ That’s it, the only thing you need to add to WordPress, oh, and activate it (you’ll get an error as you don’t have SSL yet… don’t worry Read more…

By ryan, ago