Up and running with Lightsail

It happened yet again… I went back to the billing console in AWS and I realized my reserved instance was no longer reserved… my bill was double. Yay.

So I opted to check out Lightsail. It’s an AWS service that makes virtual private servers on the cloud easy. I opted for a relatively small instance to run my website and now I’m only paying $10 a month. I went with an Ubuntu image and it was easy to move all my bits from my previous reserved instance over to Lightsail. Now I’m not going to worry about my monthly bill surprising me next time!

Pico Disaster

I wanted to get a fresh hop going this year as last year our kitchen went kaput and I couldn’t use those hops. So this year… I was ready. I harvested a full bowl of hops (with the help of Gigi), I dried them out, I stopped after work at the brew store to build a nice Czech Pilsner (minus the hops!)… and I was ready for a brew day on Saturday.

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Guitar Lessons

I finally signed up for guitar lessons. I’ve been playing Rocksmith for about a year and that’s fun but I haven’t been consistent and I haven’t noticed a steady improvement. So I decided to augment my Rocksmith time with some lessons… and hopefully lessons will drive me to play more on my guitar. 10k hours here I come!

Lacking Updates Again

Can’t say much other than life has been fairly busy. Our kitchen remodel is finally done. It only took 3+ months of actual construction but that was after 6 months of waiting for them to get started. Now that it is done I expect to send out some invites to friends in the area for a potluck!

Game development has been slow but I have been working step by step on http://www.averagejoesoftware.com/. I have automated builds published to the site (that I’m not publicly sharing yet) and a link to a Trello bug board. I haven’t exposed the feature board yet but that’s setup too.

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Making stuff

I’ve been doing a lot of printing on my Lulzbot mini. Here’s an example of a Bulbasaur I pulled from Thingiverse that I edited in Blender to make room for a clay planter.

Bulbasaur Planters
Bulbasaur Planters

The green one on the left is printed at standard resolution while the blue one on the right is a fast print. The green took about 4 hours to print and turned out great.