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Recent Articles


Organizing Local Tech Scenes

Category: Podcasts

Hey everyone! I haven't forgotten about all of you. Just had a wild week and a half at work that we're just now getting on top of. There are still some posts in the pipeline about building, configuring, and running applications on my Raspberry Pi Kubernetes cluster! Until then, I…


Day 7 - The Promise Of Docker Containers

Category: DevOps

Hey folks! My last post, titled How To Incorporate Containers Into Your Daily Duties, was all about how you can use containers to improve your work as a developer. The problem with that is that it necessitates y'all knowing how to set up, configure, and run Docker containers. I…


Day 6 - Cool, but what can you ACTUALLY use containers for?

Category: DevOps

We're going to take a bit of a sidestep this week. I was planning on converting a Docker-Compose project into a Kubernetes one, but I had a small project pop up this week. That project involved me setting up a container to mimic a production environment so I could test my script…


Day 5 - The One Where It Turns Out I Misunderstood Kubernetes

Category: DevOps

I just finished Nigel Poulton's The Kubernetes Book. I highly recommend it, even though it pointed out some pretty big misconceptions I had about how some important K8s components work. It's a great surface level intro to the world of Kubernetes and how it can help build projects…


Day 4 - Scripting Docker Commands With Spinup.sh

Category: DevOps

In Day 3, I included a blurb from my DevOps-y friends about the natural progression of abstractions on top of containers: You usually start with docker run CLI commands and graduate to tools with more layers of abstraction as you need them. Docker-compose comes next, followed by…


Day 3 - Fun With Flags

Category: DevOps

First off, some housekeeping. I can already tell that coming up with a daily post is going to be harder than my buddy Alex had with his SVG work. He had one animation to complete every day. I'm spending all month working towards one larger goal. However, I'll do my best to share…


Day 1 - Learning DevOps In Public

Category: DevOps

Hi, my name is Henry Quinn and in July I'll be "learning in public." Last month, my buddy Alex Trost started a learn in public month after reading this post by Shawn Wang. In 30 short days he really upped his game with SVG animations (enough where he was asked to create an…


Day 2 - What's the plan?

Category: DevOps

In the spirit of learning in public, I wanted to share why I picked Kubernetes as the topic of my deep dive, what my defined goals are for the end of the month, and what my learning plan looks like in order to get me over the finish line. As short as a month can feel, this is a…


Deepfakes PSA

Category: PSA

Looks like it's time for another PSA, y'all. Buckle in. Unless you've been living under a rock since the 2012 U.S. presidential election cycle, you know that "fake news" has been running rampant. We're in a real life age of Nineteen Eighty-Four-esque doublespeak fueled by literal…


Facebook VPN PSA

Category: PSA

PSA: Don't download Facebook's VPN. They're going to start pushing it soon. Explanation below. So, some of you might (will) start seeing a setting in your mobile Facebook app called "Protect." Hitting it will take you to the app store and prompt you to download an app called…


Moment of Truth

Category: Career

I don't update everyone on what I'm up to very often, and if that upsets or worries anyone, I'm sorry. Those who are close to me know I value face to face interaction more than whatever meme posts or video snippets end up on Facebook, but I've had a lot happening recently. I…


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Category: Check-in

I haven't been updating this nearly as much as I should have been. Truth be told I've been ignoring some of my yearly goals. Guitar has all but fallen to the wayside, and I'm honestly okay with that. It's one of those things I'd love to be good at, but really don't want to put…


From Barely Functional PHP To Conference Worthy Web Apps In Under Two Years

Category: Career

I've only been in the web development game for a little under two years, but I'm building applications for a federal agency that are getting me invited to speak at conferences. It took me a while to figure out how to get to that point, and I didn't have anyone available to give…


NART 2013 | Planning

Category: Travel

Trust your gut, but do what makes for a better story. None of this was even an idea yet. All I knew is that I was tired of being told by my supervisors in all too many ways that my behavior as a resident advisor had been disappointing. Had they hired me to watch a small dorm full…


Parabolic Trauma

Category: Creative

As promised, a group writing exercise from college. We got into groups, and were to write a section of a story (no real parameters for the assignment) and then pass it off to the next guy without explanation. I broke this into chunks to make it easier to read online. I'm HQ. I…



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