Yakutat Bound, version 2.0

OK, as I pack up my gear to return to Yakutat, I thought it would be fun to show the movie I made from the last time I was there in 2013.

Cant wait to meet the “new guys”…

American Barleywine: Polygyle

So I just finished up an American Wheat and I thought I’d use the yeast cake for something big. I was using Wyeast 1056, so it could be any style that does not require yeast derived flavors. Since I recently went through a loss of my cold storage ability and most of my ‘to be aged for years’ projects were ruined, I thought I’d start with an American Barleywine. [Read More]

Rodney's West Coast IPA

Call me old school, call me whatever. If I have my druthers among the cornucopia of IPA styles these days, I kick it old school. A moderately strong, hoppy & estery beer, with crystal malt and some grapefruit, pine, melon tastes. The West Coast IPA. I’ve just switched over to the Tilt hydrometer and hooked up automatic data logging for the fermentation using an old iPad in the garage. Along with the glycol chiller, this is a pretty sweet setup. [Read More]

Starting Golang Development

OK, so I play around a lot with languages like Swift, Go, and R. These are all great languages—except R which is crap but those damn engineers at RStudio make it just so damn convenient—and have some really great extension of the previous languages we’ve used in the past. Recently, I’ve been given the opportunity to serve as the Director of the VCU Center for High Performance Computing (think 10’s of thousands of processors in a building-level climate controlled chamber). [Read More]

iA Writer

iA Writer Hey, look at this! A markdown editor that can be used to post to Wordpress! That sounds great to me. There is a simplicity to this interface. It ‘gets out of your way’ and lets you focus on the writing. There is a great quote about complexity in programming from the Edsger Dijkstra. He states: Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. [Read More]

Post to Wordpress from RMarkdown

RMarkdown is the lingua franca of my world. There are tons of times that I want to post something from my markdown work on my blog (either personal or work) and for that there are many options. I could make it into a PDF and embed it, I can copy-paste and put it in normal wordpress docs or I can have R do it for me. Guess which one I am going to use… [Read More]



London, Friday

The last day in London… ;-( . We started this one out with the quintessential plan. Visit the London Tower to find the Raven Master (known formally as the Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, the Tower of London and member of the Sovereigns Bodyguard of the Yeoman Guard Extraordinary), take a slow double decker bus out to Herrod’s for some up-scale shopping, and finish it all up with a short stint in a pub drinking a bit of the old ale one last time. [Read More]

London, Thursday

So today was a bit of the enigmatic tourist kind of day. We purchased a hop-on-hop-off ticket to one of those double decker bus companies and jumped on to go see stuff around the city. The morning was a bit rainy, so it was a pretty good idea. The Rainy Tourbus Ride We did the “Red Line” on this tour. While the rain on the windscreen was hampering good shots, the heater on the feet was comforting. [Read More]