Saturday, August 24, 2019

The aftermath of the test

As I said in my last blog, this week has been a zoo. Since I did get some other med changes, I have noticed a better performance in my glucose levels (Win #1).

The conference call for this week did not really give any new direction in my particular case, but I did get the feeling that there might be hope for me to not have to worry. I just wish that they would have manager input into who gets extended offers.

I've decided that I'm going to do my weekly diabetes management and some development on extending Tidepool ( on Mixer. I need to have something that I can use to keep myself honest and don't let my treatment get too long in the tooth before I make changes.

Working this weekend, so I'll be playing around with Elasticsearch, Kibana, and some other solutions.

And finally, failed my retest on the Linux+/LPIC 1 test. Got a 490/800..... need 500 to pass. Best score I've gotten, though.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

My streaming life

This week has been a roller coaster of a week for me. Let's see....

  • Work drama
  • One of my teammates started her new job
  • Conference call that basically states half of us won't get job offers from the new owner
  • School shopping for my kids
  • My wife is about 2 months from her layoff, but isn't being told when it will happen
  • Bariatric doctor wants me on a new injectable that comes from a family of drugs that hasn't worked for me in the past. Nothing even mentioned about surgery.
  • Drove almost 100 miles to see where many companies offices were in Utah County
All I know is that I'm so burned out that I haven't been keeping up on my glucose well at all. My walking during my lunch break has been replaced with LinkedIn searches and studying for my Linux+ exam (part 1 is Friday).

I'm sorry to the people that I don't talk to: my cousins, aunts, and uncles that live within 20 miles of me, my content creator friends and role models (Strwb, Phlog, Luna, Tink, RocketBear, Rooster, TyLu, and a whole bunch more I can't think of right now -- all of these people are on Mixer, BTW)

I have been making sure I keep my family informed on what's going on, and I'm working on more communication with my wife, Tammy, my coworkers, and my customers.

Over the next two weeks, I am working on training my coworkers and getting training for a new product myself. I think the best way for me to learn is to teach. I would like to stream some IT stuff on Mixer, and I know it will not be a great draw. I need to do this.

Tuesday night... I'm going to study for my Linux+/LPIC-1 exam with all of Mixer. No fancy bumpers, no fancy graphics.... just me, a bunch of servers, and some books. I have a feeling that if I do this right, I can get others to get interested in security and programming. Let's see if I have the strength on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

WIP Wednesday - July 17th

For those that don't know, #wipwednesday has become a thing in the online art and tabletop gaming community. I'm going to include some pics of my Warhammer models in progress, but I wanted to take more time for myself.

First, I like to keep track of a lot of medical data and notes/emotions to track and try to predict when things might affect my diabetes or my depression. I love the Tidepool app, and I would like to set up a Tidepool server in my living room so I can add inputs from Google Fit, MiFit, and Omron to get my exercise and heart rate data in one area. I hope I can get some help from my developer friends to start me out right.

Second, I'm going to be the lead supporting some new products involving collecting and normalizing data across multiple products. I love making things talk to one another, so this is right up my alley. I need to get my training and learning set up so I don't mess up.

Third, I think it's time for me to back out of Scouts for a while. David will be starting school and marching band, and that will take time away from him. All I know is that starting the week off with a 16-17 hour day makes me hurt by Wednesday.

And finally, I'm going to pivot my 3D printing into making things for dioramas and tabletop games. I would still like to be able to fire up a Mixer stream every once in a while, and I would love some help from my streaming friends to rebuild my channel, but I don't want to make it my job. I want to make sure that I use this to document my creative process for others to build on, and to review myself.

That's it for this week. I'll be working on building some Orks for a Warhammer 40K Kill Team and get some cheap body/GoPro clones to record Battle Reports.  If anyone would be willing to help me with art for my videos/streams (paid or unpaid, I'm willing to talk to anyone), let me know.