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    I spotted a LackRack Enterprise Edition at the thrift store, got it for like $3, works fine for my purposes.

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      Reading: History, politics, CS, Sci-Fi

      Taking my dogs out for walks, fetch, hikes.

      I follow a boring strength training regimen.

      Gaming: Rocket League, CS:GO, R6 Siege

      Marksmanship: Rifle, pistol, skeet.

      I like to see movies at the cinema sometimes, can’t really replicate that experience at home.

      Tinkering with my espresso. Still trying to figure out Indian curry.

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        Hi bitemyapp, what Sci-Fi are you reading these days? I’m looking for stuff for after I finish the Ancillary series.

        Indian curry is so good! So is espresso. What kind of beans are you on?

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          I finally finished Blindsight recently, probably reading Echopraxia next. I read 2 of the 3 Expanse series books but am not sure I’ll finally read the third. It’s good but the 2nd wasn’t as compelling as the 1st book. I’m not a good person to ask for sci-fi recos. My favorite series was probably Dune.

          Currently Ethiopian beans from my local roaster (https://andersonscoffee.com/)

          I get my coffee from this roaster because they send me fresh roasted beans that stay good for at least a month. If I order from anyone else they’re older and I have to grind finer to keep it at 9 bar.

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            I’ll be interested to hear what you think of Echopraxia. I found Blindsight dramatically more interesting, but they both had neat ideas.

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              I haven’t heard of any of the series you mentioned besides Dune. I have been meaning to read the series as the Dune movie was one of my favorite cult-classic scifi movies. I recently watched the televised episodic version of Dune and while they had some minor improvements and scene refinements the acting was generally worse. I’ll have to check out those series as you mentioned, and I’ll be sure to actually read the Dune series!

              Ah Ethiopian beans are typically smaller right? I have generally seen those beans lightly roasted, do you find the same? I don’t have an espresso machine but I am a bit of a coffee enthusiast myself. Do you have a nice grinder? I know you know what’s up because of your first mention of fresh roasted beans. There’s nothing better than the fresh beans, to the point that old beans are generally pretty trash in terms of bloom, aroma, and flavor (aside from overly compensated flavors during roasting of old beans).

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                read Dune

                Yes, do so.

                Ethiopian beans are typically smaller right?

                No idea.

                have generally seen those beans lightly roasted

                Me too, but these are medium. My only objection to this supplier of my coffee is that I think they medium roast too much stuff that should be light or light-medium. My problem is I don’t know who else is consistently fresh.

                My grinder is a Baratza Vario. I had a decent burr grinder before but it wasn’t good enough for espresso.

                old beans are generally pretty trash

                I can sorta rescue old beans with pourover but it’s not what it should be.

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                  From what I’ve seen the Ethiopian beans are smaller but maybe it’s just the batches I’ve witnessed. I like their flavor though it’s unique.

                  I see Anderson’s is based out of Austin, I assume that’s local so if you’re open to buying from non-local roasters I have had many excellent roasts from Verve out of Santa Cruz, and Stumptown from Seattle. I’m a bit out of date with what’s hot for Seattle roasters, but Stumptown has been strong for a long time.

                  https://www.vervecoffee.com/ https://www.stumptowncoffee.com/

                  Or if not that just keep looking for local roasters, there are really great local roasters that you can come across and usually you can build a relationship with them to get the scoop on the real good stuff. Have a good one.

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          I’ll try and give some honest answers

          • Traveling and planning for traveling. I spent some time backpacking in Iceland last year. Will be doing some hiking in Peru soon.
          • Cooking. I work from home and cooking is my responsibility/hobby. I made this last week and it’s so good that my wife requested an encore: http://www.savorylotus.com/slow-cooker-moroccan-chicken/
          • Working out. I like to olympic lift and run. Honestly I only do this like 2x a week. Trying to up that # a bit.
          • Hiking/snowboarding/show shoeing: At least one day every weekend is spent doing one of these activities.
          • Learning open source tech. Currently learning rust. (<2h/week)
          • Reading papers (<2h/week)
          • Reddit/hn/lobsters (way too many hours)

          I actually spend time on the above, I also have a few things I would like to do, but am not currently working on:

          • Becoming fluent in spanish
          • Working through more TAOCP
          • Working through a compiler design book
          • Making my hobby os be able to do more than print hello world. Next goal would probably be threading/tasking capabilities so I can better explore virtual memory.
          • Contribute to more projects
          • Playing with new syscalls like userfaultfd
          • Making a product and selling it
          • Fixing the door handle on my camper van that shattered when I tried to open it.
          • Blogging more (I did get one post written in Dec, but nothing since then)

          Ultimately I realize I want to do more things than I actually have time for, and that’s ok. I think that I’ve mostly prioritized my time in a way that reflects my values. I need to spend less time on reddit/hn/lobsters and more time reading and writing, but I’m pretty happy with the amount of time I spend cooking, exercising, and working.

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            I’m particularly interested in your hobby OS, how’d you get started with that and what is your approach to building it? I remember seeing some sites dedicated to that in the past and I was fascinated then too. What’s your blog?

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              I believe I started with a combination of this pdf https://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~exr/lectures/opsys/10_11/lectures/os-dev.pdf (or something very much like it) and some of these tutorials: http://wiki.osdev.org/Tutorials

              “Operating system” is very generous. What I wrote was a disk image that could be booted by qemu. So that means the virtual bios was able to find a boot sector that executed some machine code I had written. I then used BIOS calls (like syscalls) to print some text. I think I got as far as moving the system into VGA mode so I could using colors, and moving the cpu from 16 bit real mode (the default because of legacy systems emulating legacy systems) to a 32 bit address space using an identity mapping. I also played around a little bit with diskio using BIOS calls. At that point you’re more or less able to write C code. tl;dr - my OS was only capable of printing a BSOD.

              Areas I didn’t even touch: creating threading. Isolated address spaces. Context switching.

              Oh, I left one really big area of interest: kernel bypass networking. An area I know almost nothing about, but have been trying to grok by learning more about ebpf and some of the high end NICs.


              You asked about my blog, this was a relatively recent post on approximate counting http://whitane.com/post/how-to-countish/

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            When I actually have a choice, I mostly spend it writing novels. So far they’re speculative fiction of one variety or another. YA Fantasy, YA Horror, Steampunk, Science Fantasy.

            Oh. And I read, too. Mostly fantasy, but a fair bit of theology/philosophy.

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              Hi joshuacc, are you self-publishing? Where might I read some of your SciFi?

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                I have self-published one of the novels, a middle grade fantasy: Silver Chalice, Golden Bough. The others are in various states of completion. Currently working on expanding my YA Horror story to actually be novel length. :-)

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              I’m preparing myself for contributing to the BSD projects overall lately.

              • Installing FreeBSD
                • Dry run of installing FreeBSD 11 in a VM, to eventually replace the ArchLinux install on my laptop. I may switch to OpenBSD too, maybe not. I mainly want to play with the new FreeBSD features today.
              • Read books
                • Grand Tour series by Ben Bova, Ancillary series by Anne Lecke, a bunch of technical books about BSD/Linux/Python/Sysadmin, and the works of Philosophers classical and modern.
              • Local meetups
                • Startups, Information Security, BSD, Linux, (Computer) Networking, FOSS, and OS meetups.
              • Listen to podcasts
                • BSDNow, Waking Up, History of Philosophy, Radiolab, Joe Rogan Experience.
              • Studying for Amateur radio / Ham Technician license.
              • Amateur Astronomy.
              • Learning Python.
              • Studying for RHCE.
              • Hiking.
              • Cycling.
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                I just recently gave notice at my job, so that has been winding down. My new job starts on 6 February, and my last day at my current place of work is 27 January, so I’ll have a week of down time in-between.

                For fun, I do a bunch of things:

                • Been picking up rock-climbing; I try to go twice a week (need to get certified to belay at the gym I go to this week)
                • Reading (Disc World, rereading Hitchhikers' Guide, His Dark Materials, Shade’s Children, and a bunch of specifications (I need to reread ISO 9899 again))
                • Racquetball; used to play a bunch, trying to get back in the habit of playing once or twice a week
                  • To manage this, I am likely going to need to get a gym membership, so I may also add lifting to my work-out rotation at least once a week
                • Running; cardio is good, I’m aiming for once or twice a week
                • Personal projects; I finally got started on a project that’s been on my todo-list for a while (a pastebin), we’ll see how it goes
                  • I try to do at least one commit on one of my public repos a day to force myself to stay involved in my projects
                • A couple friends of mine (whom I try to hang out with at least once or twice a week) are into Blues (and Lindy Hop) and I tag along with them every once in a while, so I might pick that up.
                • Helping other folks learn C
                  • I’m on freenode in a channel aimed at helping people get started with C without sugar-coating things
                • Zip-lining; there’s an awesome zip-line area up here that I love going to, but it’s still too cold for most of my friends to join me, so I’ve been holding off for a bit.
                • Once upon a time, I used to do a lot of gaming, but I’ve almost completely fallen out of gaming; not sure why
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                  Hi halosghost, mind if I join the C channel on freenode, if not what is the channel name? Thanks!

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                    Not at all! It’s ##not-##c-c (I didn’t pick the name). Anyone is welcome to join!