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Mostly cloudy or partly sunny?
Monday, October 18th, 2010

I don’t really like the terms “the cloud” or “cloud computing.” They’re not very descriptive, and I hate cloudy weather. Give me sunshine and blue skies any day. Please. Regardless, most of my websites, including the blog are now living “in the cloud.” I flipped the switch to move my blog over about a week ago, and so far so good.

Everything here is running on Amazon Web Services. The web server is an EC2 instance running the Amazon Linux distribution (I’d have preferred FreeBSD, but it doesn’t seem to be a viable option right now). The data is stored in SimpleDB and S3. The images and videos are served by CloudFront. These days, it looks like AWS is a solid platform for personal web hosting, especially since they launched the incredibly cheap “Micro” instances. If you’re considering VPS hosting, I think it’s an option worth considering.

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

This place is on I-5 between Portland and Seattle. Good burgers.

The pictures. They’re so small!
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I was just looking back through some of my really old posts here, like this one from an anti-war protest in 2003. It’s funny how tiny the photos seem now. Back then they weren’t huge, but they were reasonable, and I was still pretty concerned with making sure things didn’t use too much bandwidth. As you can see, now I don’t pay much mind to that. If you’re still on dialup, I’m sorry (kind of).

Wailea Chapel
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The chapel at Grand Wailea, from our December 2008 trip to Maui.

Bass Lake, CA
Sunday, September 19th, 2010

From Camp last weekend. This is an iPhone photo; not great, but not too bad.

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