Making Sloppy Progress

Reinvent the Wheel (Sometimes)

becoming a better programmer by doing what's already done

I remember being taught in school to avoid “reinventing the wheel”. While in a professional development I agree with that - I think that on your own time, on your own projects, you should strongly consider working from scratch.

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Using Log4j2 in Spring Boot

I recently had the (dis)pleasure of trying to use log4j2 in Spring Boot. The documentation I came across seemed to often be wrong / outdated so I figured I’d document it here in-case anyone else is looking to solve this problem.

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Reformatted the Blog Today

w3c is pretty awesome!

I recreated my blog today using W3C’s super-cool template. Props to those guys over there for putting something together so clean and easy to use. I just grabbed their template as it is, cracked it open in vscode and made some modifications to pull from my blog server.

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Migrated My Server

I recently decided I wanted to get my little blog project and my wiki off of AWS and get it running locally for a pair of reasons. First off, and most practical - I’m spending ~$10/mo on running my amazon ec2 instance. Which was pretty neat, but it’s just money I don’t need to be spending. Another reason is that I’d like to manage my own server for learning purposes. Going through the headache of getting my little raspberry pi to serve up my blog is a great learning opportunity.

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About Me

I'm a father of three and a software engineer for both hobby and trade. I enjoy tabletop role-playing and board games - especially of the heavily social variety! I also occasionally participate in game jams with friends.

I'm particularly interested in self-improvement in all of those things. I enjoy progressing through a new skill and learning ways of maximizing my time and focus.

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The best way to reach me is via email. When I'm in a coding mood I've usually got some kind of personal project going on my github.