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VPS Black Friday 2022 Sale

I just got this in my Inbox from my VPS provider. I am sharing here in case you are currently looking for a VPS.


This will take place on the two main days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2022 which is Friday, November 25 and Monday, November 28, 2022 from 00.00 AM – 23.59PM GMT+2


(No affiliate link; just a current customer.)

#random #reblog

One run at a time

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Olivia Dean

Last night I stumbled upon Olivia Dean's performance – β€œLive at the Jazz Cafe”.


Please check her out in whatever platform you listen or buy music on.


On running

Did you make a resolution to start running? Or have you always wanted to and kept it off? Let me share my lessons learned. Maybe useful for you.

But please consult a qualified doctor to check that running is suitable for you. And keep in mind that everyone IS different. What works for me may not work as well for you, so apply with caution.


It is never too late to start. Start gently and short and then increase over time.

Pay attention to how you run. To make running sustainable, you need to get into the habit of running style that minimises pain. Everyone is unique, so you need to invest time to figure out your running style that minimises your pain.

The running style that you grew up with may not be suitable anymore and it is difficult to change style. But if your running style causes pain, you need to change it.

Running shoes that fit your running style will help. The shoes do not need to be expensive as long as they are shoes for running, not for a different sport.

There are two pains: pain when running and pain after the run. Pain is different from sore. Pain is to be avoided, but sore is at times unavoidable.

If you have no sore whatsoever after a run, there is a chance you did not push yourself enough. If you want to improve, you want to push yourself.

Your sore level will gradually change for the better, if you run regularly. In the beginning the sore is intense and may take days to dissipate. If you run regularly, the sore eventually will lessen and disappear quicker.

If you desire to run further and push yourself regularly, your body can potentially run further. But push gently and gradually. Do not rush: increase your distance over time.

You must hydrate yourself properly.

Regularity is important, but you do not need absolute precision. Pick a schedule and try to stick with it. Moving it a day early or a day later is alright. For example, you decide to run once a week every Saturday. Running on Friday or Sunday, if you cannot do Saturday on a given week is no big deal, as long as you run.

There may be circumstances that you cannot run for a period. Running again after a hiatus will give you a lot of sore. It is normal. Do not let that stop you from returning to your regular schedule and getting back into shape.

Running is a mental / psychological exercise as much as a physical exercise. Pick a personal objective to stay motivated to run regularly.

And even if you do not feel motivated at all, run anyway.


Lovely cloud

Today I am not going to write about cloud computing infrastructure, but instead about real physical cloud in the sky.

I ran 10K this morning and as I was walking to cool down, I looked up to the sky and saw an expanse of cloud lighted by the golden sun that had just risen above the horizon. It was lovely.

Too bad I did not have my phone to take a picture with so I can show you what it looks like. I searched on DuckDuckGo for types of clouds. The closest shape I found was either β€œaltocumulus” or β€œcirrocumulus”. And the cloud I saw seemed quite high in altitude, so I am leaning toward cirrocumulus.

I do not know if every cirrocumulus looks lovely, but the cloud I saw this morning was indeed lovely in my opinion. It made me felt like I was on holiday somewhere in a beautiful beach resort. What a gorgeous way to start the day!


A spider web that is stronger than wall

I was cleaning my old emails and found this story that was forwarded to me back in 2005. I do not know the source of the story nor whether this was real or made up.

Author: Unknown

During World War II, a US marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves.

Although safe for the moment, he realised that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed.

As he waited, he prayed, β€œLord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen.”

After praying, he lay quietly listening as the enemy begin to draw close. He thought, β€œWell, I guess the Lord isn't going to help me out of this one.”

Then he saw a spider begin to build a web over the front of his cave.

As he watched, listening to the enemy searching for him all the while, the spider layered strand after strand of web across the opening of the cave.

β€œHah, he thought. β€œWhat I need is a brick wall and what the Lord has sent me is a spider web. God does have a sense of humor.”

As the enemy drew closer he watched from the darkness of his hideout and could see them searching one cave after another. As they came to his, he got ready to make his last stand. To his amazement, however, after glancing in the direction of his cave, they moved on.

Suddenly, he realised that with the spider web over the entrance, his cave looked as if no one had entered for quite a while. β€œLord, forgive me,” prayed the young man. β€œI had forgotten that in you, a spider web is stronger than a brick wall.”


When I migrated my blog to, there was no search functionality, but I found the post in the community forum on how to add search using Glitch and DuckDuckGo and tag. I use tag, but it is not exactly search. DuckDuckGo does not return exhaustive search result for me; possibly because they do not index my site fully. Glitch somehow did not interest me much at the time. So I wanted to set up my own search someday.

Fast forward to now. Recently I deployed a couple of simple personal projects using serverless platform on Cloudflare and for the third serverless project on Cloudflare, I decided to do search. And so here it is:

Search indexing uses Elasticlunr and text rendering uses Showdown. Both are open source libraries under MIT License.

There are still improvements that can be done, but for now, I can already search all my posts. Yeay! 😎



a.k.a blogroll*

Artsy, of some sorts – Letters from Jarrett – Stories. Not a Blog. – Where It's Due – Daily Haiku – The Angsty Librarian – Short Stories – Late Night Fiction – Poems – Stars in Your Pocket – Book Reviews – Vyant – Design – City Cave Zen – Trying Poetry – Takiru – okpebbs – Strange Vistas – Vilia Ciputra – Photography – Two Flying Farts – curtomil – Infinity After A While – A novel – Vilici – Artisanal Intentions Jewelry – Narrow Road – B&W Photography

Techy, but not always – The New Oil – Serpent Security – Kaede – Minimalist EdTech – Code Queen – nxfury

Others – Kate Loves Orange – Deacon Patrick – Space & Memory – hopes / fears – Economic Networks

*) writers, in no specific order


New coffee grinder: smeg

This is the second post on the coffee topic. The previous post is here.

My manual coffee grinder broke. Specifically, the plastic inside the upper portion of the grinder broke off and went into the burr grinding mechanism. So in addition to ground coffee, I also got ground plastic. Bummer.

Never thought this part would be the first to break and nobody sells that spare part. I needed a new grinder.

Looking around the internet, turned out good quality manual grinder cost almost as much as low-end electric grinder. Some electric grinder even costed less than good manual grinder.

Electric grinder is much more convenient, obviously, but I had some concerns. It is noisy, takes up counter space, a bit boring, and may lead to me drinking much more coffee. I will get back to these later in the post.

I found a few models that look interesting within the price range that I was willing to part with. But I have no experience with electric grinder (except for using an espresso coffee grinder once at a friend's place), so I looked for local store options to see first hand what I was buying.

The store that sells Baratza never picked up the phone in the few days I called. Their website did not say anything, but I wonder if it closed down. Another store sells Hario. I called and they ran out the small model that I liked, but the other model is in stock and the store is not too far. I found other stores, but they carry expensive stuffs in the price range that I am not ready to part with.

I enjoyed my Hario manual grinder and I still like the brand, so I went to the store. The Hario electric grinder looked alright and the staff explained how to maintain it to keep it running well. And then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the smeg electric grinder on the other side of the table. I inquired the staff about it in comparison with the Hario.

It's more expensive than the big Hario, but seems worth the extra cost.

I splurged for the smeg.

One week in, so far my concerns had been mitigated.

The noise is not so loud as I had feared and it has a pleasant pitch. (The smeg's housing is made of metal.) It looks nice, so I don't mind it taking some counter space in the corner. Obviously, pushing a button is not the same ritual as manual grinding, but the process is not so boring as I thought. Probably due smeg's good look and good user experience in operating the machine.

And to date, despite the convenience, I have not drunk more coffee than before.

Here's to a nice cup of coffee! By the way, I wrote this while enjoying a nice cup of early morning coffee. :–)

Check out the smeg website.


I found this professional guide to immersion brewing. No, I do not do it like him at home; too cumbersome, but this YouTube video confirms some of my assumptions / techniques.



I am thankful that I still can be thankful

The gale seems scary all the time and the waves are very tall at times but the boat is afloat and all hands are on board

For this I am thankful

The cloud is dark and foreboding but out in the horizon peeking a silver lining because the sun is still shining

For this I am thankful

See also – Don't quit – Little things