Late Night Thinking

by Thomas L. Kula

Debian Serial Live Cd

I’m installing a trio of new systems at home to host some house infrastructure, and I’m using the opportunity to learn KVM. That’s it’s own set of fun, but my pressing need was for a Debian Live CD which doesn’t rely on a PC console, but rather can use a serial console. The Debian Live Tools take quite a bit of effort to wrap my head around, and my first attempt, building a Live CD just following the manual, did not work.

Bachelor Soup

“Bachelor Soup” not because I’m a bachelor, or even that I made it when I was a bachelor—I didn’t even start making this until I was married. Rather, Bachelor Soup because my husband doesn’t like soup, so I only make this when he’s away. This is less a recipe than a rough technique that I generally follow. Sweat an onion (I usually use a red or sweet yellow one) until it’s soft and cooked down and most of the moisture is driven off.

After Dinner Thoughts

Scene: After dinner, my husband and I sitting on the couch, he playing Diablo III, me reading Twitter I came across the phrase “Breaking a pool cue”, and find myself wondering, could I do that? If I were in a situation where that were warranted, would I be able to just break a pool cue in half or would I struggle. Now, I don’t anticipate ever being in a bar fight — far from it, I would go out of my way in my life to avoid bar fights — but it’s the kind of thing that if I were to end up in that situtation, wouldn’t I want to be prepared?


While I cannot wait to fire my last PGP into the Sun, my GnuPG and Yubikey combined with gopass is a pretty useful combination. The important parts here are gopass itself, as a way of managing passwords in a git repository while keeping them encrypted, and the use of Yubikey to be the thing which actually holds the key material to decrypt those passwords. I can have my password repository living off in my AFS homedirs on machines, keep them encrypted, and require a physical object (the Yubikey) and a PIN to decrypt things, a process which works because I can perform all crypto operations back to a local agent via a socket forwarded over ssh.

Dear Recruiters

Recruiters, contacting me at my job email is wholly unprofessional and I absolutely refuse to engage with any recruiting company that does this. It’s easy enough to find my personal contact information, do try harder. This brought to you by a recruiter whose entire company will now never even make it to my email inbox.

Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

Adapted from this recipe. 1 bunch cilantro leaves and steps, roughly chopped 1 cup plain Greek yogurt 4 cloves garlic 2 oz lime juice 2 oz olive oil 1 jalapeno, seeded and minced Salt and pepper to taste Blend everything in a food processor until nice and creamy. Chill. Works well with cilantro-lime chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Adapted from this recipe. 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped 4 cloves garlic 2 oz lime juice 1 oz olive oil 1 tbsp salt 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne or chili powder 2 lbs chicken Pulse in food processor until well chopped, scraping down sides when necessary. This makes enough marinade for about 2 pounds of chicken.

Consul RPC Mechanism

HashiCorp Consul is a distributed, highly-available service which provides service discovery with corresponding health checks, a distributed key/value store, and a service mesh solution, which can run on a variety of platforms and environments. It is designed so that every node which provides services (things to be registered in service discovery, or participate in the service mesh) runs a Consul agent, which acts as a sort of intermediary: providing an easy interface for registering services, running local health checks for both services and the node upon which it is running, and acting as a control plane for service mesh components running on that local node, amongst other things.

Terrorist Attack on the US Capitol

Make no mistake, this is a terrorist attack on the United States Capitol. There must be no reconciliation, there is no reconciling this. There must be serious consequences to performing, and inciting, a terrorist attack on our seat of government, all the way up to and including the Executive. If we don’t, next time we won’t get the building back.