I wanted to write a post on the Day of the Programmer (September 13th this year), but instead of doing a pure tech piece, I decided to share my go-to comfort food recipe: Tonkotsu Ramen. What does this have to do with programming? Not much really, except that I came to it doing extensive research, each component was subject to tests and user validation, and a process was finally developed that optimizes for re-usability of the components that make up this dish.
This is a follow-up to my previous post on how did I came to this place, so an interested reader should head there first. After about a year of working on this on and off, I now have complete setup of the best work of Siegfried Linkwitz with a pair of LXMinis, a set of W-Frame subwoofer dipoles based also on his design, and the simply spectacular LX521.4 full range dipole speakers.
It’s hard for me to believe but it’s been half a century of “me”… and as we humans go through our hardware lifecycles, it’s good to take a pause and think about what it all means at some stages in the road. Yes, it’s technically just another number. No more or less important than 14, 46 or 81. However, it has a soft meaning, a cultural significance, and its associated stereotypes.
CJDNS is an IPv6 encrypted mesh networking technology, used in Hyperborea and other mesh networks around the world. I particularly like the way it’s conceived, with end-to-end encryption, distributed IP address allocation, DHT-based source routing and MPLS-like label switching. It has several interesting use cases, but I wanted to set it up in my pfSense gateway VM so I can use it as a distributed VPN of sorts. This could be useful to be able to access my systems from anywhere while traveling, or where my team can share access to each other’s Cloud Foundry labs, particularly when we travel.
I recently exchanged emails with a family member in Chile who was joking she couldn’t imagine me in the kitchen, when she learned from my mom that I’m a self-proclaimed “gourmet cook”. I guess it makes sense. When I left Chile almost 20 years ago, my kitchen skills were really minimal, in spite of having grown up in a household where my mom cooked daily, and where my grandma Nicoletta, with her Italian heritage, made the most delicious dishes every time we visited.