Summer of Change

Well, it’s summer, so I’ve decided to change some things. First, I restarted running again. I was running about 3 times a week before I joined Crossfit. My run pace is still more of a fast jog pace than actually running. I’d love to get my average 3 mile pace under/around 8 minutes/mile – which isn’t very fast but fast enough for me. Right now, my best is an abysmal 9:22 min/mile for a 3 mile course.

ShoesNext, as mentioned above, I joined Crossfit. I’m doing this 3 or 4 days a week and running on the alternate days about 2 or 3 times a week. There’s a lot of weight lifting, which I’ve always avoided. I realized that I’ve lost most of the upper body strength which I used to have, so doing pull ups, which used to be very easy, is now more of a challenge than I expected. I’m enjoying the variety of exercises and movements and it makes working out non-boring which is a good thing – because I get bored of working out really fast.

I’ve purchased a camera. It’s not too fancy of a camera, but it’s fun. It’s an introductory level DSLR and the kit came with a few lens adapters and an additional lens. It’s been pretty fun to just walk around the yard and take photographs. I’ve captured a lot of local insects, wildlife, and birds and I’ve attempted to identify each of the species. You can check out the photos in my Instagram account.

Acoustic GuitarLastly, I also purchased an acoustic guitar. I’ve always wanted to learn, so I’m also in the process of scheduling some lessons. I’m not expecting much, but if I can learn how to play a few songs, then it’ll be fun to practice during the winter.

Large MySQL Database Backup, Restoration, & Offsite Storage at DropBox

On Monday, my website host’s (DreamHost) database server crashed and they restored the previous week’s data for all of the databases hosted on that server. Eventually, they were able to restore the daily backups to disk, which allowed users to restore that day’s backup. However, when I went to restore the daily backup, it was about 16 hours old.

Within those 16 hours, one forum had hundreds of posts, topics, and forum reorganization; another WordPress blog had two dozen of posts; while my personal blog (this site) had no changes. At the time, my backup scheduled was:
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Homebrew Batches 28-39 & Competitions

Here’s an update on my brews since late last year. I was able to submit many of them to a few different homebrew competitions. While, I didn’t score as well as I hoped, I did learn a lot and will continue to improve (I hope). The competitions entered were: Green Mountain Mashers Conehead Clone Challenge, Green Mountain Masters Gose Style Challenge, American Homebrewers Association (Regional) National Homebrew Competition, and Green Mountain Mashers Greg Noonan Memorial Homebrew Contest.

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Attack of the Clones

clone-trooper-helmet Well, I finally re-enlisted, but this time I’ll be shipping off to a galaxy far, far away. I’ve been wanting to join the 501st for a long time, so when a friend said he was selling a Clone Trooper armor and helmet, I jumped on the chance. The armor requires a lot of work including removing the flash, sanding, painting, and cutting/fitting, and finally assembling the pieces together. I’ll need to fully finish my armor before I can become an official 501st member. I hope to finish the armor by the end of summer/fall, so I can attend the Vermont Comic Con. Continue reading

Homebrew Batches 25-36

I’ve been slacking off way too much. One of my new 2015 goals is to post at least once a month to my personal blog. I’ve spent most of my free time researching and writing about Vermont beer instead of personal entries. Here’s an update at what I’ve been brewing since my last entry. As you can read, if you’ve read any of my homebrew entries, it’s mostly about how I screwed up my homebrews. I learned that I need to use more restraint with ingredients (such as spices), which is hard for me to do, especially when brewing Belgian styles.

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