Feeling Satisfied

I had set out about 2 years ago to get some certifications for my own personal and professional growth, but life and things and other things got in the way (work? Factorio? excuses?) and I just never finished them.

Well I set out to fix that this year and just yesterday I passed the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam. The exam was more challenging then I expected, but I passed! Whew.

Going to chill on these for a bit now. In the fall I will tackle the RHCSA.

Virginia City & Gold Hill – March 2nd 2019

Had a great time stomping through the snow in Virginia City and Gold Hill over the weekend. I am overall happy with the photos, but I do want to improve, so here we go, time to critique. Let’s look at composition.

I could have done more to isolate the subject tree from the background. The fence on the right side is taking up too much attention in the scene. I’d probably drop the fence completely, move the subject tree right, and balance it with the one tree on the left in the background
I’d try this shot with a lower angle, to flatten/remove most of the background, to keep focus on the 3 trees.
The tree is not clear enough, the branches blend in too much with the stuff in the background. A lower viewpoint may have helped separate the tree from the background.



I am working on keeping things real simple, and to not over work everything. This was the most comfortable I have been with watercolor. Looking at it now, I’d like to add some more definition to the clouds.

Books Read in 2018

I made it a goal a few years ago to read more, like I used to when I was much younger. I’d read all the time, but at that time my topic selection was limited to Science Fiction and, well that’s all. I have been broadening my selections a bit since then. I’ve explored the vast world of fantasy in 2016-2017, and then moved on to self discovery, philosophy, self-help, some classics, etc. 2018 was a good year for reading for me 🙂

  • The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick
  • The Integral Trees – Larry Niven
  • Real Artists Don’t Starve – Jeff Goins
  • The Anatomy of Peace – The Arbinger Institute
  • Addiction, Procrastination, and Laziness – Roman Gelperin
  • Insecure in Love – Lesli Becker-Phelps PhD
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging – Sebastion Junger
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life – Mark Manson
  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Meditations – Marcus Arelius
  • Declutter Your Mind – Barrie Davenport
  • The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) – N.K. Jemisin
  • Roadmarks – Roger Zelazny
  • Good News – Edward Abbey
  • Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
  • Artemis – Andy Weir

Technical Books

  • Docker: Up & Running
  • Terraform: Up & Running
  • Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship