TinyTDS: Adaptive Server connection failed

I have been dealing with a gnarly bug trying to connect a Rails backend to an external Microsoft SQLServer host from inside a Docker container. Here's a few considerations for Future Me™. Make sure your docker container is running in network_mode: "host". This sets your docker containers…

Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage is evidence of my newfound love of Canadian country and folk music. I had always loved Bruce Cockburn, but after meeting Stan Rogers I went into a deep dive. This list is best enjoyed near water, preferably salty, with a brisk breeze.…

Get Pump

Get Pump is my collection of hip hop that makes life feel possible, like you're gonna kick it. It helps to play this loud when heading to that client meeting that's not gonna go well (s/o to Karen). Stay gold.…

Installing Node via NVM

Hi there! In this tutorial, you'll learn how to install Node.js using NVM. If you want to learn more about Node.js and why it's useful, there's a good explaination over on the Modulus blog. Let's get started! We'll be using NVM (the Node Version Manager). Not to be…

Make Your Own Static Site With Harp

The web has become really complicated. It takes so much time, so much frustration, and so much specialized knowledge to set up a new site, blog, forum, or chatroom that many internet citizens no longer build independent experiences. It's become so simple to join an existing silo (tumblr, wordpress, disqus,…

Lung Cancer and Other Panaceas

Lung Cancer is a collection of music that reminds me of one of my favorite people. Cody was cleaning up while he lived with my folks, and since I was pirating plenty of music back then, he had me fill up his new iPod with his favorites. For maximum relaxation,…

Overshare

You could probably call Justin Hall the Godfather of the indieweb. I'm like, super ashamed to admit that I only learned about him today. Here's his new documentary, where he chronicles his life on the web and off, and makes a great case for breaking out of our electronic siloes…

Mighty Tieton

Finally stopped by the Mighty Tieton facility in Tieton, WA. I've heard about their ambitious community-building and local development projects for years, but never really had a good sense of the scale or polish that's gone into their operation. Located in a tiny town of 1,200, their main facility…

The Great West Coast Roadtrip 2015

My wife, Sarah, and I had never taken a "real" roadtrip together. I like to think that a year-long period of driving bi-weekly between my Eastern Washington desert and her Emerald City sound counted for something, but one thing it didn't count for was an expansive, we're-out-of-audiobooks-and-cell-reception West…

Humility

For the record, I'm still learning how to do this whole "life" thing. Recently, I made the really invigorating discovery that I can be a grade-A asshole while simultaneously thinking that I am helping those around me. In continuing to examine my assumptions, I've started to see the…