In an attempt to torture my chair shaped husk of a body, I somehow ran almost 2500km this year. Mostly to see what would happen, but also to take part in the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London.[Read More]
Rust, open source, cloud tech, kubernetes
dungeon mastering, universe, ideas, homebrew
solutions, theorycrafting, minmaxing, speedrunning
classical, piano, violin
tab accidentally left blank
photography, harware, cooking, offtopic
Lessons from building a Factorio Megabase
Baldur's Gate: Multinomial Edition
Auto-rolling and getting nerd sniped before venturing forth
For today’s installment; rather than telling you about the game, let’s talk about the maths behind rolling a
2e character for
BG2, and then running simulations with weird
X-based linux tools.
Prometheus Stack Review
operating the stateful metrics system on kubernetes
As part of my work life in the past year, a chunk of my day-to-day life has consisted of maintaining a
prometheus installation on top of a sizable kubernetes cluster. My original feeling was “this is not that bad with
kube-prometheus-stack”, but this sentiment has worsened somewhat with the realisation that more and more customizations and pieces were needed for large scale use. Half a year later (and 6+ charts deep), I thought I’d collect my thoughts on the ecosystem - from an operational perspective - with a rough architecture overview post.
Campaign Conclusion & Brain Dump
..and more reasons (not) to pay for Notion
After almost 4 years of running D&D almost every week, my big campaign concluded recently. This week marked our retrospective, and the release of several relics of the campaign. One in particular was the campaign repo - previously described as my foaming campaign brain. This is a brief post about the setup, and discovered pros/cons associated with it.[Read More]
Talk log from KubeCon LA
Notes from a week of pandemic browsing CNCF youtube
First KubeCon in a while I haven’t done anything for (didn’t even buy an ticket). This post is largely for myself, but thought I’d put some thoughts here public. All talks referenced were recently published on the CNCF youtube channel, and the posts here are really just my notes (make of them what you will).[Read More]
Evolution of kube
Tower, Hyper, Websockets.
After a quarter year of extensive improvements to kube, it’s time to take a birds-eye view of what we got, and showcase some of the recent improvements. After all, it’s been about 40 kube releases, one major version of tokio, one extremely prolific new contributor, and one kubecon talk since my (very outdated) last blog post.[Read More]
Antimagic and Force Cubes
A lesson from weakly typed magic items
In 2018, we introduced the explosive Cube of Force into our home campaign. We really did not expect it to cause us/me that much grief at the time, but despite long canonicalisation meetings, our interpretation was not even internally consistent.
At the time we dealt with this by nerfing Cube down into the ground gradually rolling out alternatives, but it’s time we dug into the concept of D&D
Foaming Campaign Brain
Exploring second brain alternatives for campaign tracking
After 2 years of running a D&D campaign almost every week, my note taking setup reached several breaking points. If you’re using
OneNote or another online managed system for tracking notes/cities/npcs/pcs/events, but know how to use programmers tools like
code; boy are there a world of advantages available to you.
This is a story of my original note talking setup, a comparison between newer technologies, and how I am back to writing markdown in a folder.[Read More]