February 1st, 2011

some changes coming down the road

So, I’m not sure exactly when it will happen, but I’ll be launching a blog in the future about coffee; how to get it, make it, store it, grind it, brew it, taste it, drink it, enjoy it…. technologic….

I’m excited about it and will most likely announce that here, and then probably close the dustinfluke.com blog for good. It hasn’t been doing anything for a long time, and I think it’s time to get rid of some of the excess. I’ll still have a landing page of sorts, but will most likely have a fairly static page.

All right. Stay Tuned!

November 9th, 2010

missed the one year mark

Typically I have a yearly post, but I guess this is about the time for that anyway. If I’ve noticed two things from my blog it’s that I never update it and that I never update it. It’s a waste of space and money the way it sits right now.

Lately, I’ve been looking to do some things in the direction of coffee roasting. Not just for me, but for others as well.

With that, I’m thinking about restructuring my domain to be more of a business aid than personal website. Quite frankly, I do most of my personal life sharing via twitter, facebook, and other utilities online that I don’t just feel like blogging about personal life.

This blog has always been leaning toward my hobbies and interests, I just never really took the time to write much, but I hope to change that if it’s coupled with something more than just personal stuff. Besides, it’s getting much easier these days to just write content and let all the technicalities work themselves out. I’ve long been a dissector of all things…by that I mean I literally thought I needed to install WordPress by myself, set up my own media server, try out my own django site, etc. I think all of that is cool, it’s just not something I get passionate about to do long term.

So with that, I haven’t decided whether or not to keep the 6 years of archived posts on this site, or to archive them and not display them anymore.

Time will tell what I decide I guess. Until then, I hope to start from scratch soon and really try to contribute something useful than just random stuff that comes to mind a few times per year that I’m sitting at a machine and logged into my blog.

August 22nd, 2009

Wow, how time flies

Time really does fly by, especially now that I’m not behind a desk anymore. The change was quick, moving from one job, to unemployment, to another part time job, now to full time work. My new job is with the Auburn-Washburn school district. I’m 1.5 months in and so far things are going really well. It’s crazy busy, but doesn’t carry the level of pressure I had at mediaphormedia. Between opportunities, I enjoyed working part time for Nexlynx, but I just feel more comfortable at this point in time in a larger organization. I know one can not feel 100% secure in a job in these times, but my wife feels better about things, and I’m not pressured to put in extra hours. I really liked Nexlynx, but it wasn’t a good fit for me at this point in time in my life. With all that said, kids are growing and starting school…so I hope to resume a semi-regular update once I get my own stuff together. The back log of small projects I have on my plate leaves me with little time to do much else, but we’ll see about working that in.

May 28th, 2009

It’s the hap- happiest time of the year

So for some reason I had the Christmas song “The most wonderful time of the year” in my head and decided to change it a little bit.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids parachute chasing
And everyone telling you “Go over there!”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the hap-happiest season of all
With those large awesome mortars and giant cremoras
When friends come to be in awe
It’s the hap- happiest season of all

There’ll be parties for hosting
Pork shoulder for roasting
And prep all in the garage
There’ll be lots of chain fusing
And tales of the glories of
4th of Julys not long ago

It’s the most wonderful time of the year
There’ll be much preparation
And hearts with anticipation
When the countdown is so near
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the most wonderful time
It’s the most wonderful time
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

That said, I’m very excited for the 4th this year. No, I don’t have the massive one week vacation or mega large budget this year, but it’s plenty to have a great time for all. I don’t think I’ll be doing music this year or much with the firing system. The overhead it put on to last year’s show was just way too much. But we will have cremora fireballs so that’s always a plus!¬† Here’s a brief run down of what I ordered so far:

Roman candles -
144 plain 10 ball
144 10 ball with report
Black Cat Gatlin pack (18 of each 4 effects; 72 total)

Artilery Shells / Mortars
72 generic artillery shells
108 Radio Active canisters 60g
So with 180 shells I should be able to fill all my racks up

Cakes
20 96 shot Color Perl
6 Firework Fiesta
Plus whatever I buy a la carte when I pick up.

So I’m MEGA excited to say the least. I’m hoping too that with a little more activity in the pyro scene and coffee scene since new crops are in that I’ll have some more to write about.

What I’m unsure about at the moment is the date, so watch for announcements all over the place about the 3rd or the 4th. And I’m buying tarps this year to prevent show suckage like last year.

April 24th, 2009

ipod touch blogging

So I found this WordPress app for my iPod touch that allows me to manage my blog from my iPod. Now, this has already been useful to approve comments (thanks Rich), but I’m realizing that it probably isn’t all that great for blog posting. I’m five minutes or so into this entry and don’t have much content. Either way, it’s super handy for edits and comment moderation. Thanks wordpress!

Sent from my iPod.

March 25th, 2009

kirby motor breakdown

So I broke down the kirby motor a couple of weeks ago in an effort to clean that puppy up. You can imagine the grossness that is wanting to roast coffee with a device that used to pick up dirt. I’m glad to say that it was relatively easy to tear this vacuum down¬† and disassemble the parts that handle the air flow.

pre-clean

Here is the vacuum cleaner base before I began removing parts.

front cover off

There were 5 screws holding on the front cover. Once removed, we can see the entire front area and propeller. I also had to remove the safety lever on the front from the housing to have some wiggle room.

motor right side

Here is the back part of the motor as viewed with the switch to the right. The outer housing was held on with 4 screws.

motor left side

And a view of the left side.

front close up

Here is a close up view of the propeller and shaft. Youc an see the dirt that is caked on.

propeller removed

The main shaft will separate by rotating it clockwise. The propeller slides right off. At this point I cleaned the propeller and housing. I still have a little bit of work to do on the metal housing with a wire brush. The plastic propeller cleaned up nicely in the kitchen sink with some soaking and muscle put into it.

Next, I’ll put all the parts back together and start the air flow testing.

March 10th, 2009

Quick Update

As soon as I get all this media stuff figured/fixed/worked out I’ll have some pics and a new post about the roaster project, as well as a book/manual type thing I’m thinking about writing.

March 3rd, 2009

blog beta relaunch

I did it.

I finally decided to ditch the django blog for now and really get something going on the easier WordPress. There’s a few reasons for this:

  1. I don’t have a job right now, and I feel that I need to re-establish some form of communication with a lot of people, but primarily former co-workers, whom I miss talking with. This blog (and rss feeds) is a way to keep tabs on each other without hanging out in an IRC channel all day not using my time to the full capacity.
  2. I want to use my time more wisely, and when I write, I tend to remember more. I’ll likely blog about things going on at a given point in time if nothing more than to remember more clearly what it is I intend to do.
  3. I have some upcoming projects I’ve previously announced, but never had the time to work on. I’ve established some unwritten goals for these things, and getting the blog up is the first step to the completion of those projects. (Then blog about those goals to get them written down) I want to be able to communicate progress, and I feel this is a good way to do that.
  4. Twitter is only 140 characters, and so with that and Facebook, I hope to gain a following of sorts for reinforcement, ideas, networking, etc. A blog is a great platform for sharing lenghthier items.
  5. It’s about time. I’ve let this site stagnate and go stale for the last 3 years or so, letting indecision get in my way of getting any real progress done. (WP or Django) Doing some self analysis in this “time between opportunities” has allowed me to see that I developed some pretty crippling habits. If you really want to know what they are, Laura can tell you. All of the self realization I’ve talked with her about she’s reinforced with a kind “Yep!” and smile. I’m glad she listens to me, even when she wants to get back to reading her vampire books she’s hooked on at the moment.
  6. I already had a ton of contnet on wordpress and didn’t feel like converting it. Sure, I could start writing everything in reStructured text to be fully mobile across various platforms, but the fact is I know wordpress pretty well, and don’t feel now is the time to dive into python or django.
  7. Lastly, whether it helps or not, maybe someday someone will go through a time in their life where they question thier purpose in life, the direction they want to go, where they feel they should be, etc. as I feel I am right now. If I blog a bit about it, perhaps that will inspire that person to look deeper at things. It’s a journey, and one I’m not sure of the destination of. I just know I have a unique purpose, for God intended it, and I plan to discover what that is. It might happen in two minutes, two hours, two days, or two decades. I have no idea, but it’s an area of focus for me now. I hope that by sharing, I can help someone else. It’s really that simple.

What you’ll notice is I’m using a stock theme. I have some other ideas on paper that I’ll implement over time, but I feel that since I have the content from archive, I only wrote 6 entries last year on the django blog, and I’d rather focus on writing content and doing some planning for other things and finding a job, I’ll worry about look and feel at a later point in time. I realized it just wansn’t all super important to me right now.

I’ll also be adding other features like my flickr stream, tweets, project pages, and other things as time allows. I just know if I try to do everything at once, I’ll fail.

Time to do some site changing and get this back on the proper dustinfluke.com domain.