Author: George Hotelling

  • RSS in 2022

    RSS in 2022

    My friend Adam recently asked me about the RSS feeds I consume, so I thought it was a good time to do the equivalent of a 2022 blogroll post. The orange RSS icons in this post link directly to RSS feeds you can subscribe to. If you don’t have a way to follow RSS feeds, […]

  • Let me tell you about my solar panels

    Let me tell you about my solar panels

    Just in time for the shortest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere), my solar panels are live! First off, solar panels make financial sense right now. I would see solar panels on people’s houses and wonder how much more people are spending just to lower their “carbon footprint” (a term made up by […]

  • A thing about my sabbatical and sleep

    I am back to work, after three months of paid sabbatical. I should probably write more about it at some point, but until then here’s something I noticed early on. I have a thing where I wake up overnight and ruminate, often about work. I worry about something from the day before or the next […]

  • Scooter


    We had to say goodbye to Scooter on Friday. He was 13. It was a rough week. We euthanized Yoshi in our home on Monday. That day Scooter started limping. It wasn’t anything new. He was part Shar-Pei and would get Shar-Pei fever from time to time. It would clear up in 24-36 hours and […]

  • Yoshi


    Our best guess is that Yoshi was part Shar-Pei and part Lab. He got his stubborness and curly tail from his Shar-Pei side and his shedding from his Lab side. He loved to curl up with his humans. It was an honor to wake up with him balled up in the crook of your legs […]

  • this-is-fine.eml


    This is a legitimate email from a Legitimate Financial Institution that I was expecting, but I don’t know what I could change it to make it look more like a phishing scam. We’ve spent the last 20 years teaching people not to open email attachments but I guess Raytheon’s Cybersecurity company didn’t hear about that? […]

  • Firefox Tip – Use the ^ Search Operator

    This list of 11 secret Firefox tips is fantastic! Number 2 will change your life! OK, that’s overselling it a lot. Many of those I already knew, but the second tip really is great: Search for a needle in a tabstack Tab hoarders, we see you. Heck, we are you. Don’t ever let anyone shame […]

  • Get Your Blog Posts on Mastodon

    Get Your Blog Posts on Mastodon

    Here’s a full list of steps to get your blog posts on Mastodon: Install and activate the ActivityPub plugin for WordPress That’s it! Thank you for following along. OK, I’d actually like to say a bit more. When I first installed the plugin, I was trying to figure out how to connect it to my […]

  • Open Source Ambilight LEDs on a Raspberry Pi for $100

    Open Source Ambilight LEDs on a Raspberry Pi for $100

    I made this for about $100 with a Raspberry Pi and no soldering: I’ve always thought that Philips Ambilight TVs were cool. They do what you see in that video: shine the edge colors past the TV. But it was always a “nice to have,” so when I was buying my TV I prioritized other […]

  • My First Time on the Other Side of the Screen

    My First Time on the Other Side of the Screen

    I messed up rules, I forgot what I said, and didn’t add any of the flavor descriptions I had planned. But, people had fun so that’s OK. After three years of playing Dungeons & Dragons, I survived my first session as a Dungeon Master.