Movies don’t inspire anymore. They don’t move. They’re loud, violent, in-your-face; brutal, gritty, realistic to a fault. They might be fun to watch, but what’s the last movie you saw that stirred your soul?

Where’s the next (or last) Dead Poets Society? With Honors? A Few Good Men? Sense and Sensibility? Shawshank Redemption? Castaway?

I’m terrible at writing consistently (I’ve thought about it a lot; I just never get to it), so here’s a summary of what’s been going on.

I made some progress on my SweetRPG project, touching on a number of areas. I wanted to make sure there was a consistent, reliable CI/CD process with unit tests, version tagging, and deployment. I wanted to use Kubernetes, so I setup a small cluster using kubeadm, and setup Flux to handle the deployments. I also setup multiple Python packages with automated build and deployment to PyPI. I also made the backend open source. But, work has stalled due to a variety of reasons.

I started exploring mod development for Minecraft and Forge. My wife and her cousin wanted a cat mod similar to Doggy Talents, so I started working on one. That’s my current diversion.

I bought a new M1 MacBook Pro, even though I think the notch is probably one of the stupidest design decisions Apple has ever made. (They’ve completely gone off the deep end: they continue to be capricious with App Review, burn developer trust, and even though they’re the most valuable company ever, continue to display greedier and greedier behavior. I’ve also let my developer program membership lapse.) I would switch back to Linux or Windows 11, but I have too much invested in this platform right now, and too much muscle memory, that I don’t want to relearn everything. Once Apple crashes and burns because of their own self-inflicted stupidity, I’ll move somewhere else.

Here is a list of the things I’m trying to work on, programming-wise:

Fantasy Grounds

  • Extension for storing spell types and custom spell setups when using magic in Genesys
  • Extension that supports journey mechanics and logging (in the vein of Adventures in Middle-Earth) for D&D 5e, Pathfinder, Genesys, and The One Ring

Mac Applications

  • A document manager application for tagging and organizing documents on the computer
  • A homeschool management application


Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Mission UK, Carved in Sand.




Programming, desk rearranging.


Bearing Fruit in God’s Family. Programming videos.


1 Thessalonians 5:18 — “in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.


Monday, September 28, 2020




AWS Webinar hold music.




Walking. Minecraft.


Swift by Sundell. WWDC19 videos. Swift Language Reference.


You have to know what the needle looks like before you dive into the haystack to look for it.


Understanding and compassion.