Easter for the non-believer

I think Frank Schaeffer's book pretty much describes who and where I am, spiritually:

With Easter 2018 here, I feel it's important to consider non-Christians, and why (and what) they might consider for this important day.

Believe. Believe in renewal. Believe in the idea that you can always start over, start fresh, start to build a new life free of the failings of your past.

Forgive. Forgive others to avoid bitterness. Forgive yourself for your past transgressions, mistakes, and lapses in judgement. Forgive your future self -- because you know you'll mess up yet again.

Embrace. Embrace, if not the faith, the very idea of some kind of perfection, existing somewhere, that calls you to be a better person. A kind of unobtainable perfection that is still worth striving for.

Even more than January 1, Easter is the time to expect a better future. It represents rebirth, forgiveness, life. Contemplate a be…

Weight, Ageing, Testosterone

So I’m obese, according to my BMI. BMI is a ridiculously stupid way to measure your weight, health or body composition. It doesn’t take into account muscle mass versus fat.
Nonetheless, I do want to get more lean, back to a six pack instead of just barely making out some sort of abs.
I started with TestMax Nutrition last week, and so far it’s been terrific. The quality and quantity of information given is amazing. The recipes have been terrific. I’m pretty sure this will be easier to stick with than, say, Avatar Nutrition – where you have to keep track of macros. I KNOW counting macros works, but it’s a lot of effort and requires you to constantly be adding information to your phone app.
I got my T levels tested, and while I’m within the proper range, it’s not as high as I want it to be. This nutrition plan, TestMax, is advertised as being able to raise test levels. I’ll get tested again in May and I’ll post the results.
In the meantime, I feel fantastic. Age hasn’t quite caught up to me …

Workout Progress

Heading to the gym now. My goal today is to squat 250 pounds and bench press 205. I’m slowly moving down the comeback road. My goals for the end of 2018 are: Squat 400, Deadlift 400, and Bench 300. 1,100 pounds.

A picture test

Just testing how this Open Live Writer works for posting photos. Here is one of my favorite foods.
I do really like Fruit Loops.


I’m pretty sure I will avoid politics on this blog. No, scratch that; I definitely will avoid political discussion on this blog.

Open Live Writer Test

This is a test; I’ve downloaded and installed Open Live Writer (OLW). OLW started life as Microsoft’s Live Writer, but has since been made into open source software.

It’s a nice tool for creating blog posts on your PC instead of in your browser. Then, when you’re ready, you can simply publish the blog post to your blog.

I’m hoping this encourages me to blog on a regular basis.
To be honest, I’m not quite sure what subject (or subjects) about which to write. My interests include weightlifting and nutrition, self-improvement (I’m just about finished a book!), technology, cooking (probably my number one passion) and H.O. scale slot cars.
Once I’ve picked a subject, I’ll get this blog rolling.

All The Best,
-- Don


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My Amazing Project at Red Hat

So here's the amazing project I'm building at Red Hat:
I'm putting together an end-to-end architecture guide for building Cloud Native applications the Red Hat Way.
It includes microservices running in Linux containers, Kubernetes, OpenShift, Ansible and many other technologies. There will be associated code -- an online store -- to demonstrate the architecture. 
It will all be open source.
The first version of the project will be written in Java. After that, I'll add versions in the following languages (in order of appearance): Go, node.js, Python, .NET (C#, F# and VB).
This is a huge and very cool opportunity for me.

Why Doesn't This Work?

I have a bash script. Here's a portion:

pi=$(subscription-manager list --available | awk '/Pool ID/ {print $3}')
echo $pi
subscription-manager attach --pool=$pi

When I run it, it shows:

[vagrant@rhel-cdk shared]$ sudo ./
 could not be found.1564576f701564c87d8f9357e

Why is the pool id getting mangled??