Art Deco Blanket Box

Inspired by a set design of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Utah Shakespeare Festival in 2017, I finished a wood chest into a 1920s Art Deco theme of green marble and gold inlays. The full album and more commentary is available in an album in Google Photos: Art Deco Blanket Chest  

The Death of PullString Author

I’m disappointed by the ending of PullString Author as a product. It was a unique program in the chatbot landscape. Author was usable by non-programers and testable without installing anything additional. Their blog post on their “Voice-First Future” Does anyone know of a similarly powerful GUI application? The others I’ve tried were laughably clumsy and… Read More »

Remember the Patient

In Healthcare IT we are often focused on the internal aspects of running large Healthcare System. We focus on the operations at a clinic level. We focus on the EMR interface for providers and staff. We think about Meaningful Use, claims, and government incentive programs. We focus a lot on ourselves and often forget the… Read More »

Optimizing a Dockerfile to reduce layers and size

While converting the primary application I work on to Docker I went through a series of steps to reduce layers and final image size. Here is the process and results: Get the Dockerfile working Use Docker tools to understand what was built (layers, size, image tree) Progressively refine the Dockerfiles 1. Get the Dockerfile working… Read More »

Docker disk space usage

Something to watch out for: Docker may be using lots of your computer’s disk space. All data is written to a grow-only file. On my mac it was at 27 GB from pretty light Docker experimentation. There is a discussion thread here: Where does Docker keep images/containers so I can better track my disk usage.… Read More »

The Stages of Being an Engineer

  Part of the Notes to a New Engineer series On a recent project I was reminded of the different stages of problem solving an engineer goes through during a career or project. Capability grows over one’s career, but it varies a lot per project. A relatively new engineer can be the domain expert on… Read More »