Why there should be no place in Formula 1 for rookie driver Nikita Mazepin. This story was initially posted to my personal blog. For more stories like this, and others please head on over and read more!

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As a father to two girls, it’s comforting knowing that when they ask me if they can be something when they grow up, I can confidently tell them “yes they can”. My middle daughter recently came to me asking if she can go karting, which being a motorsports enthusiast myself made me excited that I can (eventually, she’s not QUITE old enough) share…


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HPDE, High Performance Drivers Education, Track Days. Otherwise known as take your car to the track and drive it in a fast, but controlled fashion and environment. But Kevin, why would I want to take my car to the track and drive it fast you might be asking? I could wreck my car you could be thinking. I don’t know what I’m doing you might be thinking. I think I have an answer for each of those questions, and I’m writing this because honestly, I was lucky. I have two good friends I could rely on as I began my…


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This article initially started out a bit differently, then my friend and Brother RJ Johnson posted to his Facebook page that he was looking for a place to publish an article he had written. Unfortunately, he felt he could not post it on his blog because it would create blow-back on the other Brethren who write for the site. To call this an unfortunate situation is an understatement, but to those that would say racism is a thing of the past, I would just point you to some of the responses the story has gotten. …


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This is an article written by Right Worshipful Brother RJ Johnson, a good friend and Brother of mine. He was looking for a medium to post this, the reasoning why should become apparent as you read what he has to say. His statement in no way represents any Grand Lodge in an official capacity.

The horrific events of the last few weeks which began with the murder of George Floyd have been difficult. It has amplified the emotions of people everywhere. …


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System Administrators get accused of being lazy, now I don’t know WHY anyone would ever accuse us of that, but it is an accusation we don’t take lightly… As a reformed sys admin myself, I guess there’s a grain of truth to those accusations, but in reality, automating repeatable work not only allows us to focus on other work, but makes repeatable work consistent. As a sys admin in the past, I’ve configured servers manually, developed scripts to be run after initial build and used configuration management tools like Puppet, Chef and Ansible to configure recently launched servers. …


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Not since the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 has Freemasonry in America (and around the World really) faced a situation like we are now with the current coronavirus pandemic; Freemasonry is shut down. Or is it? Now, don’t get me wrong, the decisions coming from our Grand Lodges across America and elsewhere are absolutely without a doubt the right decisions. Our membership demographics tilt towards the older, and it is that demographic that is most susceptible to this virus. But that doesn’t mean that Freemasonry is cancelled as the memes in r/freemasonry say they are. Not by a long shot…


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In 2019 I set a goal for myself to take a dive into learning JavaScript. For much of my technology career I’ve worked in infrastructure, so the extent of my “programming” skills has been bash scripts, and whatever else we had at the time to automate our otherwise mundane tasks. More recently I have been using CloudFormation to deploy and manage my infrastructure within AWS, and Ansible for configuration management. While YAML (or JSON) are powerful in what they can do to define infrastructure and manifests for maintaining infrastructure configuration, I also don’t necessarily consider these full-fledged programming languages, they’re…


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Since its initial launch in 2014, Kubernetes has become the de facto tool for container orchestration, with all major cloud and technology platforms adding some sort of managed Kubernetes service since. What Kubernetes does well is manage applications, containers and deployments, allowing developers to focus on developing their applications, and not getting into the nitty-gritty details of infrastructure management, and the details of how their applications are deployed and scaled. Out of this project came Minikube, the official “single-node” Kubernetes tool. Minikube allows us to get up and running using the entirety of the Kubernetes API, within a single node…


Unless we are respectful in what we ask of our Brethren, we are having an undue effect on their mental health, and the health of our Lodges

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Hello again everyone, I meant to get this post out MUCH earlier, but you know life, it has that crazy little habit of getting in the way, right? Between work, the family, vacations and what not I’ve barely had enough time to come up for air. But I’ve committed to this little thing called writing so I want to make sure I’m on top of it. I’ve been thinking about this particular topic for a while now, and I think its in line with recent shows by the Masonic Roundtable, as well as Whence Came You. Recently a post on…


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Freemasonry is a very individual journey, while all of us go through the same rituals and initiatory rights, once we’ve been Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, we’re all free to explore our interests in Freemasonry individually. It’s like a Choose your Own Adventure book…for those of you old enough to get that reference. We have Brothers who become ritualists, Brothers who go off and explore the various Appendant Bodies, and Brethren who are perfectly content to stick with the Blue Lodge experience. None of that is the wrong way to Freemason, again the goal of each Mason…

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