Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of one of my favorite albums as a teenager. Green Day's Dookie was released February 1, 1994. A little over a month later, I turned 13 but had no knowledge of this record yet. A few months after that, during the summer, everything changed. 

I was on vacation with my family the first time I saw the music video for Basket Case on MTV. I didn't have cable growing up so MTV wasn't commonplace in my life. Seeing this type of thing was rare and it happened at just the right time. The chugging guitar riff in the intro, the roar of the drums as the song kicked into gear, every bit of it swirled together in my new teenaged brain and left a mark that remains to this day.

That same year I saved up enough money for my first CD player (Sony Discman...duh). Dookie was one my first purchases. I'll never forget listening to it for the first time. Hearing all of those other songs that weren't played on the radio, I was blown away. It was a non-stop rocket ship ride from start to finish, or at least I thought so.

A lot of folks hate on this record and I understand why too. Dookie was just another tightly produced collection of pop-punk. It wasn't groundbreaking, but that didn't matter to 13 year old me. Presently I can't even stand Green Day. I was forced to hate them in 1997 thanks to the closing track on Nimrod. (You know which one I'm talking about.) Even so, none of that changes the way I feel about this record. With twenty years gone it still holds a special place for me. I wonder if I'll feel the same after another 20 years?

Prepping The Pi: Part One

In my last post I mentioned working on a two part write-up to share the steps I used for setting up my Raspberry Pi. Before jumping into the step-by-step, I thought it was important to mention a few points that will put this information in context for anyone that might be quickly looking for an answer to something specific. The goal of my project was to have a small web server accessible on my local network. If the following items make sense to you, read on! Otherwise, feel free to move along...nothing to see here...

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Baking A Perfect Pi

I got my first Raspberry Pi in December 2012 and I did almost nothing with it for an entire year. Sure, there was a little bit of excitement at first. I hooked it up and messed around, ran some old game console emulators. Even so, it wasn't long before I put it in a drawer and didn't think about it for a while. Fast-forward a year and the scene for me is very different. For the last two weeks I haven't been able to stop tinkering. I even picked up a second one started working on a small server project. Why is it so different this time around? After giving it some thought, it appears that I had the right combination of ingredients to bake a perfect Pi.

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A Small Rebellion

My relationship with Facebook is slowly beginning to sour. This is partly because of an article I read on Ars Technica. Go ahead, take a moment to check it out. I'll wait right here. Finished? Ok good.

I don't know about you, but that article awakened the naturally rebellious American spirit laying dormant within me. If Facebook wants to catalog the things that I type, yet decide not  to submit to their servers, so be it. I'm going to have fun with this, and you can too. The following instructions are for desktop computers only.

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