2022 GPG Key Transition
COVID-19 Finally Hits at Home
After more than two years of
successfully dodging it,
COVID-19 finally hit
my family the week. On Tuesday my wife woke up with a migraine, which isn't
unusual for her; on Wednesday morning, she woke up with a low (100.4°F
fever) and we belatedly realized that she might be sick. She took an antigen
test and the TEST line turned blue basically instantly.
Quarantine ensued. Isaac (our son) has been home from school and we've all been
cooped up on the property for the past few days.
So far, Isaac and I have continued to …
The Long-Overdue Baby Gear Post
As you might recall, my son Isaac was born a couple of years ago. This was obviously an
occasion for joy and family happiness (and an end to regular sleep) — but beyond that, it was the beginning of a
capitalist glut, a massive influx of new Stuff. So, uh, I figured I'd write about that in case any of my readers
ever have a kid and want to know about various baby support items.
In general, we had a few constraints:
- our house is relatively small (~1200sqft) and has little storage
- when we were making most of these decisions, my wife and I spent a relatively large amount of time traveling (both
via local transit options like BART and AC Transit, and on
planes to visit our far-flung families)
- money/price is… not a chief concern
Some of my go-tos for researching items before buying them were the Wirecutter,
Baby Gear Lab, Consumer Reports but, frankly, none
of these had quite the same set of priorities as we did. We also went to some local retail stores (shout-out to the
now-defunct Tot Tank in Alameda) and of course talked to all of our friends with kids. For non-safety-sensitive
things, Berkeley Parents Network has been a good resource for used items.
Anyhow, read on for all the big-ticket items!
Hello dear readers! Like most of you (and as I've written about before), I've been
stuck working from home for the last year and a half, out of the little converted covered porch on my house. For the
last six months or so, I've been doing so with my butt firmly planted on an HON Basyx pleather-upholstered office chair
that I rescued from my office when we moved out. This chair is, uh, not in the best condition:
This chair actually originally belonged to Curse, a now-defunct company
that made some kind of WoW fansite. They used to be …
CDPH Digital Vaccine Record
Yesterday, California released their Digital Vaccine Record system for securely verifying residents'
COVID-19 vaccination status. I took a look at it and thought I'd write up my findings here. At a high level, the DVR consists of a QR code which contains a cryptographically-signed assertion in JSON Web
Token (JWT) format. I'll walk you through how to get one, how to
decode it, and what it contains in the rest of this article.
Getting one of the tokens is pretty easy; you just go to the Digital Vaccine Record website and put in your
name, date of birth, and the …
More ModeRNA: Vaccinated (part 2)
Yesterday around 10am, I got my second shot of the ModeRNA COVID-19 vaccine
(unsurprisingly, I got my
first show four weeks ago);
at this point I'm in the countdown to be "fully vaccinated". So far, the side effects have been pretty mild:
- I was maybe a little tired yesterday afternoon
- Yesterday evening I had an elevated temperature of 99.7°F, but no clinical fever
- This morning my arm feels like I lost a really intense game of Punch Buggy
I know the pandemic is nowhere near over and people are dying by the thousands around the world, but …