I finally updated this site at the beginning of the year after 5 years of letting it languish untended. Writing new content has gone more slowly than I'd planned, but I've managed to push a few things out. More posts are pending:

Working through improvements to the site functionality and my custom theme. I added reading time estimates recently and added an archive list. I sent a pull request with the feature to the readingtime plugin to show reading time estimates as a range (e.g., "5–7 minutes").


I am living in quiet, rural Central Texas. Unfortunately ideal evening hiking conditions have fled with winter's approach, so I am limited to weekends. The weather has been gorgeous, though.

Lake hiking

I went carnivore in October 2018 as an intervention for chronic health issues. So far, for me, it's the best nutrition approach I've yet tried. It was a logical next step after restricted AIP wasn't as successful for me anymore. My staples are grass-fed beef products and pasture-raised eggs. COVID-19 related egg shortages have, thankfully, resolved.


I'm reading The Tragedy of American Compassion, which argues that government-sponsored welfare programs have toxic incentives, neglect individual needs, and crowd out private charity that would be more effective in helping improve life for the poor. It develops its thesis through a historical overview of charity and giving in the US.

Started Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend. There are some useful concepts in it, like the main types of boundary problems (The Compliant, The Controller, The Nonresponsive, The Avoidant) and how these problems tend to play out in relationships, but the book reads a bit like a reference-heavy humanities text with Bible verses cited several times a page. This isn't bad per se, but the text could stand to be cut down in length.

I've been working my way through The Daily Stoic this year. I have not kept a regularly page-a-day schedule very well, and the content itself is pretty shallow, but it's been helpful as a motivational philosophical text.

Recently completed


I work remotely in the contact center of a major national boating retailer as an Operations Analyst. My work primarily involves reporting automation (mostly Python) and data wrangling, forecasting contact demand, workforce planning, managing the Contact Center Operations team, and IT administration. My major work goal for 2020 is to automate myself out of my position.

I completed a major contact center and workforce optimization platform migration at the beginning of April, which is a major improvement over our existing platforms. I am still working to iron out some issues, including some acute limitations with the WFM platform.