Kirk's blog

All about me, and the things I'm interested in.

Reworking the site

I'm reworking my site. Here's why.

Losing Weight, Part 1

Over the course of the last 18 months, a number of peope have asked me to document my weight loss journey. What you are about to read is probably the first of at least 2 articles that I'm going to write on this topic. The first of these will kind of outline the history -- what I did, and when (more or less). The second (and perhaps more) will kind of cover the things that I learned along the way; things about diet and dieting, as well as things about myself.

OpenVPN server in a FreeNAS 11 jail

FreeNAS 11 was recently released, so I'm going to continue my series on running OpenVPN servers from FreeNAS jails. In theory these instructions could be followed on any old FreeBSD 11 jail, but FreeNAS provides a friendly UI, so why not use it?

Building an OpenVPN Server with OPNSense

I recently converted my home firewall from pfSense to OPNSense. The reasons for the change are pretty much all outlined in the reasons why OPNSense forked. Those are some pretty solid reasons, in my opinion. A VPN allows us to connect to our private home network from anywhere on the Internet.

Building an OpenVPN server inside a FreeNAS jail

Old version of setting up OpenVPN in FreeNAS 9.3 Jail

Giving up the Ghost

A while back, I dropped Wordpress as my blogging platform in favor of Ghost. At the time I was looking for something simpler to manage than Wordpress, and something new to play with. Ghost seemed like a pretty good candidate ...

Locking It Down

In my previous post about keeping unsavory things off of your network, I made an analogy between DNS and the Contacts database on your mobile phone. As I was explaining this to someone the other day, I used the analogy of a phone book.

Keeping it clean

There is some conventional wisdom out there that would have everyone believe that the younger generations are inherently better at protecting themselves online than the older generations. The logic goes that since these younger people have grown up with computers, they are inherently more savvy...

Monday, August 1 : DC bound!

Today was the first day in DC! We visited many monuments and memorials. My favorite was the Lincoln memorial. We also went to the Smithsonian Museum of American history. My two favorite parts of that was the first lady's dress. my favorite one was Ms.Obama's dress. My other favorite thing was the original Sam and Friends (A Jim Henson creation) puppets. --Sydney, age 11

Money for nothing

The american dream isn’t it? Getting something for nothing at all. It seems so real, and yet so unattainable all at the same time. Why is that? Why does it seem like we just can’t get something for nothing? I ask myself this all of the time, but lately I have come to a realization.

Le Grand Meaulnes

Pancakes, flu shots, and now some French thing? You may be asking yourself what gives? Well if you didn’t notice, the title of this post is the same as my blog’s name @ WordPress. It also used to be my Twitterhandle. It used to be my IRC nickname (and still is on the occasion that I jump on).


So my first blog post is going to be about pancakes. When I was a kid, my Dad would occasionally make pancakes from scratch, but more often than not, we would make them from a store-bought mix.


o we are in the midst of planning a camping trip with some friends. Sydney and I have been working on a list of stuff to take camping. (It should count towards a badge that Sydney is working on for Girl Scouts). Given how it's always interesting watching how these lists can grow over time and the we also needed a quick way to share this list with the friends with whom we are planning on camping; I thought I would post the list up here, and people can use the comments section to make additions...

Busy couple of weeks

On the off chance that anyone out there was awaiting the answer to the dinosaur creative writing project, I thought that I would post something about it all. It turns out that the topic may have been a little too much, so we may be scrapping that topic, and trying to move forward.

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