Big House Game Room V2.0

The game room has always had the goal of being where consoles go to retire. The idea is that while an older console might sit at home unplayed for decades, it just might get used at the Big House for the novelty of playing the original Halo game on the original Xbox, in all of that 2001 glory. The previous […]

Video Games.

I have never been a big game collector. I have lived a pretty good life, and evidence of that is my regret of not buying a Nintendo Gamecube when they were going out of fashion. It always seemed like a fun console to own, and now on the secondary market they are as much as they were back in the […]

BH Game Room

The Big House game room has the goal of being the ultimate console gaming experience, of yesterday. No modern consoles will be there because if they are a modern console they’d probably be at home. But the Big House is the perfect spot for retro consoles to go and retire. The Big House website will have more information about what […]

Big House Network

We made some changes to the Big House network in October 2020. The wire colors are not as perfect as I’d like, but it works. we ran two network cables around the house into the garage for an access point, and a potential camera down the road. Added a third access point in the garage for better coverage on the […]

DIY home Wiring

My sister bought a house, so I decided to help with some overkill networking. I wired my home when I bought it with some help, and I’ve since run a cable here or there at home, mostly around the basement. The shopping list was as such – 2,000 feet of cat6 cable Ubiquiti Edgerouter Ubiquiti Unifi 24 port switch 2 […]

Rack Update

Recently I decided that the supermicro server was just too loud and expensive to run – I decided to move plex to the esxi host and then purchase a Synology box able to hold the storage of today, and tomorrow. I settled on the Synolgy DS2419+ a 12 bay unit. I had ten 8tb drives at this point so I’ve […]

New Lights, ATO

This post is from January 2020, apparently I forgot about it and left it in draftsville. I have a love / hate relationship with my drop ceiling in my basement. On one hand, it’s allowed more than one squirrel somewhere to live for a few days. On the other hand, it’s made routing wires and hoses through my ceiling possible […]


Grafana is one of those things that I had tried it out at least ten times. I would install a docker, follow a guide and when it wouldn’t work immediately I promptly gave up. Until I didn’t. During the pandemic, I spent a solid weekend ignoring my family and configuring Prometheus and Grafana, lots of trial and error and lots […]

33 Gallon Peninsula

With the 300 gallon tank down and out the fish were swimming in a 20 gallon long tank from 1997. This tank had been around the block with some scratches and some discoloration on the glass. I was eyeing a different tank and I was looking for something that would fill the space on the ledge while still allowing me […]

300 gallon tank, reflection

“Get the largest tank you can, it will be easier to stop bad things from happening” is sound enough logic, and realistically true. It’s easy to see videos and photos of these completely gorgeous large reef tanks, with beautiful fish, huge coral colonies and everything looks amazing and so perfect. My experience was not completely unlike that for about a […]