Going green

There is kind of a status to having your GitHub contributions chart covered in green. For those unfamiliar, it’s a calendar-like chart that shows how active you are on GitHub any given day. It’s assumed that the greener the better. I’m not so sure anymore.

From the start of May to the end of July, I tried filling it up. Do something every day. My conclusion is that this is a typical case of Goodhart’s law. Basically as soon as a certain metric (in this case turning that chart green) becomes a goal in itself, it ceases to be a meaningful metric anymore.

Tanigawa megint

Tavaly télen egyszer már nekifutottam a Tanigawának, és gond nélkül meg is másztam a hóban – épp csak az előcsúcsot, nem a főcsúcsot. Ráadásul nem is a lábától másztam akkor, hanem a gerincnél lévő sípályáig felvonóval mentem. Ideje volt hát most bepótolni a hiányosságokat!

The Eagle Has Landed

Alas this isn’t about seeing Avatar live, though I’d definitely love that too (not with the virus though, not anytime soon). This is, on the other hand about climbing three of the Hundred Famous Japanese Mountains in the Northern Alps – and one of them is called Washiba-dake, which would be “wings of the eagle.”

Iced to Electron

I got really frustrated by GitKraken. I’ve been using it for years now both for work and for hobby projects without much to complain about really. Then again I’m not a heavy git user: mostly I just commit and push, only occasionally squashing or cherry picking. I don’t even remember when was the last time I needed a rebase, but it wasn’t yesterday.

However recently GitKraken started having these weird problems with my work repositories. These can get pretty big (by my standards) with tons of branches getting pushed to in parallel (and in the early days some very large blobs got checked in too). Because the branches move really quick it’s important that I can keep my own up to date by merging the head branch back.





GitOps and Kubernetes persistence

A while back I wrote about bootstrapping a Kubernetes cluster. I’ve been refining the setup so that it requires as little manual kubectl‘ing as possible. I still use ArgoCD to get everything rolling, and there is one bit that kept going red: persistent volumes.


I got really fed up with sitting at home because of covid. So instead I rented a car and went for a snowy hike where I wouldn’t be likely to run into people: Mt Asama, an active volcano. In fact I only ran into 1-2 people on the way.

Tavaszi hó

Milyen jó is az, amikor télen próbálnék síelni menni, és minden sípálya félig-meddig üzemel csak, mert “meleg a tél” és “alig van hó”. Először egy félprofi panaszkodott erről a Hotaka síliftjén, aztán amikor Nozawára mentem, hogy akkor megtanulok sífutni, minden sífutás órát lemondtak a szezonra, mondván nincs elég hó. Utána a Nishi-Hotaka oldalában is kérdéses volt, hogy tudunk-e hótalpas túrázni (bár az végül sikerült).

Return to Kumotori

While other countries have pretty harsh lockdown rules (from what I hear on the news), Japan is pretty lax about that. While commuting to work by train is discouraged, I figured going up in the mountains (where there are hardly any people) it can’t hurt, right?