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I work at Reclaim Hosting as our Community Instructional Technologist. I am passionate about educating and empowering people who want to make cool stuff on the web.

I blog on this site, post on Mastodon, and occasionally write code. You can also find links to my public pbookmarks, my PeerTube site for videos and streaming, and an archive of my slides and presentations here.

Update to the desk setup!

It has been way too long since I’ve blogged, so I’ll dip my toes back in with a small update from my desk setup post from February. I recently added a third monitor to my setup, a refurbished Gigabyte M32U that I got for a pretty good deal! It’s a 32" 4K monitor, which has been an awesome upgrade in terms of screen real estate, and sharpness of text for my primary monitor!...

April 27, 2023 · 2 min

My multi-monitor, multi-computer, multi-os, working, streaming, recording, and gaming desk setup!

Today I did a stream talking all about my desk setup! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but after wrapping up the Reclaim EdTech OBS flex course, now felt like a good time. The main trick with my setup is it’s designed to work with both my Macbook Pro, which I use for work and of course runs macOS, as well as my gaming PC, which runs Windows....

February 3, 2023 · 2 min

My GIF making workflow with Final Cut and Gifski

File this in “blog it before I forget it.” Recently I was making a GIF for Lauren based on an idea she had related to Multi-region WordPress Hosting. I have a bunch of different tools that I use when working with GIFs, and I sort of think of them in three categories: Taking a pre-existing video and making it into a GIF Making tweaks to a pre-existing GIF Video editing tools If I had to break it all down the way I GIFs can be summed up into: Turn something in to a video, then turn that video in to a GIF....

January 31, 2023 · 6 min

Running WriteFreely on Reclaim Cloud

Today I did a quick stream attempting to get WriteFreely working on Reclaim Cloud. WriteFreely is an interesting tool that I wanted to play with, and I was able to get things working with some poking around and help from Tim who was watching and pointed out a bind setting in the config.ini file. More on that below. Things kick off at around 2:51. Basically, I followed the instructions on their install page with a few additions and caveats....

December 29, 2022 · 2 min

📓 December 23rd, 2022

Have a cozy holiday! - The Jadins

December 23, 2022 · 1 min

Making an Owncast installer for Reclaim Cloud

Today I did a stream where I attempted to create an Owncast installer live in about an hour. I have used Owncast before, and used Jim’s blog post to set it up manually, but that’s mostly all the prep I had done beforehand. Having just come off of setting up a Mastodon installer, greatly helped as I learned a lot from that experience, and was able to re-use a lot of stuff from it....

December 22, 2022 · 2 min

Setting up Peertube to use Backblaze B2 storage

I’ve been busy with Peertube stuff lately. After getting my own instance at upgraded to 5.0, I also wanted to set up object storage so I could utilize Amazon S3 or the alternatives. In this case I wanted to use Backblaze B2, as I’m already using Backblaze’s Personal backup for backing up computers in my home, and generally a fan of the simplicity of B2 compared to doing stuff in the AWS dashboard....

December 22, 2022 · 4 min

Upgrading Peertube to 5.0!

Here are some notes I made on how I upgraded various Peertube installs ( and, mainly) to version 5.0. Version 5 came with some big changes, and required some a new config for nginx, as well as a required setting in a new to me production.yaml file. Here are some quick notes if you are having trouble upgrading to version 5, and you are using a docker-compose based setup. There were some notes in the GitHub release for this new version that informed my notes below, but it did take me a little figuring and experimentation to make sense of all of it....

December 22, 2022 · 2 min

Open Source Music Notation has come so far!

It is so cool to see how far MuseScore has come. When I was in college, using the open-source MuseScore was fully not an option between its bugs, and the quality of playback and the fiddliness of making anything legible. The idea of using it for anything serious was practically a joke. Even for simple stuff like I was doing, it would have been a huge time sink, so I saved up for a copy of Finale....

December 17, 2022 · 1 min

A tool with a name so bad, I need to blog it to remember it

This site is amazing if you ever need to compress an image or need to make it into one of the new fancy formats like WebP. The only trouble is its URL is too cheeky for its own good and I never remember it or spell it correctly. I’ve got it in my Raindrop bookmarks now, but I figured I’d blog it, so I REALLY don’t forget it. Also, maybe other folks will find it handy....

December 12, 2022 · 1 min