I am Nick Lang
March 5, 2022


Managing resources in Elasticsearch in a single cluster is pretty straightforward and trivial to do. You log into Kibana, you navigate the app and you create the resources you want. Watches, Roles, Transforms, Indexes, index settings, etc.. All these things are Elasticsearch resources.

When you have a small team …

May 26, 2020

Engine Rebuild

Back in February I decided that it was time to take Melisandre in for a check up. Not because anything was wrong, but because I wanted to feel comfortable with the car and the status of the engine for a long drive or a road trip. One of these days …

Jan. 13, 2020

Oil Change

So over the weekend I completed my first oil change in my Mustang. I can honestly say it was just as easy as I thought it would be. But the fact that I've never done an oil change before still leaves me a little baffled.

Luckily my friend was …

Jan. 4, 2019

Learning to Love the Keystore

While working on stack-docker I was working on revamping the project to no longer include passwords as environments variables. There have been to many incidents as of late with big companies who have accidentally leaked passwords in log files or tracebacks etc. This got me to thinking we should …

Jan. 3, 2020

Proton Mail

So I've decided that 2020 is the year I start my magical migration away from all things google.

For the last year or so I've been slowly using DDG as my main search engine. It rarely disappoints but when it does, it's very easy to change your query …

Sept. 19, 2019

Family Vacation

Well we finally did it. It's been over a year since Maya and I went on our last vacation. In that time we've also increased the size of our family by one as well.

For this trip instead of going to Europe or doing something that required us to …

April 24, 2019

Installing Arch on my Lenovo X1 Extreme

I'm up for a laptop refresh at work, and as usual I got a Lenovo laptop and I'm going to install Arch Linux on it. this time around I'm getting an X1 Extreme. Previously I had the X1 Yoga and before that I had the X1 Carbon. I've run arch …

April 19, 2019


Finally, I can say that I'm no longer using Feedly for my RSS feeds. Back when google shut down Google Reader, I was sad, and Feedly came along to offer me a service that would make me happy. They would import all my feeds and everything would be swell. Well, …

April 16, 2019

Certbot renewal... manually

So today is the day I had to renew my Let's Encrypt certs. Unfortunately, it wasn't as easy as I hoped, and my renewal process isn't going to be as simple as I thought.

Fortunately doing it manually was still simple. I just don't want to have to do …

Jan. 16, 2019

Letsencrypt a wildcard Cert for HAProxy to use in Docker Swarm

Let's encrypt created the ability to create wildcard certs last year (2018). Since I've been working on some Indieweb standard for my site I decided that getting some SSL would be good to have. Especially since I want to write my own auth server for using Indieauth. I …