Russian Pinch Cake

Russian Pinch (or pluck) Cake recipe Volker´s variation, extra-caloric. The Russian Pinch (or Pluck Cake) is extremely popular in Germany. Its origins are probably not Russian, but nobody can be really sure. It´s a variation of german-style cheesecake. Here is how to make this delicacy: Ingredients: - 325 g flour - 1 pack baking soda - 5 tablespoon baking cocoa (the really bitter, pure one) - 300 g butter or GOOD margarine - 300 g sugar - 4 eggs - 250 g german type fresh cheese (“Quark”, check LIDL or ALDI) - 250 g cream cheese - 1 pack vainilline - 1 pack of vanilla “pudding” – also available in LIDL or ALDI or as “pudinca” at Romanian shops.

Timelapse on a Budget ~ 100 €

I always loved the look of Timelapse videos, as I found the ability to squeeze several hours of time into a short video interesting and beautiful at the same time. Until some time ago, timelapse photography would require the use of DSLR, mirrorless or some other camera, either with a built-in method to shoot an image every couple of seconds, or with an external intervalometer. It would also require a sturdy tripod, and for longer time lapses some way to extend and enhance the power supply, as the batteries in DSLRs or EVIL cameras are good for a couple of hundred shots on one charge (around 500 in the best case) and the entry-level cameras made by most manufacturers normally don’t have provisions for powering them externally while shooting.

Hugo, Docker, Kubernetes and Gitlab CI - How this blog is made

… or how I ditched PHP and WordPress and started enjoying blogging again. Besides being an IT pro, I am also a geek. I love to try out new stuff, learn something new better every day than not, and exploring new technologies. Tired of the always having to watch my back when I was running a Blog in Wordpress, getting hacked countless times because of its security flaws, or just having no time to update, I bring you the super-duper-automatic deploy on Docker and / or Kubernetes Hugo based, on Gitlab CE, Docker and Kubernetes.

Featured on kubeweekly.com

Featured on kubeweekly.com! Yes, my little post about creating a Blog the DevOps way (and I have not spoken about Kubernetes yet, but I will try to add it this weekend) has made it to this week’s Kubeweekly.com page, in the 9th position under the technical section, which makes me quite happy. I Love having my stuff linked and shared. UPDATE: Seems the Kubeweekly.com page is gone, but there is still some life on their Twitter account

Software I Use

This is a list of the software I use, be it on this site or elsewhere. It’s intended as a reference for anyone to use. Some of the products contain a small snippet on my personal opinion on each of the products. To be taken with a pinch of salt, and I will try to keep it continuously updated. Operating Systems Desktop / Workstation Windows 10 just works and comes free with a lot, if not almost every PC nowadays.

Disneyland Paris for people with disabilities

Disneyland Paris (and Disney Studios Paris) for people with a disability Theme Parks are fun for both kids and adults. Probably the most popular one in Europe is Disneyland Paris, which offers a lot of rides that are nice and soft for the smaller family members, but also has quite some thrilling rides (mostly the rollercoasters but also the free-drop tower of the “Hollywood Hotel”) for adults, and then there are many in-between.

Je ne suis pas Barcelona. Ni Nice, ni Paris, ni Londres ni Islamabad

Just to make my point clear: I don’t believe everyone defining himself as “Muslim” is a terrorist. I don’t think more security and curtailment of our civil rights and liberties will really help solving this problem. I don’t think we should change our lifestyle and customs to make refugees feel more at home here. It is them who need to adopt and embrace our lifestyle to feel at home here, and that for a start, includes being able to take criticism, unacceptance and even mocking of their religious beliefs, an important part of our free western and open culture and way-of-live.

Atómica - Atomic Blonde

I went to the cinema yesterday to watch “Atomic Blonde” which goes by the name of “Atómica” here in Spain. It’a a spy movie, albeit an unusual one. Charlize Theron goes out of her wat to play a femme-fatale MI6 Secret agent, and John Goodman is in it for a nice final twist of the plot, but better go to the movies and see it happen yourself. What I want to talk about is the soundtrack and the production design of the movie.

CI / CD with Plesk, Hugo and GitLab

For a while I have been running my own GitLab install on one of my servers, to have a place for my private repos and some stuff I keep around. Tired of having to keep an eye on my WordPress blog continuosly, update all the time and fending off hacker attacks, some time ago I decided it was time to move to one of those new, modern, state-of-the-art static website builders.