I’m Hiring

There are all sorts of roles on my team that we are hiring for:

  • Developers
  • SDETs
  • BA w/SaaS Experience

Tech Stack:

  • AngularJS/HTML5/CSS/Etc
  • ASP.NET 4.6/5.0 (MVC)
  • C#
  • Microservices Architecture
  • Microsoft Azure

Perks:

  • Great team
  • Remote friendly
  • Rare opportunity to get in on a large program early on and help shape it
  • Really interesting business space

Reach out to me on twitter (@_brentonc) or leave a comment below if you’d like to hear more!

What a difference 4 weeks makes!

Our 8 chickens are about 5 weeks old now and we’ve had them out in the grass the last couple of days during the day.  They love it!

What’s really amazing is how much they have grown – here are two videos, the first at about 1.5 weeks and the second from today at 5 weeks of age.

1.5 week chicks play ‘grasshopper keepaway’

5 week chicks enjoying the grass and wary of the suspicious human with treats:

Chicks are here!

I got the call from the post office at about 6:45 this am letting me know that the chicks we ordred had arrived!  Drove down and picked them up – even before the folks there opened the door to the back room I could hear them chirping.

They came in a small box (we only ordered 8 chicks).

This is the box that the chicks were shipped in

Inside, they had some comfy bedding and were all huddled up!

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We put them into their brooder and at first they stayed huddled up (it hadn’t had much time to warm up yet so they were a little cold), and I checked each of them to make sure they weren’t ‘pasted up’ or anything like that.  Showed a few of them the water and a few mins later the food.

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A few hours later they are adjusting well, eating, drinking, pooping, and exploring!  We sprinkled some crumbles around to give them something fun to do.  One of them decided to push a bunch of food out of the food dish so I spread that around for them to peck at too, they seem to love it!

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Here’s a closeup of one (I think it’s an Easter Egger?):

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Anyway – adventures ahead!

DIY Chicken Coop

It’s been a while since I posted.  My family and I moved to a new home and we’ve been busy settling in.  The new place has ~10 acres of property, so there is an unlimited list of outside projects scratching the ‘maker’ itch! And since it’s summer, they are a great way to spend time outside getting some fresh air with the kids.

One of the things that we are excited about is being able to keep a few chickens for fresh eggs. In fact, we ordered chicks and expect them to arrive this week!

We plan to use some sort of mobile coop during the warm months, but for the Wisconsin winter I decided to build something a little heavier and hopefully more suitable to the winter. Below are a series of pictures of the build so far…

Early framing in the garage

Very early framing done. The beams on top are just balanced in place so we could get a visual of what it might look like

Some more framing in the garage

Some more framing in the garage

More framing in the garage.  At this point it was starting to get heavy enough that I was worried about being able to move it outside!

More framing in the garage. At this point it was starting to get heavy enough that I was worried about being able to move it outside!

Move outside and framed in the floor of the enclosed area where the chickens will sleep

Move outside and framed in the floor of the enclosed area where the chickens will sleep

Added the flooring.  The child was happy to have something to climb on.  :)

Added the flooring. The child was happy to have something to climb on. 🙂

More framing

Framed the nesting box door, chicken door, put in most of the roof beams

Here's the framing from the back

Here’s the framing from the back

Didn't take any photos for a few steps.  Here you can see we got the roof on, and the siding on the enclosure walls as well.

Didn’t take any photos for a few steps. Here you can see we got the roof on, and the siding on the enclosure walls as well.

Here you can see the window added, and what will be the front door ready to go.  The front and back walls will both be on hinges so the whole thing can open up for cleaning, repairs, and whatever else is needed!

Here you can see the window added, and what will be the front door ready to go. The front and back walls will both be on hinges so the whole thing can open up for cleaning, repairs, and whatever else is needed!

Started building the nesting box.  These side cuts were tricky for an amateur like me!

Started building the nesting box. These side cuts were tricky for an amateur like me!

Here the nesting box is framed and I've started adding some of the siding

Here the nesting box is framed and I’ve started adding some of the siding

Hey, that turned out ok!

Hey, that turned out ok!

Nesting box attached to the side of the coop.  Also, the front wall is screwed in place (hinges to come soon).

Nesting box attached to the side of the coop. Also, the front wall is screwed in place (hinges to come soon).

Added in some walls.  I'm told that chicken coops are pretty fun to play in!

Added in some insulation and walls. I’m told that chicken coops are pretty fun to play in!

Got the back door built and hinged on.  The hook will be replaced by a latch soon!

Got the back door built and hinged on. The hook will be replaced by a latch soon!

Put in some dividers for the nesting box.  Smartest thing I did here was to make the pattern with some cardboard first, and then cut out the plywood.

Put in some dividers for the nesting box. Smartest thing I did here was to make the pattern with some cardboard first, and then cut out the plywood.

Here's the view of the nesting boxes from where  the chickens will be.  I hope these look cozy enough...

Here’s the view of the nesting boxes from where the chickens will be. I hope these look cozy enough…

Kids still think the coop should be for them!

Kids still think the coop should be for them!

Found some very inexpensive laminate flooring and decided to use that for the floor.  Hopefully that makes it a little easier to clean out?

Found some very inexpensive laminate flooring and decided to use that for the floor. Hopefully that makes it a little easier to clean out?

Ok, that’s all for now.  We keep chipping away at it every day, but there is still a ton to do!  The chicks should arrive in the next few days, but thankfully we have a few weeks to finish up before the chicks move out of the garage.

Desk uptime

Well, we are moving to a new place on the other side of Wisconsin, near the mighty Mississippi.  And that means I need to dismantle the robot desk for transport.

Final uptime?  72 days, 2 hours, and 52 minutes.  Not bad.

Sleep tight Desk, I’ll see you in a few days.  shutdown -h now.

How to change the name of an Azure Subscription

A colleague and I both have Visual Studio Ultimate MSDN subscriptions, with corresponding Azure subscriptions, and have given one another access for various little things as we’ve explored Azure.

Unfortunately, this got confusing with our subscriptions having the same name, and has occasionally resulted in us creating things under the wrong subscriptions.  In the Azure portal it’s not too bad because you are also filtered by directory, but in Visual Studio and other places it can be tough to figure out.

For example, Get-AzureSubscription returns two subscriptions with the same name!  Which one is mine, and which one is Jack’s?

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Thankfully, you can change the name of a subscription:

  1. Login to https://account.windowsazure.com/Subscriptions
  2. Click on the Subscription you’d like to renameportal-before
  3. On the right side of the page, click “Edit subscription details”edit
  4. Choose your new name & savemakeityours

Voila!  Subscription names are now much more clear:

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Amazon Echo just bought paper towels for me?

This am, true story:

Me: “Alexa, I need to buy paper towels”

Alexa: “sparkle 24 giant rolls, white, your order total is $27.  Should I place the order?”

Me, puzzled at this unexpected response: “um, yes?” 

Alexa: “Ok, order placed.  Your order will arrive on Tuesday, May 26th

Me: oh crap, I still have ~24 rolls from my last order!