WordPress on GKE with self hosted MySQL/Mariadb

I had $200 credit remaining on Google cloud and I start work tomorrow morning. I decided to learn more about it as it’s what I’ll be using at

I deployed a 2 node with 2vcpu’s and 7.50GB of total RAM.

This site will now run WordPress, I like writing better in their editor, and I also like the new basic theme.

The trick to getting MySQL and WordPress working is to create persistent volumes and mount them in the deployment. You’ll get odd things happening as things are kicked out of memory.

Let’s see how this site works, I fine tuned the SQL server (MariaDB) to run on 4GB of RAM.

family friends

Settling in South Florida

It’s great to be back near my family. My niece and nephew, Gracie and Donovan live here and they are growing up fast so it’s nice to be back. My parents also live in Florida.

The salty air and sunshine is refreshing. It’s definitely growing on me, I’m sick of the aging metropolis Chicago for the time being. The only way Chicago becomes livable again is massive infrastructure investment which isn’t going to come from the city coffers.

Florida seems to be improving everywhere, and because of the recent major developments here there is a fresh feel to everything. Urban living just isn’t my favorite. It’s nice to be in South Florida.

I joined a company in Florida and start on Monday. I will probably be improving this website as I want to practice Google Cloud and Kubernetes.



Tracking Used Books Across the World

I’m going to start tagging every used book I read with Book Crossing codes. Book Crossing is a cool website that tracks the book once it’s tagged. You put that code in the website and post journal entries before you share the book with the next reader.

The first book I tagged is The Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough. It’s 1200 pages so I won’t finish it for a week or two. You can see my first journal entry in the link above. I’ll donate it to the Boynton Beach city library when I’m done with it, they have a cool used book section that has been good to me.

All you do to put the code in is write a little instruction with the website URL with the code as a slash at the end and you can maybe find out some cool things from people who read your books as it travels around the world.

I encourage everyone with a collection to tag their books or at least make some mark as readers across generations pick them up.