All things web development, hiking, camping, books, and more.

My first blog on Livejournal was established in 2003. I've started this one in 2019, posting 70 blog posts so far.

November 25, 2022 3 min read
I've deactivated my twitter account recently in favor of Mastodon. Here's why.
November 4, 2022 2 min read
This year I've run an experiment: I replaced the lawn in our backyard with a meadow. And it went pretty well!
October 30, 2022 1 min read
Just wanted to say hi to those who found me here while rediscovering the internet outside of social media.
August 13, 2022 5 min read
For the first time in a while, a trip felt truly like a proper vacation. The one that doesn't require another vacation to recover from it :))
July 20, 2022 2 min read
I've managed to squeeze quite a few vacation days into this weird summer, and just over a week ago my wife and I went camping at the foothills of the Olympic mountains in Western Washington.
June 21, 2022 1 min read
This week's hike report is not a report from a hike :) Every year, we go camping over the Father's Day weekend, usually to one of the KOA campgrounds along the Pacific coast. This year we camped at the Astoria KOA.
June 5, 2022 2 min read
Another week, another hike. I almost forgot how rewarding it is to spend a few hours just walking through a forest, alone with my own thoughts!
May 31, 2022 2 min read
When we moved into our new house, one of the first ideas I had for the backyard is turning it into a meadow. Here's what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.
May 29, 2022 2 min read
It's official: the Hiking Season 2022 is now open! First hike of the year is in the books, time to reflect on what went wrong :)
May 22, 2022 3 min read
The 2022 hiking season is off to a rough start: out of two hikes we attempted as a family, one ended with an impassable road about two miles prior to the trailhead, and the second one… well, let’s just say that we had to turn back sooner than expected.
May 15, 2022 11 min read
This is unspeakable: Russia is bombing Ukraine. I'm Russian-American, and most of my family remains in Russia. I love Ukraine with all my heart, and most of my friends are Ukrainian.
January 28, 2022 3 min read
Effective immediately, I'm protected by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 👴🏻
December 31, 2021 7 min read
2021 was a very long year. In part because we didn't get to decompress after 2020, in part because a lot of 2020 stayed with us through the entire 2021, and in part because of a bunch of personal stuff that happened.
December 19, 2021 4 min read
It's funny how I spend a lot of my free time on tweaking this website, improving this or that, adding a random feature, or falling down a rabbit hole of some technology I may eventually want to use here. Yet its main purpose - it's a blog, damn it! - happens to be mostly neglected.
November 4, 2021 8 min read
I wanted to attend CascadiaJS for a few years and it finally happened. I've got a few takeaways I want to share with you here.
November 1, 2021 6 min read
At the bottom of this page you can find the latest song I've listened to on Apple Music. Here's how I made it works.
October 14, 2021 4 min read
I've been writing stuff that nobody reads for a long time. Now I not only do it here but also in a private paper-based journal. And it's been a game-changer in the past few months.
September 17, 2021 4 min read
I've upgraded my keyboard recently. It's been a frustrating, fulfilling, and invigorating experience so far.
September 10, 2021 3 min read
2020 was a year of, among other things, missed concerts. I missed live music so much that as soon as I got a chance to go to concerts again, I went nuts.
September 4, 2021 1 min read
Just a few photos from the bike ride through Arlington, Washington.