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Jason Pawlak

Husband, Dad, Navy Officer, Coder, and Tinkerer. I have many interests and am always looking to learn something new. This site is a launching point to the many areas of the Internet that represent me.

  1. I Love My Pi-Hole

    I recently came across a post on reddit about keeping your home network safe with kids (and others who may be click happy) in the house. Many comments were made recommending dd-wrt as well as Pi-Hole for the purpose of ad and tracker blocking. It is well known ads can be used as an attack vector against your machine unbeknownst to the website owner. One stated major benefit caught my attention, a whole network could... [read more]

  2. Initial Escapades in Lockpicking

    Not long ago we found ourselves on vacation, in a rental house, with two locked bedroom doors. No, they were not locked for privacy, neither were they locked as off-limit rooms, they were locked because a mischievous five-year-old little girl was on the loose! Us on the outside, no one on the inside, and of course… no key. I reached back into memory, 2014 time frame, to a visit from a friend and his demonstration... [read more]

  3. Dear Monterey, I blame you for my running

    Dear Monterey California, Recently, I have started running distance.  Right around the time that ‘recently’ took place, the family and I moved out here, to you, Monterey County, California.   For those that are reading this open letter and have not made it out this way… Monterey is where the year round weather is mild 60’s with a light breeze, no bugs that bite you when you attempt to spend a few seconds with skin exposed to... [read more]

  4. Fast (Food) Gratification

    After a recent trip to our nearest fast food joint … Arby’s, I realized that they really must not understand why people go to Fast Food. Sure the turkey melts and junior roast beef sandwiches all came out quick … and sure the line to order was smooth and painless … but turns out beyond the goodness that this particular node of Arby’s was, there is a deep level of misunderstanding at corporate Arby’s. People go eat Fast Food, not because the... [read more]

  5. Workplace Waltz (Destroyer style...)

    This morning I had an experience that I felt was comical and worthy of sharing here, but when I sat down to start typing, something felt eerily familiar… Turns out that, even though I forgot both my coffee (more on this below) and lunch at home this morning, I could somehow almost sorta kinda remember writing about the exact same topic here on this blog a few years back (yes, that’s May of 2009)… Quick... [read more]

  6. Welcome Home!

    I love coming home to my family!  It never gets old.  Whether gone for a few hours, days or weeks … pulling up to the curb, looking the house over, cutting across the front yard, and opening the front door … to the cheers, applause, accolades, hugs and kisses of my adoring Wife and two girls. Ok, so maybe every time I walk in the front door it isn’t as magical a moment as said.... [read more]

  7. Binge Booking

    For the last month I’ve been wanting to write a post about my new found obsession with audio books.  It wasn’t until a few minutes ago that I saw the title to a Huffington Post article (“Stop Binge-Watching and Start Binge-Reading”) that I knew I had the perfect title for the post and just decided to make the time and write it! So yeah, audio books.  They are awesome!  It has actually become sort of... [read more]

  8. Top 12 Sad Faces of Little Lady

    Here I present to you … the “Top 12 Sad Faces of Little Lady”.  I scoured through (literally) thousands of Little Lady pictures (thank you Google Picasa) to pull out the best.  This girl sure has lungs … and after all these, some abs as well! 1. What do you mean I won’t be the only child any longer… What do you mean I won’t be the only child any longer… 2.  Facebook is for... [read more]

  9. Turn Baby Turn! (w/ Daddy Translations)

    So… this post is about baby stuff.  What I’m going to do for you (because I also am a dumb dude) is write… One paragraph of what’s happening [box color=”blue”] And then one paragraph of what’s happening in words a Dad or non-Parent can understand.[/box] Crazy little spout of baby drama over the last week in our house!  Baby’s due date is December 23rd and at our last appointment baby was still transverse. [box color=”blue”] _The baby... [read more]

  10. South Texas Snow

    Living in South Texas has its benefits … such as today’s mid 70 degree weather … in DECEMBER! That said, it doesn’t snow here.  Well … it did once.  We had just moved here back in February of 2011 and a blanket of ice/snow fell from the sky and the entire city shut down (link).  And I mean really shut down.  Not just school closings but like city-wide-emergency-do-not-even-look-out-the-window-shutdown.  Of course later that afternoon everything was... [read more]