GRRM, get back to work?

I’ll admit it at the onset, I’m a huge Game of Thrones and George R. R. Martin fan and I’ve read every volume of A Song of Ice and Fire. It is, in my humble opinion, fantastic fantasy. And I’ve been patient, missed deadline, one after another. Years has past since the final volumes of the series should have been published and HBO has had to make up their own story of their fantastic adaptation. As time went on I’ve become numb to the frustration and have slided into a therapeutic apathy. Until now.

What. The. Fuck. This was what I thought when I saw next months Netflix schedule. It seems that George R. R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire, is behind a news sci-fi series on Netflix. Are you kidding? There are very likely quite a few people who had a perfectly reasonable expectation of getting to know the final part of the story but have died while eagerly waiting for him finish. And now he has finised a new, completely unrelated project?

As a friend (Brianna) told me, GRRM does not owe the public anything, and she is right. He is perfectly within his rights if he decides to never to publish the final volumes of A Song of Ice a Fire, but he has to know how this looks and how incredibly disappointing it is to so many of his fans.

My friend also told me that she does not regret the time and money she has put into the series, even if it is never finished and that made me ask myself, did I? And I was surprised to realize that I too would not regret what I’ve put into the series. So for what’s it’s worth, thank you, GRRM, for giving us A Song of Ice and Fire, even if you don’t get to finish it.

SSL for the people

While I was working on setting the server up for (along with I researched how I affordably could get SSL certificates for my sites to protect passwords for site administration and visitors). But all the places I found it was pretty expensive (300+ DKK per certificate) and for two personal sites that was beyond what I was about to spend. But thankfully A friend (Bjarke), however pointed me in the direction of Let’s Encrypt, an EFF supported project that not only provides trusted SSL certificates for free, but also provides an automated means of verification and installation.

It is needless to say that this is great for privacy online and bad news for hackers. It also puts SSL within the reach of amateur system admins (such as myself) who are not prepared (or able) to pay a hefty price in addition to hosting costs.