Debug logging chef in Vagrant

Recently I wanted to enable debug level logging of chef-solo runs in a vagrant box. As it turns out there are two ways to do this and both appear to be undocumented:

 Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
    # ...
    config.vm.provision :chef_solo do |chef|
      chef.arguments = '-l debug'
      # ...
    end
 end
 Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
    # ...
    config.vm.provision :chef_solo do |chef|
      chef.log_level = :debug
      # ...
    end
 end

Sources: http://stackoverflow.com/a/18778690https://coderwall.com/p/covmpg

First time soldering: Raspberry Pi LCD kit

Adafruit has a great LCD+Keypad kit for the Raspberry Pi with excellent assembly instructions and  a nice Python library. I just had to order one along with my first Raspberry Pi.
Adafruit LCD+Keypad Kit
After it arrived I picked up a 25W Radioshack Pro-Line soldering iron, some 60/40 rosin-core solder and got to work. Luckily I had an old, dead iPod mini to tear apart and practice on. After soldering the first dozen points I felt like I was getting the hang of it. All-in-all I think it came out pretty well.

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Where are all the good WordPress themes?

I just switched to the default WordPress theme Twenty Twelve because my old theme was dated and not mobile-friendly.

Why the default theme? 

Most free WordPress themes suck. They are displeasing to the eye, bloated, and just too ”bloggy”. I want a modern, responsive, theme that complements my content. Why is the WordPress community still failing to grasp these concepts? (For the record, “premium” themes also fall short.)

I can’t wait for Ghost. Hopefully its community truly appreciates the concepts that make it a great blogging platform.

when the bleeding edge just doesn't cut it