On and Around [another] Island

Here are some photos and videos of my latest adventure in Kaua’i, HI, with the VaultPress/Jetpack team. Along with authoring some pretty rad software, we did some exploring, some eating, and some swimming.

Random photos from around the island:

Po’ipu Beach time lapse:

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Snorkeling Po’ipu Beach:

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Jeep’n’ on some of the hunting trails around the island:

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Food photos:

Some 360 pics

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Going Vegan-ish

Those that know me personally know that I have been fighting IBD for the better part of a decade. Inflammatory Bowel Disease, not to be confused with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is defined as chronic inflammation of part (or all) of the digestive tract. It is primarily diagnosed as Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. It’s a nasty disease where the body’s immune system attacks the gastrointestinal tract, possibly targeting microbial antigens. It runs in families and seems to be triggered by something environmental.

Along with chronic abdominal pain that is, at times, completely debilitating, I’ve experienced a wide range of symptoms: anemia, extreme fatigue, rashes, arthritis, gall stones, lactose intolerance, and a few others that will remain unmentioned due to their graphic nature.

After multiple trips to the emergency room, primary care doctors, and gastroenterologists that have yielded an alarming lack of information, I have decided to treat myself to a dietary makeover.

In 2017, I’m going Vegan(-ish).

I know, I know – eating animals and animal products really are some of the finer things about living, I agree. I truly, truly hate to give them up. But after years of fighting a losing battle, and having tried most every other thing, I’m crossing my fingers that this helps provide a natural holistic solution to my medical problems.

So what do I mean by “Vegan-ish”? Well, I travel a lot. Sometimes to places without choices. And I’m okay with that – I will bite the bullet at times and eat what is served to me. I don’t have any political or conscience-related issues with eating animals. But when I’m at home, or when I do have a choice, I’m going to forego the meat, butter, and processed stuff as much as possible.

Today is day one. The only immediate difference I noticed is, well, I’m hungry. Fruits, vegetables, and grains don’t go very far in the calorie department, so feeling hungry is just something I’ll have to get used to. That’s probably a positive aspect anyways – I could afford to lose a few more pounds.

I’ll let you know how it goes as my journey progresses. Cheers!

New Homes All Around

A few days ago, I blogged about my family’s new home in Port Saint Lucie. Today, I’d also like to announce a new home for my blog – rich.collier.blog (you’re there now!) This site has had several domain names in it’s time, but I feel confident that I’ve just made the final switch – collier.blog is here to stay.

If you haven’t heard, .blog domains are publicly available as of today, and I’m proud to own one of the first. Go get yours at get.blog and show off your WordPress pride! Check out the video below, from our Automattic CEO, Matt Mullenweg:

CSV to GPX Converter

I have often had a difficult time trying to import a large number of GPS waypoints into my Garmin chart plotter. To make the task a little easier, I just completed a quick and dirty CSV to GPX converter. Once you have converted your data, you can import the file into Garmin HomePort and finally upload it to your chart plotter unit.

I hope the following can save you the time that I have wasted over the years trying to input waypoints one-at-a-time.

Check out the code on GitHub