A recent task had me taking a look at alternative JSON libraries for the purpose of performance. One of them was python-rapidjson which offered support for SIMD.


To get python-rapidjson to compile with SIMD, we need to define one of the SIMD macros, either RAPIDJSON_SSE2, RAPIDJSON_SSE42, or RAPIDJSON_NEON.

The chosen flag would then need to be passed to pip during install via CFLAGS. Depending on the flag, you would have to pass some addition options.

  • SSE4.2: CFLAGS="-DRAPIDJSON_SSE42=1 -msse4.2"

One-liner to re-install the currently installed version as the SIMD version.

CFLAGS="-DRAPIDJSON_SSE42=1 -msse4.2" pip -v install -force-reinstall -no-binary python-rapidjson $(pip freeze | grep python-rapidjson)

Without creating custom images

tl;dr Use empty volume, initContainers, and subPath to copy and mount kubectl.

The Why

I needed access to the kubernetes API from within a pod so that the pod can self label itself.

For example, I am currently working with redis and redis-sentinel. When sentinel triggers a reconfigure script, I want the…

There are some situations where you just need to run a simple single command cronjob. This is where the alpineDocker image comes in very handy. It comes with a simple yet flexible cron package via busybox.

Single Line

For very simple stuff, a single command using the default alpine image.

Mounted Volume

For more complex crontabs, mount a crontab file!

Compiled Docker Image

Compiling your own image with an entrypoint makes it cleaner to run.

Update Sept 6 2017: As of Aug 8 2017, GKE has released the ubuntu image to replace container-vm. This image has xfsprogs pre-installed. Use this instead.

We had a mongo replicaset cluster setup in Google Container Engine that was using the default ext filesystem when creating PersistentVolumes. …

To start streaming camera video, we simply combine raspivid and ffmpeg by piping one into another.


  • raspivid
  • ffmpeg
raspivid -t 0 -w 1280 -h 720 -fps 25 -g 75 -fl -o - | ffmpeg -f lavfi -i anullsrc=channel_layout=stereo:sample_rate=44100 -i pipe:0 -c:v copy -c:a aac -strict experimental -f flv -f flv…

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