Over the past few weeks I’ve started learning Ratpack since it is a fairly popular framework where I work. It is an emerging new framework that is really centered around making Asynchronous programming in JVM languages easier.
It has been a very long time since I last posted. Something about having a child really makes it hard to find blocks of time to sit and think about things.
First thing is first. I’m not saying 100% that what I’m about to say is correct for everybody, but these are observations so far that I have had with our child as far as what I feel we absolutely need and what we don’t need.
Often times you may find yourself in the need to get to sites that are unavailable for one reason or another. You can easily achieve this via the powerful SSH protocol’s ability to proxy your connections.
While this may seem trivial to those that have been working in a GitHub workflow for a while, I’ve just recently been working with others through GitHub and have had to learn how to do this.
Maybe you noticed, but most likely you didn’t, but tygertown.us and melaniemelendrez.com were down for a while. Tygertown was only down for about 5 hours but Melanie’s site was down until today.
I had the pleasure recently of having to figure out how to get SmartCard(CaC) authentication up and running on our Red Hat workstations. The workstations are mostly STIG’d already, but now they required us to get CaC authentication up and runnning. I was happy really to do this as it removes the rediculous additional password that I have to remember and also do not have to try and keep 20 passwd/shadow/group files in sync.
Last week we reviewed a bunch of Linux commands. This week we will go over bash variables and all the fun things that you can do with them.
Friday Linux is something I started doing at work for people to get used to the shell environment. I started writing these on our wiki at work, but decided to move them to the web since they are general enough. I will post up the other ones I have done later, but for now, here is today’s Friday Linux
Ever need to install Python for just your user account? Maybe you don’t have admin privileges or something to install it?
Since this isn’t as easy as some posts make it here is how I got it to work:
It’s going to happen to you eventually. You are going to lose information saved on your computer. I’m guessing you have all of your data saved in a single spot. If you don’t good for you your one step ahead, but you can do more and it isn’t hard to do.
As promised many times in the previous posts
We headed out to a place that we saw the day before when looking for a breakfast place and it was alright.
Our last day of our Honeymoon. We have already seen pretty much everything that we had hoped to see. With no real plan we set out to find a good breakfast place. A quick search on Google Maps and we were on our way to Café Amandine which was just a bit of a walk + tram away.
Our hotel had a free breakfast which was very delightful. Continental style with a choice of boiled egg or scrambled egg as well as the regular assortment of bread, meat, cheese…
Mel and I wake up and head to the nearest metro where we transfer over to the main rail station. Train leaves at 8:40am and we are there at about 7:30am. Always early we are. Grab some snacks from the convenience store and sit at a coffee shop for a while until the platform for our train is announced. Says J2 on the monitor. Alright, lets go…where? A few times up and down the station until we finally figure out how it works. Then hustle down the hallway and up the stairs and there is our train. I really like trains.
Place of temporary residence switch day. Mel and I enjoyed our last breakfast at the Alchymist and then they hailed a taxi for us to our new place across the river. The ride was quite short actually. Seems like everything in Prague is much closer than it looks on the map. We arrived at the address which was 445/1 some-road-that-starts-with-a-V. Mel calls the person to let us in as we are at the door. Apparently there are two doors which we are at the wrong one but neither of us know that until 15-20 minutes of really awkward standing around with large suitcases passes by. Finally figure it out and get let into our apartment that we rented from airbnb.com.
With nothing on the agenda besides Mel’s facial massage in the morning I headed out to see if I could find a memory card reader so I could upload some pictures off of the camera. I walked about 1/2 hour but my fear of social interaction kept me from actually going into any stores to see if they had what I needed. Off to Starbucks I went to write Day 3 and 4’s posts. I realized today that I missed a portion of Day 4’s pictures so here they are for your viewing pleasure:
Our day starts out with breakfast in the common room area. Pretty awesome as there is fresh fruit, coffee, cheeses and they will make you anything off of the menu as well. For free. Well, part of the room price I guess.
The journey back begins at 11am. We expect the journey to be much easier than my quasi-adventure on the way to Cesky Krumlov. Just have to get up the hill and then back down to the bus station. It has snowed about “30 feet” of what Maryland would consider it. It is actually only about 1.5″ of snow so not too much. Still a trek with a big suitcase…or we pay $5 for a taxi. Not a very tough decision. Taxi time.
After a very delightful sleep we are off to breakfast. I really mean delightful. Apparently snoring so loud as to wake the ghosts in the nearby castle within seconds of my head hitting the pillow. It was good. Mel and I head down to find a place to hang out and eat some morning nom’s. The creperie is where we land ourselves. Here is a picture. I’ve taken a picture of everything we have eaten and drank so far. The problem is that the pictures are spread between my phone and my camera. Some pictures you will have to wait for patiently.
I decided to try and adjust my schedule before I left so that I was waking up earlier and earlier until I was on Czech time or at least close to it. So the 4 a.m. days began and the extremely early to workdays with them. So far this does not seem to have helped. I didn’t think about how the initial 36 hour trip would pretty much erase any attempt that I made at trying to adjust my sleep schedule before I left. Hence the 3 a.m. blogging session. Anyways to the good stuff.Here are the notes of the trip to meet my beloved wife.
In my quest to find a cheap awesome hosting provider, my friend William(He has a blog he never posts too, what a lameo) and I were talking over the Gchats and he happen to mention DigitalOcean. So I popped open a new tab and first thing I see is $5/mo for a VPS! I was pretty much sold at that point. I don’t know how they are doing it so cheap, but here you are reading this post from my site which has been transitioned onto a Digital Ocean VPS.
Everybody is going to make mistakes. I would even venture out there and say, don’t worry about them…well I almost would say that. Mistakes are probably the best way to learn in my opinion. Nobody is perfect.
Why pay for hosting which is like $120/yr when I can just pay wordpress.com to do it for me for like $13/yr
It is no question that I hate meetings. Not just hate, but really hate. Really what I hate is wasting time at work while somebody talks about something I really could care less about.
I know, I missed a Friday and Friday rants need to come every Friday, but last week was a hard week and we were prepping to go to Boston so I didn’t get to write it on Friday.
I just got done resetting my password for one of my online accounts and I’m fresh off of that experience and feel the need to rant a bit on some simple topics dealing with passwords.
In my last two posts I posted about my little storage cloud I created.
As promised here is the more specific post on all of the hardware and how everything is setup.
Recently I had the realization that all of my pictures from the past 10 years were sitting on a single hard drive just waiting to be swept off into deleted land with the next hard drive failure.
Mel and I just returned from our Montana trip to go back for a wedding.
I’ve recently had the need to setup a secure synergy proxy so that I could connect two machines that were firewalled from each other.
The last post was just a short introduction to using Python aimed at Bioinfomaticians. In this post we are going to cover one of the most useful topics dealing with any text processing. Perl’s the “goto” scripting language for this, but frankly, I hate Perl because of its very unreadable syntax. Python supports all of the nifty features of extended regular expressions too so lets give it a go.
Who this is for
After the wedding Mel and I took a trip to New York City for a long weekend.
When Mel and I first moved to the D.C. Metro area we were convinced that it would be just fine using mass transit. The WMATA is supposed to be the 2nd largest mass transit authority in the U.S. so we assumed that taking the bus would be fine since many people must also take the bus/metro which should make it more viable(more people == more buses).
Things have been going full blast here since we arrived in late April/early May. New jobs, new apartment, new area to live in and wedding planning are the top things that have been the main highlights since we moved. Just those things alone have kept us pretty busy lately.
Sorry about 3 posts today. Trying to wast time to keep me busy while I wait to go to the Airport to meet Mel for our new life adventure.
After our trip in Luang Prabang we were slated to head to Sapa. Mel and I have never been to Hanoi so were not sure if the plan I had made to hop off the airplane and get a taxi directly to the train station to catch our train would work or not. The plane was supposed to arrive around 6:10pm and the train was to leave at 9pm ish. I suspected that to be plenty of time.
With our final days in South East Asia ahead, Mel and I decided to go on a final trip to see some places we had been meaning to see. Luang Prabang was our first stop.
Finally am getting around to writing this a week after we arrived back in Bangkok from our trip. Only scammed one time on the way to Siem Reap. Feel alright about that, but really was shooting for not getting scammed at all. Many pictures were taken. It was hot. It is hard to climb up all the temples when it is hot.
So far Mel and I have only told some people about our move for fear of changed plans and having to un-tell people. Things are pretty much solidified now so I’ll just blast it out there on the internet for everybody.
Just joking about the title of the post. Mel and I headed to Phenom Penh, Cambodia this past weekend for the Big Phat Phnom Penh Hat tournament(Ultimate Frisbee). We decided to stay a few extra days as well after the tournament so were set to fly back on Wednesday. This turned out to be super nice since Monday was a rest day for sure after the tournament.
Overwhelmed with planning currently I decided to take a break and think about some stuff. Maybe it is the excessive amounts of dark chocolate I just ate, but I’m feeling pretty motivated with no direction at all to my thoughts so expect one of those random timeline posts.
Finally receiving payment from the University, Mel and I decided to head off on an adventure. We looked up airline tickets and decided since we may be able to use the tickets we bought to Krabi for May that we would head there. Many people suggested going to Railay Beach so off we went.
Headed out this weekend to a fishing pond just outside of the city near the airport.
Finally a trip outside of Thailand with Mel that is not back to ‘Merica.
I know it may seem weird to some that somebody would post about the loss of their dog, however, to those of you who understand the loss of a pet I’m sure you will understand.
Last year Mel and I went to Phuket for a one day ultimate frisbee hat tournament(see post here)
WPA. WEP. 802.11. Encrypted. Pass-phrase. Uhhgg!! What do all these options mean? I just want to sit in my chair with my laptop and have it connect to my home wireless and know that it is setup securely.
I suppose it is that time where I’m tired of the current look of the site and I want to change it a bit. This is my first attempt at creating a WordPress theme from scratch, so bare with me.
Last week Mel was notified that the US Embassy was taking a bus down to do a tour of the USS George Washington and you could sign up to go. It was a bit of a last minute deal so I was not able to go down and get a ticket, but because Mel is so awesome she went and got me a ticket.
Recently I have been using GIT so much that I’ve been considering upgrading my Github account. The problem is, I don’t want to pay $7 a month for another service. Yes, yes I know Github is very super awesome and I should probably just pay for the service, BUT…why when you can make something similar using free services.
I don’t really care(well ya I kinda do) what type it is.
Well now that I have some down time sitting here in the Seattle airport(Thanks for the free internet Google/SEATAC) I can write up a bit about my extended stay here in the US.
Just thought I would share some pictures of how much flooding there near Glendive
Songkran pretty much wraps up 1 year for Mel and I in Thailand. Last year we visited Kanchanaburi for Songkran. This year we headed up to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s 2nd largest city and quite possibly the largest of Celebrations for the New Year(Buddhist).
Just an FYI for anybody looking for info about it and really so next year I remember what i need to do.
Everybody has specific needs and at the University that I work for we needed to provide a way for both *nix + Windows machines to authenticate to storage and share the same uid/gid for files. If you do the typical Samba + AD setup you will end up having winbind mapping SID’s to UID’s using some “dumb” mapping techniqe which works well if you are only using windows clients. If you have *nix clients then things get messy because you may have UID overlap beween AD and Local/LDAP, files created by an AD user and then they try to access them from a *nix machine and the UID/GID doesn’t match so they cannot get to or modify their files….
So it has been something I have been meaning to do since we got here and finally I was able to go. Our friend Bob Bowden who runs www.thelink-up.org took me out with him and another guy fishing for Barramundi which are a fairly big fish that fights a lot.
Few things to note before we begin.
Last year before leaving Bozeman I made a promise to 2 great friends.
Often times I think about how secure it is to shop online and talking to some family members I get the feeling that they may not fully trust shopping online, which in reality, is a good thing since you should always side on the cautious side with online transactions. I figured this could be a good post that will give some insights on the world of secure online shopping.
Well I’m trying a new thing, posting through the wordpress app on my phone.
Seems like Mel and I have been in a bit of a day to day groove lately and not much has happened.
The holidays seemed to come and go very fast. They don’t really celebrate Christmas here and with the temperature being in the 80’s to 90’s it’s hard to tell it is actually christmas.
Let me just start with a picture of me writing this post
Koh or Gaw means Island and Kret or Gret has something to do with a river bend. As this is a sorta man made island on the Chao Prya
2 weekends ago Mel and I took on an a small adventure through Bangkok just to see a few sites. We had heard of going to the Flower Market or Bok Thong Dalat so we planned on going there plus a few other places.
A new Cafe & Restaurant opened downstairs.
Two of Mel’s coworkers were going on a day trip and invited Mel and I to go along. The trip was planned to go to Ratchaburi.
A lot of times I think we become overwhelmed with things that we could do in this adventureful land. Mel and I like to plan our adventures in advance to help avoid any problems with our trips. I guess we aren’t very spontaneous when it comes to weekend trips. Mix that with our love of being simple and taking it easy and you get mostly weekends spent in the City.
Have you ever had one of these scenarios
Today we traveled South East to do some zip lining at the Khao Kheow Zoo. Basically a 15 minute hike up a mountain and then 22 zip lines and 2 repels later we were back where we started.
Last week Mel had to travel up to Kamphaeng Pet to do some training for where she worked. I was stuck alone in Bangkok Monday, Tuesday and Thursday all alone. On Thursday after I finished teaching my class I started an adventure to travel up there as well. Mel’s transportation up there had been prearranged through her work so we didn’t have any info other than I needed to take a bus to get up there.
Well I’m back to Thailand and very jet legged apparently. I keep waking up at like 4am and get super tired around 7. Anyways I thought I would write a little about my month long trip back to America.
Well I’ve made it back to Montanimerica safely. Just in time for the protests in Bangkok to go wild. Somehow I had this weird feeling that as soon as I left things would get more interesting over there. I think it is good to note though that I don’t feel completely worried about leaving Mel there though, as our apartment is far enough away that she is safe. I do worry about how she is stuck alone in the apartment all the time though and I get to venture out and do fun stuff, but I’ll be back soon enough.
Just messing around with my new camera and Photoshop
Here are the answers to all of those common questions I’ve been getting
First of all Mel and I have just passed the one month mark of being in Thailand. Yay for that. Its been the most ridiculous month with trying to accustom ourselves to everything here.
So basically a few years back there were protests done by people wearing yellow shirts that were backing a certain political leader. I believe that these people were from the middle class of Thailand. They eventually took over the airports and eventually the Prime Minister resigned and left the country and the guy they wanted in place was “elected”.
Living in Thailand has made me appreciate a few things about living in the US. Simple things like just being able to flush toilet paper, drinking straight from the faucet and Walmart(finding towels shouldn’t take an hour in a store really. I also miss the “I’m going to get skittles but really I’m going to return with 10 bags of random stuff that I didn’t know I could live without until going into Wal-mart” aspect of Wal-mart). Really though outside of that, its not that big of a difference(aside from the language barrier).
Well we finally found ourselves a place to stay for the next year. We have actually been living there since Sunday, just haven’t had internet to post anything about it until today. We hope to get internet setup at the apartment sometime soon.
The guys from where Mel works have a basketball team that plays at the US Embassy twice a week. On Tuesday we went to watch them play and they invited me to play on Friday(today) so I took them up on their offer. Its an outdoor court with 9′ rims which was super fun.
Here are pictures from our trip to the Grand Palace.
We finally made it out of the room at around noon today to go for a bit of tourism and exploration. We decided that we wanted to go up North a bit and see the Wat Arun temple. This entailed walking about half a mile to the skytrain and then riding that down to the Sathorn pier. We then caught the express boat up to Tha Tian piere where we had to catch a ferry across to see the Wat Arun temple which was pretty impressive. The steps were super steep, but it was well worth it. After we were done and ferried back across the river we walked down the nearby main road where there were a bunch of merchants. There was an outside food place where we picked out what we wanted to eat. Pointing at the things that we wanted we selected some sort of cabbage soup, chicken and fish that came with rice. This all cost us a whopping 200 baht(~$3.50). The food that we got wasn’t spicy, as we avoided the bamboo chicken as suggested by some French girls. The food was pretty amazing. After all of this we headed back to the pier and caught the express boat back to Sathorn pier and walked around down there until we met the Lilly, somebody from AFRIMS that Mel will be working with. She drove us down to an apartment that she has for rent and we got to look around that. The apartment and complex is very nice. The view is unbelievable. It is a studio with a small deck looking over the river. On the top of the apartment complex is a garden that is super peaceful with an amazing 360 degree view of the city.
Well here we are at the Lub D Hostel in Bangkok. We arrived at around midnight ICT which is fourteen hours ahead of MST. Security at the airports was easy as well as making our way through customs once we got here. The flights consisted of one eight and a half hour flight from Honolulu to Nirita, Japan with an hour and a half layover. Then we had a seven hour flight from Nirita to Suvarnabhumi airport outside of Bangkok. I don’t think it took us more than 20 minutes to walk off of our airplane through customs and to our taxi.
Let me tell you a short story of how it is possible to end up barefoot in Walmart.
Looks like Mel and I will finally venture across that large body of blue H20 in March. Mel is defending on the 4th of March which is only a week away! Its hard to believe, but we will be leaving in just under 3 weeks for Thailand. I just received my VISA back from the Thai embassy.
The world must know!
I didn’t manage to get this video uploaded for the Maui post but here is how they open coconuts when you buy them at the fruit stands next to the road
So in preparation for moving to a different land I need to offload a bunch of my crap.
Mel and I just got back from Maui so I figured I would toss up all the latest happenings.
Well I finally made my way to a coffee house so I could hop online to do a little work and post on the blog and get the pictures uploaded that I have taken. Instead of tossing the pictures in the middle of the post I’m just going to post them at the end.
Here are the pictures from today so far
Our friend Trevor introduced this game to us a while back and we started playing again this weekend. It’s super simple and lots of fun. There are instructions on Wikipedia, however, they don’t seem as much fun as these.
I often run into this issue with people who don’t fully understand the correlation between File Types and File Extensions. Most people just assume that because a file has the extension .doc on the end that that means it is a Word Document file. While this is sort to of true, it is not entirely true. Here is a description of the difference.
So recently I went through an exciting adventure with my old landlord trying to get our deposit back. I figured I would share some interesting facts that most people don’t know.
I often find that people that are not familiar with virtualization are amazed when I open Windows on my Mac laptop. I figured I would go over virtualization a bit to help get the idea of the technology out there.
It has been a yearly thing for me to visit either the corn maze in Townsend or the hay maze in Bozeman. I was sad this year when I found out that neither of which were open. The guy who does the hay maze apparently didn’t have enough time this year and I’m not exactly sure about the corn maze in Townsend. I’m assuming a bad harvest year or something with all the weird weather.
I took a recent vacation to go to my Godparents’ daughter’s wedding in Wisconsin. I learned that sometimes flying can be very stressful this trip.
Well I suppose I’ll fully disclose the plans that lie ahead.
Ubuntu packages MySQL with yassl support instead of OpenSSL. These two implementations are incompatible. Recently we found this out at work as Red Hat and OpenSUSE both bundle MySQL with OpenSSL. One of our MySQL servers is running on Red Hat and we were unable to connect using the Ubuntu binary MySQL client. This of course also breaks things like the php-mysql, python-mysql and ruby-mysql libraries as they are compiled against the MySQL client on the distribution.
I decided to start a more professional portion of my website where I can list projects that I work on at home and at work as a portfolio of sorts. I’m using Joomla to run this portion of the site as apposed to WordPress like this blog is run on. This was started when somebody asked me if I knew anything about Joomla, which I did not at the time.
I tend to use my Mac Laptop at work a lot and that has spilled over into using it at home quite often as well. I got tired of having to switch from the keyboard and mouse of my desktop over to the laptop’s keyboard and mouse over and over when I needed to do something on it.
I decided to just not put the 12″ triangular pieces on(even though it would probably add more stability to the desk). Here is the picture of the desk with the monitors and such on it
So instead of forking out like $120+ for a new desk I decided to build my next desk. I spent a few hours with some paper and a pencil deciding how I wanted it to look, but most of the time was spent figuring out the dimensions.
Here are the remaining pictures from our Trip to Glendive. I used my limited photoshop/bridge knowledge to make them a bit better( I think )
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I’ve got a few others that I want to photoshop before I post, but here is a summary of the ones I think are good so you don’t have to go through the entire slideshow if you don’t want
Last week was quite the week. Monday I scheduled an appointment to find out what was wrong with my abdomen.
I found out that I had a hernia and I have to go in to see a surgeon on the 9th to see if I need surgery or not.
Nate and I also were moving out of our apartment last week was just a terribly painful experience(not like physical pain, but mentally)
Our lease was until the 31st of August and as a courtesy thing Nate and I said we would move out before the 27th which was apparently too pressing on our Landlord as he kept pushing us more and more to move out even earlier. Legally, of course, he is not able to do this, but we were planning on being out anyways so whatever. The real pain was him constantly poking us about getting out. I started cleaning last Tuesday night and it took like 2.5 hours to just clean my room. I decided that I was going to take Wednesday off of work to clean the rest of the apartment only to find out that our landlord had his “cleaner” ladies in there already cleaning the place. This angered me a bit as I was fully planning on cleaning the apartment myself so we wouldn’t have to pay anything but the carpet cleaner.
It was a good thing that Mel and I were slated to head back to Glendive on Thursday for a vacation.
The good thing was that not much was happening at work the whole week until Thursday of course. I came in at 6am for our Thursday morning maintenance. Everything that we did in the morning went really well. We were suppose to leave for Glendive at noon, but of course all hell broke loose at work and our file server / backup server died out of nowhere. This was pretty exciting trying to get it back up quickly so I could get out of town. I managed to patch it together and left work around 1:30.
We unpacked my car(stuff from the apartment) and packed it in a record 30 minutes. Then decided to head downtown to Paulie’s Hot Dogs for lunch before we headed out. There is a Natural Dog store next to Paulie’s that we hit up as well and got some dog treats and a toy for Wilbur.
The ride home was pretty nice and Mel and I had a wonderful time there. Friday we went for a bike ride around Glendive, out to Makoshika park, out on a frontage road and then back. There was a 15% hill in Makoshika that was steep enough to get both Mel and I off our bikes. I blame our health issues at the time really, as it was a tough hill, but not tough enough to beat both of us! Mel really liked Makoshika so I took her up there in the car later and we went on a few short hikes(pictures will follow as soon as I finish moving and get a second to get them off my camera)
Saturday we took the dogs out to our piece of land and Mel got a glimpse again of the badlands and also what Prickly pear cactus tastes like. Its sticky and tasteless, FYI.
Then we all headed to Beaver Creek Brewery in Wibaux. The brewery didn’t open until 4 and we got to Wibaux at 3:30 so we headed to the Wibaux county fair which happened to be going on. I think we were early for that too as there wasn’t anything going on so we walked around the exhibits and then left. Later Mel and I found out that my Mom and Dad bought us a present. There was a boot that did wooden carvings and they bought one that had both of our names on it. We plan on staining it soon and will post before and after pictures.
After the fair we made our way to the brewery, which was super fun as always. We all had a good chat and then headed back to Glendive for dinner at home. Mom made huge, no really, huge steaks and we stuffed ourselves.
That was pretty much our weekend in a nutshell. Its hard to express how much I enjoyed the weekend in a post, but it truly was awesome.
While I was super excited to get my new blackberry when I first ordered it(First impressions of it), it slowly started to anger me more and more. The device’s battery is super flaky and would only last about a day and it would periodically lock up completely.
Haha, XKCD hit this one on the head
If your theme supports the get_header_image or header_image function in wordpress you can modify it so that it uses a Gravatar instead.
Mel was tasked with making 2 cheesecakes for various events this week. Last night was dubbed “Cheesecake Night.” I brought over my little food processor to aid in the process and it was pretty sweet.
Well we managed to wrangle a team together to compete in Whitefish this weekend. We packed along 11 guys and 3 ladies for Saturday and added another ladie on Sunday.
I’m sure that most of you have noticed that I have been doing a lot of cycling this summer. My season started at the end of May with the Cow Country Classic 50 mile road race. Racing really wasn’t something that I had planned on doing this season, but instead something I kind of just jumped into head first. Essentially I went from a casual road rider on my off time to strengthen my knee so that I could play frisbee without terrible pains. Well after randomly meeting Mel at Trivia one night and finding out that she was a cyclist I ended up going out for a Gallitan Valley Club ride. This of course lead to more rides. Mel talked about how much she absolutely loved her ride in Belt(hahaha) and when she was talking about the Cow Country Classic I got this weird inclination to try a race.
This past weekend Bozeman hosted the Tour’de’Bozeman.com which was super fun. Saturday involved a Time Trial in the morning followed by the Main street sprints later at night. Sunday hosted the Road Race and the final awards. Mel and I volunteered on both days and also raced on both days in one event each.
This summer has been going by so fast. Regardless of the not so awesome weather until lately, I have been super busy with Biking and Frisbee. The weekly schedule is usually something along these lines
This past weekend we took a backpacking trip over the Crazy Mountains. It was a 4 day 23 mile hike straight over the Crazy Mountains which are located just north of Livingston/Big Timber. If I had to pick a single word to describe the trip I would defiantly have to pick, “Crazy”, no probably “Epic.”
My room mate Nate had a good point the other day when we were talking about how the Summer in Montana sucks really bad.
With the weather finally making a change for the better, except today, I’ve been out and about a lot. Ultimate, Road Biking, and …other stuff so not much computer time other than at work which I’m usually busy working on various projects.
Well I’ve just completed an adventure figuring out sound for Amarok in Gnome under Jaunty and feel it necessary to share the knowledge.
So I’ve had my Storm for going on 3 weeks now and I feel it necessary to review it one more time just to give a perspective of what you can expect from the device.
So I feel it necessary to share a few things that could possibly save you a lot of time. Just from experience I have noticed a lot of family and friends that do things that I know I can be done easier and better by just doing them in a different application. It’s not that I’m more elite or whatever than them, it’s just that I work with technology all day long and through colleagues of mine I have learned how to do things easier and better. So here it is, a short list of a few things that can revolutionize the way that you do things.
Well today at about 1:40pm my new Blackberry Storm arrived. I had to go to a meeting at 2pm but managed to go home grab the package and go to the meeting so I could have it for the afternoon. The phone does have a good look to it and is actually not as big as I had assumed it to be. Here are some pictures for comparison.
Well I finally broke down and bought a new phone to replace my current one which has a wonderful cracked screen. I wanted to try out a fancy phone for a change that can do all sorts of fun stuff like browse the internet and utilize Google’s Mobile Apps. I struggled to decide between a Curve and a Storm. The Curve looks really nice and is a good size. It has most of the features I wanted, however, it didn’t have GPS available for google apps, which is what I really wanted. The Storm is a touch screen based phone that is suppose to compete with the IPhone, but really doesn’t quite match up. The touch screen’s click feature apparently is hard to get used to at first and people said the software was slow and buggy. They did also say that it was a great phone and that you get used to the touch screen interface and most of the reviews about the slow software were like a year old and new software updates have probably fixed most of those issues by now.
For those of my few readers that want to comment on stuff but don’t know how.
Pictures are here
Well looks like I’m going to Onionfest this year in Walla Walla, WA.
I feel it necessary to rant a bit on the current status of Facebook. There once was a day that I could easily go to the site and find whatever I wanted. For instance, I wanted to go to Facebook and find the groups I was in. That was easy back in the day. Now, I have to spend 5 minutes just to find the list of all my groups.
With all the recent studies done on Artificial Sweetners like Splenda and Aspartame, as well as the similar studies done on High Fructose Corn Syrup I am going to try and stop consuming them for about three months just to see what happens. Apparently they mess with your bodies “stop eating” mechanism and I think the studies are right. The midnight – 2am food cravings as well as just the general ones only a little while after eating are driving me crazy.
Here are 2 plugins I highly recommend if you have problems with what email address your wordpress installation uses and if you use google analytics.
For now I’m just gonna get the Picasa Webalbums Slideshow up. At any point during the slideshow you can click on a picture to go to the picture in Picasa Web Albums, or if you just want to view the album click the link in the bottom left of the slideshow that says Nascar ’09 before you click play on the slideshow.
New Shield and Warp Effects
Well we made it there and back. Bad weather was the last thing on my mind when going there, but it was terrible. Windy, 40 some degrees on Friday. Nate and I missed the first game due a mishap with the bus system, but arrived and played the next 2 games. We went 1-2 that day.
Recently at work we tried to deploy Laconi.ca which is a microblogging platform. We wanted to do this for 2 reasons. The first being the obvious, which is to be able to have a campus wide microblogging platform. The second, and what I think is the coolest, is that we wanted to use it to post our nagios alerts for our systems. Each monitored server will post its alerts to its own account on Laconi.ca and admins can subscribe themselves to whichever servers they see fit.
I put up a new theme for the site. All I really want to know is if the wordbook plugin is working correctly and posting to facebook still.
Make a directory for the kvm disk image[s]
I’m going to spare you the typical ranting about snow, ice, and the horrid cold this time. What I really want to talk about is all the sweet things going on at work. Starting about six months ago I started doing System Administration work for Academic computing. This was only suppose to be about 50% of my time. Well that has changed quite a bit and I see myself really working about 75-80% SysAdmin and the rest managing the labs on campus.
While most of my Eve career has been either running missions, being a flashy red pirate killing the innocent and a dabbling of trading, I have recently decided to take a new approach at playing the game. Espeonage.
It was a innocent Thursday night around 8:00. It was frisbee time and I was running late, but not too late as Ultimate players are always at least 20 minutes behind. It decided to finally snow a bit and things were a bit slick. This of course should have been warning number 1. Instead I left the house carrying my bike down our stairs when the friction force of my shoe sole was overcome by the forward force. This of course caused a problem as no longer was I walking down the stairs holding my bike but now I was doing a wonderful horizontal motion with the bike landing on top of me. I took a sled ride down a few stairs on my bum before my bike tire wedged in the stairs and stopped me. That was good enough to get the adrenaline going.
For a change a Friday afternoon has been really slow and dull. Usually I’m pounding away at config files, services or some bash script-fu. Today, not so much. It started off with lots of energy for no apparent reason which was met with a sudden falloff that has not recovered to normalcy yet. So I sit here writing this post about nothing really. Just something to entertain myself.
So basically I was wowed by how small this things really are. I recently purchased a MicroSD from Woot.com for like $15. Pretty good deal for a 4Gb card.
So it has become quite apparent that Xen is to be replaced by KVM in the virtulization world. This comes from the latest Ubuntu/Fedora news of them adopting KVM. This of course can leave some stranded Xen users out there trying to get their VM’s ported to kvm.
Well honestly only about 3 things have been keeping me busy.
So its been awhile since I’ve really been hooked on a 360 game besides any of the arcade games like Geometry Wars. About three months ago Jade and I were having lunch when one of the other guys that at the time worked in the ITC store joined us and started raving about this game he tried called Mass Effect. Well he made it sound really awesome and it sparked my interest a bit at the time, but really didn’t have the time then to start a new game. Recently I borrowed the game from a friend and let me tell you it is exactly as awesome as he described it.
I’ve been subscribing to different google blogs just to keep tabs on our internet overloards. I found this article to be quite interesting. Specifically this part
I finally broke down and replaced my 20″ CRT tv with a 32″ LCD.
This is going to be a short one, but expect a huge post soon about how Linux saves lives.
So I played Ultimate tonight for the first time in like 5 weeks without my splint. It went very well and didn’t hurt at all. Also, I was out on my bike for the first time in 5 weeks as well. I can’t even begin to explain how awesome it is to be able to go do those things again. Looking forward to getting out on the bike again.
I attended my 3rd ultimate tournament which is the first one that I have been to with the Bozo’s.
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So I finally got around to getting google analytics setup on my site and let me tell you if you don’t have it on your site you really need to do so. The statistics it gathers are pretty cool. Where people are coming from, which pages they view, what percentage of people go directly to your site and then leave without going to other pages are just a few of the things you will have access to. Don’t forget as most things from our new Overloards, its free.
We concluded brew tour ’08 this last weekend. It most certainly was our most eventful weekend that is for sure. Starting Thursday with Scott’s car breaking down outside of Livingston our adventure had only just began. Scott was driving to Billings by himself and was going to meet up with Sean and the rest of us on Friday at Yellowstone Brewering. Well instead his car broke down and he stayed the night in Bozeman at my Apartment and then Sean picked us both up in the afternoon and we headed to Billings. We arrived and parked at Carter Brewing and walked to Yellowstone where we met the rest of the Billings tour. From there we walked to Carter and then moved our bags from Sean’s car to Pete’s. The next morning we headed to Red Lodge, where we met some new friends from Texas at the brewery. They were nice and were excited about the whole brewery tour that we were on. They suggested that we create a website about our tour which we now have(www.lastbestbrews.com). From Red Lodge we headed back to Billings to Angry Hanks, which had some spectacular hot sauce popcorn. We then visited Montana Brew Pub where we ate and concluded the tour. The next day we headed over to Carter Brewing to find that Sean’s car was missing. For the next hour we called towing companies to locate his car. During this time we took a pit stop at a gas station where Sean had the oportunity to fish his Blackberry phone out of the whit porceline throne. Finally finding it at Billings Center Towing or something, Sean made a wonderful donation to their cause to allow him to drive his car again. We made it to Bozeman where Sean, Scott and I finalized the website plans and then Sean went on his way back to Missoula, well kinda. Scott recieved a text message from Sean(the toilet broke the whole talking part on his phone, but not the texting) that stated his car was now stranded on the side of the Interstate near Annaconda as it had broke down.
I’m feeling pericularily good about our military right now. I’ve often wondered why I feel so inclined to fight for them in the past but I feel like I have finally found the reason. I know its weird, but watching Transformers again I realized that their relentless fight against whatever they are told to do whether good or bad they will do it. They fight for our freedom regardless of the situation and always have. The courage and honor they portray is always inspiring and I give my full support to any soldier of our freedom.
Well I went up there to have the hand specialist look over my x-rays and give me the final word. It seems the bone has indeed slipped a bit but he says it is not surgery worthy. I will most likely have a bump on the back of my hand where it broke and that knuckle will be a bit smaller than the same one on the other hand but that won’t matter. I get to get rid of this stupid splint next week and can downgrade to taping that finger to another one. The bone should take about 3 months to heal completely.
Well the follow-up x-rays confirmed it. My left leg is hollow and that is where all the food goes to allow me to eat so much. I’m so funny, but seriously, I had my hand x-rayed again and the doctor was not 100% convinced that the bone is in the right place so he is having me go see the hand specialist at Bridger Orhipedic. Nothing like trying to save money and instead spending it all on doctor visits. At least I’ll reach my deductable early this year.
William and I both needed some stuff at Walmart so we decided to try out the bus system. Well the plan was to catch the bus at 4:31pm and the bus showed up at like 4:50. Anyways I kinda forgot the stuff that I was going to write about that somebody might care about, so….
It was not until recently that somebody said that I should research what my name means. I’ve had plenty of people ask, but I never knew. Well here are some answers.
Well I headed back to Glendive this last weekend for my Mom’s birthday. It was really fun and I watched my Dad move a garage which was pretty crazy. During the weekend we had a weiner dog reunion with Wilbur and Pretzel’s Brother, Sister and Mom. The pups are all 10 and the mom is 13 which is pretty impressive for a weinier dog. Here is a slide show of the reunion.
Why am I typing one handed? Its because when I dive full speed and my hand takes the full force of the collision with another person the little bones in my hand don’t hold up so well apparently.
It really is. When the wind is calm, its about 65-70 degrees its just great. Especially with your friends on a nice easy ride.
First of all if you havn’t been on the site yet this is my personal blog/website. It has pictures and articles of different things that I do. I keep it pretty well up to date and post at least once a week on here so if your ever wondering what I’m up to you can always check here
Just a quick note about this browser. It is ridiculously full of redonk. Its like having every bit of social web in one place and its great.
Tyler and I were talking today in the office about random stuff(The usual interesting ridiculous talk in the office) and he was talking about somebody’s baby and how they thought it was very similar to a robot. Its very similar in the way that it reports system errors. A baby will cry until its current error state has been fixed. Whether that error is needing a diaper change, food, scared or any other similar problem. My reply was of course that it would be very cool if the baby simply had a small LCD screen attached to it that would give you the current state and what the error was for ease of fixing the problem. This then lead to our discussion of a t-shirt version that would just have scrolling text that would alert near by people of the error as well and what needed to be done to alleviate the problem. Now that I’ve written this down, I think just having the lcd embedded in the head of the baby would probably suffice though.
Thank you weather for being nice finally, except for those stupid storms that occur from about 4pm to 5pm.
Well I made it all the way to the reservoir yesterday. It was a pretty sweet ride and only took about an hour and 10 minutes to go from my house to the top. The ride down was pretty sweet, although very windy.
When I finally got back to the apartment I was pretty tired and had a 2 hour nap and then zapped some red bull to get me going again so I could get out to Jade and Amber’s Wedding.
Its snowing right now!!!!
As I helped William fix a computer in the SUB I randomly came across a few memories from my childhood that may help parents out there know that their child is going to grow up to become a nerd and/or geek.
Ya so I forgot to put pictures of my toe after it broke.
Mac OS X
Most of the time I just shrug things off and say thats a crazy coincidence, however, when it comes to weather and frisbee its pretty amazing how things go. The practice schedule for playing is MWF and Sundays. Now on Tuesdays we also play for the Summer League which only leaves Thursday and Saturday without frisbee. It has pretty much been crappy out and rained every day of the week this week which ruins practice and any hopes of a bike ride. Now what I find interesting is how the chunks of nice weather have come around but only from say 8am – 4pm and from about noon – 9pm Thursday. I remember during intramurals how the weather would be fine all day until about half an hour before the games started and then would get super windy and cold and then on the days there were no games it would be nice out.
First of all before I even start in on the actual topic, I hate the two words effect and affect. I am really really bad at grammar and spelling and even if I were good at them I would still have problems deciding which one was the correct one to use.
Shouldn’t it be warmer now then ever before? I’m pretty impressed with how warm its been here now its June and we are just barely breaking into the 60 degree range. All this rain is really making me happy and excited to wake up every day. I don’t know what I would do if we had a spree of like 3 days where it was in the 70’s and sunny with NO WIND!
Well I went to frisbee practice last night and I could semi-jog just to the point that the toe started hurting which means its getting close. Maybe another week or so and it will be set. The knee is really undecided as I cannot run with my toe the way it is yet.
Well I got curious again and tried it out again tonight. I really don’t think that I’m going to be able to play for a long time. The whole time I played it just felt like a burden and I wanted to just quit but of course we had to make a 43 jump move which was no fun at all.
I realize I live in Montana and have no reason to complain about the weather as it is expected to change without notice from one extreme to the next, however…., now that it is approaching June and we have tallied up a whopping 5-6 days of solid `nice` days I’m getting pretty depressed. I am quite impressed though that I have utilized the nice days as much as possible even though I’m still a bit broken.
Right now it is deceiving outside. There are blue skies with some clouds and it looks like it is really nice out but actually it is very windy and a tad cold. Hopefully tomorrow it will be nice enough for an outside ride and I’ll try to convince William to pedal as well.
We decided to kick off the summer with a game night hosted in the labs this Saturday. Starting around 6pm 8 of us started playing Diablo II. It was just a bunch of ridiculousness. Everything went very smooth. We had a movie playing on the projector the whole time we were playing, although we really didn’t watch much of the movies that played they were mostly background noise as we hammered our ways through Baal’s minions. We all topped off at about lvl 30-33 with various characters. We will definatly do this again as it went so well, however, probably start around 12-2pm this time since it ran until 3am.
Well it finally was nice enough out to get on the bike and go. I did what I said I was going to do and tackled Tripple Tree road.
So after a bit of time with the doctor and the radiologist here is what was found. I used photoshop on an x-ray I found on the internet to show what it looked like. The doctor used his magical “push really hard” abilities to set it in the correct position. So 3 weeks from now I should be set to go.
It seems that the pinky finger and little toe are becoming nothing more than a hinderance. Perhaps the pinky finger is useful in some situations like typing, however, I remember dislocating one of mine before and I was able to easily overcome the loss of that finger.
Saw the doctor on Wednesday.
I threw together something for the Bozeman ultimate site to get everything all in one spot. Should work out well.
Even though I can’t play right now I’m gonna go to practice and watch…maybe take some pictures too
I’ve gone through an ACL in both knees and those were pretty exciting. The second surgery did get me into biking which is pretty good. So now it seems that I’m back to knee #1 and working on different ligaments. Something happened last week during our first Intramurals tournament game near the end. I dove for a frisbee and must have done something to my knee. This was different than the other knee injuries as I didn’t notice it at first, but that night it got pretty sore. I had trouble that night sleeping on it and the next day it was pretty stiff.
Well it was a good 65 degrees and sunny out today. Finally good weather. We pulled together some of the frisbee squad and played some ultimate at 2 today. It was super nice weather for playing. Not super warm and not cold, just perfect with a tad of wind.
We needed to give each person in the apartment equal opportunity to the internet so
Now my roommates know what powers I have over the internet in the apartment. Now, I have to behave myself. I think I will implement Quality of Service though so Josh cannot kill our internet by downloading bit torrent stuff like he does now.
Interesting movie. Acting was a bit poor, but it seemed like it wasn’t the highest budget film. The movie left me feeling slightly entertained, but I didn’t think it was the best movie.
I thought it was good. Good humor and a good view on the whole Afghanistan situation in the 80’s. Its always tough to know what to think about things like that. The US obviously was looking to thwart the Soviet Union’s Expansion and had a lot to gain, however, we really did do a poor job of fixing up the place after the party was over. I suspect that the movies viewpoint is scewed a bit towards what we want to think about the whole ordeal. The U.S.S.R could probably do a similar documentary on the Vietnam war that would be similar for them as this movie is for us.
Starting in on the old series(1978). Figure I’ll try my best to watch the whole thing before the new Series finishes so I can see how they differ.
So what game should we play…well lets not get to far ahead of our selves. First we must set up the field
Here it is the simplest way I know of to make a fresh Ubuntu Server a router
Well have I got the post for you.
For those of you who read my old blog you probably remember how I posted fairly often and then all of a sudden stopped posting for about a year. Well, now I have a new better blog and I’m posting again. I really like the format and admin part of my site now. Also, I haven’t played Eve in about a week and a half, which is quite a long time considering how much I was playing.
Finally it was nice out, really nice out. It was around 65-70 degrees and the sun was shining making it even warmer. I’ve cleaned both of my bikes, just need to take them to the power washer now with some degreaser to shine them up good. Then I’ll polish them and lube them and I’ll be set to go. We even got some Ultimate in today, even though it wasn’t that great of a game it was just good to play outside.
I finished tweaking some of the colors and positions of stuff just in time for the domain name(tygertown.us) to update to the new site. Also, it is about 50 degrees out right now and that means its fix bike time. Hopefully I will have both my bikes up and running smooth today and can maybe get out with the roadbike for a spin today. If not I can go tomorrow as it is suppose to be like 65 degrees. It will be a battle of whether to play Frisbee or bike tomorrow
So I’ve spent about 5 hours trying to get any of the many Picasa plugins to actually work. Apparently WordPress 2.5 must have changed a bunch of stuff and all of the plugins that I have tried have failed in one way or another. Some really neat ones that I really wish would have worked too.
Well I’ve been persuaded to use WordPress as my website manager. Why? Well cuz its easy and fun to edit stuff. Of course I will now have to actually post stuff that will entertain people.