Wed, Oct. 31st, 2012, 11:52 pm
Force of Life.

It's Halloween and since I shouldn't anywhere near little people thanks to my current pertussis infection, I watched Lifeforce instead of handing out candy. It's such a ridiculous flick, but I still get a kick out of it every time.

Fri, Aug. 31st, 2012, 12:41 am

Not the sort that sit on your desk, but the sort that have a pulse and operate printing presses. Anyone know of a decent one in the Northern Va area that does high quality poster sized prints? I have a few shots I'd like to have printed and framed.

Tue, Apr. 17th, 2012, 03:21 pm
Things in the air...

I haven't posted in eons, but I still read every day and keep up with folks. Some of you have seen this in other places, but for those of you hanging out here, have a link to my pics of the shuttle Discovery being flown around DC today:

Thu, Jun. 16th, 2011, 01:48 pm
Room of Light, part the 3rd.

Since I've been playing in LR3, I thought I'd share a bit of what I've been doing. I've taken some of my personal favorites and done some tweaking. Some is dramatic, some is subtle, but side by side, you can see the difference a little post processing can make to even a damn good picture (and I do take some damn good pics on occasion).


The images are original followed by processed. I'm just curious what y'all think.

Sun, Jun. 12th, 2011, 02:53 pm
Rooms of Light

Amazon has LR3 for $222 and change, so I went ahead and bought it. Just playing with it (thanks to Adobe's free 30 day trial (full featured, not a crippled demo)), it's absolutely amazing at noise reduction and clean up. It's also really nifty how it stores everything as a database of deltas and doesn't actually touch the original file in any way. I'll have to play with it's post processing ability for doing more than just clean up too, after watching some of the tutorial videos on line. I haven't even touched on its abilities for photo management yet, but wow it's got a lot of ways to sort, tag, group, and manage pictures. As I currently have just under eighteen thousand photos on my hard drive, that's going to come in really handy.

I also bought Portal 2 via Steam this morning, and now I'm going to have some fun.

Wed, Jun. 8th, 2011, 04:52 pm
And so it begins...

People are having fun with v6 addressing. Take a look at Cisco and Facebook in particular.

Tracing route to [2001:4860:b009::6a]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms 2001:470:8:cfb::1
9 17 ms 19 ms 19 ms [2001:4860:b009::6a]

Trace complete.

Tracing route to [2001:4998:f00b:1fe::3000]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 9 ms <1 ms <1 ms 2001:470:8:cfb::1
6 17 ms 20 ms 18 ms [2001:4998:f00b:1fe::3000]

Trace complete.

Tracing route to [2620:0:1c08:4000:face:b00c:0:2]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms 2001:470:8:cfb::1
2 12 ms 19 ms 18 ms 2001:470:7:cfb::1
3 9 ms 10 ms 14 ms [2001:470:0:90::1]
4 12 ms 88 ms 8 ms 2001:470:0:1bf::2
5 15 ms 9 ms 9 ms [2620:0:1cff:dead:beef::79]
18 84 ms 87 ms 87 ms [2620:0:1c08:4000:face:b00c:0:2]

Trace complete.

Tracing route to [2001:420:80:1:c:15c0:d06:f00d]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 <1 ms <1 ms <1 ms 2001:470:8:cfb::1
8 87 ms 87 ms 88 ms [2001:420:80:1:c:15c0:d06:f00d]

Trace complete.

Sat, Mar. 12th, 2011, 04:15 am
Another fun day in Nippon...

Things aren't looking so good:

Unlike the Ukraine, there isn't a whole lot of Japan to move to in the event large sections of it become uninhabitable.

Thu, Dec. 16th, 2010, 07:25 am
I love this.

Terror Alert Level

It's the best show of just how silly the DHS terror alert color chart is I've seen.

Thu, Sep. 2nd, 2010, 08:02 am
Crosspost kerfluffle...

While I have a Dreamwidth account (username same as here), I really only use it to back up this journal (the ability to import my entire LJ, comments and all? Awesome) and to allow me to comment on folks who live over there. I have no intention of moving as of right now. While I have accounts on both FB and Twitter, I don't have them linked to here (I used to crosspost my LJ entries, but it seemed sorta redundant). I have considered, just for fun, having LJ echo Twitter, FB echo LJ, and Twitter echo FB (maybe even throw Google Buzz into that loop) and watch the chaos, but then, I use these accounts and sabotaging myself seems rather silly.

Rule of Thumb No. 1 still holds: Pay attention.

It's not that hard to not screw up.

Tue, Jul. 27th, 2010, 12:28 pm
I miss Dell already...

Moving a Dell monitor from its default base to a dock integrated monitor stand is a thirty second operation, if you're moving slowly. It involves pushing a button to unlock it, removing the monitor from the base, putting it on the dock stand and making sure the button popped (indicating it locked in place properly).

Moving an HP monitor from the stand it shipped with to an integrated dock/monitor stand? It seems I'll need tools to remove the monitor, attach it to the arm on the dock stand and then attach the arm to the base. This involves using multiple sized allen wrenches and hex screws/nuts.

Why? Why does HP insist on making its hardware difficult, non standard, and just generally annoying to deal with? Compaq lives on in HP's gutters, it seems.

Thu, Jun. 10th, 2010, 08:30 am
Women in SF Meme.

The Rules of the Game Are:
Bold the women by whom you own books
Italicize those by whom you’ve read something of (short stories count).
*Star those you don’t recognize
Unmarked are those whose work you have not read

I've got nothing else to do right now, so why not...Collapse )

And there you have it. There are some names I sort of recognize from browsing the shelves at B&N and Borders, but not so much I could have pulled them from memory, so I didn't count them.

Wed, Apr. 21st, 2010, 11:59 am

You know, for all that I sometimes have days that suck, it occurs to me that I really do LIKE what I do. Yeah, systems administration definitely has days where you just want to nuke the world and cleanse the stupidity, but for the most part I get to do cool stuff. I get paid to play with computers and networks. Over the course of my career I've worked in academia, industry, telecom, and govt. I've worked with everything from a the lowly dumb term to systems that had dedicated buildings. I've built standalone systems, corporate networks, and everything in between. And you know what? It's mostly been a hell of a lot of fun.

I'll be in L.A. for a few days in the middle of May for work, and likely most of June will be spent Somewhere Else. It's going to suck in a lot of ways (14 - 20 hour days, 6 days a week), but the stuff I'll be playing with is cool. If I don't spend the Seventh Day dead, I'll even be in a nice place and I'll put up pics when I get back.

Thu, Apr. 8th, 2010, 08:51 am
Dear IBM,

What the hell is wrong with you? I don't need an exhaustive list, I just need to know WHY installing Sametime causes my machine to use THREE HUNDRED MEGABYTES of additional memory. That's before I even start it. It's a fucking IM client. Please explain to me why I shouldn't firebomb whatever part of your organization is responsible for this travesty with extreme prejudice. Soon. This Enya track won't last for much longer, and them I'm going to start getting really pissed.

Sat, Apr. 3rd, 2010, 08:53 pm

So, you probably already know this, but just in case, I've been off in Disney World for the last week, and have only been sort of checking LJ on my phone for the last week. If the world ended while I was away, please leave a message informing of it here.

Fri, Mar. 26th, 2010, 10:25 am
Snow? Really?

I'm so glad I'm getting on a plane to Florida in about 43 hours. I drove home with the top down yesterday and it was awesome. In fact, I've driven home with the top down every day so far this week save for one. Today? It's supposed to be snowing by this afternoon. No accumulation, mind you, but none the less, the white stuff will be falling from the sky. No top down today.

A coworker and I were talking about software switches vs. hard switches. Another coworker walking by asks what a hard switch is. Said questioner knew the difference, but was being a smart ass, so I returned in kind. My response? Switching from coffee to tea.

Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010, 01:03 pm
Note to self:

Getting in the ring with people who are younger, stronger, faster, more flexible, and have been doing it longer? Pathway to hurt.

Wed, Mar. 17th, 2010, 05:25 pm

I needed to change the bulb in the front left fog lamp on my car, since it burned out recently and my car's due for its annual safety inspection. Virginia's rules with respect to flog lamps are...weird. If you have them, and they are wired, they must function, or you fail. If they're there but not connected, the state doesn't care if they work. And if you don't have them, none of this is relevant, obviously.

I hit up Google for info on E46 M3 fog lights, and all it fed me were places to buy replacement housings and forums where people who obviously have zero business ever getting near a tool were complaining about how difficult it was to change them, but no one selling the actual bulbs. So off to BMW of Sterling I went. They sold me the right part, but pulled the wrong box off the shelf. I discovered this when I pulled the old bulb out. At home. If I hadn't have had to drive back to BMW of Sterling to get the right bulb, it would have been a three minute job that requires a single tool (an 8mm hex driver, if you care). I'm still trying to figure out how this is remotely difficult. Or complicated.

The bulb itself is fairly weird and yeah, that's gonna be something that I get from the dealer (in five years, this is the first time I've had to replace a fog light bulb, so it's not that bad).

Thu, Mar. 4th, 2010, 02:35 pm
Question for you legal types...

Now that we've decided that corporations are actual people, can we start prosecuting them and killing them when their stupid policies result in killing either their customers or employees (and said corp. can be shown to have known this was a potential outcome and chose not to mitigate it, because hey, we can't keep our shareholders from earning that extra $0.001 per share, now can we)?

Fri, Feb. 26th, 2010, 09:55 am
Dear Apple:

What exactly is wrong with you?

Why the hell does iTunes need a full core and then some to PLAY AN MP3 FILE? What fucking crack are you people on?

Wed, Feb. 17th, 2010, 12:24 pm
I guess Kozlick won't be getting that WinPho7 after all...

Oh look, AT&T gets to make another high end phone suck.

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