1. Pictures from the My Chemical Romance concert, 11 May 2011.

    21 July 2011

    As I'd mentioned in an earlier post, here are the pictures I took at the concert. Yes, this would be the show that gave me my first suntan in over six years (by way of a sunburn) and kicked my body's immune system off the edge of a cliff by exposing it to a hellish cauldron of airborn illnesses and allergies that can only come from going to a convention or camping out for a concert.<

    Highlights of the show: hanging out with lots of killjoys of all shapes and sorts. I got to meet a lot of new people …

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  2. Logging into a Falcon RAID shelf.

    21 July 2011

    Publically posted for future reference by sysadmins everywhere.

    Regarding the Falcon RAID shelf, model ESA16G1B-0030 (3U high, sixteen SATA drive bays, hardware RAID, SCSI interface, two crappy serial ports (headphone jacks? really? you folks took this whole binary thing way too literally!), Ethernet jack, flip-out ears on the front with a rudimentary control panel on the left-hand side) from RAID, Inc. I just inherited one of these at work with no documentation, warranty, or support for it whatsoever. Consequently, I've spent most of a week trying to figure out how to set the damned thing up. Also, I haven't been …

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  3. Fossil hunting along the Chesapeake.

    21 July 2011

    A couple of months back I went hiking by the Chesapeake with Orthaevelve, her mother, and Jarin. It was in mid- to late spring, so it was before the heat and humidity rolled in to settle like a misasma over the DC area. I don't know exactly how far we hiked, only that it was a good four or five hour trip all told, from hiking in to spending time at the shore hunting for fossils to hiking back to where we'd parked. There was a goodly amount of wildlife out and about during our trip, from dragonflies and skinks …

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  4. Giving datalove in HTML.

    03 July 2011

    Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed that I've been playing around with the theme for my website in subtle ways (mostly so that, if I do screw something up it won't hose my entire site). This is partially due to the fact that I simply can't leave well enough alone if I can help it, and partially due to the fact that I've been forced to learn HTML by Project Byzantium. But, that's neither here nor there. A few months back, some of the agents over at Telecomix put together a side project called the Summer of Datalove to promote the …

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  5. Not even time to breathe.

    02 July 2011

    Most of my posts lately have been terse, to say the least. When I've had time to sit and write it's been in fits and spurts over a period of hours or days when I've felt up to it. My queue of things to write about has broken two pages, which means that it's time to delete the older stuff and move on. In Internet time, that's a long while, plus there is more important stuff to worry about. It's not ADHD, it's simple practicality. The "when I've felt up to it" means just what you think it does, I …

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  6. Links to videos of protestor deaths in Syria.

    30 June 2011

    Mirrored from this pad at Telecomix, here are links to the deaths of multiple peaceful protestors in Syria. Much of this footage is graphic in nature, but it's also of people literally putting their lives on the line in the hope of making a better world to raise their children in. Please repost and retweet this widely.



    Today is Volcano of Aleppo, and in celebration we are running a news service on
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/English-Speakers-to-Help-The-Syrian-Revolution/207817119257373. If you pass me any links or messages, I will get their Arabic content summarised and post to the site for …

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  7. Rumored to exist for years, D-Wave sells what they claim is a true quantum computer.

    27 June 2011

    For many years in the hidden spaces of the Net, rumors have spread that cryptographic systems as we know them are worthless. Some claim that every cryptographic system out there has already been compromised because the National Security Agency only permits those systems that it has been able to tamper with in subtle ways to be published. Cryptographers they can't compromise, so the stories go, silently disappear and are never to be heard from again. More recently, advances in quantum computing have caused brand new stories to appear on forums and in IRC channels, with the requisite flame wars hot …

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  8. Movie review: Green Lantern

    18 June 2011

    After dinner this evening, Lyssa, Jason, and I once again invaded our local movie theatre to catch the late showing of Green Lantern, the latest comic book movie of the summer to hit the silver screen. It was a bit of scramble to get tickets because we got there late but we just made it. I have to confess, as a fan of the comic I greatly enjoyed this movie. That might make all the difference between enjoying Green Lantern, and walking out of the theatre at the end feeling a little cold...

    Obligatory disclaimer: I have my likes and …

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  9. Free RPG Day 2011!

    17 June 2011

    Tomorrow is Free RPG Day once again, a day to let your nerd flag fly by paying your friendly local gaming store a visit to see what they have in stock. If they're worth the Cheetos and Mountain Dew on their gaming tables they'll have some nifty new games for you to take home for the asking (it is Free RPG Day, after all). If you're lucky you'll be able to try them in the store with your closest friends (or people you don't even know, which can be just as fun). Or maybe you heard about tomorrow well in …

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