Tag: friends

  1. Back from Elwing's wedding.

    07 April 2008

    I'm proud to day that the wedding of Elwing and Irregular Expression went amazingly well, and with no major hitches to speak of. Congratulations, you two.

    After my last post from Elwing's place on Saturday afternoon, I loaded the TARDIS up for the trip back to the Strong Mansion in Maryland as the best... what would you call the female counterpart of a Best Man, anyway? Best Woman? Best Friend? Google's copy of The Groom's Guide says that Best Lady is appropriate, so that's what I'll use henceforth. Resuming, Sarah, the Best Lady, helped Brian (who was unfortunately still quite …

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  2. So, you're probably wondering where I've been this week...

    30 March 2008

    ...work, work, and more work have been taking up most of my time. By that, I mean that I'm logging anywhere from ten to sixteen hours every day, six days a week on this project. I haven't forgotten about anyone, and I haven't given up, I've just been running myself ragged.

    To those of you waiting on the Steampunk Traveler's Journal over at Brass Goggles, it hit the post yesterday, so keep an eye open.

    Many of you are probably asking "What's been happening lately that isn't related to work?"... the answer to that question is "Not a great deal …

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  3. Howard Gobioff - 1971-2008 c.e. - Requisat en pace.

    12 March 2008

    I just found out that an old buddy of mine from the Pittsburgh goth scene, Howard Gobioff, died of lymphoma today after a protracted battle.

    I lost track of Howard after he graduated from CMU in 1999 and moved away from Pittsburgh not long before I left IUP. Hell, I was at his going-away party that night. It seems that he made good, and I'm really proud of him: Employee #40 at Google, a key engineer on the Google File System project, and generally all over the place.

    They're having a memorial for him at Ceremony.

    I hope that you …

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  4. Ice storms, unexpected guests, and clear roadways.

    25 February 2008

    Last Friday seemed to be the day of the ice storm that wasn't really. That morning, sure, the cars were coated with ice (as I discovered at the same instant that I found I had no gloves with me) and the roads were wet, but in truth they really weren't as bad as everyone made them out to be. I had little difficulty making it in to work that day, and even less trouble returning home that evening. For this reason, I find it quite strange that so many offices in NOVA were understaffed that day, but then again what …

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  5. Congratulations, Alexius and Marlise!

    17 December 2007

    This weekend was a wacky adventure from start to finish - not only for Lyssa, Laurelinde, and myself, but it marked the beginning of a similar adventure for some good friends of mine, 'lex Pendragon and Marlise, who reside just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as their daughter Raven.

    On Friday afternoon the three of us loaded up the TARDIS and headed northward for Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, and points beyond to get ready for the wedding on Saturday. It didn't take us long at all to get loaded up (I've gotten quite skilled at throwing together clothes for a weekend junket …

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  6. Zombies. Why did it have to be zombies?

    13 June 2007

    It's getting worse out there - the building that Lyssa works in has been sealed by the US military to keep the invading forces out. They've got a small stockpile of supplies, but the facility is running on backup power. Environment control will probably be turned off soon, if it hasn't been already.

    I'm going to try to fight my way over to that abandoned minivan in the parking lot, fortify it however I can, and do two things: I'm going to make for Hasufin's place to get those texts he mentioned, along with his research, and I'm going to try …

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  7. What a day. I'm going back to bed as soon as I can.

    27 March 2007

    Because Bladeless Axe was in town for Shmoocon this weekend just past, we gave it our best shot to hang out while she was around here, which wound up in a couple of near misses culminating in Lyssa and I spending the evening hanging out with her last night until rather later than any of us had hoped. To the tune of finally going to bed at 0200 EST5EDT today because we went out for rather a late dinner...

    I'm getting old. I can't get by on four hours of sleep anymore. My ass, and most of the rest of …

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  8. 65 degrees in January??

    29 January 2007

    It is now officially the middle of January - so why is it 65 degrees Farenheit and why are there people walking around in shorts and t-shirts? No, seriously, what gives? I'm sitting here in khakis and a polo shirt in downtown DC (wishing that I was working from home because it is, apparently, a holiday and as such 90% of the city has the day off) in a building that's so empty that most of the hallway and office lights weren't even turned on to conserve power. It's a little creepy, actually.

    Friday night I wound up staying up late …

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  9. Random knowledge VIII.

    25 January 2007

    You're getting old if you consider sleeping until 0900 'sleeping in'.



    When configuring a firewall with IPTables you have to specify the protocol before the port number(s) in each command. Do this:

    iptables -A INPUT -s 1.2.3.4 -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

    and not this

    iptables -A INPUT -s 1.2.3.4 --dport 22 -p tcp -j ACCEPT

    If you don't, you'll see error messages to the effect of "Unknown arg '--dport'"

    When writing Snort rules, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, rules come in two parts: the …

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