Sat, May. 16th, 2015, 02:43 pm
"feelin' fine."

Things probably aren't going so well when i find myself muttering, "You are going to eat a huge big bag o' dicks, my friend," to the hedge trimmer.

But i have beer now, so i think i'm good.

Mon, Apr. 13th, 2015, 09:29 pm
sometimes you don't realize how weird the old days were

wonder woman holds a fish, a wheel of cheese, and some sausage links. a knife is stuck in the floor. hams are impaled on a broom, including one labeled ‘sugar cured ham’. caption: ‘to make a dummy to take her place in the sack, WONDER WOMAN spears hams on a broom handle.’ ww: ‘a perfect woman’s figure! the nazis won’t know the difference.’ odin quincannon (from ‘preacher’) hugs an enormous meat woman. oq: ‘yyeeeesssss...’

Thu, Apr. 2nd, 2015, 10:57 pm
gabriel garcía márquez writes about information technology operations

@ronebofh: DevOps in the Time of Cholera

@palecur: Memories of my Melancholy NOCMonkeys

@palecur: Chronicles of an Outage Foretold

@ronebofh: One Hundred Years of On-Call

@palecur: No One Writes to the Kernel

@ronebofh: The General in His LDAP-rinth

@palecur: Of Love and Other Daemons

Tue, Feb. 10th, 2015, 03:13 pm
brevity is the sole of wit walking barefoot across shards of broken glass

Gods damn it all, i hate 'lol' with the burning of a thousand suns; it is the fucking turd in every online conversation, even when used in irony.



That feeling when you Google an app's error message and all you get is links to the app's source code.



"Oh, don't worry about optimal layout, it's just a POC cluster."
Four months later: "Why is our dev cluster so crappy?"
And this is why Daddy drinks.



Before enlightenment, chop confirmation bias, carry compassion.
After enlightenment, chop confirmation bias, carry compassion.



Whoever thought playing "Hollaback Girl" at an Easter egg hunt breakfast was appropriate needs to reëvaluate their life choices.

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2015, 10:37 pm
exploration's last great prize

I remember reading, as a kid, a dramatization of the British Antarctic Expedition, which was effectively a race to reach the South Pole for the first time between Robert Falcon Scott and Norway's Roald Amundsen.  The story was told from Scott's perspective and it was somewhat tragic.  Thinking upon it now, it seems like the heroic tragedy of the failure of Scott's expedition outshines Amundsen's accomplishment, which might be a result of better British PR, or perhaps just the cultural proximity of our nations (i recall also the story of Robert Peary being the first to reach the North Pole, and of course Peary was American, except it turned out upon later determination that he missed).

I discovered I Like Trains (né iLiKETRAiNS) on Pandora (although i can't pinpoint on what station; easy guess would be Sigur Rós), and i happened to come across a video one particular song of theirs, "Terra Nova", and it was only upon viewing the video that i realized that it is a reference to the Scott expedition, which turns the song from merely gloomy into harrowing.  I didn't expect that the video, which starts out with an almost cheap feeling with obvious models, would provoke such feeling.

How could I have led these men
To their demise and they just follow?
Exploration's last great prize
It wasn't mine

And more's the shame
You will remember my name

Great God, this is an awful place
I do not think that we can hope
For any better things now

Oh, the end, cannot be far
It cannot be far, I cannot wait
Exploration's last great prize
A saving grace, it wasn't mine

And more's the shame
You will remember my name

And more's the shame
You will remember my name

Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2015, 03:34 pm
this is peter_dasilva's and microsoft's fault

This is not a hologram, yeah (This is not a hologram)
And these are not the magnetic fields (This is not a hologram)
This is not Paul Graham's head, no (This is not a hologram)
This is not a hologram

This is just a cryptographic function in the code (This is not a hologram)
This wants to be outside the hypervisor (This is not a hologram)
This is not Andreessen's leg (This is not a hologram)
This is not a hologram

This is not a hologram
This is not a hologram
Hologram
Hologram
Hologram
Hologram
Hologram
Hologram

Tue, Jan. 20th, 2015, 11:08 pm
because i'm tired of staring at my phone, waiting for it to unlock

I'm sick of my smart phone experience.  Motorola has done a shitty job at keeping Android up to date on the original Droid and the Droid 4.  In addition, i want to avoid the temptation of a hand-held distraction.  Right now, my first choice would be a plain phone that can act as a WAP, plus a small tablet like a Nexus 9 or iPad Mini.  That way, my phone will just be a phone, and if i truly need to do something that requires Internet access, i'll pull out the tablet.

The crux is the first part: the plain phone with wiffy hotspot.  Do you, gentle reader, know of such an animal?  If not, do you have an alternative suggestion?  I'm not going to get an iPhone or any other smart phone; i want a phone that is just a phone, like in the old days, when we beat out text messages with rocks on a 10-digit keypad.  Any other suggestions are welcome.

Fri, Jan. 16th, 2015, 03:37 pm
no good deed, etc.

With the job change, i took the opportunity to switch my browser to SRWare Iron and set it to use DuckDuckGo as its default search engine.  Finally free of Google's pernicious vision into my browsing habits!

Except that DDG is about as accurate as pre-Google Altavista, which isn't going to cut it in 2015.  So i'm switching back to Google, but if i have to use it, i'll open an incognito window.  Bloody annoying...

Mon, Jan. 12th, 2015, 03:17 pm
good way to kick off the new year

I'm currently listening to NPR First Listen's streaming preview of Sleater-Kinney's new album, No Cities to Love.  And i dropped some coin on tickets to go see them at the Hollywood Palladium with my stepdaughter and her husband, while 2wanda babysits our adorable grandson.

I'm also working for eBay again, on the OpenStack support team.  So far, so good.

Fri, Dec. 19th, 2014, 09:28 pm
a modern tragedy in one scene

[Scene opens.  HUSBAND and WIFE are sitting in front of their computers.]

HUSBAND (to WIFE): It's almost midnight. Let's go to bed.

[They do not move.]

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