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Take a look, not merely at the Amazon product for sale, but the combo deals.

PVC Boot, Size 11, White
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I'm looking for the all-time list of, "Boy you spent all that time learning.... that?"

Here's the list I've come up with so far.

Phase one is my list. If I've missed something please comment.

Also.. some things are not quite as impressive as others. So if something should be dropped... tell me.
the list... )
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I've added a new internal hard-drive to my workstation at home.

The old drive was getting pretty full and I'm pretty sure I need to blank it and run diagnostics on it.

The old drive has two partitions: Babalon and Beast. Babalon is the boot volume

The new drive has three partitions: Tardis, Doctor, and Rose. Tardis is the boot volume.

So I've put Leopard into the Tardis Drive. Much to the chagrin of the 5th incarnation.

I commented to [livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy that I would now transition all the old files to the new OS.

I said... "The file transfer now begins. Everything from Babalon into the Tardis"

Only in my twisted, geeky, philosophical worlds would I actually try to put everything that comes from Babalon into the Tardis.

And somewhere an author in Boston has just sprayed coffee across the room.

Pi Day!

Mar. 14th, 2008 07:48 am
lordandrei: (Oooh)

Of course one could hazard that we still have 7 years to go until... 3/14/15

Then there are others who might say that 3/14/16 is a more correctly rounded day.

What I really want to know is the one geek in Shakespearian time who was into this.

"Good my Lord, Forsooth, is not the date and time Marche the 14th in this the year of our Lord 1592?
"Roderick you oaf, why must thou quest me thus at 6:53...nay now 6:54 in the morn?"

And Roderick found himself having crap thrown at him and shortly thereafter dying of the black plague.

Next useless time and date on December 24th and 9pm (Eastern standard time)
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Dungeons and Dragons' creator Gary Gygax botches saving throw at age 69

Thank you for several years of fun geekdom.

Edit: [livejournal.com profile] princekermit beat me to the joke by about an hour.
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Here is a picture someone took at Faerieworlds.

It's a really awesome picture... But I have to ask...

Click the picture link above... then the question below the cut )


May. 21st, 2007 01:48 pm
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This program posts news to thousands of machines throughout the entire civilized world. Your message will cost the net hundreds if not thousands of dollars to send everywhere. Please be sure you know what you are doing.
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Yesterday I propogated the White and Nerdy meme that is now going around.

Today, [livejournal.com profile] brandywilliams sent me the original hacker test. This is a 500 question test in a text file from 1989. It is from the original purity test days... It is... EVIL.

It asks such gems as:
Have you ever patched binary code?
...While the program was running?

Then it got on to some that made me smile:
Can you whistle 300 baud?
...1200 baud?

I enjoy these because I used to do this as a kid when I got my first modem.

Then came question 111101: Can you whistle a telephone number?

I chirped up, "No, and I am taking the point, because I know that it's not possible!"
[livejournal.com profile] shimmeringjemmy looked at me. "It's not possible?"

Tone dialing is created by playing 2 disharmonious notes off of a grid of tones (DTMF). The top row makes one tone the left column makes one tone. Therefore the top left button is sending the tones of the top row and left column combined. You'd have to be able to whistle two separate (disharmonious) notes at the same time which is pretty much impossible.

She looks at me and asks, "What about Tuvan Throat Singing." I had posted on Tuvan throat singing a little over 2 yrs ago.

I pondered this and wondered if Captain Crunch might have been Tuvan. Well, no.. but it was a musing passing thought.
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Picked this one up from [livejournal.com profile] schnookiemuffin

You are 60% white and nerdy.
How White and Nerdy Are You?

Surprisingly, I expected higher. But then again, I wasn't much into geek clubs in HS and believe it or not, I am not fluent in JavaScript or Klingon. Also.. MySpace... I just don't get into it.

And for the record: My favourite Theme Song is the Addams Family.
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BBEdit 8.5 has been released. A major update to BBEdit 8.0

The cool thing is that BBEdit has been adding killer feature upgrades since 8.0.

Matter of fact 8.0 was the last paid upgrade 2 years ago. And even with that much time, there was an upgrade for 8.0 owners well below the new product cost.

But this is not the source of my geekdom. I'm looking at all the changes.. which are in fact quite nifty.

My geekdom comes from a killer feature about 1/4 the way down the list of changes:
BBEdit now supports "camel case" navigation: press Control-left-arrow or Control-right-arrow to jump to the next (or previous) transition from lower-case to upper-case characters (or a word boundary, whichever comes first).

If you program or do wiki... this is freakin' cool

Oh, yeah.. there's code folding. ;)

Bouncy happy Andrei
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you wake up in the middle of the night for fedding and changing the baby...

you look at the clock and see 4:04

you think... server is unable to locate time.

go back to sleep... you are a geek.
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I blame this entire post on one specific person. I'm pretty sure you're not reading this journal any more... But those who know me, know who I'm talking about. (And, yes... I do miss seeing this person)

So.. here's your lesson for the day in astrology if you didn't know this already:

Let's talk about the moon going “Void of Course”
(From Moon Void of Course and Moon Phases)
Knowing when the Moon becomes Void of Course is an easy way to begin to watch the effect of the closest heavenly body to earth-the Moon. The Moon becomes "void" when it's not making any major aspects to the other planets. This happens every few days for a time period ranging from a few minutes to a day or more.

Simply put, what this means from a practical standpoint, is that anything that is started when the Moon is void of course, doesn't pan out.
Starting a new business? Don't make it official until the void period is over.
Looking for an engagement date? Avoid the times that the Moon is void if you want to play it safe. One more thing. Don't push the send button on an important e-mail until the Moon void period is over. That is, unless you want nothing to come of it. Fretting over a possible negative outcome for a court case, a health issue or whatever?
The void of course definition still applies-nothing comes of it.

Can you override the effect of a void Moon? Maybe, but be prepared to double your efforts and then hope and pray for the best. Now, I have to tell you, the reverse strategy of starting something important when the Moon is not void doesn't guarantee success. I do know that starting something important when it is void, nearly always holds true; Nothing much happens. I also know that if I can avoid hang-ups and disappointments, that's enough to make me check my calendar.

Also from: Void of course moon Emphemeris
"Historic events during such periods have a wild, Pandora's Box impact on cultural evolution. The first two dozen successful spaceshots were all launched with the Moon Void of Course, to open an all-new age in which old concepts and ideas are corrected or disproven.

"In every presidential election from 1900 through 1972 one of the two major party candidates was nominated with the Moon Void of Course. Every one of the candidates nominated with the Moon Void of Course lost.

"Jimmy Carter's 1980 nomination came in a Void of Course Moon."

"John Kerry's 2004 and Al Gore's 2000 nomination came in a Void of Course Moon."

So, here are the last and next Void of Course periods. (All times PST)
Last: Moon went void on 12/29 @ 7:01 pm; Moon entered Cap 12/30 @ 6:35 am
Next: Moon goes void on 12/31 @ 1:09 am; Moon enters Aqu 1/1@4:15 am

So... what does this mean?

2006 will start V/C. And due to the date line and time zones... this one does not have a convenient time zone where you could 'hide out.'

So... how do you deal with this? Well, here's my opinion...

Start your New Years Eve celebrations today.
Make the entire event a process that begins now and terminates Sunday morning.

The entire purpose of the new year celebration is to draw to a close 2005. To put the old year behind you and to make way for a new, different, and hopefully better year. If you identify this process as watching Dick Clark (or his designated appointee) clamber for about 45 minutes, watch a shiny ball drop, and drink; then I think your process won't really help you make the transition this year and you'll kinda be stuck in that 2005 wave.

On the other hand. If you start the process now you can build up to a perfect moment charged from one sign and diffused in another.

Now this is just my own opinion... but it definitely warrants meditation and contemplation.
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Remember the brown coat from Serenity that went for sale on eBay? Well, to hell with that.

Andrei has a new desire. And he only needs 5 grand to make it come true. Yes, this is insane fandom, but at the same time... anyone who had half an interest in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" would be thinking the same thing...

Daddy want... And this time, I promise... I'd give it to my daughter as soon as she got the calling.

I present... m? The collectable.

Ooooh, anyone got $5K they could loan?
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So, shortly we should have professional movers descend upon us.

Here's our schedule:
Thursday (today): Movers, Panic, then a quiet evening with new friend [livejournal.com profile] mmorena
Friday: Dentist, house cleaning, carpet steaming, Pack car.Take recyclables and old equipment away, Dinner with old friends, Change DNS on all servers, Computers down and pack into car.
Saturday: Drive to Washington. (We're living about 20-40 min NE of Seattle)
Sunday: Morning- Fall into house. DirecTV. Computers Up

Ah yes, Directv here was a snafu. They will come out Sunday and place a new dish on the house for us. We leave the old one in L.A. Of course, I didn't think about this and scheduled it the day we arrive. The TV won't in fact make it for up to 2 weeks. I can't reschedule at this point due to the time proximity. sheesh

Monday: New Insurance (auto/rental), Register car. Pick up WA Driving Guide.
Call movers, find out when delivery is.

So, the plan with the computers is the neat part. I have full time servers for about 4 different organizations including my own company. The DSL and IP addresses are theoretically up and running at the new site. If my plan works. I will change the DNS routing on Friday night. Drive Saturday, and by the time I arrive in Seattle, I should just plug them in, change the IPs and the machines should just be back up.

Yeah... In theory, theory and practice are the same...
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Today I was asked how I could be recognized when meeting them.

I then thought about what I'd be likely to be wearing.

I'll be wearing primarily black, with a mac t-shirt and probably carrying a black backpack

Then there was the sudden realization, "Just like everyone else at the conference"

Dear gods... I'm in conference-camouflage

I gotta go buy leather pants and put on my white ruffled shirt.
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And on 3 hours of sleep, here I sit. I am on the stone step outside the entrance of the Moscone West conference center for WWDC 2005. The annual Macintosh brain dump. New stuff and elaborations on engineering advancements from the mothership of the giant (now colourless) fruit.

I am here now because the doors in fact open at 7am. The only event this morning will be the keynote speech by the royal god of all kool aid, Steve Jobs. This will not be until 10 am. I arrived at 6am.

Please note it is currently 51° in San Francisco, not counting the chill factor from the overnight iced stone on my posterior. Why 6am? Well, this is a geek fest. Picture the worst anthtropomorphisation of the Simpson's comic book guy. If you have that image in your head and you will picture the 15 people that were here already when I showed up at 6am.

Looking at the collective, I have come to the conclusion that long hair is now officially "out" among the geek crowd. Oh good, I still stand out from the crowd. Yay.

6:30, now 29 people. I will be updating here and also at http://lordandrei.buzznet.com

If the photo blog site interests you, I'll send you an invite. Not that it's needed for this free site, but... it gets me referral pluses. :)

More later... *wave*
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So, once again I am on my favourite and least favourite trip of the year. I am in SF for the yearly Mac geek fest that is WWDC.

I arrived by cattle-car airlines (United Express) and went straight to my hotel in the down town area.

It's a favourite because of the brain dump. It's a least favourite, because here in S.F. I have the worst luck catching up with anyone up here that I might know if even remotely.

So, dear readers... if there is anyone who's been reading me, who lives in the S.F. area and would like to meet for warm beverage wduring the late evening for the first few days this week. (Hell, even tonight)

Then, comment, IM, text message... you know the drill :)
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Thanks to a link from snopes by [livejournal.com profile] brendan93 I have learned of many new cat like things.

Ligers (the really huge ones)
Tigons (smaller)
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UPS just delivered a box with one comic from Westfield Comics

waves to [livejournal.com profile] shadesong


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