Yeah, I had a goal of keeping the blog posts coming, but then I got sidetracked. While I’m not entirely ready with any complete new posts, I’ll at least bring you up to date for those of you that I know don’t keep track of my twitter but read my blog in your RSS reader. I’m offering you this post as kind of an apology for not bringing you the “Regularly Scheduled Programming”. It should provide enough for you to snack on until another post follows later this week (I hope!).
P90X Workout Regimen
Monday was the first day of my P90X workout. I’m doing a different track as Molly (she’s doing the Lean Plan, I’m doing the Classic Plan) but at the same time as her for encouragement, as well as getting me a bit better in shape for the wedding and some backpacking trips I’ll be planning or am planning. I’ve been sore since I started, with emphasis on different parts of the body for the different days which is the way this program claims to work – by “muscle confusion”. I can already tell to the touch that my back, quadriceps, and triceps are toning up and I’m only 3 days into it. Today is “Yoga X”. I’m not doing the daily pictures, but I’ll probably end up doing a weekly picture digest. Right now I’m posting them privately to my Flickr account. At the end of it all I’ll share my Day Zero through Ninety improvements with a week delta, 13 in all if my math is right. If you’re interested in it, send me an email, IM, or Direct Message and I’ll try to hook you up. There’s some equipment you’ll need to procure on top of the videos, so you’re going to be financially dedicated to it from the beginning. I’m dedicated to it right now because of that “hurts so good” feeling – I guess I’m a masochist when it comes to self-improvement.
I’m brainstorming a couple of ideas for a few of my friends and I to have our own server for everything we’d use one for (Games, Streaming Media, Private Web Hosting) and the most promising option requires us to have a storage tank attached to a separate VMWare ESXi server. So when I read this article on Monday and it got me thinking about it a little more. I had been thinking about a Drobo as the solution, but wasn’t ready to make that the choice without weighing other options. Of course Mike, my supervisor at work and fellow geek, planted the bug in my ear about Sun’s ZFS which lead to me investigating Solaris/OpenSolaris as a potential solution in lieu of a Drobo. The DataRobotics stuff is fancy, and would operate exactly as we would need it but it’s a bit pricier than we’re really wanting to get into initially. A couple of the other articles I’ve found on the topic which have helped me formulate my decision:
- Expand-O-Matic RAID-Z
- Build your own multi-terabyte file server with OpenSolaris and ZFS
- Build your own Drobo-Replacement Based on ZFS
- and a handful of others on my other computer
Anyways, this means that I’ve been geeking it up which derails the progress I was making on my other articles.
Gear Guide Research
My next article is going to be about sleeping bags what materials their made of, pros and cons, and of course – my methodology in choosing a good one. I did some here-a-little-there-a-little research regarding the materials over the weekend when I wasn’t cleaning house, doing dishes, doing laundry, watching my Netflix queue (Big Bang Theory – TV Series), or napping. I’ll probably get back on to that by the end of this weekend which should yield a post before Monday (which may have some significant sales on Camping gear). I haven’t forgotten about it, I’ve just been derailed with other things stewing in my brain!
So I realize I haven’t exactly been encouraging audience participation, even though there’s a fully available comment section below every post. I’ll ask some questions to get you started.
- Anyone else out there started/finished P90X, and have any suggestions or words of encouragement?
- Do you have any suggestions for articles regarding ZFS or OpenSolaris?
- What specific details do you look for in a Sleeping Bag?
- or even, What are you doing for Labor Day Weekend?