Some of you may catch some information that could prove useful. I hope the tags I add to the post helped direct you here for some useful purpose (if not your intended search).
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!
As far back as I can remember I could read, and I grew up reading the comics Sunday morning. When I entered the period in my life where I had my very own internet-connected computer I had a My Yahoo start page with my favorite Sunday Morning Cartoons posted for me to read as soon as there was a new strip. Then I came across the world of web comics, starting with Ctrl+Alt+Del by Tim Buckley (sometimes referred to as CAD). This series really enthralled me, being a video gamer and major geek the characters seemed like someone I could hang out with. If you read some early CAD comics, you’ll understand the appeal pretty easily. It was shortly thereafter I discovered Penny Arcade by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Again, this comic appealed to me with video gaming and geeky references that I would enjoy and joined CAD as one of my all-time favorite webcomics.
When Digg, and later StumbleUpon, helped me peek out of the little bubble of the internet I was aware of I discovered many new, interesting, and fun webcomics to add to my daily reads (or at least check for updates on a regular basis). Some of them even give me the feel that I could do it myself if I only had the talent of an original sense of humor (stick figures I can do). [Read more…]
Those of you that follow me closely on Twitter or Facebook are already aware of my latest news. It shouldn’t come as a surprise and for some of you you’ll probably be saying “took you long enough”. After dating for nearly 4 years and great friends for about that much longer I asked my best friend to marry me.
This is a late post that has been sitting in my drafts folder for awhile. But, we’re onto the planning and man-oh-man is it a process!
In random order:
1. Although me and my brothers grew up in the same house by the same parents, I was born in a completely different hospital from them. My mother was a nurse at Alexandria Hospital when she got pregnant with me, and delivered me there.
2. I attended Georgia Tech for a year. I was a legacy applicant, both my father and my uncle graduated as Electrical Engineers. Since leaving: two of my cousins have also attended, one of which has already graduated and is working in Chattanooga a block away from me.
3. I have a scar on my chin from when I was in first grade and tripped while chasing a kickball at recess. 7 stitches.
4. I’ve never broken a single bone in my body. Neither have either of my two brothers.
5. I am an Eagle Scout, and have been in the Scouting program since I was 6 years old as a Tiger Cub. This should come as no surprise to anyone that has known me for more than a week.
6. The thing I miss the most from living in Virginia was coming home from Elementary School and playing outside with my brothers and the other neighborhood kids until it was dark.
7. My first computer was a Commodore 64. I had one in my room and taught myself simple BASIC programming before I turned 10 years old. I haven’t had any true interest in programming since beyond troubleshooting errors.
Watch this video and negate the claims, please.
I really want to know how much is true versus how much is false… public records, not opinions! Ignore the obvious plugs for McCain’s campaign… focus on the rest.
If Obama had anything to do with the creation of this economic situation like this video claims, he should be crucified (not literally) by the media for it. Democrats always claim to look out for the poor, but all this has done has pushed them out to the curb. Someone present me with some facts I can feel better about… this seems all too good to be true.
A Little of the Geeky Background
Before you read any further, get this straight: I DO NOT OWN THE DOMAIN. It is still unknown who purchased the domain.
I’ve got the knowledge that should squelch any thoughts otherwise by any logical person. Admittedly, I found it amusing and slightly humorous, if for no reason but it was grounds for a great lesson in DNS and Domain Registration.
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I love my job and the technology I get to deal with on a daily basis… It’s amazing what some people will believe without understanding how the internet, browsers, email clients, and servers work when presented with partial evidence.
All of the sites claiming or inferring John McCain’s campaign owns the domains and registered them privately to dodge the possible scandal are making up what they think is news without actually checking the facts. The truth is it could be anyone that registered the domains (including Sarah Palin herself) but the proof can only be obtained with a subpoena to the Private Registration holder DomainsByProxy. DomainsByProxy happens to be used by GoDaddy and Network Solutions, the biggest domain registrars on the internet. I have used DomainsByProxy for a couple of my domains in the past (and on a somewhat unrelated note I started receiving credit card offers in the mail shortly after I discontinued using their services). That doesn’t mean that my domains were once owned by John McCain’s campaign does it? To reiterate: for the record, I DO NOT OWN THE DOMAIN. It is still unknown who purchased the domain. [Read more…]
I’m sure you’re seeing a trend on a lot of the blogs and web pages out there with gas prices as they are giving you tips to save gas. They’re telling you to keep your maintenance schedule, carpool, and even change your vehicle. Well what about those of us that don’t feel that isn’t enough, or think we can get even more out of it? Now, I’m not telling you to ignore their advice, as they are the building blocks to maximizing your fuel economy.
Before I even get going, there are a couple of things I’m assuming you’re doing already to keep your car in shape and at the best operating potential. These include: using gas grade per instructed by your manual, changing your oil (with the type intended for your engine) every 3000-5000 miles, checking your air filter to make sure it’s clean, and keeping your tires inflated to their proper pressure. If you weren’t doing that already, you may see a significant increase in your gas mileage just doing that (an estimated 5-20% depending on the amount of change).
The next step is to change your habits about when you choose to drive. [Read more…]
No, I didn’t misspell the first word of my first post on my blog. Complement, as very excellently put on the wikipedia article means “something that together with another makes a complete whole, something that supplies what the other lacks.” That’s the idea I’m trying to get across. Don’t put up a front for yourself, be who you are and you’ll find people, places, and things that complement you. When you go through every day looking for things that will portray you as something you are not it’s counter-productive to promoting your self image. I’ve had discussions with lots of people that seem to be confident when I first meet them, but they’ll leave small clues after an extended time spent getting to know them that they aren’t really what they make themselves out to be. [Read more…]