old photos 1996

2010-08-04 | #General

I was at my parents this weekend, and my Step Dad found it hilarious to look through a large box of old photos. We had a few good laughs and he gave me a few of the to keep for myself. todo My Aussie Buddy wearing the underwear he chewed up todo The humiliation continues… todo Me and Buddy hanging out on the front lawn. I think our manes look alike.

one brand new another squeaky clean

2010-08-02 | #Geekyness

I’ve had a good run with my Zune MP3 player, excellent in fact, and I would highly recommend that player to anyone who was looking for an iTunes alternative. Truthfully, I’d recommend one no matter what, but it is impossible to beat the ubiquitous nature of iTunes and the iPod, like it or not. I’ve had mine for over 2 years, and I only one had a problem where it locked up.


2010-07-27 | #Movies

todo Possibly the best action sci-fi I’ve ever seen. It is not as confusing as say Primer, not as mind-numbingly STUPID as Avatar but filled with great action. I’ve seen a few headlines about the movies plot; how it might be ’too smart’ for the average movie go-er. I think that is insulting to the average person, and I hope that movies like this will retrain the “industry” to continue to make “smart” movies instead of anticipating that the average person is a drooling slack-jawed yokel who is missing a tooth.

muay thai sparring

2010-07-11 | #General

Friday was the first class where I really sparred. It was the first class where I was punched and kicked, repeatedly, in the head. It was about what I expected. It didn’t hurt, and I had a fun time doing it, though there are some lasting effects. I did feel a little out of it for a while, and that was a combination of many things. First off, I got hit pretty hard a few times, and Juan (one of the coaches) gladly landed a well placed kick to my head.

okay dad you win

2010-07-10 | #General

I did sort of thrown down the gauntlet with one of my previous posts. Dad, I no longer doubt that you truly are my biggest fan :) Livermore is probably a tie between myself and Jenny, but mostly me because I might check out a post from work… daily…

shutter island

2010-07-10 | #Movies

todo Michele and I saw this in the theaters when it came out, and I just re-watched it the other night. Both times, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t think it would hold up to a second viewing, so I’m not even sure why I tried that hypthesis out, boredom I guess. The first, and probably the best, thing this movie has going for it is atmosphere. Between the scenery and almost overbearing score, it oozes a subtle tension.

4th of july in monterey

2010-07-08 | #Caralyne #Family #Owen

Michele and I purposefully did not make any July 4th plans, because we both silently and secretly waited for Steve and Summer to invite us down. We’d mumble back and forth “So, no fireworks in Antioch this year…”, “Yeah, maybe Steve and Summer will invite us down…”. As it got closer to July, there was a possibility that the two of them had other arrangements, and we might have to fend for ourselves!


2010-06-27 | #Movies

todo Time… for a Crime! While I feel the films title is really shallow and hokey, the movie itself really stands on its own. Oh, and this is your subtitle warning: it has them! I felt like I was watching a classic Twilight Zone episode, where an ordinary middle aged man finds himself in a strange and perplexing situation and clumsily adapts to all of it. Clumsy at first, towards the end, or maybe I should say the begining?

my audience

2010-06-26 | #General

I like the check out Google analytics to see how this website is “useful” to the internet. Let me tell you, the internet is not at all interested in how your wonderful author, Mike Carlson, is doing. The internet is interested in how FreeBSD is doing: todo I guess no one Google’s for Mike Carlson… kicks dirt What is even more interesting is that most of my visits come from other countries: Check that out, folks in Barcelona and Moscow check out this site more than my Dad does in Lodi ( come on Dad, I thought you were a fan?

freebsd and multipath

2010-06-24 | #Benchmarking #Featured #FreeBSD #Geekyness #ZFS

I didn’t find any blog posts of discussions on FreeBSD and multipath (for storage) that wasn’t a man page. That means it is up to me to write about it :) Hardware CPU Machine class: amd64 CPU Model: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5530 @ 2.40GHz No. of Cores: 16 Memory Total real memory available: 65511 MB Logically used memory: 3945 MB Logically available memory: 61565 MB Storage The storage is a large ~90TB Enterprise class Fibre Channel array, a Data Direct Networks S2A9900.