stuff and things

2010-06-20 | #Coal #Family #FreeBSD #Geekyness #Owen #Owen #pf

I don’t have a central theme with this post, but I wanted to at least do something (it has been a while). Packet Filter Based on Chris’s “Falling in love with pf(4)” google status, I decided to take the plunge and move off of ipfw(4) to pf(4). I’m not at the point where I could write my one filter, however, I do feel I at least understand what is happening here.

the poisoners handbook

2010-06-05 | #Books

todo I was disappointed to find out this wasn’t a Oreilly “Howto” book… What a great book! There are so many interesting aspects and topics covered here, and not just the big obvious one the title hints at. I heard Deborah Blum talk about her new book on the Scientific America Podcast, which was great and lively, so I put this book on the top of my “Book List” that I keep handy.

valhalla rising

2010-05-25 | #Movies

I haven’t felt the urge to post about movies recently. A lot of that comes from the lack of good movies, ones that might get me excited enough to spend a few minutes and collect my thoughts so this blog doesn’t turn into illegible techie gibberish. Here is one that I sort of liked though. Here is the thing, when commit an entry on this blog about a movie, there are two things that I think about:

creating an audio bootleg from youtube

2010-05-08 | #buckethead #Music

Tools required: The internet A quality *nix OS (FreeBSD in this case) youtube-dl, available in FreeBSD under ports/www/youtube_dl/ ffmpeg, available in FreeBSD under ports/multimedia/ffmpeg/ First thing is first, find a really cool youtube clip. If you dont know of one already, use a Buckethead Song (Volume warning, this clip was mixed “hot”, so turn your speakers down): Watch the drummer (Bryan Mantia) go crazy in the background, pretty intense. Now, use ‘youtube-dl’, which is pretty simple, the main argument it accepts is a URL of the youtube clip in question, and it saves it as a Flash Video file.

mt diablo the quick way

2010-04-25 | #Family #Owen

Caralyne spent the night at a friends house Saturday, so after we dropped her off the three of us drove to the peak of Mount Diablo and hung out for a bit. I got a little queasy on the drive up, and I think Owen did too. Hiking up to the peak was easier in that respect at least : todo Whew, made it to the 1K mark… todo View at 1K

gibson sg work

2010-04-17 | #Geekyness #Music

Last month when I helped my Friend Glenn,who now works at An Olde Town Tattoo Parlour in Monterey, move he was cool enough to lighten his load by giving me a very cool cream and black Gibson SG. The original heavy metal guitar made popular by Toni Iommi and Angus Young. The guitar’s neck was broken at the body, and thankfully someone who knew what they were doing successfully glued it back on.

lagg freebsd

2010-04-11 | #FreeBSD #Geekyness

I recently configured a NFS/Samba server with FreeBSD’s Link Aggregation protocol. Here is how I set it up. FreeBSD Configuration /boot/loader.conf I recommend adding the if_lagg_load=YES and kern.hz=“2000” to /boot/loader.conf. The OS will automatically load the lagg kernel module when your network configuration loads, I prefer to explicitly set it to load. ispfw_load="YES" kern.hz="2000" aio_load="YES" hw.igb.rxd=4096 hw.igb.txd=4096 if_lagg_load="YES" Since I am using the igb ethernet device (Intel 82575 and 82576 chipsets), I also set the max number of send and receive descriptors from the default from 256 to the maximum 4096.

owens chores and lasagna

2010-03-21 | #General #Owen

One of the unspoken rewards of being a parent is forcing your children to work for you. It is a delicious treat to my eyes, especially when it is a chore that I’ve handled since I was in the 3rd grade: Mush! todo The best part is, Owen still thinks the lawn mower is cool, and exciting. Even the edging tool is fun: Owen helping Michele todo Enough fun mister, back to work!

misadventures of cole chapter 1

2010-02-14 | #Coal #General

Pretend you are a dog, specifically my dog (oh if only you could be so lucky!) Coal. You’ve got that cute little muzzle with a cute button nose; but since you are such a smart little aussie, your brain-pan is bigger than your mouth. This gives your head a particular triangular shape, the kind of shape that will let you easily shove you head into a tight spot. Well, you better hope you can squeeze your whole body through, because if not, there is no way your head is backing out at this point.

muay thai

2010-02-13 | #Wushu

I signed up for Muay Thai at Crosley Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Brentwood. I’ve been eyeing the place for a while now, it seemed to be one of the few well established school in the Antioch/Brentwood area. I was looking specifically for some type of boxing program, and they have both western boxing and kick-boxing. It also helps that the price is right, I pay about 90 a month for two classes.