"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
January 1, 2008

A long december and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can't remember the last thing that you said as you were leaving
Now the days go by so fast

And it's one more day up in the canyons
And it's one more night in Hollywood
If you think that I could be forgiven... I wish you would

The smell of hospitals in winter
And the feeling that it's all a lot of oysters, but no pearls
All at once you look across a crowded room
To see the way that light attaches to a girl

And it's one more day up in the canyons
And it's one more night in hollywood
If you think you might come to california... I think you should

Drove up to hillside manor sometime after two A.M.
And talked a little while about the year
I guess the winter makes you laugh a little slower,
Makes you talk a little lower about the things you could not show her

And its been a long december and there's reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can't remember all the times I tried to tell my myself
To hold on to these moments as they pass

And it's one more day up in the canyon
And it's one more night in hollywood
It's been so long since I've seen the ocean... I guess I should

Counting Crows

5:20 AM | Lyric Spam
January 3, 2008

Ben Rockwood expounds upon the joys of IPMI.

As someone who was only using it to reboot his systems (and configure the SP when I'd forgotten to do so during build), it's a pretty enlightening article.

8:32 AM | Linkwhore

Popular Mechanics explores an endeavor to convert my childhood home into a self-sufficient green community.

Some of the tech they're using, and the mix-and-match policies, make it sound actually viable.

Pretty exciting stuff.

8:35 AM | Linkwhore
January 5, 2008

"By slow stages we traveled eastward by present Gallup and Chusbbito, Bear spring, which is now called Fort Wingate. You ask how they treated us? If there was room the solders put the women and children on the wagons. Some even let them ride behind them on their horses. I have never been able to understand a people who killed you one day and on the next played with your children...?"

Fort Sumner

The Long Walk

3:40 AM | Life

-!- vmlemon [n=vmlemon@unaffiliated/vmlemon] has joined #opensolaris
< Tempt> vmlemon!
< Tempt> lemon is just the thing for a gin and tonic!
* bda wraps it around a brick and hits Tempt with it.
< Tempt> and vmlemon
< Tempt> if it runs short on juice, you just page the dry bits out and get some fresh lemon

10:59 AM | irk
January 9, 2008

This winter will never come.

11:47 AM | Life
January 11, 2008

< TomJ> what does head -1 /etc/release say?
< maldous> moo
< bda> Screw Solaris Next. Where do I get Solaris moo?
< maldous> It's udder research. Cud be released any day moo.

11:25 AM | irk
January 14, 2008

The "Sex-Box" Race for President

If you want to know what Mass Effect is really all about, well. Yahtzee knows.

ME isn't anything resembling a sex game, either. It's a sci-fi RPG with some curse words. There's a sex scene, sure, in which you see about two seconds of badly pixelated skin. No actual nudity. The vast majority of the game is flying around waiting for aliens to shut up so you can shoot stuff, as one might expect from an FPS/RPG.

Oh. And it's rated M. For Mature. Obviously you want to drag the president into what should be a matter of simple parenting.

I mean, if this guy wants to get all up ons, maybe he should be looking into some of those Japanese mutant love harem games. Just sayin'.

One can envision this goofball and Jack Thompson circle jerking until their hands are raw with .. righteous fervor, though. Good to have friends.

Now where's the rail gin to get that image out of my mind. Good Lord.

8:57 PM | Gaming
January 20, 2008

Transactional Debian Upgrades with ZFS on Nexenta

Bloody amazing is what that is. Not because the concept is revolutionary (it's been possible with hacked ONNV installs for a while now, Indiana is doing something similar, and a few "other" operating systems have had similar capabilities), but because it's integrated and the interface itself is so obvious. It looks as easy to use as apt(8) and zfs(1M).

Very exciting stuff.

2:32 AM | Systems Administration

...attempt no tracing there.

Adam Leventhal discovers Apple acting like Apple.

It is rather interesting, but it's hardly shocking behavior. It's even understandable given their legal obligations to the large, hammer-wielding media industry people. I'm just happy it's the sort of thing you're unlikely to see Team DTrace allow to happen, given Adam's reaction.

(The Apple DTrace guys have posted on dtrace-discuss@ before. I'm curious to see if someone will be bringing it up.)

2:38 AM | DTrace

Jonathan speaks more on the MySQL acquisition.

I am pretty split on this. On one hand, it's a billion dollars. On the other, it's MySQL, which is a horrible little creature that seems to have permanently attached itself to my thigh and has been slowly suckling at my humours and spirits for years.

On the gripping hand, if anyone has a chance to fix the damn thing, it might be Sun's engineering (and even that isn't close to a sure thing, given some of the weird shit Sun has come up with over the years). But reading that, it doesn't seem as if that's the plan. At least not initially. Maybe in a few years we'll see enough integration that MySQL's odd engineering culture might get shifted around a bit.

And as Theo Schlossnagle noted not so long ago, MySQL doesn't actually own any of their engines.

Well. None of the ones that ... matter.

The other night I suggested the purchase might be justified if the new in-house MySQL engine is in fact a time machine of some sort.

Everyone seemed dubious at best.

Regardless of whether or not it was a good buy (Jonathan makes some excellent points), at the very least MySQL can't get any worse.

...for whatever that's worth.

2:45 AM | MySQL

New material pushes the boundary of blackness

One step closer to building the stuntship from The Restaurant at the End of of the Universe for the sole purpose of launching it into the sun.

2:54 AM | Linkwhore
January 24, 2008

< confound> https://trac/wiki/DrinkOrders
< bda> There's no gin on there.
< confound> reload

Things we will not order:

  • gin

< bda> LAME
< confound> HTH
< bda> TTTH
< confound> what
< bda> Talk To The Hand.
< bda> Beyotch.
< confound> sorry, I didn't realize we were time-travelling to 1990
< bda> I am wearing my TARDIS boxers today.
< confound> inside they're the size of a warehouse

4:14 PM | irk