Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-31
Posted in Twitter
Morning watch, 8 bells (8:03 am)
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TMI?
Posted in Reviews, Strangeness
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:48 pm)

Once in a while I browse things like the Kindle reviews. I'm puzzled by this one:

Weird Amazon Kindle review

I have no idea to which nipples the reviewer is referring. Too much personal information?

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The Missing Logic Link
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 6 bells (3:18 pm)

For weeks now I've been trying to solve a Cisco router issue for my boss. I've opened tickets with their support staff (in India, by the way) and had many email and phone conversations trying to resolve a network issue. Over the last few weeks we've tried many different configurations and firmware versions on the device.

Originally, we determined a single device (there are four routers involved), the final endpoint, was to blame. We know this because if we replaced it with another cheap off-the-shelf home (wireless) router it worked fine.

Cisco technicians confirmed errors in their 12.4-21(a)JA1 firmware that would cause the behavior we are witnessing. So we downgraded the router. Unfortunately, during our troubleshooting, two intermediate routers were upgraded to the 12.4-21(a)JA1 firmware as well. The result was that our endpoint wireless router, despite having the "correct" firmware now, was still exhibiting the same problem as before, but now for a different reason.

Once we realized this, all the odd problems fit together in one beautiful logical grid. This network issue has been a right bugger, and nothing up until now has made much sense. It's offsite, though, and I won't know for sure if this is the solution until later, but my confidence has never been higher.

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Meta-Cat!
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:45 pm)

Meta-Cat is not amused at your Internet humor…
Meta-Cat!

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Molly’s Corn Dog Casserole
Posted in Recipes
Afternoon watch, 5 bells (2:51 pm)

Ingredients

Directions

In a skillet, saute celery in butter for 5 minutes. Add onions; saute for 5 minutes. Place in a large bowl; set aside. Cut hot dogs lengthwise into quarters, then cut into thirds. In the same skillet, saute the hot dogs for 5 minutes or until lightly browned; add to vegetables. Set aside 1 cup.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, sage and pepper. Add the remaining hot dog mixture. Stir in corn bread mixes. Add 1-1/2 cups of cheese. Spread into a shallow 3-qt. baking dish. Top with reserved hot dog mixture and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 12 servings.

I got this recipe from Molly, an old schoolmate.

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Happy Birthday, Betsy!
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:33 am)

Today is my sister Betsy's birthday! Happy birthday, sis!

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Hardware Failure
Posted in Tech
Middle watch, 2 bells (1:02 am)

This evening while I was out having dinner with some friends, my phone battery died, and so did a key piece of hardware my company relies on. Because my phone went offline, I was not automatically notified about this problem, and the first I knew of it was one of my coworkers waiting for me on my porch when I got home. I was quickly filled in on the problem, and checked my phone to see why I didn't get notified and realized that it was dead, too.

Fortunately, others were able to troubleshoot and solve 95% of the problem before I even got involved! This is a big step, and as much as I hate not being involved, a year ago this problem would have sat unmoving until I fixed it myself. It's great to have redundancy!

Now I just have to dig through these log files and find out why a few services didn't start up as they should…

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Super Mario Bros. Time Trials 1-2
Posted in Hobbies
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:44 pm)

Continuing the series, here's our World 1-2 speed run. I think we could do this one faster, but haven't yet been able to beat it on camera. We finish with 448 left on the clock (52 seconds).

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-01-24
Posted in Twitter
Morning watch, 8 bells (8:03 am)
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Well There’s Your Problem
Afternoon watch, 7 bells (3:49 pm)

I thought I had a copy of this lying around, but couldn't find it anywhere, so I had to go find it again. This kind of humor cracks me up:

Your mechanic is a pony

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Super Mario Bros Time Trials 1-1
Posted in Hobbies
Forenoon watch, 5 bells (10:45 am)

After running through the New Super Mario Bros Wii game (twice), my we decided to see how fast we could complete the levels. We probably won't do them all, but we did several last night.

This is the first level, World 1-1, completed in 45 seconds (455 left on the clock).

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Opcode Caching
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 2 bells (5:02 pm)

I'm testing out an opcode cacher (xcache, if you're interested) for this site before deploying it to production servers. It should accelerate my PHP scripts, but only time (and you) can tell. Let me know if things are snappier, if you even notice…

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Sushi Rice
Posted in Recipes
First watch, 2 bells (9:00 pm)

I found this recipe at Uwajimaya's site, it is pretty tasty:

Sushi rice
5 Tablespoon rice vinegar
2 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt

Heat the vinegar in a saucepan until the sugar and salt dissolve. Sprinkle over 6-7 cups of cooked rice, stirring as it cools.

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Homemade sushi
Posted in General
First watch, 1 bell (8:45 pm)

We made California rolls and shrimp rolls tonight. This was our first experiment.

The wasabi was much hotter than the usual stuff I have. Perhaps it was fresher or something, but Wes (my youngest brother) and I both got a bit lot more than we bargained for. When he asked if it snuck up on me, I said "No, it was more like an uphill charge ending with a grenade being thrown into a bunker."

In fact, the whole experience was quite reminiscent of my first time eating wasabi. Remind me to tell that story sometime…

Return of the Spam
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 8 bells (4:22 pm)

Well you may remember my recent change to comments on this blog. I thought I'd follow up and show you how this has affected the system:
akismet spam statistics

Fortunately, my anti-spam comment measures are capturing what is now getting through, so I think I'll leave it as is for now…