The Alien Factor
Posted in Reviews
Forenoon watch, 4 bells (10:09 am)

I received my copy of Cinematic Titanic's The Alien Factor in the mail the other day. I watched it this morning since I was up early with little to do. The Alien Factor like East Meets Watts, is a "live show DVD," a recording of a live performance. I didn't think I'd like either as much as I did because of the laughing in the background, but it wasn't too bad. (In case you don't know, I have a strong aversion to laugh tracks.)

In any case, The Alien Factor was a horribly low-budget film. In fact, I'd be surprised if it wasn't some amateur film school dropout project. A significant portion of the movie involved people walking around in the woods not saying anything!

The plot (what there was of it) involves a crashed alien spacecraft that held dangerous biological entities the aliens intended to study. They are freed by the crash and begin terrorizing a small town. There was a ton of plaid and most of the pants flared out at the bottom (always funny!) and the acting was horrendous. The "hospital" scene was obviously a white sheet backdrop, and the sheriff's car had only two doors. A "state policeman" showed up in uniform driving a VW Beetle.

The worst part, however, has to be the end, when we find out the guy helping to kill the monsters is actually himself an alien. The woman he's speaking to screams because he's hideous, and the sheriff shows up and blasts him with the shotgun and the film ends abruptly. While I enjoy this type of entertainment (well not the movie, but the riffing), I think I enjoyed East Meets Watts more than The Alien Factor.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-28
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Morning watch, 8 bells (8:03 am)
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No Post All Week?
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First dog watch, 2 bells (5:06 pm)

Wow, I think this is one of the longest periods of time I've not written anything here on the blog. Even on vacation, I manage to write a few posts and add some pictures. I guess it's been stressful lately.

Today I'm focused on relaxing and winding down. We're hosting family dinner tomorrow night, and we're making fajitas for Ronnie (it's his birthday dinner). They are delicious, and this time we're adding in homemade flour tortillas, it's going to be awesome!

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-21
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Morning watch, 8 bells (8:03 am)
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Day Off
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First watch, 3 bells (9:33 pm)

I took a much-needed day off work today to hang out with Lorien. It was nice. We drove to Spokane, did some shopping, watched some Olympics (mostly commercials, thanks to NBC). I didn't work on any of my projects, but I am up and running on Skype (I'm hsinche) now.

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It’s Been Quiet
Posted in Random Thoughts
Afternoon watch, 1 bell (12:37 pm)

I haven't had much to say here, and like my mom always told me, "If you don't have anything snarky to say, don't say anything at all." At least that's what I think she said.

Well, maybe that's what I heard.

Anyway, work is as busy as usual, not enough hours in the day, blah blah.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-14
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Morning watch, 8 bells (8:03 am)
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What I Really Want
Posted in Random Thoughts
Forenoon watch, 2 bells (9:24 am)

My wife asked what I wanted for Valentine's Day. I said I didn't want anything, no big deal. What I didn't say was what I really wanted: robot pants and a velociraptor with head-mounted lasers to do my bidding.

To be fair, they'd be pretty expensive.

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Stupid Windows DNS
Posted in Tech
First dog watch, 1 bell (4:45 pm)

Well here goes another Windows rant. I set up a new Redmine server on the internal network. I also added records for it to our primary and secondary DNS servers. Unfortunately Windows hosts couldn't reach it, or even ping it!

I used nslookup (which I thought was deprecated years ago in favor of dig but apparently not by Microsoft) and sure enough, DNS queries halted at our domain server, which only serves out local DNS (not for the Redmine server). It should have deferred the query to an authoritative DNS server, but it wouldn't until I told it to dump its entire DNS cache.

Windows continued to refuse to resolve the name until I ran a ipconfig /flushdns on each host that exhibited the problem. This should never have happened with a hostname that has never been used before.

Can you say "stupid?"

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Me To a “T”
First dog watch, 4 bells (6:03 pm)

Today's Woot podcast resounds in my soul. You can hear it here if you like.

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Happy Birthday, Laura
Posted in Warm and Fuzzy
Last dog watch, 2 bells (7:27 pm)

Today is my old friend Laura's birthday. She recently had a baby. Happy multiple birthdays, Laura!

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-02-07
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Morning watch, 8 bells (8:03 am)
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FAILbuntu Server
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First dog watch, 3 bells (5:34 pm)

I've been fighting an install of Ubuntu server on a new rackmount machine all afternoon. I've never used Ubuntu server (I recommend Ubuntu Desktop all the time), but I thought it would be a breeze.

Boy was I wrong. After fighting RAID-1 (which should be simple), and a grub bootloader that just won't install on the master boot record, I just gave up and I'm going to see if it'll run Ubuntu Desktop. I bet it works fine.

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Baby Pigeons?
Forenoon watch, 3 bells (9:46 am)

Everyone that's seen a pigeon raise your hand.

Now, everyone that's never seen a baby pigeon lower your hand.

Notice how few hands are left up? Why is this, you ask? Lacking better scientific evidence, let me explain it by asking two more questions:

Have you ever seen a fat pigeon? Yes? Okay, ever see one so fat it couldn't fly? No?? Of course not!

Pigeons are like amoebas in that they reproduce asexually. You see, when a pigeon reaches a certain size after gorging itself on fattening tourist fare, it splits into two smaller, hungrier pigeons. This is why you see so many at heavily-trafficked tourist destinations like Piazza San Marco in Venice. It also explains that, while you may see a few corpulent pigeons, you'll never see one so morbidly obese that it cannot fly.

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It’s Not My Birthday
Posted in Tech
Afternoon watch, 2 bells (1:09 pm)

While today isn't my birthday, I did get a birthday present:

iMac box

Yes, it costs hundreds of dollars more than a comparable PC, and yes, it took three weeks to get here (I could have had parts ordered, shipped, and built in 3-4 days), but by golly, it'll look good. Expect many upcoming blog posts about this experience.

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