Monthly Archives: September 2007

Oddest thing…

SPAMSeems like another website isn’t just hotlinking, but stealing entire posts! While going thru my log, I found a site (I’m NOT posting a link but will say it uses words like “Wealth”, “Investment”, etc) that has stolen at least one entire post from my Blog. Other than to pad it against SPAM filters, I don’t see the point.

Turns out not just mine, but whole content from other sites. I’m dying to know WTF is the idea. I’ll email the site owner, but I bet he/she doesn’t reply.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

On Her Mind by Duncan Sheik from “Daylight“.

Potential Future Darwin Award winner

Darwin Award Art Supplies: $15
Black Sweatshirt: $10
Actual Construction: $0
Getting loaded guns pointed at you for wearing what looks like a Bomb at a major Airport: Priceless.

As per the NY Daily News:

Star Simpson, a nineteen-year-old from Hawaii, cobbled together a
computer circuit board, wires, and the Play-Doh into a contraption that
she wore in plain view over a black hooded sweatshirt, Pare said.

IMO, that wasn’t the smartest ting to do especially since this is the city that flipped out over guerrilla marketing back in February 2007.

Art or Not, going to an airport wearing a Black Sweatshirt with Wires, circuitry and playing with Playdoh was just asking for trouble.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

The Taste by Five for Fighting from “The Battle for Everything“. Five for Fighting is John Ondrasik.

Myspace and Hotlinking

MyspaceAs I’ve written about before, some of my images get hotlinked from and other sites. Mostly from Kids that think I took a cool photo, but it is annoying. Going thru my log to find the offenders is simple enough (Need for future reference):

$ egrep -i “jpg” /var/log/httpd/access_lo* |
egrep -v “//||| “-“” |
awk ‘{print $11}’ | cut -d”/” -f3 |sort | uniq | less

Which gives me a list of hosts hotlinking my images. It’s flattering that people find my photos interesting, but it’s still annoying. To make life more fun, I’m being hotlinked from some really Odd Message Forums too. I’ve taken some interesting and amusing steps to deal with it, so we’ll see how long it continues.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

Hate Me by Blue October from the “Foiled” Album.

The $3 ATM Fee

Bof AOr, “When is Enough Money Enough?

I read this week that Bank of America is raising it’s ATM fee to $3.00. It makes me wonder, If the other banks follow suit, is it collusion or just the other banks following like good little sheep?

In any event, It’s mostly annoying. Where we live, I need to take a bus to the nearest branch of my bank. In Manhattan, I can walk to 4 of my Bank’s branches inside of 6 city blocks. It’s almost as many as Starbucks (Which, IMO, is a cult…. Kidding. Maybe.) and convenient to me.

I bet the other banks raise the ATM fee inside of a month.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

It Ends Tonight by All American Rejects from the “Move Along ” Album.

September 11th, 2007 – Six years later

WTC Fountain

As I’ve previously written, I will never forget where I was on September 11th, 2001 when the 1st plane hit.

Again, I take September 11th off to simply remember the people we lost and to think about what I have and where I want to be in my life. At this point in my life, I’m married to a wonderful lady, I have a great family and friends. It may be corny, but I’m happy and I hope I properly appreciate that.
As I mentioned last year, the above photo is from This is how I want to remember the World Trade Center and the people I knew there, not the smoldering ruin or empty pit that it later became.

One thing that is different this year is that people are asking “Six Years Later, Are People 9/11’d Out?“.
ABC got hammered when they originally decided not to Air Reading of 9/11 Victim Names (Since reversed).

I don’t have the answer to that. Certainly our politicians don’t think so. Most on the GOP side of the aisle attempt to leverage 9/11 every chance they get. I hope I’m disappointed but I’m pretty certain that former NYC mayor and Presidential Wannabe, Rudy Giuliani, will exercise poor taste and make a political event of the memorial.

Me, I don’t intend to watch the reading of the names. I may leave the TV on, but likely I won’t really listen.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

Nothing. I’m just taking it easy today.

Why I moved back to Movable Type 3

MT 4Simple: It doesn’t support SCODE.

In the short time I’ve had it, I was beginning to get hit with SPAM comments. So, until I can work out the Kinks, I’m sticking to MT 3. Likely, I’ll use it to test, but for now the Older stable version will do.

Final Update: I switched to WordPress.

Music I’m listening to right Now:
U + Ur Hand by Pink from the “I’m Not Dead” Album.

Attempted to upgrade to Movable Type 4

MT 4 Error I have to say, It’s very pretty.

It’s an odd error that I did not get with the Beta version. I’m not the only one to see this either.

On the plus side, I always back up my data and Upgraded a 2nd DB. That way, it could co-exist with the older version which is how I can post this…

Update 1: Getting less impressed as I continue. Apparently, the word delimiter is different from Version 3.3 to Version 4.0.

So, the Version 4.0 entry has a file name like this: attempted-to-upgrade-to-movable-type-4.php

While the Version 3.2 is:

Why does this matter you ask? Simple: If I rebuild my site, All the links in Google get invalidated AND all the old files are still out there.

I’m hoping there is a switch that can be set to correct this annoying deficiency.

Update 2: I mentioned it here on the Forum.

Final Update: I switched to WordPress.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

New Thing by Fuel from the “Sunburn” Album.

Automobile maintenance

 Problem: My car needed new tires. Solution: Go to Sears and buy new tires.

Simple right? Up until the tires come off and they discover the bearings, the shock absorbers and struts are all shot to hell.

And here I thought the odd feel/shimmy when driving was just due to the wheels needing alignment.

Since the car is only 5 1/2 years old, this is the first time I’ve had major work on it. Other than a new battery, oil changes and tune ups, nothing was required. I suppose I should count myself lucky as this car has been rear ended 3 times last year (All Within 6 months!) and has never suffered mechanical problems.

My wife had the best reaction: “Make sure you use the Card that accumulates Points.

Also, I use Sears on Queens Boulevard because they have decent prices, good service and I’ve used them several times before for a couple of cars.

Oh, and Yes, I drive an SUV (Montero Sport), Do not have a “F___ You!” attitude while driving and I take it easy while driving. And yes, like all cars, it’s bad for the environment. If it helps, my other car is a Honda Accord with better gas mileage.

Music I’m listening to right Now:

The Taste by Five for Fighting from “The Battle for Everything“. Five for Fighting is John Ondrasik.

How to freak out Tourists…


Originally uploaded by S.D..

In my last post, I was so busy ranting on the poor state of affairs, that I failed to mention the funniest part of the weekend.

Since we were working all weekend, our employer arranged for us to get Hotel rooms nearby. The Plan was:

  1. Come in on Saturday, do the 1st part of the work by 5:00pm.
  2. Have dinner, and stay at the hotel.
  3. Come back to work at 4:00am Sunday to finish the 2nd half of the job.
  4. By 1:00pm Go back to hotel and optionally take a nap before going home. Our employer was to arrange late check out.

Great plan, right? Problem is, #4 wasn't told to the hotel. 1:30pm comes around, I'm in dire need of sleep and I go up to my room. I get there and a maid's Cart is right outside my door with the door being slightly ajar. 

Which ultimately leads me to "How to freak out Tourists".

The hotel removed my belongings and rented the room out to someone else. I opened the door, saw two people unpacking (causing one to jump!), Double checked the room number, apologized for disturbing them and went to the front desk.

When I got to the front desk, I inquired about the mix up and asked where my belongings were. Turns out the new occupants of the room did not realize the door was ajar and thought I used my Key to get in. This led to a very worried phone call to the front desk demanding how someone could use a pass key to get into their room. 

After explaining my side of it, the man at the front desk called them back:

"No, sir, a maid's cart was outside your door, your door was ajar, and the previous guest just pushed it open."

"Sir, I understand your upset, but really, He's right here and that's what he says happened!"

"Yes sir, He just returned the door key…"

 I'd be upset too, but then I always bolt my door when I'm in a hotel. 

Image from another hotel I passed on a walk. 


Music I'm listening to right Now:

Misirlou – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones from "Pulp Fiction: Music From The Motion Picture"  


Again, Way too F______ Busy Lately…

Originally uploaded by S.D..

As many people
can testify, I don't have many rules in my life but one I really try to live by is:

"Work to live, Don't live to work"

For a variety of reasons, I've worked the 3 of the past 4 weekends, Worked to 11pm at night for 3 days of the past work week (Yes, 9:00am to 11:00pm) and all because other people could not line up their crap in a row. It's a holiday weekend and I've worked Saturday and Sunday. Actually, I'm cool with that last one as it was planned months in advance. 

Needless to say, I'm in serious violation of the above rule. I try to help people whenever I can, but frankly, I'm approaching the point where I resist the urge to simply say "Really?? No kidding, It's broken??"

I'm not taking care of my own projects, I need a couple of days off to get some personal business done and my managers, by no fault of their own, are sucked into projects at the 11th hour. I can't tell you how often I've heard "My Project has TOP Priority!!!!" from people that are not my managers. I explain to them that they need to have a chat with my managers, but it never happens.

Where I work, I'm on of a team of jack-of-all-trades in Networking that gets pulled into everything network related. We literally get pulled into projects that are global in scope ranging from Web browsing, DNS, Email, custom application development, Info Security, Network topology, execution and operational planning. The entire team is top notch in our field. It's fun and challenging work, but this is getting really old. 

I try not to get stressed, and I go for impromptu photo walks with friends, like the one the above photo is from.  It's fun, relaxing and I'm occasionally lucky enough to come across scenes like the one above.

Update: Actually, giving it more thought, I've been working like this most of the Summer! As I've not used it, time to take some vacation. Wonder if the Mrs. wants to go on a drive to Canada?

Music I'm listening to right Now:

Bang On! by Propellerheads from the "Decksandrumsandrockandroll" Album.