Archive for June, 2010

Wyrd Sisters at the Open Circle Theater (PR)

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Spent my Friday night in belltown, where I got to see the new police presence they are hoping will magically change the character of a neighborhood gone to the bars.  The reason I was there was a board meeting for the Open Circle Theater, followed by a showing of their newest show, Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters, one of my favorite of his tales.

The handsome prince from Poona played the evil duchess, part of a gender-role reversal in casting, with a female playing the duke…presumably to over-emphasize the overbearing-ness of the duchess, and the meekness of the duke.  I didn’t spot the shrub in any position.  I found it odd that they threw in two extra players to play pieces of the set, without a dedicated fourth-wall-breaking-dialogue for them.  They performed as chairs for the duke and duchess, and as walls with shelves in other scenes.

It’s odd to see a performance by someone new, of something I’ve seen and read so many time before, and so already have strong expectations of.  With Poona, I knew nothing of the play, or the players, and so took it as it came.  I felt much more critical at this performance, comparing it to the cartoon, and the way I’ve always seen the story play out in the theater of my mind.  It was still a great performance, and if you are in Seattle with an evening to spend, I recommend it highly.

Pride Parade 2010

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Your own blood always seems so bright red when you first see it.  It’s only later, as it dries, that it goes dull and brown.  Not the best start to a day, but at least the tires were properly inflated when all was said and done, and the mess was only on my hands and the garage floor, not on my mostly-white bert-n-ernie-are-gay shirt.

When I got to the staging area, a couple of the Dykes on Bikes were there, but it wasn’t till much later before any other scooters showed up, and very much later before anyone who was actually a regular in the SQREAM group made it.  The guy with the signs never made it.

The electric scooter managed the whole run, and didn’t have any problems keeping up in the short runs we would have before circling around.  I still had enough charge, I didn’t even bother looking for somewhere to plug in, once we got the Seattle Center.

I was really tired from getting up way too early (took an hour weaving orange thread thru the spokes of my wheels.  Looked really cool…if you were 6 inches from it, just looked like an orange blob at speed.  Would have been better served with less time and more wide crepe paper.  Lessons learned.

Didn’t go back down to shoot the rest of the parade, didn’t even stay at the center too long before I went to take a quick nap.  Did run up to visit Brad on the hill, got to meet a couple of people who’d been in drag during the parade (one of whom was still in drag and deep into the bottle), who both ended up being featured in the very tiny segment the news did on pride.  The bar was enjoying it.

A typical pride day, really.

NIS finally!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Trying to setup an NFS/NIS pair of systems at work has been driving me nuts.  All the HOWTO guides kept referencing an /etc/sysconfig/network file that is a directory on my systems.  I guessed, correctly, that what they wanted in those files should go into the /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-eth0.   Everything else seemed pretty much straightforward, but connections would fail with the NIS client unable to even see the NIS server.

In my /var/log/messages, I saw

Jun 23 12:41:02 machinename ypserv[23456]: refused connect from x.x.x.x:35684 to procedure ypproc_domain_nonack (domainname,;0)

It turned out I needed to add to my /var/yp/securenets file.  When I first opened it up, in only had 127.0.0.0.  After I added a netmask for my subnet (255.255.0.0   x.x.0.0), things went much more smoothly.

And after all that, it turns out that the customer problem had nothing to do with NFS or NIS, it was a simple permissions issue of 755 vs 775.  d’oh.  If only they had sent the logs first, instead of last.

itunes has no updates bug

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I’ve heard reports, from people who want to upgrade their current iphone/itouch to iOS4, that they are getting a message about “no updates” even though they aren’t current yet.  Chances are, you need to upgrade your iTunes before the update you want will show up.  At least that’s what I’ve heard.  My 1st gen itouch isn’t in the running for ios4 anyways, and I haven’t heard a firm date for updating the iPads….

Death Star’s, the other hammer

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

When your only tool is a Death Star, every problem looks like an Alderan.

Stupid Like A Lemon Man

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

This ranks right up there with the guy who put lemon-juice on his face, because he thought it would make him invisible to security cameras….

A motorcyclist in Seattle got a ticket for driving in bicycle lane, so he went back the next morning with spray paint and a camera, and wrote “motorcycles only” in the bike lane, and took a picture. Like when he went to court, the judge was going to say “oh, there’s your evidence of a brand new class of lane that has no legislative history”…I’m pretty sure what he is going to say is, “oh, so you committed vandalism and fraud, as well as riding in the wrong lane, eh moron?”…but that’s just a guess.

Looking for a job?

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

The tech market may be picking up; I just got my first cold-call from a recruiter in years.  I’m already happy where I am, but if you don’t have a job, take heart, if you have the skills, people are starting to look for you again.

Full Pad

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I haven’t managed to fill up the RAM, but it turns out there are only 9 screens for apps, and I filled all those up.  I started going thru and wiping out ran-once-will-run-again-never-apps, but there are just so many I go “I can see wanting to show this off to someone someday…”.

If only they’d released IOS4 for the iPads already, I could folder-ize the apps into games, trip-toys, music, whatever…I’m sure there’s a limitation there I’d manage to run into eventually =p.

Ideas from Sci-Fi

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

A researcher has ‘conceptually designed’ (whatever that means), a compressed air powered motorcycle.  I don’t remember which author came up with it, but some sci-fi author I’ve read before had an idea for using air compressed to near-degenerate matter, as fuel for surface-to-orbit shuttles, to avoid polluting the atmosphere.

Flickrsanity

Monday, June 21st, 2010

You gotta love when a small company gets taken over by a big faceless giant, and you start getting left-hand/right-hand problems where, for example, one group in a company will add a nifty feature to the product that reduces the pain of working with said company tremendously, only to have someone else in the same company make a change that sabotages all the work of the first group.

Someone at Yahoo added a feature to the Flickr Uploader that lets it automatically determine image rotation.

Someone else at Yahoo added a feature to the website that lets it automatically determine image rotation.

No one at Yahoo bothered to see if the two systems work together, so you have situation where the auto-rotation-magic of the Flickr Uploader is wiped out by the auto-rotation-magic of the website’s back end processes.

Morons.