Archive for September, 2010

Julia’s Wallingford, meh

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

I wanted to get some food in me before I picked up yet another lusciouliscious Europa from Chocolati, so stopped by Julia’s Wallingford.  I was a little annoyed that I couldn’t get a lunch menu, even though it was after 11am, but whatever, I’ll try the Chicken Fried Steak, I think.

small mistake

I would have been happier leaving and finding someplace else to eat, I think.  The meat is low-grade, pounded paper thin, and covered in a mediocre breading, underneath a lackluster gravy, with nary a taste of spice to be found.  The potatoes looked pretty, but were similarly under tasty.  Don’t get me wrong, everything was cooked properly, just to a different level of taste than I like in my food.

Arcana at Open Circle Theater

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Went to see the play “Arcana” at the Open Circle Theater, Saturday night.

Rather than one play, it was more a series of short pieces, loosely linked by a Tarot theme to their titles, if not literally their subject matters.  All the pieces were entertaining, in parts funny, other parts surreal.  During the piece with the nude, it wasn’t clear to me if the people were supposed to be on acid, ecstasy, or some post-death supernatural state of confusion.  It was all enjoyable, whatever it meant.  Check it out.

AOL Lifestream sucks

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

A really poorly written and QA’d excuse for a product.  If you make the mistake of letting it have access to your facebook, you’ll find that you can’t ever stop it from the AOL side.  Their docs claim there’s a trashcan icon you can press to remove a service, but that seems to be a lie.  Luckily, thanks to their many previous privacy snafus, Facebook lets you block them easily enough, though they have their own problems, with a ratings popup that disappears and takes your disconnect request with it.  You can only remove AOL Lifestream by agreeing to not give them a rating.  Kinda sleazy, IMHO.

Dedicated Stupidity

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

The last several days, someone has been trying to ssh into my home box.  It seems like a really haphazard attack.  They are using an attack system that spawns multiple attack IP addresses, but they aren’t spawned automatically, and there are big gaps between when I block one IP address, and when he starts attacking from a new one.  I’m tempted to put together a honeypot, and see what someone with so little knowledge does once they get access to a machine.

Impossible Chocolate ‘Pie’

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

I don’t like coconut.  I don’t mind coconut flavor, but the real deal icks me out on a textural basis I can’t get beyond.  So, I took the Betty Crocker approved Chocolate-Coconut pie, and replaced the coconut.  Attempt one, I just replaced coconut with regular flour.  Things turned out a little less chocolatey, and a little less sweet than I would like.  It was very dense and moist, more pudding than cake.  Second attempt, I’m using bisquik as 1-to-1 replacement for the requested coconut.  I upped the sugar by a quarter cup, and the chocolate by an extra tablespoon, plus some cinnamon and nutmeg just to change things around.  We’ll see how it turns out…

2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate  –I used 10 tablespoons cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons veggie oil
1 cup coconut  –I used 1 additional cup of bisquik
3/4 cup sugar  –Upped to a full cup
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs, slightly beaten
  1. Oven to 350, grease the pie dish.
  2. Over a medium-low heat, mix the milk, butter, and chocolate, until melted, then remove from heat.
  3. Mix into remaining ingredients with whisk or fork, until smooth. Pour into pie dish.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool approx 30 minutes, can be eaten warm, or chilled in fridge to serve cold later.

UPDATE:  Using all bisquik made for a more cakey outcome.  I think I like the denser version.  I will have to continue to experiment with the ratios.

iTunes process xx exceeded 500 log message per second limit

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Dealing with some driver errors on my iMac, I started looking at /var/log/system.log on my Snow Leopard machine, and noticed that when I start iTunes, it’s generating a boatload of log messages of questionable value.

It’s row after row of incrementing numbers

Sep 16 10:22:03 WideMac [0x0-0x1e01e].com.apple.iTunes[202]: 14212
Sep 16 10:22:03 WideMac [0x0-0x1e01e].com.apple.iTunes[202]: 1
Sep 16 10:22:03 WideMac [0x0-0x1e01e].com.apple.iTunes[202]: 2
Sep 16 10:22:03 WideMac [0x0-0x1e01e].com.apple.iTunes[202]: 3

Sep 16 10:22:03 WideMac [0x0-0x1e01e].com.apple.iTunes[202]: *** process 202 exceeded 500 log message per second limit  –  remaining messages this second discarded ***

Once the next second comes up, the messages start again.  It goes all the way up to about 10,000 before it hits another discard message and doesn’t start again when the next second comes up.  Odd.

LogMeInGuiAgent blocking Mac OS X login

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac LMIGUIAgent[111]: 3891612: (connectAndCheck) Untrusted apps are not allowed to connect to or launch Window Server before login.
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac LMIGUIAgent[111]: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]: Wed Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac.local LMIGUIAgent[111] <Warning>: 3891612: (connectAndCheck) Untrusted apps are not allowed to connect to or launch Window Server before login.
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]: Wed Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac.local LMIGUIAgent[111] <Error>: kCGErrorFailure: Set a breakpoint @ CGErrorBreakpoint() to catch errors as they are logged.
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac LMIGUIAgent[111]: HIToolbox: received notification of WindowServer event port death.
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac LMIGUIAgent[111]: port matched the WindowServer port created in BindCGSToRunLoop
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]: Session – Error occured:read errno:Bad file descriptor
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]: WINLOG – 7 SessionManager Connection closed
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]: WINLOG – 7 SessionManager Closing DisplayServer
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]: WINLOG – 7 SessionManager DisplayServer close
Sep 15 07:30:47 WideMac com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]: WINLOG – 7 SessionManager Exiting
Sep 15 07:30:49 WideMac com.apple.launchd[1] (com.logmein.logmeinguiagent[111]): Exited with exit code: 1

I was going to try and reboot in single-user mode to see what difference that might make, but because the bluetooth keyboard wasn’t recognized before the window for requesting single-user had passed, I ended up in a regular reboot, and the problem has disappeared.  Or at least I was able to login.

I’ve had a USB drive keep ejecting itself unsafely yesterday, we’ll see if the reboot fixed that too….

Cornbread Hamburger Pie Mark I

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Starting with the recipe from Sparks, I made a few changes, mostly due to lack of ingredient rather than considered planning.

I’d left out the green pepper and tomato soup, added some garlic and pepper.  In retrospect, while leaving the soup out works fine, you do need the extra mass of some more veggies.  I think I’ll try next time with some peas, carrots, and corn blended in with the meat and onions.  I also should have been more careful about evenly applying the cornbread mix.  Live and learn, it all turned out tasty enough, just heavy on the bread side of things.

Jamie Zawinski quote

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

“Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I’ll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems.”

PAX Flu 2010

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

I dunno how widespread it is, but I think I’m coming down with some sort of post-PAX flu.  Hope it clears up before my enforced vacation starts next week….