Archive for July, 2013

STAF debugging

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

I’ve already spoken about RC: 21 (your local STAF is not running).  Today I point out RC: 16 (your remote STAF is not running).  90% of STAF issues I have to deal with tend to fall into one of these two errors.

Most of the rest of the time, the problem isn’t that STAF isn’t running, but that whatever is running has forgotten who it is.  Those problems are started by restarting STAF.


Buckaroos at The Triple Door

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Seattle burlesque royalty, the Can Can Castaways, put on an all-male cowboy themed show at The Triple Door tonight, with two more shows to go, this weekend.  Several regulars and a couple of guys I haven’t seen at the Can Can before, made up a sexy crew of dancing studs.  As with any cabaret show, the plot is minimal, but sufficient to tie the dance numbers together; boys from the country head to the city to make the big money.

The individual dances tended toward erotic over avant-garde, with plenty of physical, mildly raunchy, humor scattered about.  The Deputy easily gets the best introductory song…not really ‘country’, but he’s wearing a cowboy hat =p

The crowd enjoyed the show, and the audience members brought on for participation bits, worked well.  They did a good job of mixing guys and gals on stage, and one of the women was quite eager to get her hands on the guys, perhaps even more than they expected, but ever the showmen, they rolled with it, and everyone had fun.

The Triple Door was reasonably on it’s game tonight.  I could hear one table near me expressing frustration at getting their first order in after being seated, having to grab a bus boy to find their waiter eventually.  I got reasonable service, and enjoyed my 7-flavor beef (I could swear when they first opened up it was 9-flavor).

LG Doubleplay further suckage

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

So, I’ve made my peace with the craptacular way the LG Doubleplay is such a horribly QA’d phone that you have to hard-reboot it at least once a week, just to maintain it’s barely-functional level of service.  And by made peace, I mean, planning on getting a new phone as soon as possible.  But until then, I do the best I can with the phone I have.  Today was the day for doing the weekly reboot, only the phone locked up on the power-down confirmation message.  I could power a small city with how fast my eyes are rolling over this one.  Sorry if that intimidates you.

Dudley done wrong

Friday, July 19th, 2013

In my continuing cheese obsession, I’m on a quest for a copy of the soundtrack for the 1999 Brendan Faser movie, Dudley Do Right, specifically the song, Do Right By Me.  For all the lack of inherent sincerity of a credit-crawl track of a Hollywood movie, it really is a well done gospel track, sylisticitly.   Soaring female vocalist over a well harmonized chorus, a simple but driving bass line….I wish I had a larger selection of similar tracks from a less commercialized source.

Helpful error messaging

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Trying to get all of our various flavors of Linux and Unix working with Kerberos/GSSAPI, and just loving the ever helpful errors it produces, stuff like


Unspecified GSS failure.  Minor code may provide more information

No error

Seriously?   It seems likely to be some sort of reverse-DNS issue, but you’d never know it from the messaging you can see.

Pipes & Pizza

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I had totally forgotten about how obsessed I used to be with Pipes-n-Pizza.  I always requested, “The Entertainer”.  There was another place from childhood party memories, a big indoor collection of carnival rides, I remember getting a wooden nickel every visit, but the name escapes me at the moment.

Unknown code 7

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

You gotta love the way the error message is very specific about what it doesn’t know.  This isn’t just an unknown code, it’s the 7th one the programmer knew he did know about.

Kids love me

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I’m on the bus yesterday, and there’s a group of about a dozen kids, with a couple of guardians, presumably on their way to the aquarium or art museum.  After I sit down, one of the kids becomes fascinated with my t-shirt (a take on the red-shirt phenomenom), and can’t stop staring at it, even after his ‘teacher’ tells him twice to stop staring.  I’m amused more than annoyed, and even more amused at how flustered the woman is, that the kid won’t stop looking at my chest.

Implementations over Ideas

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

It seems some people think that simply having the idea is enough, and in the words of Mitch Taylor, the rest is simply a problem for the engineers.  You see this attitude a lot from open-source/pre-IPO projects, who respond to any criticism with an entitled attitude, that they should be worshiped for the notion, regardless of how flawed the reality.

Sorry, I’m not buying a ticket for that train.

Stretching the metaphor

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

If we use the word, “cheese”, to describe the low-brow comedies I tend to enjoy, most especially the oeuvre of Brendan Fraser, the question becomes, is he a hard cheese, or a soft one?  One’s preference probably correlates to reason for attraction for Mr Fraser….hard body == hard cheese, easy comedy == soft cheese.

But I like his works for both reasons…is there a hard on the outside, soft on the inside cheese?

Whatever, you’ll have to watch all of George of the Jungle, Duddley Do-Right, Looney Tunes, and of course Blast From The Past, if I take over the world.