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Party Time / Dancing Time

August 7th, 2011, 2 Comments

This afternoon… Jacob: “These pancakes have sprinkles in them! Parties have sprinkles. I think we are having a party! Right, mom?” Terah: “Sure, this could be a pancake party.” Jacob: “And all parties also have ICE CREAM! So we should have some ice cream.” Terah: “Uh, Jacob, I’m not so–” Jacob: “Oliver, we are having […]

Please. Stop. Removing. Features.

August 4th, 2011, 27 Comments

apt-get dist-upgrade is getting a little less fun these days. It’s not because of a problem with Debian or with apt-get. It’s because of things upstream authors are doing. It seems that upstreams, for some reason, like to remove features from new versions of software. The two recent examples to bite me are the removal […]

Complete.Org Migrated To Different Continent, 15 minutes downtime

August 3rd, 2011, No Comments

It’s time to change locations for my server. I’ve been with CoreNetworks for almost 5 years. They provide a good value, with fully dedicated servers a lot cheaper than most places, and good support to boot — targeting people that can handle root on their own box. I’m switching, though, to Hetzner Online (of Germany), […]

Too Strange for Jon Stewart

July 19th, 2011, 4 Comments

I would have probably dismissed as not realistic enough for even The Daily Show this kind of story, had someone suggested it a few months ago: Rupert Murdoch’s corporation (owner of FOX News, Wall Street Journal, News of the World, etc) would have been found to have illegally accessed other people’s voicemails. These included voicemails […]

Trains and Birthdays

July 19th, 2011, No Comments

This weekend, the boys got what they’ve been waiting for: another trip on Amtrak.  For the last week or so, Jacob has had a morning ritual.  He’ll look at the calendar, figure out what today is, figure out when we’ll get on the train, and then figure out how many days it will be.  As […]

Decreasing Time to Eternal September

July 15th, 2011, 7 Comments

For those of you that aren’t familiar, please read about the Eternal September, which refers to the lasting damage to a community when vast numbers of newbies suddenly enter and dramatically harm the quality and usefulness if discussions. Email: 24 years Usenet: 13 years Facebook: 2 years Google Plus: ?

First Look at Google Plus

July 12th, 2011, 15 Comments

Seems like everybody’s writing Google+ reviews these days, but most of the ones I’ve found seem to be fluff pieces. I haven’t used it long, but have some initial impressions to share. First, an analogy. Facebook reminds me of the sleazy guy selling stuff from his car down the street. They do things like change […]

Back from Joplin

June 6th, 2011, 5 Comments

I’m just back from spending a few days volunteering with the tornado recovery effort in Joplin, MO. The biggest image that remains in my mind is of the first time I saw a person picking through a large pile of rubble. The person was standing on top of what used to be a house. Now […]


May 22nd, 2011, 26 Comments

Today I was baptized and joined the Mennonite Church. I imagine this might surprise some of you for various reasons, so let me provide a bit of background. I’ve had a lot of people, both in person and in comments responding to my blog post, express surprise with statements I have made. The view of […]

Napoleon, Winter in May, and Silly String

May 14th, 2011, 2 Comments

This is just a diary of a random day sort of post. Nothing all that particularly unusual, but then perhaps if I only blog about the unusual, the typical gets lost. This week started out with temperatures as high at 99F. Today we didn’t even reach 60, and tonight will be cold almost to freezing. […]

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