dvd backup

I have had enormous trouble with optical drives on my main Windows system. The CD burner that came with it died for unknown reasons. I bought a new DVD burner that did everything except dual layer, and either Ben (my 3 year old) or one of the other small kids who happened to be in… Continue reading dvd backup

blog upgrade frenzy

Now that Nat has upgraded to version 1.2.1, version 1.2.2 has now come out. I will be upgrading my blog from 1.2.1 to 1.2.2 in the near future. When I do, I will be temporarily going back to the default WordPress stylesheet. I will be attempting to distill Nat’s stylesheet to its essence, so that… Continue reading blog upgrade frenzy

boot visualization

Yesterday slashdot had an article about a project to visualize the GNU/Linux boot process. For no reason other than satisfying my inner geek, I rebooted this server and obtained my own visualization. Read on for gory details.

almost the same

English is a cornucopia of homonyms. You can find the oddest ways to say almost anything, and generate misunderstanding because there’s another word that sounds exactly the same. Some friends that I chat with every day were trading links as usual, and this video clip surfaced. This is a very funny clip of Ken Jennings… Continue reading almost the same

cancelling aol

AOL is the spawn of the devil. I believe everyone knows someone who has had an AOL account and had enormous trouble getting the account cancelled when it is no longer needed. I just saw an installment of “Get Gephardt” where he helped someone cancel an AOL account after 18 months of continued credit card… Continue reading cancelling aol

lower lights madness

I am sometimes asked why I have taken on the burden of running a system for the Lower Lights community. The answer to that question is mostly “because I can,” but there is a lot of nostalgia involved too. The friendships I forged on Lower Lights hastened the breakdown of my first marriage and helped… Continue reading lower lights madness

national treasure

Last night I had a rare treat — a date with my wife, sans offspring. We went to see the new movie National Treasure. I really enjoyed it. Just so everyone is forewarned, the fact that I enjoyed a movie should not be taken as a sign that it’s a good movie. There are very… Continue reading national treasure

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ipcop firewall project

Along with the .org, .net, .com, and .info versions of my ‘elyograg’ domain, my server runs Lower Lights, the domains that my wife set aside for a business, and some of the pieces of my friend Nat‘s domain. Eventually all of Nat’s domain will reside on my server. Currently I use a firewall product called… Continue reading ipcop firewall project

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new blog name

Nat gave me an idea for my blogname — express the idea of “my thoughts” in Latin. Although much of it has turned to mush, I did take five years of Latin in high school. Drawing on the remnants in my head and access to an Internet dictionary, I came up with “mens mea” as… Continue reading new blog name

and so it begins

Inspired by my friend Nat’s blog and a recent post on it, I have taken a few minutes and installed some blogging software on my site. We’ll see whether I actually take the time to keep on top of it. I’ve had a livejournal for a while now, but rarely ever updated it. I’ll be… Continue reading and so it begins