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More Blosxom Conversion

Oh man, this is a super pain in the bass. Up super late last night converting content from the moveabletype site to the blosxom site. Got most of the content from the moveableytype site converted and onto my blosxom site. DNS is switched over. Cleaning up some of the image links, adding the comments, etc.

I still have to import all the content from the phpnuke, and greymatter sites. As long as it took to import all the content from the moveabletype site I think it's bound to take even longer for the phpnuke stuff cause there's so much more of it. I'll probably have to do some kind of kluge like importing it into the mt site then exporting to blosxom, etc. Jeepers.

Site looks kind of crappy [I know] but not for long. Hopefully. I got big plans for it. If you see strange things happening with my site please bare with me--growing pains.

Found a small tarantula behind the house last night. He was chilling on the wall. I knocked him into some tuperware and now he's chilling on my desk. My brother suggests that it might be wise to flush the little bugger down the toilet as he has heard that tarantulas are poisonous in Texas. Might be a good idea. I get enough spider bites as it is. Still I keep thinking how cute he would look on the end of a little leash.


Blosxom Conversion

The DNS has switched over--at least it has from where I'm looking at my weblog. So now kacked.com is being hosted from the machine that's right here at home. Now I'm going through the site that was being hosted through the generosity of my brother and pulling all the entries and converting them to blosxom format. I found a how-to that someone had written explaining how to go about doing it all in a more automated fashion. Not sure there are enough entries to worry about doing it that way. I'm going to have to go through by hand and do some kind of custom error or url redirection so links from other sites will still get to the right content.

And then there's some site redesign to do. It's going to be a while before I can bask in the glory of a brand new blosxom site. Maybe I could hire some monkey's to do this...


Ask Alice

Sometimes I wonder if conciousness doesn't work almost exactly the way the alicebot does. Canned replies that spill out based on what others say. The result looks like conversation.

For example... I notice that whenever the movie "Rain Man" comes up I feel complelled to tell whoever mentions it that I feel that Tom Cruise deserved the Oscar more than Dustin Hoffman did. What I am doing when I say that is parroting an opinion that I formed A LONG TIME AGO.

Does anybody even give a rat's ass about something like this? Well of course Barry Levinson does. In fact, he agrees with me (or rather, I agree with him--he made the film afterall.)

If I could figure out a way not to parrot these old ideas would that be any closer to the "beginner's mind"? The place where all things are possible--not yet having been decided.

Here's a picture of my brother's dog. Believe it or not he really can jump that fence. He grabs the top of it with his neck and pulls himself over. The things you do for love...


Dark Water

Stayed up late last night to watch another Hideo Nakata film. "Dark Water" is the fourth film I've had the fortune to see by the director of the original "Ring". The other's being "Kakashi", and "Chaos" ("Chaos" is still my favorite.)

Nakata is a master of the slow burn. As such his movies probably are not suitable for most western audiences, but if you have the patience to stick with it by the end of the movie you will be well rewarded. As my friend Tim says: "big payoff!".

The film is very reminiscent of "The Shining". Remember the twins? This movie ranks up there with "Ring" and "The Eye" as scary shit.

While I'm talking about scary movies have you ever noticed that most people don't know how to go about watching a horror film? You have to be prepared to allow the film to work it's magic. It's just not going to work if you don't:

  • sit in the dark
  • make sure you're not distracted
  • turn off your cell phone (or watch late at night)
  • give the movie your full attention!

Good horror movies are just not that easy to come across. Don't waste them.

Review: Honogurai Mizu No Soko Kara (Dark Water)


Switching Servers

I'm switching to bloxsom and switching servers. Hopefully I can keep my site on my brother's hosted space in case there is any problems.

It's a drastic move but I figure if I don't do it, it will take much longer to bring up the blosxom version of the site. Better to just jump into the deep end of the pool.

If you are looking for the moveabletype version of my site it's here. Hopefully it won't be too difficult to move the content over to this site and then there are the other two incarnations of kacked. My intention is to get all that content on this server and then setup custom 404 pages/redirect/rewriting --whatever one does in a situation like this. I want links on other sites to continue working even though stuff might not be at exactly the same address.

Enough of this, time to start straightening up this site...


The Idiot

idiot.pngGot tired of buying batteries for my pocket computer all the time. This happened some time ago, and I started using the ones that came with the mini-cd mp3 player I've had for a while. That's how I started using NiMH batteries. When they needed to be charged I would pull them out and charge them while a set of good old alkaline batteries kept the memory from being erased.

This was a good routine--it kept me from having to spend a lot of money on batteries--but it got old. I was in Frys yesterday and went to the battery isle to pick up another set. That way there would always be a set of charged NiMH batteries ready to go. I scoured the shelves for the cheapest ones. Mostly they run between 8 to 10 dollars for a pair of AAA's, but then I noticed they had some marked as $ 0.90. OUCH! I bought all eleven packs.

I was a little worried that they were marked down because they were crap (they didn't look scottish, you do the math.) When this type of battery was first introduced they had trouble with them leaking. Especially the AAA ones.

So, I just charged a couple sets of them and the charger gave me the green light. SCORE! a hundred dollars worth of batteries for ~10 bux.

Big deal ya say? Now I can take a trip to Nepal while having enough juice to get through the collected works of Dostoevsky. Think about it....


Steven

Congratulations to my friends Mike and Angela on the birth of their son Steven.


Steep Learning Curve

Oh well... I had to reinstall OpenBSD. Something went haywire with the httpd.conf file. I couldn't get any CGI to run. I think what happened was I opened and fussed with some Apache configuration options using Webmin--after this I had trouble getting CGI working again. Reminds me that I had decided long ago not to use Webmin to configure Apache. I think I remember reading that somewhere too.

Anyway, I've had enough for one day. Work on it some more tomorrow. Zzzzzz...


Out With The Old

OutWithTheOld.pngGonna start posting any new entries to my new site now. For now, the new site is at one of my old addresses:

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I'm hosting the site on a machine that my brother donated. A Pentium 200 Mhz machine. Works ok as a web server as long as I don't try anything fancy. Good thing it's my intention to keep things as simple as possible. It's running OpenBSD. Some I'm a bigtime gearhead now.

Anyway, for now if you want to keep up with anything new that I'm putting up just go to kacked.com

Once I get things cooking over there I will transfer the domain and it will be kacked.com and kacked.com. How cool is that?

I wanna make sure and thank my brother. He helped me out big time by putting my weblog up in his hosting space. Been working real good for as long as it's been up. There's just some stuff I want to start doing again that I need full access to the server for. Who knows what's gonna happen though, maybe I can keep some kind of presence in both places. Power seems to go down a lot in Houston. And then there's the lightning...


Sleep When You're Dead

vampireclown.pngNot too bad. I want to be in bed by 2 am and get up at 6 am. Probably nap in the afternoon tomorrow.

Just finished that Richard Matheson book "I Am Legend". I recommend it. Not a long book. Good story that seems to be about what it means to be human and where the idea of "normal" comes from. It's almost a spoiler though for me to say that since it's the main premise of the book. At least it was for me.

Got the latest version of Knoppix installed to the hard drive now. I think I will probably go with Debian (unless I'm real impressed with this Knoppix install, since basically it's already Debian.) Mandrake was nice but I really don't like that RPM style of package management. There's just something neato about typing "apt-get intall whateverifancy" and watching as the package/s [and any dependencies] get/s downloaded and installed from the internet. Now all I need is a girl friend that's as impressed by it as I am.


Desktop This, Desktop That

recycle.pngTrying to get a stable desktop going. For months now I have been doing the Knoppix hard drive install using my custom remastered version. The good side of this has been that after every install I'm right back in the environment that I created with that remaster--all the apps I prefer to use already installed. But after a month or so something always goes haywire. I guess Knoppix isn't really designed to be installed to the hard drive. The problem manifests itself as an inability to get into X Window. When this happens I login as root (X usually still works for root) and backup the important stuff on the drive, then reinstall Knoppix. If I can't get into X I just burn backup cds from the command line.

It's been a painful cycle of re-installs. The good side has been that it's easy to get that comfortable environment back, the bad side is I need to backup and reinstalled frequently. I've had it. I just want something that works. I have been going through my hardware and cobbling together a stable machine. One thing I found out while doing this is that there are some power connectors that have poor connections, and that pluging them inbetween the power supply and the cd burner was a bad idea. It only took me about 100 coasters to figure this out. I think what I need to do there is solder the connectors into the wiring harness. I'm tired of screwing around with my computer. I just want the thing to work.

There it is, sitting on just to the right of me. My super desktop machine--400 Mhz, wow.

Right now it's running the latest Mandrake. I like Mandrake a lot but am not quite sure I'm ready to go back to "rpm dependency hell". Maybe if I just stick to the stuff that's on the cds but I know that's not going to last very long. I always want to try some weird exotic software (and what geek doesn't?)

Also, the hard drive is about to give it up for good. It runs pretty hot and I'm reminded that it's some drive that I got off a friend because he didn't have time to return it to the manufacturer for repair. I need to shitcan it.

I'll sort this out in the next couple of days and then hopefully quit screwing around with it. I want to have something that just works. It doesn't need to be compiled precisely for this configuration so I get the ultimate speed. It just needs to work.

I'm still working off the trades--easy install with Mandrake and subsequent dependency hell, or harder, longer install with Debian and apt-get install heaven. I'll probably try both for a while and than decide. A little frustrating cause I want it to work (and just work) now.

One of the biggest problems I notice having when I'm doing this install thing is the hassle I have cleaning up and backing up stuff from the hard drive that will be getting the new system. It seems it's always easier to download stuff I just can't live without than it is to back it up to some cds or whatnot. This has to be a pretty universal problem. I think it's going to get worse too. I was reading an article about the problem of hard drive capacity outpacing Moore's law. Disk drives are growing in capacity faster than the IO capability. This is only going to get worse. The article I read made the point that within the next 5 to 10 years hard drive capacity will for all intents and purposes be much larger than we will need. That we will have to consider them [hard drives] to essentially be tape devices--serial, rather than random access.


Houston Geek-fest 2003

hentai2.pngSitting here in a cafe in downtown Houston. Some kind of geek convention having something to do with a tech radio show in Houston. I've listened to it with my brother while driving around. It seems to mostly be compised either of begging for funds during fund drive or suggesting that anybody with a question "reinstall windows".

Oh man, someone just said something about linux at the other end of the room. Hey, there's a cuty down there with super large bosom. She looks to be underage though, prompting me to check the age of consent in Texas (why do people keep reminding me about this?). Gee it really is 17!

If you're wondering--yes, I'm kidding. Besides in Japan it's only 13...

Everybody brought some kind of laptop or wireless gizmo. Various cameras, pocket pc's and palm pilots. We were all too cool for each other. Saw a guy booted into knoppix from the cd. Went over and tried to talk to the guy. Told him about my knoppix adventures--how I had been heavy into remastering the cd maybe nine months back. "Remastering? what's that," he said.

Since everybody else was geeking out I figured I might as well make another comic. Showed it to the geeks at the next table. They liked it but I don't think they realized I had just made it.


En-Lightning

lightning.pngLightning glitched out all my machines today. All except for the laptop. Reminds me that laptops sometimes make good server machines cause they come with built in UPS (uninterruptable power supply).

I really like the weather here in Houston. Reminds me of Paris (France, yeah I know there's one in Texas and what a great film and score!) It's the only other place I have been where the rain was so unpredictable like this. It can literally be just raining super hard right across the street and dry as a bone on my side.

On the way home from work today it just started storming seriously. By the time I got home it was throwing lightning bolts the likes of which I have never seen (except for the time when I was almost struck by lightning, but that's another story.) The power went off several times and then I realized it was probably better to just leave the computers off until the brunt of the storm passed.

I think I have come up with a configuration of hardware that will work for what I want to do. The ideal solution is always to just buy more computers. One for the car, one for the web server, one for the mail server, one for the database server. One for a desktop machine, one for dj'ing. Sigh. I'm just not made of money.

Can you imagine having six computers and it not being enough? I was trying to explain my need for machines to my mother the other day and the more I tried to do it the more pathological it sounded. Hmm. Maybe I'm on to something there...


Last Man on Earth

Legend.pngWas looking at the review for "Terminator III" at the New York Times. It's not so much a bad review as one which just confirms what everyone must already know--that's it's all about special effects and not so much about plot or leaving you thinking when you leave the theatre. Your typical Hollywood movie. It's summed up well with this line:

"..."Terminator 3" is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious, and to leave the Great Ideas to bona fide public intellectuals like Keanu Reeves and the Hulk..."

There's also a brief review of the film "28 Days Later":

"...When it is not scaring you silly, this film invites you to reflect seriously on the fragility of modern civilization..."

I've seen it and recommend it.

Surfing around using the links titled "Similar Movies" I found that both "The Omega Man" and "L'Ultimo Uomo della Terra" were based on the book "I Am Legend" by Richard Matheson. One of the reviews refers to the book thusly: "This dark tale, based on Richard Matheson's even darker novel "I Am Legend,"..."

So I'm reading this Richard Matheson book and you know what? It's really good. Now all I need is some cocoa, some rain, a fireplace and a HOT CHICK...


Blosxom Install

blosxom.pngGot Blosxom working on my old/new server. Installed it so that it's running off of index.cgi and the older versions of my site are at index.php and index.shtml. That way I can keep the old sites, so no links are broken.

Just messing around right now but it looks promising. Well, in fact I'm pretty sure it's what I was looking for. More like what I had originally intended. I went to phpnuke to get some functionality that I thought I needed but then got the whole signup/login thing. That stuff was kind of neat but just lead to a bunch of problems I didn't need. Not to mention that those type of sites tend to have a certain look that is hard to get away from (although I think I did a fairly good job...)

The biggest thing I like about blosxom is that it will allow me to use whatever editor I want. I'll be able to post without using a browser. Kind of a big deal for me. I like the idea of using simple tools. It fits the *NIX philosophy better than what I was doing. The whole point of using the *NIX tools/operating systems is to take advantage of that philosophy.

Here I am typing in a web browser form window again. I did that a few times when using Opera and lost a lengthy post due to a spurious mouse gesture. Not for much longer...


Skyrocket In The Rain

FlamingBalls.png"These are totally illegal in California", my brother said as he handed me fireworks he'd been storing in his room, "and these are the ones that guy was shooting out of his ass [in the movie jackass]" .

The label on one says "WARNING: SHOOTS FLAMING BALLS".

Raining pretty hard right now. It's trash day and both of our cans are laying down in the street. When it winds down I'll go retrieve them.

Today I'm gonna set up Blosxom on the 200 Mhz weak sister box.


Bit Bucket

BitBucket.pngUsed to be that I read ebooks cause it was just an easy thing to do. I'm finding lately that I prefer them now and have been wondering when that preference took hold. I figured at first I would only do it till I needed glasses. Too late, I'm hooked.

It started out as a replacement for paper. Not because I'm a "tree-hugger" (though I guess I am, kind of.) But because I'm just too impatient to wait for hundreds of pages of stuff to print out (not to mention the cost of the paper and ink.) Does anybody like to sit at their computer to read? I know I don't. One thing about being a computer geek--it's hard to do without reading a bunch of stuff. I'm constantly putting stuff into the pocket computer so I can download it into my brain when offline.

One thing about reading ebooks--people don't get what you're doing. They know what someone reading a paperback looks like. They understand that. "Are you playing a game?" they'll ask me, "No, I'm reading a book" is my reply. Then, if they're interested I'll show them how I have like 20 or 30 books that I carry around in my pocket. Joke about how I don't have to take a newspaper into the restroom.

Right now, reading ebooks is not for everybody. You have to be kind of a geek just to get them in your pocket in the first place. And an early adopter. Someday they'll be a lot more common though. But I could really give a shit about that--except for the part where it will make it easier for me to find something to read. Meanwhile people can continue to ask if I'm playing a gameboy. I really don't care.

"...there may be more than one type of electronic book: There are at least two “sweet spots” for reading. The first is a device that is smaller, more portable, and equates more or less to the printed paperback, except that it will contain a number of books, be able to download new books, and may also have other features such as annotation. It could be a monochrome device. The second level of device will have color and support for sound and will take advantage of these and other capabilities to take electronic books beyond the books of today..."

I think we're mostly stuck with the first device right now. Ebooks won't really take off until several things happen.

Wait a minute. Screw that, who cares anyway. Better to talk about what I'm doing and why than to try to sound like someone who thinks he can see the future.

Writing On Your Palm

Hill: Magic Of Reading



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