NicePlayer Finally Updated

June 11th, 2008 No comments

There there blog, I know I’ve neglected you.  I’ve been super busy and … yes, yes ok I know excuses won’t cut it here.  You’re pissed.  I’m sorry.

Here is a peace offering instead:  My favorite (and default) video player for OS X, NicePlayer, has finally been updated in the form of a preview build.  This preview includes the return of remote control support, something which has been broken since 10.5 originally came out. Yes, that is quite a long time now and yes, I did wonder up until the moment I found this preview build if the application was dead in the water.


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Site Reformat

May 16th, 2008 No comments

When I originally set this site up I used fantastico, a frontend that installs a lot of commonly used web software.  I used this method mostly because I wanted to see how well fantastico worked and also to glean a little insight into a regular customer’s experience.

Sadly fantastico is not always kept regularly up to date, and I grew tired of waiting for them to push out the WordPress 2.5.1 update.  I decided to reinstall the site using a manual WordPress installation method.

Please hang in there while I get everything back to normal 🙂

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Hello world!

May 16th, 2008 1 comment

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Ron Burgundy Interviews Tom Brokaw

May 16th, 2008 No comments

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Pleo’s Day at SeaWorld

May 9th, 2008 No comments

I don’t know if it’s the music or the sight of dolphins wanting to cuddle with a miniature robotic dinosaur, but this video of Pleo at a SeaWorld is strangely mesmerizing…

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When People Attack Snakes, With Their Pants

April 4th, 2008 No comments

Things this funny just don’t happen in Lansing all that often, especially at my all time favorite pet store.

On Thursday afternoon security cameras at Preuss Animal House, in Lansing’s Old Town, recorded what store officials believe was a customer reaching into a glass case, withdrawing a snake, and stuffing it where the sun doesn’t shine.

You can read the full article at the LSJ’s web site.

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Battlestar Galactica is back tonight!

April 4th, 2008 1 comment

One of my favorite TV shows for the past few… hell, my entire life returns to the air tonight. The fourth and final season of Battlestar Galactica will start on Sci-Fi tonight @ 10:00 PM EDT.

In case you need a recap, or have never seen the recent reincarnation of the show and are looking to get in on the action, here is handy dandy 8 minute recap of seasons one through three.

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The Why of Things

April 4th, 2008 3 comments

Growing up, I was labeled a “bright” kid by my teachers and family. But I always had one big problem: If I didn’t understand something I would get really frustrated. As in, suppress the urge to go outside and break a two by four in half frustrated. Most classwork came so easily to me that I was not very prepared for the times when I didn’t fully comprehend something right away.

I haven’t felt that way very much since leaving school for the working world, but CIDR notation is making me feel that way again for the first time in a long time. CIDR notation is basically a way of describing IP ranges and also figuring out their broadcast and subnet masks. I’ve spent a few hours today trying to figure this out and all I’ve accomplished so far is a battle to keep myself from going outside to find that old friend the two by four.

In case you’re wondering, no, I’ve never actually broken a two by four in half out of frustration. It sure SOUNDS like a fun way to work it out though.

Here’s my real problem: The best way I can wrap my head around something is to know WHY it exists in the first place. What is it there for? What is the purpose? I understand how IP addresses work in the basic sense, which is why the complicated CIDR setup seems completely pointless to me. All IPs, unless you’re inside a network using NAT, are unique. So it really seems to me like someone created this entire system as a lazy way of distributing IP ranges. How hard is it to say, for example, – Why does there need to be this huge complex system?


All I’m getting so far is “it works this way because this other part means or does such and such” but what I need to know is WHY it’s necessary for that “such and such” to be happening in the first place.

Considering DNS is supposed to have roots in math, statements like this one drive me crazy:

indicating prefix length with a suffix

It’s either a prefix or a suffix, not both. This reminds me of my psychology classes where they tried to describe behavioral tendencies using mathematic formulas, and when I asked the professor about solving such a formula I was basically told you couldn’t.

Update: Many, many thanks to Mike Neir for giving me an explanation that, while it doesn’t make me feel like an expert, has at least answered my initial “big picture” questions and has set me on the path to really understanding it. Thanks Mike, you rule.

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The All New 2020 Warthog

April 3rd, 2008 1 comment

As a lot of you know, recently our car has been the source of rage on a level that usually flattens cities.

Perhaps I will get a warthog for my next vehicle…

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WordPress 2.5 Test

March 31st, 2008 1 comment upload test)

WordPress 2.5 has a lot of new features, including a totally redesigned admin interface and new tools for uploading images, movies, and other media.

This is basically a test post for some of the new gizmos.

(audio upload test)

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