I was thinking today that I’ve never actually had business cards before (never really needed them). But sometimes it might be handy to have them (I dunno… maybe you need something to write on real quick…)
So I decided if I’m going to get business cards, I’m going to make cool ones. But then I realized I don’t really have a job title… So you guys needs to think of a job title for me. The best one I could think of myself is “Digital Inventor”, but I want to hear all suggestions (leave a comment with the suggestion).
I need to stop right here. Please take a CAREFUL look the picture on the right. There is a common misperception that the 100×100 has a hundred buns. No, that’s not true. It’s one set of buns and ONE HUNDRED meat patties and ONE HUNDRED pieces of sweaty-oily cheese in between the buns. Clearly, the worst part of this experience wasn’t the meat..it was the sweaty cheese.
If that digital version turns out to be a DVD, the MPAA could also find itself in hot water for violating the DMCA. Oh, the irony! Either way, the MPAA can’t be happy about being put into a position where they are forced to justify the same actions they decry when undertaken by a consumer.
If you ever need to figure out what is eating bandwidth on a server, tcpdump comes in handy…
tcpdump -n -i any
That will spew out everything, so you might be able to find anything that looks suspicious in there. Say you find the IP address of 18.104.22.168 doing something suspicious, you can zero in on them to see if they are doing anything naughty like so:
tcpdump -n -i any host 22.214.171.124
In my case, someone was utilizing one of my DNS servers for about 200 lookups per second (not logging DNS lookups and it’s UDP traffic so it was hard to figure out where the bandwidth was going).
Once you find a naughty IP address, now just block them like so:
route add -host 126.96.36.199 reject (Linux)
route add -host 188.8.131.52 255.255.255.255 -reject (Mac OS X/BSD)
The National Football League playoffs produced a Super Bowl matchup that suggests a winning year for stocks is now a lock.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers upset the Denver Broncos Sunday, it meant that neither team in the Feb. 5 game will have American Football League roots. The Steelers, which moved to the American Football Conference when the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, will face the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s championship game.
And according to the Super Bowl Stock Indicator, a victory by an old NFL team means a bullish year for stocks, while a victory by an old AFL team gives the bears the upper hands.
I get very few phone calls on my cell phone… maybe 3 calls per week or so. Anyway… sitting in the car with my roommate, I started singing my ringtone (which I don’t do normally). And 10 seconds later my cell phone started ringing. My roommate had a pretty weird look on her face.
Was at Mammoth mountain the last few days and the day we left (this morning) it was snowing pretty good. Got a half day in before driving home. The mountain got about a foot of powder overnight and was snowing hard enough all morning that when you went back up the lift, your previous tracks were gone, so every run was virgin powder. Nice!
Honesty is very seldom heard nowadays, especially from a politician. So, I am going to break from political tradition. My name is Jonathon â€œThe Impalerâ€ Sharkey, Ph.D., L.D.D.D. I am a Satanic Dark Priest, Sanguinarian Vampyre and a Hecate Witch. My Magikal Path name is: Lord Ares.
I despise and hate the Christian God the Father. He is my enemy.
Well… isn’t that neat… Maybe this guy can make sure that whoever stole my snowboard stuff (see previous entry) really does burn in hell.
I kind of want this guy to win, because it will be years of good material for Conan, Jon Stewart, Saturday Night live, etc.
I got a new snowboard (and some other stuff to do with it today)… I ended up getting a Burton Custom 154, Flow bindings some new boots and some *really* nice gloves (having cold or wet hands SUCKS!).
Anyway, just in case whoever stole my previous gear out of the back of my truck is reading this… “It sucks for you, because now you are going to hell and you are going to have no use at ALL for my snowboarding gear in hell. And if I ever see you, I’m going to stab you!”
Lame ass took EVERYTHING from the back of my truck… snowboard, boots, gloves, beanie, thermal underwear, socks, frisbees, etc.
Crop circles are Chuck Norris’ way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie the fuck down.
The Great Wall of China was originally created to keep Chuck Norris out. It failed misserably.
There is no theory of evolution, just a list of creatures Chuck Norris allows to live.
When Chuck Norris sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to attack. Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes ever.
Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
Chuck Norris does not hunt because the word hunting infers the probability of failure. Chuck Norris goes killing.
In fine print on the last page of the Guinness Book of World Records it notes that all world records are held by Chuck Norris, and those listed in the book are simply the closest anyone else has ever gotten.
There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist.
I was in Mexico on Saturday helping give out gifts and feed kids (I never want to see another hot dog or piece of carne asada in my life), and we took a break to play a little street football.
I never realized how awesome I am at football… I caught the only touchdown for our team (we only had one) and on defense I had 2 defended passes and all the interceptions for our team (2). In fact the whole game ended when their quarterback quit after my second pick.
So, I’m hereby entering the 2006 NFL draft. I should be a high 2nd rounder I’m thinking. I can play offense and defense!
Oh… did I mention that the kids I played against were all 10-15 years old? 😉
Wow… I was starting to think that no car stereo company would “get it right” and give me exactly what I wanted. Not only did they get it right, but it’s better than I wanted (detachable GPS for example)…
I wanted a double-din deck with a touch screen (I even tossed around the idea of having a company rewire the IVA-300 touch screen to not be motorized because the PulseTouch screen is so nice (but not double-DIN). There was absolutely no option for bluetooth built into an aftermarket car stereo. I wanted iPod control, but it was annoying to have a hideaway box to get it. I also wanted a navigation system with the ability to see live traffic on it (also annoying it required a hideaway box). I went over it all over here and here.
So anyway… check this out…
Alpine came out with a double-DIN sized deck (the IVA-W200). It’s certainly more than I was expecting… double-DIN, with a PulseTouch screen (only the 2nd deck in the world with it), built-in iPod control (no need for a hideaway box) and Bluetooth (KCA-100BT module). As a bonus, it’s a DVD player too. Oh, and it has a steering wheel remote jack as well (you can still use your steering wheel controls without an IR blaster).
They also came out with the Blackbird (PMD-B100) portable navigation unit. The cool thing about this you don’t need a bulky hideaway DVD unit (with map data), since it’s portable, it’s all self-contained. It has a docking unit (which you could throw in your glovebox or something) so when it’s docked, you don’t have to see it and you can just access it from your deck when you want to. It also does live traffic data as well.
What the hell? Could it possibly be that someone did it exactly right? I guess we’ll see in March.
Okay, I finally sat down tonight and figured out what I *think* I need (at least it’s a start so the experts have something to start with) to do centrally distributed audio/video for the house.
So I’m thinking every room (minus bathrooms, except for master) should be an audio “zone” as well as the pool house and then 3 zones for audio outside (front yard, back yard and golf area). That works out to 20 audio zones. Three of those should be 7.1 surround (living room, home theatre and master bedroom) with everything else being 2 channel stereo. So after figuring that out, now what in the hell sort of equipment do I need to make all this work? Maybe this (this is all Crestron stuff)…
CNX-BIPAD8 (3 of them) – CAT5 24×8 distributor (24 possible sources in, 8 rooms out) any room could be on any source so 3 of these will cover 24 “rooms/zones”
CNAMPX-16X60 (2 of them) – 16 channels x 60 watts each (8 rooms per amp, 16 rooms total)
CNAMPX-2X60 (1 of them) – 2 channels x 60 watts each (1 room)
CNAMPX-7×200 (3 of them) – 7 channel x 200 watts surround sound amp (3 of them for the 3 rooms I want 7.1 in)
C2N-DAP8 (3 of them) – 7.1 surround sound processor
AAS-4 – Digital Audio Server (250GB of MP3s, able to output 4 independent streams as sources to the distributors)
CEN-IPOD – iPod dock
So in the end what would that give me? I would have the ability to pipe any of the 5 sources (4 unique streams of MP3 and music from an iPod) to any specific zone, plus with the ability to hook up 11 additional sources, you could pick up the audio output of a computer for example and use it as another source.
So this is where it gets even more complicated. I want all TVs to be running digital signals (HDMI/HDCP) where possible. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Crestron has any equipment to run HDMI signals. Another problem is the HDMI signals are going to be coming from the server room, so you start to run into a cable length issue. So… enter Gefen.
EXT-HDMI-444 (2 of them) – 4×4 HDMI switch (4 sources switchable between 4 outputs. 2 of them should give 4 sources switchable between 8 outputs)
EXT-HDMI-244 (2 of them) – 2×4 HDMI splitter (2 sources switchable between 4 outputs. Need this to split the 4 master sources to the 2 4×4 switchers.)
EXT-HDMI-1000HD150B (3 of them) – 150′ HDMI fiber extender
EXT-HDMI-1000HD100B (4 of them) – 100′ HDMI fiber extender
The lengths are just guesses, but that setup would let me run HDMI signals over fiber at full 1080p resolutions (1920×1080).
What would really simplify this would be if there was a 4×8 HDMI switcher available. But I couldn’t find a company that offers a HDMI switcher/matix except for Gefen. I didn’t even attempt to go digging for a dual link (Type B) HDMI switcher. hehe
At least this gives me something to start with when dealing with the home automation guys… now I don’t have to meet when them and just be like, “Duuuuhhhhhhh… I don’t know what I want/need.”
It also made me realize I want conduit running to every place a TV could be.
eMagin is making a wearable iPod video screen. Apparently they didn’t realize iPods are more about their “cool factor” than anything else… But for those that want to walk around town looking like the borg, now you can!
“Suddenly you’ve got this big-screen, movie-screen, home-theater experience, wherever you are,” said Gary Jones, eMagin’s president and CEO.