Choo Achoo

I’ve just had terrible luck with transportation recently. This past weekend it was the missed airline connection in Atlanta. This morning it was my morning commute. The train in front of us broke down. Rather than go into the details, lets just say that I’m pretty mad at how the Caltrain conductors handled the situation. Few announcements were made over the intercom to inform the us of what was going on. In the end I was an hour and a half late for work. I had left the house at 7am and didn’t get into work until 10am when I’m usually in by 8:30am.I told Jennifer about the fiasco. “Planes, trains, and automobiles… I hope nothing is going to go wrong with either of our cars.” To which Jennifer responded, “Actually, I started driving to work today and the temperature indicator lit up on the Cabrio before I even left the parking lot. So I turned around and took the Subaru instead.”*sigh*

Geek Humor

I saw the following quote in the signature at the end of a post on Slashdot today. I nearly fell out of my chair once I “got it”.There are 10 types of people in the world; Those who understand binary and those who do not.

What, Me Worry?

I had a panic attack last night. I was in the midst of upgrading the firewall from OpenBSD 3.1 to 3.3 when I noticed that there were two messages on the console showing that someone had logged in as root (for the non-techie audience: the super-duper administrative account on Unix-based operating systems) from an IP address I was unfamilar with about 45 minutes earlier. “A cracker!” I thought. “I’ve been hacked!”. Continue reading

Give This Guy A Hand

According to the Denver Post, avid outdoorsman and climber Aron Ralson amputated his right arm with a pocket knife after becoming pinned by a 1,000 lb. boulder for 5 days while climbing at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. He ran out of water after 3 days and decided he needed to amputate after 2 days in order to escape and survive.I can hardly imagine being pinned for 5 days under a boulder. I’d imagine the arm would go numb after a while, but trying to sleep would just suck. Let me just say I never want to be in a situation that requires even considering amputation, thankyouverymuch.

Michael Schwab

Anybody who as visited one of the Golden Gate National Recreation Areas around San Francisco has probably come across the work of Michael Schwab in the gift shop. I’ve been a fan of the posters he’s done but didn’t know who had designed them until now. Being the nature lover than I am, I’m particularly fond of the graphic he designed for Muir Woods. It appears he also has a book out now containing 200 graphics that he’s done over the past 25 years.