Archive for the ‘culture’ Category

Let’s go out to the movie awards with Neil Gaiman

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Neil Gaiman isn’t a nobody, except when he is at the Oscars:

I had written a book called Coraline, which the director Henry Selick had transformed into a stop-motion wonderland. I’d helped Henry as much as I could through the process of turning something from a book into a film. I had endorsed the film, encouraged people to see it, mugged with buttons on an internet trailer. I had also written a 15-second sequence for the Oscars, in which Coraline told an interviewer what winning an Oscar would do for her. I’d assumed that would get me into the Oscars. It didn’t. But Henry, as director, had tickets and could decide where they would go, and one of them went to me.

via A nobody’s guide to the Oscars.

The Certified DBA

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

“I’m not questioning your expertise,” Paul cautiously said to the Certified DBA, “it’s just that I’m just not used to requests with… this level of detail.”

Paul should have done what he was asked, exactly how he was asked to do it. After all, he was not an expert but just a lowly systems administrator. Fortunately, the Certified DBA made sure to keep him in his place.

“I would expect not,” smirked the Certified DBA, “system administrators generally don’t know how to tune for database performance, so I have to be very specific on the server configuration.”

The “configuration” that the Certified DBA was referring to was a rather complex set-up of disk partitions and RAID. Per his request, the server Paul was to set up should have six disks, each with ten partitions set-up. Corresponding partitions on disks 1, 3, and 5 were to be concatenated (not striped) to each other via RAID, while the partitions on disks 2, 4, and 6 served as mirrors of their corresponding partitions on disks 1, 2, and 5. All of these partitions were then to be mounted as directories (/p1, /p2, etc) in the file system.

continue reading: The Certified DBA – The Daily WTF.

Wheeeeee!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Vinyl Fantasy 7

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Summary

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

A Glorious Dawn

Friday, September 25th, 2009

You can view Sagan’s whole Cosmos series here.

Left 4 Dead 2 “Banned” In Australia

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

So the word is that the gamers in Australia are effectively being “Lef t 4 Dead” when it comes to the new zombie shoot-em-up of the same name, Left 4 Dead 2.

My only question is, does this prevent them from obtaining it via Steam? Is it only banned in stores / box versions? The internet as a global media distributer may trump all, especially if the “sale” is taking place “out of the farkin’ outback”.

Good Grief.  Read on.


Plastic Giant

Thursday, September 10th, 2009


I was looking up some old toys I had when I was a child but didn’t know what they were. Wikipedia has a construction toy category so I was able to get some spoilers on my childhood.

Going through the different kinds I eventually came across the ones I had, Construx. The entry for which has a link to the ridiculous creation you see above.

8Bitone

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

8Bitone is an iPhone synthesizer and sequencer of impeccable taste.

If you have some time on your hands, check out the excellent tutorials posted on the author’s site.

In some spam from Borders:

Thursday, June 4th, 2009