Sunday, November 28
I landed the elusive Adversary Cycle today.
This is the framing story of the very popular Repairman Jack series. The Adversary Cycle itself, though, has been out of print (with the exception of The Keep) for something like twenty years.
I stopped by Galaxy Bookshop on my way home from TAM Oz (I left early on the last day because I was finding that 16-hour convention days don't really mix well with staying up 'til 3AM for work), and spotted it in the window - last set of the 6 volume limited edition, #888 of 1000, marked down from $530 to $200. So I said, do I have $200? And as it happened I did have $200. So I bought it.
Also the latest Repairman Jack book.
There is also - and this is something to be rejoiced - a new Miles Vorkosigan book out. I'll have to go back for that.
(Looks at price on Amazon. Looks at price locally. Looks at shipping costs to Australia from Amazon US. Weeps.)
Friday, November 26
Just completed the migration of a 6TB, 15,000 table database with all its attendant fraughtness.
Off to TAMOz today.
Saturday, November 20
In Mad Men, the co-founder of the fictitious advertising company Sterling Cooper is something of a Japanophile and art collector. In season three, episode one, he has acquired Tako to ama, also known as The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife.
Yes, that one.
Saturday, November 13
If you run an 80GB Intel X25-M at its rated 4KB random-write performance, it will exceed its rated 4KB random-write endurance after just 3 days.
For a 32GB Intel X25-E, it would take about 28 months.
This is why the E-series runs five times the cost per gigabyte of the M-series.
What the real-world lifespan is for either drive range I have no idea, but I aim to find out.
Update: Based on the actual activity patterns on our server, the 80GB M-series would last 2½ years, and the 32-GB E-series (which is what we are using, 3 drives in a RAID-5 array) would last about three centuries.
As I've mentioned before, I may have an opportunity to move from expensive hosted servers to cheaper managed colo. A rack-mount server with 6 cores, 16GB of RAM, 6TB of disk and a nice SSD can be had for well under US$2000, which is currently about A$2000 as well (though the Aussie dollar has recently dipped back below parity).
Only problem is that many of the mu.nu sites and other related things run under CPanel, which I license through our hosting company. I'd need to buy my own licenses, and the last time I looked it was quite expensive.
Now it's $200 per year for an unlimited-user virtual server license. Since I virtualised all our systems 18 months ago, that's perfect.
So plans are moving ahead. Slowly perhaps, but definitely moving.
Thursday, November 11
So, what's 671 kWIPS in FLOPS?
Wednesday, November 10
It's actually good.
Tuesday, November 09
Being Erica = Tru Calling x That Girl
Only where Tru Calling went horribly off the rails when they decided to thicken the plot, so far* Being Erica keeps improving.
Hey, I take my (spoiler) stories where I can get them.**
* So far as I've watched; I'm a full season behind.
** Even when the spoiler is really just a spoiler for spoiler, as in the two recent BBC series spoiler on spoiler and spoiler to spoiler. In this case, you might take the spoiler parts as a spoiler for different spoiler, but spoiler spoilers spoiler that spoiler.
Friday, November 05
Just one thing.
1 Australian dollar = 1.01500 U.S. dollars
Thursday, November 04
Mea culpa. Or at least, mea snarka.
When that huge German sinkhole opened up and it was reported that "natural causes were suspected" and I said "As opposed to what?", well, as opposed to subsidence due to mining operations.
Which appear to have not been the cause, hence the perfectly reasonable statement about natural causes.
Do all the characters in Amagami SS resemble small timid woodland creatures who have been whacked on the head with a mallet one too many times?
You won. You made greater gains in Congress than in any election since 1946. You've been handed a mandate to be the Party of No for the next two years. You don't even need to come up with a platform.
If you're depressed because you didn't somehow take the White House in a mid-term, consider this: Think how irritable President Obama is now, when his party has had control of both houses of Congress for two years. Now think how he'll feel after two years of the Republican-controlled House blocking his every move. And gloat, just a little.
Oh, and if a group of Democrats approaches you looking to rent fifteen hundred tug boats and ten thousand miles of steel cable, you might want to cut them a deal, just this once.
You lost. You lost because the country has seen the direction your party is headed and wants no part in it. You suffered your worst losses in Congress for 60 years. The Republicans won not because of their sparkling personalities or inspired policies, but simply because they're not Democrats.
If you're gloating because two or three of the Tea Party candidates didn't win, then at least you're easily pleased, something likely to stand you in good stead in 2012.
Also, you should probably look into cutting California adrift before it drags Nevada or Oregon down with it. Probably best to just tow the entire state out to sea and scuttle it.
Wednesday, November 03
Repairs are to begin Wednesday on a 65-foot-deep (20 meters) sinkhole that opened in the eastern German town of Schmalkalden on Monday, local authorities said.Uh huh. Thanks for that.
The sinkhole, which measured more than 130 feet (40 meters) across, swallowed a car and forced the evacuation of 25 people in nine houses, the regional newspaper Thueringer-Allgemeine reported.
Jürgen Reinholz, environment and agriculture minister for the state of Thuringia, said natural causes were suspected, according to Spiegel Online International.
(Quality reporting from CNN.)
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