27 November, 2006

Welcome back

Monday morning, and I'm back from a week's worth of vacation. And already, it begins:

[phone rings]
"James, do you know where the USPC website is?"
"I think it's just usdoj.gov/uspc"
"Can you check?"
"Yup, that's it"
"Can you please send me that link?"

*sigh* Looks like I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.

23 November, 2006

some movie meme

some movie meme from jenny:

1. Popcorn or candy?

candy. too much popcorn makes me ill. and it's really difficult to find just the right balance of "enough to eat" vs. "i'm going to hurl".

2. Name a movie you’ve been meaning to see forever.

uhhh. hmmm. "deep throat" or "debbie does dallas"? the age of DVDs and the internets has allowed me to see pretty much everything i've ever wanted.

3. You are given the power to recall one Oscar: Who loses theirs and to whom?

warner baxter. yeah, that's right. i'm going there. chester morris was robbed!

(yeah, i really don't have anything serious to say for this one.)

4. Steal one costume from a movie for your wardrobe. Which will it be?


5. Your favorite film franchise is…

cliché, i know, but i'm going to have to go with "star wars"

okay, well, the star wars trilogy

the real trilogy

oh, you know which ones i'm talking about

6. Invite five movie people over for dinner. Who are they? Why’d you invite them? What do you feed them?

franka potente
milla jovovich
alyson hannigan

ummm...well, really, that's all i've ever wanted.

now, what's this about dinner?

7. What is the appropriate punishment for people who answer cell phones in the movie theater?

you know that scene in "american history x"...

8. Choose a female bodyguard: Ripley from Aliens. Mystique from X-Men. Sarah Connor from Terminator 2. The Bride from Kill Bill. Mace from Strange Days.


9. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen in a movie?

really ugly people in the row in front of me making out.

10. Your favorite genre (excluding comedy and drama) is?

porn (inasmuch as it is a genre). otherwise, scifi

11. You are given the power to greenlight movies at a major studio for one year. How do you wield this power?

see question 6

12. Bonnie or Clyde?


13. Who are you tagging to answer this survey? (Three or more)

yeah, whoever wants to

16 November, 2006

It is the color of poo

[10:49] jgumby314: huzzah. finally got around to depositing my bonus checks, so i am now flush with cash
[11:30] GatLouca: like a toilet?
[11:31] jgumby314: yes
[11:31] jgumby314: a money toilet
[11:32] GatLouca: fascinating.
[11:32] GatLouca: would that make the money "toilet paper"?
[11:32] jgumby314: oh, nono. i mean a toilet for money
[11:32] jgumby314: that's how we get coins
[11:33] GatLouca: aaah.
[11:33] jgumby314: dollar bills shit out quarters, dimes and nickels
[11:33] GatLouca: faskernating.
[11:34] jgumby314: pennies, on the other hand, are made from animal feces.
[11:34] jgumby314: which is why they're brown
[11:34] GatLouca: eeew.
[11:34] GatLouca: gross.
[11:34] jgumby314: it explains that old saying: "see a penny, pick it up, and all the day you'll have the smell of feces on your fingers"
[11:35] GatLouca: so it would.

14 November, 2006

13 November, 2006

Wordpress and lighttpd

In setting up this new hosting environment, I decided to go with lighttpd to handle webserving duties, as opposed to Apache. All-in-all, I'm quite happy with lighty. It's pretty damn fast, and the configuration file is both easy and amazingly powerful.

Of course, one of the things that lighty is missing is an .htaccess-type file. And some of Apache's more powerful rewriting capabilities. In particular, the ability to see if a file or directory actually exists, and then rewrite the URL based on that. All of this, of course, would be particularly helpful in setting up Wordpress, with its "clean" URLs.

Most of the solutions that I have seen to this problem involve a lot of lines of rewriting individual, hard-coded filenames. For me, not terribly optimal, especially since I'm mainly looking to rewrite things like http://blog.jgumby.com/something-that-doesnt-really-exist/ into http://blog.jgumby.com/index.php/something-that-doesnt-really-exist. So, basically, my feeds, archives, &c. What I've come up with is the following:

"^/(wp-.+)" => "$1",
"^/(.+)/$" => "/index.php/$1",
"^/(.+)/(.+)$" => "/index.php/$1/$2"

And that's it. I'm sure I'll find that I've missed something really obvious, particularly with a feature of Wordpress that I just don't use very much. But I'll cross that bridge once I get there. The main thing to remember is that if you have other directories in your Wordpress install directory that do actually exist, you'll have to add entries for them (or just modify the first line to include them, you regex guru).

05 November, 2006

Here it is

Sunday morning, and I'm in the office. Ostensibly to do regression testing of our systems after the building people did electrical work this morning. Never mind that a) we have no formal plans for testing, so it's pretty much me saying "yeah, they still work" and 2) most anything wrong with our systems, I can't do anything about, because our group doesn't actually admin these machines. But that's okay. The important thing is that my manager makes life just that much more annoying for me.

Also, I'm drinking Starbucks coffee. I feel like such a dirty, dirty whoo-er. May the Coffee Monkey have mercy on my soul.

Update: Apparently, at some point in the past week, someone said "It will be virtually impossible for all of the power to go out while we are working on the system."

Well, to corrupt Douglas Adams: A virtual impossibility of something happening means that there is, in fact, a finite, if somewhat small, possibility of that very same thing happening.

My only consolation is that there is someone else who has been stuck here longer, and actually has to deal with getting the damn machines to power on.

03 November, 2006


Seriously fucking creepy ad for the PS3:

No, really. CREEPY!

Political Fliers

So in the mail today were two fliers from the Democratic Party of Virginia, urging us to vote, obviously, Democratic this coming Tuesday. (Although, technically, they're probably postcards, as they are on heavier stock than most fliers, and conform to the general height-width ratio of a postcard.) One mailing was addressed to myself, the other to Jenny. Very similar wording and layout on both. Mine, however, includes verbiage from the Arlington Young Democrats, encouraging young people to vote.

Needless to say, I find their demographic targeting highly amusing.

TTAMT: 3 Nov 2006

  • From Scott Adams' blog: "And Tom [Cruise] also had the supreme bad luck of picking the only religion in the world that isn't true. What were the odds of that?"

  • A really big burger. And images that make consider going back to being a vegetarian.

  • I really hope this guy's last name is pronounced differently than how it looks.

01 November, 2006

TTAMT: 1 Nov 2006

* I kid, I kid. Nursing a hangover with late morning TV will never be the same