Archive for December, 2008

I help Santa Layla bust up the Elf Union

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Things have been getting rough with the Elf Union lately (internal documents leaked here).  Santa Layla asked me to help.  After all, I have experience negotiating with Korean businessmen.  Here are some snapshots.

Discussions with the Elf Union Boss reach peak intensity.  Santa Layla watches on, concerned.

The tension breaks as the Elf Union caves to our our ongoing, stalwart resistance.  Santa Layla is eager to speak with the Elf Union Boss and order everyone back to work.  Next year’s Light Brites aren’t going to assemble themselves!

Sheepish Layla

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Layla has a new friend.

But he makes her sleepy.

So I guess he’s doing his job.  Good sheep.

Thanks Uncle Wally!

What the heck network am I on again?

Friday, December 19th, 2008


$ grep GATEWAY /etc/sysconfig/network
GATEWAY=1.2.3.4

Oh yeah.

Porter Square Nikuman

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Until yesterday I hadn’t had good nikuman for years; not since I lived in Tokyo. Last night, however, I discovered, buried beneath the escalator in Porter Square Station, a small newsstand selling freshly steamed pork nikuman.

Of course, I should really say baozi since these were authentic Chinese steamed buns. Served, oddly enough, in a plastic glove.

Oddness aside, they’re delicious.  If I passed through Porter Square every day I could imagine a stop at the newsstand quickly becoming a breakfast habit.

I just ordered cologne from Burger King

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Oh yes.

Yes I did.

Finding files by date with the Linux find command

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Here’s something I’ve wanted to know how to do since forever.

Use this trick to find files that have been modified since some arbitrary date:

$ touch -d "13 may 2001 17:54:19" date_marker
$ find . -newer date_marker

To find files created before that date, use the cnewer and negation conditions:

$ find . ! -cnewer date_marker

And to delete them, use the built-in “delete” action, eg:

$ find . ! -cnewer date_marker -delete

Discovered in the Irish Linux Users Group‘s exceptional online tutorial.

Shoe In

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Why don’t we all go down to Washington D.C. and throw our shoes at the White House?

Shoes or, creme pies.

Best quote from the Huffington Post comment board:

“Did you see how well he dodged those shoes?? Decades of dodging responsibility sure paid off!”

Indeed.

Dogbert Explains the Financial Crisis

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

By way of Digg.

By the way, why are we bailing out the people who invested in the cows, while letting real industries twist in the wind?

SVN File Status Flags

Friday, December 12th, 2008

More SVN stuff I can never completely remember.  As seen from running svn update, svn switch, or svn merge. “G” always throws me. See $ svn status help for details.

U filename = item (U)pdated to repository version
G filename = item’s local changes mer(G)ed with repository
C filename = item’s local changes (C)onflicted with repository
D filename = item (D)eleted from working copy
A filename = item (A)dded to working copy
~ filename = item (S)ubstitution; for example local file update obstructed by substitution of a symlink with the same name in the repository (I think of this as a sideways/backwards “S”)

Also note that a real “S” flag means that something has gone horribly wrong with a switch and that the operation was not fully completed. Hopefully you’ll never see this.

Boston’s Christmas Castle.. FOR SALE?!

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Came across this on Zillow today and couldn’t believe it.  It looks like the Christmas Castle is on sale, and has been for the better part of the year.  A steal at 2.2 million.

I plan to swing by later this week and see if the lights are up.  Though I for one enjoyed last year’s bizarre spectacle of lights, I suspect that Jamaica Plainers just might be getting a little more sleep this Christmas.