grindmonkeh: (Default)
2010-09-17 11:45 am

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I guess I wanted a new $550 water pump for my car instead of that new acoustic I was saving for.

Joaquin and Billy Bob interview one another. )
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2010-09-12 03:18 am

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I'm.
Afraid.

grindmonkeh: (horns.)
2010-09-10 04:10 pm

World Writable File Report Script

ie. propellorheaded linux fodder.

This is a simple bash script I just wrote that finds world-writable files on our not-for-profit webserver and generates a nice report via e-mail to the devtards. Our web devs for a mystical reason like to chmod 777 entire directories. That's bad, kids.

#!/bin/bash
find /home -type f -perm -o+w -exec ls -l {} \; > /var/log/wwreport.txt
cp /var/log/wwreportdescrip.txt /var/log/sendreport.txt
cat /var/log/wwreport.txt >> /var/log/sendreport.txt
mail -s "*NameofServer* Server World Writable File Report" devtard@here.edu < /var/log/sendreport.txt
mv /var/log/sendreport.txt /var/log/sendreport.txt.`eval date +%Y%m%d`


wwreport.txt is filled with the list of directory paths.
wwreportdescrip.txt has pre-existing text: "The following is a report of world writable files in the public_html directories of the *NameofServer* server. These files will need to be given the correct permissions within the next seven days to maintain server security or access to the site(s) in question will be suspended."

These are both wrapped up into sendreport.txt, it's mailed, and then the report is archived with the date.

99.9% of everybody everywhere will not give a rat's ass about any of this, but to the one person who understands the frustration of having devtards in-house... Here you go.
grindmonkeh: (my what a big nose you have.)
2010-09-09 10:06 am

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34 years old! I pulled a neck muscle whilest sneezing my ass off during an allergy outrage, and I feel every day of 54. But so too shall this soon pass. Thanks guys for the unexpected bday shout-outs!

I scored a new camera... )
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2010-08-20 01:11 pm

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Happy Birthday, H.P. Lovecraft! Coincidentally, I just finished At the Mountains of Madness.

Books Read Thus Far in 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
Fates Worse than Death - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists - A.V. Club and Chuck Klosterman
Jasmine - Bharati Mukherjee
My Year of Meats - Ruth L. Ozeki
A Man Without a Country - Kurt Vonnegut
The Art of Intrustion - Kevin Mitnick
Maus & Maus II - Art Spiegelman
The Pirate King - R.A. Salvatore
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror - H.P. Lovecraft
grindmonkeh: (IronBastard.)
2010-08-14 07:16 pm

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Restored from draft ala yesterday. I thought I posted this.
I was thinking how nice it would be to play Dragon Age for an hour, but instead I'm writing this since Bioware and EA's DRM is fucking me in the ass.

Books Read Thus Far in 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
Fates Worse than Death - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists - A.V. Club and Chuck Klosterman
Jasmine - Bharati Mukherjee
My Year of Meats - Ruth L. Ozeki
A Man Without a Country - Kurt Vonnegut
The Art of Intrustion - Kevin Mitnick
Maus & Maus II - Art Spiegelman
*The Pirate King - R.A. Salvatore

* = Latest read.

I think by the end of the evening that I will have Dragon Age finished.

Dinner. )
grindmonkeh: (my what a big nose you have.)
2010-08-10 09:13 am

GenCon - Indianapolis - Saturday, 8-7-2010.

Lots of photos of cool and geeky stuff. )

I carried around about 60lbs. of schwag from the convention, including a Star Wars Definitive Edition Laser Disc Box Set I picked up for $10.00 in perfect condition, Ed Greenwood's Elminster Must Die, Weis's Dragonlance Trilogy, Moore's first two Abyss Walker books, and a Cthulu sticker.

I hope the attendees of the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando share their photos for the geeks that can't attend. I feel fortunate to have the few events like this that hit the midwest relatively close.
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2010-08-05 04:18 pm

Just a photo...



My patio cats.
grindmonkeh: (IronBastard.)
2010-07-22 10:50 am

We don't stop herping...

Just to derp. Disaster behind the cut.

Remember the Plan B that I mentioned? )
grindmonkeh: (IronBastard.)
2010-07-07 12:14 pm

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I pulled a muscle in my back. I think. I can now move normally after stretching it out over the past couple of days, but Monday I hung several times on the inversion table to no avail. The pain, limited mobility, and affect on my sleep has conjured a bit of misery and irritability. I stayed in one place and played Dragon Age for most of my extra day off so I wouldn't throttle anyone.

My initial apprehensions toward Dragon Age were appeased as the game really opened up in regards to quests and the plot. I guess the first few hours of gameplay are an introductory stage of sorts. I have a few beefs with the game, but they're minor and it's really good overall.

I've been building a new Faculty Web Server (Red Hat) to replace our existing Sun/Solaris system that is having drive problems indicative of an impending failure. I just need to finish configuring a couple of things, copy the hosted content, and do an IP switcharoo.

Sprueing around at work. )
grindmonkeh: (horns.)
2010-06-30 05:47 pm

2.0

Holy mother of God. That's a Light Cycle.
grindmonkeh: (grasp.)
2010-06-30 12:18 pm

I'd like to meet his tailor.

I eagerly awaited nabbing The Wolfman on DVD from the Redbox since I didn't have a chance to catch it in the theater and I knew it would be great. Bran had it for me when I got home from work yesterday, so I watched it last night before going to sleep. Overall, my favorite parts of the film were the scenes where Anthony Hopkins suddenly changed accents and when they finally explained why Del Toro had a far from perfect mumbling American dialect among a sea of Brits. Smart-assedery aside, I liked some things about the film, but its by-the-numbers-approach and predictability supported by the lackluster performances (phone-in much, Anthony?) and poor character development left it sprawling along for too long. The love interest, Gwen, played by Emily "who the fuck are you and why are you standing around in this movie?" Blunt is a suitable mannequin for our protagonist to vent his affections, but the writers didn't appear to give two shits about developing her character. Everyone but Hugo Weaving looked fucking sedated. I kept turning my home theater system louder and louder to hear what the fuck they were mumbling about, and then Danny Elfman tossed me out of my bed with a violin shrill.

Being a soundtrack nerd, horror + Elfman = something I'd buy to listen to while reading. I was listening to clips from it on Amazon and read in a review that there was an editing debacle involving the soundtrack, but I thought that the music and the gothic atmosphere of England (especially the dark moor) salvaged The Wolfman from being completely disposable...the setting is something they really nailed. I'm a huge fan of the original Universal monster films, and I hope that any subsequent attempts (The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Frankenstein, I'm looking at you.) are much better. And keep Rick Baker involved...the guy is a monster genius and his make-up outclasses any CGI employed in the film, like that awful bear.

Next up...The Crazies.

Oddly, I've had two different people bring up the topic of liver and onions today. Oddly, I'm now hungry for liver and onions.
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2010-06-28 10:09 am

This.



And this.
grindmonkeh: (Default)
2010-06-22 12:00 pm

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Where can I listen to the Jonah Hex soundtrack (scored by Mastodon) without ignoring the terrible reviews and sitting through the movie?

And also...is anyone in the Huntsville, Alabama area interested in getting one hell of a deal on tickets for the Star Wars exhibit at the Space Center? I have four adult and two children admissions for June 25th at 5:00PM that will go unused.
grindmonkeh: (horns.)
2010-05-17 01:31 pm

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R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010)

I've been a fan for ages, and even at 67 years old he carried one of the greatest voices in rock around the globe. He was always the classiest guy and never let himself succumb to the "rock-star lifestyle" that ended or compromised careers and a public image. My friend Damon and I have had many conversations about him, his career, and most recently his chemo treatments while assuming that things were going well. He will be missed.


hit tracker
grindmonkeh: (my what a big nose you have.)
2010-05-10 02:53 pm

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I'm a terrible frogkeeper. I ordered two tadpoles for my Dagobah frog habitat and they both died after a week and a half. They looked so happy too.





This was Groobert. He died.


I'll try again when I get the chance to get another tadpole.

Drat. A Nightmare on Elm Street got a humiliating 15% on RottenTomatoes. The soundtrack by Steve Jablonsky is quite good.
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2010-05-01 09:22 pm

I can't turn this up loud enough.

Go to Amazon dawt kom and download Shooter Jennings and the Hierophant - Black Ribbons (for $5.00). Now.

Stephen King appears as Will o' the Wisp, a disc jockey narrating the album, who propels the story with dialogue about the end of free speech as we know it.  This album is holy-hellerific and genre-defying.  Toss one cup of Roger Waters, one cup of Jack White fuzz-riffing, one tablespoon of Eddie and the Cruisers (yeah, I went there), David Bowie's eyelashes, Josh Freese's left foot, Beck's canine teeth, an Atari 2600 (whole de-boned), Josh Homme's uvula (aaa-aaah), the Flash Gordon film soundtrack snapped in half (on vinyl),and a few Eric Clapton leads scraped from The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking all into a bucket, then have a few guys drinking cheap beer piss in it, and finally strap the bucket to a fucking rocket and shoot it at Jupiter's eye.  That's what it sounds like.

The filet mignon just jumped off the broiler.  I want to go riding but this weather blows.
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2010-04-30 12:05 pm

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I'm building a new DHCP server on Redhat and then a new Honeypot/Labrea-Tarpit server on either Redhat or BSD. Our DHCP server currently resides on a Sun/Solaris box that is at end of life, so I'm giving it another decade in service on an HP blade (one can hope...HP is the harbor-freight of professional grade hardware). Exciting shit.

I read an article about comic book movies and weird songs (http://io9.com/5525035/the-top-10-weirdest-songs-from-superhero-movies) and it reminded me of a bygone era when many major movie releases had a soundtrack tie-in with heavily marketed music videos and songs that were immediately identifiable to the film. I hear "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal and I think of Batman Forever, I hear "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" by U2 and I think of Batman Forever, I think of Batman (1989) and I think of Prince's Batdance, and I think of Ghostbusters 2 and goddammit, Bobby Brown is rapping that they're too hot to handle, too cold to hold, they're called Ghostbusters and they're in control. I also obviously think of Batman too often. I'll work on that. Will Smith rapped about the Men in Black twice, as well the Wild Wild West and likely another ridiculous piece of shit he took top billing in. ZZTop and Huey Lewis went Back to the Future, Cindy Lauper helped the Goonies read their treasure map, and Madonna asked, "Who's that girl?" Where did the cultural phenomenon go? Did MTV's programming fuck-all kill it? Is it better off dead? (than to live without you.)



Books Read Thus Far in 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling.
Just After Sunset - Stephen King
Fates Worse than Death - Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists - A.V. Club and Chuck Klosterman
Jasmine - Bharati Mukherjee
My Year of Meats - Ruth L. Ozeki
A Man Without a Country - Kurt Vonnegut

I am reading and writing a paper on Spiegelman's Maus II this weekend. And installing a new exhaust, changing the oil, and rejetting the carb of the black bike. And doing a bazoollian other things

Games Finished Thus Far in 2010
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Crysis
Mirror's Edge
Arkham Asylum
God of War II