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Retirement or stasis?

January 10, 2021
tags:  blogmetalifeupdate

Hi all,

Long time no type. This blog has been dead for quite a while now, and I imagine it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. I've moved on from a lot of the things I used to discuss here -- or rather, I've moved on from wanting to write about them, in large part. I'm not saying I'll never want to write here again,...


June 12, 2015
tags:  updatesgame designnews

So, I'm just absolutely terrible at maintaining this thing, aren't I?

Anyway, I've been fairly busy as of late. Working on a few things -- including a paid game-design gig! I'm updating Avalon Games' Arcanum, a board game of sandbox fantasy adventure. It's Magic Realm-like, but much less reliant on the vagaries of...

Blog now hosted on github

April 22, 2015
tags:  bloggithubptah

Phew! A bunch of work has led me to this point... but, the blog is now running on github pages instead of Heroku. Additionally, it's now Ptah-based. :)

Hopefully there aren't any differences between old and new (aside from a few cleanups), but who knows? This migration has taken me close to 10 months of work, off and on... mostly...

LTD Week 2014 22

June 10, 2014
tags:  ltdproductivityreports

I did it again -- two weeks reports back to back. Ugh. Here's week 22.

  • Work
    • User accounts
    • Prepping for a database upgrade
  • Responsibility
    • Updating various addresses
    • Bills
  • Leisure
    • A bit of coding
    • A bit of reading (Good Math and Far Away...

LTD Week 2014 23

June 10, 2014
tags:  ltdproductivityreports

And here's this week's...

  • Work
    • Database upgrade
    • Disk request
    • Several DNS entries
    • Diagnose a weird grep issue on a server
    • Diagnose sparse files on a server
    • Investigate a 99% CPU use spike on our production servers
    • Investigate failed backups
    • Investigate a flaky...

LTD Week 2014 21

May 27, 2014
tags:  ltdproductivityreports

Here's this past week's report...

  • Work
    • Completed work to get a database server upgraded to a new version of Oracle
    • Wrote an email script
    • Fixed a broken ftp script
    • Made some user accounts
  • Responsibility
    • Housework - lots of...

LTD Week 2014 20

May 27, 2014
tags:  ltdproductivityreports

Sorry, this is last week's report... I got caught up in a few things.

Anyways, here's the kind of reporting living a semi-quantified life lets you do nearly 2 weeks after the fact:

  • Work
    • Fixed a few FTP jobs
    • Mirrored a root zpool for one of our servers
    • Moved several servers on to bigger...

LTD Week 2014 19

May 13, 2014
tags:  ltdproductivityreports


  • Work
    • Fixed some resource group dependency issues on our library web cluster
    • Investigated some strange java performance issues
    • Restored a website that a customer stomped on
    • Finished several FTP jobs
    • Prepared for an Oracle...

Google failed me, use Python!

May 6, 2014
tags:  pythonstupid trickssysadminSolaris 10

So, yesterday I needed to know whether or not Solaris 10 enforces the maximum open file handles limit for processes running as root (I know, root-level processes are bad form... but it's legacy, so there's my excuse). Google told how to set it, how to check it, and what it defaults to, but didn't give me the all-important info of whether or...

LTD Week 2014 18

May 5, 2014
tags:  ltdproductivityreports

Fun week:

  • Work
    • Installed a perl module on several servers
    • Worked on several FTP jobs
    • Came up with a clone plan for a database server
  • Responsibility
    • Getting better at the Tabata thing
    • Paid rent, credit cards, etc.
  • Leisure
    • Updated orison's...