Network Outage

Why does crap always go wrong when I’m the one left “in charge”? And why does it always happen around midnight? I don’t like waking people up to tell them they need to come in and fix something. But then again, that’s why they’re on-call.

At least its not the same project as last week.

Edited on May 30th 2004, 07:14 by Hooloovoo

Letter from my grandfather

Below is a statement my Grandfather prepared for the Judge in my Father’s murder case. It was read by my Aunt at the sentencing hearing last Friday.


February 3, 2004

To: Judge Wood, Alaska State Criminal Court

Re: State of Alaska v. Beiderbeck

From: Daniel Allen Belknap

I am the father of Michael King Belknap, stabbed to death on July 14 by Jonathan
Beiderbeck. This crime against my son, his family, his friends, and the Fairbanks
community requires a very long sentence in state prison.

My lifetime profession has been in the field of crime and corrections. I have seen a few
men use a very long prison sentence to study, learn, pray and get their own head
straightened out, and learn to live a constructive life.

Young Beiderbeck has two choices. He can degrade himself still further while he is
confined, and become a sour, bitter, unhappy man, and get caught up in the hostility and
violence that exists in many prisons. Or, he can seek wisdom and maturity that will help
him deal with his guilt, and eventually give him some kind of inner peace. This will take
a long time.

If he chooses the second choice, after many years, I and most of my family would not
oppose an eventual release from confinement.

May God Bless Jon Beiderbeck in such a redemption.

Edited on May 31st 2004, 13:12 by Hooloovoo

Some closure, I guess.

Jonathan Beiderbeck was sentenced today. My Aunt just called me to let me know how it went.

He was given the maximum sentance available, 50 years. 10 years are suspended. This means Beiderbeck
will serve 40 years in prison and be on parole for 10 years. Alaska state law allows time off for good behavior, up to 1/3 of the sentence. 2/3 of 40 years is 26.8. This is the minimum time he will serve before parole, if he earns every possible day for good behavior.

I’m not entirely certain how I feel about it, my aunt noted that he could be incarcarated until he’s 61. The first thought I had when she made that observation was of James Whitmore’s character, Brooks, in The Shawshank Redemption. (excellent movie BTW)

Spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie – I’m going to be talking a bit about the plot.
[Spoilers] Okay so I lied, I haven’t collected all my thoughts about this yet – I’ll update the post later after I’ve had some more time to think. I need to get back in the lab. Sorry for the tease. [/Spoilers]

I’m going to keep an eye on the news-miner website to see if a story gets posted. If it does, I’ll archive it in a post (like I did last year.)

Edited to correct some of the sentencing details.

Edited on May 31st 2004, 13:08 by Hooloovoo

Another dirty spammer trick

Want a way to get around those pesky spam blockers people have set up on their email accounts?

You already know how to spoof the From: and Reply-To: fields right? Any spammer worth thier salt can do it in their sleep. So why not use the same address in those that you use in the To: field? That way when your spam message gets bounced by the target email server, it ends up in the target email box anyway.

I’ve started seeing the above strategy being used on one of my Earthlink addresses. (You know, the one I never use except on my resume, so it gets no legit mail unless I’m actively job-seeking.)

Spammers suck.

Guild Forum / Portal Software

I’ve been asked / volunteered to help set up and run a website for the Super Group I’ve joined in City of Heroes. (Chutta is currently running the group, if anyone cares.)

Anyway – I’m willing, and its not like I don’t have any experience with community sites. But it has been a while. Does anyone have any suggesstions for software? I’m imagining something similar to PHP-Nuke, but PHP-Nuke type sites tend to feel kludgy to me, as a user. (The notable exception was PlanetJumpgate.) I’ve got a valid vBulletin licence at my disposal, but somehow that seems over-kill for what we’re planning.

Basically what I’m going for is a basic guild news and information site with messageboards and possibly a group calander for scheduling events.

Any thoughts/sugestions for good (hopefully free) CMS software packages to look at?


Also – if anyone is playing CoH and is looking to join a Super Group, let me know.

Edited on May 27th 2004, 05:58 by Hooloovoo

Edited on May 27th 2004, 18:34 by Hooloovoo

A link to remember

Been trying to track down some info on the backstory for City of Heroes. All I’ve found are references to it in game reviews and such, but I did come across a link I want to check out when I get home.


And a peripherary disadvantage to working nights: The supergroup I’m in is primarily made up of co-workers. They’re hardly ever on when I play becuase of my schedule. Looks like I need to start a night time recruitment drive.


You ever get that feeling that you’ve done something before?

I’m feeling that way at work right now. We just finished restarting a project because of a server failure, for the second time this week. For those of you playing along at home, this is the 3rd time this project has been started. (Last time we lost almost 2 weeks of work. This time, we lost about 3 days.) Same project, same kind of failure, different server. (If I’m not mistaken this was the replacement hardware that was set up after the last failure.)

would rather be home smashing stupid badguys in City of Heroes.

That reminds me… Gossip, if you read this – can we get a “Games / MMOGs / COH” category?

Edited on May 27th 2004, 02:21 by Hooloovoo

Readjusting sleeping patterns

I’ve agreed to work “nights” for the time being. 15:00-02:00, Wed.-Sat. beginning this week. I have a couple of days to get used to staying up this late.

I don’t kow how long this schedule is going to last. This will be easier than when I had to get to bed by 20:00 because I was working an early morning shift, that’s for sure.

I think its time for me to go to bed. This post took way more time to write than it should have.

There’s a baby in there!

Jenny’s been feeling Duckling moving around a lot more lately. (I’ve even been able to feel him move a couple of times – if I’m patient enough)

This morning I was sitting across the room from my wife, when Duckling kicked a few times. Not only could Jenny feel it, but today was the first time we could actually see it, too! It was neat to watch, and especially reassuring considering how we spent Saturday night.