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Wild Web Weekend

While Sunday I was off curling all day, Saturday managed to be a pretty reasonable day for getting things done for the wedding, shower, and other obligations.

I put together the automatic gallery script for Mike Fogg’s Website, so he can upload more pictures though an easy form that I gave him. Mike still needs to give me some proper text for his site, so I’m still awaiting that. Susan threatened to do that without him if he doesn’t respond soon, as the lack of that on Mike’s website is probably hurting him more than the lack of pictures was.

The wedding website moved to here. Yes, it’s a wiki (which I know Dan will get on my case about). But it looks a lot better than the old site, and makes it easier for Susan to add content to it. I also suspect that my mom, and a couple others will want to add bits, so that provides an easy way to do that as well. I need to add that to my backups soon.

Wedding planning got a lot more specific, and organized. We’ve got the master list of everything that needs to be done now, and Susan and I are taking various items and just doing them. We’re 5 months out, so time is getting a little short, though the end of the semester is going to help some.

Evites went out for the Memorial Day party last friday, hopefully we’ll end up with the same 40 or so folks from last year, plus maybe a few more. Need to invite more of the neighbors this time around.

And we’re actually getting our butts in gear on the bathroom remodeling. While I’m not thrilled on the price, I am thrilled about the idea of having a shower panel, and marble floors (purchased). I think we found the furniture we want this weekend at home depot, so the remaining elements needed are:

  • Toilet (can do that at the last minute)
  • Shower Light
  • Shower Wall Tile
  • Shower floor mosaic

The Wall tile is the biggest issue right now. Amusingly enough, the walls in the bathroom at Panera actually are really close to what we want, now we just need to find out where they source their tile from. 🙂

Convenient Linux Printing

One of the reasons I really like Mandriva Linux is that it sets up a lot of Linux applications very nicely out of the box. One of the stellar examples is the way that it sets up CUPS for printing. For instance, when I roam between, home, work, and space, the moment I attach to the network, I knows which printers are there, and those are the ones it tries to print to. I’ve got CUPS servers in all 3 places that server up a sane default, so I never have to pick a printer, and lpr does it all for me.

One of my nits with Mandiva, is I often can’t figure out exactly how it does these things. I figured out that it was using slp for subnet based broadcast (all cups servers with Broadcast enabled send these multicast packets around periodically to self configure with each other), which works fine at home, and at work if I’m wired, but doesn’t solve the whole story. The last bit of the puzzle is the use of BrowsePoll in your /etc/cups/cupsd.conf.

BrowsePoll specifies an IP:PORT that cups should try to poll for printers at the same interval as it is sending these slp packets on the network. Adding a couple of entries there, and I never have to think about printer configuration again. 🙂

The Areas of My Expertise


On the way back from Austin, I strolled into the airport bookstore to get a bottle of water, and do my quick check to see if they actually carried any science magazines (the answer was no, per usual, though there were 12 or so gamer magazines there). However, they did have The Areas of My Expertise sitting out front. After reading the cover, and finding a Dr Who reference early on, I was hooked.

The book reads much like America The Book, though it is structured almost exactly like the Old Farmers Almanac. For instance, every chapter starts with a Lycanthropic Transformation Table, explaining time tables and effectiveness during the different sevenths of the moon cycle, and a brief description, including motos, of all 51 (yes 51) states.

I was enthralled for most of the trip back with the book, and laughing out loud, probably disturbing those around me, for the course of the trip. If you are a fan of dry wit and satire, you should definitely pick up this book.

Adam West comes full circle

I noticed that there is a new The Batman animated series on the WB, so I promptly TiVoed it to see if it was any good.

I was most amused that the first voice actor I saw was Adam West as the Mayor of Gotham. I guess the death of irony was proclaimed a little too soon.

Adam West has had a revival in the past few years, as a voice actor, first, playing himself as Mayor Adam West on Family. I also noticed him on The Boondocks in the Trial of R Kelly episode.