February 20th, 2005

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elfs used his l33t mad sk177z, and made me a set of video DVD's of the Battlestar Galactica tv series. (When it's *broadcast*, I feel no moral qualms over "copyright infringement", it's just a varient of timeshifting and trading tapes.) I picked up a box of DVD cases at Fry's, and then hacked raw postscript to make some nice box art. (Page-layout software is for wimps, Real Men use PostScript.)

Friday evening, he and his and I enjoyed our semi-traditional Fish Friday. This time it was halibut chowder in breadbowls. No red anti-oxidants where sampled this time, but the food was yummy. Since all their usually babysitter options fell thru, they asked if I could `sit Kouryou-chan and Yamarashi-chan the next evening. Sure, that's always fun.

While driving back down to their place Saturday evening, I got stuck in some traffic. Right where 518 goes under the SeaTac runway approach lights, there was a light pickup truck flipped onto it's side. I still can't figure out how it got that way. I'm sure it would have made more sense if I could have seen the rest of the involved cars, but they had already been towed away.

After they left for an adult couples evening with some friends of theirs, I made grilled cheese sandwiches for Kouryou and grilled tuna sandwiches for Yamarashi, let them watch some Uninhabited Planet Survive and some Snow Fairy Sugar, read some Maia: A Dinosaur Grows Up and some Little House in the Big Woods, and then they fell asleep on either side of me. Awww, kawaii.
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I've signed up for an account with linode as my new well-connected box. It's pretty amazing. Like my old sru account, I have full root access to an entire machine. But in this case, the "machine" is completely virtual. It's a UML (User Mode Linux) instance running on some big-ass blade server somewhere. I can used their web UI to slice and dice my "disk" space into whatever chunks I want, put various filesystems and Linux distros on whatever chunks, and put them all together into a "machine" that I can halt and boot on a whim, and get keyed ssh access to it's "console", as well as normal `net access into it when it's running

Plus it's better connected to the `net at large, the backup is complete, intrinsic, invisible, and automatic (due to the virtual nature of the "disk"), AND it's cheaper to boot.

The folks at sru have agreed to ship me the disk out of the old machine I was leasing, so I can recover my own home dir from it, and after I do, I will be shaking their dust from my feet.