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Monthly Archive for July, 2009

Family Style at Hunan Manor

Don’t let the garish and almost comically blood red exterior fool you, Hunan Manor in Columbia is worth a visit. If you’ve got a group of eight or more, try the family-style dining. It’s a very reasonable way to try a lot of different dishes and it feels more like home even when you’re eating […]

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Bad News From Las Vegas

The SSL certificate vulnerabilities discussed at Black Hat yesterday are both scary and irritating. Scary, because the ramifications are huge. Banking. Health care. Email. Software repositories. Irritating for two reasons, namely who on earth decided to allow null strings in certificate in the first place and why the hell wouldn’t an SSL implementation not read […]

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The Wizard of Oz at Wolf Trap

Wolf Trap is an amazing venue, specifically the Filene Center. I usually avoid 66 at all costs, but this venue is worth the drive. First, the venue itself is beautiful. A wooden open-air structure, not unlike Nissan Pavilion but small and more classy. The interior is lit by reflection off the white girders. Wood paneling […]

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The Loft was a barn-shaped bar with a liquor store underneath. The place was notable for having free pool on various weeknights, at least one broken window that went unrepaired for years (letting cool and smoke-free air in during the winter), and having the largest digital jukebox I’ve ever seen. Business didn’t ever appear to […]

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Keeping Track of IPv4 Allocations

If you employ bogon filtering on your firewalls or servers, make sure you check the IPv4 address space list from time to time. Since February 2008 and as recently as March 2009, IANA has allocated 13 /8 blocks that were previously unallocated. Here’s the complete list of new allocations from 2008 onward. 2008-02 173/8 2008-02 […]

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Main Stage Phases at Artscape 2009

Though I was just a spectator at Artscape 2009, these two photos explain part of why I like working shows. I get to see the before, during, and after phases. Before, Friday night: During, Saturday night just before Robert Randolph and the Family Band: I didn’t stick around for the after, nor did I make […]

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The Cheaters at Artscape 2009

The Cheaters took the Festival Stage last night, putting on a nice set. The crowd was mellow and having a good time, though more sparse than today will be. I especially liked the picnic tables and lawn chairs that were provided by the Artscape staff for the Festival Stage. Also, it seems all the stages […]

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Another Goal

After two weeks back in the pool, I’ve added a new goal to my list of things to accomplish. I’m probably getting ahead of myself with regard to the swimming, but I’m enjoying myself. It isn’t a long term idea, but not short either. Call it mid-term, within the next couple years. The Alcatraz Challenge […]

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Two Invites in As Many Days

In the past two days I’ve gotten invited to two little parties… By email, it seems there’s a get-together being organized at Little Havana on August 15th. And by organized I mean being sent out as a mass Evite, with rumors of a Facebook group as well. I’m a “maybe” at present. No more on […]

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I experienced feelings of déjà vu while watching Rendition for what I thought was the first time. I get these feelings periodically and though they always feel a little eerie, this was much worse. Considering the subject matter, it was absolutely creepy. Now it is possible and even likely that I saw bits and pieces […]

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Maiwand Kabob at Arundel Preserve

Ever since one of the owners of Gourmet Shish Kebab (GSK) was in the news pleading guilty to spying for Iraq, I couldn’t in good conscience continue to eat there. Due to the quality of the food however, it continues to be my basis for comparison when it comes to kabobs. Enter Maiwand Kabob, a […]

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Cleaning Out the Closet

Lately I’ve been feeling like cleaning out the house. Getting rid of a lot of the crap that I hold onto needlessly. I’m a pack rat. It’s a tough process for me. This morning I woke up with an urge to clean out my closet. I just knew that there were clothes in there that […]

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In the course of one hour of Comedy Central — watching Christian Finnegan — I observed no less than six advertisements with Transformers themes. Six ads in less than sixty minutes. That’s pretty heavy rotation, considering the movie is already out. It seems like that’s a lot of different companies and products to be merchandised […]

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Meh to Public Enemies

I saw Public Enemies last night. Opening night, apparently. You could have fooled me, the mall was vacant. Sign of a Wednesday night? or one of the times? I remember seeing the trailers in the theater and saying “damn, I’ll surely be seeing that.” With Johnny Depp and Christian Bale facing off, how could you […]

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Flip Video Goes Seriously Airborn

Some friends recently went to Japan and took their HD Flip video camera. They made a very nice collage in iMovie of stills and video. Now it seems — thanks to my college roommate for sharing — that the camera works just as well in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet doing maneuvers. Though not […]

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