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Monthly Archive for December, 2009

Looking Backwards into 2010

When people try to come up with a New Year’s resolution, they look back at the past year. Sometimes it’s easy to pick out areas where we weren’t our best, coming up with resolutions to improve those areas. Sometimes it isn’t so easy. Instead of looking back over the last year, I figured I’d look […]

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Finding Matching Braces in Vim

Simply put, Shift-% will find matching braces in Vim. my @foods = qw(rice celery apple orange potato); my @fruits = qw(apple orange pineapple); for my $food (@foods) { for my $fruit (@fruits) { if ($food eq $fruit) { print “$fruit\n”; } } } If you place the cursor on the for my $fruit (@fruits) line […]

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Twitter and Pingdom Monitoring

A few site updates. Since I don’t have a phone with Internet access and don’t have regular access during the workday, I don’t find Twitter all that useful. However, in the spirit of being an accessible person I’ve configured FeedBurner to tweet when new things are are published here. For those who follow Twitter moreso […]

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Bourbon Chicken at China Express

No thanks to the search engines, it’s clear that I use the word “behold” frequently. So this time, I won’t. Here it is, then. In the midst of sampling spicy Chinese takeout, I saw that China Express had a Bourbon Chicken on the menu. Being a fan of bourbon and chicken individually, I figured I’d […]

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Driven By Many Factors

I’ve been thinking about my career path. Although I have recently changed courses (from a system/network administration/engineering track to the software engineering track), I’m still on the same path. I still solve unique problems using a varied set of skills. Despite that it’s a stable and visible path, sometimes I feel like I’m missing out. […]

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House of India is a Gem

I had heard about House of India before. Good things, mostly. The word of mouth sort. I had read a favorabe review by a blogger whose tastes tend to resonate with mine. According to their web site, Shyam Prakash — the chef there — even had the privilege of cooking spicy lamb vindaloo for President […]

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I’m So Tired of This

CNN’s web site has been dead in the water for hours, probably due to today’s incident on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. Detroit airliner incident ‘was failed bomb attack’, via BBC White House: Failed Airline Bombing Was Attempted Act of Terrorism, via Fox Explosive device set off aboard airliner, via CNN (when it loads) The situation […]

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Return Code for Common Utilities

Usually a return code of 0 indicates success and a return code of 1 indicates a problem, but not always. Granted, many of the GNU core utilities have been ported from way back before the day. Even those rewritten from scratch are probably based on a previous incarnation, so it’s understandable that the maintainers wanted […]

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Two Films that Leaving Me Thinking

Differentiating movies from films is difficult. It isn’t as simple as the quality or content of what’s on the screen. I think it’s more of what you’re getting out of it. If the goal is sheer entertainment, it’s a movie. If I want more out of it, it’s a film. I’ll rave to friends about […]

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Vegging Out Amidst the Snow

This weekend’s snowfall gave me plenty of time to relax. I’ve been enjoying First Stint, a free 22 track album released by Ben Youngs. Well-composed soundscapes dominate the album, with a few remixes thrown in for variety. A few remixed Fools & Horses tracks are included, as is a really addictive track by Kaitlin Sweeney. […]

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Throwing In the Towel

Every once in a while a friend will refer some side work my way, usually fixing home computers. Most suffer from performance problems stemming from spyware and malware, usually from running with administrative privileges. Some problems are more exotic, like having two different anti-virus suites fighting for resources. While fixing malware issues is a fairly […]

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Lately, I’ve been all about going out and doing things. With that in mind — and paying tribute to various anniversaries of sorts — on December 6th we drove down to Shenandoah National Park to climb a mountain. Old Rag, to be specific. Though my associates had been numerous times, it was my first time. […]

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One of my friends has a TomTom. As of this past weekend, I have renamed it. I will now refer to his GPS as the TomTom Adventure Machine. Twice now his GPS has taken us on all sorts of crazy back roads to get us to our destination. This thing knows about dirt roads, access […]

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This past Saturday — on December 5th — I blogged about central Maryland’s first snowfall of the 2009 season. While perusing the related posts, I noticed that the first snowfall in 2007 occurred on December 5th. Going back two more years to 2005, it was a few days prior to December 9th (so possibly December […]

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And Then There Was Snow

I have this idea that to be a true White Christmas, it needs to be clear the night before and then on December 25th you wake up to snow on the ground. In a perfect world, it would be the first snowfall of the season. Whether the snow is still falling is completely optional. It’s […]

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