Storm closin’ in

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They’ve issued a damaging hail warning, but it may not get this far. I suppose it’s only a matter of time before Golden Girl looks like metallic swiss cheese.

But, oh, I love these storms.



Storm a brewin’

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I will never tire of the storms here. As long as I don’t have to drive through them, watching them, feeling them, smelling them is a wonder. An absolute wonder.

I actually felt and smelled this storm before looking out the window and seeing the clouds. Your hairs stand up on your arms, and you can taste a slightly acrid taste, smell the ozone. They just put out a severe storm watch, and I’m not surprised with the heat and humidity preceding this one. Beautiful. Beautiful.

And much more fun than server stuff. Best of all, photographs! The only photos I could take of me working on the server is an increasingly red face. Not a pretty sight. No sirree.



Canceled move to new server

I’ve canceled the move to the new server and have renewed the site here at Hosting Matters while I think what best next to do. Hosting Matters responded very quickly to ensure that this site is maintained, so other than some momentary DNS confusion, this weblog shouldn’t be disrupted.

Also apologies for all the grumpiness surrounding Web Intellects. I should have just cut my loses when I saw how much Ensim impacts on the overall system. I’m too used to working directly with Unix to deal well with an application whose sole purpose is to buffer one from Unix.

Web Intellects has been kind enough to refund my money, which is cool.

So, business as usual, at least for now.

Thanks for bearing with me.


Sappy Woof!

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I am more than a little fuzzy tonight — way too much technology. However, in between tarring, gzipping, ftping, installing, testing, breaking, and re-installing, I’ve had time to keep up with all the linguistics discussions and I have to say how much I’ve enjoyed these.

It started with the now legendary Linguistic Relativism and Korean essay by Stavros, which Tom calls the …Stavrosian linguistic relativism thread. Then Jonathon sat down, joined the discussion, excusing himself momentarily for a quick cuppa, before returning to the talk. Language Hat, a very welcome addition to my blogroll, joins in, not surprising because he is a linguist after all. A New York linguist at that.

Is that an oxymoron?

Jeff joins with Tom in defending Chomsky, who must be tickled pink to be discussed within a linguistic context, rather than the usual “Let’s string the commie Arab loving bastard up” context he’s normally discussed within weblogs. Norm teaches us how to say ‘shit’ in Danish, which will come in handy some day. He also introduces his youngest son to weblogging. Since his son is a chip off the old Jenson liberal block, the conservatives in the audience are probably practicing their Danish right now.

My evil twin’s lover, Happy Tutor joins in, but people still come around.

Dorothea provides a wonderful discussion of Cave linguistics. Now you all know why she was the perfect editor for a book on RDF. Correction: David contributed this gem.

And these are just the more formalized writings. You have to read the comments associated with each to get the full, rich flavor of this discussion. Altogether, grand.

Og like.

I want to go back to school.


The problems with virtual

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The problems with a Virtual Private Server (VPS) is that it isn’t Unix as you know Unix. I had this with my last virtual server that was FreeBSD based, but it wasn’t too bad. All of this is different with Ensigm and VPS on Linux. And none of this was helped by lack of documentation.

Bad boy, bad boy. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do… when your customers come for you because the documentation that comes with your fully released commercial application has “To be done” for most of it. They shoot people in Texas for this, you know.


However, after a chat with a supervisor to find out I have to specifically ask for certain things to be installed, such as Tomcat, they’re now installed. And I now have root access, and a pretty good idea of what I can, and cannot touch. But since I don’t normally customize the kernel for kicks, we should be okay.

Let’s say that the customer service experience today was a mixed bag, but alls well that ends well. I am what is known as a tough customer. Just call me Burning Bitch.

I can do so much damage on this new system! Expect frequent crashes and mayhem as I experiment and play around. I love the smell of fresh burning wire insulation in the morning.

It’s fun even going through this type of activity, rather than a count down of the hours until the site goes out for the count. And it’s fun playing with the technology again. So thank you all for this delightful headache. It’s good to be back in the mess again.

And see, I’m back into the threadneedle, ThreadsML stuff over here, too. Busting balloons, being a pain in the butt. You know, the usual.

Bad boys. Bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when I come for you. Bad boys. Bad boys…