November 2009 Archives

The Big Picture has their usual mix of outstanding, heart-wrenching, and in some cases extremely graphically violent photos in the Afghanistan, November, 2009 set. My favorite is the young medic with the ‘shit magnet’ patch.

As I tweeted earlier, I made the annual Thanksgiving beverage run after work today. Traffic was brutal; I think I saw something on the order of five accidents, all told. (To be fair, it was misting. Ov vey, the DC people and their issues with the driving and the precipitation…)

Anyway, here’s the list of stuff I picked up. Not all of this is for Thanksgiving and there will be some stuff at Thanksgiving that gets pulled out of the cellar that isn’t on this list — but this was tonight’s haul:

  • Mikeller/Brew Dog Devine Rebel — fantastic barleywine, this is going into the cellar to age for a bit
  • Schlafly Reserve 2008 Barleywine
  • Ommegang Three Philosophers — I really like this Quad/Kriek combo with the turkey
  • Stone/Brew Dog bashah Black Belgian-style Double IPA. Has a bottled on date of 12/19/10. I have beer from the future, people!
  • Tröegs Mad Elf Ale — had a couple of these already this year, it’s pretty tasty
  • Weyerbacher Riserva — Ale with raspberry puree added; aged in Oak. Curious about this one…
  • Southern Tier Old Man Winter ale — already had one of these this year; this one might not last the night…
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard — all the label says is 50 I.B.U/10.2% ABV. It might not see the dawn either

TheWife also wanted some wine:

  • Langmeil Hangin’ Snakes Shiraz-Viognier 2006
  • Bohemian Highway California Merlot 2007
  • Terra Andina Sauvignon Blanc 2008

If I remember, I’ll try to get some tasting notes Thursday and post those as a follow-up…

Say you want a Facebook-ish “Wall” — a public Internet space, where anybody can drop you a note that can be seen (and ideally commented upon) by anybody. Say you want to host this on your own site, not FB’s. (And yes, this ties into Dan’s recent “how do we take our conversations back?” questions…)

How much trouble is it to bend something like MT/OpenMelody to that end? Or just whip up something specialized? Call it a ‘golb’ — the reverse of a blog — people writing posts on your site.

This may be a Thanksgiving weekend coding project, let’s see…

(N.b., you probably wouldn’t want to let just anybody post, because the spammers would make you a smoking hole in the ground about 30 seconds later. Make people have OpenID and maybe pass a captcha or something…)

Anyway, just a crazy rainy Tuesday morning idea that I thought I’d throw out for people to run with if they want to…

Several meditations on DevOps, Agile Infrastructure, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or however you’d like to describe competent sysadminery in almost-2010….

Contrast the above links with the first talk at the November London RUG meeting: “Is Your Sysadmin Dumber Than a Hamster? How to automate your sysadmin out of a job, and into a more interesting job.”

From what I can see, the Ruby community oscillates between ignorance and outright contempt for ops people, which is sort of depressing…

It’s been a while. Blame $NEW_JOB, I guess…