# Oh yeah, fitting right in

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Flocking behavior in cars. Perhaps responsible for elevated smug levels.

Posted at 16:00:24 GMT-0700

Category: photorental carstravel

# Rental prius

Thursday, January 29, 2009

It is so LA! Now how to put it in plug-in mode so I don’t have to refill. Battery is dead, but tank is full…

Engine start on this one causes more of a judder that I remember in the zip car ones, and only 10k miles.

79 and sunny. AC in Jan…

Posted at 16:00:16 GMT-0700

Category: placesrental cars

# Gosh, why did my UPS fail?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gee, those batteries got hot enough to melt the covers and pop the cases, I wonder if that could have been it? Thanks Mark, for the new factory surplus ups.

Posted at 01:00:14 GMT-0700

Category: phototechnology

# As Bender Says: “We’re Boned.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There is a great article in this week’s New Scientist by James Lovelock about the state of Global Warming and “green” mitigation strategies. His view is not comforting, nor does he mince words. It is a great read and I highly recommend it.

I’ve had ongoing discussions with friends about how much of a scam carbon trading is and about what technologies have any viability from a system level analysis. James addressed many of my favorite subjects and he’s obviously very bright because I tend to agree with him (though the biochar sequestration idea is not viable on the wee amount of biomass created through global agriculture compared to the global system as a whole, alas).

The best part of the whole interview is James’ matter of fact assessment of a likely genetic bottleneck in the next century. He seems optimistic for the outcome as an evolutionary driver, which is a pleasantly cheerful way to look at near extinction of the human race, a substantial “cull,” as he puts it.

Posted at 00:34:10 GMT-0700

Category: weather

# On The Media

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One of my favorite radio shows is On The Media; one of the best shows on the radio. As good as it is every week, the first segment of the January 16th show stands out as amazing. It is a wonderful summary of some of the almost previous administration’s absolutely abhorrent behavior and abject lying. If you’ve forgotten the history of what pathetic scum they were, the first few minutes of the show will remind you of the highlights from Cheney’s disastrous energy commission to the fable of Jessica Lynch and all the rest of the lies and fabrications and constitutional subversions they subjected us to.

Cheney may have used “fuck” in his dismissal of Patrick Lehey, but the weight of that flippant obscenity pales compared to the very deliberate use of “thank.”

Thank you, George Bush. Thank you, everyone who voted for him.

Posted at 01:00:08 GMT-0700

Category: politicsPositivereviews

# Near riot at Hz Office

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

As is typical late at night at the Hz office in YYZ there were no cars. Nothing like telling people to wait just a few more minutes a dozen time at 1 am to get em wound up.
One would think that a reservation system would prevent this sort of thing, but no. Not even for the special “president’s circle” people.
Oh well off to Guelph again.

Posted at 00:00:13 GMT-0700

Category: photorental carstravel

# Investment in porn?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Perhaps it is a sign of the times, but a book I bought from Amazon a few years back of pictures of naked people has appreciated about 10x since I bought it.  That makes porn a better investment than anything contemporary and matches the best historical return I’ve ever managed: buying APPL at \$11 way back during the last crash.

Posted at 12:56:58 GMT-0700

Category: funny

Friday, January 9, 2009

My nice Buick rental car covered in snow.
It was quiet but underpowered.

Of course there was plenty of snow to go around.  But the car worked pretty well.  I missed the heated seats of the Cadillac the cold mornings, but I enjoyed being able to hear CBC-R2 clearly, even on the 401’s rough surface.
Posted at 16:00:15 GMT-0700

Category: GeopostphotoplacesPositiverental carsreviewstravelweather

# Automatic flush sensors suck

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

If not in all circumstances at least for anyone who wears a black shirt and doesn’t enjoy having their ass randomly sprayed with toilet water.

Posted at 18:31:25 GMT-0700

Category: phototechnology

# cannot connect to saslauthd

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I recently ran some updates on my FreeBSD server and ran into a problem that resulted in the following error in /var/log/maillog

warning: SASL authentication failure: cannot connect to saslauthd server: No such file or directory

The update process tends to kill saslauthd which will generally restart itself properly on reboot, but if you’re in the middle of a long rebuild and need to restore mail service quickly some or all of the following may help:

/etc/rc.d/inetd restart /usr/local/libexec/courier-imap/imapd-ssl.rc stop /usr/local/libexec/courier-imap/imapd-ssl.rc start /usr/local/etc/rc.d/saslauthd stop /usr/local/etc/rc.d/saslauthd start

Posted at 01:09:15 GMT-0700

Category: FreeBSD