Arbitrarily Anthropomorphized Animated Animal Aversion (AAAAA)

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Tue, 19 Feb 2008 22:22:00 GMT

I suffer from Arbitrarily Anthropomorphized Animated Animal Aversion (AAAAA). It freaks me out when you watch a cartoon and you have: one animal acting as its species is wont to do; one animal acting human. Either anthropomorphize all the animals or none of them!

One grievous offender is Disney. Goofy is an anthropomorphic dog, Pluto is a regular dog. How does that make sense? Why can Goofy walk bipedal and talk whereas Pluto must bark and sniff? The kids in that Stand By Me movie were wise beyond their years.

Who's watching me watch the watchmen?

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Fri, 15 Feb 2008 02:00:00 GMT

I have a dirty little secret I feel like confessing.

I have never finished reading Watchmen.

Starting in high school, every few years someone or another raves about Watchmen. “Dude, you gotta read this!”

I have tried on multiple occasions. I even own a copy now. Never have I been able to finish it. I get bored right around the middle. Then much later on I try to read it again, starting from the beginning because I can’t remember how it started. Rinse and repeat.

Oh and Frank Miller? Can’t get into him either. Sin City, meet Snoreville.

There I said it. Have I ruined my geek credentials? Shall I turn in my pocket protector?


I just realized I’ve never finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy either. Once again about halfway through—right around mid second book I lose interest and stop. Don’t think I’ve ever cracked open the last book.

I’ve read the Hitchhiker’s Guide a brazillion times, that’s got to count for something, doesn’t it?

Let It Snow x3

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Wed, 13 Feb 2008 18:28:00 GMT

My ode to the greatest time of the year:

winter is
snow and cold and shovels
up yours snow

If only I lived in a land of three seasons, Spring, Summer, and Latesummer. A verdant land lush with life and virility—where mighty ruminants strike together their mighty heads in bold efforts to win the favor of the fairer sex as raging waterfalls all but drown out the playful chitterings of a myriad of diminutive creatures coyling playing meaningless games of fun and frolic.

Which I could ignore while staying inside playing video games all day.

This cannot be so where am I?

Loathing snow removal.

Too cheap to buy a snowblower, I’m left no choice but to clear the old fashioned way—shovels.

Notice that was shovels in the plural. That’s right, I have one shovel (metal blade, straight wooden handle) I use for scraping and pushing, and one shovel (plastic blade, metal curved handle) I use for scooping and throwing. The significance of these facts should be glaring; it speaks of a dismal truth which has gripped my reality.

For what is one when one has specialized tools to be utilized in specialized situations? Tools one knows intimately from purpose to construction, tools deployed in a tactical manner? An Expert!

Ack. Know thyself: I am an expert snow shoveler.

Companion Cube, I Salute Thee

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Thu, 07 Feb 2008 22:57:00 GMT

Is this kid cheeky or what?

I think it’s meant to be a tribute.

ActiveRecord, Mysql Views, and You.

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Thu, 07 Feb 2008 09:19:00 GMT

It’s no secret that with Ruby on Rails you can change the database connection an individual model uses.

Why would you want to do this? As on example say that you have two applications that you want to use a single sign-on. You could set your user model for one of the applications to point at the other applications database. This way both applications are using the same set of users, but all of their other tables are separated into their individual databases.

This works for simple cases, but in more complex cases, it may get difficult to manage. And I don’t think Rails will be able to optimize more complex queries due to the different models having different connections.

So what’s a better way to handle more complex situations?

Varnish Reverse Proxy

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Thu, 24 May 2007 13:41:00 GMT

This Varnish reverse proxy looks really neat.

I haven’t been able to find terribly much documentation on it but it seems like a neat thing to try instead of squid, nginx, pound, lighttpd, etc.

The RPMs for RHE / CentOS seem to install easy enough, now time to figure out VCL.

A blazing fast caching reverse proxy in front of a web app is to be desired. It’s good to have a lot of choice.

Railsconf was pretty sweet ...

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Thu, 24 May 2007 12:21:00 GMT

… and I learned a lot.

I believe I have already forgotten more than I’ve retained. A lot of genuinely interesting information locked in a life-and-death struggle to be crystallized with what meager neurons are available to do any meaningful processing.

Quest for the NAS appliance of low power 3

Posted by Phantom Mongoose Wed, 25 Apr 2007 19:42:00 GMT

This is Part Deux of my low power appliance network quest of extra-ordinary magnitude.

You may recall from "Part Un ":partone of our grand adventure we replaced the power hungry and quite possibly mad p233 with a new firewall / router / wireless access point / low power appliance with custom firmware.

Where next does our quest lead? I tell you, dear reader, it leads to an even bigger and louder loutish brute— or brutish lout as the case may be: the file server.