Identifying a web programmer is easy! Ask them to spell "referrer.

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Derek + Mike

Four Jobs I've Had

  1. Window Washer -- I had a job for one day! I washed windows for people in the downtown area of the town I grew up in. My first day I was washing the windows of a clothing store and I dumped a bucket of soapy water all over the front entrance. What did I do? Why, I just told anyone who wanted to come into the store to go away! Try the other store across the street! Don't slip! I got fired of course.
  2. Shaved Ice Person -- I served shaved ice to people one August while I was in college. My first check for the week was $238. I remember driving home thinking I was SET.
  3. Library Page (Beverly Hills Public Library) -- I would put books away when there were a lot in the carts. I would help people find books. My two week check was for $550 and I remember walking home thinking I was SET. I was eventually promoted to "Clerk", the difference being $1.50 an hour and I didn't have to put books away. I learned then that the ladder to success means less work and more sitting around on your ass. On a positive note I got to see Michael Jackson up close. Larry from "Three's Company", too.
  4. Porn Site Programmer -- Not as exciting as you might think. Saw a lot of people do drugs. My boss and the "talent" would always leave his office sweaty and excited. Yes, excited. I have so many stories about that place that I think it's best if I write about them on my LiveJournal page. Sorry!

Four Movies I Can Watch Over And Over

  1. Fight Club -- I know, I suck
  2. The Third Man -- I fucking love Orson Welles. Seriously, nobody could be better (or worse!) than Orson Welles.
  3. The Godfather -- Not 2 or 3, just the first one.
  4. The Searchers -- HOLY COW am I some sort of guy or what?

Four Places I've Lived

  1. Delano, CA - Born
  2. Los Angeles, CA - Lived
  3. Long Beach, CA - Nearly retired
  4. San Francisco, CA - Born again

Four TV Shows I Love

  1. Seinfeld - I got to see the "Soup Nazi" episode being filmed in the studio.
  2. Deadwood - I haven't watched this season, just loved that perfect first season.
  3. Lost - This season is "meh" but I do love it.
  4. Arrested Development - How predictable am I? I have actually loved a lot of shows (Newhart, Three's Company, The Monkees, Wonderfalls), but these are the ones that popped into my head. Strange how the movies go one way and the TV shows go another, huh?

Four Places I've Vacationed

  1. Rome, Italy - Rainy, but the people were sooo nice--up until that one cab driver...
  2. Venice - Rainy! But the most memorable. I nearly cried when we were taking a boat to the airport.
  3. Sardinia - Lovely/Empty. I'll go here again if I need to get away from everything. Everything except MTV. My GOD, Europe, run for your lives. It's going to destroy you and make you fat.
  4. Barcelona, Spain - A little bit too much poop, but the people were super nice. I liked the way everyone didn't act like I was a foreigner--except the time when the man asked me how to work the computer at the Internet cafe and I proclaimed in bad Spanish, "NO HABLO INGLAIS!" (I Don't Speak English!)

Four of My Favorite Dishes

  1. Amber makes this orange chicken thing that is great!
  2. Amber makes this steak stir fry that rules!
  3. The sushi at this place on 24th. The genius puts a type of salt on the top of his red snapper that adds a crunch. Seriously, it's genius.
  4. Breakfast, two eggs, two bacon (or sausage), juice, and toast at Herb's Fine Foods on 24th.

Four sites I Visit Daily

  1. [this is good] -- NO, not MetaFilter, you twit.
  2. Waxy.org/links -- The best one that is still running (barely)
  3. Kottke.org -- Best $30 I ever spent.
  4. DaringFireball -- Nothing makes me happier than a new DF post on a Monday morning.

Four Places I Would Rather Be Right Now

  1. Here (looking the other direction)
  2. Sleeping
  3. In Sausalit--OH crap I work there. This place is nice
  4. This is hard... I like where I am. I like where I live. Get back to me in a few years, I guess.

Four People I Am Tagging

  1. Amber
  2. Mat!
  3. Harper!
  4. Steve -- Not that I'd want to see Snarkout soiled with silly blogger games, but this like one of my favorite sites and I am incredibly curious about him.

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My sister, it seems, has my number.

Sister: how are things with you? what are you doing this weekend?

Me: hi, busy weekend of drinking

Sister: drinking wow

Sister: cool

Me: hah

A few seconds pass.

Sister: i predict you will have 2 beers

Me: ...

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Old Man #1 : He's even got his own DNS server.

Even Older Man #2 : He's got a what now?

Old Man #1 : I said he's got his own DNS server!

(at this point I'm laughing because I can't believe these two old men are discussing DNS servers)

Old Man #2 : Why does he have that?

Old Man #1 : I dunno, he likes the control, I guess.

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payment received
Originally uploaded by torrez.

We sold our first piece of inventory through the thing I’ve been working on for the past few months. I have a little script that pings me when this happens, and this is when it happened today. We’re in an alpha of sorts, letting people in to “kick the tires”.

I’m virtually pasting this on my wall for posterity. We’re almost open for business, folks.


(note, “Apache” is just some default text from the web server. I should change that…)

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Next_computer Someone asked on a discussion group I'm on about naming servers. As you probably know we name machines on our networks so we don't have to remember that the file server is 192.168.1.23 and the mail server is 192.168.1.22. Instead you grant a symbolic name to the machine and can just type it in and rely on the magic of DNS to match it, even when the server needs to move to a different node and get a new IP address.

IT folks and others who are in charge of servers sometimes get excited as 16-year olds naming their rock bands. The discussions usually go like this:

"Let's name them after moons in Star Wars!"
"Yeah!"
"alakatha!"
"dxun!!"
"forestmoonofendor!!!"
"Hmm, that might be a bit long."
"sharene?"
"There's a Sharene in accounting, actually. That might not go over well."
"Okay, how about Simpsons characters?"
"Brilliant!"
"homer!"
"marge!!"
"bart!!!"
"lisa!!!!"
"There's another woman in accounting named Lisa. Let's get away from people names."
"Planets in the solar system?"
"We'll run out of names."
"What's wrong with Uranus2?"
"Greek gods?"
"I'm listening..."
"Well Hermes was the messenger of the gods... So that could be the mail server."
"And Zeus was the god of gods, that could be our DNS server."
"This is brilliant!"
"Let's do it!"
"Yeah, plus that's what we named the servers at the last place so it'll be easy to remember."

At the last place I worked at we started from scratch and had the "haw haw" idea of naming them after Scientologists: Moore, Hayes, Plummer, Alley, Cruise... It was mysterious enough so that when we told clients their files were on "plummer.ourdomain.com" we didn't have to explain what that was about. And since we were a marketing company, we didn't come off as a bunch of social-rejects with something like "ClakDorVII.ourdomain.com" or "NarShaddaa.ourdomain.com".

Like I said, "haw haw".

When the IT group started growing, they acquired their own servers and--I shit you not--named them after Greek gods. The main file server was named Zeus, the mail server and database were named Pandora and Apollo. They'd have a nice laugh when Pandora was acting up--which was "haw haw" squared.

Here is a list of things to keep in mind when naming your servers:

  1. Keep it short and easy to spell. "Blue", "red", "green", "black" are infinitely more friendly than "judaspriest", "polyhymnia", or "chlamydia".
  2. Give the servers names you don't mind saying in meetings with big clients. "Yes, you can grab those files off of 'pine' whenever you like." sounds better than, "Yes, you can grab those files off of 'klaatu9' whenever you like."
  3. Nobody likes Star Wars. Yes, a few engineers, mostly concentrated in pit of hell a few miles south of San Francisco, but that's pretty much it. Star Wars is a terrible, terrible period in our nation's history which thankfully, due to the human fascination with trilogies (or even double trilogies), means we'll see a Battle of Bull Run before we see another new Star Wars movie. It's over. The nightmare is over. Fuck your Star Trek, too.
  4. Don't be too cute. Naming things after Scientologists was fun until I had to tell the new hire what the naming scheme was and hope he wasn't a "Friend of L.Ron" and was going to somehow fill my water glass full of Thetans and damn me to a life under some volcano in Hemet, California. Kind of like that moment when you let the word "retard" go in a group setting and then worry a bit that any one of them might actually have retarded relatives back home drooling on something.
  5. No Greek/Roman gods. At least make it exciting and name them after more current mythical gods like Jesus or The Dude or Steve Jobs.

In closing I would just like to cite this fact I found on Wikipedia while researching this post. Total number of kick-ass rock bands named after Star Wars: 0.

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Link: Daring Fireball: iTunes MiniStore Is Now Opt-In.

For Christmas I decided to grab a few extra iTunes gift cards in case I needed to give someone a last minute present. It turned out I didn't need them, and so I converted them and have been acquiring songs and episodes of "Lost" every couple of days.

Two observations: the first being that I didn't find the new MiniStore content intrusive at all. In fact, I liked that when it offered up the new Flaming Lips track when I noticed I was listening to Soft Bulletin. I hadn't read any of the

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  • You know what's sad/funny about this? I know him, and he's like this. Like, always. This isn't a put on. He's like this. "Hey, do you have that flash file for me?" "GOOBY! GOOp Bah Monkey, Hey buddy! Flash? Flash for your bad self?" "Nevermind."
    (tags: keegan viral)

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Jason pointed to an obituary-blog of sorts that chronicled the obituaries from New Orleans pre-Katrina.

Link: DIDN'T HE RAMBLE.

As I was reading it, I started to realize that I grew up with people with some very interesting nicknames as well. Though I found it hard to remember all of them since to me they were just normal names.

There's my immediate family, my Uncle "Quisi" (Pete), Aunt "Pinkie" (Rachel), my dad is "Chi-Chi" (Alex). My mom is "Lolie" (Dolores).

I hung out with a guys named "Monkey" (Daniel), "Spider" (John), "Fonzie" (No idea).

My dad had friends named "Twenty Bucks" (Tony), "Johnny Lawnmower" (Johnny) and "Voolie" (No idea).

It's strange to be this old and realize that most people didn't grow up around these kinds of names. You have a lot of those realizations in college or when you move away from your home town, but I think it's fascinating I just had it now.

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Blech.
Originally uploaded by Amber Dawn.

Amber and I are starting out the new year like a couple of champs.

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