Archive for September, 2002


I’ve installed Jaguar and lived with it for a week or so. It’s been pretty good so far, but I’m still wondering about a few things.

One of the features that was advertized was iTunes playlist sharing by auto-discovery. I haven’t seen it anywhere.

Ipsec is there, but it’s there in a ‘you’ve gotta google then write shell scripts’ sort of way. At least I don’t have to recompile the kernel. I have gotten host-host (both sides Jaguar) ipsec working on the lan. Next on the list to try is Freeswan interop and host->network combinations. Ideally, I’d be able to have tibook -> airport -> freeswan firewall/gateway -> world working.

Antialiasing is nearly readable on LCD screens now. Certain fonts blatantly advertize the different vertical and horizontal resolution with the sub pixel antialiasing. Lucida Grande isn’t bad in the menu size, but in iTunes (for example) it’s terribly inconsistent. Some i chareacters are one pixel wide and black, some are two or three and grey. Speaking of text rendering, terminal doesn’t render Monaco 9 as fixed width. I’m hoping that this is just a bug and not by design. It almost appears that the character width is .05 more or less than a pixel, so every so often characters are compressed together or too far apart by one pixel. I would think that you could actually improve the horizontal resolution of text by using sub pixel rendering of letter placement without antialiasing. With an LCD, you could get 1/3 pixel placement accuracy horizontally.

Oh well, I’m sure that it will look incredible on this. Or just stick with monster CRTs.

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2 recipes

As discussed at Nicholas’s while having really good food. (and turkish coffee that resembled the stuff made by my french press)

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Chipotle Tomato Soup

For a the winter “I want quick soup” mood. Everything is canned, adjust to taste.

  • 1 28oz can tomatoes, whole or diced.
  • 1 (14oz?) can corn
  • 1 (14oz?) can whole cooked beans, drained (I use a 3 bean blend)
  • 1 quart veggie broth

Conviently enough, all of the above are found in 2 aisles of Trader Joes. Finely diced potatoes can be good in this too. You may need a little more liquid if you use potatoes too.

Add the tomatoes, smoosh or cut them up if they’re whole. Add corn liquid, beans minus liquid, and broth. Simmer for 1/2 hour or so. You may need to go longer if your beans are still really firm. The tomatoes will start to break down a bit. Add the corn near the end so that it doesn’t go to mush.


  • Chipotle
  • Salt
  • Lime Juice

All to taste. Probably about a tablespoon of the lime and chipotle, a couple of teaspoons of salt. But do taste it as you go.

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This is a pancake recipe that is good enough that I normally eat the pancakes without syrup or butter. And I’m a sugar freak.

The Core:

  • 2 cups flour*
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs seperated
  • 2 cups milk
  • oil, 1 tbsp more or less.
  • Some salt, less than tsp.

The Flavorings:

  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Other seasoning to taste: nutmeg, cardamom, whatever you have that’s interesting.

A word about the flour. You want something with flavor that doesn’t have a lot of protein, like bread flours. Too much protein will make your pancakes rubbery instead of tender. Depending on where you are in the country, you may need to seek out something with less gluten than the ordinary all purpose flours. I use Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, which is 10% protein instead of 13% for their normal flours. And a good flavor.

To make:

Mix the dry ingredients. Seperate the eggs, add the yolks to the mixture and beat the whites till they are stiffish or your hand gets tired. Mix in the other wet ingredients till you have a good batter, then fold in the egg whites.

Cook like pancakes. (nawww. you don’t say.) With a good nonstick pan and the right temperature, you don’t need any additional oil in the pan. Too cool and they’ll stick, too warm and they turn brown fast.

If you’re not into following recipies, the only proportions that are really essential are the baking powder, flour and milk. Everything else is open to intrepretation.

This started as something from the Tassajara bread book.

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Northern Ireland Pics

I’ve posted some of the better pictures from my Northern Ireland vacation.

On the Antrim coast

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Esoteric Settings membership signup

Dont’ know why, but one of my sites is generating the following URL,


whether I click on the automated signup link or whether I directly type in:


This appears to be the behaviour occuring after the plugIn was activated. Any ideas why this is occuring?

More importantly, how can one manage the automated membership registration process in such an instance?


The North Coast

Dunluce Castle on the north coast of NI

Every so often as you drive around Northern Ireland, you come across something that is ancient. Broken towers, incomplete walls, or the remains of castles. They are a reminder that some people came here before you and had completely different concerns.

A window in Carickfergus Castle

This window is part of Carrickfergus castle. Other windows of the castle have somewhat realistic plastic soldiers with rifles. A reminder that Ireland does not have a particularly peaceful history.

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I’m heading out on vacation to Northern Ireland for a week or so. Posts here will probably be slow for a good reason, instead of the usual neglect and work and gardening and biking and such.

Saw Doctors @ Bumbershoot, in the rain.

The Saw Doctors, from Monday evening at Bumbershoot. Played for 2 hours in the wind and rain putting on a very good show.

I was a little dissapointed in the offerings at bumbershoot this year: fewer stages and higher prices. On monday, I only ended up seeing 5 shows. There was a huge hole in the middle of the day that was filled with a good rain shower. Rockin Teenage Combo was fun, El Vez was quite political, and on the ‘right’ side. He had a short talk/song on erosion of liberties and what this country is supposed to be. I also enjoyed the Derailleurs and the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Both nice upbeat bands.

This post has been brought to you by the wayport sea-tac airport airport network. It’s not free, but at $7 for a day (or the two hours that I’m waiting. 5 min at checkin, 2 minutes at security. 2:30 is the time to arrive for the London flight.)

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Patch Tool

I’ve just revised my “Patch Tool” to include scripts to dump a table to disk as a file system tree and read it back into a database. It saves files as text or xml whenever possible, and base64 encoded binary as a last resort.

This should allow the conventional source code management systems to help manage Frontier/Radio scripts. It can also serve as a human readable backup for configuration information or website contents.

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Phasor Setting: Smite

I want a smite key on the keyboard. Next to the LART key. Near the Cluebar. Most sysadmins will agree with me, that what ever I might do is entirely justified. This would be a good birthday present, for those taking notes at home. Unfortunately, I needed it this morning.

This morning I find that someone has made my RAQ an open proxy (could be Sun, could be a cracker, haven’t gotten that far yet). It’s like an open relay, but for web requests. So something like 50 ip addresses out there are using my T1 to anonymously surf porn. 50 big ones, and a score of little fry.

My connection, My machines, My vengence. If there’s any possible excuse for DOSing somone off the net, this is one of them. They fall into two categories. Mostly foreign dialups and ()wn#d cable modem connected computers. I don’t have time to track them down, I just want to shoot first and ask questions later. In the case of the ()wn#d boxes, I’d probably be doing the rest of the net a favor.

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