Saturday, October 31, 2009

Thriller 2009: Happy Halloween everyone!

Well actually its Justice's Genesis but man is it awesome!

Greg and I are not dressing up this year. Instead we are going to Octoberfest at the shaw. It should be great!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Restoring a mac with Time Machine from a Readynas nv+

We had a macbook pro today that would not boot up. After a quick look at it using the install disk's disk utility it looked like there were some un-solveable disk permission issues in the library most likely due to some sort of software install gone bad.

We store all of our time machine backups on a readynas nv+ which has been a handy tool for us for many applications. I had never restored a system from time machine before so this was an interesting exercise. I found this fantastic tutorial on the readynas support community. The only limitation is that if you follow it when you get to the point to select your readynas share that contains the backup the time machine restore utility can not find it (Snow leopard 10.6.1).

To get around this:
  1. I went into disk utility.
  2. Selected the main HD.
  3. Selected the restore option.
  4. In there you will see a place to select what image you are restoring from. Click on the select or choose option and you will see a finder selection window open up.
  5. From the left hand "Shared" panel find the readynas appliance.
  6. Select your share so that the mounted icon shows up next to it.
  7. Then hit cancel and exit disk utility.
  8. You should return to the time machine restore screen and your backup drive should be displayed on the option list.
After that you are ready to go with your backup.

Pac man never looked so appealing

DVICE just did a rundown on 10 fun retro gaming costumes. The list is soso with one exception. I personally have never been a fan of pac man, however if pac man was as hot as this guy I am sure I would have spent more time working that joystick...

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Today is not starting off so well. The fella slept through his alarm only to discover that the hot water had been turned off for the building. Now I am on the condo board and I knew we were replacing the water heaters today. The board president assured us that the water would be on till 9 am when they would get started.

Clearly this was not the case as it was off before 7. She is always doing passive aggressive shit like this. I am not impressed.

So i tried to shower in ice cold water which has left my back all cramped up. I don't even feel clean.

Bleh good start to the day.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I need to get you out of your cave, man

I am totally digging Roisin Murphy. Her disk "overpowered" is rockin my fuzzy butt these days, the more i listen to it the more i love it. It feels like a bit of a disco a bit of grace jones and some kylie/lady gaga. Check out her song primitive. Its sounding great on my recently returned Bose cinemate sound system (which I missed dearly while it was gone to the shop for some warranty work).

Monday, October 26, 2009

webcrimes Case 8: The copycat

It is official Yahoo took down it's geocities sites today meaning that thousands of hideous websites are off the web living on only in our memories and google's cache. Eventually the pain caused by the dancing gifs and neon green text will fade and we will become whole once again.

In honour of this momentous occasion XKCD altered its website. Man is it terrible in the best way possible. Those blinking stars in the background are enough to make your eyes bleed.

I love it! Check it out while you can!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Teh awesome

So put a bunch of hot buff straight dudes in a house and what do you get?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Disfunction trumps talent in the new media.

Allan S. Hit the nail square on the head about that balloon boy that captured the news media today. About the family using this as a springboard into having a tv show.

Here is my comment on his post:
Something about the whole story as it was unfolding struck me as off. Then when i found out who the family was i knew it even before the balloon came down. I have seen two episodes of wife swap (honest!) and this family was one of them. The Dad is a bit narcissistic and 100% insane and his wife is a total enabler. The whole family was a train wreck. It makes one yearn for the days when fame was based on talent and not insanity.
I think it all ties into the social need we have to feel better than others. I can turn on Jon and kate plus 8 and watch her be a controlling bitch and him being a distant dickhead and feel better that at least i am not as fucked up as those guys. It used to be that fame was based on the principles of meritocracy. The talented cream rose to the top and was rewarded for it. Now it is the rotten apples and the bruised pears that seem to be getting all the attention.

Its almost enough to make one want to shut off the TV. Who am i kidding that will never happen.

**** UPDATE****
I knew it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Passive Agressive facebook notes

I love love love the passive aggressive notes website.

This gem popped up on my facebook friends feed. I had to make a screen shot of it before he was able to delete the comment. Made me laugh so hard.

I love the little heart at the end.

The ravages of time: final

I was saddened to find out that the neighbour who I talked about in this post passed away last night in the hospital where she had been since that May night. I knew that night was likely the last night she would spend in her own home and her own bed. I wish I had not been right.

Time will take us all. Enjoy it while you can people.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Harper called out for his neoconservative connections

Why is this man in office???
Credit goes to crystalgaze2.

Being thankful

Happy thanksgiving day to all my canadian readers. I am so lucky with all the amazing gifts I have in my life.

The fella and I are spending the day in just the two of us gonna watch last night's episode of dexter and some movies and order in chinese food. No turkey for us today but I am ok with that.

We watched Zombieland last night. It was awesome. I am a big fan of zombie movies. I think this one was on par with shaun of the dead. Perhaps even better in some ways. Go check it out if you love humour and brain eating glory.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Attack of the Zombie Software development project

Work has been good the last little while with the exception of that software development project that most of my regular readers will know has become the bane of my existence. We want it done, they want it done. I just want to not have to deal with it anymore.

Also I think I am going to start saving up for one of these. I realized i spend 8 hours a day in this cheap ass uncomfortable chair at work that hurts the hell out of my back. I should invest in something nice.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Helloooo Nurse

The fella has been down with the flu the last two days. I have been trying to take care of him but it doesn't seem to be helping. He is sleeping a lot and managing to keep soup down though so that is something.

I am a little worried with all the talk of swine flu especially because Greg so rarely gets sick. I know most of it is overblown media hype but i still think about it. I guess irrational thoughts are another downside of being slightly obsessive compulsive and germphobic. Ahh the joys of personal insanity.

I have been feeling a little off myself the last two days. I am not sure if it is lack of sleep or me catching something but I feel foggy and out of focus.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Petty things that shouldn't bother me but do

So I frequent a bear site called bear411 its by far the most popular networking site that i know of for the gay bear community.

It is terribly coded and the owner has been accused of being overly judgemental and mean when selecting who can join the site.

Still its one of the most popular sites around and I tolerate it because its easy to use bookmarklets to view profile images without getting a paid account. Today they recoded the images so that the button (bookmarklet) i use no longer works.

Boo hiss bear411 boo hiss.

If heroes facebooked

Sometimes I wish i was clever enough to come up with stuff like this.

Another great article on the rape of the mental healthcare system in alberta

Those in the know are fighting back. It surprises me very little that the Stelmach government has not been consulting with the people in the trenches who are the real experts on Mental healthcare delivery in Alberta. I wonder who they did consult with. My bets are a marketing director and a budget analyst. Or perhaps they didn't bother to consult with anyone at all.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Public Transit porn

As many of you know I am a huge proponent of supporting public transport. The city of edmonton is now starting debate on some plans that I believe will revolutionize transport in the city. They really nailed it with this proposal. I hope it makes it into production.