Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

When did that happen

So a couple of updates... and trying to re-jumpstart myself to get back into blogging... I have ended up community building on twitter lately (@dlacher). So I thought I would share some updates on what the heck I have been up to, what I am doing and some general catch up.

My team has been working on getting the next release of Sun HPC ClusterTools, should drop any day now. With in some testing for follow I have been working with getting ClusterTools up in I have to tell you, I love pkg and I can't wait for caiman.

On a personal note, my backpacking / hiking season has more than likely ended for this season, since I don't winter backpack. Turns out that a knee injury from a few years back has come back and is not subsiding this time. A few year back I found that the meniscus in my right knee has two tears in it. Then the pain went away and all was back to well so nothing was to correct the tears... could be now is the time for the corrective methods, I will find out more in a couple of days. So my backpacking partner knows all of this and is not allowing me to go with on the trek that we had planed for North Manitou Island again this year. I just hope that rehab if the knee has to go in for corrective measures heals fast and I can still make the 20 mile day hike in November.

So that is the catch up, I thought I would leave you today with a simple yet wonderful recipe for marinated tomatoes.

Marinated Tomatoes
  • 3 large tomatoes sliced
  • 1/3 C olive oil
  • 1/4 C red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
Shake well & chill. Pour over tomatoes. Enjoy

For what it's worth.

Thursday Jul 17, 2008

Clean off the cobwebs

I am been back in the woods for a while, and not in the backpacking way. I have been a bit heads down on some Sun HPC ClusterTools work, starting up the PreSEED mentoringship, summer, and kickin' some cool articles that will hopefully be published... soon and then by the end of the year. Bits of personal notes, the home office is back in working order and the SR@H is back up and kickin', now to finally get the DVI switcher for the SR@H and the laptop.

Back off to the xterm for the defect workings.

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Thursday May 29, 2008

Rhubarb Cobbler

Thought I would share a recipe that we used last night for some rhubarb cobbler ... looks like a flop while you are making it, turns out awesome in then end.

  • 4 cups chopped rhubarb
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 cup boiling water

Evenly distribute rhubarb on bottom of baking dish (8x8 in original, we used a 9x13). Cream together sugar (1/2 cup), butter, milk, flour, baking powder and salt. Pour mixture over the top of the rhubarb. Combine sugar (1 cup) and cornstarch and sprinkle over the stop of the creamed topping. Pour boiling water of the top of the whole thing and bake for 60 minutes at 350 F.

We enjoyed it hot out of the oven with a little bit of ice cream.

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Thursday Apr 03, 2008

Lift OFF

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Friday Mar 07, 2008


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Tuesday Jan 22, 2008

Oh where are you driver

The wonders of community will never cease, so I fall back on that now to aid in where my attempts have failed. Here is it, I am searching for a print driver for a Kyocera Mita C2230 printer for Mac. I know someone has the correct setup or connection to get me printing to the KM-C2230 with full color and page support so bring it on community. I shall be sure to update with working results when I get them.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Have you been surrounded?

Have you been surrounded before while carving up a turkey? Be sure to head over and contribute to the Turkey Dogs Pool on flickr.

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Wednesday Jan 09, 2008

google reader, who changed it

So I had been using bloglines for my rss aggregation for some time, I recently switched to trying out google reader and was loving it. Then yesterday something changed.... the pages are now displaying differently and I can't keep the subscriptions side panel up... who changed it? Change it back or at least leave me the option to have it on or off.

For what it's worth

Update: Okay, so someone pointed out to me the error of my browsing... there is a subtle way to hide the side panel and it was pointed out to me where I hid it and how to un-hide it. Sorry for the rant.

Wednesday Nov 21, 2007

Happy Pilgrim

So tomorrow in the United States is Thanksgiving. Our family will be preparing something along the lines of the standard dinner... but I look more forward to the leftovers. I look forward to making what I call the Happy Pilgrim. What? That is right, I make a sandwich that we call the Happy Pilgrim, so what is it? For me it starts with two slices of good hearty wheat bread, lettuce, sliced roasted left over turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry relish. Oh, place that all together in a sandwich and it is like a meal in one. I was introduced to something similar from a sub sandwich shop while I was helping a friend move in Boston. Skip the meal and make me a Happy Pilgrim and I am one happy pilgrim. Try one this year and let me know what you think.

While we are preparing for Thanksgiving this year we are also in waiting... our second child is due any day to the big meal may get placed on hold for a few days.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Nov 15, 2007

Take A Ride

Looking for a once in a lifetime trip... the Maltese Falcon is open for charter trips... if you go and need a guest I am up for it.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Nov 08, 2007

Aqua? Dots... really

WHAT in the known world was this toy manufacturer thinking?

For what it's worth.

Wednesday Sep 26, 2007

woolly bear

Recently, our little girl check out What's That Sound, Woolly Bear from the library. We read it almost every day... if not several times a day. A couple of days before we took it back to the library we noticed a woolly bear in out back yard and now a second one has shown up. I am debating on if we should bring them in for the winter so that in the spring she can watch them spin their cocoons and turn into tiger moths. There is a lot of great information on the web on raising them it is just if we put the effort in for the winter, those little guys lead a harsh life cycle.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Sep 13, 2007

Be Smart Parents

Another extremely sad story about a small child (baby in this case) being mauled by a dog. This one happened to be a rottweiler but almost any dog or animal can have this effect. I am not in any way advocating for no pets, I am just stating that parents need to be smart and diligent about pets and small children.

We have a now five year old yellow lab and she is the calmest little one that I know. When our daughter (now two) was smaller and even now we are very aware of if she and the dog are alone. There have been a couple of times that our daughter is not doing anything to provoke the dog and all of the sudden the dog either starts barking (very rare) or just gets over excited about a situation and someone (an adult) needs to step in and separate the dog form the situation. As much as people try to domesticate animals like dogs, they are still animals and need supervision over those types of interactions.

Bottom line to parents, be smart and keep children and pets supervised at all times.

For what it's worth.

Wednesday Sep 05, 2007

35 mph or 25 mph

To the crazy / concerned mother how graciously honked at me this morning and then spelled out two five with finger gestures... I know that the speed limit on that stretch of road reduces to 25 mph during school hours and when the lights are flashing... but if you would have been paying attention as well it was not yet school hours, the lights were not on flash yet and there were no kids around. Trust me, I am just as concerned and get irritated with higher than posted speeds. I am the "crotchety" old guy that will yell at cars wizzing down a residential section as well above posted speed limits.

For what it's worth.

Tuesday Sep 04, 2007

Beta Bloglines

So if you are like me and use an aggregator for your RSS feeds then this might be for you. Specifically if you are using Bloglines and using the Mac notification widget. I started to view Βloglines Βeta but the widget is set to the main site... simple fix if you don't mind a one line fix to some javascript. Find the home of your Bloglines widget either in your home directory under /Users/{shortname}/Library/Widget or /Library/Widgets . Either way, find the widget, control click or right click on it and select show package content. The file bloglines.js is the file to be edited. Simple update the variable bloglinesURL to be instead of . Now go into your dashboard, close and reopen the Bloglines widget and you are all set.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Aug 30, 2007

flickr reload

I can't say that I use Flickr a ton but I upload some to it. I don't think I stopped to look at the front page long enough before to see but just today the upload rate was between 2500 to 3000 picture per minute being added. That just blew my mind. I don't know how many users they have but that rate was crazy to me.

For what it's worth.

Where did the technology go?

While doing some searching for some more information on my upcoming backpacking trip to North Manitou Island, I came across a very interesting site that talks about and shows off some technology that time has sorta forgotten about or left behind. The Forgotten Technology site has some good information on using simple techniques to make technology work for you. Comes down to the old saying, work smarter and not harder.

For what it's worth.

Tuesday Aug 28, 2007

What lunar eclipse

So yes, there appears to have been a lunar eclipse last night... I was out driving this morning at 5 am and noticed that I could only see half of the moon and it was gorgeous. I thought to myself well it is just that time in the moon cycle but is did have this extra shadowing effect. I witnessed the eclipse and did not even realize that I was.

For what it's worth.

Friday Aug 24, 2007


I am not a Microsoft hater (well not to the extreme at least) but I had to laugh watching the zunePhone video.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Aug 23, 2007

It's Almost Here

That is right folks, it is that time of year again to settle in with some friend and watch some great football action. Nothing like the bone crushing hits on the line, the spiraling passes down the field and the twisting sprints around the defenders.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Jul 26, 2007

HELLO my name is

Hello my name is
[get your name tag]

For what it's worth


Wednesday Jul 11, 2007

Another blog hit

82%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

Mingle2 - Online Dating

I don't how I should interpret that number to be happy or sad.

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Wednesday Jul 04, 2007

Happy 5th of July

Well I was not much around the keyboard yesterday and forgot to pre-post a message... so happy 5th of July. Work is quiet this week since there is a large number of folks on vacation. I decided to work and try to save up some time of later in the year when we are going to need some time away.

For what it's worth.

Thursday Jun 28, 2007


Just a quick and small gripe... for all those hosting with an ISP or setting up your own domain, demand and or fix your web server so that one does not need to enter the www. before a domain name. In this modern era is seems archaic to have to enter those four characters (I know is only four characters). It seems that requiring the www. is like back in the day when you had to remember to type in http://

For what it's worth.




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