Monday Sep 29, 2008

Sun Wukong and Me

I'll start this entry off with part of an email my mom recently sent me:

  i remember a wonderful drawing in the book, not unlike what 
  you are having tattooed on you.  and, i remember that he could 
  cause great mischief in order to teach people things.  that is 
  the memory i have of it.  i think you did  like it a lot.

My memories of my childhood are sketchy at best, so I'll have to trust mom on this. I do know that I've been interested in Sun Wukong since I started traveling to China. I've also had a need to cover-up a tattoo from a previous life. So, when I saw a bust of Sun Wukong done in incredible detail on someone's calve in the gym, I knew it was time to get this done.

Tattooing here seems to be different than in the States. I didn't just walk off the street into a store. It was more cloak-and-dagger. Although the store was advertised online, my friend and I met the tattoo artist on a street corner ("just look for a Chinese person and a foreigner," he said to her in Chinese when describing us). She then guided us to a small clothing shop, through to a rear door, and into her parlor. (Yes, the needles were new.)

The first session lasted three hours. I've now got a truly breathtaking image of Sun Wukong in the midst of strike sketched-out over my left pec and running up over my trap, with just a hint of the work visible when I wear a crew-neck t-shirt . All in all, the tattoo is about eight inches by six inches. I'll be going back in about eight days to have the fill done. It's supposed to take at least another three hours to complete... I'm looking forward to it.

Here's a (reduced) scan of the stencil used to blue-line my tattoo. stencil.jpg


Bristow, riding for a team on the wrong side of the pond... who cares if he was born and raised in the UK, damn it, he should've been riding for the Ol' Stars and Stripes; the Brits had enough domination in cycling that one less gold medal (okay, two, since he was also in the Team Sprint) wouldn't have hurt them; it was like their glory days when the sun never set on the British Empire, bugger... won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games and set a World Record in the LC1 1 km event twenty days ago. And, well, I was lucky enough to have been there and watch him do it.

Bristow is a fellow employee at Sun Microsystems. I'd first heard about him coming to my fair city a month or so before, when a message was sent to an email list I'm on. And, even though I didn't know him from Adam, I figured I'd let him know I was around to help if needed. We sent email back and forth a couple of times, he told me when he'd be competing, and, with my Nikon D50 and 300 mm lens in tow, I was off to the races.

I ended-up taking around 200 shots that day, with Bristow in about fifty of those.

Here are four:





Congrats once again, Bristow!

Legal disclaimer: The use of the phrase GO DADDY in the title of this post is in no way meant to infringe on the trademark registered to, Inc. It was merely meant to refer to the wordage pictured in the third photo, which this author believes to have been drawn by Bristow's kids in support of their father. That is, "GO" as in ride very fast, "DADDY" as in their father, "BRISTOW" as in the family name of said athlete and also used in an effort to differentiate him from other fathers who were racing that same day.

Thursday Aug 07, 2008

SCERI Talks: Jim Mauro and Alex Noordegraaf

Talk given at Sun China Engineering and Research Institute by Jim Mauro and Alex Noordegraaf[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

BJOSUG 18: Three Perspectives on OpenSolaris

At last Thursday's Beijing OpenSolaris User Group meeting, we had three different perspectives on OpenSolaris.

Jim Hughes

Our first presentation was a special guest appearance by the always effervescent Jim Hughes, Sun Fellow and Solaris Chief Technology Officer. Jim outlined four features of OpenSolaris that make it such a compelling operating environment:
  • Familiarity (to those used a Linux look and feel)
  • ZFS Root
  • New patching mechanism
  • New packaging mechanism
And, gave some excellent background on each of them. Here is a picture of Jim making a point about the OpenSolaris CD, and showing how to make a point without a pointer.

DSC_2629.jpg DSC_2633.jpg

Aubrey Li

Aubrey Li, a Senior Software Engineer at the Open Source Technology Center of Intel in Shanghai then spoke about an OpenSolaris Developer's Start-up Guide which he wrote. Audrey also answered a lot of questions from folks in attendance.


Sun ZhongYuan

Lastly, Sun ZhongYuan, a member of the HCTS team at Sun, spoke about using OpenSolaris productively with such tools as VirtualBox and Wine. DSC_2646.jpg

Special credit goes to Simon Sun, who organized and hosted this month's meeting.

More pictures of the event can be found here.

Tuesday Apr 15, 2008

VNC OpenSolaris/xVM Settings

I use VNC on my system running xVM. Since a lot of other folks are doing the same, I thought I'd share my settings.

First off, I opted for the "VNC Enterprise Edition for UNIX" from RealVNC, which cost $US 50. I like the extra features that this edition (4.3.2) provides... see the web site for more information.

Here's my xstartup file:


xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
gnome-session &

I'm running gnome, so that's why the gnome-session is in there. The vncconfig, however, is the really cool thing. With it, I'm able to copy-n-paste into and out of my vnc window onto my desktop... even if my domU is isolated from my dom0 whilst using IPsec.

When I start vncserver on my domU, I use:

vncserver -geometry 1500x900 -IdleTimeout 0

This stops those blasted disconnections due to idle time. The chosen geometry fits quite comfortably on one of the two 22-inch heads I run at home.

Oh, and I use the vnpasswd on both my dom0 and domU machines and set the passwords to be the same.

Finally, when I start the vnc viewer on my dom0, I use:

vncviewer snvdom1:2 -passwd ~/.vnc/passwd&

With the addition of the -passwd option, I'm able to start the viewer in the background.




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