'm sick of having my work laptop be so slow from being loaded with applications, but with no other place to do webdev, sound and video editing. Also, having a powerhorse at home will let me serve web pages (Jinzora, remote desktop) off a dyndns, and subvert filtering by routing my POP/SMTP on nonstandard ports or a VPN redirector through home.
Went to Tahoe for the annual ski trip, this time 4 days of skiing with a group of 12 guys. We stayed at the Embassy Suites (free breakfast and booze, 2 minute walk from Heavenly Gondola and several casinos). Great snow - 4-8" new every night we were there, and some patches of sun during the days. Highlights: all of Squaw Valley (but avoid the slow lifts when it's cold), Mott's canyon @Heavenly, and all the glade/tree runs. Since the area was heavily mined in the last century, apparently trees were thinned to 1 out of 3, making for perfect, long burners as we zipped between trees through untouched powder.
Why do I come to extremely value certain things that Alex publishes, but this revaluation always happens after 4-6 months after poo-poo-ing them as technodrivel or unapplicable to my interests? Examples:
Stayed two nights at a charming Bed and Breakfast called Watersedge on Lake Como, just outside Lake Genevy. Had a pricey but good dinner at Kirsch's. Nordic skiied the Scuppernog trail of Kettle Morraine South (3.5 mi) on Sunday - $18 park fees, beautiful sunny yet cold weather, fast trails due to packed, cold surface. It was a really relaxing, enjoyable weekend, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for something different, to get away from the city and still enjoy the winter.
On Friday, Jeremy and Bobbie Bredfeldt treated us to the opera Rigoletto at the Lyric Opera House. It was surprisingly enjoyable. They translate the Italian lyrics into English and project them as supertitles above the stage.
It was funny to see the translation of La Donne e Mobile, a song that most people have heard and could hum along to without ever identifying the source. It's an upbeat and noble tune that sounds like it would be cooing about love, but it's actually complaining about women: "Woman is fickle, like a feather in the wind, she changes the tone of her voice and her thoughts and her thoughts, and her thoughts! Always a sweet, pretty face, in tears or in laughter, she is always lying He is always miserable who trusts in her who to her confides, his unwary heart!"
To make any opera enjoyable, my advice is to read about it beforehand, and remember coffee and binoculars (really). And arrive in style in a stretch limo.
As Promised: More from our trip.
We call this one "The J-Crew Commercial"
These are long past due. In July, to cap off our trip in Guatemala, we went sailing in belieze for a week with our friends. The best part was that since Abel has a great sailing resume, we were able to rent a boat that sleeps eight and not charter a captain - so it was just us. I'll post more pictures periodically over the coming months.
The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture Just finished this book. Great read! Search is more than you think.
First urge was to apologize - I've never been so blog lazy that I am missing a month on my index - but then I realized, "Who are you kidding, you self-important crack? Was it the hundreds of people emailing you, complaining about the wake left by your erudite mind's absence from the web, that finally convinced you to post for everyone? To satiate that hunger?" Anyway, I've come to share some geekl0ve. Pause - remember way back in the day? (PS - did you know that whenever you talk about "back in the day", it was actually a Wednesday? Yea. That's just a fun fact. Chew on it. It's Delicious.*) Back in the day, Rebecca used to post on "our" blog. Those days are over, and the blog needs a new title. Problem is, there's no theme besides me being jacked about being a bigger nerd than my friends. Let's begin. For our wedding, my parents' gift was something that I had been soiling myself about quite regularly - a 37" flat panel computer monitor, the Westinghouse LVM-37w1. 1920x1080, works nights as a TV. Lots of inputs, and THE PRICE! I mean, I didn't buy it for myself, but if you're into this stuff, you know that this is absolutely the best size*features/price for any LCD available - around $1600. Sometimes I just get really close and count the pixels until I reach 2 million. Does the highest HDTV spec: 1080p. It is NOT the best for pure TV-philes, but it is a flawless computer monitor. Sorry for being so braggy, but I get so excited I want to kick myself in the face. My other tip to share is my experience with hacked open-source firmware for the common Linksys WRT54G router. It's Geekilicious - it runs linux and can be reprogrammed to do things that usually require networking equipment many times the price.
- Want to run a captive portal? (When people associate with the wireless, it redirects client web browser to a page you specify)
- Want to play with some sophisticated wireless security scams?
- Wish you had bought a wireless bridge instead for much more $$$?