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New year, new job.

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

So it’s a new year and this is the obligatory ‘Beginning of the year’ post.  It’s been put off for a while because well I’ve been a bit busier than normal.  The main reason for that is that I’m a few days into a new job.  I’ve left AirDat for a sysadmin position at Glencoe Software.

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The horrible state of ruby in a production environment.

November 5, 2011 4 comments

As a long time perl guy I was attracted by ruby.  It’s very perl like method chaining is extremely useful and intuitive.  I like ruby, but the state of  ruby applications in a production environment is horrible.  There are plenty of really good tools out there for ruby developers.  Vagrant, sahara, bundler, capistrano, etc the list goes on.  RVM and rbenv are two really good alternatives for maintaining your development environment in a sane manner.  We are in the stone ages when it comes time to go to production.  Distro support for ruby is shaky at best.  Most places are still running centos/rhel5 which leaves them with ruby 1.8.5 or if lucky ruby 1.8.7.  If you’ve upgraded to a rhel6-ish you’re fortunate enough to get wait… ruby 1.8.7.  I’m not as familiar with debian but I’m fairly certain it’s 1.8.  Ubuntu has an available 1.9.1 package but that’s officially a beta version, plus most indications is that it’s extremely buggy.  As of writing ruby is on 1.9.3.  When it comes to rubygems the situation is even worse.  Most ‘best practices’ recommend managing everything with gems.  This introduces a world of pain especially when you start installing things that are based on ruby but provide shell level commands (rackup, unicorn, etc).  Now you’ve got two package managers trying to determine the state of a system, but one of them only knows about one part of it.  It’s a mess. Read more…

puppet and vim

March 30, 2011 1 comment

I’ve been using vi/vim for nearly my entire professional life, and most of my computer life as well. I gave emacs an honest try for a couple of days a few years ago but just couldn’t grok the shortcuts and make it feel natural. Recently I overhauled my setup on my laptop and in specific tuned to to what I generally spend a lot of development time on… puppet.
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oh hey, look! New blog…

February 2, 2011 1 comment

I make no promises, I probably won’t update this iteration any more frequently than I did my old blog.  But i am going to try, whatever that’s worth.  Why the move?  A couple of things.  Mainly I got really tired of having to upgrade wordpress every time I wanted to use it.  So I’m lazy and will let wordpress.com do it for me.  This also frees up my slicehost for some other things I want to do with it, hopefully the results of that will end up here.  My tiny slicehost was getting hammered by bing and google whenever they did indexing.  Mysql would freak out apache would refuse to keep up and things would spiral.  It was annoying.  If you read this regularly (all 2 of you) you saw a ‘shoo’ page up for a while, this was me seeing if the spider/mysql interaction was the culprit of my slicehost panicking about once a week.  Turns out it was, or it’s plausible enough to be a reason.  I never really liked running mysql just for a tiny blog on a little server anyway.  So here we are.  I’m actually going to try to blog more, now that my job is new and exciting and I’m doing some interesting things rather than trying to figure out the best way to gouge my eyes out during a meeting I hopefully will have some interesting (at least to me) things to talk about.

If I’ve done something horrible to the rss feed or anything let me know in the comments.  I’ll likely leave the redirect around for a while, I doubt that I’ll shell out for the domain premium, especially considering wordpress.com want’s you to move registration rather than just an A record…. Hello? No.

The new address is http://onastick.wordpress.com hopefully I’ll do more with it.

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The Letter I wrote Yesterday…

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

After 7.5 years I have resigned from my position at Red Hat.  I’m starting a new gig in January at a small company called AirDat.  It was a tough decision, but ultimately one that I’m happy with.  There are certainly things I’ll miss, mostly the people.  But it’s time for a new chapter in my professional life.  I’m not moving, will still be here in RDU.  My goodbye to our company wide mailing list is after the jump.

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A Great Dinner

June 27, 2010 1 comment

Yesterday T and I celebrated our 11 year wedding anniversary.  Yes, she’s put up with me for 11 years, longer actually, but you generally stop counting that other time once you get married.  My Mother (thanks) came over and watched the kids, while we went out to dinner at Second Empire.  It was really nice going out to someplace just to eat dinner, no crayons, no kids menu, a nice relaxing long meal with excellent service.  The food was excellent, I started with a glass of Macallan 18 (on the rocks, quiet John it releases the flavor) while T got a half bottle of Baileyana Pinot Noir.  I geeked out a little bit and took some pictures of the food, which amused the matre d’ a bit.  Since I wasn’t the health inspector or a food critic he didn’t really care.  We had a nice 3 course meal, I had savory dessert and went with a cheese tray and wonderful cabernet sauvignon, while T went with a sweet dessert.  The food, service, and presentation were awesome it was a perfect night, I thought the cheese tray was the best part of the meal, but T’s cajun rib-eye was a close second.  Pictures and descriptions after the jump.

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Song Deconstruction: Cosmic Love

June 9, 2010 Leave a comment

My good friend Jason turned me on to this song “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine.  It’s a really amazing song and right now one of my favorites.  Lyrically it’s kinda sad and beautiful at the same time, but the way she scream/sings through the lyrics, the use of the heavy beating drum, it’s really awesome.  Great to sing in the car, great to listen to loud.  There’s a tone of sacrifice in her words that comes out that I really like.  I spent today listening to it at work a bunch of times and in the car on the way home trying to memorize the lyrics and more specifically the meter.  She sings the chorus a tad different each time, with a little bit more emotion and a the music is a little more frenetic, it’s great the way it builds. This is one of those songs that I don’t think about what it says, or what it’s trying to convey I just love to listen to it and sing it.

I picked up the whole album based solely on this song, the one most people have heard “Kiss With A Fist” is fun and poppy, I haven’t given the whole album a good solid listen yet to make a judgement on the rest but so far Cosmic Love completely carries it.

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Kirks Amazing Spinach Dip

December 28, 2009 Comments off

2 large sweet onions diced (vidalia or oso)
8 diced garlic cloves
2 cans of diced tomatoes (petite work best)
20 diced serranos (completely optional, if you do use them chop them up very fine in a food processor)
2 blocks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese softened
1 pint of whole cream
4 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
4 cups of shredded monterey jack cheese
4 table spoons of red wine vinegar
1 32oz bag of frozen chopped spinach
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

Saute olive oil, onions, garlic & serranos until soft.  Add tomatoes and spinach and bring to a boil.  Pour over cream cheese and mix thoroughly.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Cover and bake at 375 for 40 minutes.  Stir and cool before serving.

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My New Daughter

October 14, 2009 2 comments

Today I upped my family by one, increased my available tax deductions and created another justification for a larger car.  My daughter Maggie Anne MacLeod was born at 12:52pm today, 8lbs 7os, 22″ long.  Mom and Maggie are doing just fine.  A few pictures can be found at http://picasaweb.google.com/stick265/Maggie

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Pullen Park

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

The weather was beautiful here so I spent a bit of time at pullen park taking some photos. img_0653.jpg

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