Older blog entries for rybolov (starting at number 12)

OK, so I'm adding entries and fixing up the Castor spider my development version here, and I'm just getting amazed at things...

The original Castor code was written last year, and in that time, the state of search engines has changed considerably.

So many search engines now are only pay-to-be-listed. That's so strange to me. <rant voice="whiney"> Hello, it's just a search engine, not religion </rant>

To their credit, there are several out there that are still free, and that allow you to submit to them from the outside world. Yea, verily. But for now, I'm taking out the search engines that don't work, and I'll figure out why one by one.. I think it will take a bit of time, though.

Heard this today, in my random mp3 collection:

By the old seaside

Ain't no place far to go
I don't know
I don't know
Ain't no place far to go

It's a dollar, she say
Te amo le mas
Te amo le mas


--Pixies, Santo

So today, I'm off to Corvallis for an install fest, or at least the last of it, and then it's off to the mountains by myself to fish my skinny little butt off and fall asleep alone under a tarp. Life is sweet.

OK, I'm getting back on the bandwagon for the past few days, so I've been noticeably absent in my diary here. I finally was able to adjust back to the "real world" after being deployed.

I've been doing all of my development in PHP/mysql, but I'm so eagerly eyeballing doing apps in GTK/GNOME. There's something that just calls to me, and I think it's called MDI.... or at least that's just the tip of it all. *drool*

I've got a search engine submit page finally up. It's raw but it's alive. submit.rybolov.net

In other departments, I just bought a Dr. Didg CD, and I'm pretty much hooked on it. I liked the didgeridoo before, but they've got a nice style. I sent off an email to their contact address begging for them to come to the Oregon Country Fair.

Back from Annual Training with the Oregon Army National Guard.

Had lots of time to think to myself, and it was very good.

Went on a platoon-sized live-fire at Ft Lewis. We went out on a patrol with live amunition, and we got to shoot some targets and then send out an assault element.

As for the techie things... well, I'm still in the "go kill things" mode, so it will be a few days before I'm back and ready to program. I'm just glad I still have a box to come home to.

14 Jul 2001 (updated 14 Jul 2001 at 09:01 UTC) »

S'alright, S'OK. S'OK, S'alright.

This morning I spent hanging out with the kids while Alyse slept. She got home at 0830, having been up all night.

Evening-ish, I went over to the kyrgan house to rescue him from php/MySQL and to finally get close to finishing this project I've been working on for him. It's putting some production figures into a database, and retrieving them with selectable criteria. Of course, the whole thing uses htaccess to keep track which users are which, and I've built quite a scheme for adding/deleting, and updating users, clients, and client locations.

One of these days I'll even have to explain how it all works together to him....lol

sethcohn made me a template for business cards that he's going to do a run on for me. I'm oh-so thankful for it. Check out the logo he used.

My chest is sore where I landed on my bike yesterday. I landed right on my handlebar end as it was sitting on the ground and sticking straight up. I think I'm going to get a huge, wicked-looking bruise on my sternum. :^) That's what I get for having too many things to think about instead of the task at hand, and when that includes logs and rocks, you're going to get burned.

I'm going to the Oregon Country Fair tomorrow (sigh, today even) with some friends from Corvallis and Portland. This promises to be interesting, since one of them is very straight-laced (like my roommate back in Monterey, 10 years ago) and will probably lose his mind the first time he sees a topless, painted woman. I'll try not to laugh my ass of.

I'm looking at working on a project that I've been wanting to do for several months. It's called the Castor Submit Spider, and it's a PHP application that uses the Snoopy Class (replicates a simple web browser) to submit your url to multiple web sites in one go. I think this is a very good gift to the world, and comparable systems I've seen use a weird combination of frames and javascript with timers and targets. I think what really needs to be done is a standard form for the front-end with some widgets to click on and a place to fill out what URL you want to submit. It all seems fairly easy enough.

I dunno, I'm feeling hungry again, and ready to kick some booty. I had an interesting, self-explorative week, and I'm seeing the results now.

13 Jul 2001 (updated 13 Jul 2001 at 09:33 UTC) »

Biking, biked across town, climbed Dillard, and launched my body down a cool singletrack/switchbacks. On the way back, I rode through some of the ritziest houses in town, and it really made me feel weird because here are these people who think they've got it all, but they live packed right up against each other. I guess the Idaho boy in me keeps popping out at unexpected times.

Well, I worked some more on my project for Paul... retrieving info from a MySQL database with php. It's simpler than we originally figured it would be, but I'm doing it in my "spare" time so it ends up taking forever to get something done on it.

So here it is early in the Friday morning, and I'm going to sleep.

Blah... another day where not much happened. I guess I was too busy over the weekend, and now I have to make up for it.

I got a NDA/Noncompete rough draft from a company I most likely will do contractor work for... I'll check it out and see what I think. They want me to secure up a few boxen, do some installation/auditing, all for whatever rate is fair, and then see if they like what I do to it.

I've been thinking alot, and I finally came to a conclusion. I think my tower box died because it got jealous. I spent Saturday out on the town with the sexy, thin, low-maintenance laptop, and in a jealous rage, the tower box blew a fuse. Oh well, sometimes lovers do that. That's what I get for not beating down the beast from time to time, and it got too attached to me. It's always ugly when a good machine turns down the dark and twisted path.

What else? Well, I spent alot of time being the responsible adult on call while Alyse ran amok and made a parade float. I applied to a webmaster/sysad job for the local school district, doing advising and running the webserver.

Well, this was an interesting day. I installed a shopping cart for Adam, and got that all working, at least database wise.

in the afternoon, I went with all the Gaming Geeks (sethcohn, kbob, Paul, and others) to Emerald park, where we had a picnic/BBQ. Cooper Stevenson and his wife Kassetra came down from Corvallis to ostensibly coordinate LUG things (Corvallis and Eugene LUG's). I've been talking to Kassetra on POSIXnap, an opennap server network, and she's pretty cool. I had also emailed cooper a few times, and it's funny that the two are married, because I know them from different places.

When I got home, my workstation/mail box was dead. I ran it over to Paul's, and he couldn't revive it. So, I've got an almost new box and the RAM, HD, and proc out of the old one.... it's all for the best probably, because I might have to give the box to my former employer in the future.

At any rate, it's way late and I'm tired and I need to talk to alot of people tomorrow... so I'm stumbling to bed.

7 Jul 2001 (updated 8 Jul 2001 at 08:24 UTC) »

God, it's 0330 and I'm still up. Well, I just finished getting "The Beautiful Gift of Linux" online. I'm tired, and I'm off to sleep. Hope somebody reads this and at least gets a laugh out of it.

Much later... I went to Corvallis and dinked around with my friend, Kass, and the Mid-Willamette LUG. They're having a booth at the County Fair, and I was able to share some "Lessons Learned" from last year's Oregon Country Fair

I also passed around some of the "Beautiful Gift of Linux" tracts, to much amusement, but still there was a point to it all, because they have contact info for the LUG, so if you put them in a CD that you then hand out for free, you also gave them a way to get help.

I remember this one guy at the Country Fair who came all the way from Albany. He was in the process of downloading the RH6.1 iso on his dialup modem. We were giving out RH CD's, and I handed him a RH6.2 for free. He just about broke down and cried in front of me... talk about gratitude.

I tried not to be too disruptive to the Corvallis guys, but sometimes I can't help but interject funny, off-the-wall comments at opportune times.

However, I did meet several people that I know from email only, so that's really sweet, and I hooked them up with our swag contact, sethcohn

7 Jul 2001 (updated 7 Jul 2001 at 08:36 UTC) »

Called around everywhere, but didn't reach anything of anybody of consequence, so I played phone tag all day.

Yesterday I had a talk about a part-time web development position with somebody... I think maybe a part-time gig would be pretty good because I can freelance on the side to make things happen for myself, and still get a bit of income. I'll think about it and see. I also applied for a couple of jobs in town, and I need to do followup calls on Monday, so I'm doing it with my fingers crossed.

I got a call last night at 0100 from a friend of mine who crashed her Debian box (or at least uninstalled lots of packages that she needed). So, I talked her through installing them back on. She's a total guix but her husband is a linux diehard (nazi) and she has broken her box about 12 times so far, and she didn't want to tell him that she broke it again. Well, anyway, I'm fixing boxes in the late hours of the night, and I think it's funny. At any rate, I'm off to Corvallis to meet her tomorrow and do some LUG stuff there.... I'll take some more "religious tracts" to distribute.

Speaking of religious tracts, I should scan one of the little buggers and throw it up someplace along with a history of it. Maybe I'll take that up as my next offbeat project.

I ripped some mp3's from some Russian CD's I had lying around... that's about the only thing that I'll digitize, just because not many people would have them. These are CD's I got when I was in Moscow... one Vladimir Vysotskij and a compilation of pop music from one of the Russian recording houses. I had to write the CDDB entries all myself even, so I'm pretty impressed at how rare they are.

Made a logo for a friend's project... duskster. It's basically a napster client written in Perl.

I feel like I should start calling people, but I'm just not feeling like it today, and I don't know who actually is at work today since alot of them took today off too. I don't feel like playing phone tag today, I guess that's an easy way to say it.

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