Treehouse

Mon May 27 2013 by Christopher

moonrise kingdom treehouse

When I was little, we had a tree house we could play in.  It was a fantastic place to hang out for long stretches, and provided an excellent foundation for countless games of imagination.  I'm pretty sure it was mostly a space ship, but it was probably also a pirate …

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Jeremy Grantham and the stats behind the end of the world

Sun May 26 2013 by Christopher

OK, that's a sensationalist title and was not the topic of this interview, but resource scarcity and the unbounded growth of world population was discussed. It's absolutely worth putting this on and paying attention. You will immediately be more informed on the stats around the global economy than likely anyone …

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From Glance to Boot-From-Volume in 2 minutes flat

Fri May 10 2013 by Christopher

Here’s a quick list of the steps necessary to pull an image or snapshot from Glance, copy it to a Cinder volume, and then boot from that volume.  In an OpenStack environment using local storage for VMs this is a convenient way to run a VM with a need …

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Create an OpenStack machine image inside an OpenStack environment

Tue March 19 2013 by Christopher Aedo

(Alternate title: make booting from an ISO image in OpenStack useful)

If you have access to a server with plenty of disk space and CPU that supports the same hypervisor your cloud uses, it’s relatively easy to create an OpenStack machine image.  You can also pretty easily do this …

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Sitting on your ass is killing you

Sun October 21 2012 by Christopher Aedo

This is not the first time I've said don't watch TV, or don't sit at work.  But this new article from NY times references some new studies that make the dangers of lethargy all the more vivid.

"Every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the …

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No news is good news

Wed September 26 2012 by Christopher

"Chances are you have one of the most insidiously dangerous objects ever created ' and one of the State's most powerful tools of domination ' in your living room right now. You may very well have one in your bedroom, too, and in your basement.
It's insidious because most Americans don't think …

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Better living through chemistry

Wed September 26 2012 by Christopher Aedo

It's absolutely amazing what big pharma gets away with, but it seems like so few people are aware or the least bit concerned.  We might never know how many people Merck & Co. killed with Vioxx (maybe half a million?).  The more you read, the more you find one scary story …

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1984, surveillance framework and your permanent record

Thu August 16 2012 by Christopher Aedo

Now THIS one definitely sounds appropriate for a blog with "conspiracy" in the title!  I've been collecting a bunch of related stories for several months now with the intention of turning it into a blog post.  Sadly I've had way too much other stuff to do lately, so I thought …

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Inspired by our founders

Tue August 14 2012 by Christopher

"AMERICA has a proud history of drinking on the job. Craftsmen who built the first government buildings in the 17th century were sometimes paid in brandy. The 19th-century railroaders who laid the foundations of modern America were notoriously thirsty."

The Economist

Obviously for the sake of our country I need …

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Best home-made play-doh EVER

Sat May 26 2012 by Christopher Aedo

If you have kids, you probably love playing with them and making things together.  One of the best things you can do for them is to encourage imaginative play, and few things enable imagination in a young mind better than a nice lump of play-doh.

After experimenting with several different …

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