Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.

4/11/2014

Super Planet Crash

Filed under: Art,Fun,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:01 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

Another game this week.

This one takes a bit more time than the last one.  500 years, actually.

Okay, not five-hundred actual years, but five-hundred game years.  The game is called Super Planet Crash, but the goal is to not crash planets.  The idea is simple, design a solar system that will last at least 500 laps around the Sun.  You add in planets of various sizes and densities and let them go.  The more planets and more complicated your solar system,…
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3/28/2014

Psychadelic GIFs

Filed under: Art,Fun,Life, the Universe, and Everything,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:30 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Crescent

That’s pronounced like the peanut butter brand, by the way.

At least, that’s how the original creators pronounced it, back when Compuserve was a thing.  They created the GIF as a compressed graphic format to minimize data usage back in the “Days of Dial-up” for Compuserve when modems ruled the Earth.  But, I bet they never thought that their “little” contribution to computer culture would go so far.  For instance, when the GIF came out, it didn’t have animation as a…
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3/21/2014

Fast Fiction

Filed under: Fiction,Fun,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:30 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

In this case, really fast.

I’ll be honest, I’m not normally a huge fan of gimmicky flash fiction, but I do make exceptions.
The basic idea is to write a story with the fewest number of words possible.  According to literary legend, Ernest Hemingway did it with just six words; “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn”.  That was allegedly to win a bet with Ezra Pound, as I recall.  In any case, it’s still a gimmick and one that’s gotten a little…
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3/18/2014

Misfire!

Filed under: Never trust a Network Admin with a screwdriver,Personal,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Dragon which is in the early morning or 9:30 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Whoops! I just realized that it was Tuesday and I hadn’t written a “Tools for Tuesday” post!

I knew this would happen sooner or later, but I had planned on later rather than sooner.
Oh, well, it is what it is, I suppose.  In any case, don’t worry I have a lot more to write about, but the time to write it may be a bit more elusive than I had anticipated.

So, hopefully, next week, I’ll have another review of one of the many, many software or hardware tools I use on a regular basis.
Keep coming back to see what I review next!  (Even if that’s in two weeks not just one!  Please!)

3/14/2014

T-Shirts

Filed under: Art,Fun,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:30 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Gibbous

People who know me, know that I love my goofy t-shirts.

You know, it’s been a long couple of months and I’m pretty drained creatively, in part due to being super busy at my day job, so I’ve kind of given up sharing anything but purely fun links on Fridays for the next couple of weeks. Deal with it.

This week, it’s t-shirt sites.
Yes, I wear a lot of strange and interesting t-shirts from a lot of places.  I don’t remember why…
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3/7/2014

Free Movies

Filed under: Art,Fun,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is in the early morning or 7:33 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

Some are better than others, but at least they’re free.

So, yeah, I’m pretty tapped out when it comes to creativity or creative content this week.  It’s kind of been a busy, challenging week in a lot of ways and I just am drained of whatever little bit of creativity I may have this week.  I mean, I’m just out.  But, I post something every Friday, so I’m trying to maintain that little bit of consistency at least.
At least my frustration…
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2/14/2014

Creative Lists

Filed under: Art,Fun,Personal,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:35 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Full Moon

This is not a new idea.

But, then, I remember hearing when I was in high school that there are no new ideas under the Sun, only new ways to implement them.  And, remember, every story you tell, is uniquely your own.  So, the age-old question about creative ideas, right?  Where do they come from?  The answer I got was that they come in a plain, brown wrapper from Schenectady.  (That was from Frank Herbert, author of Dune, via a phone…
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2/7/2014

Get Started!

Filed under: Advice from your Uncle Jim,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Life Goals,Life, the Universe, and Everything,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:34 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a First Quarter Moon

So, we’re a month into the New Year.  What have you done so far?

Last month, I posted my fun, hopefully funny, Random Resolution Generator, because, well, everyone seems to make those annual New Year’s Resolutions, but who ever follows through?  As it turns out, almost no one does.  In fact, most people don’t even start, much less follow though.  And, really, getting started is everything.

Go read that last article I just linked to, then come back.  It’s okay, I’ll wait.
Back…
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Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt."
   --Mark Twain

2/4/2014

Tools for Tuesday

Filed under: Never trust a Network Admin with a screwdriver,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:18 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waxing Crescent

I feel the need to beef up this blog some.

Back in the early days, I blogged here almost daily.
Clearly, things have changed.  When I first started this blog it was, well, sort of everything.  I used it mostly for professional stuff.  Stories from the workplace and cool tech things I’d done and interesting tech news.  And, lo, through the years I wrote many, many things of interested only to hardcore geeks like me.  Then, things got more interesting.  And, by that I mean my personal life kind of imploded.  So, as that was on my mind, that was what I posted about.  In fact, that was what I posted about ad nauseum.
But, then, I got tired of spewing my personal business out all over the place where all my co-workers could see, so I kind of just stopped posting anything outside of the regular Friday fun link of some kind, which eventually moved to my other site and were just replicated here.  And, that makes me sad.  So, here’s the thing.  I’m going to try and post more and more tech stuff, too.

When I wrote the Free LogMeIn Alternative post a couple weeks ago, it occurred to me that one thing I might do is start posting cool hardware or software geek tools that I’ve found or have used over the years.  Kind of like the very excellent Cool Tools, by Kevin Kelly, except they’d all be things that I personally saw or researched or used myself.  I’m not going to farm this out to anyone else.  Which is not to say that I would welcome suggestions for things to check out in the comments, but I’m not looking for anyone to do the writing for me and just edit their words.
But, to keep my sanity, I’ll only post them on Tuesdays and, even then, I probably won’t post on every single Tuesday.  (Baby steps, people, baby steps!)  And, because I use tools and technology beyond what I use for work or computers, I’ll almost certainly include other things, too.  In fact, at least one tool that I use every laundry day, thanks to my blushing bride, leaps to mind as a non-tech tool that still really gives me extra time and organization in my life that I absolutely have to share and write about!

So, as the saying goes, watch this space for more details!
(And, yes, I may include links that give me an affiliate bump if you buy, but I’ll warn you if I do, so you know about any conceivable bias on my part.  I promise!)

Anyway, stay tuned for more, and hopefully relevant, blog content, coming soon!

1/31/2014

Photography Props

Filed under: Art,Fun,Red Herrings — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Hare which is terribly early in the morning or 6:30 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a New Moon

I’ve talked a lot about writing this month, so this week, I thought I’d throw in some more photography stuff.

I’ve actually had these links for some time, but I have never gotten around to either sharing them or even actually trying them myself.  Still, I’ve never let a lack of personal experience with something stop me from recommending it to others, so I don’t see why I should keep me from sharing these two links.

First, there’s a tutorial on how…
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