Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Every now and then, a computer moment arrives which sends a shock through your system, as you are reminded that these devices aren't immortal, and that ignoring data backups is like trusting the chamber to be empty when you put a gun to your head. For the first time, my RAID array rebuilt itself tonight. I have no idea what caused the rebuild, but suddenly, I'm more happy than ever that there are mirrored drives humming away in my case. If I only had a single drive, I have no idea what shape I'd be in right now. Three cheers for redundancy!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Duck Herding

The family went geocaching yesterday. The first stop on our list was a very old country church, which took some time to find. Sure, the GPS unit told us exactly where it was as the crow flies, but crows don't follow roads. Two dirt ones later, we finally found the church, at the corner of nowhere and nothing. Next to the church was a small house. The geocache itself was in an ingenious location, but it was a scruffy little dog that made our day. He patrolled both the house and church yards while we were there, running back and forth. There were also a few ducks hanging around. Each time a particular duck would wander around the far side of the house, or down toward the road, the dog would trot over, take the duck by the neck, and carry/drag it back up to the church. And each time, the duck had no complaints, sitting next to the dog for a while before slowly wandering off again, starting the process over again. And again. And again. You don't see that every day.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Recording... Now?

So far, I've recorded two podcasts with child #1. The most surprising part of this process for me is the amount of anticipation I feel each week for our recording time. She's having fun, no doubt, but I'm obsessive. I've spent hours composing and recording musical intros, bumpers, and outros, as well as voice clips from various Z-grade science fiction films. At this point, I have enough material to prop up a hundred shows, and we've yet to record our third! I'm sure it will all wear off eventually, but for the moment, it's a fun ride.