September 18, 2005

K.I.S.S. Scotch

Aberlour A'bunadhFriday is our 19th Wedding Anniversary. Our eldest daughter sent us a gift, a bottle of scotch.

I've taught her well. Other's may get cheap swill such as Chevis Royal Salute, my daughter sent us A'bundah! It is notable for what it is not more so than what it is. It is a from a single cask of whisky produced by the Aberlour Distillery on High Street, Aberlour. Aberdeenshire. Scotland. It is not blended with lesser whiskies or grain alcohol. It is not cold-filtered; which process loses some of the subtle taste. It is Cask Strength, 119 proof; not watered down to 80 or 86 proof.

From the distiller's site:

Deep, rich amber.

An intoxicating aroma of mixed spices, praline and spiced orange, harmonising with rich, deep notes of Oloroso sherry.

Orange, black cherries, dried fruit and ginger, spiked with dark bitter chocolate and enriched with sherry and oak. Full-bodied and creamy.

Robust and intense, with bitter-sweet notes of exotic spices, dark chocolate and oak.

And it is. It is a most excelent whisky for an old scotch drinker such as I. As we opened the package Wendy commented that it was a gift more for me than for her. Unfortunately she felt obligated to try is. Even more unfortunate -- she likes it! It ended up being a perfect present for the both of us. Thank you, Helena.

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September 16, 2005

Fishtail Muffler

Ever since I got the Savage I have been looking to replacing the muffler -- it was too big around and too short. After months of looking I finally nailed a single HD fishtail muffler off of Ebay. It was listed as for a HD Twin, but since there only only the one no one bid on it except me. $9.95 plus $10 shipping. Toss in $7.76 for clamps/sealer from Kragen and it mounted and looks, in my opinion, good.

It has a nice boomy sound so the Savage no longer sounds like a lawnmower. Unfortunately Wendy thought it was a little too loud. Her first words to me when I got home the first day was something along the lines of "so when are you putting the stock muffler back on?" To appease her I went to the Home Depot and got a copper pipe adapter, 1.5" to 1" reducer. Added a bit of aluminum screen, shoved it up the tail pipe to add a little more baffling.

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September 11, 2005

Re-Stack the Rack

Selling a building, rebuilding the LAN into one building -- new routers, new switches, same racks, same jacks and floor cables. The new switches will mount in the same rack locations as the old switches, to be patched to the existing jacks. But I cannot remove the old switches until after the new switches are mounted and working.

All I have to do is remove the old switches and replace them with the new switches before I remove the old switches; thus violating the law of physics that says two masses cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

Solution, a fold in the space-time continuum. I've mounted a temporary rack in front of the existing racks and have started moving the switches into it. This clears the space in the existing rack to mount the new switches. See the nice empty spaces? Electrically the old switches are still there.

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September 07, 2005

Cisco Configuration

Some time in the last millenium they killed my access to our routers. Put passwords on them and wouldn't share them with me. I can understand this, I wouldn't want me poking around in my routers either. So normally all I do is provide connectivity to those who are authorized to poke. Have a pair of 8540's that moved from one building to another, next door. To give them access I stretched the LAN from the old building to the new under a don't ask how and I don't have to pull it down arrangement.

Received an E-Mail this morning....

I erased the old config on the Torrance 8540 A side switch,and ended up locking myself out of it. I was wondering if you could....

Yes, I can. After I stop laughing.

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September 06, 2005

Maynard G. Krebs

Was the best friend of Dobie Gillis, 1959-1963.

And one of the role models of my formative years.

Played and mostly created by Bob Denver, 1935-2005.

Bob may have passed on, but his character and memory will live on as long as a beatnik, of any age, owns a bongo.

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September 04, 2005


Is only $1.99 / month with my DSL, so I did. Here I am checking it out.... Posted within 5 minutes of taking the picture.

Pretty cool. Will be able to relax and blog while traveling.....

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September 03, 2005

What did we know and when did we know it?

From the National Geographic, October, 2004:

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level—more than eight feet below in places—so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn't—yet....

What is at stake?:

Louisiana has the hardest working wetlands in America, a watery world of bayous, marshes, and barrier islands that either produces or transports more than a third of the nation's oil and a quarter of its natural gas, and ranks second only to Alaska in commercial fish landings.

What can we do to prevent the damage?

Such high stakes compelled a host of unlikely bedfellows—scientists, environmental groups, business leaders, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—to forge a radical plan to protect what's left. Drafted by the Corps a year ago, the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) project was initially estimated to cost up to 14 billion dollars over 30 years, almost twice as much as current efforts to save the Everglades. But the Bush Administration balked at the price tag, supporting instead a plan to spend up to two billion dollars over the next ten years to fund the most promising projects. Either way, Congress must authorize the money before work can begin.

Who is at fault for allowing the security of our Nation to lapse? It is right there, above, written in the National Geographic nearly a year ago: the Bush Administration... Congress.

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