config this!

A year or two ago, when I first started getting interested in Ruby on Rails, I would read all the marketing and it kept saying "no config files". Over, and over, and over again. At the time I was working in PHP; all I had to worry about was httpd.conf and php.ini.

Now I'm working on a Java project. It's a big, existing code base and every thing's ready already. Still, it only took about three weeks before the realization hit: "Oh, this is what the're talking about." Cripes, you need to config your config files with config files. Give me RoR any day.

catching up, once again

Oops. I haven't blogged in a while. I've been busy with the new job. It's a good thing really; the job is treating me really well so far. Rakka says it's the first time she's seen me happy since... ever.

The work is fun. I'm learning new things (like JSP). Everybody at Redfin is super nice, even when my check-in breaks the build, which happened Friday; luckily I'm not working on something that's super time critical... yet.

Work isn't the only thing I've been doing. I went to plushyou, and the pike place market ghost tour. But since I did those things with Rakka, and everybody that reads this probably reads her blog, I'm sure you know all about it already.

nwbrick con 2007

Everybody loves Lego, right? Well, some more than others. Those that are really crazy end up with their stuff on display at the NWBrick con. (the moderately crazy just go for a visit). This year was kinda sad, because it was the same stuff as last year, for the most part.

Winter Home of the Happy Sunshine People by Steve Decreamer

Photo by me

Winter Home of the Happy Sunshine People by Steve Decreamer One of my favorite Lego things in a long time, just because of the awesome craggy rock.


Photo by some nice guy with access behind the rope

Titanic It gets points for being effing huge as eff.

Video by me

Mecha Godzilla Spinning Death Hands!

Video by me

Hydraulics this lego car got bump

pepperidge farm remembers

I am soon going to be macless. I expect this will only be temporary. So before I trade this on in, I'm going to write down all extra bits I can't live without. This is merely an aid to an aging memory.


The application launcher to end all application launchers. Launchy and spotlight look like the start menu compared to QS.


Any text editor that is both free and can regex replace, recursively over a directory tree, is a winner in my book.


It's kind of like Pidgin, but it, you know, works.


Dead simple bittorrent client.


Pretty good GUI svn client.

FileMerge (from Apple Xcode Utilities)

GUI diff on any two files. Very nice. Use it all the time.


DVD backups are really useful. Handbrake takes feckin forever, but it works.


Pop up notifications. It pretty much comes with everything these days.


There are a multitude of "better than default" screen grab utilities. This one works well for me.

iStats menus

CPU and Memory graphs right in the menu bar, where you actually need them.

iStats pro

Super detailed stats about your computer, as a dashboard widget. There are a lot of these too. This is the one I like.


Another thing I need in the menu bar: today's date.


Apple-Tab through windows, not applications. Kind of useful when you have three firefox windows and 10 terminals running, but I still find myself using expose most of the time.


Every year the deceptions get deeper and deeper. One day I'm going to catch on. I almost did this time, but Rakka still managed to plan an entire birthday party without me knowing about it. Thanks Rakka!

Photo by Rakka

Dalek Cookies Because there's nothing quite as sweet as a little green blob in bonded polycarbide armor.

Photo by Rakka

CyberManicottie Note to all other pasta: "you will become like us!" or "you will be upgraded!" (depending on what decade you're from)

She also got me this rad Sonic Screwdriver.

Photo by Me

Sonic Screwdriver Also pictured here.

It even came with psychic paper!

There was going to be a tardis cake too, but I ruined it by taking a half day. She tried to hurry and it broke. *frownies*

god, I am such a nerd. I'm ok with it though. And so is Rakka. Thanks Rakka, for enabling me in my nerdery!!!

Heroes is on again

Eppy two is going right now. It's pretty good so far.


I've come to terms, maybe, with the amnesia; this is difficult for me. The Mexican girl's power is pretty stupid. I like Hiro being his own hero, but I hope it doesn't take all season. I'm sort of tired of the cheerleader already. That is all.

She's not Mexican, maybe. Her aunt lives in Mexico, but she started in Venezuela, right? Whatever. Wherever she's from, her power is still pretty stupid.