Monday, June 22, 2009

McLeod Signs with Avalanche for 3

When McLeod started to play with the Avs he caught my attention quickly and became Q's favorite skater. It makes me happy to hear that Avalanche have kept him aboard, and for that matter for three years. Amid the chaos that the Avs are causing with a coaching change [Sacco, Konowalchuk, and Deadmarsh], which I am in full support of. What will likely be a nice roster change, either due to the retirement plans of some or the horrible mistakes of not offering better contracts to others, and letting the rest go by the wayside, it will ultimately be a good thing.

The roughneck, soon-to-be labeled Enforcer, and a damn fine Forward will be around to develop into an even better skater. I don't think we'll see him wear a letter on the sweater, but I know he'll be around to be a solid skater for the Avs.

Unlike Chris Simon, who is mostly insane but a very nice brute and someone I liked for a number of years until he finally snapped, McLeod currently appears to be stable and normal and seems to be holding his own with the Avs LIKE the aforementioned insane-o. NHL.com reports, "He [McLeod] was one of four NHL players with at least 15 goals and 150 PIM and became only the second player in Avalanche history to reach both marks in a single year (Chris Simon, 1995-96). McLeod led Colorado with 194 hits and shared the club lead in game-winning goals with three." I know for a fact that they omitted the rest of the article, but I have provided the piece that ended up on the floor.

They go on to say, "McLeod is known to skate daily with Munpe Q and that he takes daily hip checks from Q. While McLeod takes the checks well, he's doing poorly at teaching the one-timers to Q. Q keeps falling on his ass while shooting the puck." McLeod commented, "Q is fantastic at playing hockey, but his shooting skills have no hope. I may have to slash him multiple times on our next session." According to inside sources, Q is a fan of the multiple slashing's, reports say he has an affinity to being beat by grown men.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Cone of Silence

Screw your need for warp speeds, transporters and laser weapons.

We have a need for the Cone of Silence! For reals ya'll!




Monday, April 20, 2009

Pickle Surprise Cont'd

From Wikipedia:

Tom Rubnitz was a video artist most often associated with the New York East Village drag queen scene of the late 1980s. His video tapes were mainly inspired by pop culture and Las Vegas style shows. A number of his works featured RuPaul and members of the B-52's. He also made the 1987 documentary Wigstock: The Movie about the annual drag queen festival.

Other works of Rubnitz' include "Strawberry Shortcut" and the infamous "Pickle Surprise".

Tom lived in New York City with his life-partner Curtis Irwin and their two persian cats. He died of an AIDS-related illness in 1992.


boingboing also has an article about it:  [clickety]

Friday, April 17, 2009

I HEART PICTURE IS UNRELATED!

B, you almost got this in an email, but I couldn't be stingy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What? I Can't Understand You! My Brain Exploded!

The AlloSphere Research Facility

Visualizing, hearing and exploring complex multi-dimensional data provides insight that is essential for progress in a number of critical areas of science and engineering, where the amount and complexity of the data overwhelm traditional computing environments. The need for richer... [more]

Mahna Mahna

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Yeah, call it what you will...

Yeah, I know it's blatant, transparent and down right suckin' up, but I can't seem to help it.









Sunday, April 05, 2009

Look What I Found

I needed to replace this post with something happy and I couldn't help but share this.  I stumbled on this while listening to She and Him. It fits with the overall theme of the original post, but is just me wanting to share, nothing more.




Saturday, April 04, 2009

Knock it off with the Small World Shit!

So I'm sitting here in VI chewing some viddles and I look up and see an old customer of mine from way back when.  This is the guy who used to work at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and had a bro-mance with the the Mensa guy he worked with.  

The Mensa guy had built a flat network using a 10.0.0.0/8 containing >150 users, 100+ printers and other network devices and couldn't figure out why their network was so slow, even though the servers and other devices showed uber low network utilization.  So they insisted on removing the CAT5 and putting in CAT6 cable and going Gig to the desktop.  Um, yeah, I'm confident that didn't help.  In fact, I'm more than positive that the poor network performance only got worse.  Good old Mensa, do you really think that the people you say are brilliant are actually that smart?  Um, negative ghost rider.

Good old PJ.  He was working for Tectonic Networks and wanted to flatten out the network to match the DCPA.  Mind you we a hub and spoke VPN topology and a rack in a colo, but he wanted all networks to be a 10.0.0.0/8.  He had no idea of why he wanted to do this, it's just the dumb world he lived in.

Good times.  Live strong PJ and Mensa guy.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Lead Lemon Redux

Back in '05, I wrote on an incident that I remember very well.  It was one of those nights that I'll remember for a long time because of the show, the ice, and the people.  

Last night as Non and I finish up the 30Rock series I realize that Tina Fey's character, Liz Lemon, keeps piquing my interest.  But I don't know why.  I mean, Tina Fey is super cute and all, but that's not it.  And as I walk in the dark to lie down, it hits me.  The lead lemon story pops into my head and I realize that is just so similar that it keeps sticking in my head.

   Liz Lemon
   Lead Lemon


See what I'm saying?


Good times.

Friday, March 27, 2009

March blizzard and the need to drive in it...



This was a joy yesterday around 2:00.


As I'm sitting waiting to go up this "hill" I had to get out of the truck and knock the ice off of the wipers.  As you do when there is ice on it, it's not uncommon to simply hit it against the windshield; right?  So I did.  On the third time the funniest thing (read: frustrating) that happened was that the wiper broke and instantly flew across the truck's hood and landed way on the other side of the lane I was in.  I got mad at first and then giggled.  I had to pull over and switch the blade from the passenger side to the driver's side.  Got back into the truck and ended up behind this chick's truck (pic above).  She couldn't drive this thing up the hill for two reasons.  1) she sucked at driving 2) everyone else was in her way.  

I got so fed up with sitting there and watching her squirrel around that I drove up close to her and after the initial bump which caused her to do the standard "WTF?" with her hands, I get out and tell her "I'm pushing you up the hill, cause all these assholes are fucking it up for the rest of us."  So I barely push the gas and away we go.  Just plowing through the cars that are stuck in the snow.  It was a glorious win for the Q and his new bad-driving-friend-in-the-truck-ahead.


For a view as to where we were, I've included the following map.  Please enjoy, it's on the house!



View Larger Map

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Small World Indeed

You know it's a small world when your tattoo artist's sister lives across the street and he just happens to be over visiting.


Weird.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Proof is in the Egg Salad Sandwich

Clearly no one reads this shit.



Which is a good sign I reckon, after all, you monkey's are just following directions. Good job.







No one won the Free Sandwich. But sadly, simple participation will not win you a free sandwich either. But, thanks for playing B.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Free Egg Salad Sandwich

The first blogger-registered person to guess what this is gets treated to a free egg salad sandwich at Darcy's from me, Q.  Yes, I will pay up.  




Deadline is 2/16/09

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Rubbing Elbows with the Celebs

I was reading an editorial in Details magazine and there was some responses regarding Keanu Reeves.  I guess in the article there were some simple comments on how Keanu likes to be a normal cat; read books, ride his new fangled motor-powered bicicleta, and (most likely with some amount of humor and a dash of sarcasm) he mentions he likes a good sandwich.

A woman made a comment on how [my words] it's nice to see celeb's having to deal with the trials and tribulations of finding the sandwich shop closed on Mondays.

So I was in the shower thinking of the article and I asked myself what have been my brushes with well known folks?  I thought for a minute and the first thing that popped into my head; freakin' Walter Payton.  Um yeah, I couldn't make this shit up.  I had been working on a project at the place I was working at where we took a golf cart and modified it to transport a video crane, it was ultimately (and ridiculously) called the CamRyde.  The Broncos had made it into the playoffs in '98 and so CBS was airing the game(s).  I grabbed MegaMex and we loaded the trailer and took this over to the field the day before and they were preparing for the game.  I introduced myself to the director and he walked over with us to the trailer and saw this thing we had built and was stoked.  He immediately wanted to use this for the game.  Sweet.  So, the next day we're in Mile High Stadium building the crane (Egripment Scanner) and cabling the camera.  We're standing there talking and Walter Payton walks by, like 5 feet away, and says "Hey guys."  I look over at MegaMex and say, "Dude, can you believe that shit?  You know who that is right?  Fucking Walter Payton man!"  I remember being pretty star struck for about 7 seconds.

Then I got to thinking, who else?  The second so called "brush with greatness" was Michael Biehn.  You'll see that I included quotes to emphasize my sarcasm.  Back in 1997 I was a Crane (Enlouva II) and Remote Head (PowerPod) tech on the last few days of Asteroid and this guy was being interviewed over by the craft services table not far from where I had the crane setup.  You could practically see the ego drip off this guy.  Blech.  Annabella Sciorra was also in this film, and though I saw her walk on set, the only fucking retarded shit she did was to do the whole thing where she was throwing a tantrum in her trailer and wouldn't come out, everyone on set was having to be super cool and walk on egg shells cause she her ego was getting in the way.

Ah, then there's one of my more favorite stories. I had made a really short blog about this a couple of years ago (link) but never really did tell the story.  I was hired alongside of Quint as a Crane (SwissJib) and Remote Head (PowerPod) tech on the last day / night of shooting on Dee Snider's Strangeland.  This was a night shot, and as the story is told at the end of the movie.  Besides Dee Snider, Robert Englund was in it as well, though I only saw him from a distance.  Actually, the more I think about it the more I realize that I only saw Dee from a distance as well.  My elbow rubbing came along with the most unlikely of people.  So, here's the skinny.  Quint and I setup the crane and mounted the remote head.  A 40 foot crane takes a while to setup, so we were busy for quite awhile. We had the remote head mounted and started cabling and getting the wheels and monitors setup.  Once we got done, we sat and rested and watched the production for a bit.  Behind us, there were a few people who had taken up chairs and were just sitting there watching.  There was an older couple sitting there, and out of the blue they just ask what all of the equipment we have does.  So, the first thing is that we were clearly under the assumption that they were just folks off the street watching.  So we ran through the gear and telling them how things worked and why we had to setup the gear the way we did.  After a bit, Quint naturally asks, "are you guys just here watching the shoot?"  And once again, I couldn't make this shit up.  The lady says (I wish I knew their names, but I never did remember if they gave us their names or not) "no, we're Dee's parents."  And we're like, you have to be shitting us.  Although, I believe the words were, "Seriously?".  So, we talked to them a bit more and asked about Dee and how he got to be how he was.  His mom and dad were the coolest folks.  They had a rather large family and just spoke as if they were your neighbors.  So the more we spoke, the more enamored I became.  So eventually, she pulls out her wallet from her purse and begins to show us family photos.  There's Dee, in the back of a large family photo, giant white hair standing next to his [normal] brothers, sisters, and who knows who else was there.  His parents near the front and everyone looked super happy.  It was a cool photo.  Aside from the fact that it was Dee's family and life, it was a cool because how absolutely fascinating it is to see "behind the scenes" of people's lives.  I mean, I'm on set with the guy, someone I'll never meet or have an interesting conversation with even though I would dig that very much, but I get a glimpse into his past for a few moments.   I get fascinated with my friends past when they share.  It's neat that there are so many people with so many stories.

I am going to dig through the mental archives to see if I can find some more.  

Have a nice Sunday and if you are traveling, be safe, have fun, and think of me.


Friday, February 06, 2009

Unbias, err...Unshitty Reporting

So, Non called from Rosburg this morning and woke me up a bit early today ( I just got off a week of nights at the WB) and so I decided I'd watch some movies a la Netflix via the XBOX 360.

I began with the wonderfully classic and mind expanding movie:

Resident Evil : Extinction




Then I watched a documentary of Marla Olmstead, now 8 years old, who at the age of 4 began painting modern abstract art.  Her paintings were/are very interesting and she was very successful at selling her paintings at the time. Her family, as usual, eventually was torn down by by a ridiculous report that aired on 60 Minutes.  They effectively called her a fraud and said that her dad was "polishing" the paintings prior to selling but saying that Marla did them all.  Eventually even the guy shooting the documentary even effectively called them liars, or at minimum questioned their honesty.


It got me thinking about my own issues with reporting, this so called unbias reporting, or reporting without adding drama or, for fuck sake, outright lying.

I can't remember how long it's been now but while working at the previous consulting company Fox 31 here in Denver wanted to interview us on a story about online credit card theft.  Shaul Turner and her crew showed up and interviewed the sales guy (because sales guys know a lot about network security...pfft, ass hat) and then wanted to do a simple demonstration on how to detect types of web servers and then how to run a list of known security vulnerabilities against the web servers.  So I showed them how to do it via a simple telnet command to the web server which simply shows the web server type.  As I was doing this I was explaining how I'm simply beginning to footprint the remote network and web servers so I could attempt to exploit them.  I actually did no attacks on the remote network, just demonstrating how to start doing it.

So, when we finally saw the piece air, I was fucking blown away at the shit she said.  As they aired the close up of my screen, her voiceover says, "Watch as he he hacks into this system."  And all I did was execute a telnet command to port 80.  But according to her I had pentrated this server in seconds.  So you say, "so what Q, who cares!" 

I do, and I'll tell you why.  The reprocussions for bullshit comments can extend far beyond her saying something ignorant and stupid.  It could have caused me and the company to come under fire from other security professionals or the remote network owners if they had taken the comments at face value.  They could have hit us for hacking and/or attacking their remote network with the video + stupid voiceover to support it.

So this piece from 60 Minutes did the same thing.  They had no proof of their comments, it was one lady who made a bullshit comment and suddenly they weren't selling paintings, they were receiving the most obsurd hate mail / email with some very nasty shit said.  Terrible shit.

This kind of journalism is kin to driving down the road with a guy riding your ass, honking at you, cutting people off and speeding.  You can't ram him off the road, you can't take your AR-15 and light him up, you can't punch him in the neck and tell him to quick being an asshole.  Same thing, you can't do that to reporters who do a shitty unbias and uneducated job.  You can't because you don't have the camera and airtime to do it.  Although the Internet changes things a bit, the number of people you and I get in front of is exponentially less than that of Fox 31, regardless of how bad they are.

Although, my story with Shaul has a happy ending for me.  They came back a year later or so and they wanted to do an interview again regarding network security.  And since I was Senior Network Monkey, they put me in front of the camera.  The first thing I tell fucking Shaul Turner is how piss poor of a job she did misrepresenting what I did on the last piece.  She was stunned that I was "punching her in the neck" for "driving like shit".  So, they did a close up of me and asked all of the stupid ass questions that dumb reporters ask, "what can people do to help secure themselves and computers?"  So all of the standard bullshit answers followed.  Now, I have zero reasons to make this up and I have witnesses that will back this up.

I start with, "make sure you have a software firewall, have antivirus and ensure it is up to date" etc, etc...


...and then I went blank and just stared at her.  I could not think of anymore reasons, but I did such a bad job of ending my sentence, that I said the following to end my answer.

"...and do the hokey pokey."

She looked at me and said, "hokey pokey, what's that?"  Everyone in the room was doing a very good job of keeping a straight face until she said that.  The entire fucking room erupted in laughter and and we laughed for 5 minutes straight.  Needless to say the interview was over, and my piece never did air.  Fuck-and-yes!  I got mine.   She got hers, that lousy reporter douchebag.  Hehe.

My [short] list of reporters I think are useless:
  Ernie Bjorkman (recently fired and is now becoming a vet like the chump he is)
  Mark Koebrich
  Shaul Turner


UPDATE:
I found the video and have been laughing my ass off for 5 minutes.  I guess it didn't help that the command prompt that shows up on the screen says Hackedy Hack:



I'm gonna edit the video and post it later, so look for it, cause it's kinda funny.




Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Super Slacker + Super Rant

Super slack indeed. I only know 2 people that really read this shit, and a third that only peruses this shit when I call him a pimp.

I've found it very difficult to write when the people that read the blog I end up talking about shit with anyway.

I used to get creative about it and the biggest mistake was putting on Google Analytics and finding out just how many people I am not reaching.

I recently gave up on being stuffy about my cell phone choice. I've classically done the thing where the phone / PDA should be about work if that's what you are in to. I've been big on the Blackberry scene for years. But when I got out of the full time IT consulting world and got the job over at ISP I work at now, I thought I needed to maintain email connectivity. But the ridiculous amount of email being sent around internally was over the fucking top. To the point that I would have a day off and would find myself waking up and looking at the Blackberry and responding to emails in bed. On my day off. 

WTF?!

I found out recently via /. that Sprint added a $0.99 admin fee to their contract which allows people to get out of their contract within X number of days. It was time for me to make my move and avoid the $200 early disconnect fee. I went and bought the freakin' iPhone and I have to say that I rather enjoy it. And what's more, it's more inline with business than the Blackberry (for me) since I can get a SSH client and a RDP client, so minimally I can get into any number of devices or servers as long as I have access to them.

Anywho. I also decided to see how I would use Twitter. So I'll try and keep that updated. If you are on Twitter, make sure to let me know.

http://twitter.com/munpeq

What else...

I have to go to Laredo the first week in March. At least it won't be hot. And the even bigger bonus is that I won't have dry socket combined with Bronchitis like I did with my last trip to Laredo. That, my friends, was misery. The only saving grace is the awesome red beans and rice that I could get from Pope Yes.

B is out the door on Sunday for a week so the party is at my place when she leaves.  Actually, I have Monday off from working nights this week at the WB and I am going to do a favor for FiF
and work the maintenance window that night.  How nice is that of me?  He is going on a road trip with his room mate who drives a truck.  All I can say is that I better fucking receive a kick ass Truck Stop gift from his ass.

I'm listening to Sirius radio on the Internet right now, and the freakin' EAS Test came on.  I've always found that to be creepy.  It always reminds me of in some ways to EVP , at least from when I was a kid that's how I related to it.  

Speaking of EVP, people say not to do EVP detection in your own house.  I actually think that is a good idea.  Even if it's bullshit, or you can trick your mind into thinking you heard something, you will ruin your time in your house forever when you do that.  That is of course if you are a normal human, wherein you aren't sad all of the time.

Ok, I'm done for now.  I'll work harder on more posts.