The machine at the hosting service where four of my websites are ran out of disk space some time Saturday night. I've been unable to upload anything since then. Damn inconvenient. At least it doesn't seem to affect the databases, so things are still running.
Location Date Local Time Activity
HARRISBURG, PA, US 02/20/2006 3:42 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
HARRISBURG, PA, US 02/17/2006 9:04 P.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
NORTHUMBERLAND, PA, US 02/17/2006 7:33 P.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
. 02/17/2006 6:54 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN
US 02/17/2006 4:13 P.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED
My new bike should be here Tuesday. Er, Wednesday. Guess who has a client meeting on Tuesday? :< But! I'll have it in time for Schlitz and Giggles!
Took a ride last Thursday (23 mi), but couldn't get out of the house until almost 2:30, so had to cut it way short and only got to West Newton. Spectacular day, almost 60. Roads are kind of a mess with all the melting snow but… 60 degrees!!! In February!!! Stopped at Harris Cyclery while there and oogled at the inventory. They had a nice Pake (in my size!), a Redline 9-2-5 that was kitted out really nicely with mustache handlebars. The Redline s a compact frame, though, and I’m really after a classic. They also had Surley Steamroller and Karate Money frames, and well as a couple Bianchi Pistas.
Saturday (50 mi), I took the train to Southborough for a meeting with the NEC folks in Marlborough. (10 miles from the station). Got there a few minutes late, but earlier than some others. Meeting lasted about 90 minutes, then rode home.
It was very cold and very windy, but at least most of the wind was at my back. Some of the side gusts made the bike a little squirrelly, though and that was a bit unnerving. There’s really no good route back from Marlborough. I started back on US 20 but that sucked with a capital K. So I turned off at Wayside Inn Road and followed some other streets back. It’s very weird but there are no east-west roads out there except for US 20. There NE-SW, SE-NW and N-S but no E-W. I eventually got to Wellesley and took Beacon Street back in.
To look at me, you wouldn’t know it, but sometimes I forget to eat. I looked down at my clock and it was 2:00 and I hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast at 7:00. I was out. of. gas. And the part of Wellesley or Natick or wherever I was didn’t have anything to eat, or at least nowhere I could get something eat without leaving my bike. I eventually got to Waban and went into a deli, but everything in there was huge. No way I could eat a twenty pound pastrami sandwich. A little further along I found a bakery and got something to eat there. All I really wanted was some Chex Mix, but I decided to show some solidarity with our friends from Denmark so I bought a cheese Danish. Fifteen minutes later, I had lots of
So much so that I could have ridden much further, but my feet were frozen, along with my water bottles (again!), and it turns out my gloves don’t ventilate very well, so my hands were soaked and starting to prune. Though I don’t pay much attention to speed at this time of the year, my time of 13.75 mph was disappointing. Maybe it was the cold, maybe the added winter tonnage, maybe it was stopping to check the map every friggin 10 feet. Don’t know. But that pretty much makes up my mind not to sign up for B2B. I don’t think I can get to 16 mph through that kind of terrain by June at this rate.
I have a problem, I think, although I can't be sure. But since it manifests itself in my code, it appears to be my problem and I don't know what to do about it.
The situation: Client has a whole set of subdirectories for CAI (Computer aided instruction). All of these subdirectories are httpd password protected. The parent of these is not password protected and contains a page for checking userid's and passwords. They don't want people to know of these subdirectories (For some reason) and don't want to create new userid's and passwords for these subdirectories for every class that comes through (besides, it's not really a "class", anyone can start any topic at any time provided they meet certain membership criteria, it's not a start-and-end-date class).
So what I did was to create a kludge using 404 pages. Once they successfully log in, I record which class they're taking (one class per login, one class per subdirectory), and all URLs from then on are handled through a coded 404 page. That is, they click on, say "lesson1.html", that page does not exist in parentdir, so it gets sent to my 404.cfm where I find the right file on the disk (which would be, like "parentdir/onlineclass25/lesson1.html" and output the contents of that file to the browser directly. If they're not logged in (or if the file really isn't found), it outputs a fake IIS 404.
This worked just fine for six or eight months. What's happening now, and with increasing regularity, is people are getting server timeouts and images on the page are showing the $browser broken image icon. It doesn't seem to vary by browser (the fact that most people report it against IE is just because most of this crew uses IE, but it does happen in FF and Safari as well). The server logs don't report anything. I'm at a loss.
Anyone have any ideas?
The title says it all. Two stoners get hungry, must have sliders from White Castle, so they hit the road. Hilarity ensues. Or not. A stinker. I suppose one or two fo the jokes were funny, but this was so formulaic that you could just pick scenes and tell what the original movie was. Ferris Bueller? Check. Porky's? Check. American Pie? Check. American Graffiti? Check. I mean, it's not so bad that I had to fast forward through it (although I was tempted at points) but it wasn't a pleasant experience. That said, if you liked Napoleon Dynamite, you'd probably like this.
Would not watch again.
There's been a secret war between cats and dogs waging for centuries. The latest battle in the war involves a scientist (Jeff Goldblum) who is working on a vaccine to prevent dog allergies. The cats must stop this at all costs because it would give the edge in the war to the dogs. Hilarity ensues. And it does. The voices are perfect, the stunts are perfect, the jokes are perfect. The only little niggle I have about the whole thing is they didn't really explain enough of what the femme fatale (Susan Sarandon) was all about. But that's a really tiny thing. The high tech gizmos of the dog's intelligence network, and just the fact that the evil overlord of the cat world is named "Mr. Tinkles" just cracked me up.
Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is released from jail and plans his next caper: rob a vault holding the deposits of three Las Vegas casinos. Enter the ten other co-culprits. An excellent caper movie. Not quite on par with, say, Rififi, it was top quality. Just enough goes wrong to keep you interested if not quite on the edge of your seat. The romance between Ocean and Tess (Julia Roberts) wasn't overplayed, and the cast worked well together. A few of the performances bordered on the thespian, notably Andy Garcia who was a little too much Godfather-like, and Pitt who was a little too much Fight Club-like, but on the whole a great show.
Would watch again.
Twice this weekend I heard the words "my internal monologue". I like that. I always wondered what that was called.
So. the Olympics®. I actually watched a bit. I think it's the first time I've watched any in years. And while I can't bear to watch the
games non-stop commercials on NBC, the CNBC broadcasts haven't been bad at all. Mostly, I"ve been watching the curling, and it's an interesting game, not least because of the cool hats. I don't understand the scoring, but I do understand how the rocks are played. Very cool. Sort of a cross between pool and bocce. On ice. It also seems fairly EPO and steroid free. The Canadian commentators are pretty funny, too. "Oooh, that was an embarrassing shot, eh?"
The rest of it has been pretty dull or so commerical filled as to be unwatchable. The snowboard cross is kind of interesting for a short time, but the course is too short or something and after a while, it all looks the same. But I suppose it depends on what sports you like. I could watch bike racing forever, even it it's just a hundred people riding in a big bunch for 120 miles. Speaking of which, why isn't there any ice bike racing like Sustina in the winter Olympics®?
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