Category Archives: Personal

Therion – Sitra Ahra

I finally got my copy of Sitra Ahra in….I must say…. AWESOME album, but nothing super-extraordinary compared to their older work. “More of the same”, although I’ll admit there’s much more┬ácomplicated choral work than previous albums (and this is saying A LOT).

The more I listen to it, the more it grows on me.

Don’t just take my word for it:

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My new MacBook Pro

My MacBook Pro finally arrived!

It’s only a 13″ model, but it will be quite sufficient for my needs as a laptop and extremely portable.

All I need now is my Laptop Bag – which will be here Tuesday.

Here are some pics.

At least now I’ll be running a real copy of Snow Leopard instead of the hacked copy that’s on my desktop.

What I found amazing is that after only a few minutes everything was working exactly as it should…all I had to do is enter my User information (and install iWork and dropbox) and I was up and going. The Updates took 5 minutes to download and install, but that wasn’t bad.

So it was finally cool enough to journey into my attic!

And I’ve got CAT-5 cable between the Computer Room and the Living Room!

Unfortunately I only found one network plug, so I’m stuck until tomorrow when I can get another plug so that I can complete this job.

What does this mean?

  • A wired connection will make buffering between my media player and the server MUCH quicker.
  • I’ll get my Apple Airport Express back for personal use again (which has served me VERY well for the last two years as a wireless bridge to 3+ devices)
  • My wireless bandwidth will increase as Vonage and other devices in the Living Room aren’t chattering all over the place.

Hopefully the hand-me-down CAT-5 cable’s kinks aren’t breaks. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

Update: Lunch, Thursday August 26, 2010 – I took 30 minutes to finish the job (including installing port box the and the wire runner) and boy it’s nice. My PopCorn Hour box went from 4-5 seconds buffering to 1-2 seconds (and the switch it’s connected to in the living room is only a 10mb port if I recall). I can instantly upgrade that network between the Living Room and computer room by replacing the living room switch with a newer, faster model.

I’m very happy with the results, and I’m glad to have my Airport Express back in hand as using it was a matter of desperation at the time (almost 3 years ago!!!).

Games Workshop FAQ Grabber (Python Script)

I’m nerding out on ya, sorry. Programmers and Script Monkeys only, as I’m not going to explain how to use this.

I’ve created a Python script that grabs all the latest 40K and Fantasy FAQ’s/PDF’s

Here’s the script:

#!/usr/bin/python

import urllib
import sys,os

sGWURL = "http://www.games-workshop.com"
sWarhammerFAQURL = "http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?categoryId=1000018&pIndex=1&aId=3000006&start=2"
s40KFAQURL = "http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/article.jsp?catId=cat440134a&categoryId=1000018&section=&pIndex=1&aId=3400019&start=2"
sLocalFantasyFAQPath = "./" # I Normally just use the full filepath to my Dropbox Folder on my Ubuntu box
sLocal40KFAQPath = "./" # I Normally just use the full filepath to my Dropbox Folder on my Ubuntu box

def GetData(sURL):
        oPage = urllib.urlopen(sURL)
        sPageData = oPage.read()
        return sPageData

def FilterOutFAQLines(sData):
        FAQs = list()
        aLines = sData.splitlines()
        for sLine in aLines:
                if sLine.lower().startswith("<a href"):
                        if sLine.lower().find(".pdf") > 0:
                                FAQs.append(sLine)
        return FAQs

def downloadFile(url,localfilename):
        webFile = urllib.urlopen(url)
        #olocalFile = open(url.split('/')[-1], 'w')
        localFile = open(localfilename, 'w')
        localFile.write(webFile.read())
        webFile.close()
        localFile.close()

def GetFile(sHREFLine, sDir):
        global sGWURL
        sURL = sGWURL + sHREFLine[sHREFLine.find('"') + 1:sHREFLine.find('"', 10)]
        sFileName = sHREFLine[sHREFLine.find('>') + 1:sHREFLine.find('<', 10)]
        downloadFile(sURL, sDir + sFileName)
        return sFileName

def DeleteFolderContents(folder):
        for the_file in os.listdir(folder):
            file_path = os.path.join(folder, the_file)
            try:
                if os.path.isfile(file_path):
                    os.unlink(file_path)
            except Exception, e:
                print e

aWarhammerFAQs = FilterOutFAQLines(GetData(sWarhammerFAQURL))
a40KFAQs =  FilterOutFAQLines(GetData(s40KFAQURL))

DeleteFolderContents(sLocalFantasyFAQPath)
for sLine in aWarhammerFAQs:
        sFile = GetFile(sLine, sLocalFantasyFAQPath)
DeleteFolderContents( sLocal40KFAQPath )
for sLine in a40KFAQs:
        sFile = GetFile(sLine, sLocal40KFAQPath )

Feel free to download it here in case your copy/paste doesn’t work.

This won’t be very useful to non-programmer types, but it might save someone an hour or so if they wanted to do the same thing.

Some self-medicate, but I self-educate.

Lately I’ve been on an education kick because it seems that all my friends are going back to college or taking online courses. I’ve always been very disappointed with my mathematic education and frustrated with my inability to express and solve my few statistical problems using hard math instead of pseudomath that I stumble through.

Until I get the time to actually go out and take a formal course of such a matter, I’ve been visiting the Khan Academy series of YouTube videos to refresh my Algebra that I’ve not touched in almost 20 years. I must say that Sal is quite amazing in both his speaking and teaching ability. He’s quite an inspiration and I’m a bit ┬ájealous of his vocal eloquence especially considering the software and medium he’s using to teach.

I highly recommend and suggest anyone wanting to refresh or learn any of the subjects that he has available for viewing.

We all have our addictions, mine is the thirst for information.

I’ve been casted in a Fiddler on the Roof Role!

I will be playing the part of Mendel, the Rabbi’s son in Fiddler on the Roof. It’s a non-principal, but important role from what little I’ve read.

Hey at least my character has a name–and a few speaking parts! ­čÖé

A few lines from WikiQuote:

Tevye: As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.
Mendel: Where does the book say that?
Tevye: Well, it doesn’t say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken. Good Sabbath!

Tevye: As Abraham said, “I am a stranger in a strange land…”
Mendel: Moses said that.
Tevye: Ah. Well, as King David said, “I am slow of speech, and slow of tongue.”
Mendel: That was also Moses.
Tevye: For a man who was slow of tongue, he talked a lot.

Auditions for Fiddler on the Roof

Well, tonight almost the whole family (myself, my wife, my step daughter, my father and my mother) went and auditioned for parts for at the Wichita Theatre, a local community theater’s, production of Fiddler on the Roof.

I know I had my mistakes during the audition, but I had fairly high praises from everyone…got a pretty good thumbs up from one of the deciding factors of casting too.

I’m actually fairly anxious as this will be my first solo singing/speaking role in over 15 years.

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