Toronto Trip July/August 2007

Pictures have been posted (and thumbnails created finally) just click on the picture below.

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Had a great time and the whole thing went by FAR TOO QUICKLY as usual ๐Ÿ™‚

But we got to see our good friends and family and sample some of the best that Canada has to offer so the trip was another spectacular chapter for us!

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This post was written by Marc
on August 24, 2007 at 7:45 am

Star Trek: “Time Warp”

I was put onto this by Phil Plait’s “Bad Astronomy” blog.

Yes, I’ll admit it, I’m a geek and also recognized the lion’s share of the clips shown here. *AND* I like the Rocky Horror Picture show

I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and effort has to go into deciding on, collecting and then bringing together all the elements required to make something like this. It truly must be a labor of (geek) love…

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This post was written by Marc
on August 20, 2007 at 11:09 pm

I’m having a problem with thumbnails

I’ve posted pictures from our recent trip to Toronto, but something has gone awry on the Lunarpages server that is preventing imagemagick from creating the associated thumbnails so it is a bit of a nuisance to walk through them.

If you are really gung-ho you can find them in the gallery, but I’ll hold off posting a link until the issue is resolved.

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This post was written by Marc
on August 20, 2007 at 7:53 am

Internet Commenter Business Meeting

Translating all of the nonsense that goes on in Internet discussion forums to what they would look like if the same sort of behavior happened between live people in a business setting… brilliant!  Irritating, but brilliant!

When I peruse discussion groups – often as a result of a Google search – I usually only read as far as the first one or two trolls and then move on. In unmoderated settings you can almost predict how quickly the discussion will degrade into sophomoric shouting matches.

This doesn’t eliminate the usefulness of these forums but it does cap it.

For anybody who has ever participated or even lurked in these arenas, enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This post was written by Marc
on August 18, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Don’t forget to check out the Perseid Meteor Shower Tomorrow night!!

Perseid Meteor ShowerWith a new moon, this most spectacular of annual meteor showers will be even more visible this year!

For my locale the Clear Sky Clock indicates that conditions should be nearly optimal. I’m thinking of popping up to Brasstown Bald for a chance to see this wonder of nature in as pristine conditions as we can get here in Georgia.

The peak meteor frequency is expected to be at about 1:00 am so it won’t be an early night that’s for sure.

For more details check out the Wikipedia entry as well as Space.com’s Sky calendar.

Posted under Astronomy

This post was written by Marc
on August 11, 2007 at 6:47 pm

Copy Lotus Notes databases from the Domino Server console command line

I use this blog to remind myself of items now and then so I can just search here and find them. This was pulled from this articleร‚ย and I am reproducing it here for my own edification as it will be really useful going forward. You can just ignore this if Lotus Notes / Domino isn’t your thing…
Copy Lotus Notes databases from the Domino Server console command line
Bruce Elgort
07.19.2007

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Recently I needed to make “copies” of some Lotus Notes databases and didn’t want to do it from my Lotus Notes

client. This would have taken hours considering the Lotus Notes database was 5 GB.I knew that there had to be a way to do this and there is. Thanks to the assistance of my friend Thomas Gumz, I was able to issue a command line from the Domino Server console — and presto, the database was instantly copied. It’s not documented or supported, but it has been around for a long time, at least since R4 according to Thomas.

So let’s look at what you need to do to enable this feature. The Domino Server console commands are turned off by default, so you need to first enable them. Set this server notes.ini variable, like so:

  • set config CLUSTER_ADMIN_ON=1 (even if the server is not in a cluster, it doesn’t matter).

    No need to restart the Domino server, it becomes active immediately. This enables this new command: CL COPY sourcedb targetdb.

    Below, I have listed some examples for the CL COPY command:

  • CL copy serverA!!db1.nsf serverB!!db2.nsf
    This creates a regular non-replica copy of db1.nsf on serverA as db2.nsf on ServerB
  • CL copy serverA!!db1.nsf serverB!!db2.nsf REPLICA
    This creates a replica copy of db1.nsf on serverA as db2.nsf on ServerB
  • CL copy serverA!!db1.nsf serverB!!db2.nsf TEMPLATE
    This creates a template copy (only design, no data) of db1.nsf on serverA as db2.nsf on ServerB
  • CL copy db1.nsf db2.nsf
    This creates a regular non-replica copy of db1.nsf as db2.nsf on the same local server
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    This post was written by Marc
    on August 10, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    World Clock

    World ClockSent to me by a friend, the World Clock is a sober reminder of the immensity of the reality of our existence on this tiny little planet. Go ahead and click the “Now” button to see these figures zero themselves out and begin counting from the current moment. If you’re like me you will be simply gobsmacked by the rate of births. Even realizing that these are merely statistical expressions (in real life you’d see periodic pauses and the occcasional great leap in the numbers) .

    Of special note I’d like to highlight the deaths due to war and how disproportionately small this number is relative to a great many of the other, less popularly reported causes of death. Firearms aren’t listed but are subsumed by other categories and are far less common than the glaring media reports would lead one to believe, they are merely spectacular due to their infrequency and violence.

    Traffic accidents, meanwhile, one of the most preventable causes of death (proper education, proper testing and then proper review every few years) gets a pass with a death rate (ignoring what must surely be a spectacular toll in injuries) that eclipses war, suicides, drownings, poisoning, falls or any non-disease.

    This emphasizes what is surely one of the greatest ills of the American or any other government today, ignoring the practical, logical and mundane for the popular and the exciting. We can’t get our politicians to sponser and produce legislation that will simply be practical, they must forever be trying to woo us with our emotions and with whatever is simplest in order to keep their incumbencies secure.

    The CO2 emmisions are interesting, but lack the global context of consumption (by plants) and destruction of CO2 by natural processes to help give a perspective – it’s a big planet relative to our conception. More relevant might be the % increase in CO2. The numbers may not be as exciting, but it would be consistent with the Earth’s temperature displayed which gives a much more useful value.

    Posted under Metaphysics, Science

    This post was written by Marc
    on August 7, 2007 at 11:13 pm