Showing posts from 2017

All In all It's Just another Pivet in The Wall

Stop killing the environment around your home. Do you use chemicals on your yard to kill weeds and promote grass growth?  Do you throw news paper and cardboard in the trash?  If you do any of these things and want to help make the earth a better place for all life, consider the methods that +Sylvia Wormley is doing in our yard.

I worked 17 days straight working on the new ASU Website. So today on my first full day off in a long time I helped my wife continue her work a bed in our front yard that is home to a privacy hedge that boarders our property on the east side.  We are using organic methods to make a nice home for privets that we are moving from places in our yard to form a privacy screen.  I want to do more research as to the specific type of privet that we are planting.

Design like nature One thing I like about working with natural materials in the yard is that when we are finished the bed it looked like it was meant to be there.  Yards that have bright read wood chips do not …

Master Bathroom Remodel - Plumbing bypass complete

I have been lamenting about how to tie in the new plumbing for the master bathroom.  I finally got it complete.  I can now start to run water lines into the walls of the bathroom.

I am really getting to like using Pex tubing and a crimper.  I have a large inventory of pipe fittings and tools up in the attic.

Barbra Streisand is 75

Spotify Honors Barbra Streisand with Play List I started following this playlist at 65 followers.  I have always had a lot of joy listening to Barbra sing.  One of my first compact discs was the Broadway Album.

I was a courier in Los Angeles a long time ago. I delivered IBM computer parts and Movie and Television industry items. I had a deliver to Barbra's house in Bel Aire one day, but she of course did not answer the door. Someone else signed for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts parcel that was addressed to her.

Life After Cutting The Cable TV

Introduction I often get asked if I have watched a popular TV or Cable show.  My short answer is usually no, I only have Internet access in my home and I stream all of my visual entertainment. Well in this article I am going to reveal my media environment which consist of five applications that I will briefly list below.  First I want to acknowledge +Noore Ghunaym who supplied technical information on setting this entertainment environment up and my wife +Sylvia Wormley for the inspiration to use technology for fun.
NewsDemon The first tier of this system is good old Usenet.  I am using NewsDemon.  If you have been on the Internet before web browsers then you know what Usenet is.  If you do not know, click here.

DOGnzb After getting an account on a Usenet provider I had to get an account on an on a Usenet Indexer.  I am using DOGnzb.  If you do not know what a Usenet Indexer is, click here.
SABnzbd After getting a Usenet Indexer I needed to get binary news reader.  I am using SABnzbd

My Kuntry Is Colored

Like everything in my world my music presents itself to me in a tapestry of color.  When I was growing up my mother exposed me to Mahalia Jackson and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  When I was a teenager I rebelled and listened to BB King and The Cream.  Now as an adult it is no wonder that my musical taste includes Valerie June and Los Lobos

One of the best features that I love about Spotify is the ability to discover new music and to collect music into playlist that fit my personal tastes.  There are times during the day when I really want to listen to some rock and twang.  This My Kuntry playlist hits the spot.  The migration from going up in Southern California listening to The Flying Burrito Brothers, Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen and Crosby Stills Nash and Young was the foundation for me taking to real country music when I moved to Texas.  Now I have the ability to pick and choose the level of twang that I like the way that no radio station can match.

Kitchen Soap Dispenser Hack

I was refilling my kitchen soap dispenser the other day and somehow the person doing the work broke the ends of the threaded pipe that the refillable bottle connects.  I did not panic, I just went to Loews to get another one.  I was not surprised to find out that I could only buy a matching blackened copper finish soap dispenser if I bought a complete kitchen facet set. Arrrrgh.

So I decided to get a cheap plastic chrome replacement.  Before I opened the box I read the description and it described how you could use the included tubing to bypass the refillable bottle and connect to a large liquid soap bottle.  This would eliminate having to go under the sink every few weeks to refill it.  Instead of keeping the cheap dispenser, I bought some 1/2 inch OD by 3/8 inch ID tubing and fitted my existing dispenser with it.  I cut a 1/2 inch hole in the top of my super size Dawn bottle from Sams club and viola, it works.

Udemy Programming Class for the New Year

Each New Year Udemy offers a discount on their classes.  This year I signed up for about 5 classes.  One of the classes is Introduction to Modern Programming with PHP.  I decided to freshen up my skills and expand my knowledge a bit in the web development arena.  I love working with web applications, but I have never formally studied it.  Most of the time I have gained knowledge under the pressure of fixing something that is broke or because there was no one else available to work on it.  This year I decided to take control and learn at my own pace and enjoy what I am learning.

Two years ago I started playing around with Twitter Bootstrap and never went anywhere with it.  Last night and today I learned more about Twitter Bootstrap than I ever did fooling around on my own.  In the course I also learned about a wonderful Text editor named Atom.  I have been using Notepad and Adobe CS6 Dreamweaver to write code in and now I will always use Atom.

I have a live link to my UDEMY Introductio…

My MariaDB Cluster, Finally

I usually do not struggle getting something to work on a server.  I wanted to get a MariaDB 10.1 cluster going for development purposes and to learn more about clusters.  I started following documentation on CentOs7 for about 2 weeks and then gave up.  Then I switched to Ubuntu and struggled for another two weeks.  then this morning I got my three node cluster working.

I basically took parts of my CentOs 7 knowledge and combined it with the Ubuntu knowledge.  Getting the first node up on Ubuntu was easy, I never got it working on CentOs 7.  Getting the other two nodes to join the cluster was hard.  Today I decided to copy the main cluster config to the other nodes and started MariaDB and they joined.

Now I can move on and start my Udemy classes

BTW, I have been working on this project instead of drawing in the morning and evening before and after work.

Home Projects for January 2017

This month I was able to get back to working on my house.  It was very frustrating to be physically limited to working on my house due to my bicycling injury.  I am glad that I am getting back to normal.

January 15 - Making the attic safe to work. I started working on making the platform in the attic above the hall safer to walk on.  I have been working in the area as it is adjacent to the master bathroom.  The existing plywood was un even and not completed supported.  I also had to temporarily remove some of the plywood decking to expose the area where I was installing the new data center and access point.
Garage Attic Platform I have been climbing up these attic ladder stairs for a long time.  I decided to add some plywood at the top where I step every time I go up or down.  the addition of the plywood makes it safer.

Fixing the attic decking above the hallway near water heater The original construction for this area was not meant for storage like the area above the garage.  This ar…