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Monday, November 23 2015

Good Tutorial on a LED Cube

Tuesday, November 17 2015

Black Chalk

I hate the blue chalk because I can't see it clearly in low light conditions. Anyway, found black yeah!!!!!

Monday, November 16 2015

Velcro for Men

Saturday, November 14 2015

In Search Of

Didn't know you could buy it. Now if they release the alternate ending of the Abyss.

On Youtube:

Almost looks official:

Wednesday, November 11 2015

DIY Rockwell Bladrunner

This guy inverts a jigsaw to make gears.

Tuesday, November 10 2015

Stopped Drains

Totally recommend this product. It works a little too well. It is able to push the water past the clog before the clog has actually moved on. I kept thinking it was gone, but it still wouldn't drain. Anyway, after leaving it in the drain for 30 minutes, it actually worked.

Wednesday, November 4 2015


If you get "bind - Address already in use", then Logstash has hung and needs to be killed. Also if you get "{:timestamp=>"2015-06-03T08:07:04.069000-0700", :message=>"Failed parsing date from field", :field=>"syslog_timestamp", :value=>"Jun 3 08:07:01", :exception=>java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Invalid format: "Jun 3 08:07:01" is malformed at " 3 08:07:01", :level=>:warn}", then you need to add another timestamp entry like "MMM d HH:mm:ss" to the config since "MMM dd HH:mm:ss" isn't close enough.

Tuesday, November 3 2015

Elasticsearch and Piping

Finally got bulk to work and here is my rough draft for anyone interested:

/usr/bin/locate * | sed -e 's/ /_/g;s/^/" /' | gawk -v hostname=$HOSTNAME '{print "{"$1"create"$1":{"$1"_index"$1":"$1 hostname $1","$1"_type"$1":"$1"path"$1"}}","\n{"$1"text"$1":"$1$2$1"}" }'  | curl -XPOST 'http://localhost:9200/_bulk' --data-binary @-

Sunday, November 1 2015

NIGHTWISH Imaginaerum

Finally watched it. Number one problem, no English subtitles, only German as with the menu too. There are two audio tracks, one for English and the other again, German. It is a story about a dying man and his journey through his memories while his daughter comes to grips with her past too. Overall, enjoyed it. The music only highlights the story, but the visual affects more than make-up for it. NIGHTWISH-Imaginaerum

Tuesday, October 27 2015

NCIS Style Earwig

You can get them off Ebay. Of course, a Bluetooth would work too, but this doesn't require an ear based power source.

Monday, October 26 2015

Great UPS Idea

This makes so much sense, I wish I'd thought about it. Basically, tap the 12 volt battery directly on a UPS. But make sure everything is detachable or switchable, to ensure long battery life in the event of an emergency. This guy installs a voltage meter and several 12 volt barrel outputs, to plug in stuff like a cell charger or a HAM radio. Assuming a disaster, you don't want to touch your vehicles unless absolutely necessary.

Sunday, October 25 2015


Just found out about the Ozark Medieval Fortress and its closure. At least the French one seems to be going strong. Of course, I could just build a virtual one on Steam.

Saturday, October 24 2015


Having been a fan for quite awhile, it was refreshing to see their movie released for America.

Friday, October 23 2015

Dark Matter on Netflix

Good series, looks like it got renewed.

Thursday, October 22 2015

Free MS Books

Wednesday, October 21 2015

Halloween Idea

These cheap projectors can be had for $30 or less, if you watch. Anyway, really irritated that I didn't pick-up some at the local returns store. I want to set-up one sometime with the ghost loop below. Also will eventually pick-up a decent $300 LED one for outdoor and bedroom use. I love the idea of projecting on the ceiling.

Scary Loop:

Tuesday, October 20 2015

Psychoville on Hulu

It is expiring soon, but rather enjoyed it. Kept bugging what was the tune they were singing, finally typed in the lyrics and it is from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the song is Close Every Door to Me.

Monday, October 19 2015

Type 2 Diabetes Update

Apparently, taking ranitidine before bed is the best treatment for my type 2 diabetes. Also sleeping in a chair helps too. Works better than the metformin ever did.

Sunday, October 11 2015

I Have a Dream

That Linux upgrades will put all packages at the end that require human decisions. I'm sick of starting an upgrade and finding out if I just waited 10 seconds, there'd be a question to answer.

DIY Massaging Chair

Didn't know you could order this stuff off ebay:

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