Category: real life

Thailand Day 3 – Big Buddha

from the top of the island

Alternate Title: Delephantg
Alternate Title 2: I’m gonna write a book!

We agreed to meet for breakfast (brunch?) around 10 am, and found a decent little place down a side street (can’t find the Soi’s name) across from Soi Seadragon. I believe it was the Eurasian place you can see here. People were more adventurous with their meals here, and everything was great. I learned about Coke Light here, which is their version of Diet Coke, the only diet soda I found the whole trip. And yes, I ordered their version of chicken strips again.

We did a little shopping (I bought some sandals) on the way back to the hotels for some relief from the sun and our bowels and then hit the beach. I got to the beach about 15 minutes before everyone else showed up. After wading in the water up to my calf, and wandering around for a bit, I got to watch a team setup a parachute ride for some of the tourists.

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Thailand Day 1 & 2 – Hell in the Air

we didnt take many pictures this first day.

Note: Since this story contains two Buddha’s, I’m going to let the deity keep the name and call our good friend Bubbles throughout these posts.

Alternate Title: “masssaaage?”

Day 1 was mostly all travel, however we were all so pumped to be in Thailand the first night, that we did go out and check the scene.

Hell
We purposely started flying early and arrived at the airport around 8:30 am. Most of the details about the flights are what you’d expect, full planes, 3 total flights, and Korean Air doesn’t have the air vents for each seat like every other airline I’ve ever been on. I live by those little vents.. but apparently the Korean’s don’t need them.

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Nest history > 10 days

Nest
Nest App

I like data. I’ve always been a bit of a data junky.  In my personal life, I’ve found looking at the data is usually interesting but not terribly useful.  But at work, I identify issues all of the time just by keeping different data up on my dashboards.    This write up however, is for my home, and my new Nest thermostat.  I was so excited to get this thing, I was curious about a dozen different aspects of these smart thermostats.  However, I was terribly disappointed when I got it installed and working and realized that the Nest only stores the last 10 days worth of data.  My assumption is they keep all the data (doesn’t everybody?) but for speed purposes they only let the customer access the last 10 days.  Whatever, its frustrating, but its not like their going to change it for little old me.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered they have an API that the customer can access. I had been bitching about the fact that Nest doesn’t give the customer access to this data, like on the website or something.. somewhere at least.  About 3 weeks later my buddy Buddah sends me this link that I guess showed up on his FaceBalls.

… I may have gotten a lil chub from this.

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O’Reilly Velocity

Had the opportunity to attend the O’Reilly Velocity conference this week, it’s a conference centered around DevOps… it’s pretty seriously geeky. In the past this conference has served as inspiration to do some really interesting and innovative things in my professional life so I’ve really looked forward to attending this year. My experience this year has been very different than previous years in that my most valuable takeaways are less technical and more reflective/managerial.

It’s a little terrifying to admit that reflection on technology history and strategies for interacting with people to accomplish projects are my take aways. Not sure if this is a reflection of getting older… I’m going to assume it’s just because I know everything tech :-)

If you guys haven’t seen the gaming videos moose has been posting, you should take a gander and watch the last 45 seconds of all the PlayerUnknown’s Battleground clips, it’s hilarious to watch him die.

Wifi is provided, but you use at your own risk.

I took my team to the Red Sky 2017 Security conference today.  Its local, fairly inexpensive, and gave my team some insight into what a disaster the current state of security really is.  You can do a lot, but a motivated individual will almost always find a way.  So the conference, decent swag, kinda limited, spose it was only a one day conference.  Continental breakfast, box lunch, free but limited sodas, and drinks (non-alcoholic of course).  Mitnick was entertaining, and most of the speakers in the separate talks were pretty good.  A few were a little dry, it may have just been a bit too warm.  My S4 camera is shit, so the pictures are mediocre at best, almost not better than nothing. They forgot to provide power (probably on purpose) but did provide tables, and wifi, including the required “this is a security conference, these are trained individuals, use the wifi at your own risk, we provide no security” (reminded me of defcon) but seemed like a cop-out to me.  I think I’ll go prepared next year to catch some packets and see if I can’t at least map the topology.

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Where can I purchase a whore call. Same isle as the stripper call?

If I had a New Years resolution, it would have been to post to keeg.org more often.  Since I managed to post like 3 times last year, I suppose I’m rockin that.  But I did plan on multiple times a week… I haven’t managed that.

I’m currently house hunting.  Not sure I ever thought I’d own a house.  Sure, I dreamt a bit about it, but I also dreamt a bit about having 72 virgins, and a million dollars per virgin, but I guess not all dreams come true.  Or maybe they do and I’ll finally have the opportunity to see if I can stack 72 virgins into a giant statue of Sifl using jizzed up dollars to hold them all together.  Some day soon.  Anyway, house hunting.  Here I thought my needs and wants in a house would be much simpler and ideally draw me to less expensive housing than the average house buyer.  This doesn’t seem to be the case.  I also find it amazing how different yet the same all houses are.  I was originally hoping for something a bit unquie, and perferably not in the heart of subur

Everything I wrote above this line on Feb 9th, 2017.

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Rotten Records

What sort of record company holds up as their #1 cred a band that disbanded in 1997?

Evidently, Rotten Records.

http://www.rottenrecords.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_Bath

Even their merchandise banner on the home page is full of acid bath tee shirts… how long do intellectual property rights last? (TOO LONG)

https://vimeo.com/102162040