Saturday, January 06, 2018

Family Christmas

We spent Christmas in OC with my brother's family and had a great time!  Tons of fun:
  • Birthday dinner at Morton's Steakhouse - my mom reserved a banquet room for an awesome evening of steak
  • K1Speed - both Anaheim and Irvine tracks
  • Griffith Observatory - crazy traffic but we had dinner, then went around a roadblock and made it up there.  Still didn't have enough time to see everything so will have to go back.  Recommend nearby Mexico City restaurant and the Trails Cafe in Ferndell.
  • Games, Games Games: Hand in Foot, Yahtzee, Apples to Apples, Things, Say Anything, Ticket to Ride, Dominoes.  Codenames turned out to be a huge hit.  Chameleon was also played alot.
  • Worked on the Bradley GT2 - Kevin and I got dad's old Bradley GT2 running after nearly 30 years.  We rebuilt the rear brakes since the parking brake was left on and fused the drums.  Also replaced the master cylinder.  The engine only needed some oil and gas to get it going.  Lots to work left to get it street worthy but we were able to go around the block!
Sophie's stocking

K1 leaderboard

Everyone passing Jyoti

Griffith Observatory from the bottom of the hill

Griffith Observatory at night

Monday, January 01, 2018

New Year's Day In-Ko-Pah Hike

The hiking group headed to In-Ko-Pah for a great hike to border monument 261, Blue Angels Peak, along the border fence and back through the Valley of the Moon.

On the way to Blue Angels Peak

One of many interesting rock formations

Blue Angel Peak

Blue sky, brown dirt


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Backcountry Water Update

Red Hat retired their old version of Openshift and replaced it with the Kubernetes-based version 3.  However, they also took away some features in the free plan that I was using, such as cron jobs.
So I spent the last couple weeks doing the migration.
  • Replaced cron jobs with JEE batch jobs.  These are scheduled using JEE schedules.  Pretty cool.
  • I still need to add the custom domain forwarding (another feature in the paid plans that used to be free).  I am looking at cloudflare as a proxy.
  • The service is having problems deploying my app with storage.  I couldn't figure out the root cause so I made some services to reload the data when I deploy a new version.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Old School Computer Fix

I try to avoid household IT work these days but Bengt's computer had trouble with the latest Microsoft patch Tuesday.  The symptom was that it would start to the the "Automatic Recovery" screen then die (usually beeping incessantly).  The weird thing was that I couldn't get to the BIOS to try to boot to a USB.  I was just about to give up and take it to the local PC repair shop when I read the motherboard manual which reminded of the good ol' CMOS.  The manual displayed the pins required to reset the CMOS and after searching the garage for an jumper, the computer booted up!  Windows was able to finish the update and everything was peachy.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Signal Fires Are Dumb

Carry a mirror folks!  And mix in a map and compass and maybe learn how to use them.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Thanksgiving in New Orleans

Day 1
  • Arrived. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard on St. Charles and Canal St.  It was a great location for getting around.
  • Dinner at Luke.
Day 2
  • Jackson Square - fairly quiet due to Thanksgiving
  • Cafe du Monde for coffee and beneigts - a bit overrated as other places had better coffee and beignets
  • Dinner at Cafe Adeliade - good food but they seems a bit understaffed
Day 3
  • Walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery
  • Lunch at Sweet Grill
  • Walking tour of French Quarter
  • Dinner at Brigstons - fabulous!
Day 4
  • Chalmette Battlefield - great history on the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans
  • National WWII Museum - great museum for general WWII history but I sought out the personal artifacts
  • Dinner at Commanders Palace - deserves its reputation
Day 5
  • Natchez brunch - fun cruise on the river with a cool jazz band, Duke Heitger's Steamboat Stompers
  • Literary walking tour
  • Flight home
Things for next time
  • Cabildo/Presbytere Museums
  • 1850 House Museum
  • See a jazz show somewhere
  • Bayou excursion
Jackson Square

Cafe du Monde

St. Louis Cemetary

St. Louis Cemetary

To Live and Let Die

Chalmette Memorial

Tree with Spanish Moss

Ignatius Reilly

Natchez Engine Room