Archive for the ‘ Grins and Giggles ’ Category

Go see my friend Debu’s photography show in Palo Alto!

My friend and co-worker Debu (Debashish Basak) is a amateur photographer.  He has an exhibit of his works at Keeble & Shuchat Photography in Palo Alto…



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Advanced Machine Room Cooling Systems at Cal Poly, SLO

We have an older machine room that has been through many years of equipment changes.  As a result, it doesn’t have *ahem* optimal cooling systems.  Some of our more active systems have been having cooling issues recently, and here’s what we did about it.  Maybe Santa will buy us real HVAC someday.  (On a more serious note, Cal Poly’s budget is in really bad shape.  What we get from Sacramento is not sufficient.  So when time are tough, you sometimes have to resort to cardboard and duct tape.)  Read on to see the gory details….

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whereis osama?


bloodhound@uscentcom:$whereis osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$locate osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$find /home/afganistan/tribal_areas -name osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$find /home/afganistan/cave -name osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$find /home/afganistan/mountains/ -name osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$find /home/pakistan/tribal_areas/ -name osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$find /home/pakistan/border_areas/ -name osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$find /home/pakistan/abbottabad/ -name osama
bloodhound@uscentcom:$ls -al /home/pakistan/abbottabad/luxury_mansion/osama
total 16
drwxr-xr-x 2 osama al-Qaeda 4096 2010-05-03 21:49 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root  root     4096 2010-05-03 21:26 ..
lrwxrwxrwx 1 osama al-Qaeda   24 2010-05-03 21:41 friends -> /home/afganistan/taliban
lrwxrwxrwx 1 osama al-Qaeda   18 2010-05-03 21:49 partners -> /home/pakistan/isi
-rw-r--r-- 1 osama al-Qaeda  149 2010-05-03 21:28 .plan
-rw-r--r-- 1 osama al-Qaeda    9 2010-05-03 21:29 .project
bloodhound@uscentcom:$exec seal_team_six
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$id osama
uid=1003(osama) gid=1003(al-Qaeda) groups=1003(al-Qaeda)
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$finger osama
Login: osama                      Name: Osama bin Laden
Directory: /home/pakistan/abbottabad/luxury_mansion/osama    Shell: /bin/sh
Last login Tue May  2 21:31 (PDT) on pts/2 from localhost
Mail last read Tue May  2 21:30 2011 (PDT)
"I'm fighting so I can die a martyr and go to heaven to meet God.
Our fight now is against the Americans."
As quoted by Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$userdel --force --remove osama
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$rm -rf /home/pakistan/abbottabad/luxury_mansion/osama
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$id osama
id: osama: No such user
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$ls -al ~osama
ls: cannot access ~osama: No such file or directory
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$ls -al /home/pakistan/abbottabad/luxury_mansion
total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2010-05-02 22:04 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2010-05-02 21:25 ..
Geronimo-E KIA

Broadcast Message from seal_team_six@uscentcom
 (/dev/pts/0) at 22:28 ...

Geronimo-E KIA

seal_team_six@uscentcom:$cd /home/virginia/nas_oceana/dam_neck_annex
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$clean weapons
seal_team_six@uscentcom:$drink beer

Copyright (C) 2011 by Gregory L. Porter

Cal Poly, SLO’s Old Science Building 52 North is No More, RIP.

As a former Cal Poly SLO student, I fondly remember the old Science Building 52 North.  It was kind of old and funky, but it had a certain charm.  I wish I had thought to get some pictures of it…

Cal Poly just knocked it down to make room for a new Center for Science and Math.   They have web cams, photo galleries and other good information there.  The construction site is known as “Area 52” which has a really cute web site with more photos and videos.  You can follow area52CalPoly on Twitter to get up to date construction info.  Videos at


I took some photos as I walked around…

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Death Wears Bunny Slippers

What do missileers deep in their silos wear on watch duty, while waiting for an Emergency Action Message that orders them to unleash Armageddon?  A Snuggie and bunny slippers of course! No, I’m not joking.  It’s cold down there.


Dear Redbox, I would have gotten a movie…


But the fine Windows operating system you use isn’t exactly stable.


Makes you wonder how many Redbox kiosks nationwide are sitting on a blue screen of death as we speak.

Note to AT&T…

This is a genuine-not-staged-for-effect picture.  I walked into the mail room, there were a stack of new phone books on the floor, and this little note was on them.  I blame John Dalbey.  Could have been John Clements, too.


Forget the Special Air Service, send in the Sysadmins!

From our friends at xkcd.

It’s my GNU truck

My GNU Truck

My GNU Truck

I got a new GNU truck during the Cash for Clunkers bonanza.  (GNU is one of the main organizations that built the tools we call Linux.)  It’s a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner.  It’s the first new car I’ve ever had, and I really like it. Read more

Neighbors “borrowing” your wi-fi connection? Give them the Upside-Down-Ternet.

Take a little proxy server and add some hacking, and you get the Upside-Down-Ternet. Or Kittenwar.  Or Blurry-Net.  I have to try this.