daisyowl - remember

Splunk: One for the bots/spiders

Since this took me months to find, and is apparently ungoogleable and not obvious in the docs, here's how to make an easy histogram in splunk:

"slow connect" Time<2.3| bucket Time span=0.01 | stats count by Time

and there you have it. Such a useful feature, buried.

"#nofilter," you're doing it wrong

Your #nofilter photo is passing through a lens vastly different from your eye, with a different aperture, focal length, and field of view. The light is hitting a grid of colored detectors with a filter to avoid grid patterning where it's converted into electrical signals, collected, and turned into photo data by software that decides what intensities on each detector area should be converted into what digital pixel. Your camera might be collecting light for a microsecond or over a second. Your brain forms images through a lifetime of experiences.

#nofilter means that you simply accept your camera's physics, settings, and software for your final output. It's far from "No Filter".

#nofilter, by Hal, age 1
#nofilter, by Hal, age 1
daisyowl - remember

Anyone still use this thing?

My LJ is now 10 years and five months old--an eternity of web years.

Despite its lengthy wilting state, I appreciate LiveJournal and keep up with it better than I do any other social network. One hour a week? That's my ideal time spent on a general social networking site.
bad decision dinosaur

green power

I clicked on some web ad offering, "watch what the electricity companies don't want you to see," hoping for some entertaining depiction of a perpetual motion machine. But no! It turned out to be an ad targeted to Glenn Beck / Fox News / etc viewers, appealing to fear of government, fear of high prices, fear of living in the dark, fear of apocalypse, and so on...but it was selling SOLAR and WIND power!

If you market it right, you can sell hippie goods like solar water heaters and solar cookers to this audience--you just need to change the message. In fact, it makes more economic sense here, since they're more likely to be rural, meaning higher prices, longer/more frequent blackouts, fewer places to escape to during the apocalypse, more roof area, greater home improvement skills, etc.

(Not linking to it since it's almost certainly offering free/easily available information for $)

lj's new russian overlords are good people

but fighting a tough battle:


If the hacker attacks that hit Russia's top blogging service, LiveJournal, this week are anything to go by, the unwritten rules of cyber warfare no longer apply. Instead of the focused assaults hackers often used to force down the websites of their ideological enemies, these attacks look more like online carpet bombing. Their victim is not one voice but the entire cacophonous world of the Russian blogosphere. And the motive, as close as experts have been able to figure, is to erode the virtual infrastructure of free speech itself.
anteater pua

Xylocopa californica

I heard an odd quiet sawing/buzzing sound coming from the middle of our side fence a few days ago. Today I looked again and found the culprit; a 1.5" long (huge!) carpenter bee (I believe this one was Xylocopa californica) that had bored a perfectly round hole into the fence and was happily excavating its way through.

They chomp on the wood and kick the saw dust out the hole. They're not like termites that actually eat and gain nutrition from the wood, and don't do nearly as much damage, but i still had to remove this one and I'll end up filling the hole.