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How Facebook Runs Its LAMP Stack

Cyphertube Misread (111 comments)

When I first saw the post, I though it said how Facebook RUINS its LAMP stack.

I think that has to do with my experience with the apps and how often things timeout in that regard. It's a little frustrating and I'm sure it has nothing to do with the guys at Facebook, but it is interesting to find how that third-party experience affects my subconscious.

more than 5 years ago

Sci Fi Channel Becoming Less Geek-Centric "SyFy"

Cyphertube What is there to watch anymore? (798 comments)

I haven't watched much of Sci Fi in a while. I used to watch Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, but they're done. I would have continued watching Battlestar Galactica, but it kept jumping around, so now I'm waiting and just getting it on DVD.

Nothing else had really jumped out at me lately. But then again, ever since the whole Farscape fiasco, it's been clear that the management doesn't have a clue how to run a channel that is targeted towards a particular interest group and then use that for better advertising prices.

The more this crap goes on, the more likely I am to stop watching a lot of TV and just buy stuff on DVD or watch it on the Internet.

more than 5 years ago

Global Warming Irreversible, NOAA Scientist Finds

Cyphertube Re:Cost of fighting global warming is worse than G (1061 comments)

As a libertarian, I'd be more inclined to simply sue you for polluting.

Just because it is 41 does not mean that an average temp for January indicates a lack of global warming. You look like someone who knows little about the weather and are mathematically ignorant.

To make a realistic argument, you have to look at the data, the source of the data, etc. A real analysis would be nice. I'm currently in a place where some winters are colder than others. Sometimes we get snow only once, and other times we get dumped on. Back in 1994, we hit around 20 below Fahrenheit.

Yeah, the medication issue sucks, but it's not just the laws, but the laziness of pharmaceutical companies. I take a ton of meds, and they piss me off too.

about 6 years ago

Global Warming Irreversible, NOAA Scientist Finds

Cyphertube Time to plan for a different location for retiring (1061 comments)

So, again, as much as I never wanted to live in FL for the hurricanes, it's going to be interesting.

The problem with trying to find the right place to live within the concept of global warming is that while the average global temperature goes up, the temperature swings in some places should increase. Summers may well be hotter and winters cooler.

Since I want to live in Scotland, my concern is regarding any shift to the Gulf Stream and the effects that would have.

about 6 years ago

Belkin's Amazon Rep Paying For Fake Online Reviews

Cyphertube Not surprised (369 comments)

Belkin is one of those companies that managed to piss me off years ago. They offshored their customer service and then provided crap equipment.

I lost well over $50 on Belkin hardware for which they never reimbursed me after I sent the defective crap back.

So, like most companies with no ethics, I'm not surprised they'd pay people to write reviews that are worthless.

about 6 years ago

Wizards of the Coast Declares Gleemax Site a Critical Failure

Cyphertube Not enough crunch (242 comments)

Having written, albeit small bits, in the gaming industry, we often talk about crunch, the real rules and meat that you can really grip onto and take and run with. I mean, the backstory is nice on some products, but the crunch is the stuff I can use as a player or gamemaster.

Gleemax never had much in crunch. It was all fluff and drove me crazy. It had a crappy name. (Seriously, the concept of maximum glee brings up either the image of a hyperactive 5-year-old or a massive of singing sweater vest people - either way, not attractive.)

It also seemed to try to be everything to everybody, which is a failure.

They SHOULD have tried a scaled back thing oriented towards a product line and then expanded slowly to guarantee enough content and interaction. The way it was, when I first checked it out, was that I couldn't do anything, and there was rarely enough new to see, so I stopped coming back.

And seriously, if I play an MMORPG, then I already HAVE a community. I don't need a second. I play a few single/multiplayer games (Civ IV, NWN2, etc.) and one MMORPG (EVE).

more than 6 years ago


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Cyphertube Cyphertube writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well, long time since my last journal entry.

I live in Georgia now, not California. I have a synagogue I like here. I'm no longer married and that relationship is over. I'm happier now. I'm in a wonderful, loving relationship with someone who really likes who I am.

I find myself growing frustrated with the way things are in this country. Too much divisiveness. No one is getting anything done in D.C.


Cyphertube Cyphertube writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I was diagnosed as having relapsed with leukaemia on March 3rd this year. I'm now in California, and I've found that none of my three siblings are marrow matches.

Depressing, yes. But life goes on and I'm still going. More chemo, and a wait on the unrelated donor list. I guess we'll see what happens.


Cyphertube Cyphertube writes  |  about 9 years ago

I don't tend to update my journal, but I realise that a lot has happened.

I graduated and am working now. It's rather nice to be employed, although sometimes I find it rather frustrating. My house still needs work, but the kitchen is almost done, and much of the rest is rather small.

My wife is now in the Navy, and so I will be relocating by mid-year to be with her.

I'm trying to make my life more complete. To make it whole. Hopefully, the path I'm walking will lead me there.


New Year's Thoughts

Cyphertube Cyphertube writes  |  about 10 years ago

It's strange to realise that it's been so long since I last posted anything here. I guess it's a statement on how my life has been going and what I've been up to. Time certainly has flown in the past year, and I guess it's due to a number of things.

First and foremost is the fight with leukemia. That's probably been the most exhausting thing ever. It's horrible to turn on a M*A*S*H episode and see that this used to be an absolute death sentence. Thankfully, it's not now, and I'm in remission. But just thinking about the number of times I've been in the hospital in the past year is incredible. I'm still dealing with lingering issues, ranging from weight gain to problems with joints, but I'm mostly ok now, and hopefully I'll be in the clear when all is said and done.

The second big thing that's sucked up time has been school. I'm 28 now. It's getting harder to do all this stuff anyway, but moreover, it's really hard when you get sick, or ar hospitalised, or do radiation, etc. But I've managed. No Dean's List for me this year, and I'll only graduate cum laude, but it's still graduating with honours, and it's still graduating. That's the important part.

Top this all off with just working on my house, moving, and being married and having to work on that relationship ahead of any other, well, no small wonder I've been almost non-existent this past year.

So what's next? Well, I'm looking at my last semester for my undergraduate degree. And then, I'm also seeing about getting some work. I know I want to head to Finland again (because I like the dark?), and so that means trying to find work there again and get this whole ball rolling.

It's been a strange year. And this next one may be stranger still.


Cyphertube Cyphertube writes  |  more than 11 years ago

For those who may care, I launched a redesign of cyphertube.com today. The primary reason for this relaunch is to update the site to better reflect my current situation and my fight against leukemia.

I hope if you come to visit you take the time to maybe read through my weblog and consider what you can do to help fight leukemia.

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