A Hearty Handshake and a Boot in the Ass

This is my last day at my current job. I’ve known about my end date for the last eight months.  When I wasn’t dealing with maintenance tasks or farting around, I busied myself by keeping an eye on job openings and honing my geek skills so someone will hire me.

Not bad work if you can find it. Still employed, I was able to learn Python as well as Ruby on Rails. I rebuilt platypus.org with the latter, the first time the site had been touched in 13 years. I also made a new version of this site that discussed in my last post.

Starting tomorrow I’ll have even more time on my hands, but alas no paycheck to go with it. I have no idea how long this will last, hopefully not for long. Whether it’s six days or six months, I do have plenty to keep myself busy.  Continue reading A Hearty Handshake and a Boot in the Ass

Poison Spur 3.0

After an eight-year run, it’s time for a reboot. I’m moving the blog from away from Movable Type to WordPress and off my old hosting provider to to one that’s both cheaper and less of a cock up as far as configuration goes.

It should be noted that the cock-up part was purely my doing. I had overheard system administrators at some point talk about installing software from source code. “Use the source!” they would say as sysadmins tend to be geeky enough to say such things. I apparently never got the memo that in the world of RPMs and apt-get install, nobody does that shit anymore.

Nobody but me, that is. I went tearing headlong into the installations, not really knowing what I was doing, and predictably ran into issues. If there was a library missing, I would download it to some directory chosen on whim and then manually edit the makefile. I have no idea how I got it to work, but I did and I shall never go down that path again as long as I live. Continue reading Poison Spur 3.0