bike lust, etc

November 26, 2008

Things on my infinite bike lust list. And always welcome at the casa-de-vidal:

Jitensha Ebisu Holy crap are these elegant

Rivendell Atlantis These people are just cool

Bilenky Midland Tourist There is a lot to like in this company

Velo-Orange Pass Hunter Again – super elegant

Pretty much anything from Fastboy Ezra is kinda a bad ass when it comes to making anything

And finally check out the 4th page of the rivendell holiday flyer. It’s the page that starts with “Happy Holidays?”

It’s nice to see a company being fairly human about things.

This sunday – November 30th from 6:00 until 18:00 UTC (1:00am until 1:00pm EST) and will be offline b/c the building they are housed in are having an outage for some work to be done. 😦

Just a heads up so you don’t complain too much when they aren’t online.

our strange world

November 14, 2008

If this isn’t an argument for better sex education and protecting the reproductive rights of women, I don’t know what is:


November 14, 2008

Newsflash: Desktops are not Servers. Servers are not Desktops.

Contrary to popular opinion, one size does NOT, in fact, fit all.

Why do we have to develop our distribution like one size fits all?

I don’t think we do.

fedora scheduling

November 14, 2008


It’s not lowering our standards, it is accepting reality. Think of it like dealing with a physical force. Do you think of it as lowering your standards b/c you can’t get light to go any faster than C[1]? No, it’s one of those things you can’t change. Like fedora slipping a release date.

If there had EVER been a case of us hitting our target directly, that’d be one thing, but since there hasn’t been one….

[1] Before anyone cites the faster-than-light data transmission research from a few years back I’d like to say I worked across the hall from where that study occurred and had lunch almost daily with one of the primary folks who worked on it (Hi michael!). 🙂

Yum Guides

November 12, 2008

We’ve been working on some simple guides for some common/useful yum/rpm/createrepo and I think some of them are quasi-useful. They were originally in a git repo but when the new trac instance and hosting for yum I moved them to the trac wiki, instead.

The base is here:

Not all of them are finished ,yet, some are just outlines. The more fleshed out ones are:

If you’d like to help work on them, open a trac account and let me know so I can give you edit access.

If there are more things you’d like to see explained or documented, file a ticket and let us know.

pleased with things

November 5, 2008

1. glad President-Elect Obama brought back the ‘yes we can’ theme in his acceptance speech.

2. glad liddy dole doesn’t get to screw with NC anymore. I also enjoyed Kay Hagan not-so-subtly referring to dole as the wicked witch in her acceptance speech.

3. glad it looks like I live in a blue state, now.

Dear Mass. residents,  NC is just like Mass, now, but w/o all the bitter cold and snow. You’ll be happier that way, really. Also we have our very own Red Hat Office. It’s even the Head Quarters. 🙂

4. pleased President-Elect Obama mentioned sacrifices that will need to be made in his acceptance speech. He did not try to paint an overly rosy picture.

5. pleased that there will be a puppy in the whitehouse in january. It seems likely that the puppy the Obamas pick out will be a rescued animal. Animal shelters all over the country will revel in that, of course.

6. pleased that we have a new president.

weekend results

November 3, 2008

– about 40ish kids came by trick-or-treating. Nothing exciting to report there.

– Rode 68 miles on saturday on the tandem with the girl in the Halloween ride. This was our first metric century and I think we did pretty well. Kept eating thos pb&js at each of the rest stops and I didn’t feel like I was going to collapse. The ride was gorgeous, too. Trees were all sorts of shades of colors. Nice ride. a bit tired in the evening so we ordered a pizza from pops and watched a number of episodes of house and slothed 🙂

– Up this morning to Watts as usual.

– Back to the house to tear up the okra and tomato plants and generally clean up the yard. We refilled the raised beds and raked them out. Also planted garlic.

That has been my weekend.