17 December 2008

New blog location

I have moved my blog to a new location. Please update your records. http://duanehubbard.homelinux.com
I will be working on transferring the posts from here to there.

27 November 2008

Feeling geeky

I've been wanting to setup a server at home, that I could access from anywhere; too bad I have been too cheap to pay for a static IP, or a Dynamic IP service and I haven't had a domain name in a while.
Since work has been a bit slow as of late, and I've been working on learning shell scripting, I thought I would try my hand at creating a few scripts to help me out. One script to fetch the servers outside IP address and upload that to an FTP server (yes, I know security concerns), and another to pull that IP address from the FTP server and apply the updated IP address to my laptop's hosts file. I have it working on my server at work, and should have it working on my home server after I set the box up this weekend.

The only thing I'm not happy about is using an outside FTP server, bit I'll look for a better solution to that a bit later.

Anyone familiar with DynDNS.com? I happened to spot it while looking for a Dynamic IP service, good, bad, or ugly?

While I'm feeling geeky, I think I'll try writing the AI for Data (from TNG), should be done in a week or two.

12 November 2008

Changes, we all go through them

During my last years of high school I became a vegetarian, that lasted for about five or six years*. Then for reasons that I still don't completely understand, I started to eat meat again, that was about five or six years ago*. Looking back, I don't feel that either of those changes were completely driven by me, but were also driven by external forces.

Why did I just bore you with that? I'm not really sure, but I think it was important for me to write out, or maybe I just like to bore people (I'm leaning towards option two).

Now I look at things and I think it is time for a change, one that is solely driven by me, and my conscience. In the not too distant future (not cosmically speaking), I will be changing to a vegetarian diet again, and I think I will be the better for it. Now I just need to tell Jana.

** The exact dates are a bit fuzzy to me.

21 August 2008

One sad thing, and one funny thing

First the sad thing. Jana's father passed away tonight. Yeah, can't get much more sad than that.

Now for your laugh:
blog readability test

14 May 2008

Diet and Exercise

Okay, I admit it - I'm fat. Nothing too shocking there, but it's still good to say it. I've known this for a while now. I've said that I was going to do something about it before, but never with too much conviction. Well guess what, I'm doing to do something about it (feel free to imagine the conviction in my voice). Before, when I would try to do something about it, I would setup complicated workout routines, and diet solutions - this time I'm using a different approach, nice and simple (K.I.S.S - Keep It Simple Stupid). Simple seems to work, when I started exercising I weighed 223lb, as of today I weigh 215lb (217lb after a shower), I've lost about eight pounds in two weeks.


First thing is first, I decided to exercise. Rather than a complicated list of what exercises to do on what day, I decided to do all of my exercises everyday. Simple. I have a set of eight exercises (not counting walking) that I do every work day when I get up. The total workout time is about 35 minutes. I started this on the last day of April, I'm still going and getting stronger everyday. I push myself when I exercise, but not to the point of exhaustion, I think that is the key for me.


I started exercising first, and I started a diet second. The reason for this is because I needed to make sure that I would stick with what I was doing, rather than letting it fall away.
Many diets focus on what you can and can't eat, or how many calories you take in. I'm sure each has it's advantages, and it's disadvantages - but one thing each have in common, they are not truly simple. So I decided to go with the most simple diet plan I could find, the No-S Diet. It has three rules, and one exception, can't get any more simple than that. I started the diet on 10-May, so I'm still young on it, but it so far has been rather easy to follow. It would be easier if I didn't have someone trying to shove half of a Hostess Cup Cake in my mouth.

I'm trying out ScribeFire to post this.