Triathalon

On saturday we hosted another paintball tournament, this time doing a Triathalon. 3 events, on separate fields. We kept people playing as much as they wanted, and had a lot of fun. “Pics are up”:http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/ . My brother got some fun shots this time, look close on a few and you can see paintball’s either leaving the gun, or about to, and sometimes even making contact with people.

“!http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/.cache/100×66-IMG_6868.jpg (Defeat)!”:http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/IMG_6868.jpg The look of defeat.

“!http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/.cache/50×75-IMG_6669.jpg (HarleyPig about to catch one in the face)!”:http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/IMG_6669.jpg “HarleyPig”:http://blog.harleypig.com getting shot by his son (note the one heading right for his face, about to impact). I’m a good teacher.

“!http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/.cache/100×66-IMG_6679.jpg (Hanging out)!”:http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/IMG_6679.jpg Nice shot of AJ just pulling out to spot a firing lane.

“!http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/.cache/100×66-IMG_6824.jpg (Teaching my Nephew to shoot)!”:http://halls.lug-nut.com/gallery/friends/Paintball/DesertEdge/Triathalon/IMG_6824.jpg Me teaching my nephew Spencer how to shoot, he then proceeded to leave a welt on his dad’s arm 🙂

Trending

I’m surprised that nobody on “openclue”:http://www.openclue.org/ut has talked about “google trends”:http://www.google.com/trends yet.

For my part, I think it’s a great concept. If I was doing any kind of marketing research, having that searchable interface to google’s stats would be a very powerful tool. To me it seems natural that there will be a ‘paid’ form of access to this data with extra features later just for advertising. Maybe it’d be just a part of your advertising cost?

The features that I see lacking currently, are some form of data export (csv, etc) or service to query this data. And second, the one I would like the most is the ability to localize more parameters, specifically limiting what search types were performed, eg images, blogs, groups. Narrowing those fields could give even more powerful data.

PLUG MyDNS Meeting

That’s right, Wednesday is “PLUG”:plug already. Mark Lehrer has offered to give a presentation about the “MyDNS”:my system. This will be a very informative discussion show how “United Online”:uol uses “MyDNS”:my to provide and easy, powerful DNS solution for an extremely *large* number of customers.

You’ll see:
* Real life administration
* Replication configurations
* When to use or not to use mydns
* How to use “MyDNS”:my with other DNS servers

United Online is providing the facilities, same location as last month, direction can be found on the “PLUG”:plug website. Wednesday, 7:30 PM (following the Perl Mongers group).

[my]http://mydns.bboy.net/
[plug]http://www.plug.org/
[uol]http://www.untd.com/

Deals

For those geeks like me that like to buy hardware at a discount, there are a couple of good ones at staples this week:

* Staples branded (relabled Imation) DVD-R (or +), 16x 50 pack for $7.98
** limit two, so bring friends or go back if you run through them like me
* Maxtor 200gb PATA drive for $49 after 1 internet rebate
** did this last time they had it, rebate in 3 weeks
* WD 250gb External drive $89, 1 rebate

Not bad if you’re looking for that stuff.

LUG BBQ Wiki

ok, Jordy said we could use the UVLUG wiki to start notes on the BBQ. Please “go check out the page”:http://uvlug.org/wiki/doku.php?id=bbq2006 , add your feedback, and volunteer.

Happy Yet Scared

Joe’s wife Nat recently had a tip about an upcoming tour coming to SLC that really caught my attention. The band list rather scared me too. The reason I had some attention is that it would be Erasure coming to Utah for the 3rd time in about a year (after a 13 year absence). In looking for confirmation, I found “this interview of Andy Bell”:http://www.erasureinfo.com/features/interviews.html where he quotes:

_”But also we are going to do this festival in America called True Colours, which is for Civil Equality. And all under 12’s families go free, and it’s with Cindy Lauper, B52’s and the Scissor Sistors and us, so it should be a laugh! So maybe Blondie might come along, you never know!”_

Erasure + B52’s + Cindy Lauper = WTF?

Supposedly they are coming to town this summer/fall, outdoor venue.

Dark and Good

I know a lot of the geeks who will read this already saw this link, but I needed to post it for my family, as they will really be interested. “Study Shows Dark Chocolate May Lower Blood Pressure and Prevent Diabetes”:http://www.webmd.com/content/article/102/106519.htm

Big Tabasco

Few people can get as excited about “Large Bottles of Tabasco Branded Pepper Sauce”:http://countrystore.tabasco.com/index_category_more.cfm?tlcatid=2&catid=46&moreid=C607 as “Joe”:http://blog.josephhall.com

But dang, those are tempting big bottles, get one of their decent flavors and that’d be good stuff.

Openclue Hacks

While glancing at “openclue”:http://www.openclue.org/ut this evening, I was following the stories and figured I was just getting tired when I noted that things looked strange to me. It was then I realized it wasn’t just me but I was seeing a bug that was time dependent. As “aaron”:http://www.pthree.org/ was explaining some of his opinion on the Blue Security system, he included some quotes, which used some stylized tags. Problem is, either in how he copied it, or in just quickly formatting, he forgot to close out his tags. I know all of us have forgotten this many times before, but I noticed this because it was slurped into the openclue feed, and his style then threw off all the following articles. All of their text was now in his “quote” formatting. Figured the all-powerful feedmeister-python-script would have tried to scrub those (and maybe it does, I haven’t looked at it) but in any case it missed this one. Anybody familiar with the planet script know if it is trying that and just needs some extra help, or if that is a missing feature?

Sure would hat for some “mischievous person”:http://blogs.gurulabs.com/stuart/ to try taking advantage of that.