The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

Go figure.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The Dream of a Lifetime

A tip from Jeff lead me to very cool Uncle Scrooge story that may (or may not be) the inspiration for the movie “Inception” (actual links from boingboing).

I'm more familiar with the work of Carl Barks than I am with Don Rosa so I found the artwork a bit jarring but the story was quite imaginative (and odd to see so many Beagle Boys in one story).

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A lesson learned

My webserver has been down for two days, and I only now noticed, even though I've been receiving notifications, on the hour, every hour, since it went down.

Sigh.

Why didn't I notice?

Because I also receive the same notification (same subject line in the email) from another webserver that tends to go down more often than not, and it too, went down around the same time as my webserver.

I restarted the other webserver and kept wondering why I was constantly receiving notifications of it being down. I figured the webserver might have been updated, thus breaking the status page I check, so I adjusted the monitoring code appropriately (yes, one of the fields I was looking for didn't exist, which lead me to that conclusion).

It wasn't until I tried hitting my own webserver that I actually noticed it was down.

That's when I realized that not having the website name in the subject line of the email notifications was not a good idea.

I also realized I should blog more often.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Perhaps RACTER ghostwrites this guy's blog?

From
"Angela Smith" <webmaster@bussinesdata.com>
To
sean@conman.org
Subject
Link Request
Date
Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:46:55 +0500

Greetings!

My name is Angela Smith, SEO Consultant. I've greatly enjoyed looking through your site and I was wondering if you'd be interested in providing a link to one of our client www.flowerbud.com. In lieu of this link, we will provide a link back or more from our human edited directories that have built good credibility with search engines.

Our linking details:

Please add following details to your website and we will give you as many link backs as you provide. (In case you have more than one website)

URL
http://www.flowerbud.com/shop-by-occasion-cat/birthday-cat
Title
birthday flowers delivery
Description
Flower bud presents you an ample, daily fresh and multi hued bunch from the farm in Baja Sur California and you'll get beautiful, fresh flower arrangements. Flower delivery direct from the grower, most of our flowers will arrive on your doorstep before they even bloom.

If you are interested, please add the above link details to your website and please send me the URL and TITLE in order to list your website. I'll add your link as soon as possible.

I hope you have a nice day and thank you for your time.

Regards
Angela Smith

P.S. Please note that this is not a spam or automated email, it's only a request for a link exchange. Your email address has not been added to any lists, and you will not be contacted again. if you'd like to make sure we don't contact you again, please fill in the following form: http://bit.ly/unsubscribe-list please accept our apologies for contacting you.

Address: A 26, Sec-59, Noida, India

I get these “link exchange” emails from time to time and for the most part I ignore them. But this one I just had to share; not the email per se nor the website in question but for the owner's blog:

Seriously now, I think the executive along with the rank and file of the UAW should rise up and be reliably counted upon to use Flowerbud.com as their one and only source of fresh cut flowers in all seasons and for any, all and no particular reason at all. After all I am about to weave yet another fine product from General Motors into a hectic day and a story of approval that at one time would have ranked as quite out of character. In ‘Vase Runner’ I lauded their behemoth Suburban on a marathon run and now I find myself waxing on about a plain vanilla sedan that seems to have entered the market place to little fanfare, perhaps because it coincided with “The General” slipping into “Government Motors” and the over reaching overdrive gear.

Whatever, It's comfortable seat and serenely quiet interior still lie a thousand miles south of a warm bed and another 4 am PDX trek. My car parks ( it knows its own way ) at blue R7, the Rosetta Stone experiment that is the bus from economy parking to the terminal is as punctual as ever and of course my considerable monetary infusion to Alaska Airlines goes a long way in aiding all the free flying enjoyed by airline staff and families, not to mention allowing just the odd day of work for those with inordinate seniority. Numerous days away from the job being essential to the storing up of sufficient surliness and bile that qualifies one to be cabin crew, and whoo hoo, even the beer in hand emergency slide operator on more than a few of today's airlines. Just this week I was chatting with a Delta Platinum passenger who in three months of assiduous looking over 60,ooo miles had yet to find a cabin crew member who had earned one of the accolades that Delta HQ wants their premium passengers to award to staff for simply doing their job with pleasant and helpful demeanor. You would not accept that of your pizza delivery person yet after dropping $500, $2000 or even more for a plane fare you to take it from any number of personnel attached to the aircraft … and keep mute.

Ms.Malibu « Mark’s Bloomin’ Journal

Seriously, from a florist.

It just goes on and on with this rambling stream-of-conscience keyword laden verbal diarrhea. Even better, it appears that all the blog entries from Mark's Bloomin' Journal are like that.

Amazing.

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