October 22nd, 2011

#3012: The frost is on the pumpkin!

...whatever that means. It's something Dad always said.

The grass in the back yard is frosted with...frost. Yesterday morning it was just the rooftops; now it's down to ground level.

My aim for today is to get a couple of minor things accomplished. One of those will be going to the grocery store and picking up some HAM and cheese. Possibly bread and Pepsi and a couple of other minor things...including DESPAIRagus. It's on sale for $2 per pound and I wouldn't mind having some with a meal of some sort, though I'm not sure exactly what that will be. Maybe beef stroganoff; I haven't had that one for a while.

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Muslims expect to get paid to pray. The least-tolerant religion in the world expects everyone to bend over backwards for them.

Fuck islam. Fuck it with a dildo made of pig bones and lubricated with bacon grease.

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On second thought, save the bacon grease for something worthwhile.

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I grabbed a few more BakaBT torrents with El-Hazard and I'm aggressively enforcing the "no uploads past 1.0 ratio from anything but BakaBT torrents" rule. So that should be helping my ratio; what would really help would be if I'd get off the stick and migrate all the BakaBT torrents from Cephiro to El Hazard and reseed them.

The only real problem I have here is that the uplink gets saturated and then I can't do anything else. I'm going to have to limit the number of upload connections so that I can do other things. It certainly isn't maxing out the bandwidth of the uplink, which is 768 Kbps (or 96 KB/s) considering that it's usually running about 60 or so when I don't have a BW limit in place.

The router has a limited number of "handles" in its TCP/IP stack, which is probably the root cause of the problem. People have advised me to buy a different router (this one) but it's $55 and the NetGear one I've got now works well. (Better than the AirLink one I had, which saturated more often than this one does.) The advantage of the LinkSys router is that one can install aftermarket firmware which is superior to the standard firmware in the thing.

Anyway, I need breakfast, and the router's getting a firmware upgrade while I cook. Later!

UPDATE: DIY Crunchy Frog!

#3013: Migration

I figured out how to do it and migrated two torrents to El-Hazard from Cephiro. Since Cephiro has only a 100 Mbps Ethernet port, it takes an unreasonably long time to copy gigabytes of data from one machine to the other, but once the data is there I can just pull the torrent file from the server and let uTorrent do its magic.

The way I've set up El-Hazard, completed torrents are kept separate from ones that are still in work. That's an issue I've run into every so often on Cephiro: go to watch something only to find that the torrent isn't complete. This will avoid that; so El-Hazard has two directories for torrents: "Torrents", which is the directory into which the data is placed as the torrent is downloading; and "Finished torrents" which is where torrents are moved after they're finished. uTorrent does this automatically; all one has to do is tell it to do so and specify a target directory.

In order to migrate from one machine to another, the torrent has to be put into the download directory (rather than the "completed torrents" directory, whatever its name may be) for the program to be able to see that it's already got the data and go right to seeding it; but once it's checked the torrent it moves it and all is well.

The real issue now is one of drive space. I need to take a deep breath, remind myself that the data on that drive is duplicated two other places, and press "DELETE". It's not easy to stomach the idea of deleting 250 GB of data.

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...and try not to think about the fact that I just filled up the Jeep's gas tank for $51, which is most of a brand-new (albeit cheap) 500 GB hard drive. (A few bucks more, plus a few more than that for tax. *sigh*) But I need the gasoline--absolutely "can not do without" need--and I don't need the hard drive.

Even though the hard drive will last much longer than the gasoline will.

Interesting bit: the Jeep has felt "tired" for quite a while. I figured, "Truck, low gearing, what can you do?" But when I went to fill up I went to the corner gas station instead of the one I normally go to...and as I left the Chinese place (General Tao's chicken combination dinner FTW) I noticed that the thing's throttle response was...snappy. Now, I needed 16 gallons of gas--I let it run all the way until the light came on, this time--so there wasn't very much of the old stuff in the tank. Is it possible that perhaps the gasoline I normally buy is not as good as the stuff I bought tonight?

Look: gasoline is a commodity. There are regulations for purity and octane rating but the only difference across brands is supposed to be things like additives (detergents and the like). In other words, the gas you buy from Cheap-o Joe's Gas-and-Git is the same stuff you get from BP, only there are fewer additives in it.

But I recall a recent EPA decision that "10% ethanol" can really mean as much as 15%; and if the station I normally go to is selling me E15 that would explain a lot. Most modern engines won't gripe too much about a 5% change in fuel composition but fuel economy and performance will suffer. This is win-win for gas stations: they get their product for less money because of the government subsidies on ethanol in fuel, and people need to buy more of the stuff because of the performance/economy hit.

So I'm going to buy gas from the corner gas station for the next few tankfuls and see how it goes. The "ass-o-meter" is not a precision measuring instrument but I can get some hard data just by tracking my fuel economy, and if I'm right my "around town" fuel economy will go back up to 18 MPG.

If I'm wrong? *shrug* It doesn't end up costing me anything, except maybe a few cents per gallon here and there. Both places have approximately the same prices most of the time, and when there's a difference it's usually the corner gas station being a few cents higher per gallon. That may be coincidental and it may be an indicator. We'll see. But if this turns out to be true--that the gas from the normal place is sub-par--it's going to be the very, very first time I have ever noticed any kind of performance difference between brands of gasoline.

More likely it's my imagination.

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Every time I see a field full of geese, I can't help but think of how much food is standing there just waiting to be taken.

There are too many damn geese around here. It used to be that you never saw them around here, because we were basically a rest stop on the migration route. But since hunting has become passe, the population has exploded, so they tend to hang out more.

...and they hang out in the tony suburbs where you'll go to jail for a long time if you even think about firing a gun within city limits. Then people complain about how much of a nuisance they are. "Will you look at that? Goddamed geese crapped all over the eighth green. I could have made par if it wasn't for that shit." Well, let us hunt them-- "ARE YOU CRAZY? We're not gonna let you gun nuts go shooting things here! People will die! All you gun nuts think about is killing things and people!"

Then STFU about your f-ing golf course.

Geese are pretty birds; I won't argue the point...but they're also food, damn it..