Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Superman Returns

Superman ReturnsWell, he's back. After a 19 year hiatus from theaters and a 5 year absense from Metropolis, Superman Returns. This time Brandon Routh (like south) portrays Clark Kent/Superman. And he certainly looks the part. He's got the mannerisms for both roles down pat.

As the movie opens, Superman is returning to Earth after a five year journey searching for remains of Krypton. When he gets here, he finds that the world seems to have moved on. Lois even won the Pulitzer for an article titled "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman".

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Ambler Warning

The Ambler WarningRobert Ludlum passed away in 2001. He's probably best known for his "Bourne" series that have recently turned into Matt Damon movies. I LOVED the "Bourne" books... tolerated the movies. In 2005, his estate releases a new book: The Ambler Warning. It's unclear to me whether this was a completely ghostwritten book or if it was an unfinished (or unpolished) book that was completed after his death.

The book opens with Hal Ambler in a high security government phsycho ward. He doesn't remember how or why he got there, he just knows he has to get out...

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Fix for RAID_AUTOCONFIG bug in 3.9

OpenBSDI had been using RAIDframe with OpenBSD 3.8 without issue (mostly, see my previous post). I had configured my RAID sets to use auto-configure (raidctl -A yes raid0).

But, when I upgraded to OpenBSD 3.9, my server would hang during the boot process immediately after "Kernelized RAIDframe activated". So, I compiled a kernel with RAIDframe enabled but RAID_AUTOCONFIG not enabled. I still needed my /etc/raid*.conf files, but my server was working perfectly. I searched the misc@ archives and found several threads (including this one) about the RAID + hang problem in OpenBSD 3.9.

But, someone had a solution...

RAIDframe Tricks

OpenBSDLife is funny sometimes. On Wednesday, a friend asked if I had experience with RAIDframe, the software RAID system in OpenBSD. He had a failed disk and wanted to talk about how to get RAIDframe to use the new drive as a main component vs. a spare. Not two days later, I was planning to upgrade my last OpenBSD 3.8 server (at home) and noticed that my raid0 had a failed component.

My RAID sets are each 90 GB mirrors across 3 disks. I know, I know: 3 disks? But one disk is a 250GB drive and the other two are 90 GB drives. Each 90 GB drive is mirrored to a separate 90 GB partition on the 250 GB drive. The data to end up on the mirror sets actually lived on the 90 GB drives. Each 90 GB drive was over half full (so I couldn't copy ALL of the data one drive while setting up the RAID on the other). So, I used a method described in the man page to set up a broken RAID set to get all of my data on my new drives.

The Complete Frank Miller Batman

The Complete Frank Miller BatmanContinuing my recent foray into graphic novels, I picked up The Complete Frank Miller Batman from Amazon Marketplace. If you're unfamiliar with Frank Miller's work, you might have heard his name related to Frank Miller's Sin City: a movie from 2005 with Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke.

This Batman collection contains three stories:

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Colorado Kid

Colorado KidIt's not a very well hidden fact that I'm a big fan of Stephen King books. On a recent trip business trip, I found myself without something to read. I was also in need of some shaving cream and ended up at a CVS (or something). After finding what I needed, I was browsing the book aisle. In a section that I didn't expect to find an SK book, I found a book that clearly said "Stephen King" on the cover. But it looked like a romance novel cover. Being intrigued, I picked The Colorado Kid up to determine if it was the Stephen King.

Flipping through some of the pages and the reviews section at the beginning, it seemed clear that this book was indeed the Stephen King. It had all the familiar traits I've grown to love: set in New England (Maine, to be specific) and an afterward: signed & dated. Taking it back to my hotel room, I started to read. It, like a lot of King's books, started off slow for me. The book started to get interesting around the time I was heading home. I got distracted from The Colorado Kid in the airport because I found The Cell (a more "classic" Stephen King). But, two days ago I found myself with nothing to read again. I picked up The Colorado Kid and started from the beginning. Almost immediately after I passed where I had stopped before, I was hooked...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Identity Crisis

Identity CrisisI've always been into comic book superheroes: Superman, Batman and Spiderman (specifically). As a kid, I enjoyed Superman & Superman II, Batman & Batman Returns. As an adult, I loved Batman Begins, the two Spiderman movies and the X-men movies (1 & 2 so far). I can't wait until Superman Returns.

Brad Meltzer is one of my favorite authors. Holly and I have read all of his novels so far starting with The Tenth Justice all the way to The Zero Game. We cannot wait to get our hands on The Book of Fate when it's released on September 5, 2006.

Today I finally read my copy of Identity Crisis, a graphic novel which includes Brad's script and Rags Morales's pictures to tell a great story about a mystery involving The Justice League of America.

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of NarniaI've been reading The Chronicles of Narnia since finishing my last book (off and on) and just finished this afternoon. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year or so, you might have heard of the movie from one of the stories in the book (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).

The specific edition I read had all of the stories in it: "The Magician's Nephew", "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", "The Horse and His Boy", "Prince Caspian", "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader", "The Silver Chair" and "The Last Battle".