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November 11th, 2013

Been a while…

Posted by rdub in Musings

Damn, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Maybe it’s time to start refreshing?

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December 16th, 2011

You can post anything you want, so long as it’s our opinion too.

Posted by rdub in Life

Congress today is debating SOPA (or the Stop Online Piracy Act) – a serious piece of legislation that creates a “Great Firewall of China” type situation in the US. Supporters of this law claim SOPA targets “rogue” foreign websites that encourage piracy, but the bill’s vague language creates the necessary tools to silence free speech on the internet.

Under this new law, an individual or corporation can simply send a letter, and a site’s DNS (this is what turns “blog.ryandubois.net” into a machine address) and ISP (providing the physical connection to the internet) can be required to shut that site down, without ever setting foot in court.

This kind of “guilty until proven innocent” tactic has been seen before with DMCA takedown notices (which, we all know, are never, ever abused – (tongue in cheek)). This threatens the very fabric of the internet (DNS, and the internet itself, were created to prevent exactly this kind of usage – the internet is designed to route around any blockages automatically – congress is undermining the fabric of the internet, as if its any of their business).

The worse part is that this law can also outlaw circumvention tools (again, very vague language that could conceivably include VPN tunnels, or Tor bridges, both of which have very legitimate uses).

Wanna take action against this? Call your rep today!

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December 12th, 2011

Home Update Photos: After

Posted by rdub in Life

The Entry way

This is our entry way.  They had some really crappy coat hooks up on the wall that were attached to some random, unpainted board.  We ripped that down, repainted the wall, and attached much nicer coat hooks directly to the wall.

The Breakfast Nook

Our breakfast nook.  They used to have a god awful fan that hung down so low, you’d nearly knock your head on the lights.  We replaced that with a temporary light fixture.  It’s so much better!  We hung up a stemware rack on the left there, added a large mirror on the wall (to increase the apparent size of the room/nook), and moved our old desk there (temporary until we get a proper bar fixture).

Kitchen Repainted

All of the cabinets got sanded down, nearly to bare wood, primed and repainted.  Then, all of the hardware (hinges and pulls) were replaced with more contemporary styles.  We added a moveable island to the left of the stove for more counter space, fixed the hole in the wall for the vent hood, and attached a spice rack, and fixed the broken tiles.

Family Room Wall

Family Room

The speakers on the wall there are temporary – we’re going to install in-ceiling speakers (I got it all wired, just need to install the speakers). TV wires are buried in the wall, along with TV power.  I just need to finish hooking a couple things up before we can get ride of all the wires hanging down.  We also added those crown moulding style shelves on the wall. Lovely!

New Shower Head

Repaired Shower Tiles

Bathroom overall

We hung a really cool double-bar towel rack (two frosted glass rods), another crown moulding shelf, and nice robe hooks (behind the door).  We also replaced the ghetto-fab tension bar for the shower curtain (something seen more in college apartments than houses) with a really nice, curved curtain rod, installed on the dry wall.

Master Bedroom

Repainted, hung window treatments, added a mirror.  This is the new color of our master bedroom.

Master Bedroom

We replaced the ugly ceiling fan in the bedroom with this more modern and clean design.  Also, on the left wall is a long crown-moulding style shelf.

Closets!

Did I mention I built the closets from scratch?  Yea, double bar on one side, single bar with shelves on the other.

Master Bedroom

One more angle of the beautiful master bedroom.

Fixed furnace closet doors.

We reattached the missing cross-member from the furnace closet door.  Looks much nicer now!

Office

Our home-office, viewed from the window.

The Desk

Added a nice wrap-around double desk.  Really looks nice in there.  And we still have room for an air bed on the floor when guests stay over.

 

Well, that’s most of the inside updates.  We (obviously) still have quite a few things on the list to do.

Stay Tuned!

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July 15th, 2011

Friday

Posted by rdub in Rants

Today is Friday.

 

 

 

Carry on…

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July 14th, 2011

Urban Diversions: Yosemite

My wife recently started a new job, planning an hosting events with Urban Diversions.  Things like happy hours, trips to Yosemite, and rock climbing.  Things she gets to do for free (even being payed for).  That doesn’t suck right?

Here’s some photos of a recent trip to Yosemite she hosted:

Group Photo

This is the majority of the group posing for a photo on the foot bridge below Vernal Falls.

Vernal Falls

Speaking of Vernal Falls.  Look at how FULL that is!

Mike on the last bit of the Mist Trail

Discussing the size of caught fish...

Halo around the sun

 

Top of Nevada Falls

Top of Nevada Falls (other side)

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