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Updated 27.i.2010 to reflect mig5's corrections

I spent a few minutes today setting up our nagios install at work to page me via prowl, instead of an email->sms gateway. Why? Because I'm cheap, that's why - don't like paying for any more texts than I must. I ran into a few gotchas, so I thought I would briefly document the process.

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I recently had to update a number of drupal installations, some of them quite old. Here is a bash "few-liner" to migrate an install to CVS, making it much easier to update in the future.

Chevre chop salad

15 May 2009
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I made this the other night from what looked good and was on sale at the store, and it turned out pretty well - so, I thought I would share what I came up with.

1 head Romaine lettuce
1 good sized tomato
2-3 oz. Chevre (goat cheese)
3-4 pieces bacon
1 small avocado
mustard powder
garlic powder
cayenne pepper
italian seasoning
olive oil
balsamic vinegar

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Hope this helps someone - if you copy your old disk on to a new one when upgrading, and then have strange networking problems, uninstall Little Snitch and reboot. Of course, if you never had it installed, this tip probably won't help you! In particular, some applications could access the 'net, and others just sat and hung. Luckily I figured it out after just a couple minutes, or I would really have been leaving some head-shaped indentations in the desk...

Indian Paintbrush

16 Apr 2009
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Taken on a nice ride Tuesday evening.


06 Apr 2009
Posted by acrollet

I appreciate good tools wherever I find them - whether they be software, rhetorical, or physical. We ran across a Perfex pepper mill at Sur La Table several weeks ago, and instantly fell in love. Compact and dense, with a little door to load peppercorns without any dissasembly - perfect! Only one problem - good luck finding one for less than seventy bucks... Cheap as I am, this was a problem.

After a little sleuthing on ebay, I found a mill in somewhat less than perfect condition, but at just over twenty bucks shipped, I had to pull the trigger. I haven't regretted it for a second, because it is not the most beautiful specimen, but after a little bit of TLC, it is great at its job.

as it came.

the logo - this company has been making these to the same design for over 50 years. (according to the infallible interweb)

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Whipped this up the other night, and we enjoyed it, so I thought I'd share. Convergence nearly gaurantees that a similar or identical recipe exists elsewhere, but I believe that I still get to call this a original, since I'm ignorant of any prior art... All measurements are approximate, modify to suit.

3/4 c. dry white wine (I used Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/2 c. good Parmesan cheese, grated (feel free to subsitute Gruyere, Emmenthaler, or a blend)
1/4 t. salt
1/3 c. half & half (or milk)
1 T. flour