The Caffeinated Penguin

musings of a crackpot hacker

So, I’ve been dark for awhile…

| June 2, 2016

I’ve been away for a bit because I’ve been working on other things; specifically:

Now that I’m finished with those projects, I’ll likely be posting more. Still have a lot of hobby stuff to talk about, pictures to post, and some website maintenance to do. I’ve enabled a markdown plugin, so I can use markdown for my formatting, but that required disabling another plugin I was using, so most of my past 3 years of entries need to be edited to use markdown. Since markdown is a standard, hopefully this is the last time I’ll have to do this.

Once that is all sorted, I’ll likely go through and start converting pages from my old site into WordPress.. This has been outstanding for years, and I really should get around to it at some point.

Anyway, that’s it for now.

Updated software

| August 7, 2014

I’ve updated Owncloud (the thing which hosts the galleries and video) and WordPress (the thing which hosts this blog). If anything is busted or doesn’t work, drop me an email or comment here.

Adjusted the “categories” display

| December 4, 2013

Just an FYI, when going to a “category” display (e.g., it will now display full posts, rather than excerpts. I figure this is better for folks who want to just read about a specific topic.

… and there it is

| August 19, 2009

I once heard (likely on Floss Weekly) someone say that if you want an application, think about it, wait 24 hours, then go look for it, someone will have written it, and it will be open source.


Now all I need is a reloading data application. If I end up having free time to start reloading again, I will likely write one. Will give me an excuse to play with sqlite more.

In addition, I’ve added a WordPress->Facebook integration plugin.. which hopefully now works.


| July 6, 2009

Been busy, but still here.

I’ve updated the blog to WP 3.8.

I also had a bit of an overloaded meltdown a couple of weeks ago. Basically, the working theory was that we weren’t going to work on the house or do anything until after the potatoes went in (which happens about the second week of July). At least, this is what I thought. After the list got stupidly long, and it had to be done sooner, rather than later, I basically just stopped doing everything outside work, working on the house, and being a fire commissioner. This made Liz sad, because she was looking forward to brewing beer, and I had told her not to get me any brewing stuff for my birthday, since I would not have time to use it and it would just take up space. I think that put a bit of a point on it, so she agreed to let me set the pace of things, and not set deadlines, and try to slow down. So, theoretically, we’re actually going to be able to do things like brew beer and sit and read…

At least, once the peas are picked and the potatoes are in. We picked and processed about 4 gallons of peapods today, and we’ll do our first picking of garden peas later this week. The replacement tomato, pepper, squash, etc. plants are all in (next year we’ll wait until the second week of June to plant them).

Fire stuff continues to be stupidly busy, with 3 meetings last week, and while there right now aren’t any this week, I expect there to be 2 by the time the week is out.

As I mentioned, I’m basically not gaming. Essentially, I’m not going to schedule anything recurring until it’s been a year and I’ve actually had at least one night free a week for a year where I can just read and play video games. I’m still buying game books, as I tend to collect them, and like to just read them, etc.

I upgraded everything to Jaunty, fixing the XFCE bad window placement problem by giving new windows focus. While it is not ideal, I spent several days poking different window managers and basically being disappointed by them. KDE4 is too unstable, GNOME is not configurable enough, and FVWM would take too much work to make it not make my eyes bleed. E17 is too unstable (though I may try the official Jaunty builds)

There’s more, but I think I’m going to break here for tonight. I finished reading Watchmen (there’s a pile of other books I need to review, and will do once I unbury them in the mess which used to be my office), and am now on to V for Vendetta.

Oh, as of right now, I’m planning on hitting Carnage, and will likely be bringing some homebrew. Since it’s not a regularly schedule thing, I likely will be able to find the time. If anyone else is going, let me know – especially if you want me to run something.

I fixed the lightbox plugin

| March 13, 2009

I went from JQuery Lightbox for Native Galleries to a slightly tweaked Lightbox Gallery, so now the mouse over and popup descriptions should be shown. Sorry for the annoyance.

Migration II

| March 9, 2009

So, the crosspost should be working, and the comment sync should work for new stuff, but it’s currently not working for old stuff. Essentially, the LJ metadata which ties the comments to the post doesn’t get imported for the post by the LiveJournal import script. So, there are a bunch of orphaned comments.

I need to hack on it a bit more, and I’m pretty sure I can make it work nicely.

Of course, that’s not what you folks want – you want pictures of kitties. (more…)


| March 1, 2009

So, I've been redoing this site, (work in progress here) and have become enamored with WordPress. Despite being written in PHP, there's a lot of really nifty features to it, especially when it comes to uploading pictures and such.

Therefore, in addition to redoing my site in WordPress, I will also be moving this blog to there. I will be keeping my LJ account (but will likely let the paid membership lapse) so as to be part of the community, etc., but moving the blog will likely result in more prolific blogging, more specifically with more pictures.

Anyway, in laws are here. Time for supper.