September 9th, 2013
I dont know much about teaching kids, or coaching in general really. I do know a little bit about association though, so Id like to pose this question. Are coaches doing it wrong by using exercise as a punishment? What do I mean by that you may be wondering.. Well when I was a kid in school, and I got in trouble in PE or in Athletics the coaches would ALWAYS punish me, or our team with things like “Looks like we get to run an extra lap because you were late”, or “Rice!! Give me 20 push ups for talking back!”. That made me associate push ups, running, sit ups, etc all with a negative thing that happened to me. I never really thought about it much until now. Now I have a teenage daughter in school, and she is having the same stuff happen to her. When kids on her volleyball team get in trouble they punish the child or the whole team by making them run, or do some kind of exercise. Are we not making generations of people associate exercise and working out with negativity which then makes us subconsciously not want to do it?
Anyway just a random thought I had.
June 6th, 2011
Im curious. I want to know.. How much money is wasted on advertising?
What do I mean by this you may wonder.. What I mean is this: Do you own a Kindle? Then when you go to Amazon the first thing you see is them trying to sell you another Kindle. Maybe you are a customer of Rackspace Cloud and you do searches on the Internet for things that have to do with Rackspace Cloud docs or what ever, then suddenly everywhere you go there is a Rackspace Cloud ad staring back at you, and you want to yell at the dumb ad to go away because you are already a customer!! This is also a regular thing with Cellular ads. If you are listening to the free Pandora app on your iOS or Android device you will hear numerous ads for Living Social. A great product, one I signed up for because of one of these ads, but even after I sign up through my cellular device I STILL GET THE SAME AD over and over and over!
I understand sometimes it is going to be very difficult to know what is a wasted ad and what is not. Maybe when I am surfing the web there is no way for google to know I am already a Rackspace customer, I understand, its frustrating but I do understand.. But sometimes they know. Take amazon, they sold me the Kindle.. If I show up at Amazon and at the top of the page it say “Welcome back, Michael Rice” they know its me, and that they just sold me a kindle not 3 weeks ago. Why are they not pushing some other product in my face trying to entice me to buy it like they did the Kindle? And what about the Pandora ads? If I sign up for Living Social using the same creds I use to log into Pandora why cant they see I am a member and not waste that Living Social ad on me, and give me something else I might want to sign up for or buy?
Im just curious. Are we as developers even working on this for our companies? Do our bosses even see this as an issue? Am I just crazy to think this way? Is there even something WE CAN do to make this better? Furthermore is it something that needs to be made better? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
September 27th, 2010
Yes I have a facebook account, here is a link to it.
September 2nd, 2010
I have recently decided to take up a new hobby; the great hobby of making my own beer! This has been tons of fun so far. I have beer reading everything I can find about the subject. I decided to go to a local brew shop and see what all the fuss was about. This place happens to offer a free class with the purchase of a qualifying kit. I found one that looked like it would be a good fit for me, and to my great surprise it was only 5 dollars more than what the cheapest one I found online was, and this one didnt cost me any shipping and I got a free class so all in all its cheaper at the local shop!
I showed up for the class tonight about 6pm. Brett, the guy teaching the class, was ready for me when I got there and already had a pot of water on the stove heating up. This was a one on one class, so needless to say that was a major plus. He covered a lot of stuff and knew his material VERY well. I was never able to ask a question he couldnt answer. He stressed, as did all the other material I have read, that sterilization is one of the biggest keys to making good beer. He says “If you can boil water you can make beer. If you can boil water and keep every thing sterilized you can make great beer.” The process was so easy and didnt really take as long as I thought it would, and I was out of there and on my way home with 5 gallons of wort by 8:30 or so. Now the waiting game begins. In a week or so Ill be ready to rack my beer, and then bottle it up and in a few weeks I should have about 50 12oz home made Oktoberfest beers!
February 7th, 2010
For years I have not had any kind of soda pop. At some point in my life I started noticing I would get a bad stomach ache after drinking a soda. I never really thought much about it… I just quit drinking them. Well a couple of years ago I started getting sick a lot. I went to my regular doctor and nothing was obviously wrong with me. I started thinking about the feelings I got when I felt sick.. it reminded me of when I would eat peanuts which I am very allergic to, it also reminded me of how I felt when drinking a couple of sodas. This made me think.. So I went and got tested for allergies again. I had not been tested since I was about 12. This time I asked that they only test me for food allergies. As it turned out I am allergic to soy, and corn too. Aha! No wonder when I would drink a soda I felt so sick. All the sodas seem to be sweetened with that nasty high fructose corn syrup crap.. Well bummer for me right.. no one makes soda with sugar these days right.. WRONG!! I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing because now I am re-addicted to soda again. I started looking around and found that Mexican Coke was still made with sugar, then I found out that the Dublin Dr Pepper plant still made Dr Pepper the original way using Imperial Sugar, next I start looking hard for all kinds of sodas that are made with sugar and to my pleasant surprise there are TONS out there. We now keep Mexican coke, Pepsi throwback, Dublin Dr Pepper, and many many others at our house. They all come in glass bottles too just like they should (except the Pepsi.. wth Pepsi..). I have found TONS of delicious Root Beers made just like it used to be made “back in the day”. I find most of these sodas at Central Market, and Whole Foods. The Mexican Coke and the Pepsi ate the cheapest at Costco from what I have found. I also found this AWESOME stuff called Bubble Up that is a lemon lime soda, it is made with real sugar and with Lemon and Lime oil extracts.. It is SO much better than Sprite or 7up could ever dream of being..
January 6th, 2010
I [already] know [that] is the default response from my daughter. Doesn’t matter what you are telling her. You could be telling her she needs to clean her room, or maybe that you were just thinking to your self how you were fixing to go outside. “I know!” is what she says. Tonight she noticed that she says that a lot. Her mom was telling her “Well I was fixing to go outside so I’ll let the dog in” and she replied “I know… well wait, I didn’t know that.. I guess I say that a lot when I don’t know huh?” It was pretty
December 30th, 2009
Wow so its been a little over 5 years since my first post. What a ride its been! I wonder what the next 5 will bring? With any luck the winning numbers to the lottery so I wont have to work any more 🙂
Please be safe while celebrating this holiday season and dont drink and drive
December 23rd, 2009
daemontools is a wonderful alternative to using inittab or rc.d startup scripts on your favorite Linux and BSD boxes. I really like using it, but Im not here to sell you on it, simply to tell you how you can use it to keep your dream server going. I am going to use the 8-ball example from the mindtouch site for this example. First I like to go to the directory where I keep my dream app.
This is the directory where my mindtouch.host.exe file is located. Next using my favorite $EDITOR I will
In this file I will add the following:
cd /home/errr/8-ball/bin &&
exec envuidgid www-data /usr/bin/mono mindtouch.host.exe script 8ball.startup.xml \
public-uri http://slice.michaelrice.org:8081/ \
server-name http://slice.michaelrice.org \
Next save the file & set the script to be executable
chmod +x run
Now I will explain a couple of things here. First off the envuidgid is a command from daemontools so you may need to provide the full path to your file location of this if it is not in your $PATH. Second off is the IP flag. If you use an IP here from my testing then the host will only work when you type that IP. See more about that here: http://forums.developer.mindtouch.com/showthread.php?p=36055
Now you need to be root (or you can use sudo) for this next part. Head to your service directory. If you installed daemontools from source that is typically /service but if you are like me and use Debian/GNU Linux and used apt-get to install it then it will be located in /etc/service Simply change to the directory and symlink:
errr-slice.michaelrice.org | /home/errr | 16:38 |
» sudo -s
[sudo] password for errr:
root-slice.michaelrice.org | /home/errr | 16:38 |
» cd /etc/service
root-slice.michaelrice.org | /etc/service | 16:39 |
» ln -s /home/errr/8-ball/bin 8ball
From here its like any other new service we have ever added. svscan will automatically start the new service within 5 seconds. You can verify that its working with ps, svstat or by just hitting the URL directly. In my case you can see my example here
December 15th, 2009
So I got me a VPS the other day. I really missed having a Linux box at my disposal to test cool stuff with, or do what ever other really geeky things it is I do with Linux boxes. One of my buddies who happens to work at Rackspace just couldn’t say enough positive stuff about Slice Host and neither can I. As you may or may not know Slice Host is a Rackspace company (which means awesome everything!! support, stability, network speed…).This is a kick ass deal!! I currently have 2 256 slices. On one of them I am running tinydns for hosting my DNS (even though slice host will do that for me for free… what fun is that?),exim4 to host email for a few users (even though you get this super cheap offer from slice host to have rackspace host your email for you.. again what fun is that?), lighttpd to host some php sites (I am using SQLite for all my databases), and nagios to monitor some sites I like to keep an eye on. I also have that same machine setup for hosting Mono apps. One of which is Dream, a wonderful frame work I am very interested in right now. All this and I still have like 80M of free memory. Im not even sure what I am going to do with my new slice but Im sure it wont take me long to find some new cool thing I need to test out.