December 2005 Archives

How To Make A Duct Tape Wallet

I think I'll attempt to do this at some point. It should be a good replacement for the wallet I have that is wearing out.

I've installed a new webmail system on

Check it out and let me know what you think.

The old webmail system is still available here.


Have a good holiday!

The administration agrees to a rule that prevents torture by requiring that interrogation techniques fall within the army field manual guidelines.

Then the guidelines get updated and are kept secret.

No, that doesn't seem fishy at all.

New Army Rules May Snarl Talks With McCain on Detainee Issue - New York Times

secret prisons + torture + domestic spying + lying about it != impeachment

committing perjury (while trying to cover up an extramarital affair) == impeachment

Phil beat me to posting about this.

It appears that someone spray painted 'TORTURE INC' on the Michigan Republican Party headquarters (here in Lansing).

Phil says he won't endorse vandalism, but I wonder if it would really be wrong to endorse it in this instance.

Considering that no one was really hurt (aside from the 'hurt' of the cost to clean up the building) and that a prominent Republican (no less than the Vice President) has been advocating for the use of torture, it doesn't really seem all that inappropriate.

(Lansing State Journal article with picture.)

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Because of the recovery, you may notice that has new ssh host keys.

You'll also probably notice that there are new SSL certificates for mail and the website.

I've updated the downloadable CA cert, so you can follow the instructions here to make things nice on Mac OS X (although with 10.4, I think you can just download the CA cert and drag it into the Keychain Access application).

The short version: went down hard yesterday and I had to wipe+restore it. I had to restore user directories and websites from my April backup (from when I moved machines). I did have a more recent backup of the weblogs, so they are more up to date.

In an event, the websites are back up, movabletype is back up (but without the threaded comments patch, it may or may not make a comeback). And, most importantly email is back up.

Email is back up and running.

Before reconnecting an imap client, it might be wise to look through the local cache and save any messages that are important (as they'll be deleted when the imap client connects and sees the old mail boxes on the server).

Thanks to jared, I've also go the a new backup setup (where I'll have a complete copy of the system backed up nightly to a remote machine) in case this ever happens again.

Read on for more details.


I've just upgraded the apache2 webserver (and assorted modules) on the geeklair machine.

I think everything is working, if you see any issues, let me know.

After much delay, I've upgraded to MT 3.2 here.

I pushed the ThreadedComments patch forward, but not the MTThreadMail patch. I'm thinking that I should maybe check into the MT-3 plugin API to see how much of this stuff I can re-do using a more supported/supportable method.

In any event, let me know if you notice anything horribly broken. I've got the old MT and a db backup ready for emergency restore.

Everyone should watch this film (available as 3 1 hour chapters over at

"This film explores the origins in the 1940s and 50s of Islamic Fundamentalism in the Middle East, and Neoconservatism in America, parallels between these movements, and their effect on the world today." - Internet Archive Summary

The Power of Nightmares

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