Verbally Flimzy

Ramblings, Observations and Misconceptions

lighttpd hackage: Smart module loading

Posted on February 22, 2011

I recently upgraded from Debian 5.0 to Debian 6.0, and it went great, except that lighttpd began to complain “Cannot load plugin mod_redirect more than once”. This is because the new default lighttpd configuration shipped with Debian 6.0 includes the ‘mod_redirect’ module, which was not included by default in Debian 5.

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The Cultural Experience of Paying a Mexican Electric Bill

Posted on September 20, 2010

I don’t remember exactly which day I received my electric bill, but it was probably early the 2nd week of September. I stashed the electric bill on the shelf in my kitchen, and made a mental note to pay it soon; next time I went by an Oxxo. (Oxxo is a convenience store chain popular in Mexico, and there you can pay your electric bill, water bill or cell phone bill; all while grabbing a magazine and half liter of Coke).

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Customer service at its worst: Kirke's Import Parts

Posted on May 31, 2010

Since my last post, describing my to-do list on my newly acquired 1986 TurboDiesel Jetta, I’ve been knocking items off of that to-do list, in preparation for taking the car to Guadalajara, Mexico, where I intend to live for the next year. One of the maintenance items on my to-do list was to replace the timing belt–this should be done every 60,000 miles on most diesel cars, or you risk a broken timing belt, and a destroyed engine.

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Movie Review: Knowing (2009)

Posted on February 20, 2010

My rating: Wait for HBO Last night I watched Knowing, staring Nicholas Cage. The movie takes place in Lexington, Massachusetts, and begins in 1959 with the burial of a time capsule to commemorate the opening of a new elementary school. Fast forward 50 years to 2009, when the time capsule is opened, and Caleb (Chandler Canterbury), son of MIT astronomer John Koestler (Cage), receives an odd letter from the capsule: Two pages covered entirely with numbers.

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The Magic Bullet System

Posted on February 20, 2010

I was recently approached by an acquaintance who told me he was learning “The Magic Bullet System,” and wanted me to join him in his ventures. His description of The Magic Bullet System (MBS) was full of buzzwords, and lacking in any substance. Hrmm! Enough to make me very skeptical. So… I called up my trusty friend, Google, and after about 3 hours of research, here’s what I learned:

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