We have baby chicks again this year, and this is the first timelapse. The chicks are about 1 week old. 2 Mille Fleurs, 1 Brahma, and 1 silver laced cochin
I added some live rock to our new reef tank a while back. I took a time lapse video of the process of moving everything around, adding the new rock, and rearranging everything.
Time lapse of a day in the barn with Bert, Ernie and the chickens. Bert had a bad brush with goat polio a day earlier, was basically blind, and wasn't able to get up, and we wanted to see how he was doing with being able to stand up and move around again.
I made another trip down to Soutas today. My main reason for this trip was to get some Emerald Crabs and some Peppermint Shrimp. I've started to notice some bubble algae sprouting up in different areas, and just a few of the dreaded aptasia anemones on one rock. The Emerald Crabs will eat the bubble algae, and the Peppermint Shrimp will take care of the aptasia. I started with three of each, and we'll see how they do and adjust from there.
While I was there, I decided to pick up a few little frags. Ricky broke off two great pieces for me. One is Stylophora Pistillata, and has a nice bright pink color, and the other is Seriatopora Hystrix, also called Birdsnest Coral. It's mostly pink, with a bit of a rainbow coloring. It's really declicate and breaks very easily, it took Ricky a few attempts to get a nice frag broken off in one piece, but he did a great job. The photo doesn't really quite do it justice. When I showed Rachael she said that it is one of her favorite corals.
I also picked up a little rock with Yellow Colonial Polyps, and a tiny little rock with two red mushrooms. The colonial polyps will go nicely under an overhang at the bottom of the tank for now. One of the mushrooms came lose, so I've got it netted down for a few days until it reattaches itself.
Rachael and I were over by Wilsonville on New Years Day, so we decided to stop in at Upscales. We ended up finding a clownfish to replace the one that had jumped out. We also got two other fish, a flame hawk and a purple pesudochromis. Oh yeah, and an orange starfish which has been cruising all over the tank.
I haven't been able to get any good photos of the two clownfish playing together yet, but they seem to be getting along so far, we'll see how they do after a few days...
I made another trip down to Soutas Saltwater this weekend. I picked up a frag of Montipora Capricornis that is green with a purple edge, a frag of Hydnophora, some neon green star polyp, a little rock with two different types of green polyps, and a few little pieces of live rock to use to glue down some frags.
Here's a photo of what the tank looks like after adding the new items.
Still just the one lonely clownfish, I'll need to get him some friends soon...
We had our first casualty today. Our glass cover has two little holes in the front corners. One of our little clownfish jumped out through one of the holes. I found him lying on the floor all dried up and covered with lint and fuzz. :-(
When Rachael saw the one lonely fish left in the aquarium, she said that we need to get him a friend, so I guess we'll be making a trip down to the fish store sometime soon...
I added my first few pieces of coral this weekend. I got a little frag of Green Tip Birdsnest (Seriatopora Guttatus), two little starter pieces of pulsating Xenia, one from Jakarta, a tiny little starter piece of Neon Green Sinularia (Sinularia Flexibilis), and a little polyp rock with bright green moon polyps.
Almost everything from the first batch survived the first week. I lost two of the snails that I had originally added, and I added 4 more this weekend.
Considering that it's been over two years since I've posted to my blog, you might think that that is what the title of this post is about. Actually it's about an even older hobby. It's been almost 10 years since I sold my last saltwater aquarium and hung up the towel. As of this weekend, I have finally started a new reef tank! Here's a photo taken just after I added my first rocks and fish from my local pet store.
My current setup contains the following:
The current occupants are:
It's very exciting to be starting an old hobby again. I'll keep you updated as to my progress...
Since the whole "Podcasting Revolution", I've found a lot of neat podcasts to listen to, so much that I hardly listen to my own music anymore. Here's a list of some of my favorite feeds that I'm subscribed to in iTunes. Click on any of the titles to go directly to the iTunes music store where you can subscribe to them.
Special Bonus Podcasts
These are two special podcasts. They are a bit different from all of the other podcasts. Subscribe at your own risk. These links don't go to the iTunes music store, as they aren't published there. Right click on them and copy the link to the clipboard. Then go to iTunes and choose Advanced -> Subscribe to Podcast, and then paste in the link.
Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking website. You can sign up for an account, and then you can add your own bookmarks to the list. When an audio or a video file is bookmarked by any user anywhere on the web, they are added to these two feeds and downloaded directly to iTunes. You'll find all sorts of interesting things, and even more not so interesting things. We're talking like a 100-1 ratio of crap to interesting at times, but I find the few random gems to be worth wading through the rest of the garbage. I've got my Universal remote control all configured with iRed/IRTrans to skip 20 seconds forward and backward at a push of a button, so I can quickly fast forward and scan through a bunch of files, delete out all of the cruft, and then go back an listen to the rest at my leisure.
Make sure that you've got a few gigs of free space on your hard drive, 200+ files a day between the two podcasts aren't uncommon.
Be especially careful with the video feed. Occasionally, some jackass decides to bookmark a porno clip, and you'll be fast forwarding through random videos and all of a sudden come across some nasty ass porn. These are usually pretty easy to spot, as they are always under 20 seconds, are poorly named, and are usually bookmarked in a batch. Before playing the video podcast, I just quickly scan down the list and delete everything that meets this criteria.
So I needed to remove HTML headers from about 20,000 files. I pretty much suck at shell scripting, but GUI editors choke hard on 20,000 files in a project directory. I tried Xcode and TextMate, and knew from past experience that GoLive wasn't even worth opening up for that many files.
A bit of Googling, and I was able to come up with the following snippet of code to remove the title tag but leave its title (the $1):
perl -0777 -pi -e 's/\t*<TITLE.*>(.*)<\/TITLE>//gi'
After a bit of playing around and examining the files for exactly what I needed, and I was able to create the following shell script:
I just had to place it in the root directory that I was working with and let it run through the files one by one. It's actually working right now. I'm guessing that it's going to take about an hour and a half to do it's thing.
I'm sure that there are better optimized ways to do this, feel free to offer any suggestions.
We got a new kitten. I spent a month or so and watched Craigslist for a posting that sounded right, and finally found one from a no kill shelter in The Dalles called CatLink. We drove out on Tuesday and came back with a beautiful little girl named Grace. Apparently she was left at a gas station in White Salmon and rescued. She is the sweetest little thing, purrs non stop, and follows us all around the house.
Big Cat was PISSED! He spent the evening all puffed up and growled and hissed and glared at us for the first day, but has finally started to warm up a bit.
I don't get people's problem with Dashboard.Take the ease of creating an HTML and CSS interface, and add the ability to access and use all of the unix system commands at the same time.That is a pretty powerful combination, and without the learning curve of Xcode, IB, or Cocoa, which I'm still struggling with.:)
Dashboard has become my laptop's gateway to the surrounding world.I purchased an iRed USB to remote control device, and have built a bunch of fun little widgets for all of my remote controls in the house, so Dashboard 'controls' my stereo, TV, Cable Box, Air Conditioner, and even the Roomba! With my Vonage widget, Dashboard 'dials' any number that I want it to for me. And let's not forget Couch Potato! :)
I've only got three widgets on my dashboard that I didn't build myself (calculator, weather, and Indigo, for controlling my X-10 lighting, something I definitely can't live without').The other 15 or so are all Widgets that I've built for myself.Most of my widgets interface with the command line version of PHP that comes with OS X for all of the heavy lifting.This is done through the widget.system() call to a php script which outputs a file when it's done with it's job, and the use of XMLHTTPRequest to parse the resulting file and display it in a div.
For automating day to day tasks, it can't be beat.For my own use, I've created a mysql widget for syncing any of the MySQL databases on my laptop to/from our web server using the command line mysql and mysqldump commands, another one that uses rsync to sync any folder I drop on it to/from our webserver (not quote done with this one yet, but close).Another widget reads a php script on our webserver every 10 seconds, which gives me current load averages, mysql connections, etc, parses it, and emails me and sends me text messages if there is a problem.
So, yeah, there are lots and lots of widgets I can't live without, they just all happen to be widgets I've built for myself!
It's pretty damn cool that you can buy TV shows on iTunes now. Have you bought any TV for your iPod yet, or hooked that computer of yours up to the TV where it belongs?
I bought the pilot from Sleeper Cell, a Showtime series that is supposed to be a bit like 24.
They've also got a free episode of some new show called Conviction. I'm not a bit Law and Order fan, but I figured Rachael might like it.
I also grabbed the free singles of the week which sounded pretty cool. All in all I ended up spending just under 10 bucks and got 10 songs by 9 different artists (Rachael had to have two Gwen Stefani songs) and two videos of new shows to sample. I'm just hoping that HBO follows suit and I can cancel my cable and just buy the Sopranos.