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Leaning left...leaning right...

August 7, 2008 11:14 AM

And not in the political sense.

Despite the admonishments from a certain anonymous commentor, who there is a 80% chance is a particularly dry-humored friend of mine from NYC, I rode the “crotch rocket” to work today. And frankly I felt better having done it. And the bike seems happier as well. ;-)

It was nice getting to work on the bike even if I did get there later than I like to. It wasn’t just me riding today either because there’s at least four bikes in the parking lot today including mine. I suspect we’ll see more of them as the years go by.

The rain barrel came in yesterday and it was strangely light. Very cool though. If I could find the red pepper barrels locally I’d just make my own.

While there was a nicety in that it had a brass spigot on it instead of plastic I will have to fine a complete screen for the top so I can drill more holes as having just one hole in the center may not work under heavy rain. Other than that all I have to do is buy a couple of cinder blocks to lift it off the ground and then cut the downspout at the right location and it’ll be good to go.

Now I just need to get more of them over time...

My wife, who complains that I never write about her any more ;-) , has decided that Wii need to be more fit. I was itching to pick up a Wii anyway so I could try out things like Avatar for the Wii or Soul Caliber Legends. I wish they made Soul Caliber IV for the Wii but it would requite a buttload of new programming on their part so I can understand if they don’t make that.

Oh and I will certainly be buying the new Star Wars game for the Wii once it’s released. I may even pre-order it at the same time we buy the Wii. There’s just something about using the lightsaber in a natural motion...

So we’re taking money out of the credit union account to buy a Wii with all the trimmings including Wii Fit. And I’m actually good with that.

On other fronts it’s going to be at least another week before we get another crop of cucumbers. I was successful in de-watermeloning the cucumber vines. One thing I’ve noticed about the VanDoren watermelons is that the vines spread a lot more than other I’ve seen. They are slightly choking out the Midnights so I’ll have to separate those two as well. Beans should be ready again in three-four days. The beetles appear to be almost gone so most of the plants should do better now. I _have_ to remember to get those traps for next year.

I’d like to get the garage done before either my dry-humored friend or another friend shows up. It’s a lot of work but I think the results will be great and leave a lot of room for organization in the house. I just hate cluttering up the empty vehicle space but hopefully it won’t be cluttered for long.

The three biggest parts I want to accomplish out there are:

1) The shelves against the West wall.

2) The workbench.

3) Get the rack separated out and prepped for moving into the basement.

Other things would be:

Getting the metal lateral files and the desk drawer cabinets prepped for moving into the house.

Getting the freestanding workbench up against the South wall.

Moving the “toolbox” dresser next to the air compressor on the East wall.

A nice plus would be getting the couch and drink fridge moved into their final location but we’ll have to see how it goes.

Once the shelves are built though I’ll be able to easily bring out stuff from the office area inside the house and move the lateral files inside. Thankfully those are light enough to move easily using the dolly. I still won’t be able to completely relinquish that room until I can move my servers down into the basement but hopefully that won’t take too long either. In fact I’m going to order the UPS batteries today so the only things left will be DSL cabling and installing everything into the rack.

Much to do...

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Aug. 8th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
Just be sure that your basement doesn't flood. Or at least put your servers and your UPS on a table or shelf that will hold them up out of the water if the basement does flood.
Aug. 8th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Fortunately I have *insert trumpet noises* one of THESE:

http://shorterlink.org/4355 :-)

It already sits about 6 inches above the floor and the UPS is going to be on a shelf another 8 inches or so up the rack. That means unless the basement gets 14" of water in it I won't have that issue.

Regardless I will definitely make sure that the battery backup "Ace in the hole" works along with the main sump pump.

I am a bit concerned about dust and dirt in the fans but I think I can come up with good enough ventilation that it won't be too much of a problem.
Aug. 8th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
The house I used to live in, about ten miles away from here, would routinely get about half an inch of water across the whole basement floor when it rained, even with the sump pump. When we had to sell the house, though, in order to increase its value, we had a "French drain" system installed along all the walls, and we never had a wet floor again. (This house doesn't have a basement, and anyway we're just renting.)

The college my son went to had their servers in a basement room. They figured they could prevent water damage by putting them on standard wooden pallets (maybe 8" high). Which would have worked, except that during a period of exceptionally heavy rain, one whole wall of the cellar collapsed with the weight of the wet dirt against it. The cellar was quickly flooded to a depth of three or four feet. The servers weren't all that heavy, and the wooden pallets actually floated, keeping them above water and operating for a while. But eventually one of them tipped over; water shorted out the computer, causing an electrical fire that set the wooden pallet on fire. And the smoke set off the sprinkler system. Suddenly the campus IT office (in another building) was flooded with calls..."Hey, I was playing an online game/reading my email/researching something for homework, and suddenly I can't connect to the internet!" (Took 'em two days to get everything up and running again - on the second floor of the same building ;-)</font>

Aug. 8th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)

When I started working for where I am currently employed they had the Sun E450 (still quite pricey at the time) sitting under the main water pipe which ran outside the closet to the rest of the building.

Did I mention this is not an environmentally controlled closet? The pipes sweated and dripped on top of the server with some frequency but due to Sun's case design rolled down the sides.

Needless to say it got moved fairly quickly. ;-)
Aug. 8th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Good thing Sun builds 'em rugged ;-)
(Although even a Sun server might have malfunctioned if it got tipped sideways into three feet of water.)
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