Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Carpe Bonum has moved!

The Carpe Bonum blog has moved to a new site: Click on over and join us!

If you are reading via an RSS reader, point your feed to to keep up to date!

See you on the other side!

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Carpe Bonum site update

Loyal Carpe Bonum readers:

I wanted to let you all know there will be significant changes to the Carpe Bonum blog in the next couple of days. I am moving the blog to a Movable Type engine hosted in my house.

Here are the implications:
  • Readers who arrive via HCBA or Homespun blogrolls: No change. I will get those links updated when the new site goes live.

  • Readers who arrive via the Feedburner feed: No change. The same feed URL will point to the new site with no changes required on your part.

  • Readers who arrive via the Blogger atom.xml feed will need to update the feed address to the Feedburner feed. I'll post the Feedburner link when I announce the cutover. It is also set up to be autodiscovered.

  • Readers who arrive via their own bookmarks, past links from other blogs, or individual blogrolls on other blogs will need to update their links. I will make every effort to individually contact bloggers who have blogrolled Carpe Bonum and let them know about the change. I will also place a link to the new site prominently on the Blogger site.

  • Archives: The Blogger site will remain up indefinitely, so all the old links will still point to the original content. I am also planning to import all the Blogger entries into the MT site. So all the old content will be searchable from the new main page. (This is the major task remaining before the cutover.)

  • Blogger site during the transition: The process to export the Blogger entries requires a radically different main template. Readers may see this template for a time while I am exporting. I will restore the original template when I am done.

  • Statistics: I have a server side statistics engine on the new site (AWStats). But the new site will also continue to hit SiteMeter and StatCounter like the Blogger site does.

  • New site performance: Here's the rub. The new site is hosted on an ancient 400 MHz AMD K2 with 192 MB RAM and a 30 GB disk running Linux Fedora Core 3 behind a residential cable modem. There are two issues: the response time of the server itself and the upload bandwidth through the cable modem. On the server side, I am finding the response time to be pretty good (~1 sec page loads over the LAN with the client cache cleared) as long as nothing else is going on in the server. On the bandwidth side, I can upload about 400 kbits/sec. The main page right now is about 20k bytes plus another 30k bytes in locally hosted images, which will take about one second to upload through the cable modem. So I think the system is pretty well balanced. That is, increasing either performance factor would not increase overall performance because the system would then be limited by the other. So we're going to go with it like that and see how it works. As long as I am averaging less than 10 pageloads per minute, I think it will be no problem. That was about the load during the busiest hours on Instalanche day. Even if that load is exceeded by a factor of ten, I think the only consequence would be increased response times.

  • Stability: It's only been about a week since I put the Linux box, so the changes have been coming fast and furious. The changes have been mainly lots of software installs, Apache reconfigurations and restarts, and self-attacks using the Nessus security suite. But at this point it has been four days since the last restart, and I don't anticipate any major system software changes.

  • Reliability: Three major issues here: First the hardware itself. The server is an ancient box which could die at any minute. Next is the fact that the power and reset buttons are within reach of my two year old. No further explanation is necessary, I trust. Finally, Roadrunner does go down from time to time. The last outage was about nine minutes, and the outages come every few months. If we figure 36 minutes of downtime per year due to Roadrunner dropping out and, say, two one-hour outages due to the box being reset, that's 156 outage minutes per year. Divided by 525,960 minutes per year, that gives us an availability rate in the neighborhood of 99.97%. Telecom providers demand five nines availability. I think I can live with three to four nines.

  • Security: Well, there are only a few open ports through the firewall to the Linux box, and I attack myself with Nessus. So hopefully I'll avoid serious problems. I already am seeing attempts to use my sendmail as a relay (those spamming bastards).

  • Contingencies: If something ugly happens like the box melting down, I can always point the site URL and the Feedburner feed back to Blogger and use it as a backup. If something great happens, like I start to get more than 10 pageloads per minute on a regular basis, I'll export MT database to external hosting service.
So, uh, that's what I've been spending my excess brainpower on. Hope it doesn't blow up in my face!

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Loony Left: Wrong Universe

Earlier I posted a theory that loony leftists must be insane to believe some of the things they say they believe. The cross-posting on Blogcritics generated lots of interesting but inconclusive discussion. Now I have a new theory. Considering all their incredible wrong-is-right conclusions, is it possible the loony left is stuck in the "Mirror, Mirror" universe of Star Trek?

Look at the preview of "Mirror, Mirror" and tell me that Kirk, Sulu and others from the parallel universe aren't eerily similar to the caricatures of Bush Administration figures as portrayed by the marching moonbats of the loony left.

Here's more evidence.

Normal Spock:

Evil Spock:

Real Bush Cheney:

Moonbat Bush Cheney:

Barking Moonbats, come back to our universe! It's nicer over here!

UPDATE: Welcome WizBang Carnival of the Trackbacks readers!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Blogger oddness

(Inside blogger baseball, sorry.)

Anybody notice any funny business with Blogger lately? Posting has been pretty sluggish. I've got something in the works to eliminate the problem permanently. Regular readers (both of us), stand by for more info soon.

The Three-Minute Abortion Debate

Concise, to the point and doesn't rely on religious teachings (hat tip The Physicist's Perspective via Hammertime) The Three-Minute Abortion Debate:
"What?! You have no idea of how an unwanted pregnancy can ruin a young woman's life!"

We don't have unwanted pregnancies in this country. We have inconvenient pregnancies. If we had unwanted pregnancies, we wouldn't have people waiting years for a chance to adopt a brain-damaged crack baby or spending small fortunes to adopt children from Romanian orphanages. Where are the overflowing American orphanages? Where are the mobs of feral street urchins? They don't exist, because unwanted pregnancies don't really exist.
Be sure to click through so you don't miss the excellent zinger at the end.

One of these days I'm going to do a post on the curious rape/incest exemption many abortion foes are willing to concede. But not today.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

So, how's it going in Afganistan?

About a month ago, Aviation Week passed on a few juicy tidbits from Col. Cardon Crawford, director of operations for the combined forces command Afghanistan. I don't remember seeing these in the paleo-press or on the blogs, not even in Arthur Chrenkoff's Good News From Afganistan coverage.

From Neutralized Warlords (link for subscribers only):
The conflict in Afghanistan is changing. Warlords are being co-opted or removed, cross-border traffic limited and cooperation with the Pakistan military improved to the point that they are now spotting for artillery bombardments fired from U.S. weapons in Afghanistan at insurgents in Pakistan.
On the other hand, a Pakistani General tells Al Jazeera it never happened (hat tip Rantburg):
"This is baseless and ridiculous, it has got no truth," Pakistani army spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan said on Wednesday in response to allegations by Colonel Cardon Crawford, director of operations for the U.S. Military command in Afghanistan.

Sultan also said that Pakistani troops were cooperating with U.S. forces based in the other side of the porous border but "it is a cooperation in terms of intelligence sharing."

"It is not in terms of inviting their (coalition) fire onto our territory," Sultan said.
The fact that the denial appears on Al Jazeera does nothing to enhance its credibility, but there it is.

Another tidbit from the AvWeek blurb:
The role of U.S. troops has now largely shifted to training the ANA and providing it with the logistics needed to move quickly around the country.
Sounds like a prototype for what US forces are planning to do in Iraq in OIF-3.

The end of blogging as we know it?

What an interesting confluence of events we have had in the last few days. First, a Federal Election Commissioner blows the whistle on impending regulation of blog postings as in-kind campaign contributions. And now a blogger has gotten a day pass, attended a press conference and actually liveblogged from the White House.

I agree with Instapundit reader Tom Maguire, who gets it perfectly right:
On a more serious note, Tom Maguire emails to say that the real lesson here is "Take that, FEC!" If bloggers are getting credentialed as press, the argument to treat "real" press differently from bloggers collapses.
Granny Insanity sees it as a sign that, "the democracy train is still tugging along." And Secure Liberty sees it as fairly easy to do, as long as the blogger doesn't have a day job.

Now if I were one of those Karl-Rove-controls-everything-and- everyone theorists, I'd say it was all a perfect set up to slap the FEC in the face while further eroding the ground under the mainstream media's feet.

Whether the White House or the FEC wins out, it’s clear we are at a turning point for media in this country and maybe the world.

Oh, and how did I notice the linked postings? I saw them on CNN Television. Truly, blogging has changed forever!

POSTSCRIPT: Steve H. over at The Command Post is decidedly unimpressed, Fake Blogger Admitted to White House Press Corps:
The "blog" is FishbowlDC, a site decorated with all the little corporate features sites like Yahoo have. A contact email address which doesn't go to the "blogger." A disclaimer. A copyright notice. A site map.

The "blog" has no comments, and there are no trackbacks.

Idiots. Real bloggers will never get any recognition as long as establishment hacks continue their incestuous practice of calling corporate sites "blogs."

Calling this Graff person a blogger is like calling the pimply kid who brings Brit Hume doughnuts a broadcaster.

A blogger pays his own bills. A blogger has comments, if at all possible. A blogger does his own writing or chooses a few friends to help. A blogger has trackbacks. A blogger links to other REAL bloggers, not the mainstream dorks Graff links to.

I hate to disagree with a tongue that sharp, but I do. The precedent that has been set is there regardless of whether Graff is a "real" blogger. And I see no recognition problem when all the headlines say "Blogger," not, "Establishment Hack."

Cheer up, Steve!

POST-POSTSCRIPT: The Political Teen has video of Graff on MSNBC. (Hat tip, Michelle Malkin)

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Laughed so hard I cried 2

There is a very important lesson here, so read carefully: Don't mess with Bible-toting old biddies from Texas. Just don't.

(Hat tip, The Nerd Group via lgf)

NOTE: The original file was a 4 MB .wav file. I converted it to a 2 MB 92 kbps .mp3 and put it on my Linux box. My cable modem uploads at about 40 kB/sec, so it should take around a minute to download the file. If you'd rather, just grab the original.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

FEC, protect us!

I, for one, admire and appreciate the FEC taking on this new challenge to protect all us easily-confused citizens from them wily old bloggers. I'll be danged if I couldn't use some oversight myself!

So here is what I propose: Let's set up a trackback bot. Anytime somebody posts something dangerous (i.e. political, contains original thinking, etc.), send the bot a trackback. The bot will instantly generate a message to the FEC:
From: Extremely Concerned Blogger <$$AuthorEmail$$>
Date: $$CurrentDateTime$$
Subject: Please protect my country from this EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SPEECH: "$$PostSubject$$"

My Dear FEC,

Thank you SO SO SO SO much for being right there on the front lines, protecting us VULNERABLE CITIZZENS
[sic] from dangerous unregulated speech!

To assist you in this CRITICAL MISSION, it is my duty to report to you that I, myself, have just made a posting on my blog, $$BlogName$$. It is located right out there on the INTERNET where ANYONE CAN SEE IT. See for yourself right here: $$PostURL$$.

Why, this posting has all kinds of ...THOUGHTS... in it, like this:


I must also inform you, Dear Commission, that this posting was NOT AUTHORIZED OR SCREENED BY ANYONE, including:

* My Congressperson
* Either of my Senators
* The President, or his Chief of Staff
* Howard Dean
* The Chief of Police
* The boys down at the Local 142
* The New York Times
* Not a single Justice of the Supreme Court, not even that Souter guy
* Heck, I can barely even get my wife to read these things

And I didn't prescreen this content with YOU, MY DEAR COMISSION.

So PLEASE STOP ME before I speak again!


See where I'm going with this, folks?

For serious coverage of the issue, check out Cyber Conservative, who's doing a bangup job.

Oh yeah, almost forgot: Hey Arizona, please pick someone other than McCain on next go around. (Now where do I send that trackback...)