fighting the lack of good ideas

thanksgiving 2013

There is much to be thankful for in the Myers family this year. Some of the highlights:

  • movement on the Waiting List
    • we started the year at 67, and are at 31 now
  • work
    • still not thrilled about having be bought-out by a much larger company, but I have a job, it’s a good one, and one I’m still good at
  • church
    • my wife and I aren’t doing Awana full-time this school year, but I have been teaching a Sunday School LIFE Group since April
  • health
    • excepting the passing of one of Christina’s aunts earlier this year after a multi-year battle with cancer, all of our family has been in good health this year

play the perfect courtier – law 24 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 24

The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity. He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the most oblique and graceful manner. Learn and apply the laws of courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

alphabet soup

Don’t ever work with the government – they change the names of agencies every few days.

It’s kinda like African countries changing names: have all the letterhead printed and business cards issued? Change the name!


I was contacted by Packt a few months ago to be a possible author of an eBook on the Raspberry Pi. As fun as that sounds like it would’ve been, I am in no way qualified to write on the topic, as I’ve both never used one, and don’t really have the time to play with one.

Fast forward to last month, and now instead of writing the book, they’d like me to be a “reviewer”. That sounds kinda fun – you get your name in the credits, and get to help maybe sell a couple copies by giving feedback on the content, structure, flow, etc.

The problem with this has been, so far, that the author(s) have such a poor command of English that the book sounds more-or-less like it’s been written by a grade schooler. So, instead of “reviewing”, I’ve put on my editor’s hat, and am trying to help the fella that wrote it bring it up to a level folks can understand 🙂

concentrate your forces – law 23 – #48laws by robert greene

Law 23

Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another – intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come. –Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power (review)

network install of centos 6

I wanted to try something different when playing with CentOS 6 recently, so I did a network install. Other than one very small detail, the install is identical to installing off a normal ISO.

Here’s the difference:

  1. use the netinstall.iso (eg
  2. when it asks for the URL to grab your image from, use something like (make sure it’s the full path (this example is off my mirror for an x64 install))
  3. proceed as usual 🙂

programming again

It’s been years, but I am working on some new (small) programming projects again.

First out will be an open-source app that’s a simplified (and slimmed-down) tool akin to Yahoo! Pipes.

One of the things I had forgotten was just how hard it is to write code that doesn’t stink. Here’s hoping the first release of this one won’t completely smell 🙂