Archive for September, 2008

Ancient Yeast Awoken for New Beer

September 25, 2008

I’ve been baking a lot lately — in as much as combining a bunch of ingredients and tossing them into the until-recently, little-used bread machine constitutes baking. I’ve obviously used quite a bit of yeast.

I think about yeast every time I bake as I awaken, feed and then promptly kill them by the millions. I tip my hat to these little guys.

How’d you like to see what a 45 MILLION YEAR OLD yeast can do to a beer?

Read about it here.

More Slo-Mo… (wait for the head punches)

September 24, 2008

Oddly enough Jason Kottke found this as I was looking at the lightning (and this clip plays directly after my lightning clip at the site I found it at — get that?)

That’s

Here’s the link.

I love Slo-Mo (and lightning)

September 24, 2008

Super slow-motion video of what lightning does.

The first few seconds are the money-shot.

WordPress Install Woes — SOLVED!

September 22, 2008

Trying a fresh install of 2.6.2 turned my otherwise idyllic Sunday evening into a huge fluster-cluck. It forced me to update all of the other WordPress installs and update the database in hopes of a fix. None was forthcoming.

The error began like this (see it in its full glory at the bottom of the screen shot):

WordPress database error Table ‘wpwebloggist.sux_options’ doesn’t exist for query INSERT INTO sux_options (option_name, option_value, autoload) VALUES … 

Not being a huge PHP/MySQL guru has kept me at a disadvantage in figuring this out, but there were others who possessed those attributes having the same issues. I knew enough to know that it was a problem beyond my install. Googling turned up dozens in the same situation and dozens of threads trailing off without solution. 

Finally, this morning, I tripped over this post (http://wordpress.org/support/topic/197678), and scrolled to the bottom. “Tristan63” had a workaround that involved installing WordPress 2.5 RC3 and then upgrading. 

Sucks to have to do an install/upgrade on a new site. Someone please fix — I have another site I’ll need to build next week.

Thankfully, I was able to rip through about 5 episodes of Lance Krall’s hilarious “FREE RADIO” on the second monitor. That levity probably saved me at least a few hundred dollars in gadgety shit being tossed out the window in white-hot rage. Thanks Lance — you’re always there for me.

Privatizing Gains, Socializing Losses

September 20, 2008

Can you imagine if Bill Clinton had been in office and done what Bush did with AIG? Everyone should watch Gretchen Morgenson and Floyd Norris explain this mess.

Click here to see them on Bill Moyers.