Travel plans, Trailers, and Snort

Flight plans for the Comoros have been set. I still have a few things to take care of for the trip such as Malaria pills. More spectacular weather has made the weekend go by quickly and I feel that before I know it I will be sitting on the black beaches of Nzwani. Some A-class sailors have been sending me information on building a custom trailer. Seems like a good time to start an A-class page. Afan reported excellent news that CERT is using his software (PHPlot) together with Snort for their network intrusion detection.

Auscats

AuscatYesterday’s wind was light but Julian and I raced the auscats out to mile buoy and back while the sun set in a huge pool of orange and purple stripes. Julian said it looked like someone was painting the sky. The boats are amazingly sensitive, so I discovered that fiddling with mast rotation in light air is a bad idea. Basically, 45 and 90 degrees of rotation are the optimum angles for upwind and downwind respectively. The slumbering seals at the buoy were less than happy to see Julian when he swung close and gave them a big toothy grin. Back on land, here’s the recipe of the day: peanut-butter cookies from allrecipes.com.

Newsflash

Antelope Valley, CAAt long last, the first real news entry: The weather has been spectacular this week and the glare of the sun on the ocean makes me happy; if only we had a little more breeze. Tracey and I were paging through a clothing catalog and came across a spectacular photo from Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. Have to make plans to visit in the spring. More photos finally are ready for upload. Thanks to Lea for “gently” reminding me that she’s anxious to see more of the family photos. Vlasta, a friend of my parents and sailor from the Czech Republic, came to visit and helped me rig my new mast for the auscat. My travel plans for the Comoros are almost finalized. And I made a few updates to the profile page.

Computer Haiku

A file that big?
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
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The Web site you seek
Can not be located but
Countless more exist.
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Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
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ABORTED effort:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask way too much.
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Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
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Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
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First snow, then silence.
This thousand dollar screen dies
So beautifully.
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With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
“My Novel” not found.
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The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao, until
You bring fresh toner.
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Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
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A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
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Three things are certain:
Death, taxes, and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
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You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
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Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
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Having been erased,
The document you’re seeking
Must now be retyped.
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Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.

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