Mar 31

Avoid avoid avoid

If you’re planning on using CentOS 7 with mdadm RAID, please do avoid.

I never did identify the specific problem but it’s as buggy as a 10-day-old corpse.

Had ridiculous and unsolvable problems with this config creating a simple RAID 5 set with four drives. Should be very easy. Instead I’ve wasted loads of time on it.

Same drives, same config, same hardware — only difference was Ubuntu vs. CentOS.

Worked fine, no issues. Not one of the problems I had with CentOS and their version of mdadm.

CentOS and RAID — just don’t do it. (And avoid systemd in the process.)

Mar 31

The mental matters

I think one of the reasons I was successful in my weight loss is the mental model I had and have of it.

Most FA types seem to see a diet as a punishment. But one of the problems is that they are on a “diet.”

I never went on a diet and never saw it that way. I knew that path was doomed to failure.

Instead I changed my lifestyle, my habits and gave myself something to look forward to.

Instead of the utterly asinine, “Oh no, I can’t stuff my face with 2,000 worthless calories today, I’m being oppressed!” It become, “Oh, cool, I get to make higher-quality, better-tasting food every day that while smaller is more filling and more nutritious — and I can also eat that $7 mascarpone dessert I really want on Saturday that I’d never normally buy as it’s so expensive, rather than gorging on cheap garbage.”

I have never went on nor have I ever been on a diet. Still lost 60 pounds.

I’ve kept it off for five years so I must be doing something right.

That’s right, it’s been five years now — 25% of my body weight gone for good.

They said it couldn’t be done.

I said, you ain’t met me. 😉

Mar 30

Trailer park

I’ve got no patience for anyone who makes fun of trailer park residents or trailer parks in general.

Trailer parks are affordable housing — probably the only remaining affordable housing in America — though they are disappearing.

I started my life in a trailer park. Where else was my family going to live? It’s all that they could afford. Would you preferred that I had been homeless from age 0-5? Would that have suited you better?

Don’t answer that if you are the typical one-percenter. We already know what you’ll say.

Trailer parks vary in character and cleanliness as much as any other housing type does.

I’m always bothered by how so many in America are willing to write off those doing just a little bit worse than they are.

But it’s how the masters keep control, by forcing the rabble to fight it out for the scraps.

Trust me, I’ve dwelt among those overlords. In some ways I am one of them now. And by the way, they don’t at all distinguish the trailer park resident from the middle-class homeowner.

You’re all parasitic trash and as soon as they can send your job to India or China, they very much will.

Remember that when you belittle trailer park residents.

Mar 28

Hey Now

Let’s watch Hanna Reid and her great voice. Well, you can’t watch her voice. Not unless you’ve done quite a bit of LSD. But it’s infinitely more fun than ranting about anti-evidential buttnuggets.

I don’t even like the song all that much, but I fucking love her voice.

Mar 28

User punishment

I have another post in store about phenomena related to these ideas, but let’s talk about when the Gnome3/Windows 8/SystemD braindead contingent claim that, “Well, people hated Windows 95 when it came out, too!”

Or Windows XP. To bolster the fuckwit idea that “people just hate change” for making products so terrible that people won’t even despoil their compost pile with them.

Both claims are false. I remember very well when Windows 95 came out. Windows XP, too. Windows XP was released into a big recession and had other headwinds, but it was indeed greeted warmly and was widely welcomed as a big improvement.

However when Windows 95 came out it was such an upgrade that people went absolutely apeshit about it. No joke. People not only didn’t hate change, they were clamoring for it. Here’s what it looked like just about everywhere.


People lined up at midnight. Stores were jam-packed the night of its launch and for weeks afterward. I witnessed this myself, in person, with my own eyes.

So no, dumbasses, there was no significant backlash against Windows 95 or Windows XP.

People don’t hate change. They just hate bad tools, bad design, and your specific mega-failures that you like to call a “user interface.”

Yeah, I am talking to you, Gnome 3 developers — and Windows 8 developers.

Mar 28

Income around

My family was poor, especially when I was 0-7. Poor enough that I thought getting a piece of white bread was a treat.

So it’s weird and humbling to think that this year our household will be in the top 5% of US earners.

How did that even happen?

I think inflation-adjusted I’ll make this year alone more than my dad probably did total from 18-40.


It’s so much better than what I thought my future would be: dead or in prison by 25.

Go me.

Mar 27

Lard lord

“Thin privilege” is one of the biggest piles of bullshit this side of a cattle ranch. But this says it best.oucamF8 Yeah, yeah, there are more imortant things to do than fighting against the FA/Celebration morons, but they are so much fun to bait and they are a complete embodiment *cough* of the ridiculous and self-imposed ills of our entire modern society.


Mar 27

A mil

No human being is worth paying more than a million dollars a year.

Not a single one.

And the ones who possibly might be — like Steve Jobs and a very few others — would do what they do anyway without billions of dollars being thrown at them.

If anyone makes more than a million dollars a year (or equivalent), your society is probably sick.

Mar 26


Movie references are fun.

The “HAL” in “HAL 9000” is also only one letter off from IBM. This is more evidence of a direct reference to IBM.

One day I want to write a piece about references in film that are nearly everywhere but harder to quantify — such as how so, so very many movies reference the Mercury astronaut’s walking down the corridor iconic scene from The Right Stuff.

I notice them all the time and point them out, but they are harder to catalog because visual things always are.