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20080906 Saturday September 06, 2008

Llamas for Obama

Posted by rich ( Sep 06 2008, 11:15:10 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080901 Monday September 01, 2008

Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Iowa Speedway

Posted by rich ( Sep 01 2008, 10:55:27 AM CDT ) Permalink

Uly at the Iowa Speedway

Posted by rich ( Sep 01 2008, 10:52:55 AM CDT ) Permalink

20080820 Wednesday August 20, 2008

Case SC Restoration

Before:

After:

Posted by rich ( Aug 20 2008, 02:30:30 PM CDT ) Permalink

Anime Iowa 2008

Alison, Nick and myself at the Anime Iowa Right Stuf and Nozomi panel.

More Anime Iowa 2008 photos.

Posted by rich ( Aug 20 2008, 02:15:31 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080807 Thursday August 07, 2008

The Freedom Rock (and Uly)

The artist that's been painting it annually for the last 10 years.

The rock's location.

Posted by rich ( Aug 07 2008, 10:11:41 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080711 Friday July 11, 2008

iPhone vs. iPhone 3G

Having recently destroyed my original iPhone, I needed to get a replacement. 90 minutes in line later, I had an iPhone 3G. Here are a few initial impressions:

Posted by rich ( Jul 11 2008, 09:02:49 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080613 Friday June 13, 2008

Downtown Des Moines Uly Photo

Posted by rich ( Jun 13 2008, 10:30:54 PM CDT ) Permalink

2008 Des Moines Flood Photos

More flood photos.

Posted by rich ( Jun 13 2008, 10:30:23 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080531 Saturday May 31, 2008

Fishing on Lake of the Woods

26" Walleye:

Posted by rich ( May 31 2008, 05:04:37 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080421 Monday April 21, 2008

Anime Today Forums

Just launched on Friday: Anime Today Forums

Posted by rich ( Apr 21 2008, 03:22:16 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080418 Friday April 18, 2008

I want to like Novell... Really...

To download SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Novell require a login. When creating an account, they state "By completing this form, I am giving Novell and/or Novell's partners permission to contact me regarding Novell products and services." with absolutely no option to opt out of being contacted by a partner.

After registering (with a disposable email address), they require you to answer a questionnaire:

How many employees work in your entire organization?
What is your company's industry?
What is your current relationship with Novell?
What is your primary area of interest?
What are your current requirements/requests of Novell?

Annoying. And it required an activation code to install it.

How do new technologies get adopted by me, and subsequently by the businesses I work with? Let me obtain it, hassle free, and try it out. Telling me that my contact information will be distributed to third parties, steering me through questionnaires after seeing a list of download that I might be able to get after I hand over just a bit more information, doesn't qualify in my mind. And that was after I had already handed over my name, address, phone number, and email address just to register on their site.

Posted by rich ( Apr 18 2008, 03:59:06 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080316 Sunday March 16, 2008

Buell Ulysses 1,000 Mile Service and Suspension

Yikes ... I brought the bike into Zylstra H-D/Buell last week, $328. I don't remember what the Sportster's first service was, but I don't think it was quite that much.

Another important lesson: I'd been lazy and never taken the time to setup the suspension according to the guidelines in the owner's manual. I finally did today, and WOW, what a difference. It feels like a completely different, and even more incredible bike. I'd never really seen what a dramatic difference suspension could make in a vehicle's handling.

Two annoyances: I cannot get used to having to shut off the blinkers manually. Also, the throttle feels like its very soon, 1/8" - 1/4" inch of looseness. I asked the dealer to look at it during the service, and they said it was properly adjusted. I can't believe that's correct, and I forgot to check the Buells that they had sitting on the floor to see how their throttles were adjusted.

Posted by rich ( Mar 16 2008, 09:45:42 PM CDT ) Permalink

20080106 Sunday January 06, 2008

First Ride of 2008

Starting Ulysses mileage: 863 (barely getting started)

Went for a nice, 42 mile ride around Des Moines today, this afternoon the temperature was around 44 or so, so it really wasn't too bad. I wasn't planning on it, really, until I went to get groceries this afternoon and saw another motorcycle out and figured, why not?

First picture is from Gray's Lake, still frozen over, but they're flying the red flag indicating that it isn't safe to walk out on.

These are the penguins from the Jolly Holiday Lights display in Water Works Park.

I still need to fix the bent bits on the bike from when it was backed into, right after they showed up the temperature here dropped and I've done nothing out in the garage since mid-November.

Posted by rich ( Jan 06 2008, 04:10:28 PM CST ) Permalink

Struts Sprout - Annotation-Powered Simplicity for Struts

Some time ago, I was looking for a way to simplify the build process for a Java application I've been working on for quite some time. It started out using XDoclet 1.2 to generate the EJB and Struts configuration files. As the years have gone by, that version of XDoclet hasn't aged very well, and even the improvements made in Java 5 proved problematic for it. Eventually, some folks released an updated xjavadoc for use with it, but it never worked quite correctly (support for some syntax changes were incomplete).

Some time ago, I made the changes needed to move to EJB 3, and eliminated XDoclet from that portion of the build, but I was still using it to generate the struts-config.xml. I always meant to do something about that, but ended up just dragging my feet on it. I'd stumbled across Sprout a long time ago, it seemed interesting, but I never did anything with it at the time.

Finally, in December of last year, XDoclet had annoyed me enough so I went back to looking at Sprout. Its support for configuring Struts wasn't complete enough to cover what I needed it to be able to do so I dropped the author, Seth Fitzsimmons a note asking if he'd done anything with Sprout beyond the version posted to his web site. Unfortunately here's what I received back: "I haven't touched Sprout (or Struts, for that matter) for about 3 years now, but it's been waiting all that time for someone like you to find it useful. You're welcome to either continue to use my svn repo as you change things or move it elsewhere."

So we chatted a bit by email, and I decided to set it up as a Google Code project: Struts Sprout and add the features to it that I needed. Finally, today, I got around to adding some of the code that I wrote back in December to the public site. Once I have a chance to make the classpath scanning a little more robust, and write some examples using the new annotations, I'll post a download with a new version number, but until that time, at least the changes are available in Subversion.

Posted by rich ( Jan 06 2008, 12:49:50 PM CST ) Permalink

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