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February 27, 2008

[Daniel] On The Eve Of Number Two's Arrival

Tonight is the eve of what ties for the biggest days of my life. Tomorrow (hopefully) our second child (Number Two) will be born and I'm panicky tonight. It has been a year and a half since Mini Me (our first) was born and it has been mostly wonderful. I could've lived without the colic he had early on and I could've done a better job at times but it's been a good time. And as an added bonus, the time seems to have gone by at a snail's pace, which enabled me to really enjoy this time with Moriah and him.

But tonight, as I laid Mini Me down to sleep, something happened and I started to panic. The realization that this was his last night as an only child hit hard and he doesn't even know/understand it. That the room next door that's been prepared for Number Two would be empty just 1-2 more nights and then not again for a very long time was just as difficult. All of a sudden time seemed to speed way up in a way I was not prepared for and do not welcome.

Up until today, I was anxious and excited for Number Two's arrival. I still am. But trepidation about the next couple weeks in creeping in. There's going to be so much more to juggle and get done, which doesn't worry me. What worries me is how the time will pass and what I will make of it.

I can only hope that these feelings will subside and that time will go back to the wonderfully slow pace I have been enjoying since we arrived in Texas almost 3 years ago. I'm going to do my best to make sure both kids feel loved, receive our attention and that we make the most of it. With any luck, it will be enough.
February 25, 2008

Moriah says...

An awesome limerick, courtesy of LimerickDB:

Limerick #292

A preoccupied vegan named Hugh
picked up the wrong sandwich to chew.
He took a big bite
before spitting, in fright,
"OMG, WTF, BBQ!"

February 23, 2008

[Daniel] Serving Git From Mac OS X

I'm running Git built from source on Mac OS X 10.5. I've been trying to migrate from Subversion to Git for awhile now but always got hung up on how to host the "repository". My ideal was to push to a bare repository in the style of Subversion and be able to pull from it elsewhere. The problem lies in wanting to how it on my laptop.

I beat my head against the following error message for a good hour: "bash: git-upload-pack: command not found". None of the documentation I stumbled across seemed very helpful. Then it occurred to me that it might be a path issue, as Git seems to install to "/usr/local/bin" by default.

The solution (provided you've built Git correctly with a standard "configure/make/make install") looks something like this:


  1. Within your project, create a bare repository (i.e. "git clone --bare -l . /Users/daniel/git/project.git").

  2. Inform Git the project needs to be servable (i.e. "git --bare --git-dir=/Users/daniel/git/project.git update-server-info").

  3. Create (or edit) a ".bashrc" file in your home directory. Prepend on the "/usr/local/bin" directory to the PATH (i.e. "export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH").

  4. On a remote server, clone the project. I like SSH so running that would look like "git clone ssh://daniel@domain.dyndns.org/Users/daniel/git/project.git project".



Note that the path to the Git repository is absolute. I created a "git" folder in my home directory for storing all the Git repositories in one place.

New Shoes!

February 18, 2008

Daniel wonders...

Fry Bread is awesome and, by extension, Moriah is awesome for making fry bread! Not that she wasn't awesome to begin with...

February 17, 2008

[Daniel] Parenting Is... #24

...slowly coming to the realization that all of a sudden your child understands and follows simple requests.
February 12, 2008

[Daniel] Just Launched - Gemstone Creations!

Late last night, we launched a site I've been sitting on for 4.5 years now in one form or another. Moriah and I are happy to announce public availability of Gemstone Creations. Gemstone Creations is a online store that sells one-of-a-kind homemade jewelry, created by Moriah's mom, Cheryl. From the site:


"Gemstone Creations is home to one of a kind, handmade jewelry with a southwestern flair! Our pieces reflect the beauty that Mother Nature provides in natural gemstones, shells, pearls & precious metals."


Of course, the site is built in Django and clocks in at about 900 lines of Python. All XHTML/CSS, with unobtrusive Javascript provided by Prototype. As usual, I created the design & wrote all of the code, though there is quite a bit of re-styling to be done yet.

This site has gone through about 4-5 various iterations since 2003, with a custom PHP version, 2 failed OSS carts and a Ruby On Rails version to boot. It has haunted me that for various reasons I have not been able to complete it sooner but such is life.

If you're interested in unique jewelry or know someone who is, please do Mom S. a favor and check it out!
February 10, 2008

[Daniel] Parenting Is... #23

...looking at each other in confusion/wonder when the kid(s) go to bed early and you've got an extra hour to yourselves.

Moriah says...

Paraphrasing a Daniel-story: "Wow, you sure startled me! There's a nice breeze out here so I'm sure the smell of my soiled pants should waft into your house any moment."

February 3, 2008

In fields where nothing grew but weeds,
I found a flower at my feet,
Bending there in my direction,
I wrapped a hand around its stem,
I pulled until the roots gave in,
Finding now what I’ve been missing.

...

Inside my hands these petals browned,
Dried up, fallen to the ground
But it was already too late now.
I pushed my fingers through the earth,
Returned this flower to the dirt,
So it can live. I walked away now.

- Rise Against, The Good Left Undone

February 1, 2008

[Daniel] The Therapy Of Distortion/Static

I don't know if it is just me but I find immense comfort in the sound of distortion and static, especially in heavy metal music. No matter what my mood, something that is so closely associated with anger & hate only seems to cheer me up and pump me up. An additional wonderful benefit is how easily I can slip into a state of deep concentration when listening to it, especially when programming.

I still find calmer music, such as trance or new age, very relaxing but mood plays a much greater role in how successful that style of music is in getting me to that state. Much of the time it's more of an uphill battle than anything else, when something heavy has an almost instant effect.

Maybe this is much more common than I think it is but it seems strange to me. Welcome, but strange.

[Daniel] Parenting Is... #22

...playing peekaboo and giggling with the little one.