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I had a busy weekend and didn’t get back into town until 22:00. By the time I unpacked and settled back in I was too tired to get any posts written. Too bad, so sad.
Last night we had our first United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) match at the Oakdale Gun Club. Due to the ammunition crisis I’ve been sitting on my stockpile in anticipation for USPSA, which means I haven’t shot for months (I did shoot a little last week but I was mostly at the range to help my girlfriend sight in here new AR-15). Surprisingly I didn’t suck as much as I thought I was going to. Although I did hit one no-shoot I’m fairly certain he was a Klan member or a Nazi so I think it was OK.
I also lacked the time to get a bunch of blog posts up for today so you’re not going to get much. If this bothers you feel free to incentive me to write more by paying me money.
Good news, if you’re seeing this it means my server is back online, running OpenBSD 5.3, and using the Nginx web server instead of Apache.
The only difference you may notice is Server Name Indication (SNI) is now working. What does this mean? It means you can use a secured (SSL) connection for https://blog.christopherburg.com/ and https://www.christopherburg.com/ (unless you’re still running Windows XP or an even older version of Windows, then SNI won’t work for you and you’ll have to keep using https://blog.christopherburg.com/ instead). Basically SNI allows me to have different virtual hosts use different certificates. Since I can get valid certificates for a single subdomain for free it’s cheaper for me to use a different certificate for each subdomain than to acquire a single certificate that is valid for every domain (if I made money off of this site I would have just purchased a certificate but I do this for free so you get what you pay for). I’m not sure if anybody will use it but it’s there for those who want to.
I’ll be tweaking things for a while so the site may be up and down throughout the evening.
Starting this afternoon or evening this site will likely be down. OpenBSD 5.3 was released so I want to upgrade the server and I’m planning on switching the web server from Apache to Nginx. As with most upgrades I expect this one to go smoothly but know it will turn out to be a rather frustrating affair. On the upside when it’s done this site should be… exactly the same as it is now. Still, the back end stuff will be newer!
I almost forgot to wish everybody a happy Loyalty Day:
In order to recognize the American spirit of loyalty and the sacrifices that so many have made for our Nation, the Congress, by Public Law 85-529 as amended, has designated May 1 of each year as “Loyalty Day.” On this day, let us reaffirm our allegiance to the United States of America, our Constitution, and our founding values.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2013, as Loyalty Day. This Loyalty Day, I call upon all the people of the United States to join in support of this national observance, whether by displaying the flag of the United States or pledging allegiance to the Republic for which it stands.
Demonstrate your loyalty to your masters but public demonstrating your willingness to obey. Fly the colors of your master, pledge your undying allegiance, and acknowledge that the United States is a country founded on obedience to our masters in Britain! If you’ll excuse me the Two Minutes Hate is about to begin and I plan to scream extra loud at the image of Emmanuel Goldstein to prove my undying loyalty!
I can’t describe in words how much I love virtual machines. When I made the virtual OpenBSD server that hosts this website I stupidly made the partition holding this website too small. Needless to say the tiny partition was filling up fast and I need to expand it. With a physical machine this could be a daunting task because screwing up would mean really screwing up. Fortunately on a virtual machine I need only take a snapshot of the server in a working condition before fiddling with things and I know no matter how badly I screw up salvation is only a snapshot restore away. The first time I attempted to expand the partition I royally screwed it up and the server would no longer boot. My second attempt was far more successful. The partition holding this website is now, as far as OpenBSD is concerned, on its own drive. Putting the partition on a separate virtual drive will make it easier to expand in the future when the need arises.
What you’re reading right now is the culmination of my efforts to blog this weekend. Here in Minnesota this weekend marked the first weekend where the weather didn’t suck. Because of this I enjoyed my freedom to move outside again by spending my time at the beach and on my mountain bike. Effectively this blog has been delayed due to weather.
Have a nice day and I may post some content later.
In the movie Team America: World Police the primary bad guy was North Korean and his cohort was Chechen. Today we’re being told to fear North Korea and two Chechens. Does anybody else find that funny?
After the news of the bombings in Boston I took to social media sites to discuss the event. My first comment was posted on Facebook and said “Brace yourselves. A new wave of state power grabs are upon us.” That comment lead to a short discussion amongst me and a few of my friends regarding the incident. Two hours after posting my comment another friend commented about how I was the only person on her friends list politicizing the event and that it was “too soon.”
Looking at Twitter, Reddit, and other comments from friends of friends I’m lead to believe that the only acceptable way of dealing with a tragic event is to say nothing besides the event was a tragedy and my heart goes out to the victims. This is more politically correct bullshit. Political correctness exemplifies the thing I hate most about collectivism, it attempts to socially engineer us all into perfect carbon copies of one another. Here’s the thing, we’re not all perfect carbon copies of one another. We’re each unique little snowflakes. All of us have different views, beliefs, hobbies, outlooks and ways of dealing with things. While remaining solemn and saying your heart goes out to those affected by the bombings is a perfectly acceptable way to cope with the event it is not the only way.
Some of have different ways of dealing with tragic news. I, for example, upon learning about a tragic event desire to discuss it with friends. Since many of my friends are political the political aspects of the event are discussed. Because of this I am apt to make a comment on Facebook that is political in nature. My intention isn’t to politicize the event it’s to spur up discussion with my friends, many of whom are political.
Another way I cope with tragic news is introducing humor. I have a dark sense of humor that can border on being outright morbid at times. That doesn’t mean I find the event funny, nothing about the event is funny to me. What it does mean is that I try to lighten the mood by making witty (to me, not to most people) remarks about the event. Not only did I rip off a well-known Internet meme but during the conversation I also said “Perhaps the FBI accidentally handed one of their self-created extremists a real bomb instead of a fake bomb. Jim down in ordinance is going to catch Hell for this.” That comment was a play on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) habit of recruiting nobodies, urging them to commit terrorist acts, and arming them with fake bombs just so “bust” them and brag about how they stopped a terrorist. It was a smart ass remark meant to lighten the mood.
For those who believe it’s “too soon” to discuss the event let me ask you, when can I discuss the event? What is the proper time where my discussion goes from being insensitive to acceptable? I’m sick of this “It’s too soon!” bullshit. I like to discuss current events as they’re happening, not a week after the fact.
Also, why are my comments about tragedies that happen in other countries acceptable? When I make quips about the United States government’s habit of bombing brown people in sand regions most of my friends who are currently screaming “It’s too soon!” either laugh (out of the absurdity of the situation, they don’t find the situation funny) or join me in denouncing the violence. But when tragic events happen here suddenly there is a prohibition on making any comment other than “My heart goes out to the victims.” When a wedding in Afghanistan is bombed I can make any comment I want but when a marathon in Boston is bombed I’m expected to keep my mouth shut. Where the fuck is the logic in that? Shouldn’t all tragedies be viewed as such? Shouldn’t we deal with those tragedies in a consistent manner? Are people living outside of the United States somehow lesser and undeserving of solemn respect? This inconsistency probably pisses me off more than the nagging that my comments are being made “too soon.” Maybe my way of dealing with tragic news has developed because I read about tragic events every — fucking — day. Every day there seems to be a story about a bombing in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or some other part of the world where people have likely become callused to shit blowing up because it happens all the time.
In summary, we’re all different. We deal with things in different ways. I deal with tragic news by discussing it and attempting to lighten the mood through humor. There is no such thing as discussing an event “too soon.” Some of us like discussing events as they’re happening. I’m not politicizing, I’m not being insensitive, I’m merely coping with the news in my own way. We’re not all perfect carbon copies of one another and shouldn’t be assume as such. Let me also close by saying “Fuck!” Why? Because I feel like it’s the only appropriate end to this rant. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go about being a horrible human being and discussing the bombings.
Without saying a word or indicating I was going to do so I’ve moved this site over to a different server. What’s that mean for you? I do have a valid SSL certificate now. If you go to the HTTPS version of my site your browser should indicate that you have a secure connection for a brief second. WordPress, by default, has no way to force secure connections and always attempts to redirect users to the unsecured version of the site. I’m still working to correct that. It is my intention to provide an always secure site in the future.
Underneath a few things have changed. Previously this site was hosted on OS X 10.6 Server. Apple no longer provides any notable support for 10.6 and their new server software has proven to be unusable. This time around I decided to go with OpenBSD 5.2. OpenBSD has a solid track record when it comes to security, which is something I really like. Hosting the site on OpenBSD also gave me an excuse to become more knowledgeable about BSD-based operating systems. In addition to changing operating systems I also put the server in a virtual machine. Previously I was hosting this site on a natively installed operating system. Now I can move the site from server to server with little trouble and take advantage of useful tools such as snapshots.
There may still be some bugs to work out. If you notice any problems please feel free to e-mail me using the address on the sidebar.