jc blog - tales of a modern-day nomadic hunter-gatherer

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2017-04-25-1351Z

with the dropping neem and tamarind leaves, and the recent downward trend in temperatures here in La Paz, it feels more like fall going into winter than it does spring going to summer. I guess that's appropriate as I head back into the north bay, with its foggy cold summers, in a few days. [comment]

2017-04-14-2141Z

as of yesterday evening I'd finished the last of my gallon of tamarind "beer", except for 1.5L that I had bottle-conditioning in a "growler" saved from my last bottle of cheap red wine. the cap was bulging, so I figured it'd be interesting opening it up. sure enough, there was a massive release of CO2 but due to quick reflexes, I didn't lose much. I was thirsty, and I belted down the first 12 ounce glass pretty quickly. and the alchohol kicked in almost immediately.

mind you, the stuff I drank out of the gallon container didn't have any noticeable kick at all. but I had put about a tablespoon of sugar into this 1.5L bottle, and it is potent. I'd guess 5% or better. good shit. I've got to get more of these bottles! [comment]

2017-04-13-1935Z

off and on, I've been trying to build all my cryptocoin clients on my new server. dogecoin has been a problem so far. since I didn't specify a prefix when I built dbd5.1, I had to add symlinks under ~/include and ~/lib: ln -s . bdb5.1, and now after ./configure LDFLAGS="-L${HOME}/lib" CPPFLAGS="-I${HOME}/include -DHAVE_CXX_STDHEADERS=1" --prefix=$HOME it still fails at libdb_cxx missing. [comment]

2017-04-11-0049Z

been working on a node.js project. steep learning curve, but I'm starting to grok it.

over the past couple days I've been starting a trial batch of tamarind beer. 1/2 kilo bag of tamarind beans and a piloncillo of sugar. keep boiling and mashing the beans over and over, pouring the liquid into a gallon bottle, until it's full. then add yeast. we'll see how it turns out. I can't remember how much the sugar costs, but the tamarindo is about 33 pesos per kilo. [comment]

2017-04-05-0354Z

finally learned how to use <PRE> tags such that long lines will wrap instead of generate horizontal scroll bars.

after years of editing my PREs to TTs and appending <BR> tags at the end of each line. [comment]

2017-04-05-0323Z

this is always fun:

root@ns003:/etc/ssh# grep Failed.password /var/log/auth.log | cut -d' ' -f7-11 | sort | uniq -c
      6 Failed password for games from
    324 Failed password for invalid user
      6 Failed password for nobody from
   9937 Failed password for root from
     12 Failed password for www-data from
root@ns003:/etc/ssh# grep Failed.password.for.invalid.user /var/log/auth.log | cut -d' ' -f7-12 | sort | uniq -c
      3 Failed password for invalid user 0
      3 Failed password for invalid user 0000
      3 Failed password for invalid user 010101
      3 Failed password for invalid user 1111
      3 Failed password for invalid user 1234
    141 Failed password for invalid user admin
      6 Failed password for invalid user admin1
      3 Failed password for invalid user api
     12 Failed password for invalid user centos
      3 Failed password for invalid user dbadmin
      6 Failed password for invalid user default
     18 Failed password for invalid user ftp
      3 Failed password for invalid user ftpuser
      3 Failed password for invalid user git
      3 Failed password for invalid user gpadmin
     10 Failed password for invalid user guest
      6 Failed password for invalid user ingres
      6 Failed password for invalid user jim
      2 Failed password for invalid user monitor
      4 Failed password for invalid user mysql
      2 Failed password for invalid user operator
      2 Failed password for invalid user osmc
      2 Failed password for invalid user pi
      6 Failed password for invalid user postgres
      2 Failed password for invalid user service
      2 Failed password for invalid user support
      2 Failed password for invalid user sysadmin
      2 Failed password for invalid user telecomadmin
      2 Failed password for invalid user telnet
     26 Failed password for invalid user test
      6 Failed password for invalid user testuser
      9 Failed password for invalid user ubnt
     12 Failed password for invalid user user
      2 Failed password for invalid user user1
      6 Failed password for invalid user webftp

of course I have PermitRootLogin without-password in /etc/ssh/sshd_config. [comment]

2017-04-02-0450Z

if I had gone another mile or so past the Ley on the corner of Blvd. Santa Rosa and Calle Isla today, I would have made it across the next arroyo which would have taken me to the street of unknown name which takes one to the propane refill station. so instead I circled back, got to the highway, and instead of crossing that dangerous overpass I went down into the arroyo, and harvested some tomatoes, tomatillos, mustard greens (pulled some up; none were radishes), squashes, and a few sorghum seeds and brought them home.

on the way back I noticed that outside a beer store on the corner of Abasolo andNavarro (I think -- across from the LTH outlet anyway) had a bunch of people drinking out of newspaper-wrapped Ballenas outside the store. my kind of place -- no bartenders, no tips, just a bunch of unrepentant alcoholics enjoying their drug of choice at low cost with no "officials" interfering. the way it should always be. I plan to head back that way next time I'm alone.

anyway, I ate most of the squash and green tomatoes, and not only am I not dead, I don't even feel any stomach discomfort. [comment]

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