Paul Huff
08 December 2010 @ 12:31 am
There are no good space toys. None.  
Problem: Caleb saw this space set in a magazine recently and in his own mind has reorganized his entire Santa Strategy around it.

Why is this a problem? Because this set, or one of it's many, many other configurations, appears to be utter and total crap. This is a problem because I don't want to spend $50 on utter total crap.

However, we can find essentially no other toys that are currently manufactured that meet the following requirements:

  1. Are not total crap
  2. Have several astronaut figures
  3. include a space shuttle with booster rockets
  4. Have some (anachronistic but cool) Apollo era goodness thrown in, like a Saturn V and a lunar lander
  5. Include an American flag, something Caleb really wants.


I think he wants to have boosters and also be able to re-enact Apollo 11. (He's _really_ into Apollo 11. Did I mention that for about 2-3 months he was Armstrong, I was Aldrin and Melissa was Collins? Like he referred to us as those names for 2 or 3 months? It was pretty fun. But I digress.)

Anyway, after an evening of online searching, we can basically only find crap like the above linked toy, or a nice space set or two from the 80s made by tonka which are only available on E-bay. Why doesn't anybody make non-crap space toys?

Oh yeah, there's a Lego Space Set for educators which is cool, but no boosters, and probably 3 times what we want to pay...

/sigh Really world? No reasonably priced, non-dime store realistic space toys? I sense a niche. But not one that I'm willing to fill.

P.S. We already have this set but note the lack of boosters (and other astronauts... Matchbox, please sell the astronauts separately!!!). Not authentic enough to fool Caleb... He knows it needs boosters.
 
 
Paul Huff
29 November 2010 @ 03:49 pm
 
Here's some stuff I'd like for Christmas, in no particular order:

 
 
Paul Huff
01 February 2010 @ 08:40 pm
Cisco VPN for Snow LeopardHelp for the lazy-ish webs.  
The Cisco VPN client on Snow Leopard has been crapping out quite often for me recently. All kinds of weird things like screwing up pages that are already open, caching weird dns entries etc.

Bad, but doable solution:

Flush the Mac OS X Snow Leopard DNS Cache with the following command:

dscacheutil -flushcache

Thanks.
 
 
Paul Huff
04 December 2009 @ 12:52 pm
 


Caleb: Daddy! They took away my California job!!! And they put me back in College! And they took away my job from Sourceforge!

Caleb (pretend writing): California job.

Caleb (holding little desk up to ear like a phone): Ok, could you please give my california job back?

(Caleb mumbles a pretend response from the pretend, gigantic phone)

Caleb: Why not?

(Caleb mumbles a pretend response from the pretend, gigantic phone)

Caleb: Well it's my Job! Send it back!

(Caleb mumbles a pretend response from the pretend, gigantic phone and then a forlorn "Okaaay" from the person on the other end of the line)

Caleb: There it is! It's back!

Caleb: I was talking to Luke, but they sent me back my california job.



Well, as you can tell, it's official. I'm leaving Sourceforge.net for Ning. It was a hard decision because I love sf.net and have immensely enjoyed my time there, but I think Ning is the right place for me to be right now. This is not the greatest of times to switch horses, since I'm still struggling to finish the ol' masters thesis, but everything has pretty much worked out so well so far.

I'm going to miss my many talented and wonderful colleagues at sf.net. They've treated me with immense patience, kindness and have quite expertly and charitably taught me so many different things about running a big website these last few years, not to mention the many more personal, non-technical lessons I've learned from them all.

I'm looking forward to more growing experiences with Ning and getting to be involved with another Silicon Valley company which by all accounts seems to have built quite a wonderful engineering staff who I'm sure will have loads of things to teach me, too.
 
 
Paul Huff
19 November 2009 @ 05:30 pm
Yay.  
You may or may not know that Melissa used some of her teaching money from years gone by to purchase a piano.

We just played a little duet on it and it was nice.

That is all. Carry on.
 
 
Paul Huff
31 July 2009 @ 02:19 pm
Ahh hah! So I was (sort of) right!  
Youtube does have some kinda magic to help monetize the music in videos going on. That's cool. Maybe this is actually a step towards helping copyright holders act a bit more sanely towards fair use. Time will tell, I suppose.
 
 
Paul Huff
27 July 2009 @ 10:10 pm
Scooped.  
Looks like somebody already wrote my thesis so it's time to re-think and re-tool.

/sigh
 
 
Paul Huff
30 June 2009 @ 03:49 pm
I'm probably just a luddite.  
But, I just watched a home movie of a monster truck rally. During the movie, the family had cut in a U2 Clip. While I was watching it, I was given an advertisement asking me if I'd like to buy the clip.

Now, I've seen those ads on youtube videos which are actually music videos, but never on something where they've obviously gone through somehow and autodetected what songs are inside the youtube video and given you an ad based on the soundtrack.

To me, that's big. That's like "We've cracked a way to monetize youtube videos" big and I don't think I've ever read anything about it. Anybody out there in the internets know anything about that?
 
 
Paul Huff
11 June 2009 @ 07:57 am
Looks like we're getting through to him.  
Caleb, playing the piano and singing:
"Jesus came and was happy...
Then he was resurrected..."
(Suddenly, playing the piano harder)
"Rock band! Rock band!"
 
 
Paul Huff
28 April 2009 @ 09:06 pm
POTS.  
POTS stands for plain old telephone service. I like the ol' wired land-line. It gives me an odd sense of security. So we've got one. At our last apartment our phone number had apparently rather recently belonged to "Diamondback Exteriors." About... 10 times a week we'd get calls for them. More during the rainy season. Apparently they did stucco because people asked for that a lot. Our answer message was pretty close to this:

"Hi, you've reached the Huffs. We don't do stucco. If you're looking for Diamondback Exteriors, you're going to have to call another number. We don't know what that number is. But if you're looking for the Huffs, you've reached us! Leave us a message after the beep."

This is what our message now says:

"Hi you've reached the Huffs, not the Royal China Chinese restaurant. If you're looking for chinese food, we can't help you because we don't serve any. But, if you're looking for the Huffs, leave us a message after the beep. Thank you, very much!"

Sometimes lightning strikes twice.