Author Archives: kelly


I’ve stumbled upon a new means of relaxation at Open Yale Courses. It sounds strange that recordings of university lectures are relaxing but I find they are. Paul Bloom’s PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology is far more interesting than television. I’m currently on lecture ten of twenty. His has an enjoyable speaking style; the hour […]

Get Spiked

I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with broadcast and cable news outlets. News outlets have sadly taken distinctly partisan roles in society. I find their content specious at best and makes for very poor commentary. (One notable except is Deutsche Welle.) I recently stumbled upon spiked, which itself has a bias but its bias pleasantly lacks the […]

bash uuid generator

Onliner bash scripts are handy but bash and common utilities don’t always work the same on the two systems I most use: Centos vs. OS X. centos $ cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release 5.4 (Final) osx $ sw_vers | head -n2 ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.6.2 For example, I recently wrote a simple script to […]

tomcat error: clearThreadLocalMap

I’m trying to move from Tomcat 5.5.28 to Tomcat 6.0.26 for my Struts2-based webapp. I previously tried–unsuccessfully–to make the move to Tomcat 6.0.20 but had to roll back. There were problems with the underlying connection to mail that I didn’t have time to track down. I use a standard stack. $ cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release […]

Can you hear me now?

I ate too much last night. My wife had ‘girls night out’ which left me unsupervised as I made my dinner. I powered through an entire package of Johnsonville Brats. Cause and effect… I was wide awake at 2AM, bloated as a poisoned pup. Uffda! And, yes. It was worth it. “What the hell”, says […]

Apache Directory Indexing

Sometimes a problem persists long enough—is an irritant long enough—that I’ll burn an entire Sunday morning simply out of spite. Today’s irrational time-waste went to solving “Directory index forbidden by Options directive.” [marmaduke ~] $ cat /var/log/httpd/error_log \ | grep ‘\[error\]’ \ | head -1 [Sun Dec 06 09:25:05 2009] [error] [client]↩ Directory index […]