Daisy, Marko

Cat Urine Dispersion Method



Male cats in particular (due to higher levels of felinine) have horrifically sulfuric urine which only gets worse and worse as it breaks down. It is also immune to most household cleaners. So you may be asking yourself, if I wanted to weaponize it how would I do so you've come to the right place. Or the wrong place as the case may be as I've discovered an effective cat urine dispersion method. As gross as that sounds, I assure you, its worse.

I was sitting in my office when I heard what sounded like the cats sharpening their claws on empty cardboard boxes sitting atop the wood floors - the type of configuration which resonates throughout the house. It was however, oddly rhythmic and decreasing in its intensity which prompted a look into the other room. Both the cats were staring at the empty box. Curious indeed.

Inspecting the area I was dismayed to discover water dripping from the ceiling A/C vent, onto the flat side of a box, spreading water in all directions over everything. Dismayed at a water leak in this 100-year-old house from our recent rainstorm, I went upstairs to ascertain its point of origin. That's when I discovered Rametap, our male Sphinx, locked in the craft room with a bowl of food, a bowl of water, and no litter box.

The cat, having needed to relieve itself, simply squatted adjacent the closet ductwork, which sadly feeds into the living room vent, dispersing urine in a wide spread pattern below Male cats in particular (due to higher levels of felinine) have horrifically sulfuric urine which only gets worse and worse as it breaks down. It is also immune to most household cleaners. So you may be asking yourself, if I wanted to weaponize it how would I do so you've come to the right place. Or the wrong place as the case may be as I've discovered an effective cat urine dispersion method. As gross as that sounds, I assure you, its worse.

I was sitting in my office when I heard what sounded like the cats sharpening their claws on empty cardboard boxes sitting atop the wood floors - the type of configuration which resonates throughout the house. It was however, oddly rhythmic and decreasing in its intensity which prompted a look into the other room. Both the cats were staring at the empty box. Curious indeed.

Inspecting the area I was dismayed to discover water dripping from the ceiling A/C vent, onto the flat side of a box, spreading water in all directions over everything. Dismayed at a water leak in this 100-year-old house from our recent rainstorm, I went upstairs to ascertain its point of origin. That's when I discovered Rametap, our male Sphinx, locked in the craft room with a bowl of food, a bowl of water, and no litter box.

The cat, having needed to relieve itself, simply squatted adjacent the closet ductwork, which sadly feeds into the living room vent, dispersing urine in a wide spread pattern below.
neutrality, Switzerland

Rescue Mode Mapping


tty1:Rescue# mount /dev/sda1 /mnt

- else -

tty1:Rescue# pvs (sometimes lvm pvscan)
tty1:Rescue# vgs (sometimes lvm vgscan)
tty1:Rescue# lvs (sometimes lvm lvscan) (sometimes lvm lvs --all)

tty1:Rescue# vgchange -a y [vg]

tty1:Rescue# mount /dev/system/rootlv /mnt
tty1:Rescue# mount /dev/system/usrlv /mnt/usr
tty1:Rescue# mount /dev/system/optlv /mnt/opt
tty1:Rescue# mount /dev/system/varlv /mnt/var (optional)

For more programs to run, keep going:

tty1:Rescue# mount /dev/sxx1 /mnt/boot

tty1:Rescue# mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
tty1:Rescue# mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
tty1:Rescue# mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
tty1:Rescue# mount --bind /run /mnt/run

chroot /mnt

Eric Peeking

Pee-Wee Herman


Dreamed I was back in California. I was standing on a deserted corner in what was usually a very busy intersection, but today it was vacant. No traffic. No pedestrians. Pee-Wee Herman was on the corner. He was holding tryouts for a show, and since the last time I was here, they had installed a bright-green, plastic circus see-saw lever catapult for the public to enjoy, a large vinyl sign above proclaiming, "PLAY". I found it odd that the studio didn't have one of these on which Pee-Wee Herman could hold tryouts, rather using this public one on the corner of a now-deserted part of town. As I looked around I could see the texture of the bricks, and the pavement, and the different orange-red colors of the surrounding buildings. This place looked really run down since I was last here. It looked more like Philly, not California. When had I ever been in California where it looked like Philadelphia? Never. I started trying to think of my Philadelphia co-workers but they were being conflated with some of my military comrades.

This old man in a while Prius took the turn too wide and nearly hit me. I was standing too close to the road. I saw his white-haired wife in the passenger seat and wondered what they were doing out and about. They were both stone-faced and didn't even look up at me despite nearly hitting me. With a goddamn Prius even. He parked down the street, left his wife in the car and started walking towards us. He was...trying out?

Pee-Wee Herman was walking the ingress plank numerous times, finding the right place to jump to catapult whoever would be standing on the end. Apparently the airborne person was supposed to grab ahold of the vinyl sign using the thick rope which was attached to the bottom of it. I will admit to being awfully curious how the physics in this whole thing were supposed to even work, and furthermore, what was something like this doing in a California public space? It looks like someone would be badly injured if they were catapulted into the air, above a pavement intersection, and missed grabbing the rope. What a dumb idea.

This whole thing was just frustrating, which is probably why I woke up.
psychology

Operational Spectrum



When we only see the world in black & white, we have difficulty coping and problem-solving because we apply a false dichotomy filter to everything we observe or experience. Cognitive behavior therapy is an introduction to critical thinking skills insofar as it allows us to apply pattern recognition to everyday occurrences ending the loop of irrational fear. Critical thinking isn't knowing everything about everything, its simply acknowledging there may be an answer which has yet been considered; keeping our options open until we can collect more information.

Binary thinking robs us of the ability to see absolutely every question, moral dilemma, challenge, or opportunity as anything more than yes/no; right/wrong, disallowing reasonable interpretation, new data, or mitigating circumstances. When we lack the curiosity of objective introspection, we can never move beyond what we know right now, today. Our behavior is the visible indicator of worldview we hold and will often reveal where we fall on the operational spectrum.

Given what we've learned about science, biology, philosophy, psychology, gender and sexuality (and how too many people confuse and conflate those last two) many of the things we believe to be true simply aren't. At best they are inaccurate and at worst, harmful. There is so much new information from study on these things, and so many new facts being revealed, that only those who are keeping up with this influx of new information really acknowledge the unprecedented change in our understanding of it. Fewer still have endeavored to apply it in a practical manner to the relative morality of an ever-changing society.

So what is one to do in times like these? LIVE! Seek joy! Use the unending spectrum of gray between the two polar opposites as our own personal playground. There's no one else there, so utilize as much of it as we can. If we don't burden ourselves with picking or choosing any one thing - giving ourselves permission to try it all on and change often - for with every experience comes new opportunities and facilitation for discovering the best possible version of ourselves over and over and over again. We have to power to make a loop of joy - in whatever form it takes for us individually to learn and grow.

These things are much easier to accomplish when you are loved and supported, and you are indeed loved. And supported <3


* Biologist Explains Biological Sex
* Eight Names for the Same Thing

Neo

Juggling Tabs Level = Expert


On each my computers with a desktop (2xWindows, 1xOSX, 2xLinux) resides five (5) browsers (Edge, Opera, Vivaldi, Chrome & Firefox) and on each browser resides 70+ tabs. Given memory requirements, I keep these cultivated tab-farms in browser, but only run one browser at a time. Occasionally I will need to pull up another 70+ tab-farm browser to find some information, but keeping it up longer than a few moments is a dangerous game as I never kill my current browser. When my current browser does eventually crash (they all eventually crash), then and only then do I restart a previous browser as a new current default.

This is the way.
BSD

Back-End LUNs in Regards to LVM


For reasons I won't go into here, I increased the capacity of an iSCSI LUN to make more room in a handful of logical volumes. Awkwardly, the parent volume group lost its goddamn mind.

I can't recall if I've ever run into this specific scenario or not before, but I doubt it because I rarely mess around with SAN. Well, until recently anyway. Suffice it to say I was stuck until I could find away to dynamically resize the volume group. Turns out you have to use pvresize as in:

pvresize /dev/sdb

I cannot remember now if I had activated or deactivated the vg prior to doing so, but at any rate it worked.
linux, pink

ESXi Patching

SINGLE VIB:
[root@esxi:~] esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/ixgben-1.7.10-1OEM.670.0.0.8169922.x86_64.vib
Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: INT_bootbank_ixgben_1.7.10-1OEM.670.0.0.8169922
VIBs Removed: VMW_bootbank_ixgben_1.7.1.16-1vmw.670.3.73.14320388
VIBs Skipped:

ENTIRE ZIP OF VIBs:
[root@esxi:~] esxcli software vib update -d "/vmfs/volumes/RAID5/PATCHES/ESXi670-202004002.zip"
Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: [like, the entire ZIP file]
VIBs Removed: [subset]
VIBs Skipped: [subset]
Eric Capitol

Plandemic


Most of my feed is filled with [liberals/conservatives] posting [liberal/conservative] news from [liberal/conservative] biased sites because of course they do. Due to the sheer volume on my feed, and based solely on my feed alone (so not, like ALL liberals/conservatives, just you specifically in this case), and considering that both groups endless post accusations that the other side lacks "common sense," it is rather telling which side of the aisle overwhelmingly believes this ridiculous "plandemic" buffoonery.

PRO-TIP: Actually study critical-thinking! Its not that difficult and it really is a lot of fun. It elevates everything you think you might currently know while simultaneously giving you the tools to understand the abstract, without having to end every nonsensical belief with, "That's just the way I feel," or, "I'm entitled to my opinion." Imagine living in a world where YOU actually comprehend causality and can skeptically articulate ideas surrounding occurrences outside your realm of expertise.

Remember that Bradly Cooper movie, "Limitless" where he was an abject loser until he took that brain pill that unlocked 100% of his brain? Studying critical-thinking is lot like taking that brain pill.
Stargate, science

SAN FOOLISHNESS


Either I was always searching for the wrong words or combination of words on Google - OR - the information is so humiliatingly basic as to not be helpful to anyone who already understands SAN topology, I present to you this, my masterpiece of trial and error (basically clinking every goddamn thing I could, in every conceivable combination until something worked.) Also, I'm the only person on the planet not running vCenter which makes it look like it could be configured verbally, "Alexa, map my SAN LUNs to ESXi."
"No problem, Eric. Done."


SO YOU WANT TO ADD SAN DISKS TO YOUR ESXi HOST LOL

ESXi HOST - ESXi 6.7u3:
12x48 PowerEdge R610 with a single 16GB dual-port HBA

SAN HOST - FreeNAS 11.3u2:
32x16 PowerEdge R730 with a single 10GB quad-port HBA


In FreeNAS ensure:

Sharing --> Block Shares (iSCSI) --> Associated Targets

Contains the Target/Extent mapping you wish to use, else even with the above the VM will not be able to see the boot disk.

Sharing --> Block Shares (iSCSI) --> Extents

For ESXi ONLY ensure 512 block size and DISABLE physical block-size reporting!

Lastly, your iSCSI disks may appear as NORMAL,DEGRADED on your ESXi GUI. This is due to there only being a single-path to your SAN disk.

In ESX ensure:

Host --> Manage --> Hardware --> PCI Devices --> "[brand] [speed] [port number] network connection" (this is your HBA)

Ensure Passthrough is DISABLED (enabling is apparently awesome if you want ONLY EVER A SINGLE VM to see the SAN via fiber not FCoE)

Reboot the whole entire goddamn ESXi host if you had to toggle passthrough.

Storage --> Adapters --> (vmhbaXX - iSCSI software adapter - online - iscsi_vmk)

Highlight that bitch and whichever is not grayed out (Configure iSCSI or Software iSCSI) click that one.

You have to enter the SAN's copper network IP as a DYNAMIC TARGET (port should be pre-populated with 3260) and when you click {ok} or {next} or whichever verbiage indicates you've completed this task and should move on to the next...

STATIC TARGETS populate with the BLOCK SHARE TARGET NAMES from the SAN :O

We all have our philosophies surrounding system administration, and mine is learning by utilizing RTFM only as a last resort. According to the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP1 Deployment Guide:

The boot manager GRUB 2, used to boot machines with a traditional BIOS, does not support UEFI, therefore GRUB 2 is replaced with GRUB 2 for EFI. If Secure Boot is enabled, YaST will automatically select GRUB 2 for EFI for installation.

I tried it both ways, but EFI with Secure Boot disabled seems to be the way to go.

Edit Settings --> Add Hard Disk --> New Raw Disk --> (compare hostname UUID mapping from FreeNAS)

Boot VM from attached optical media and it should jump right into Installation and know right where to install :)

WHEN YOU ADD ANOTHER PATH TO AN EXISTING ESXi:

Storage --> Adapters --> Rescan
Storage --> Devices --> Rescan
Storage --> Devices --> Refresh

Should populate with the new LUN IF THE LUN ON THE SAN SIDE has a unique LUN_ID.
TRON

12-Days of Unix


Wow let's see, Thursday I spent all day building, populating, and learning how to use the new Registration Management Tool (RMT) the SLES15 replacement for their Subscription Management Tool (SMT), which I had planned on building one day, but necessity as they say is indeed the mother of invention; I couldn't move forward with out it.

I'd had some weird unix-troubleshooting dream that morning, awaking with a start and suddenly knowing how to install virtual machines directly from the SAN. Alexa informed my groggy ass it was three-hours earlier than I usually get up, so I shrugged on some shorts, grabbed a cup of coffee and starting working straightaway. As it turned out, that was the easy part.

Its not like you can google, "How come an ESXi SLES15 vm can install over FC-SAN but can't boot from it?" which was my day all day Friday. Well, actually you can ask but the answers are usually far too granular, far too vague, or some 12-year old thinks you're talking about double-clicking a Windows icon. As I had to work production maintenance this evening, I played around with it on and off some more. Admittedly, I know very little about fiber channel, very little about storage attached networks, and very little about hypervisor interactions with host bus adapters (and SLES15 seems just different enough from SLES12 to complicate these matter), so its not like I was expecting to get it right the first time. Or the second, for that matter.

In the midst of all this I'm still teaching my wife unix, I've picked up another student of sorts, and have worked something like 12-days straight, 70-hours this week alone. And I haven't been able to play Dungeon Siege in two days :(