Transformers star in handcuffs

Transformers star escorted out in handcuffs

What is the go with this guy? A few years ago, Shia LaBeouf has Hollywood at his feet, having just starred in a couple of the Transformers movies, and looked to be really becoming the go-to actor for the young yet mature, innocent yet strong male roles. And then Shia kicks in “I’m a Diva!” mode, pulling out of stage roles and going on a social media rampage saying he was ‘retiring from public life because of attacks against his artistic integrity‘. And then he follows it up with what appears to be another diva-esque performance at a performance of CABARET in New York, and has to be escorted out of the theatre by handcuffs by the New York Police Department.

Seriously Shia, take a page out of the Transformers script, and transform yourself out of the Diva, and back into a real person. Lose the victim mentality about your “artistic integrity“, and maybe take the view that your fame and notoriety could be used for something other than making you look and sound like a little brat. Get your eyes off yourself, and have a look around at the world around you. Pick a cause, and add your weight to it, and maybe.. just maybe.. you’ll regain some credibility in the eyes of others.

Reference: Broadway World – Breaking News Shia LaBeouf Escorted Out of CABARET in Handcuffs 

 

Beauty and the Beast – three weeks to go

Packemin Productions Beauty and the Beast - Rouse Hill TimesA few months ago I posted that I had been accepted into the Ensemble cast for the Packemin Productions “Beauty and the Beast”. Since the beginning of March, each week has consisted of rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday (with the occasional cancellation due to scheduling conflicts and the like). After meeting so many new people, learning lines and choreography, it’s a little startling to find that the production is just over three weeks away to opening night.

Being involved in a professional production has opened my eyes to a lot of things. Ways to improve rehearsals and retention/practice of songs and choreography, promotions and the mechanics of getting ticket sales, the differences between “building and creating a show” as opposed to crafting and tweaking an “existing show”. As you can see from the thumbnail image, I was invited to be part of the promotional shots for the Rouse Hill area, with the article appearing in the Rouse Hill Times on the 4th June, and even that process was an interesting insight into how all of that “front of stage” process works as well.

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Be a better SysAdmin – know your applications

how to be a better sysadmin

It is a source of constant amazement to me that most SysAdmins (shorthand for System Administrators) have so little understanding of the applications running on their iron, apart from a passing “that’s the mail server”. Knowing exactly what your server is doing in normal operation makes it easier to troubleshoot when things aren’t “normal”.

Baselining

Everyone hates documenting system builds. It’s as much a truism as “the sky is blue”, “politicians always lie” and “whatever can go wrong will go wrong in the most spectacular way at the most inopportune moment”. Something as simple as a capture of what a server is doing just prior to deployment can make fire fighting much easier later on. There’s a bare minimum of information that I like to have on DropBox/Google Drive/Evernote for each server that I manage.

  • Hostnamenetstat-windows
  • DNS and LDAP/Active Directory domain names
  • DNS server
  • Authentication server (LDAP / Kerberos / Local)
  • Local administration username/password
  • Edited output of “netstat -ao” (Windows) or “netstat -ap” (Linux)
  • Edited output of “tasklist” (Windows) or “ps -ef” (Linux)

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A Day in Support – The King had a dream

IT Support Frustration

Frustration

There are certain times in my work life when I feel like I am beating my head against a wall in frustration. This is the story of one such time.

Many times, in the IT Support arena, you get to see products used in ways that defy logic. In ways that make you want to find the sales droid involved in making the sale and shake his hand for the barefaced audacity they have shown in getting that sale over the line. In ways that make you want to find the architect and slap them sideways for being ridiculous.

To be fair, I understand that sometimes these deployments are “thin edge of wedge” deployments – just get the product in the door, get it used in production, and then Sales can go back and sell more product, or expand the use of the product’s existing feature set. I get that.

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Regularly do something that scares you

Beauty and The Beast - something that scares youA few weeks ago, I did something that scares me. It was something that pushed me to make a choice to step through the barrier of fear. I auditioned for a role in a Pro-Amateur production of “Beauty and The Beast“.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela

In the two weeks between being allocated an audition time and doing the actual audition, I wish I could say that I was unwavering, wholly committed to going through with the audition. I would love to say that I didn’t suffer from self-doubt, and second-guess my every decision.

That wasn’t the case.

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MH370 – how stupid is the media

mh370 media stupidity and identity safetyIf you’ve seen any news over the weekend, you will have seen that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared off radar screens less than one hour after takeoff. The Internet has been awash with conspiracy theories about the causes; terrorist bombing, the new Bermuda triangle, spontaneous decompression, the long-term results of a ground-based collision two years ago.

The investigation and search process is still under-way, and the focus now is that at least two people boarded MH370 using stolen passports. Click through to this news piece, and fast forward in to 26 seconds of the video clip; better still click on the image to the right. How much more information do you need to forge a passport? How many times does this guy’s name need to show up in Interpol’s database of “Lost and Stolen Travel Documents” before he ends up on the “Do Not Fly With This Guy” ™ list?

Identity theft is a very real issue is this day and age. And our news outlets spruik about the dangers of identity theft on one hand, and then openly publicize private data on the other. I love consistency.. and that ain’t it.

 

Use OpenDNS to reduce malware and virus infection

Use OpenDNS to reduce malware and virus infections

I have been a long-time user of OpenDNS for my home network, and have recommend it to my friends and family. The “Home Parental Controls” allows me to easily add another layer of protection to my home network, not only to setup content filtering but also to reduce the likelihood of malware and virus infections. I must say, right up front that I have no affiliation, financial or otherwise, with OpenDNS other than a satisfied user. Your mileage may vary.

OpenDNS is just one of the tools that I use to enforce a `perimeter’ around my home network. It is just one of the many layers that I have setup to defend my network. OpenDNS is so easy to setup that I personally think it is bordering on negligent if you don’t use it.

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Search your bookmarks better

personal search engine and search your bookmarksAs we journey through the Internet, it’s easy to accumulate a massive collection of bookmarked sites that, at one time or another, were pages that were useful, informational, funny or educational. The difficulty with bookmarks is that you can only search the title of the page. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could search your bookmarks, from your own curated cache of sites? Wouldn’t it be great to have your own ‘Personal Search Engine’?

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