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Do you have 7 Days To Die?

Several years ago a colleague at work who is a PC gamer started mentioning a new game he was playing. Knowing my affinity for zombies, he thought it was something that I would be interested in. He knew my OCD riddled brain loved Minecraft and its addictive nature and my zombie obsession matched the theme and play-style of the game and began to tell me of his humorous feats of PVP. He had countless stories of his boobie-trap massacres and skyline levels of player kills. Well let me rephrase that to “Revenge induced player suicides in attempt to track him down, invade his bases, and kill his face, kills.” I really liked the sound of the game but was stalled by two important issues. One being it was in Alpha and most servers you would play on were regularly upgraded and reset to keep up with the new bug fixes and releases. The other was the poor Mac/Linux version support. Although the engine the game was built on was multi-platform and Steam (who distributes the game) is the core reason we have more Linux based games today, he said their versions were generally more buggy and slower to update. I understood of course considering all of the modern gaming on PC’s has always been on PC’s. I decided to wait mostly because, at the time, I was only really using Mac and Linux at home. A year later, much of the same continued both in his humorous adventures as well as the lesser support for Linux/Mac. Finally in the Fall of 2016, due to some life changes, time availability, and the need for distractions, I had a GameFly account again for a few months and noticed there was a console version! Since I could “try before you buy” in this

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Yet Another New Start

I can’t recall how many times I’ve “restarted” this blog after a long hiatus. I’ve come and gone over the years as my life allowed or I had the desire to write or contribute different categorical things. Well, I have made a lot of life changes over the last year or more and I’m thinking I may jump back into this arena as I have time. Don’t get me wrong, just because I’ve made changes and I feel more relaxed with life itself, I actually seem to have less time than ever. As a message to any of you who were like my former self that think you do not have any time to do anything because you’re busy… Yeah, A lot of times, you’re not as busy as you think. I never seemed to find time for pleasure or relaxation however, now I know that my life had it infused all over the place. Just because you don’t have huge blocks of time bundled together to do what you want or not do anything, does not mean you don’t have time. A lot of times, like in my case it comes down to time management. That is something I’ve never been quite disciplined at but something over the last year I’m becoming more and more disciplined at. I have so much less time these days both at work and at home that I look back and just shake my head. I’m still happy and a lot of times, busy is good for me, but I just want to smack the spit out of my former self for being so lazy and bad with time management. 😉 See you soon! Jason

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How To Piss Off Women Not Really Paying Attention!

No this episode is NOT designed to piss off women but it will still happen. It will happen because people will listen to this episode without paying attention to what I am truly saying. Want a hint? It’s about women’s equality and how they are not truly equal and what it will take to make it that way. You can’t demand equality while still requesting special privileges. Thats now how equality works. Equality is EQUAL. Either you want to be equal or you don’t. I’m not talking just about women in that aforementioned statement but for the sake of this post, I will be.   Men’s pro tennis players play five sets. Women play three (a holdover from 1902, when the US Lawn Tennis Association cut women’s play, fearing over-exertion). A 12-year-old girl who enters a local tournament sanctioned by US Kids Golf plays just nine holes; a boy her age in the same tournament plays 18 – regardless of their relative skill or experience. Rule differences in sports? Lacrosse: Men have to wear heavy gloves, women can choose to wear thinner gloves for a better grip. Men allow 10 players on the field at a time, Women allow 12. (wtf?) Basketball: Women: Smaller basketball, No time limit for crossing half court, 3 point line is closer Football: HAHA I would love to see women play football. Thats not sarcastic, I believe they could do it however, I would have no interest if they couldn’t physically engage the other player which kind of ruins women’s LAX. Let them hit, be hit, and enjoy it just as much as a man. I’m not sure a lot of sports I’d allow cross gender playing because of size differences of male athletes vs. female athlete’s but I think there are a few that could allow it easily

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The Militarization of Our Local Police

I’m a supporter of our military AND our police however, I still will call a turd a turd. We have a big problem right now where military surplus is handing down loads and loads of gear, equipment and vehicles to our local police departments and it’s starting to become a problem. A map of bother paramilitary raids: http://www.cato.org/raidmap http://store.cato.org/reports/overkill-rise-paramilitary-police-raids-america Tactics and Toys: The Dangerous Militarization of Local Police: http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/08/14/9-ways-police-military I don’t want to spend the entire time beating up police officers, and be sure, if you listen that I am doing far from that. Officers are humans too, and they as persons are not the problem, they are working with what they are given. Bad situations, super gear, and situations that they could assume could become hairy at any time.   **UPDATE** It appears there are problems that even the police departments and sheriff offices are finding out for themselves. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/28/police-saddled-with-unwanted-equipment-amid-milita/?page=1    

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Stupid Government Spending is Costing YOU. Taxes Pt. 1

We all have our own beliefs regarding taxes. Some hate all of them, some ignore all of them, and some consider some relevant and others an over reach in order to cover irresponsibility regarding spending. The things we hear about all of the time is ‘Our soldiers need supplies’ or ‘Our senior citizens need food because Social Security isn’t covering them.’ ‘… and we need to increase the taxes.’ What we don’t hear about is the abuse of spending that goes on that render’s the government its inability to cover its important expenses. And thats what today’s post is about. Government Spending and the things you don’t know about. In 2013: (CNSNews.com) – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.” Now why is that relevant and why is my money being used for this? Are lesbians any more or less biologically human as the next man or woman? I mean if there’s a gay gene then are we saying it’s what makes you fat? Ok, let someone with shit loads of money and a high level of curiosity figure it out. Do NOT use public tax funds to research segregated topics. I mean, are not random straight men and women fat or obese? why are they classifying them? I’ve known obese gay men just as I’ve known skinny lesbian women. This is preposterous and NOT the US governments responsibilities.. yet this type of shit happens behind the scenes all of the time. Lobbying and back room deals throwing our money away faster than we can give it to them. Taxes should be collected to provide the constitutional duties delegated to the appropriate level

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State Smoking Ban and Legalizing Weed Tidbits

For the first ‘real’ podcast with yours truly I think I’ll start out with something like this… Although it’s kind of a ‘too’ late situation here in NC as it is in other parts of the country, the conversation recently arose about the restaurant/bar smoking ban that was enacted here several years ago. I was quite vocal and involved with the process at the time including contacting the appropriate politicians voting on the topic. It is a RIDICULOUS notion that a private business owner be forced to not allow a ‘legal’ substance in his own establishment. It is NOT big brother’s choice so long as the substance isn’t illegal. I’ll also say this, I was already non smoker at the time. I fully believe in the Capitalistic approach. You as a proprietor should be able to choose to allow smoking and alienate non smokers or ban smoking and alienate smokers. You sunk the money into it and you should be able to choose your own fate. In most industries… all industries… money talks. You choose. The government has NO legal right to do this yet, they have. Argue with me? Bring it. Lets touch on a few of the arguments? 1) “What about the employees who ‘HAVE’ to go there?” – Well guess what? They don’t! Last I checked this wasn’t a communistic society where your jobs were chosen for you and you were forced to work one place without option. 2) “The short divider walls that separate the smoking and non smoking sections don’t work” – Well, I completely agree. Having a knee wall dividing the smoking and non smoking sections of a restaurant is like having a peeing and no peeing sections of the local pool. However, back to the opening statements. You don’t HAVE to go there.

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Holy Terror Balls Batman… (Bazz) Week 2

So, although Bazz is coming along great with regard to biting in general he still has his moments. It’s been almost two weeks and if he’s bored, which he gets bored after about 10 seconds with any toy, he comes at you chomping. I personally love waking him up from his naps for his walks because for about 2 minutes he is the sweetest boy on earth. All lovey dovey and kissy faced. Get it while you can because momentarily his full throttle will kick in and it’s his turn to take you down to chomper town. Even with all of this, he’s coming along. With ‘he’s coming along’ being said, the little shit was in a mood Tuesday. There was nothing that could be done to console him. He was terror on paw pads. No toy would satiate him. He wanted flesh and/or clothing. Anything he could reach. He would not listen. He would not behave. He would not do anything but chomp and shred at anything that could piss off an adult. This was officially the first time I felt hopeless in rescuing this sweet baby boy. I believe his problem was his stomach was upset and although while he looked like he was playfully lashing out, in all reality I think he just didnt feel well and did not know how to express it. I needed to actually step away for a few minutes becuase I was at the point of lashing out myself. Wednesday morning was rough but not as bad and by Wednesday night, he was back to normal for the most part. Poor guy. He’s picked up this habit when he’s feeling feisty for attention in which he follows behind you and jumps and bites at your ass…. This is one thing I WILL

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Week one with Sebastian. (Bazz)

So, the first thing we found out about Sebastian, our new 11 week old bully is…. the bastard bites… A LOT! I mean, yes he’s a puppy and I’ve been around plenty of puppies but damn! We couldn’t pet him because his way of loving back was BITE BITE BITE! Those little razor sharp shark puppy teeth and bully jaws… OMG, this is going to be an adventure but before I get too far ahead of myself…. Our friend told us that we could use our carrier for a bit as a crate until we had time to purchase one. We put him in it for the night on day one. Ahem, night one. Nope, this isn’t going to work. It was tighter than a horse in a transfer trailer… poor guy. He dealt with it on night one but the next day we got him one. We made sure we got one that would be sufficient when he’s grown to full size but has an adjustable partition wall to keep him in a smaller area for now. While crate training any puppy you do not want to give them too much room. Dogs that are training need to feel that they do NOT want to relieve themselves in their own home. If you give them too much room, they will feel that the other end of the crate is sufficient for a bathroom and WILL take advantage of it instead of holding it for when you walk them next. Now back to Sebastian and his wicked ways… The little turd burglar wouldn’t let us pet him without feeling his love through his razor-like mouth. Although he picked up ‘sit’ immediately, the only time we could reward him with a pat or rub was if he was eating his treat

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RHCSA

Recently my company sent me to the RH124 class for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. For the most part it was a ‘yawner’ because it was 1) GUI driven and I’ve avoided Linux GUI for so long (mainly because when I first started working with Linux GUI was all but useless) and 2) it was 90% based on things I already knew. I needed to take it as a prereq for RH135 so I took advantage of it either way. The class was hosted at Red Hat headquarters in Raleigh which definately was like a sort of ‘Holy Grail’ location for me. (Also a side note to avoiding the GUI is that most of the time as a SA, you will be in a remote shell window and not confronted with a GUI. Most Admins turn GUI off to save resources [Microsoft is just now catching on to this concept with Windows 2008 Server] and also if the GUI goes kaput… you can still do your job and work around it until you can get it back online.) Flash forward to present and I find myself attending the RH135 class. This is the class of commandline driven System Administration of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and a lot more advanced than the prereq class. With 135 there is an included exam for RHCSA certification which was my goal the entire time. The exam is on Friday and I’m hoping to do well. 🙂 My predecessor at work was our #1 Linux guy after he was sent off to obtain certification when we began using RHEL for one of our applications that he was primary support for. Since he has now left the organization and I’ve been handed his system/s, I’ve had to rely on my years of Linux (self taught) knowledge

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so… I’m Back With A Brand New Plan

Well, Kind of a new plan. I still have the good ole’ habit of abandoning this place because I stay too busy with all the new things I have to keep myself involved in for whatever reason at one time or another. Nevertheless (<– my most abused word lately), my latest point of interest that I’ve thrown myself into is actually beneficial in every aspect. Curious yet? I figured as much. I finally decided actually DIET. No, I’m not on ‘Jenny Craig’ or ‘Weight Watchers’ or any other shop around diet plan. I’ve collected enough common sense information and have decided to do the ‘Jason Diet’. No, this is not some new fangled, new aged crazy crash diet. This is basically a diet at it’s simplest form that most people seem to have forgotten…. <top secret> and Discipline. I do not track Carbs, Sodium, Vitamins, Fats, Trans Fats, Glucose, blah blah blah… or any other sophisticated sounding words. I track 1 thing. Waaaaaait for itttttt. Waaaaaait for ittttt. Calories. YES! Calories! <not so top secret anymore is it?> Remember those? My diet plan is simple and there are a few more parts that come into play over all to assist with the diet (which I will get to) but overall. The only thing I pay attention to day and night is my calorie intake for the day. Calories are simple. (yes yes I know there are also ‘calories from fat’) but we’re not going there just yet. The goal of this diet is pretty simple. Take in less calories in a day/week than you actually burn. Your body burns calories just to operate normally (BMR) as well as everything you do all day/night. So you basically figure what you burn in a day and take in less than that magic

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