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TEC 2009 Wook Lee Memorial Challenge

Posted by BPuhl on April 9, 2009

At The Experts Conference in Las Vegas this year, Stuart threw out the challenge to the DS MVP’s to come up with their list of changes they would like to see in Active Directory, but put it to the tune of an Elvis song.  After a midnight (mildly inebriated) recording session, and some fancy editing by the Quest Software production staff, here’s the result!

 

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Microsoft Tag

Posted by BPuhl on March 27, 2009

This looks pretty cool!

http://www.microsoft.com/tag/

 

Here’s the tag I created, which would bring you back to my blog if you scanned it with a tag reader app on your phone…

blog_tag

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Funny Paperclip

Posted by BPuhl on March 26, 2009

From:  http://www.joethepeacock.com/2009/03/aww-cute-paperclip-is-bone-wait-wtf.php

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Cam-3-725559

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AD T-Shirt Idea

Posted by BPuhl on March 26, 2009

A couple of months ago, I was talking with one of our MIIS/ILM engineers about all of the thrash that we go through to support Exchange in our multi-forest environment.  This quickly degenerated down to some of the ridiculous things that we’ve seen various “domainPreps” and “forestPreps” do over the years, when he comes out with a quote that I thought was just too good not to have on a T-Shirt. 

 

t-front t-back

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Law of Cosines in Life

Posted by BPuhl on March 3, 2009

I’m a pilot.  I’m fascinated by airplanes, helicopters, gliders, blimps, and anything else that flies.  When I’m not actually flying (which is too often), then I’m reading books or magazines about it.  It’s fun, and it’s my distraction from everything else.  In fact, I should be working on something else at this very moment, but flying is more interesting…and blogging is more interesting…and it’s 3am anyway, so what the heck right?

I remember reading an article in a magazine a few years ago, that I’ll credit it to Barry Schiff in AOPA Pilot magazine, though I’m not 100% sure that’s accurate.  The article was about the law of cosines (oh yeah, did I mention that I like math almost as much as flying?), and how when it comes to planning a flight, the best distance between 2 points may not be a straight line.

For example:

Let’s take someone who wants to fly from point A to point B.  Pilots know that it’s generally safer to have someplace to land at all times during the flight (just in case).  So it may be “better” to fly straight, how much would it cost to take a minor detour in your course to fly near an alternate airport?  Graphically, it would look something like this:

flightpath

The question he posed is, just how inefficient is it to take a detour? Even without doing any math, it’s pretty easy draw a couple of things from the picture:
     1)  If the angle that you deviate from the straight line course is little, then the distances shouldn’t be much
     2)  If the angle that you deviate from the straight line course is large, then the total distance you fly will be larger

(everybody say “duh” now) :)

Just for examples though, let’s look at some real numbers.  Let’s take this typical small plane flight distance of 300 miles at an average speed of 120mph.  And let’s figure out just how much further you’d have to go, and how long it would take, if you flew out at 10, 15, 20, and 30 degrees off course.  We’ll also do the baseline, of 0 degrees, or going straight from A to B.

Angle From Straight Total Distance (miles) Total Time (min) % Increase
0 300 150 0%
10 305 152 2%
15 311 155 4%
20 319 160 6%
30 346 173 15%
 
Huh…  not nearly as big as what you might have thought?

For those that are really curious, remember that Cosine is the adjacent side (in this case 150 miles), divided by hypotenuse (which we want to find).  Since we’re simplifying things by having the two halves be equal, we can just use:  300 / Cos(a) to get the total distance flown.  Take the total distance flown, divided by 120 mph, to get the total hours (times 60 for minutes).

 
Well holy cow!  That was sure a lot of work to get to a point which doesn’t actually involve either math, or flying.
 
What I realized, and try to occasionally remind myself, is that there are times in life when you have a goal, and you can see the straight path to get where you want to be.  And then, “life happens”…  Or as some people may describe, you have to “take an unexpected detour”.  These unexpected detours can seem frustrating, and make you feel like you’re completely “off track”, or “spinning your wheels”, or generally way off course from where you want to be going.
 
When that happens, I try to stop and remember…  that just because you’re off track…even if you’re off track by what seems like a huge amount (30 degrees is a huge course change!) – It doesn’t necessarily cause a huge change in how far you need to go to achieve your goals (or in our pilots case, how long it takes to get there)
 
One last random note:  When you’re at the furthest distance “off course”, just before you get to turn back towards your goals…  If this were the plane that took a detour of 30 degrees (the max), how far away from his straight line path would he get (the distance from the peak of the triangle back down to the straight line course)?  86 miles!  When you look at it that way, he’s nearly 90 miles “off course” when he only should have gone 150 miles total.  That’s one heck of a detour, but when he turns back towards his objective, by the time he gets there it only added about 15%… 
 
Maybe those detours in life aren’t that bad after all?

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3-D as an Afterthought

Posted by BPuhl on February 22, 2009

So it’s really tough to find something that can be moderately entertaining to a 16 year old, appropriate for the 4 year old, and not bore the snot out of the adults.  So far the options have pretty much limited themselves to bowling, or Pixar movies. 

Took a chance this afternoon, and we all loaded up to go see Coraline in 2-D.  This isn’t really a movie review, because seriously – Coraline?  But hey, it had a chance.

What is interesting though, is the current rash of 3-D movies that are coming out again.  In this case, we had the option of seeing “Coraline in 3D”, or just regular 2D.  Well, we thought we had the option but the 3D version started 10 minutes ago, and the 2D version started in half an hour, so 2D it was.

Sitting there though, it was obvious that this wasn’t a movie that was built around 3D.  Instead, it was a 2D movie with a couple of gratuitous scenes where they very obviously (even in 2D) drew in extra bits and pieces that would pop out of the screen in the 3D version.

I guess I’m just used to 3D in the “intentional” kind of way.  Usually when it’s been a trip to Disneyland, or someplace similar – starting way back when with Captain E-O, and more recently with the Bugs Life and similar movies that were actually made to be shown 3D.

Like I said, I didn’t really have huge expectations for the movie to begin with.  But it’s annoying when it’s so ridiculously obvious that they made the movie, and then after the fact, the marketing department told the artists to go back in and add some bugs popping out so they could market it in multiple dimensions.

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Ghetto Turtles

Posted by BPuhl on February 21, 2009

It’s the “turtles” candy snack thing-ey’s, but ghetto style. 

Ingredients:
- Bag of pretzels
- Bag of Rolo’s candy
- Small bag of Pecan halves

 

Pre-heat the oven to 350
Line a cookie sheet with wax paper
Lay out individual pretzels with a little bit of space between them
Place one Rolo on top of each pretzel

Place the cookie sheet in the oven for 2-3 minutes, until the Rolo’s start to melt

Remove from the oven, and take one pecan halve, and press it firmly into the top of the Rolo, squishing it in with your finger

Serve warm

Last night when the cookie sheet came out, I had every intention of taking a picture to post alongside this blog…  but that would have required me stepping away from the turtles to get the camera, and there was no way that anyone else was going to wait on the chocolatey, caramely, salty, crunchy, nutty goodness that had appeared before them.  So maybe next time.  :)

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Turning Heads on the Tarmac

Posted by BPuhl on February 12, 2009

Giant, bikini-clad woman lounges on Boeing 737 in-flight.  News at 11.

SWA Pilots Steve Christl and Mike Clemovitz Pose With "SI One"

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Sorry, it wasn’t THAT historic of a day

Posted by BPuhl on January 21, 2009

This morning was Barack Obama was inaugurated of the 44th president of the United States.  Congratulations, now it’s time to get to work. 

Of course, I had to laugh at what my 4-year old daughter Anika had to say when Obama stepped up to take the oath of office.  Looking completely stunned, fixated on the television, completely frozen:

“Mom!  But…Dr. Martin Luther King is supposed to be DEAD!!!”

Ooops, not bad for a 4-year old, but kind of hilarious in it’s own way.

To put this in context, you have to remember that January 18th is MLK Day in the US.  Kids usually get a day off of school, and the week before there is usually a history lesson about the civil rights leader.  In her pre-school, they taught lessons about why he was important, how he stood up on front of millions of people, and gave a speech…  so you can see where this went.

Sorry honey, it isn’t THAT historic of a day.  Just a new President.

(why is this blog-worthy?  Heck, I don’t know…it’s probably not.  But I laugh when I think about it, which is about where my internal “do I publish” bar is located)

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KWIIEE!

Posted by BPuhl on January 5, 2009

<for your own sake, you may want to stop reading now>

Way back when I was young and stupid (as opposed to now, being older and stupid), probably around 19 or 20 years old…I remember driving with some friends to go see the midnight showing of  Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival in Costa Mesa (I think).

Somewhere during the ensuing barrage of penis and barf jokes, bambi and Godzilla, and No-Neck Joe clips, was this awesome little short that was a stop action done on a typewriter that went something like “primmyteetoota urm sku mu po gif mo KWIIEEE!!!”  This little skit stuck in my mind, filed away with all of the other good lines from movies that get pulled out in the middle of conversations (which most people recognize, and the rest just knowingly nod their head to mask the confusion)…  you know, things like, “We take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure…” and “1.2.3.4?!? The kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!”

Anyway, tonight it started snowing again, and Anika and I were all excited to have are 300th snowball fight of the year (defined as she picks up snow, and throws it at daddy) when I blurted out KWIIEEE!!!  Once I got her to sleep, I started poking around on the internets and not only was able to come up with enough correct search terms to find the website (http://www.primititootaa.com), with the correct spellings, history, original poems, blah, blah, blah…  but also was able to find the video on YouTube (Seriously, is there anything that they don’t have?)

So posting it to my blog so that I will never lose it again :)

And the full text from http://www.primititootaa.com/ursonate/primititootaatext.html

FFFFFFFF  MMMMMMMM  SSSSSSSS
Bw

Fums  bowo  tazaa  Uu
Uu  zee  Tee  Wee  Bee  Fumms

rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete

rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete

rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete
rakete  rinze  kete

beeeeeeeeeeeeeeee  bo

Fo
bowo
Fummsbo
booro
Fummsbowo
boworotaa
Fummsbowotaazaa
boworotaazaaUu
FummsbowotaaZaaUu
boworotaaZaaUu             po
FummsbowotaaZaaUu    po
boworotaaZaaUu             pogiff
FummsbowotaaZaaUu    pogiff

Kwiiiee                    Kwiiiee

Dedesnn  nn  rrrrr  iiee  miff tilff  toooo
Dedesnn  nn  rrrrr
     desnn  nn  rrrrr
          nn  nn  rrrrr
                               iiee  miff  tilff  toooo
Dedesnn  nn  rrrrr  iiee  miff  tilff  toooo
Dedesnn  nn  rrrrr  iiee  miff  tilff  toooo  till
Dedesnn  nn  rrrrr  iiee  miff  tilff  toooo  tillll

Juu  Kaa?

Primiti Too Taa
Nnz  kkr  muu
pggiv  muu
Kwiiiee

Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim

Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim          Bim  Bim

Bum     Bim  Bim           Bam         Bim  Bim
Bum     Bim  Bim           Bam         Bim  Bim
Bum     Bim  Bim           Bam         Bim  Bim
Bum     Bim  Bim           Bam         Bim  Bim

Grim  Glim  Gnim         Bim Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim         Bim Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim         Bim Bim
Grim  Glim  Gnim         Bim Bim

Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Tuie  Tuie
Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Tuie  Tuie
Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Tuie  Tuie
Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Tuie  Tuie

Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Til  La  La  La
Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Til  La  La  La
Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Til  La  La  La
Ta  Ta  Ta  Ta     Til  La  La  La

Til  La  La  La     Tuie  Tuie
Til  La  La  La     Tuie  Tuie
Til  La  La  La     Tuie  Tuie
Til  La  La  La     Tuie  Tuie
Til  La  La  La     Tuie  Tuie

Tui  tui  tui  tui  tui  tui  tui  tui
tui  tui  tui  tui  tui  tui  tui  tui

Primiti  Too  Taa
Nnz  kkr  muu
Pggiv  muu

Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee            Bo

Kwiiiee.

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