Some new years resolutions

December 24th, 2011 at 8:40 pm by Kobaz in Uncategorized

Lets see how the last-last-last…. year’s resolutions went

Old ones revisited:

1) Read daily
Totally blew this one if you’re counting paper books. I read slashdot daily… does that count? I’ll keep this as a resolution for 2012… I do have some very cool sounding books on my shelf I should dig into.

2) Get 8+ hours of sleep daily
Did pretty good on this one.

3) No junk food at all
So far no soda in at least 5 years. I’ve had an occasional chocolate chip cookie and maybe some cake here and there. I’ve not eaten any junk food as a snack in at least two years. Two points so far.

4) Eat organic for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as often as possible.
Does kashi count? I should try being somewhat gluten free… my energy levels really tank at the office during the day sometimes. No points for this one.

5) Climb 5.11 consistently.
This one is coming along quite nicely. I seriously stagnated in my climbing while living in PA. I stagnated going to Rocksport as well. Now that there’s The Edge, a fantastic rock gym near by, my climbing is improving again… climbing solid gym v5 at the moment. Some 5.11 gym leads in there. Definitely heading in a good direction. It seems a point is in order.

6) Try not to spend too much.
Did pretty good on this one. No fancy toys, no expensive power tools. Point!

7) Buy a house.
It’s in the works… we’ll see how the building inspection comes through in a week. Temporary point.

8) Find a female adventure companion.
Several dates, some hikes, so far nothing serious but there is potential in the works!

5 out of 8 isn’t too bad.

New resolutions:

1) The above items for which I’ve received no points!
1a) Read Daily
1b) Organic/Freerange eating
1c) Female adventure companion!

2) Climb 5.12 consistently?
Gotta have something to shoot for

3) Practice guitar and juggle way more often
Definitely been slacking on these

4) Lots of climbing and bouldering outside
I did quite a number of climbing trips in 2011, need to fit bouldering in there too.

Merry Merry

December 24th, 2011 at 8:09 pm by Kobaz in Events

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Poor snow

March 13th, 2010 at 12:31 pm by Kobaz in Updates

There goes the snow… do do do doooo (to the tune of “There Goes the Sun”).  It’s like the weather decided to say “hey, I’m tired of winter, no more snow for you!”.  A week of rain on the prediction.  Oh well, at least we got to ski on the last good day, which was 3 days ago.  My brother and I tried out snowboarding too.  Lots of falling… much more falling then learning to ski three years ago.  I’m completely sore all over, my shoulders, back, my forearms, and all the little muscles around them.

I set up FreeBSD the other day, and I’m playing with ZFS.  It’s really really really awesome.  Whenever I get around to getting some more drives, I’m gonna convert cartman to be FreeBSD and ZFS rather than the LVM over RAID-1 that I have now.  ZFS is way more easy to manage and it has checksums of all blocks, online scrubbing, and best of all online storage expansion.  Probably by the next FreeBSD release they’ll have the deduplication support that’s in the Sun version as well.

I used FreeBSD back in the day (version 3.3 roundabouts). I was always annoyed at all the compiling that was needed to set up packages.  Upon rereading some papers on the FreeBSD way, and why they do things the way they do, I’ve come to appreciate the reasonings behind many of the design choices.  Linux has come a long way in the last 10 years but FreeBSD still has a bunch of cool stuff that Linux lacks out of the box… like jails and ZFS.  Cool stuff.

So what’s there to do on a rainy Saturday morning?  Putz with the snowblower carburetor, make chocolate chip cookies, and write some unit tests I suppose.

Small engine extravaganza

February 12th, 2010 at 11:48 am by Kobaz in Misc

It’s been snowing a boatload.  Almost three feet in a span of about a week.  The free snowblower that I just finished rebuilding the carburator on, cleaning up, and getting running… just sucked in a screw from the throttle plate.  It ran beautifully for about 5 minutes and suddenly, but mysteriously croaked.  Everything is apart now.  I took out the piston from the cylinder and sure enough, the screw did some damage.  The damage seems to be localized to the piston.  The walls of the cylinder are seemingly perfect, but there’s a hole in the sidewall of the piston, and a gouge running up the entire side.  No wonder it has low compression.

/me orders some parts.


August 9th, 2008 at 6:08 pm by Kobaz in Updates

It’s been a bit of a while since I wrote last.  I figured I should write something.  The job is going well.  I’m always really busy.  I try and not stay at the office too long, but it hardly ever works out that way.

I’ve had this window open in my browser with the above paragraph for about two weeks now.  About once a week I go on a tab closing mission and axe out tabs that I’m done with.  So I came up to this tab and figured I might as well finish and post this entry.

Recent dates…  History Girl:  Met online.  I took her to the gym on a weekend.  She’s really into historical stuff and over chinese food we talked about how awesome the Tudors is.  I think we’re fairly compatible, but there’s just no chemistry.  Spunky Girl:  We met online.  She found me actually  We met up at the Troy farmers market after work.  She gave me some peaches and we talked about some random things.  I did a hike in the Adirondacks with her and a bunch of her friends and my friends.  During the hike I got the feeling we were in friend mode rather than date mode.  Later that week, friend mode was confirmed.  Doh.
Upcoming dates:  Teacher Girl, Pilot Girl, and possibly RPI girl.

The job is getting a little nutty.  Only myself, my brother, and our north east sales guy understand what needs to be done with the company direction.  The president has these great ideas for nifty projects, but that’s all they are.  We wind up working on productizing these pet projects rather than working on our core system.  He wants us to spend time on things we’re not going to make money on.  We have our main products that are half completed and are slated to be installed at customer sites, but yet the vp of sales and the president want pure sillyness.  The only way we can get anything done that needs to get done is to just ignore their requests.

What tends to happen is… 1) “great” idea emerges. 2) writing a “demo” is proposed.  3) everyone (except me and my brother) then want the “demo” to have all the features of a full-fledged product.  4) we work hours and hours on the “demo” 5) we miss deadlines on *very* important projects 6) customers get pissed off.

This is no way to run a business. The next phase is to basically say “sorry, but this demo is all we’re going to have time for”.  “We *can* work on the demo more, but then *you* will have to explain to the customer why we missed their deadline”.  I think that should shake some cages.

Random Musings

January 26th, 2008 at 6:31 pm by Kobaz in Activities

Today was part one of the wilderness first aid certification.  We started at 9am, had a break for lunch, and ended at 5pm.  The next part is tomorrow and it’s just as long.  We did some really cool stuff.  Even after only a few hours, I feel like if someone on a trip in my group got hurt, I could really make a difference.  Good stuff…  When we move to Colorado, I’ll probably go for wilderness first responder and wilderness medical technician and do some part time s&r.

Work is nuts as usual.  I’m making time to go to the gym and play racketball again.  Monday and Friday for the gym, Tuesday and Thursday for racketball, wednesday for bouldering at the rpi gym,and then the juggling club after that.  Full schedule again.  It’s no wonder I have no social life.

All’s well that ends well, off to get some dinner.

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December 30th, 2007 at 10:38 pm by Kobaz in Personal

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New Years Resolutions

December 19th, 2007 at 12:08 am by Kobaz in Misc

I didn’t have any last year.  Or the year before that.  I don’t think I’ve made any in a while actually.  I think I’ll try out this New Years resolution thing.

So here goes the plan in no particular order:

1) Read daily

I am so behind in everything it’s not even funny.  I have a free subscription to Backpacker and Outside.  I read a few pages a week, it’s pathetic.  I also pay for a subscription to Alpinist, I’m behind about 10 issues now.  I need to get crackin.

2) Get 8+ hours of sleep daily

I really try to get to sleep early, but it doesn’t always work. If I have a solid goal, a personal rule for it, then I’ll actually be able to get some decent sleep on a consistent basis.

3) No junk food at all

My brother made it this whole year so far, I figure I might as well start doing that too.  I’ve been actually really good about eating good stuff the past few years.  Although I do have a piece of cake or a cookie or two on occasion.  Sure they are tasty, but the tastyness is just temporary, and there’s healthier stuff that’s quite tasty too.

4) Eat organic for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as often as possible.

It’s just so terrible that even the pretty healthy stuff in the regular food isles has crap like our favorite High Fructose Corn Syrup.  I’m going to make an honest effort to get some tasty organic stuff to chow down on next year.

5) Climb 5.11 consistantly.

This one is going to be a tough one.  As more and more things are revving up at the job, I’m having less and less free time. Hopefully I can continue to code like a monkey and automate a lot of the stuff that takes up my time.

6) Try not to spend too much.

This has been a goal since I’ve been back home off the trail.  So far it’s worked out realy well and I’ve been saving a bunch.  Christmas and winter is a bit tough though and I couldn’t quite keep the spending low for this month.  I got myself skiis, and a down jacket, and new boots.  And since my job is all about phone systems, I couldn’t resist getting 3 new voip phones for playing around at home.

7) Buy a house.

My brother and I have been talking about getting into real estate for a long time now.  We’ve been doing tons of research, learning a whole lot and getting rather interested in finally putting our skills to the test.  Sometime around spring/early summer will probably be the time we start the process.  This goal pretty much goes hand in hand with the previous,  The more we save, the easier it will be to get the whole house thing going.

8) Find a female adventure companion.

This is always an item on the burner, but… if you make it a formal goal it’s more likely to happen.

Winter Fun

December 17th, 2007 at 1:58 am by Kobaz in Activities

The snow commeth.

Two weekends ago was supposed to be our Mount Marcy extravaganza, I got sick on Wednesday the 5th and didn’t recover until the following Monday.  The trip was off.  A friend of mine told me about a movie that was playing at the Palace Theater in Albany.  It was a Warren Miller movie about extreme skiing.  The ticket price of 22 bucks included 6 free lift tickets to local ski resorts, not bad.

I went skiing for the first time this last weekend at Jimminey Peak in Mass. My brother, myself, a friend, and his friend came along.  We had all went to the movie the week before and got our free lift tickets, schweet.  Mike (he works on the same floor as me and my brother), took us to the newbie slope.  He concluded that we could skip the bunny slope since we were doing fine on the slightly larger one that was next to it.  We did that a few times and then headed over to the novice run.  We did that a bunch of times and then mike convinced us to go to the top of the mountain and do an intermediate.  That wasn’t too bad, only wiped out like 10 times, but we made it.  I went again to the top but my brother stayed at the bottom since he was getting a bit beat up and sore.  I didn’t wipe out as much, and I’m slowly getting a little better.  Skiing is really addicting, I’m itching to go again and make good use out of our free tickets.

We got a snow blower finally, it made the task of shoveling snow out of the driveway much quicker and easier (duh).  It was really surprising how much quicker.  The foot and a half or so that dumped on us was quickly cleared out in about an hour and a half as opposed to the usual three hours plus or minus that it would usually take us.

It’s almost Christmas and it makes me want to be in a relationship.  It’s just so nice to have someone to share it with.  Winter brings on those cravings for some cuddling in front of a fireplace, but alas.  I started talking to a girl who seemed to be Cindi’s twin I swear. First year English teacher, vegan, outdoorsy, likes celtic and folk, and all that.  It seemed to be going good and then she stopped talking to me.  Recently there was the mountaineer, ice climbing, rock climbing, super adventurous girl who seemed like the perfect match.  She also no longer talks to me either.  I don’t get it.  Why does it seem like they just drop off the face of the earth when everything starts to go so well.  I find myself missing Cindi.  Hopefully she’ll have some time over winter break to hang out for a day.

Work is going insane.  We have so many pending deals it’s crazy.  We have been going at an incredible rate for the last few months, and this last week we just picked it up a notch.  Once the deals go through we can hire someone new to take some load off.  I’m not sure if we will be able to handle all the new stuff otherwise.

Pebble Wrestling

October 14th, 2007 at 9:27 pm by Kobaz in Misc, Uncategorized

Saturday the 13th, the Halloween climbing competition at Electric City. Originally the plan for this weekend was to go to the Catskills place and do what we could before it started getting cold and time to close things up. During a visit to the gym the week before last week I noticed an ad for the comp. Looks like we’ll have to change the plans… we can’t possibly miss a climbing comp!

I was only climbing a few times since coming back from visiting Cindi. I felt pretty rested up. It’s always good to taper off before something like this so that you’re back up to full stamina (or pretty close). I climbed once during the first week of October, found out about the comp, and then didn’t climb any last week. Should be a good enough break.

I remembered the time wrong and got there way early. We got there at 4:00, and it started at 5:30 (whoops). It worked out though, since I had some time to run a power line for the computer I built for Andy. Me and my brother played jumpnbump (very fun game involving two battle bunnies) until everything was ready to start. About 100 people showed up. I saw Ben, so I went over to say hi. Ben’s been climbing since March and is pretty solid at 5.11 in the gym. Nutty. He has the strength and power, I have my technique and endurance. We’ll see which set wins.

This was actually a climbing as well as bouldering competition. Most tend to be just bouldering. So this makes it interesting. I warmed up just by climbing on random stuff on the back traverse and after a few runs I did my first route, 120 points, probably a V1. I never start at my level at a comp, a warmup is a must. I’ve seen quite a number of other people in the past just hop on the high scoring routes right away and burn themselves out. I worked my way up to some 300′s that felt V2ish and then noticed this 410 pointer that looked doable. Usually 400 is where it starts getting pretty rough. I onsited it after watching some people try and fall off. That’s one of the main strategies for me, gain as much info as you can to put the odds in your favor. On average you get about 30 more points if you get the route on your first go versus after a number of attempts. I hopped on the 410 and it didn’t seem too bad. I finished it nicely. Woohoo.

The rules for the day were stated that your top 5 routes count (which is pretty standard), and you must select 3 bouldering routes and 2 ropes, or 2 bouldering routes and 3 ropes. I needed another high scoring bouldering problem, so I walked over to the 60 degree wall to see what everyone was falling off of. People were working this route that looked kinda tough but doable… I studied the movements… I started up and got half way and got into a weird body position and couldn’t continue. I thought about what I should have done, got back up on the route and finished it! A nice 400 point route for the list. Now to head for the wall.

On average you get 20 more points for leading routes on the wall. I looked at this 300 pointer lead route and decided to give it a go. It felt 5.9ish, not too bad. On the right side of the wall I watched a guy attempt and fall off a route. After studying the holds I went to lead up it. I finished the route in nice style, a 375 point route for the card, nice. I eyeballed the next route I wanted to lead, a pink route for 430 that looked about 5.10ish up the middle. I went for it. The beginning and middle weren’t too bad, but at the top was a nasty sloper that spit me off. Rest time.

My brother pointed out a route in the left corner that was 310. I needed more wall routes for my score card so I did that one. It was really awkward and reachy but I got it done. So now I had 400, 410, 375, 310. I need either another high scoring wall route, or another high scoring boulder route to finish it up. I looked and looked for another wall route to do, I settled on a 350 in the middle. I got about 15 feet up and buttered off. On my second attempt I got about 20 feet up and buttered off. Rest time.

I gave the pink route another go. I got to the SAME spot with that nasty sloper and couldn’t make it. Time is running out, we have 30 minutes left and I need another route. I headed off to the bouldering room and checked out this sloper funfest that was 350. I gave it a go and fell off. Oh well, so much for the onsite bonus, now I can only get 330. I tried it a few more times… each time I got a little further. Man I’m tired. I sat down, drank some water and watched my brother climb.

I gave it a few more go’s. Twice I made it to the end and couldn’t stick the last hold. Andy walked by and I asked him if there was a hold missing tape towards the end. He looked and said, you know, this little thing here should be in. Noooooooooooooooooooo. All that effort to JUMP for the last hold and hold on, when I could have used the foot chip to balance over. Andy said that the missing hold was out the whole time and so it would be unfair to use it now. I tried the route again. And he said, you know, with both hands on the last hold, I’ll count that. Yes! 330 points. 1825 total, not too bad. Now to see what other people had.

The guy who won intermediate last year had 2300, dang, so much for first. Ben had 1940. If only I had gotten that pink route Aughh, now I might not even place at all.

Since people enter which ever category they feel they most likely belong, many people wind up in categories too low for them, and so the people who run the competition will bump people up to the next category if their score is too high. Everyone with more than 2000 got bumped to advanced. So that put Ben in first, myself in second, and my brother tied for fifth. Ben won a bouldering pad, I got some nice techware clothing, and my brother got a travel cooler pouch filled with organic energy bars, not bad for fifth. Ben deserves it, he works hard, he has the heart too. I already have a bouldering pad and I was thinking of getting a new under armor shirt anyway, so this works out great!

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