Monday, December 29, 2003
of my blog.
It should all be unseen to the reader, but this will now use some
handy blosxom plugins - meta, entries_index_tagged,
strip_unix_comments, texrite, theme and better support for rss, rss10,
atom. (liferea doesn't validate m
y rss feed
which is the real impetus for this)
Thursday, December 25, 2003
Before the children descend (25 Dec 2003)
The kids at 6:45am before they attack (25 Dec 2003)
The kids are all up asleep/watching videos so I'm here ripping the
new Talking Heads' href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000DII8Q/qid=1072404920//
Once In a Lifetime [Original Recording Remastered]x boxed set
and reading Anne Rice's href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/037541200X/qid=1072405026//
Blood Canticle Excellent!
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Today is the birthday of Mithras the Sun God!
But the actual choice of December 25 for Christmas was made under the
Emperor Aurelian because this was the date of the Winter Solstice and
was the day devotees of Mithras celebrated the dies natalis solis
invicti (birthday of the invincible sun).
Mithraism, like Christianity, offers salvation to its adherents.
Mithras was born into the world to save humanity from evil. Both
figures ascended in human form, Mithras to wield the sun chariot,
Christ to Heaven. The following summarizes the aspects of Mithraism
that are also found in Christianity.
"Mithras, the sun-god, was born of a virgin in a cave on December 25,
and worshipped on Sunday, the day of the conquering sun. He was a
savior-god who rivaled Jesus in popularity. He died and was
resurrected in order to become a messenger god, an intermediary
between man and the good god of light, and the leader of the forces of
righteousness against the dark forces of the god evil."
- Pagan Origins of Christmas
The great festival of the Mithraic calendar was held on December the 25th, and
the 16th of every month was kept holy to Mithras.
Now that Wendy and I are done with our annual late night parental duties, it is
time for bed. Look for holiday pictures here later today.
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
- Historical Fund to Memorialize Roger King
- Holiday Meeting Program
- Lost: Blooming Grove Archives
- Donations: Jacob Youngblood, Revolutionary Verteran, His Ancestors and D
escendants donated by author Dale J.C. Youngblood
- Ancestor Table: Nancy Elston Schimmel
- Orange County Wills
- Bible Records: William Thompson Family Bible
- Civil War Veterans Buried in Phillipsburg Cemetery
- Obituary of Mary Ann Phillips Arnot
- Where They Went: Wayne Co, Pennsylvania
- Newbury Directory for 1858-1859
- Orange County New York Early Marriages
- Records of the Town of Wallkill, Orange County, NY
- Programming: 6 Dec 2003 Special Holiday Meeting, 3 Jan 2004 No Program, 7 F
eb 2004 Program not yet confirmed
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Thursday, December 4, 2003
I listened in via realplayer and was in IRC during href="http://archive.scripting.com/2003/12/04">Dave Winer's href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/thursdays">Thursday blogger
the IRC log if you want it
Sunday, November 30, 2003
Merrimack High School for this morning. Here are some pictures and my notes.
Howard Dean scratching his nose ;-) (30 Nov 2003)
[Notes later -- they are on my palm pilot and I have to find the cable to sync
it, long weekend, tired, blah, blah]
Edwards' appearance at the Nashua Downtown Winter Holiday Stroll. The
boys had a great time handing out candy canes from the campaign.
Sunday, November 23, 2003
This afternoon we all went to Nashua North High School to watch the
dismantling of the sand Mandala representing Compassion. After about
25 minutes of overtone chanting (beautiful and impossible to describe)
to mark the beginning of the ceremony the head monk gave some
background on Buddist beliefs, Tibetan culture and thanked everyone
involved. Then rather quickly the sand mandala which took four days
to create was swept up and then marched down the the river and
dispersed onto the water. The idea is the compassion embodied by the
art will be carried by the water to everyone who needs it in the
Thursday, November 20, 2003
This week the Buddist monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery (Tibetian
Colony in India) are visiting Nashua. We took the kids to see the
beautiful Sand Mandala they are building at the high school.
Sand Mandala by the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery at Nashua High School
North (click for larger image)
- More of
- Schedule for the Tibetian Mon
ks while in Nashua
- Drepung Gomang Monastic University website<
Contact info from the business card I picked up there:
Friends of Drepung Gomang Monastery
9503 S. Pointe Lasalle's Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401
Drepung Gomang Monastic University
P.O. Box Tibetan Colony - 581-411
Karnataka State, India
Fax 91 8385 45697
Monday, November 17, 2003
I was surfing Google News and
stumbled upon this joint NHPR/href="http://kuniradio.org/">KUNI public radio website of href="http://www.nhpr.org/blogs/penpals2004/">'penpals' which are
really just MT powered blogs.
Sunday, November 9, 2003
We just got back from the Joe Lieberman event at Daniel Webster
College (Nashua, NH).
Overall: He is looking to run a much more socially conservative path
in hopes of getting the "Reagan Republicans" back to the Democratic
party, is the pro-war alternative, playing on the religious/family
values theme. Also has the angle of 'you may not agree on everything,
but you know I do this because of what I believe not because of
polls/who contributes to me'.
Joe Lieberman in Nashua, NH (9Nov2003)
Random Notes: (hey, they are cryptic notes from the palm pilot)
I'd guess there were about 150 or so people at the event that was held
at the rather small student union on DWC. One the way in the advance
man asked us if we wanted to sit in front on the floor and by the way
sign this video release form. So far everytime we've taken all the
kids to an event like this, they want to use us for eye candy in the
front. So we were right in front of the podium and had a nice little
chat with Dick and Katrina Swett (former congressman for NH). They
have 7 children and she was pulling out her photos of children ;-)
Lieberman didn't have much in the way of a prepared talk, just a
bit on intro on how the US could do better to take care of our
veterans and how Bush isn't.
Q1) from a student in a suit and tie about the Paul Wellstone funeral
and how some say it was turned into a political rally (question was
more accusatory). Answer was along the lines that it was an unusual
night, he agreed and Paul would have too that booing the Republicans
that attended wasn't appropriate, but the Pro-Democratic cheers were
Paul's friends just wanting to keep his work going.
Q2) What are the top 3 issues you would address? Answer,
assuming domestic issues, 1) Economy, 2) Public Schools 3) Healthcare.
A 4th would be to address the international arrogance of the Bush
campaign which is responsible for why everyone hates us.
Q3) A visually impaired person asked if Lieberman would support a
requirement for matching funds to be to provide campaign info in
braille and/or audio formats. Asked his staffers to talk to the
person afterwards and will think about it.
Q4) Question from the "Save Our Syrup; Stop Global Warming" folks (href="http://cleanair-coolplanet.org">http://cleanair-coolplanet.org)
about global warming. Answer: it is a real problem and the
Republicans are always trying to say that it is unproven. Said that
in a few years those reports will end up in the wastebasket along with
those from the tobacco industry saying their product is safe. George
W. Bush is the worst environmental president in history. Enforcement
is down, ref: EPA(?) told to drop investigations on polluting power
plants. Pulling out of Kyoto talks showed that GWB is not
responsible. It goes goes against the US's basic values.
Q5) Health care: does not want a Canadian style program, but wants to
use large pool of participants of uninsured in the USA.
Q6) Mental illness? It should be covered like any other medical
Q7) Please highlight the differences between you and the other
Democratic candidates. It is healthy up to a point to talk about
differences, but the point is to put a Democrat in the White
House. Differences of course ont the war, but also in health care.
The other's health care plans are too expensive or too big. Taxes,
specifically Dean and Gephardt want to roll back all of Bush's tax
cuts, he wants to keep the taxcuts for middle income folks (up to
$200,000 which is the start of the 2% of Americans). Mentioned Dean
not accepting federal matching funds and hopes that Dean will keep
within those guide lines for the primaries.
Q8) Free trade? Lieberman says we need fair trade and the NH depends
on free trade. Need to encourage other countries to raise their work
standards. Mentioned Clinton's take on it that the USA is only 4% of
the world and we need to trade with the other 96% of the world.
Q9) Business ethics? The goverment needs to have a a roll in this.
Republicans say let the market take care of it, but goverment needs to
have a roll. Would want to have pro-investor and pro-consumer people
on company boards. ref: mutual fund scandal that was broken by the
ATGs of Massachusetts and New York, not by any insiders coming
Q10) asked a question about how to improve special education.
Lieberman asked for more information and to have a staffer follow up
with her concerns.
Q11) H1B Visas? Make the point that he wasn't against immigration,
but we should take a look at if H1B are still needed for high tech.
Mentioned some bill/ammendment he was working on related to this.
There was a question about his support of a Palestinian state as
quoted from a talk to the Arab-American group a few weeks ago. The
tone of the questioner was that she wasn't much in favor of it.
Lieberman said the US needs to be strongly involved, we are the only
country both sides trust.
Katrina Swett (ran for congress a couple years back) had a
question/comment about 'why vote for joe' -- Basically need someone
who can work the middle of the party and attract Democratic leaning
independents so he can win next year. Someone that the Republicans
can't characterize as not in keeping with the main stream social
issues, not strong on defense and eager to raise taxes. Lieberman
agreed that can't/shouldn't let the Republicans to portay as
anti-religion, anti-family values.
There were more Q & A but the kids were getting hungry and a little
restless. At the end Spencer, Griffin and Trevor wanted to shake his
Joe Lieberman in Nashua, NH (9Nov2003)
Joe Lieberman in Nashua, NH (9Nov2003)
BTW: Check out tomorrow's Nashua Telegraph and New York Times -- the
Telegraph may have some pictures of Wendy, Logan, Addy and Emma and
the Times may quote Wendy (the reporter said she looked great for
having six kids -- Wendy would kill to see that description of her in
the Times ;-)
Saturday, November 8, 2003
This morning on the way to drop off some of the kids at art lessons at
the Currier I saw a small film
crew outside a restaurant on Elm Street in Manchester. I walked down
to see what was the happening and John Kerry was meeting with a
veterns group. He was just finishing up and working the room of vets.
John Kerry in Manchester, NH (8Nov2003)
John Kerry's people said he will be speaking at a Vetern's rally
this morning at Independence(?) Park in Manchester.
On the walk back from the John Kerry event, I ran into a bunch of
Howard Dean staffers looking for a place to eat -- sent them to the
Hungarian restaurant on Elm St, not the diner Kerry was at ;-) One of
the young women was from Rochester, NY (Bloomfield actually) -- it is
funny how after all these years I can still pick up the hard R accent
The Joe Lieberman staffers were out too. He will have a Town Hall
Meeting on Sunday November 9th at 4:30pm in the Common Thread Student
Union of Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH. "Come hear about his
plans to restore progress and prosperity to the country and integrity
and fairness to the White House". For more info, call Andy at
603-889-4009 or href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com
Friday, November 7, 2003
are some pictures from this lunch time's href="http://www.johnedwards2004.com">John Edwards Town Hall Meeting
at Martha's Exchange in Nashua, NH.
John Edwards in Nashua, NH (7Nov2003)
Related blog entries:
Wednesday, November 5, 2003
It is 12:01am and I just got back from a showing of Matrix
Revolutions and wanted to rave about it. While the special
effects were outstanding the movie wasn't satisfying. There wasn't
enough explanation of why it ended the way it did and what, if
anything, was the next step.
If Matrix Reloaded is Wrath of Khan, Matrix
Revolutions is more like the one with the whales. Nice to see
everyone again with their new toys, but it doesn't give the thrill you
Tuesday, November 4, 2003
We got a flyer in the mail a few days ago from the John Edwards
campaign with all their NH stops.
- Wednesday November 5, 8:30am -- Goffstown; Breakfast at
Travers Village Restaurant, 13 Main St
- Wednesday November 5, 11:30am -- Concord, Policy Speech, NH
Technical Institute, 31 College Dr
- Wednesday, November 5, 3:25pm -- Lebanon, Workplace Town Hall
Meeting; Graphics Data Technology, 11 Lafayette St
- Wednesday November 5, 5:30pm -- Manchester, Planned Parenthood
Candidates Forum ; Holiday Inn Center of NH, 700 Elm St
- Thursday, November 6, 10:30am - Swanzey -- Town Hall Meeting ;
Monadnock Regional High School, 580 Old Homestead Highway
- Thursday November 6, 7:30pm -- Portsmouth; Town Hall Meeting ;
South Church; 292 State St
- Friday November 7, 8am -- Dover; Breakfast; Christopher David's
Restaurant; 446 Central Ave
- Friday November 7, 11:30am -- Nashua; Lunch; Martha's Exchange,
185 Main Street (Good micro-brew. Get the Scotch Ale if they have it! -marc)
- Friday November 7, 6pm -- Manchester; Town Hall Meeting ; Millyard
Museum; 255 Commercial St
- Friday November 7, 7:30pm -- Derry; Town Hall Meeting; Marion Gerrish Commu
nity Center; 39 West Broadway
- Saturday November 8, 9:30am -- Milford; Breakfast ; Milford Diner
; 63 Union Sq
- Saturday November 8, Noon -- Concord; Town Hall Meeting; Home of
Chris and Kristin Sullivan, 9 Pine St
- Saturday November 8, 1:30pm -- Salem; Town Hall Meeting; Home of
Lynne Snierson, 20 Lady Lane
- Saturday November 8, 4pm -- Meredith; Town Hall Meeting;
Inter-Lakes Elementary School; 1 Laker Ln
- Saturday November 8, 7pm -- Gorham; Keynote Address at Coos County
Democrats Truman Dinner, Town & Country Motor Inn, Route 2
(Note: Take the maps@yahoo with a grain of salt. Especially the last one.)
Friday, October 31, 2003
I was looking at internal-only benefits-related site at work today and
found this note hilarious.
The System is available 24 hours a day except during daily backups
Monday through Friday , 11pm - 11:30pm PST and during weekly backups
Sunday 3pm - 9pm PST.
So the website is available 24 hours a day except for those 5 1/2
hours a week when it isn't available.
Saturday, October 18, 2003
I dug out my old Gagashoan yearbook and here is a list of East Rochester, NY High School Graduating Class of 1982:
If you found this page by googling your name, drop me some email. I'd love to hear what you are up to. firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas R. Ahern
Linda Maria Alfieri
Gregory Scott Allen
Francis C. Argento, Jr
Laura Marie Anderson
John V. Austin, III
Inges B. Aquino
Mary R. Aquino
Varlerie Anne Bagley
Harland K. Beckwith, Jr
David C. Bellinger
Anthony C. Bingo, Jr
Theresa M. Billings
Keven K. Boden
Timothy D. Boon
Susan Linda Bourgoin
Edward G. Brezee Iii
Lena C. Cagliostro
David C. Carver
Darcy Ann Cassarino
Stephen M. Castro
Kimberly A. Conner
Rita A. Damiano
John S. D'Angelo
Mary Ann Diciantis
Carol A. Derosa
David P Dezio
Dianne D. Dianetti
Sue Ann Dimatteo
Aaron P. Estey
Susan Elizabeth Fitzsimmons
Todd P. Fitzsimmons
Hilary A. Fraser
Lisa C. Galante
Susan M. Griffith
Christine R. Hallings
Donal A. Herbst, Jr
Geoffery O. Kelly
Thomas J. Kessler
Susan M. Kitchen
John F. Kyle
Cynthia A. Lapietra
Lauri A. Lausin
Karen M. Lazio
Thomas F. Leary
Marie C Leone
David J. Mackie
Randy M. Mchenry
Stacy A. Mcphee
Patrica M. Merritt
Ronnie J. Metzger
Paul Noel Myers
Marc E Nozell
Hoang Thai Nguyen
Robert John Pata
Marisa P. Porretta
Suzanna H. Prong
Michelle A Prosperi
Jonathan Clifford Pullano
Daniel P Quinn
Robin Lynn Robison
Byron A. Roby
Haley L. Rood
Ruby B. Roy
James R. Russell
Mary A. Scheg
Karen A. Scura
Charles K. Shurtleff
Edward J. Steve
Timothy G. Sullivan
Jacquelyne A. Tokarz
Cassie Kiyono Titman
Mary Felice N. Tochelli
John J Walzcyk
It will be interesting to see if anyone from the class finds this page when googling their name.
UPDATE: See: http://nozell.com/blog/2007/01/09/new-erhs-alumni-website/
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Since I've picked up a hp camera, the kids and I have been going crazy
taking pictures. Last Saturday while killing time while the kids were
at art classes, I took a random
walking tour of Manchester, NH.
- WPA-era statue of the America Revolutionay War Brigadier General
Casimir Pulaski, formerly Marshall General of Poland. This photo was
even taken on href="http://molelog.molehill.org/blox/Politics/Observances/GeneralPulaskiMemor
official General Pulaski Memorial Day!
- Wagner Memorial in Manchester (Who is Wagner? Memorial to what?)
- old fire alarm boxes
- Lieberman NH Political posters
- poster for the world premiere of 'Druid Gladiator Clone' a movie
made in Manchester, NH (that has got to win for coolest new movie
- The Cadillac Motel: Rooms for a night or a life time (Rooms by the
- General autumnal pictures of New Hampshire
Take a look at my href="http://nozell.dyndns.org/cgi-bin/miniphotoblog">new photoblog
Friday, October 10, 2003
I was reading the local Merrimack href="http://www.cabinet.com/headlines/">free newspaper and there
was a letter to the editor by David Gosselin announcing his new site,
GoGosselin.com, to encourage
someone to challenge George W. Bush in the NH primary. The
interesting thing is it basically a blog with trackbacks, pingbacks --
the works! Dave Winer would be
proud of this politico getting his message. ;-)
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Wednesday, October 1, 2003
should make New Hampshire all the more interesting. It seems to me
that in the last 20 years New Hampshire has become more progressive
than it used to be, at least in the southern part -- mostly due to the
shifting demographics of other newcomers from Massachusetts and other
states following jobs up here. If 20,000 libertarian true believers
move to the state it will be fun to watch!n
Saturday, September 27, 2003
Picture of our living room rug -- suitable for screen background (click t
Monday, September 15, 2003
That means when someone mistypes a URL or non-existent domain name it will go to Verisign's advertising/search engine site.
So a clearly bogus site (www.marcnozelllikesdebian989283492340.com) will resolve in DNS.
www.marcnozelllikesdebian989283492340.com has address 188.8.131.52
It looks like some spammer is using my domain name as for the return
address. Starting yesterday I started getting a bunch of bounced email
allegedly from addresses like this:
Here is a selection of the crap that they are sending out:
Subject: Re: fioricet, soma, buspar, prozac, and more prescribed
online and shipped to your door jnk ngc vktv lsgqp uredu jb r
nclh qovnbcdpzdvygvotdzljdt yqlis pvhq diijybv djkxitmhw xksh
Subject: Fwd: get prescription meds to your door - no prior
prescription needed rbthixw juminx wuzeh y m kywdghdyb tt xx
dfzlztjajjzhz lyhnjufi omhb tsntghowomc gjm guuhleytw
Subject: Re: get prescribed viagra, diet pills and much more online!
overnight shipping id pjvunfslev daqrksw qck lrrpqarma tlpkb
ym q tu nk bgl lsc pmppwvlxiageo
Subject: Fwd: ever wanted real soma pills rrvkmqjohenzzvowgseyb
Subject: Re: order status
number%random_number%random_number) fph mbnyhhpbequue zaty
zlhifzh ivb wdgfhbkgoyaw rjoslyduhrh xhrzphcp kbl
The last one is interesting because it looks like the jerk messed up
his spamming software.
Friday, September 12, 2003
Program D:TRMSDisplayEngine.exe dialog box
Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library
abnormal program termination
It gets bonus points for the time not changing. Apparently the app crashed 10 1/2 hours ago and hasn't been noticed...
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
meeting/rally. Since we liked what we heard last July down in Nashua,
we took the kids to hear him again.
One the way down to the gazebo, I saw someone that looked familar,
although I couldn't place where -- it was blogger Dave Winer. To be honest, I think it was his
camera that caught my attention first. Afterwards we had a nice
talk and introduced him to all the little ones. Emma really won him over ;-)
Christopher Lydon (formerly of the excellent NPR lunchtime radio show, now occasionally on some other public radio show that I forget the name but is still excellent when I catch it) was also there. His impression and a recording of the event is on his blog.
Personally I liked his passion for civil rights/civil liberties.
And Wendy was quoted
in the Nashua Telegraph.
Spencer has a weekly school assignment of writing about a current events topic, but somehow quoting mom wouldn't be the best option.
Wendy Thomas, a 44-year-old mother of six in town, said she had to
come see Edwards again after a similar event in Nashua and tested the
candidate's support for making it easier to get rid of incompetent,
public school teachers. "My biggest concern still is nobody has heard
of this guy. I keep telling my friends, 'You've got to meet this
candidate, John Edwards. They say, John who?' " Thomas recalled.
Here are some of my photos from the event. Griffin is proud of
some pictures he took too.
John Edwards answering Wendy's question wrt education
Pepsi Product placement at townhall meeting ;-)
Griffin (middle) and Spencer (right) waiting to get an autograph
Griffin getting an autograph
Spencer getting an autograph
Wednesday, September 3, 2003
Dependancies -- apt-get the debian packages for mysql-client, mysql-server and make sure php4 and php4-mysql are installed.
Be sure to follow the post-installation steps of php4 in /usr/share/doc/php4/README.Debian.gz.
In particular, un-comment the line:
LoadModule php4_module /usr/lib/apache/1.3/libphp4.so
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .phtml .php3
AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps
and add index.php to the line like this:
DirectoryIndex index.php index.phtml index.php3 index.html
Remember to restart apache (/etc/init.d/apache restart)
Now you need to create a database to hold the netjuke tables. If you
have an existing database and user, you can use that. I have fresh
MySQL install with no table nor any non-root database users, so I did
- By default debian's MySQL server doesn't listen on the network
port but netjuke wanted to connect that say, so edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf
to enable it by commenting out the skip-networking line and
restart MySQL (/etc/init.d/mysql restart)
- Check to see that it worked:
$ mysqladmin -u root password 'sekert'
$ mysqladmin -u root -p create netjuke
$ mysql -u root -p mysql
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or g.
Your MySQL connection id is 6 to server version: 4.0.13-log
Type 'help;' or 'h' for help. Type 'c' to clear the buffer.
mysql> grant all privileges on netjuke.* to netjuke@localhost
identified by 'othersekret;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)
Now you are ready to install netjuke.
Go to the top of the web space, by default on debian it is /var/www
and unpack netjuke (tar zxvf ~/ netjuke-1.0-rc2.tar.gz).
Now as the netjuke docs say, go to http://127.0.0.1/netjuk
and click through the GPL license to the installation page. My
DB Type: MySQL
DB Host: localhost
DB User: netjuke
DB Password: othersekret
Sys. Admin. email: email@example.com
Admin Password: moresekret
heavily) it will offer to save inc-prefs.php. Copy that to
/var/www/netjuke/etc/ and you may need to set the privileges to the
web server can read the file
chmod 444 /var/www/netjuke/etc/inc-prefs.php
You are almost done, so take a look at http://localhost/netjuke and
log in and poke around some. Don't worry that there aren't any music
files there, that is next.
I keep my music files in /DATA/Music/ and didn't want to copy them to
where netjuke wanted them (/var/www/netjuke/var/music), so I used
ln to make them available like this:
cp /var/www/netjuke/var/music/* /DATA/Music
rm -rf /var/www/netjuke/var/music
ln -s /DATA/Music /var/www/netjuke/var/music
Now back to netjuke's web
interface to import the files. Follow the links Admin->Recursive
Audio File Finder->Start Scanning and then watch as the mp3/ogg/etc
files are found and added to the netjuke database. If you have a lot
(I have around 11G) you may need to import them a few at a time using
the Admin->Music Directory Browser route and bring in a few
directories at at time.
Tuesday, September 2, 2003
We just got a call (two actually) from the NH John Edwards' presidential campaign about a rally in town next Monday at 7pm at Abby Griffin park.
I first asked if the info was on the John Edwards website ("not yet, the venue was just confirmed his morning") and if they were considering adding a weblog to the site. The NH staffer said he didn't know if the ational campaign would, but they are thinking about having someone from the NH organization to start one.
Just tonight I found a picture of Addy on the North Carolina News Observer newspaper website
from the last time John Edwards was in Nashua.
Monday, September 1, 2003
- On the windows systems, install SNMP (in the control panel->Add Software->Add/Remove Windows Components).
- On the home linux server install mrtg
and then do this:
- Create a mrtg configuration file:
cfgmonitor public@kidspc public@wendypc > /etc/mrtg.cfg
- Create a index for the top of the web area:
indexmaker /etc/mrtg.cfg > /var/www/mrtg/index.html
The debian package already took care of creating the directory and a
script in /etc/cron.d/mrtg to run every 5 minutes.
My root crontab looks like this now:
# Turn on Spencer's lava lamp at 6:00am and off at 7:30pm
0 6 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 ON
0 7 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 OFF
# Turn on Spencer's lava lamp at 7:30pm and off at 8:30pm
30 19 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 ON
30 20 * * * /usr/bin/br A3 OFF
Thursday, August 21, 2003
- Attention All Genealogists from Bull Family Assoc [they are looking for a n
ew William Bull and Sarah Wells Stone House Association genealogist]
- Free Genealogy Seminar -- LDS Church -- Lake Katherine, NY
- Blauvelt Family Reunion
- Some Helpful Information [how to submit queries, etc]
- Donations: Ananias Ballard, Benjamin Babcock, Robert McKune, etc
- An Old Genealogy Puzzle
- Answers to Queries
- Ancestor Table: Stanley Allen Drake
- Orange County Wills
- Bible Records: Horton Family Bible of John B. Horton Bible, Davis Bible of
Joshua Davis 1818
- Mortgage Sheds Light on David Smith, Miller, of Monroe, NY
- The Sadder Side of Genealogy [reprint of 1854 letters found in OCGS collect
- The Identity of Major John Wood's First Wife
- More Gannon Information
- Where They Went: Wayne Co, PA
- Newburgh Directory for 1858-1859: J through L
- Orange County New York Early Marriages
- Records of Town of Wallkill Orange County, NY: Births 1881-1909
- Programming (not confirmed at press time)
Sunday, August 17, 2003
Tatsuhiko Miyagawa just announced a cool new blosxom plugin, href="http://bulknews.net/lib/archives/gzip">gzip . In a
surprising small amount of code, it will transparently compress pages
served out by blosxom. Get it!
Friday, August 15, 2003
My lunchtime hack was to extend href="http://fletcher.freeshell.org/weblog/index.html">Fletcher
T. Penney's blosxom plugin href="http://www.blosxom.com/plugins/search/find.htm">'find' to
allow the last few search terms to be displayed by the blosxom
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
I was amused by this scamming spam I got this email today.
Delivery-date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 17:55:01 -0400
From: Fethard-biz Manager
Subject: You credit card has been charged for $234.65
We have just charged your credit card for money laundry service in
amount of $234.65 (because you are either child pornography webmaster
or deal with dirty money, which require us to layndry them and then
send to your checking account).
If you feel this transaction was made by our mistake, please press
If you confirm this transaction, please press "Yes" and fill in the
Enter your credit card number here: ____________________
Enter your credit card expiration date: ____________________
Phone: +5982 902 5627
Fax: +5982 902 3114
If you were foolish enough to enter your
credit card number and expiration date, it would have been sent to
secure.fethard.biz. The good news is it looks like that site is off
PSC 750 color flatbed all-in-one printer/copier/scanner is
connected to a Microsoft Window2000 desktop and I want to print to it
from the home linux server as well as my laptop when I'm home.
First 'unix printing' support needs to added to the w2k system. Go to
Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs and then select 'Add/Remove Windows
Components' on the left sidebar. From there install 'Other Network
File and Print Services' where you will see 'Print Services for
Unix'. Then under the Printers control set the printer as Shared and
name it something, I chose 'allinone'.
Then install the following debian packages:
cupsys — Common UNIX Printing
System(tm) - server
cupsys-bsd — Common UNIX
Printing System(tm) - BSD commands
cupsys-client — Common
UNIX Printing System(tm) - client programs (SysV)
And then point a web browser to http://localhost
http://<homeserver>:631), authenticate with the root password.
From there, follow 'Manage Printers' and add one as follows:
- queue name: allinone or whatever you like. Description and location are op
- Device: LPD/LPR Host or Printer
- Device URI: lpd://192.168.1.100/allinone -- That is the local IP
address of the w2k system and allinone is the Windows name for that
- Pick the appropriate printer driver, in my case it is HP then 'HP New Deskj
et Series CUPS v1.1 (en)'
- Then configure the printer options if you want to.
Now you can print a job as simply as 'lpr -Pallinone filename.txt' or 'lpr -Pal
While I was at it, I hooked up an old epson color printer to the linux home ser
I finally found some time to cleanup/mess around in the home office
and plugged the X10 'firecracker' into the new home linux server.
Now br A1 OFF turns off the light in my office and
br A2 ON turns on the lava lamp in the older boy's room. Now
to use cron to turn off the lava lamp so I don't have to worry that
the boys forgot to.
bottlerocket &mdash Utility t
o control X10 Firecracker devices
Monday, July 28, 2003
Time to (re)install an IMAP server on the home server. Using
uw-imapd - remote mail folder acc
While the debian package will create its own certificate, take a look
at my old
note at how to create a self signed certificate for IMAP.
squid also needed a little configuration to allow for the Using
ssh to pierce corporate firewalls hack.
In /etc/squid.conf, add a line like this:
Now this works again:
ssh -f -C -L 8080:127.0.0.1:3128 -l marc 192.168.1.200 sleep 1000
We happened by the John
Edwards for President rally in Greely park yesterday and stopped
in to her his stump speech. We liked what we heard.
Senator John Edwards at rally in Nashua, NH and the Nozell/Thomas family<
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Amphetadesk is essential
to keep abreast of the news/memes of the day. It isn't yet a debian
package, so you have to manually track down dependancies -- which are:
libcompress-zlib-perl - Perl module for creation and manipulation of gzip files
- Various Perl modules for time/date manipulation
www-perl - WWW client/server libr
ary for Perl (aka LWP)
libxml-sax-expat-perl - Perl module for a SAX2 driver for Expat (XML::Parser)
Friday, July 25, 2003
First pass at getting the re-installed debian home server back to
being productive -- a whole raft of tools for admin, web, printing,
email, genealogy, palmpilot, monitoring tools, music, etc.
apache — Versatile, high
-performance HTTP server
aptitude — curses-based ap
atop — Monitor for system reso
urces and process activity
bittorrent — Scatter
-gather network file transfer
blosxom — A lightweight y
et feature-packed weblog application
cdrecord — A command line
CD writing tool
cupsys — Common UNIX Pri
nting System(tm) - server
Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - client programs (SysV)
darkstat — a network traff
emacs21 — The GNU Emacs e
ettercap — Multipurpose sn
iffer/interceptor/logger for switched LAN
ethstatus — Console
-based ethernet statistics monitor
fetchmail — SSL ena
bled POP3, APOP, IMAP mail gatherer/forwarder
gkrellm — Multiple stacke
d system monitors: 1 process [client]
iptraf — Interactive Col
orful IP LAN Monitor
jpilot — A GTK app to mo
dify the contents of your Palm Pilots DB's
Plugins for jpilot (Palm Pilot desktop)
lifelines — Text-ba
sed genealogy software
Documentation for lifelines, a genealogy software system
— Reports for lifelines, a genealogy software system
links — Character mode
lm-sensors — Utiliti
es to read temperature/voltage/fan sensors
mutt — Text-based mailreader s
upporting MIME, GPG, PGP and threading
netjuke — Web-Based Audio
ndiff — Compares two nm
pilot-link — Tools t
o communicate with a 3COM Pilot PDA over a serial port.
— Vote for your favourite packages automatically.
samba — A LanManager li
ke file and printer server for Unix.
control and monitor storage systems using S.M.A.R.T.
smbclient — A LanMa
nager like simple client for Unix.
snmp — NET SNMP (Simple Networ
k Management Protocol) Apps.
snmpd — NET SNMP (Simpl
e Network Management Protocol) Agents.
snmptrapfmt — configu
rable snmp trap handler daemon for snmpd.
spamassassin — Perl-ba
sed spam filter using text analysis
spamc — Client for perl
-based spam filtering daemon
squid — Internet Object
Cache (WWW proxy cache)
ssh — Secure rlogin/rsh/rcp r
sudo — Provide limited super u
ser privileges to specific users
swat — Samba Web Administratio
Virtual network computing server software
usbutils — USB console uti
wget — retrieves files from th
Post install steps:
- run defoma-psfont-installer
- edit apache's configuration to set hostname
- edit squid.conf to set visible_hostname
- edit snmptrapfmt to catch traps from linksys router
This morning the rack that I've been building out for LinuxWorld has
started its cross-country trek. Putting together a couple of 1u
servers, a bunch of blade systems of various types, iSCSI router, SAN
storage, switches, with the appropriate software was fun, but a bit of
work. Stop by and say hello August 3-7 at the Blade System
Architecture for Linux section of the HP booth.
The home linux server has been rebuilt there were enough extra pieces
to build a second PC that the kids will use.
Since the debian needed to be reinstalled, I'm going to start tracking
package additions here. Perhaps some other debhead will find the info
useful/helpful and it will be handy to have around the next
time I build a home server. So bookmark
- AMD 1.8Ghz
- 384MiB memory
- ASUS KV7-333 mobo
- 2x40GiB disk. Disk 0 has 8G for /, 512M for swap and the rest is
/home. The second disk is in to 20G partitions, one for images (I've
been scanning old snapshots) and music (I've been ripping our
collection of CDs and using netjuke)
- two crappy CD drives
- old floppy drive
- old floppy drive
- cheap tulip-based NIC
Started the install using dwhedon's debian install
cd (only 10M) and pulled the rest across our DSL. So far just a
minimal installation with no Gnome/KDE/X stuff since this server will
spend most of the time headless.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
I just mailed out my updated 'Nozell Genealogy' to all known
descendants (only 19 families!) of Anthony Vincent Nozell (b. ca
1875). A whole raft of little ones have been born since it was last
sent out in 1994.
Geek Note: No Microsoft products were used in the creating of
the booklet. GNU based toolkit: debian/linux, lifelines, LaTeX, cups,
emacs, imagemagick, etc
Wednesday, July 16, 2003
a link to the hilarious href="http://objective.jesussave.us/creationsciencefair.html">"Fellowship
Baptist Creation Science Fair 2001". I like the first place
winner at the high school level "Using Prayer To Microevolve Latent
Antibiotic Resistance In Bacteria".
Saturday, July 5, 2003
Merrimack, href="http://www.ci.merrimack.nh.us">NH always has politicians to
our Fourth of July parades. Someone in town said it was because we
have a good sized town, well educated and reasonably upper-middle
class population and the pollisters think it gives a clue on how a
candidate will play nationally.
This year's parade included the NH Governor href="http://www.nh.gov/governor/">Craig Benson (R), href="http://www.joe2004.com">Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and href="http://www.grahamforpresident.com/index.html">Bob Graham
(R-FL). The campains for John Kerry, Howard Dean, Dick Gephardt, John
Edwards had a presence, but the candidate wasn't there.
Here are some pictures we got with the ones that made it.
NH Governor Craig Benson and the Nozell/Thomas family
Joe Lieberman and the Nozell/Thomas family
Cool Joe Lieberman car
Bob Graham and the Nozell/Thomas family
Back in 2000, George W. Bush and Pat Buchanan were at our local
parade. Bush blew us off, but Buchanan stopped over to say hello.
George W. Bush but not the the Nozell/Thomas family
Pat Buchanan and the Nozell/Thomas family (1)
Pat Buchanan and the Nozell/Thomas family (2)
Sunday, June 15, 2003
On the imap server, do this:
# cd /etc/ssl/certs/
# openssl req -new -x509 -nodes -out imapd.pem -keyout imapd.pem -days 365
Generating a 1024 bit RSA private key
writing new private key to 'imapd.pem'
You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
into your certificate request.
What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
For some fields there will be a default value,
If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:US
State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:New Hampshire
Locality Name (eg, city) :Merrimack
Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:Wildcat Learning
Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) :Home Server
Common Name (eg, YOUR name) :Marc Nozell
Email Address :firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
that suggests which belief system is right for you.
I expected to be closes to href="http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8027_1.html">nonthiest
Humanist, not href="http://www.beliefnet.com/story/80/story_8041_1.html">Unitarian
Unitarian. Maybe changing the 'What priority do you place this
item' would change things.
Here is how I stack up:
- Unitarian Universalism (100%)
- Secular Humanism (98%)
- Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (83%)
- Liberal Quakers (82%)
- Nontheist (82%)
- Theravada Buddhism (68%)
- Neo-Pagan (56%)
- Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (48%)
- Bahai Faith (44%)
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (44%)
- New Age (40%)
- Taoism (40%)
- Reform Judaism (38%)
- New Thought (36%)
- Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (32%)
- Mahayana Buddhism (30%)
- Jehovah's Witness (29%)
- Scientology (27%)
- Orthodox Quaker (23%)
- Sikhism (23%)
- Eastern Orthodox (7%)
- Hinduism (7%)
- Islam (7%)
- Jainism (7%)
- Orthodox Judaism (7%)
- Roman Catholic (7%)
- Seventh Day Adventist (7%)
There are some interesting href="http://www.beliefnet.com/boards/discussion_list.asp?boardID=3768">forums<
/a> and news sect
ions to check out.
Between Wendy at tennis camp, getting ready for a customer demo at
work and attending to the kids by myself, blogging is taking a back
seat. Here are some interesting links:
- Spinoza Correspondence (ref: if a triangle could speak, it would say, in like manner, that God is eminently triangular, while a circle would say that the divine nature is eminently circular. Thus each would ascribe to God its own attributes, would assume itself to be like God, and look on everything else as ill-shaped. )
- JDiskReport (via
- debian and other cool wallpapers
- I'm not using "neep", an alternative
to the courier font (mt moleblog)
- All the issues from 1841 to 1902 of the Brooklyn
Eagle News has been digitized. A genealogist's goldmine.
- kast (konspire) is an interesting broadcasting twist on P2P/cooperative downloads (ala bittorrent). I've subscribed to a bunch of channels to see what turns up tomorrow.
Monday, June 9, 2003
Damn! My linux laptop's /home partition filled up and galeon
couldn't save my bookmarks -- so a truncated version (all header, no
marks) is all there is. All those random blogs I've bookmarked for
later reading... Damn, damn, damn.
Thursday, June 5, 2003
You life isn't complete until you write and post an httpd log perl script.
Here is my offering: amifamousyet.pl
The output shows how people are coming to my site. This week's log shows:
- Someone trying to advertise something about Thailand has two html files on
G: drive (
g:/oversea/country/Thailand/Thailand advertise inc.htm)
- Searching looking for linux/debian/genealogy/random things such as:
- genealogy linux KDE
- xdmcp listen debian
- photo scanner hp 1000 twain
- genealogy blog
- random images (feedster.com)
- male eye candy
- email addresses of CHIROPRACTIC DOCTORS in usa
- sites geographically near themselves (
- Merrimack Middle School picture
- picture of Mastricola Middle School
And most of those searches are coming from google's country-specific
search engines: at, href="http://www.google.ca">ca, href="http://www.google.ch">ch, href="http://www.google.co.nz">nz, href="http://www.google.co.uk">uk, href="http://www.google.co.au">au, href="http://www.google.com.mx">mx, href="http://www.google.com.tr">tr, href="http://www.google.com.tw">tw, href="http://www.google.nl">nl, href="http://www.google.it">it, href="http://www.google.fr">fr, href="http://www.google.lv">lv.
No they don't get linked to from here...
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
- Death of Member: OCGS Vice President Roger A. King
- Cemetery Law Project Update
- Reunion Notices: BULL, CONNELL-KENNEDY-MURTHA
- Written on Stone (in memory of Roger A. King)
- Donations: Horton Cemetery Tombstones (Kent County, MI);
- Answers to Queries
- Ancestor Table: Sarah Anne Emmerson
- Orange County Wills
- Bible Records: Knapp Family with Farley Family Information
- Gannon Family Information
- Golden Hill Race Course (from Goshen's Independent Republican 2 Jan 1878)
- Benjamin Thompson's Civil Ware Experiences
- Where They Went (Wayne Co, Pennsylvania)
- Newburgh Directory for 1858-1859
- Orange County New York Early Marriages (pre-1810)
- Records of Town of Wallkill, Orange County, NY (1881-1909)
- Howell Y-DNA testing needed
- Programming (1 June 2003 'How to read a hebrew tombstone just about anywher
e in the world' (Judith Langer-Surnamer Caplan); 5 July 2003 - No program; 2 Au
g 2003 not yet scheduled)
Given that most of the new scanners from HP are not supported under
Linux, it was nice to see that this printer/copier/scanner works fine.
Here are the packages I needed:
apt-get install hpoj hpoj-xojpanel hpscanpbm libsane-extras
Scan directly from gimp (File->Acquire->Xsane), sane or the command line scanimage.
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
dnstop -- sniff & watch dns traffi
dirvish -- multiple backups of onl
ine storage, uses ssh. Currently my
laptop gets rsync'ed to the work desktop, but it isn't done frequently
or consistently enough...
springgraph -- creates graphs
of nodes. It could be handy to use it to graph genealogy relationships.
jnettop -- sniffs and graphs netwo
rk traffic. I'm a sucker for
network traffic graphers.
pornview -- just because it has s
uch a great name
Sunday, May 18, 2003
Trevor's team from href="http://www.gymnasticsvillage.com/">Gymnastics Village placed
1st at today's New England Championships in Stoughton, MA.
Saturday, May 17, 2003
Spencer's 'Heat Now!' invention was given the 6th grade
'Environmental Award' and the Medical Special Award. The
latter one is given by the New
Hampshire Medical Society and came with a $50 saving bond. He was
The second guest speaker were Kati Fairweather, a local high school
inventor who was recently awarded a patent for her href="http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/
Loss Lacrosse" (aka "Tethered practice apparatus") and href="http://www.brinelax.com/brine.php?section=products&page=detail&cat=access
Friday, May 16, 2003
I was IM'ing with Scott of
Fuzzyblog fame about
feedster and got to chatting about the work href="http://h18022.www1.hp.com/solutions/showroom/linuxsolutions.html"
my group does at HP. He thought
it was interesting enough to give it a href="http://www.scottsweblog.com/node.php?id=1013">mention on his
- download status at the bottom
- Add search engine support (ala Galeon)
- Customizable preferences menubar
Thursday, May 15, 2003
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Right thinking people use Mozilla or other
web browsers and, of course, are safe from this
little hack. Add it to *your* website.
(View source to see the 11 lines of VBScript.)
Found this on waxy.org. Give them the cr
I've pointed my windows-lovin' coworkers to
Friday, May 9, 2003
I was checking out my access logs and saw that osbourne.homeip.net
is referencing a bunch of images on my webserver. It looks like they
are using blosxom as some sort of aggregator. Take a look at href="http://osbourne.homeip.net/cgi-bin/blosxom.cgi">http://osbourne.homeip.ne
e to be noticed, I suppose.
I'm guessing their day job is at lexis-nexis.com and it looks like
they use a sun workstation to surf. :-)
Thursday, May 8, 2003
I'm finally done slicing and dicing those scans from last weekend.
Here is a resolution reduced shot of me, my father and sister circa
1969 by the regionally famous Long Island Big Duck. It is still
around, but apparently it has been relocated from the original
height="360" width="360" alt="Long Island Duck Building">
Take a look at these other articles/shrines to the Long Island Big Duck:
- Google Images
Wednesday, May 7, 2003
Wow I really cranked through the second batch of old family images!
Over 220Mb of images tonight versus yesterday's paltry 124Mb. To scan
it faster, I put as many photos as would fit on the scanner, now there
is only one photo is in each file. After cutting apart some more
scans tomorrow, the next step is to put names/places/dates to each
photo based on the handwritten notes of my mother.
If I've given you a username and password, take a look at href="http://www.nozell.com/genealogy/private/">http://www.nozell.com/genealogy
under 'day2'. As with 'day1', most of the images are from of the HULL
and LENT lines and a few of the NOZELL, SMITH, ODELL lines.
Off to bed!
Tuesday, May 6, 2003
I spent the evening cropping and organizing 121 old family images
using gimp on my trusty href="http://www.fsf.org">gnu/href="http://www.linux.org">linux href="http://www.debian.org/">debian href="http://www.nozell.com/cgi/blosxom/linux/debian/laptop">laptop.
If I've given you a username and password, take a look at href="http://www.nozell.com/genealogy/private/">http://www.nozell.com/genealogy
Most of the images are from of the HULL and LENT lines and a few of
the NOZELL, SMITH, ODELL lines.
height="443" width="369" alt="Dorothy HULL">
Sunday, May 4, 2003
My parents were in town this week and brought a whole bunch of old
family photos that I prompted scanned in. My mother was nice enough
to sit there and write a description of each image. Eventually they
will turn up in various genealogy mailings sent out to cousins.
I've been trying to think how to integrate blogging, wiki,
whatever to encourage various family members and genealogists surfing
from search engines to collaborate on identifying and sharing images
Without further ado -- here is a picture of me buck naked on August 18, 1964
alt="Picture of the author -- naked!" src="http://www.nozell.com/marc/blog/data
(Well, that should certainly drive up google search traffic to
this blog. Now go
away, there is no more nudity here.)
I need to dig up some of our photos of the Old Man.
Governor Dedicated To 'Old Man' Restoration
Benson Plans To Open Revitalization Fund To Restore Stone Profile
The Old Man: A look back
classic NH icon
Bald said he expects to receive condolence cards, as Granite Staters struggle w
ith how to deal with the loss of a state treasure.
"That's exactly what it feels like ? like you have just lost someone close," Ba
Union Leader: The Old Man is gone:
New Hampshire has lost
Saturday, May 3, 2003
Trevor did a great job at today's NH Class 7 State Championships and
placed fourth for the 6-7 age group!
AA Score: 52.4
Two years ago we discovered the hard way that he was seriously
allergic to bee and wasps and he carries an epipen with him at all
times. Yesterday Trevor was stung/bit has an href="http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2076.html">anaphylactic
reaction to something. He 'won' an ambulance trip and spent a few
hours on an IV at the hospital, etc. Fortunately it wasn't as severe
as the last time and his breathing was no affected. Because he has
previously has had a 'rebound' reaction, we are on high alert for the
next 48 hours.
Still life goes on and he has his state gymnastics competition this
afternoon and is going to a friend's birthday party at a href="http://www.nashuapride.com">Nashua Pride game tonight
(although now I'll be going with him to the game 'just in case')
Thursday, May 1, 2003
Another advantage of living in New England with its relatively small
states is being able to listen to any of three public radio stations.
Last week WBUR had their fund
raiser, this week is it NHPR (aka
WEVO) is having theirs. Perhaps href="http://www.wgbh.org">WGBH will be having theirs next week...
Yes, I've donated to NHPR, but that doesn't mean I want to miss the