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Lego Christmas Village 2019 (Merry Christmas)

Here is this year’s Lego Winter Village Video – Hope you enjoy!

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Disney Goals

Journaling my thoughts on a daily basis has long gone by the wayside, as many people who used to read this regularly know. Tumbledry may be the last of group of blogs from the blogging cohort of the 2000’s.

But It’s something I should do more of. And I will keep starting every post like this until it probably becomes a reality.

Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a Goal-driven kick. Some of the goals have been entirely silly, some have had unexpected outcomes. Others seem to be driving me towards something. Let’s take one of the current in progress larger goals and document it’s progress so far:

Goal: Set foot in Walt Disney World park a total of 30 days from June 21, 2019 to June 21nd, 2020.

Progress: I’ve been in at least 1 park a total of 20 days:

  • 1 – June 21 – Hollywood Studios – Got into the park, a picture taken, and back out, before my mom got into the park, which lead to some hilarity. Also – Disney springs/Boardwalk meals.
  • 2 – June 22 – Magic Kingdom – Part of Micro Goal “Be in the park by myself”.
  • 3 – June 23 – Epcot – Another round of be alone in the park. Great Breakfast at the land!
  • 4 – June 24 – Hollywood Studios – Dining in cars for the first time.
  • 5 – June 25 – Animal Kingdom – Just for the breakfast empty park to complete the micro goal.
  • 6 – June 26 – Magic Kingdom Date Night!
  • 7 – June 27 – Magic Kindom – Dress and then Villians Night! Villians = Awesome.
  • 8 – June 28 – Hollywood + Animal Kingdom – Met our Star Wars Catina Hero, Plus Eloise’s dress glows with the night show.
  • 9 – June 29 – Magic Kingdom – Played the card game with Link… all day long…
  • 10 – October 31st – Epcot – Dad and I do a little food and wine after a long drive.
  • 11 – November 1st – Magic Kingdom – Dad and I check out the remaining Halloween decorations.
  • 12 – November 4th – Epcot + Hollywood Studios to see Galaxy’s Edge.
  • 13 – November 5th – Magic Kingdom – Justin getting photos of the kids photos.
  • 14 – November 6th – Epcot + Magic Kingdom – Beat the card game again.
  • 15 – November 7th – Hollywood Studios – Filming the Disney Christmas Specials with Pentatonix.
  • 16 – November 8th – Magic Kingdom + Epcot – Riding the rides Amber won’t, followed by Amber arriving for our vacation.
  • 17 – November 9th – Hollywood Studios – Lightsaber debates (I didn’t get one). Seeing Frozen multiple times for the multiplyth time with my wife.
  • 18 – November 10th – Animal Kingdom – Amber and I see the Christmas lights in Dinoland for the first time.
  • 19 – November 11th – Magic Kingdom – Amber and I spend 18 hours in the park celebrating Christmas (8:45AM to 12:45AM)
  • 20 – November 12th – Magic Kingdom – Saying Goodbye to the parks one more time before Amber and I have to catch a flight home.

So I just need to find 10 more days in the park in the next 218 days. Doable.

The best part is bringing the magic home… This weekend, that meant putting up as many Christmas lights as I could.

There are a whole bunch of micro goals I have on these trips… and I always come home with a dozen stories it seems. I think the real question is: when can we do this again.

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Summertime Begins – And So Does Minecraft With Dad

School’s out for summer, which with my kids means we give them a slightly later bedtime. It allows for more late night activities like bon fires, etc. and helps keep them on a more regular schedule through vacations.

With summer though also comes one of the most rewarding things for me with my children – “Minecraft with Dad”. Last summer, sort of by accident, I asked Link if he wanted to stream with me. At the time, I had been on a kick of streaming Overwatch I think, and he had somehow caught onto it. He said yes, and for an evening, we streamed Minecraft together. People started watching and playing with us, which was fun.

We did that pretty much all summer long… First on a self hosted world, then as we grew, we improved both our setup, as well as moved to a realm. But it was fun to see Link get involved with it. Eloise eventually joined us… and by the end of the summer, we had gone for almost 50 episodes of playing together.

So when this summer rolled around, Link was asking “When are we going to do Minecraft with Dad again?”… and this time, so was his sister. We started up again on Saturday on a new world and within minutes we had all of our old friends back again. If you want to check it out, go follow
http://www.twitch.tv/jjdb210

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The Importance Of Backups

I felt a need to dump this morning out on paper… It’s been quite a morning, one that was made much better by backups that we don’t always think to make.

It started with my phone waking me up by ringing off the hook at 7:15AM. I answered the first call, and it was from a teacher at one of the schools I work for. She was calling me to let me know the internet had gone done at school #1. This happens sometimes. 90% of the time it’s the internet provider(s). 9% of the time it’s a box that needs to be rebooted or something caused by a power outage. At that point, it was looking like just a rather rough start to the morning.

Upon hanging up, my phone rang again, this time from a number I didn’t have saved. I answered it, and it was a parent from another school, letting me know their child was sick today. This isn’t normally a call that gets to me. In fact, it’s only a call that comes my way if their phone system is entirely offline, and the first cell phone call failed (call to the school cell). I quickly jotted down the note, and then darted down stairs to my computer. Two shells fly open and I begin testing connections at both schools. While doing this, my phone continues to ring from teachers (and or parents) that were calling.

School #2 thankfully was easy. They had a brief outage, and thankfully it all came back online and things were back to normal by 7:35 for them. School #1 though was looking like it wasn’t the internet provider and that a box was going to need to be rebooted. I quickly sent a message off to my employees who cover that school before it starts and said it looks like “server a” needs a reboot… They would get to that when they got in, so I went and took a shower and prepared to head up to the school as quickly as time would allow for.

When I got out of the shower, I had a note on my screen that simply said, “It won’t boot”. We were no longer in the 99% of cases, but now the 1%.

This particular server is actually the linchpin if you will for the entire network setup. It acts as the router for 2 networks and handles the primary networks DHCP. When it’s offline, nothing is able to communicate with anything else… so having it offline is bad. Having it not boot is a setup for a really bad day.

My daughter is currently home ill, so my amazing, awesome mother was already scheduled to come to our house this morning. That allowed me to leave 45 minutes earlier than I normally would have. I got up to the school and walked in to see the machine giving the dreaded no system disk error. Why we don’t have raid in this machine, I’m not quite sure… I blame cheap hardware… Regardless…

My guys and I grab an SSD off the parts shelf (we have a bunch), throw it in the machine, and download the latest version of the PFSense (the OS that runs on this particular box.) PFSense on the whole is a very very quick install. In fact, it took longer to download as I had to do some magic to get online than it did to install it. Once installed though, there is quite a bit of configuration that needs to be done for our setup to work right. Static IPs, routing tables, filters, snort, vlans, dhcp, dhcp reservations, dns, etc. all need to be configured. Typically, when I do it by hand, it can be a multi-hour job to get right. This particular school though would probably take closer to a full day due to the complexity.

Luckily – I had a backup of the config (something the OS provides) saved in the server room from just last week. This is something that I try to do pretty much every time I make a change to this device. Occasionally I forget if it’s a small change, but in this particular case, I had made one just last Thursday after making changes to the network config. That backup meant that internet was up and running by the time teachers had to take attendance, as opposed to a full day later.

Moral of the story – Backups are king. Only way today could have gone smoother is if I had a hot spare of this particular server… Sadly, that costs money :-).

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The Justin College Football Playoff Model Change

Everyone thinks the CFP playoff is broken again. Part of its brokenness is the inability for the NCAA to come up with a system that removes subjectiveness. Unlike the NFL though, the NCAA has 130 teams to track, across numerous divisions of different size and shape. It’s a bit more complex. That said, there are a lot of people calling for an 8 game playoff instead of the 4 game we have now. I agree, and here is what I believe the system should be:

8 Team Playoff
5 Teams would be power 5 conference champs
3 Spots by record (after removing conference champs)
If there is a tie in record, average the AP and Coaches pole(s).
Seed By Record First, Ranking Second.

Why this would be fair:
1 – The conference champs should represent the best of their branch. They effectively give us a tournament of 13 teams, just 3 teams are getting byes based on record.
2 – In theory, an undefeated team, regardless of schedule, will always get in, unless there are more than 3 undefeated teams (extremely extremely rare, and conference championships would like solve this).
3 – It would reduce subjectiveness to a tie-breaker.

There’s my view… And Congrats UCF and Scott Fross on a perfect season. You deserve a shot at the title… no matter what anyone says.

Oh, and Happy New Year Everyone!

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Crypto Test… Because I can

Just curious how this works…

 


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