Reading RFCs for Fun

Posted on 2015/01/16

IP Pigeon

IP Pigeon

Whenever I am having a bad day, I like to read RFC 1149 – A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers which describes how “Avian carriers can provide high delay, low throughput, and low altitude service.” It contains gems like “Multiple types of service can be provided with a prioritized pecking order” and “An additional property is built-in worm detection and eradication.”
This RFC was actually implemented and tested by the Burgen Linux Group (read more here), although the ping log seen below does indeed show it is a high delay implementation. If you are technically inclined, read it here for a good laugh and the implmentation details here.

Script started on Sat Apr 28 11:24:09 2001
vegard@gyversalen:~$ /sbin/ifconfig tun0
tun0      Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol  
          inet addr:  P-t-P:  Mask:
          RX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          RX bytes:88 (88.0 b)  TX bytes:168 (168.0 b)

vegard@gyversalen:~$ ping -i 900
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=6165731.1 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=3211900.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=5124922.8 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=6388671.9 ms

--- ping statistics ---
9 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 55% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 3211900.8/5222806.6/6388671.9 ms
vegard@gyversalen:~$ exit

Script done on Sat Apr 28 14:14:28 2001

Semester ten of twelve begins…

Posted on 2015/01/01

Semester ten begins
Semester nine complete. Semester ten starts Sunday. Three more to go, plus dissertation defense. I am ready to be done with this now. The shiny has worn off.

Entering the third year

Posted on 2014/09/20

Third year Begins
Eight terms down, four to go. The second year as a doctoral student is over. What a ride! After many discussions and much advice from committee members and mentors, i have finally committed to reducing the scope of my dissertation a bit. This next term will be all about getting ready for my proposal defense….and a fun elective on mobile development theory.

“Testing” Dissertation Platform using Star Citizen

Posted on 2014/07/23

Added better speaker mounts to the simulator platform for my dissertation…then tested the audio playing Star Citizen (recorded using Glass)… #throughglass #starcitizen #robertspaceindustries #simultator…

7 Down, 5 to Go!

Posted on 2014/07/07

Semester 8
This week begins semester 8 of 12 in my doctoral program. Seven down, five to go! Can’t wait for my dissertation defense and everything else to be over and done! 63 weeks 17 hours 23 minutes and 35 seconds ’til I am Dr. Moon.

Soaring Fun

Posted on 2014/06/08

I haven’t been soaring for awhile now, as my glider awaits an annual and some minor maintenance. This past Saturday I took a friend flying in a Grob Twin Astir. I captured many photos and several videos in flight using my Google Glass. This one starts as I enter the pattern in preparation for landing and continues all the way to exiting the glider.

OMG it was bad

Posted on 2014/02/22
Wing Commander (video game)

A GREAT Video Game

Wing Commader Film

A  BAD Movie

Remember the awesome Wing Commander space combat games series from the 90s? It brought space games to a whole new level and paved the way for later greatness like X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter. Just rembering it makes me nostalgic for my old Amiga 3000T.

Now… Remember the god-awful movie loosely based on the same? I actually feel compelled to watch it again to determine whether it or Ender’s Game is the worst sci-fi movie adaptation ever…. yes, it might even be worse than the abhorrent adaptations of beloved Heinlein novels.


A Great Book


Ender's Game File


I loved the Ender’s Game novel (despite the fact that I think the author is a homophobic ass). Tonight I watched the movie adaptation on pay-per-view. It was Bad. Seriously BAD. Not bad like your arm is asleep and this is uncomfortable type bad… not bad like you wake up on a drool covered pillow with a soggy cold cheek type of bad.  Not bad like performing your own appendectomy with a plastic picnic spoon and a shot of Jack Daniels. Bad like a volcanic eruption of doom that burns orphanages and nursery schools in a hot ash cloud of lava filling the air with youthful screams of pain-filled horror before ultimately rupturing the Earth’s crust and exposing the inner mantle resulting in a core implosion destroying the entire planet type of BAD. I plead cold med brain fuddle for even watching it.