Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Dodge Ball

I played in the second Federal Way dodgeball tournament last night. We basically got our asses kicked. My head really wasn't in the game for some reason, probably distracted with all of my projects. It's a double elimination tournament and each round is best 2 out of 3. We lost 4 in a row. I was really frustrated until the last game. I finally had my head on straight and lasted for a really long time. I was the last to go and felt like I'd finally played my own game when it was over.

I stayed until the tournament was over refereeing the other contests. As we got closer to the finals it got really close and a lot of heated arguments broke out. I now have a real appreciation for how referees feel in professional sports. You have to make a call and sometimes it's not a popular one. What's even worse is that dodgeball doesn't have a single ball to follow. While you're watching a play on one side, another play could happen on the other, necessitating a ruling. It's definitely helpful to have more than one official.

The winners of the first tournament also won last night's tournament. It was really close and a lot of fun to watch. The top three teams are advancing to the city tournament in Seattle sometime in April. All of the YMCA's in the area are putting on tournaments and advancing their three best teams. It should be a blast to watch.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Ethernet Bonding

Working on bonding my wireless ethernet interface to my cat5 ethernet interface on my laptop tonight. This way my laptop will dynamically choose whichever interface is up. If both are up, it should choose the faster interface. Not sure this is going to work though since it appears that the Orinoco driver doesn't support mii monitoring. I'm going to have a look-see into the code, since, in the past, I have noted that our 2.4Ghz cordless phone caused the wireless ethernet interface to disconnect and register in syslog, whenever the base station polls the cordless phones.

Spent most of the day today building a failover cluster with RHEL 3.0. Dual P3 1.4Ghz 1U servers with a snappy little external disk enclosure. Got most of the work done except for the UPS configuration. The majority of the work is going to be testing various failover scenarios.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Seattle Times

Bill and I were photographed today by Seattle Times photographer Steve Ringman. QLL is going to be featured on the front cover of the business section in the Monday Seattle Times.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Tap, tap, tap...

Tonight was the last night of the current soccer season. I've been doing the YMCA coaching thing for a little under a year now and have found that I really enjoy it. It's nice to see the same kids coming back each season. They seem to get better each time, and definitely respond to the energy of the game more and more. I especially love the parents who get into the game. It makes games so much more fun when you see them jumping up and down cheering for their team, and yelling encouragement to kids that are only related to them by the color of their jersey. The only drawback is the low number of kids that turn out. Our record this season focused on fun rather than winning. In other words, I think we lost all but one game (not that anyone cares, or even remembers). Playing the same team every time probably had something to do with it. If more kids had signed up, we'd have been able to create a few more teams. Perhaps that'll change as the weather warms up.

I feel a certain loyalty to the YMCA and so I plan on coaching at least another season. I got my start at the YMCA when I was 14, volunteering for a Saturday kids activity program. I worked there as a summer camp counselor through my Freshman year of college. It wasn't all roses, and my last gig there didn't end too well, but I'm really a better person today because of what I learned at the YMCA when I was young. I digress though... Most of the parents were asking if I'd stay and do it again. If they're willing to put their kids in my hands (a bad coach can scar a kid for life) then I'm more than happy to do it again. I know it says a lot about me when someone is willing to put their most precious thing in my hands for 2 hours a week. I give all of the credit to Jesus though. I have what he gave. Thank God I didn't have to earn it...