Nerdy Secrets

My Nerdy Confessions

Zombies Really Are Scary

I woke up around four this morning with the creepiest thoughts running through my head. I was having dreams like movie scenes, a family racing away from an undead army that was clearly attempting to catch and eat them.

The mother and sister rode in an old bus, and the mid-teen son rode a dirt-bike. His motorcycle broke down, and he had to run on foot from this little zombie girl, a former friend of his little sister’s.

I was up for over an hour, thinking about my dream, and the movie Silent Hill.

I have watched Silent Hill (though never played the video game), and it really was not that scary of a movie. But in a dark room in the early morning, after just having that sort of dream, these were not pleasent thoughts.

On a side note, zombies are not very fast. But they are relentless. So while you probably do not have to run very fast to get away from a zombie, you do have to keep up your simi-quick, speed walking pace forever.

Programming the TV Remote

So you know how you always get a universal remote when you get a cable box from Comcast or your satellite provider or whoever? And you know how you will always lose that manual that came with it that tells you how to set up the remote, and what codes to use for what televisions and DVD players? I mean, I know us DIY-types are pretty organized, and never need the manuals, but there is just no way to remember all of those programming codes.

Well, a lot of those manuals and such are here. Which is pretty exciting, because now I do not have to get out of bed to turn the new (old) television off (our newer one died).


You are Windows 98.  You're a bit flaky, but well-liked.  You don't have a great memory, but everyone seems to know you.  A great person to hang out with and play some games.
Which OS are You?

You are .mp3 The kids love you.  You get along with just about everybody except the music industry.  You really make yourself heard.
Which File Extension are You?

How Kqemu works.

I haven’t been instant messageing for a while, particularly because the only person I instant message with is Kyle, and he’s been in Iraq defending the world against fundamentalist Islamic extremists.

But now he’s at home for a couple of weeks. And the Instant Messages flow. Here’s a clip, as we discussed QEMU, the open-source virtual machine, and its processor module kqemu.

(05:22:15 PM) Matthew Poer: kqemu isn’t essential, but it helps. It just makes qemu run processes in a more efficient (read: faster) way that I don’t really understand.
(05:23:23 PM) Kyle Isom: hmm
(05:23:39 PM) Kyle Isom: maybe they transport tiny hamsters over the internet to add some extra oomph
(05:23:53 PM) Kyle Isom: that would be extremely kung-foo
(05:25:46 PM) Matthew Poer: but how can you translate even a small mammal over TCP/IP without running some sort of recipient daemon? You’re talking all crazy. Qemu doesn’t background or daemonize!
(05:25:54 PM) Kyle Isom: it doesn’t have to
(05:26:01 PM) Kyle Isom: it includes a little known kernel module automagic
(05:26:11 PM) Kyle Isom: it does it over UDP
(05:26:16 PM) Matthew Poer: Ah!
(05:26:20 PM) Kyle Isom: which is why they transport so many
(05:26:24 PM) Kyle Isom: because so many don’t makeit
(05:26:42 PM) Kyle Isom: it does it over ssh
(05:26:48 PM) Kyle Isom: so you won’t see the qemu process
(05:27:24 PM) Matthew Poer: Are we talking like, 50% hamster loss? If PETA finds out…
(05:27:45 PM) Kyle Isom: that’s why it’s in linux
(05:27:53 PM) Kyle Isom: it confuses the furry animal people

Ah, the casual jesting of nerds.

(Transcript reprinted without permission. My conversations are GPL whether yours are or not!)