The mark is not set now.

— Emacs

Dear Amazon,


The two packages I expected today arrived as scheduled. The third, unexpected, quite heavy package contained items I didn’t order, wouldn’t order, and according to your web site, are not associated with my account at all, despite having an Amazon-generated shipping label with my name on it.

All three came from the same fulfillment center in North Las Vegas. Is this an off-by-one error, where you’re printing an extra label that then gets slapped onto the next package in line?

In any case, somebody out there is probably wondering where their Fancy Feast cat food and Body Armor sports drinks are…

Configuring a static IP in %pre


When building out a new kickstart server for CentOS 7.x/8, I vigorously ignored the cruft that had built up in the old one and started over. One useful improvement is handling the basic network configuration properly:

%pre --log=/tmp/pre.log --interpreter=/usr/bin/bash
DNS=10.201.0.2,10.201.0.3
IFACE=$(ip -4 -o a | awk '/scope global/{print $2}')
IPADDR=$(ip -4 -o a | awk '/scope global/{print $4}')
declare $(ipcalc $IPADDR -h -m -n)
cat << EOF > /tmp/network.cfg
network --onboot yes --device $IFACE --bootproto static --noipv6 --onboot=on --activate --nameserver=$DNS --hostname=$HOSTNAME --ip=${IPADDR%%/*} --netmask=$NETMASK --gateway=${NETWORK%%.0}.1
EOF
%end

%include /tmp/network.cfg

We use TXT records in DNS to automagically set static DHCP leases and PXE config files, so that all we need for an unattended install of a new server is the MAC address of the first NIC. This little snippet tells Anaconda to hardcode that IP config so the server doesn’t depend on DHCP after the install is done. This has saved our bacon many times after power outages, because if your DHCP server doesn’t come back quickly (or at all), dhclient eventually gives up, and then you have to touch everything by hand to get them back online.

To get the base install down to something simple, quick, and easy to secure (~380 RPMs, minimal network services), I dusted off the Perl script I wrote back in 2009 that does dependency analysis based on the repodata files comps.xml and primary.sqlite. Still works pretty well, actually.

I deeply regret that we had to bite the bullet and start using a systemd-based release. CentOS 6.x was just getting too long in the tooth for functionality, and then one day we suddenly needed to ship a new DNS/DHCP/NTP/mail server to a new office, and the only available hardware was a NUC too new to run 6.10. My feelings about systemd can be summed up with this Ace Ventura clip.

There’s gotta be a pony in there somewhere!


New anime series I’m going to give a shot:

  • After School Dice Club (funimation): three high school girls play European board and card games. Ep 1: Marrakech. Highlight: class rep girl sports red half-rims.

  • Ascendance Of A Bookworm (crunchyroll): reborn as an adorable moppet in a world without books, Our Heroine starts making them herself. Ep 1: creepy wizard uses drugs and magic to discover the secret origin of the adorable moppet.

  • Azur Lane (funimation): a bountiful harvest of bountiful shipgirls. Ep 1: 95 seconds of blah-blah before they even show a girl, then all of them at once in the OP. Really feels like it’s only for people who already know a lot more about the game than the 95-second explanation they just gave, and have a large checklist of girls who must appear. I’ll give it at least until Belfast shows up. Quote: “war, war never changes”, sigh.

  • BlackFox (crunchyroll): masked ninja girl battles the forces of evil in a future world, with a series logo that looks suspiciously like a Grendel mask. Ep 0: origin story, in which Our Hero is briefly introduced as an adorable ninja moppet, only to grow up offscreen and come home just in time to experience a tragic loss that leads her to swear revenge on two creepy guys.
       No, wait, this isn’t a series at all, and the “preview episode” I watched earlier this week is no longer available. It’s been replaced by a 90-minute movie.

  • Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life? (crunchyroll, but not up yet): during her reincarnation into another world, Our Heroine wishes to be average, but didn’t specify average what. Most promising element: series composition by the same guy who handled Endro!.

  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World (crunchyroll): seven seriously-overspecced teenagers who more-or-less run modern Japan crashland in a fantasy world and proceed to take over. Ep 1: four minutes of blah-blah about how awesome each one is, followed by what’s sure to be only the first of many opportunities to show off their mad skillz. They opened with two pairs of giant boobs, though, so it can’t be all bad…

Saturday Update

Gave Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered But Overly Cautious (funimation) a shot. The OP song was so bad I skipped over the credits, which is never a good sign. The in-your-face trope-awareness and self-conscious wackiness was… discouraging, to put it kindly. It would have been less awkward to have signs popping up that read “laugh now”.

Looks like Average starts Monday.

3D cheesecake 23


Cheesecake is healthcare. Cheesecake is a right. (classical reference)

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Unicode Is A Hate Crime!


Now that hysterical idiots have declared the “OK” hand gesture a symbol of hatred and white supremacy (seriously, what do these imbeciles smoke?), the only rational response is to take away their computers, tablets, and smartphones, because they can be used to inflict imaginary pain and anguish on other idiots.

After all, if you ban 👌, only outlaws will have 👌.

The depth of my concern for this nonsense is best expressed as:

🎻 🎶ain’t that a shame🎶

(and if you can’t read this, clearly the fascists have already won!)

They had me at hel-lo!


The producers of “High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World” (crunchyroll) certainly know how to set the mood with the opening scene:

Interestingly, the official web site has a full English translation.

I’ve got wood for your sheep…


After School Dice Club, in which cute girls do cute things with board games.

I think they’ve got me with this one

Ecchi-na no wa ikenai to omoimasu!


“If I were going to write an isekai series…”

“Transported Into A Fantasy H-Game As The Comic-Relief Sidekick, I Keep Getting Kidnapped By Villains And Molested By Their Kinky Minions, Only To Be Rescued By The Hero Just As They Get To The Good Part”

I thought about designing another book cover to go with this title, but most of the potentially-appropriate art on Pixiv is a little too explicit, and it would end up behind an NSFW tag anyway…

So, has anyone written an “accidentally transported from one isekai to another one in a different genre” series yet? Y’know, like the clumsy, busty elven priestess who gets adopted as the mascot of a squad of space marines.