Chinese New Year celebrated in Los Angeles!

Chinese New Year LA

We missed the parade, and even worried that the celebration might be winding down.  Luckily it turned out that the celebration was not even slowing.  Confetti cannons continued to fire, gathering so much on the ground that children were playing in it like snow.  Confetti angles, confetti ball fights, there were even some industrious youths that managed to relaunch a massive pile back into the air and onto the heads of celebrants.  Amazing food, performers, music and art.  Not to mention the typical chinatown fair. I watched performances by dragon dancers, contortionists, martial artists, traditional chinese music as well as contemporary chinese pop music.  It was a great way to bring in the year of the Boar!

Chinese New Year LA Chinese New Year LA - Confetti

More photos from Stan Lee tribute

Incredibly, we were provided with a seemingly endless supply of White Castle Burgers.  These delicious tiny devils were a delight. I ate too many. #noregrets
Stan Lee Tribute -White Castle Appetizers Abound

Amazing art was on display prominently featuring Stan. The honors kept coming.  The army provided a color guard with taps. Celebrity panels and pre-recorded messages from people across the spectrum of entertainment media.  Even the mayor of Los Angeles presented POW Entertainment with a specially produced key to the city.  The documentary and other videos offered incredible insight into the history of Stan and his many many creative endeavors. I probably watched 45 minutes of Stan Lee cameos.  In fact, I am grateful that I had watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse before coming to this event.  I teared up during Stan’s particularly moving cameo. I doubt it would have had the same impact seen out of context.  I met many incredible people. From fans to speakers and even the event staff were all comic (or comic based movie) lovers. This was an experience I will never forget.

Stan Lee Tribute - Stanverine art
Stan Lee Tribute - Celebrity Panel
Stan Lee Tribute - Seth Green and be3n

Visiting iFixit and finally fixing my laptop!

be3n at the iFixit set

I got the full tour, the place is amazing and far tidier then any workshop I have been in. They have pieces for nearly everything and almost everything in pieces. I got to try out their tools. I even touched their flame thrower!

iFixit’s Boring Conpany flame thrower

It turns out this little bugger was the cause of all my problems or at least my technical ones. Once I got this guy replaced, my 2011 MacBook Pro was back kicking ass. Thanks Daniel you are awesome!

MacBook Pro 13-Inch SATA cable

I brought this gift to show my appreciation, I hope you like it. It is TechStep diagnostic tool from Apple for testing and diagnosing vintage Macs. I don’t even remember what i traded it for nearly 20 years ago, but i never once used it. I hope you enjoy it and maybe even do something cool with it. I cannot wait to come back.

Apple TechStep Diagnostic Tool

Pilgrimage to the Internet Archive

Internet Archive

The offering I brought was nearly 100 lbs of technology from my childhood.  I met some amazing staff and volunteers (they even archive their employees). Even visited the blinking lights of their servers.  They archive even more then I knew.  More then web, old software and films, they even archive music and have an impressive collection (i found several rare or out of print artists and albums in their archive).

Amiga Offering to Internet Archive


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my Asterisk PBX is back!

Google Voice Killed Asterisk SupportAfter Google killed XMPP support for Google Voice, I no longer had a house phone. I was using my Google Voice number as a home phone and for the gate info our building.  This lead to the whole system being ignored and neglected. By the time the SD card gave up the ghost, even the backups were in poor shape. I rebuilt the whole system fresh from the latest RasPBX dist and it’s working better then ever. Bought a real DID so i could continue to use Google Voice on our handsets at home. It’s great to have my Asterisk back.