Web address surfing

Address surfing, oldest hack in the book. Let’s say you’ve got a url that is like this http://myfamilywebsite.com/Vacations/Finland.html
Well what if the webmistress didn’t add very good navigation to her pages. And you want to see [Read more…]

Forward Slash

Forward Slash: Def: the mark which you make by putting a pencil tip on paper and then moving it Forward and Up. Example:  /

Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 3rd, 2014 Salt Lake City

Like comic books? Know any kids that would like to get a free comic book with a trip to the local comic book shop?
Well your chance is coming up quickly! Free Comic Book Day is coming up in Salt Lake City!
This Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.  Shops will be giving away free editions of a variety of comic, everything from “Grimms Fairy Tales” to “Spongebob”.

Salt Lake City Free Comic Book Day  blackcatbanner1

This is a great chance to get out and visit your local comic book shops. In fact, I might try to make a day of this and visit the SLC shops I haven’t been to yet. FNL 2014 SLC Comics Shop Tour (and pub crawl…?)

Some of the cool stores participating in this are:

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84106
(801) 461-4228

Salt Lake City, Utah, Utah, 84047
(801) 352-2605


Salt Lake City, Utah, 84109
(801) 485-6114

West Valley City, Utah, 84119
(801) 964-4776

Salt Lake City, Utah, 84107
(801) 263-1940

Sandy, Utah, 84070
(801) 330-2068


Support your local comic book geeks!



Work In Progress – Dungeon Tiles

So we play the D&D Wrath of Ashardalon board game. It’s a fun cooperative game which is light on back story but heavy on combat. I have been messing around trying to build small things out of foam. The regular, house insulating kind. This is where I’ll post some pictures and reports.
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Sometimes you roll the dice and…

bids@ebay.com: EBAY:  YOU WON: D&D Players Handbooks 1 & 2

I was cruising ebay looking at DnD miniatures and books and such one night last week. I came across this 2 book set listed for cheap. So, on a whim I put in my max bid of $30 and went to bed. Didn’t figure I would win, but thought “what the heck”. I checked in later the next day and Surprise! – I won the bid. That’s 2 books for 1/2 price. Yeah.
Your Nerd Intelligence Score has increased by +1.

FridayNightLinux.com DnD-PH1-2

FridayNightLinux.com DnD-PH1-2

Soon I’ll have the newer 4th Edition DnD Handbook 1 & and Handbook 2.

Perhaps I’ll review them in the future.


Simple directory listing for sorting, easy reading

Ever run into one of those times when you need to get the filenames out of a directory. You only want the filenames, and not all that other junk that normally comes with the output of the “ls” command?

Introducing the “-1″ (that’s numeral one) option to ls. This will give you only what you want: filenames.

Example out put of ll or ls -la:
It’s kinda messy, right?

[root@HMUFUJNFS02 network-scripts]# ll
total 264
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 147 Apr 16 14:43 22APR2014-ifcfg-bond1.131
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 145 Apr 16 14:44 22APR2014-ifcfg-bond2.133
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 142 Apr 16 14:44 22APR2014-ifcfg-bond2.134
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 146 May 7 2013 ifcfg-bond0
-rw-r–r–. 1 root root 101 Apr 22 2013 ifcfg-bond0.129
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 145 Apr 29 2013 ifcfg-bond1
-rw-r–r–. 1 root root 147 Apr 22 2013 ifcfg-bond1.131
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 146 May 7 2013 ifcfg-bond2
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 145 Apr 29 2013 ifcfg-bond2.133
-rw-r–r– 1 root root 142 May 2 2013 ifcfg-bond2.134

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Now check out the ls -1 option:
Nice and clean. Now we can pipe that to a file or into another command.

[root@HMUFUJNFS02 network-scripts]# ls -1

Happy Linuxing!


Wizards of the Coast- D&D Character Test

What type of D&D Character are you?
Play this test a couple of times to see what might be of interest to you:

D&D Home PageWhat Class Are You?Build A CharacterD&D Compendium

Death and Taxes

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain except
death and taxes.”

 -Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy 1789.



Well, in order to motivate me to actually do my taxes (it’s about time, right?) I thought I would throw on some Metal and get to work! I always hate tax time and therefore put it off until I can’t any more.

So I went to the FreeFillableForms website to file my Federal taxes. I was able to log in quickly and start banging away, filling up the text boxes. God, remember when there was no online tax service and you had to use one of those ancient pencil things? So, everything was good and this wasn’t turning out to be the Spirit Crusher that I thought it would be. Even getting a refund.

Then I went to the Utah State online tax site. This caused me some frustration. I couldn’t seem to log in at all. I double checked  my previous account info – “yup, that’s all correct, WTF? why can’t I log in?”  So I clicked around a bit and then I found some thing on the Utah state site referring to Silverlight.  What?!  Why is a state website using a proprietary, closed source program! Microsoft Silverlight! Damnit don’t the web-geeks at the state know this will cause issues? Even with Novell’s hearty attempts to clone it for Linux with “MoonLight“, it still is a PITA for Linux users everywhere. This made me want to “Scream Bloody Gore“.  The neighbors could probably hear me yelling my battle cry of “Open Standards For ALL!!!”

For a while I thought I was doomed. I keep looking though, determined. Eventually I stumbled onto some part of the Utah state site which allowed me to create a new account. So far, so good, I’m thinkin Chrome and Fedora, getting the job done. I get through the state site clickies, checkboxes and text boxes. All set, right? Wait, why does it say that I owe $3000 to Utah?! Bastards!!!    “Oh,  K-Dog, just double check your maths, alright?” Ok so I do. Whoops, looked like I skipped one section. Add that section… recalculate…  YES!  Utah Tax Owed is $0.00. Take that, Utah.

So, knowing that I’m getting money back from the US and not owing Utah (first time, ever) gave me a feeling of Spiritual Healing“. Alright, so that bloody ritual is over for one more year.

Happy Tax Time!


BoardGamer Rewards from Game Night Games in SLC


Yeah! I finally got my first payout from my Customer Loyalty account with Game Night Games in SLC!! Not only do I get to enjoy hours of fun with my friends, but I also get back a small percent of of the money I’ve spent on games, miniatures,  dice and paints at Game Night Games.

If only I could get back a percent of the money I’ve spent on beer for FNL game nights. Sigh…

Here’s my first reward letter:

Dear Kevin,

Game Gold is our way of thanking you for shopping with us. Your Game Gold Reward is equal to 5 percent of your game-related purchases with us for the previous quarter of the year (i.e. items purchased January 1 – March 31, 2014, excluding food/drink and event registration fees). To redeem your Game Gold on your next in-store purchase, tell us what your customer number is when you check out and we’ll look up the amount of your reward. If you don’t know your customer number, it’s “666not-really”. We can also look up your customer number and Game Gold amount for you by your first and last name at the register. You do not need to bring a printout of this email with you as we have your Game Gold amount for Q1 2014 on record in-store at the front desk. You have until June 30, 2014 to spend your Game Gold and it must be used on a single purchase.

Game Gold Amount:

$ CashMoneyBaby!!

Customer Rewards Card       
Game Night Games 2148 South 900 East, Suite 2, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: 801.467.2400
Please contact us if you have any questions. We really, really appreciate your friendship and your business. Let us know how we can make your experience in the store more fun!!!

Sh!t- Where’d my “Quick-Draft” go to?

Lost. Forever. That’s where.

1- Start a new Quick Draft.
2- Rant about the bash shell.
3- Click Save Draft.
4- Loose draft to the vortex which is the internet bit bucket.
5- Repeat.
6- Curse.
7- Google.

Apparently this is a bug which has appeared in the last few days when some people have been using v.3.8.x

More sadness details here:


How’myGonna add to: http://www.fridaynightlinux.com

Thought I’d give, y’all a heads up.