Free Comic Book Day Haul

Seven stores in five hours and 21 free comics. Today was a good day.

K-dog's haul. I finally got him to get Y: The Last Man!

K-dog’s haul. I finally got him to get Y: The Last Man!

Mine and my daughter's haul. She's such a brony.

Mine and my daughter’s haul. She’s such a brony.


After seeing Aaron Douglas at SLCC FanX with naucum, I decided I should finally watch Battlestar Galactica.

So I did. All 76 episodes on Netflix.

In 11 days.

So say we all.

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!



Intel SCSI Sense Codes

We all have these memorized.. right..?

Mar 9 06:14:05 backup2 MR_MONITOR[3213]: Controller ID: 0 Unexpected sense: PD #012 = Port 4 – 7:1:11Power on, reset, or bus device reset occurred, CDB = 0x88 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x1a 0x87 0x7e 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x80 0x00 0x00 , Sense = 0x70 0x00 0x06 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x0a 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x29 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00

NSFW Response:

SFW Response:

How is this helpful to anyone, anywhere, in the history of ever anything…?

For the people not forced to read this at work all day, this is from /var/log/messages and means a SCSI error of “6 29 0” on Disk 7:1:11. The “6 29 0” is the 3rd, 12th, and 13th Hex code after the word Sense… Yeah…. To the CLI!

~$ grep Unexpected /var/log/messages | perl -pe 's/[A-Za-wyz]//g' | awk '{print $14, $39, $49, $50}' | sort | uniq -c
1 7:1:11 0x06 0x29 0x00

NSFW response to myself while proofreading this post:

SFW response to myself while proofreading this post:

Is this easier? The output maybe, but what is this command above it….


1. grep Unexpected /var/log/messages – Gimme any line that has the word “Unexpected” in it
2. perl -pe 's/[A-Za-wyz]//g'– Find all CAPITAL LETTERS, and all lowercase letters (excluding x) and replace with nothing. (Nothing is between the “//” at the end). g means globally, as in all of it.. not just the first one found

Further Example. This would replace the text “Winnebago Man” with the text “My Dad”. Few would disagree.
perl -pe 's/Winnebago Man/My Dad/'

3. awk '{print $14, $39, $49, $50}‘ – Break it up like a spreadsheet and print these columns.
4. sort – sort by the first column
5. uniq -c – Don’t show me all of the output idiot.. just gimme the name, the error, and how many times it showed up.

#Music during this post:
##Lots of Winnebago Man editing.
##Agent Alvin – This Feeling –

#SCSI Errors reading:

##Command needs more testing.



my command has been altered:

grep Unexpected /var/log/messages | perl -pe ‘s/[a-z][a-z,]+//ig’ | perl -lane ‘print “$F[12], $F[34] $F[44] $F[45]”‘ | sort | uniq -c


Salt Lake Comic Con FanX Day 1

All of the FNL crew made it to the FanX, albeit at different times.

I went all three days and am proudly exhausted beyond rational thought. So, obviously, I should make a post.

I met my three favorite captains: Admiral Adama, Mal and Jean-Luc Picard. Yes…you read that last one correctly. Yes…I cried when I met him. And I can now check being called “dear” by an English knight off my bucket list. BOOM.

Day 1:
With FalseFlag

We arrived a little after noon when the con opened to the general public. We wandered around the general floor and bought a few art prints. I got a creepy ACEO of some deer/rabbit-headed creatures and a cute 8×10 watercolor print of a little Darth Vader. I’m especially jealous of the prints that FalseFlag purchased. He should edit this post later to include pics after this here colon:

In love with that artist.

We also got beer: Captain’s Lager. YES.

Then we decided to hit up a panel. One that interested us was “Religion and Sci-Fi.” I mean, we love Sci-Fi and the way religion is portrayed in the genre, so obviously we’d love this panel. Or….we’d awkwardly listen to seven Mormons and an Evangelical try to justify their devout religious beliefs with their passion for Sci-Fi.

Ok. Welp, onto the next panel: Boondock Saints. Can’t go wrong there! The panel consisted of Sean Patrick Flanery and Rocko. Holy hell it was funny. The dynamic of those two was comedy gold; Flanery was all amped up on his own awesomesauce and Rocko….was….just kind of Rocko. Man, he was strange. We heard some excellent stories about Norman Reedus and Christopher Walken from Flanery and would have heard some excellent stories from Rocko if he would have picked up a microphone more than occasionally instead of blankly staring at a couple hundred people wondering who the hell Mike was and why we were all shouting his name. Great panel, probably the best I saw.

Then the room filled up with Buffy fans and we went to the room next door for some BSG spoilers from Aaron Douglas, who played Chief. Douglas is pretty funny and very Canadian. He talked a lot about his interactions with other celebrities in the same way any one of us peasants would. He’s a total lovable nerd. We learned that in the boxing episode on BSG, The Chief and Adama were actually wailing on each other, and that Starbuck is actually a girly girl who would get upset over a ruined manicure. Kind of a good news/bad news chunk of information.

After that, the room cleared and we moved up to the third row for the Boba Fett panel featuring the old and the new Boba Fetts: Jeremy Bulloch (heh, Bulloch) and Daniel Logan. The panel was moderated by a guy I know, but he apparently doesn’t know me because he’s too busy interviewing celebrities to remember that we’ve met several times. Yet another reason I should be in Star Wars; the list continues. Anyway, this panel was cringe-mania. Logan is this young, energetic, kind of stoner-y, total bro from New Zealand and Bulloch is a classically trained English theater actor. This picture pretty much sums up the entire panel:

"Where was ah going wi' that?"

“Where was ah going wi’ that?”

Seriously, enlarge that and look at Bulloch’s face that says “What the hell happened?” It makes me laugh so hard. And then cry.

We went to the game area and perused some board games. I was interested in Tsuro of the Seas, since we like Tsuro so much. I was thisclose to buying a discounted Battlestar Gallactica game and having Aaron Douglas sign it, but I didn’t and am okay with that. FalseFlag bought Risk Legacy, which we have yet to play, but is currently sitting in my front room singing a siren song. So tempting.

This year I was determined to actually take photos of cosplayers, since last time I took my camera and never used it. I was proud of myself for asking people for photos….although looking back, they’re almost all of women. I guess I need to work up to talking to the men folk.

Those cheeks!

Those cheeks!

I loved this Kiki, not overdone and just perfect.

Gun purchased from ThinkGeek

Gun purchased from ThinkGeek

This Chell’s potato actually worked! I was like 5th in line to take a photo of her and she was obviously pretty damn sick of it by then, but I did it anyway! Haha! Take that introversion.

Who, me?

Who, me?

I liked this chick’s makeup, but she seemed suprised that I wanted her photo. I wish the conversation had actually gone like this:
“Hey, can I get a photo of your makeup?”
“No.” And I had put my camera down and walked away.

But, no, I took the damn picture. I still like it even if she didn’t.

After that we wandered around a bit more, saw a TARDIS, DeLorean, some mermaids and acrobats before heading to game night at my place. Overall a great first day.


So…I went ahead and made a thing.

All proceeds to go K-dog, as it was his idea 🙂

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… 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. DnD-PH1-2 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.


Shit We Hate About Spotify

– Impossible to find people without selling soul to FB. Refuse… RESIST!!!!

spotify:track:2OoS1aZFAFscH1cUiKlazH (what a nice FB logo you have)

– Pandora gives me better recommends. Like where did this come from?

spotify:track:2vJnWT7uhAtyMLbL2eaT15 (Die FB)

I listen to a lot of Spotify offline because NathantheFake and I are cheap bastards and share an account. I am also a shuffle addict. When I’m at work, I never ever want to listen to an entire album by the same artist in its intentionally predetermined order. It seriously drives me mad. Mad! Anyway, today I just wanted to load all the offline songs into a queue and put them on shuffle. No matter hard I slammed that fraking shuffle icon, the songs refused to randomize themselves. I did finally figure out that if I add every damn song individually to “My Music” then I could shuffle them all. However, that took up time and my work numbers suffered because of it. I mean…obviously I had to do it on work time…it could not wait for my lunch break. Thanks Obama.

The iOS app was flat out broken for a while. From the lock screen, you used to be able to skip forward/backward quickly – you hit a button, song changes. With the April update, there’s often a delay between when you hit the button and when it skips, and mashing the button means all those presses get queued up.  Going forward, it’s not a huge deal – you listen to an extra 10 seconds of each song until that queue gets processed. Going backwards, though… once you’re past the first few seconds of a song, hitting the back button restarts it.  So when you hit forward too many times because of the button lag and you want to go back, you end up listening to the SAME FRIGGIN’ TEN SECONDS OF A SONG YOU ARE TRYING TO SKIP.

I don’t even know if it’s still broken. I gave up on it until I see it show up in my Recently Updated Apps list.


Friday Night Linux: now with Twitter!

Hey folks, admin here. Just wanted to let you know that we have a twitter account! Follow @fnlinux for site updates, random pictures from board game nights, and other shenanigans.

Hey, Farva – what’s the name of that restaurant you like with all the goofy shit on the walls and the mozzarella sticks?