Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Chow Time...

This is another video of the same little birds from last post. Had to put the camera on the shrub and move away for this one. The quality is not so great but, think it looks alright.

These were taken in this morning, but took a long time to upload, and then for Vimeo and YouTube to process it. Now only got the chance to post these. Hope they are interesting. It wasn't possible to take this without the background noise ( talking etc.. ), as few construction workers were working at my place.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Newly Born...

The eggs inside the bird nest in my place has hatched about two days ago, and two little ones have come out.

The Eggs.

Took this about a week ago, was very hard to reach it to get a better view, i didn't want to risk alerting the bird parents. :)

A Parent.

The new born.

A worried Parent.

This one kept making weird noises, every time it noticed me trying to get a clear view. Finally decided to take a video and not to bother them anymore.

Think they are 'konda kurulla'. As the still-shots didn't work so well, took a few videos. Quality is not very good, but this is what i can afford at the moment. ;)

Didn't upload to youtube, cause vimeo appeared better last time..but i still can't make up mind on picking up one of them.

Would be glad to hear about any tips/advices in achieving better photos/videos..:) I still suck at this, specially when capturing moving objects!

Update: Added to YouTube

Monday, January 19, 2009

Setting up s/w raid on gnu/linux

note to self

mdadm can be used to create raid volumes easily in the below way.

mknod -m 0640 /dev/mdX TYPE MAJOR MINOR
chgrp disk /dev/mdX
mdadm --create=/dev/mdX --level='RAID LEVEL' --raid-devices=n /dev/sdXX /dev/sdYY

RAID LEVEL can be any value from linear, raid0, 0, stripe, raid1, 1, mirror, raid4, 4, raid5, 5, raid6, 6, raid10, 10, multipath, mp, faulty.

Eg: Creating a RAID 0 with 2 physical devices /dev/sda1 and /dev/sdb1.

mknod -m 0640 /dev/md0 b 9 0
chgrp disk /dev/md0
mdadm --create='/dev/md0' --level=0 --raid-devices=2 /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1

mknod is quite important, as otherwise mdadm will complain about non-existent device. Make sure to specify unused MAJOR and MINOR numbers when creating the (block)device. Refer to mknod man page for more info.

As usual, i keep forgetting this important step, and keep running in to trouble.

Very useful guides are here and here.

Some guides seem to suggest that the s/w raid configuration should be put on to a /etc/mdadm.conf, but i think this is no longer necessary.

From what i've gathered, the actual RAID configurations are kept in a superblock in member physical devices. The linux kernel identifies the and reads out that information from the physical devices( partitions ), at the boot-up, and they have to be of the type 'Linux raid autodetect' OR 'fd' for this to work properly.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

caged beauty...

Below is the flash based slideshow with more photos from the set. To view the full set in better resolution, click on any slide in the slideshow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

life and death...

Got these photos in an email. It reveals but a sad moment from Palestine, with the recent attacks from Israel. Needless to say, hundreds of this sort of incidents must have occurred in Gaza, this is neither the first nor the last! The attacks are still ongoing according to the latest news.!

Last Moments of A Dying Mother and Her Child....in Palestine

I couldn't help but wonder how many incidents like this, worse than this -if that's even possible- must be happening..even in here in SL.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

a good year...

2008 just ended leaving a lot of memories. When i look back, this year has been a quite an important one to me in so many ways.

Made a few very close friendships, Learned a quite a lot of lessons in life and started to look at things quite differently, and got to do lot of things i have been wanting to do for a long time during this past year.

As a result, I'm entering this new year, the year of 2009, with a far better state of mind than i had at the beginning of 2008.! Guess i owe it to my close friends, who stuck by me during my hours of need ( quite frankly, there were some! ) and helped me through them. I feel I'm approaching this new year as at least a slightly better person than i used to be, with all the things i went through, and the experiences i gathered during.!

Guess what I want to say is that 2008 is been such an important year in my life, which left me with a lot, that I'm going to approach this new year with an optimistic mood, and better equipped, with all the experiences i had, during this past wonderful year!

I will remember all of them -miss a few of them a lot ;) , without whom i wouldn't be able to say this, for all the years to come. This is just a few words of gratitude from me for all that i have been given by them.

So, here I'm, at the beginning of this new year, hoping for another good one!