Love Them Both

One of a the better quotes that I come accross:

"We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it." [1]

Thomas Aquinas

This quote belongs with this post:

Let us practice many acts of kindness and gentle clarity toward those we like the least.

—St. Frances de Sales

Sunday Sail with Dolphins

I went sailing with a friend. It was supposed to be just a mellow hour or two of sailing then pull my J/70 out of the water. Instead, we ended up sailing with a pod of dolphins. We did get caught in 25-mile gusts and large swells without enough weight. We had to furl the jib to get inshore. That short sail turned into a four-hour adventure.

My Suricata pfsense suppress list

I just moved from Snort to Suricata. The reason for my move is because Snort would die on rules update ever so often on my PfSense firewall. I am not sure of the cause, but I was getting concerned about a false sense of security.

I am no stating that Suricata is better than Snort. Just in my situation, I needed to try something different.

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Using Banner as a auth store for Portalgard

One of the biggest questions question with PortalGuard is what to use for the authentication store. Easiest for me would have been either the Luminis OpenDJ or Microsoft Active Directory. One of the things to consider is the flow. At the college that I work at, Banner is considered the gold standard. What this means is that if there is any conflict, Banner wins.

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Great Men and Cats

A friend sent this to me in a text message. Put a smile on my face. If this is a metric to judge me by, I am both a real and a great man.


Fire Flare Up

I was at Gelson’s market when this flare-up happened. It is a lot more spectacular than what the picture gives it credit. I was talking to some of the employees outside looking at it. In my mind, Santa Barbara was just one bad wind away from burning down. The irony of the situation was that I had looked at the evacuation notices. Across the street, get ready to evacuate. A hundred feet away, where I was standing, I was safe. Computer logic at its best.

Double handing while the Thomas Fire burns

Michael at helm Thomas Fire from sea

The Thomas fire has broken out Tuesday. We were sent home. A lot of smoke and ash was almost everywhere.

A good friend mentioned that her boat was in the water and suggested that maybe we should go sailing. It felt irresponsible, and wrong. Hey, it's sailing with good company! The burn was a long way away, well why not.

The wind was not as good as we wanted, but enough to fly the Kite and have a good time. Smelled like an oil field at times. To be honest, while out there, I did not feel as irresponsible as I originally did.

The second picture is the Thomas Fire while headed back to the Harbor.

Thomas Fire Maps

These can be found at the KEYT3 Thomas Fire Map Room. I feel that it is worth publishing elsewhere.

  1. Click here to view the latest evacuation map for the community of Carpinteria

  2. Here's a second interactive map showing you the hot spots. The red dots show where the Thomas Fire was most active during the past 12 hours. Click here

  3. This map shows the current fire perimeters of active wildfires across the United States. These are updated on a daily basis. Click here. Maps courtesy of Mapbox, satellite imagery courtesy of DigitalGlobe.

  4. View an evacuation map for Ventura County by clicking here.

  5. This map from the Ventura County Star shows homes that have been damaged or destroyed by the fire, updated as of Thursday.

  6. A map of the fire's perimeter from U.S. Forest Service updated on Dec. 9 at 12:08 p.m. PST Click here

  7. A Boil Water Advisory is still in effect for some parts of Ventura County. Click here to view the map.

  8. For a map of current power outages Click here.