Baerful Christmas

Baerful Christmas :)
That might be me…
Excitements Philosophized Private

End of the Year

It’s the same (procedure) every year: people start thinking about what to change in the new year, or even worse: what to change with the dawn of the new year’s first day. In most cases, these ideas are scrapped quite quickly. I’m quite sure that you all know what I mean. I don’t like the idea of forcing changes, espe­cially regarding changes in one’s way of living, attitude, or behaviour. Sad but true, people are trying to force other people to change something quite fre­quently. That doesn’t work with me. Admit­tedly, that’s not entirely true. It works in the sense that I will most probably react in a way that was not intended by the other person. Kind of bucking the trend. That’s me :)

Airport People
Airport People: Almost always in a hurry

The last days I (again) thought about a lot of things. On Wednesday, when I walked through and sat around in Bremen’s airport, I watched the people around me. They were walking, talking, hurrying, waiting, greeting, going, chatting, laughing, dreaming, hoping, being wild with excite­ment, had a thrill of anti­cip­a­tion. These are only some attrib­utes I noticed; the last one might be quite well known for one or two readers. The excite­ment I actually perceived only with two indi­vidu­als: a woman that had just arrived from London and a dog that was so excited about the arrival of a couple (I suppose) that he (or she) spun and twisted around him- or herself like mad. It’s really, really inter­est­ing to think about the stories that cause such emotional behaviour. Espe­cially airports and rail stations are places where you can observe a broad range of excite­ments, it’s fas­cin­at­ing. I’m normally quite neutral in the sense that … well, just neutral, you know? :)

Currently, I’m currently on holiday, just doing nothing except things I like. This includes trying to avoid any reachable computer device (except for answering emails or writing blog entries in the evenings). It’s great, I hate computer I have to admit. It’s not possible without them but also not with them. This also implies that there’s enough time to recap what happened the last year. Coming back to the initial topic, I just wanted to say that I never want to be so stupid, so self-destruct­ive, and dump like sometimes in the last years. Would be great if (whoever reads this mostly redundant post) could remind me of that (for now and the upcoming years)! Thanks and have a nice end of the year :)

Binary World Excitements

e2fsck saved my sleep

Yesterday, I unin­ten­tion­ally deleted the (master) ext4 super­b­lock of one of my (virtual) server’s par­ti­tions by acci­dent­ally executing

pvcreate <device>

Only some seconds later, I realised that I defin­it­ively chose the wrong lvm volume. Some more minutes later, I found out that this can be (partly) reverted by letting e2fsck recreate the master super­b­lock by first going through the inform­a­tion stored in one of the backup super­b­locks. Their locations can be cal­cu­lated by mke2fs, given the para­met­risa­tion is still known. Given, as in most cases no custom values were used, the list of backup super­b­locks is revealed by running

mke2fs -n <device>

The -n argument makes e2fsck carry out a dry run only. Finally, the master super­b­lock is restored by issuing

e2fsck -p <backup superblock offset> <device>

Some error messages will be displayed and some cor­rec­tions will be carried out. In the end, however, I got back a fully func­tion­al filesys­tem with all the data … at least it seems so :)

Excitements Friends Private

The Visions of Tomorrow

Quite another lame day is almost over. Instead of doing useful things, I browsed through some pictures I took during our Spieker­oog trip in November. Admit­teldly, I also played with the idea of replacing my good old (menalto) gallery by a remotely hosted one. Anyway, like by a strange coin­cid­ence, while browsing the pictures I came across this ultra-short series of visionary gestures below. I then remembered that I wanted to do a small collage back then but didn’t (as usual) manage to do so until now.

It’s quite simple but still I somehow like it :)