Planet Bazaar

December 15, 2016

Elliot Murphy

Dec 15, 2016

Another morning run, and more dolphin. Wish there was a way to identify them. Got a picture of the sailboat named floating point. Can't remember the name of this typeface.

by Elliot Murphy at December 15, 2016 05:47 PM

Dec 14, 2016

There was some extra time before Darcy had to leave for the day, so we jumped in the boat a few minutes after sunrise. Best day yet for dolphin viewing, several dolphins were chasing fish toward us in the intersection of several canals. Darcy got some great photos of the dolphins playing, and observed how great it is to be able to enjoy your food.

by Elliot Murphy at December 15, 2016 05:46 PM

December 14, 2016

Elliot Murphy

Dec 13, 2016

Dec 13, 2016

Notified a client about an impeding outage that I noticed during an audit today, and did some studying on the Elm language. After the rainstorm finished I took a break from studying and hopped in the boat. Full moon, and it was bright enough to read. The river was a black mirror. Dolphins were out hunting fish with barely a ripple. Saw the largest shooting star I've ever seen, and the clouds over the barrier island in the Atlantic were full of heat lightning.

by Elliot Murphy at December 14, 2016 08:49 PM

December 12, 2016

Elliot Murphy

Dec 12, 2106

Headed out shortly after sunup today. Water was absolutely glassy, the winds from the weekend were gone. Dodged half a dozen large coconuts as we headed out.

Went past Sampson island into the main river because it was so calm. After clearing the mangroves could see straight to the bottom.

On the way back in the water was so smooth you could see a distinct V ahead on the surface as if some invisible boat. I guessed more dolphins, and sure enough there were two more herding fish back into the docks, lazily circling and diving.

by Elliot Murphy at December 12, 2016 02:42 PM

Dec 11, 2016

Another late night run after spending a fun afternoon at the zoo. Headed to the end of the canal and was delighted by a couple of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins chasing fish.

by Elliot Murphy at December 12, 2016 02:37 PM

Dec 8, 2016

Tonight I headed through the west canal,and it turned out to run the length of the next island. Saw a couple of amusing boat names. A ketch named "floating point" with a legacy computer typeface, and another sailboat named "satellite office".

by Elliot Murphy at December 12, 2016 02:36 PM

Dec 10, 2016

Woke up with energy today, and dressed quickly for the day. Even though I had to wear a suit for today, decided to risk a quick inspection of the island during the early morning light to assess whether we could bring anyone over. Heading back I saw Darcy sitting outside enjoying her morning coffee substitute, and I can't think of a nicer sight.

In the afternoon most of the family took naps, and then I pleaded with everyone to go for a quick island visit before dusk. We all piled on, including the two dogs. Some dogs on the canal bank started barking at some ducks, and daisy hopped in the water to join in. Cut the motor, the boat went over the dog, everyone stayed calm and we got turned around. Daisy was paddling in circles and we made it over and got her back in the boat.

Arriving at the island everyone enjoyed walking around on the trails and seeing the mangroves and pines and campsites. Daisy dried off by rolling in the white sand.

by Elliot Murphy at December 12, 2016 02:28 PM

Dec 9, 2016

Quite windy today, 12 to 15 mph gusts on the river. Small craft advisory and whitecaps. Headed out to the main channel around midnight to see how the Boston whaler skiff handled compared to our old proline with higher freeboard. Waves were 2-3 feet and the skiff definitely couldn't take anything bigger. Little boat on a following swell is always a thrill as it goosenecks and swerves sliding into the trough and you look directly into the side of the waves. Wish I could see some flying fish.

by Elliot Murphy at December 12, 2016 02:18 PM

Dec 7, 2016

Late at night before I made it out in the boat. Quiet, half moon and cloudy. The river was absolutely slippery with fish. Headed south, and saw the bioluminescence was stronger. Killed the lights and watched streaks of light through the water all around the boat as the schools darted and churned.

by Elliot Murphy at December 12, 2016 02:13 PM

December 07, 2016

Elliot Murphy

Dec 6, 2016

Intermittent heavy rains today. Vey glad I bought the hand operated bilge pump, handy to empty the bilge twice during the day. After we returned in the evening I finished provisioning the ubiqity network gear for our mobile network and went out in the boat just before midnight. Then moon was just setting, and the mangroves were still dripping from rain. Headed past the nature preserve into the river, shut off the stern light and just looked at the stars. Stirring a stick in the water and still captivated by the bioluminescence.

by Elliot Murphy at December 07, 2016 05:26 AM

December 06, 2016

Elliot Murphy

Dec 5, 2016

5 day streak. Tonight after getting home everyone agreed to go with me, and we set out on the boat again north on the great canal. Incredibly calm night with a bright moon but many clouds. All the boat lights are so pretty and we saw several docks with underwater lights. One even had a heron standing near the light fishing.

by Elliot Murphy at December 06, 2016 06:23 AM

Dec 4, 2016

Woke up at 6AM and recorded a time lapse of the sunrise at the beach. Then rushed back and headed out in the boat. Rushed too much and realized I left the keys behind after casting off. Tried to lasso a cleat and missed as the wind caught the bimini top. Happily there was an emergency paddle in the anchor locker, so 15 minutes of paddling later I made it back to the dock and headed out to our Sunday appointments. After lunch tried another boat run with rhaiza. Brought the dogs and headed north. Many folks putting lights on their boats. After passing under the bridge one of the dogs got lost their footing and went into the water. Showed rhaiza the overboard procedure, threw out a floating cushion, and got the dog back aboard none the worse for wear.

by Elliot Murphy at December 06, 2016 06:20 AM

December 04, 2016

Elliot Murphy

Dec 3rd, 2016

Last night we found some battery powered clamp on nav lights, tonight after grilling dinner for guests I got the lights rigged and took a short trip North on the grand canal. Many docks have winter lights up, and plenty of sailboats home for the winter. Lights worked well and nothing to worry about in the canal. Much work to do but this trip is helping my mind so much, I feel stronger than I have in years.

by Elliot Murphy at December 04, 2016 04:15 AM

December 02, 2016

Elliot Murphy

Dec 2, 2016

Boat didn't take on water overnight. Shortly after sunrise made some pour-over coffee and was about to head out, then thought it was worth inviting others. Rhaiza and Darcy were both up for a quick cruise. Got the bimini top installed, and drank coffee while looking around the nature preserve. Dogs loved the boat. nice 30 minute cruise before the sun started beating down.

by Elliot Murphy at December 02, 2016 05:28 PM

Dec 1, 2016

Arrived at rental house. Picked up boat from warehouse, helped the owner replace the windshield. Drove out to the causeway, launched, found my way through the canals to the house. Got a ride back to the ramp to recover the truck and trailer. Went to Wal-Mart and bought throwable life preserver cushions and portable navigation lights. Couldn't find a bilge pump so resigned to using a cup to bail as needed.

by Elliot Murphy at December 02, 2016 05:25 PM

October 17, 2016

Mark Shuttleworth

The mouse that jumped

The naming of Ubuntu releases is, of course, purely metaphorical. We are a diverse community of communities – we are an assembly of people interested in widely different things (desktops, devices, clouds and servers) from widely different backgrounds (hello, world) and with widely different skills (from docs to design to development, and those are just the d’s).

As we come to the end of the alphabet, I want to thank everyone who makes this fun. Your passion and focus and intellect, and occasionally your sharp differences, all make it a privilege to be part of this body incorporate.

Right now, Ubuntu is moving even faster to the centre of the cloud and edge operations. From AWS to the zaniest new devices, Ubuntu helps people get things done faster, cleaner, and more efficiently, thanks to you. From the launch of our kubernetes charms which make it very easy to operate k8s everywhere, to the fun people seem to be having with snaps at for shipping bits from cloud to top of rack to distant devices, we love the pace of change and we change the face of love.

We are a tiny band in a market of giants, but our focus on delivering free software freely together with enterprise support, services and solutions appears to be opening doors, and minds, everywhere. So, in honour of the valiantly tiny leaping long-tailed over the obstacles of life, our next release which will be Ubuntu 17.04, is hereby code named the ‘Zesty Zapus’.


by Mark Shuttleworth at October 17, 2016 12:23 PM

May 17, 2016

Mark Shuttleworth

Thank you CC

Just to state publicly my gratitude that the Ubuntu Community Council has taken on their responsibilities very thoughtfully, and has demonstrated a proactive interest in keeping the community happy, healthy and unblocked. Their role is a critical one in the Ubuntu project, because we are at our best when we are constantly improving, and we are at our best when we are actively exploring ways to have completely different communities find common cause, common interest and common solutions. They say that it’s tough at the top because the easy problems don’t get escalated, and that is particularly true of the CC. So far, they are doing us proud.


by Mark Shuttleworth at May 17, 2016 08:16 PM

April 27, 2016

Tim Penhey

It has been too long

Well, it has certainly been a lot longer since I wrote a post than I thought.

My work at Canonical still has me on the Juju team. Juju has come a long way in the last few years, and we are on the final push for the 2.0 version. This was initially intended to come out with the Xenial release, but unfortunately was not ready. Xenial has 2.0-beta4 right now, soon to be beta 6. Hoping that real soon now we'll step through the release candidates to a final release. This will be SRU'ed into both Xenial and Trusty.

I plan to do some more detailed posts on some of the Go utility libraries that have come out of the Juju work. In particular, talking again about loggo which I moved under the "" banner, and the errors package.

Recent work has had me look at the database agnostic model representations for migrating models from one controller to another, and also at gomaasapi - the Go library for talking with MAAS. Perhaps more on that later.

by Tim Penhey (thumper) ( at April 27, 2016 09:36 AM

April 21, 2016

Mark Shuttleworth

Y is for…

Yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yak. Naturally 🙂

by Mark Shuttleworth at April 21, 2016 11:40 PM

April 13, 2016

Mark Shuttleworth

Nova-LXD delivers bare-metal performance on OpenStack, while Ironic delivers NSA-as-a-Service

With the release of LXC 2.0 and LXD, we now have a pure-container hypervisor that delivers bare-metal performance with a standard Linux guest OS experience. Very low latency, very high density, and very high control of specific in-guest application processes compared to KVM and ESX make it worth checking out for large-scale Linux virtualisation operations.

Even better, the drivers to enable LXD as a hypervisor in  OpenStack, are maturing upstream.

That means you get bare metal performance on OpenStack for Linux workloads, without actually giving people the whole physical server. LXD supports live migration so you can migrate those users to a different physical server with no downtime, which is great for maintenance. And you can have all the nice Openstack semantics for virtual networks etc without having to try very hard.

By contrast, Ironic has the problem that the user can now modify any aspect of the machine as if you gave them physical access to it. In most cases, that’s not desirable, and in public clouds it’s a fun way to let the NSA (and other agencies) install firmware for your users to enjoy later.

NSA-as-a-Service does have a certain ring to it though.

by Mark Shuttleworth at April 13, 2016 03:28 PM