Went down to the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge yesterday and Tom Fite put together this Awesome video he took using the T2i, he also recorded the guitar part. More of Tom Fite can be found on flickr


Lee Metcalf Walk from Tom Fite on Vimeo.

Over the 4th of July weekend some friends and I did a 3 day/2 night float on the Missouri. It was a great trip and i would highly recommend it. Here is a simple map of our trip and some photos taken by Jon Adams.

  1. We put in at Coalbanks Recreation Area
  2. We Camped at Eagle Creek
  3. We Hiked to Hole in the Wall
  4. We Camped at Arrow Creek
  5. We pulled out at Judith Landing

View White Cliffs Float in a larger map

All of the photos were taken by Jon Adams

Nutch. It’s sweet.

We (The University of Montana) have had a Google Mini for the last 5 or so years. It was really expensive to purchase and after the short two year support contract ran out we were left to fend for ourselves or shell out another $6k for another one, and so we’ve been limping a long for the last 3 years with a Google Mini that is difficult to manage. One of our biggest issues is that the Google Mini will only index 200,000 thousand pages, and then it quits. As a result our search is terrible, nearly unusable and we (me) hear about it all the time. A big thanks to Tom my boss for telling me about Nutch!

Enter Nutch.  Nutch as described on their site: “Nutch is open source web-search software. It builds on Lucene Java, adding web-specifics, such as a crawler, a link-graph database, parsers for HTML and other document formats, etc.”

The best tutorial I found was on the Apache Wiki: http://wiki.apache.org/nutch/NutchTutorial

There are two things i did differently to make my installation / testing process go a bit smoother:

  1. use the command “bin/nutch crawl urls -dir crawl -depth 3 >& crawl.log” to initiate the crawl. It generates a crawl.log file that his handy and interesting to look through
  2. when setting up the tomcat war, edit /tomcat6/ROOT/WEB-INF/classes/nutch-site.xml and make it look like this:

Nutch Results
I set it up on my local machine running 64-bit Ubuntu and pointed it first at http://nickshontz.com and then did a very shallow sweep of http://www.umt.edu. The results are very promising. To the right are the results from tinkering with it for a few hours today.

In the tutorial it will show you how to set up Nutch, get it to crawl and index whatever content you specify and then start performing searches on it.  What I’ve got on the right is the stock java.war file unpacked into the root of tomcat (this is also in the tutorial) i did update the logo with UM’s to give it a bit of branding for the demo.

Our intention is to build some simple restful web services that can be accessed by our production web box and the results can be displayed however we like using whatever language we want.  You can see in the screenshot that Nutch also provides cached copies of pages as well as some other options for each link.

We hiked up Blodgett Canyon Overlook, a nice 1.5 mile walk to an overlook of the Blodgett Canyon trailhead. more photos can be found on flickr

Blodgett Canyon

The first bit is getting the php-oracle connection setup, this has been tested on Ubuntu 10.04 (Desktop) and 8.10 (Server) both are running the 64-bit OS.

  1. Install PEAR and PECL
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install php-pear php5-dev libaio1 build-essential
  2. Download Oracle Instant Client. You need the Basic and SDK.
  3. Move and unzip the files
    sudo mkdir -p /opt/oracle
    cd /opt/oracle
    sudo unzip oracle-instantclient11.2-basic-
    sudo unzip oracle-instantclient11.2-sdk-
    sudo mv /opt/oracle/instantclient_11_2 /opt/oracle/instantclient
  4. Create sym links.
    cd /opt/oracle/instantclient
    sudo ln -s libclntsh.so.11.1 libclntsh.so
    sudo ln -s libocci.so.11.1 libocci.so
  5. Install oci8.sudo pecl install oci8
  6. At the prompt enter: instantclient,/opt/oracle/instantclient
  7. Enable it by adding this line to your php.ini
  8. Restart Apache.
    sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

The next bit is getting CodeIgniter and Oracle setup:
Notice that database is blank, and hostname includes the host, port and service name
$db['default']['hostname'] = "dbhost.example.com:port/service_name";
$db['default']['username'] = "dbusername";
$db['default']['password'] = "dbpassword";
$db['default']['database'] = "";
$db['default']['dbdriver'] = "oci8";
$db['default']['dbprefix'] = "";
$db['default']['pconnect'] = TRUE;
$db['default']['db_debug'] = TRUE;
$db['default']['cache_on'] = FALSE;
$db['default']['cachedir'] = "";
$db['default']['char_set'] = "utf8";
$db['default']['dbcollat'] = "utf8_general_ci";

One last thing i’ve learned working with Oracle and PHP is when getting CLOB’s and the like out of the database, to access the data use this syntax: $model->fldName->load().

I’ve had my camera for one year, two weeks, and two days.  In that time I’ve taken about 10,000 photos and uploaded about 700 of them to Flickr.  Almost all of these photos have been taken with the Basic Options on the camera, the presets. I’ve taken a lot of photos like that and was generally pretty happy with the results, until now. When I got my camera i tried to find a suitable program (I use Ubuntu) that would let me manage my photo collection as well as handle raw photos. There were a few for managing photos but nothing good for dealing with raw photos. Well, there was a plugin for the GIMP but i did says suitable program, not something to drive me over the edge….
So today I decided to look again, it’s time i joined the club and got away from the basic settings, and inadequate software is not a viable excuse. I popped open the repository and searched for “canon” and saw something called Rawstudio.


I also discovered that Google Picasa for linux will open raw photos, and the output is much better than the jpg from the canon, but Rawstudio gives you an far more of flexibility.

SpringSpring - Adjusted

Here’s one I warped quite a bit:

Playing With Rawstudio - Apocolypse

A friend and colleague lead me to the article “The Dropout Economy” by Reihan Salam.  I read a lot of articles on the internet, many linked to via twitter or shared through Google reader as well as the many online resources I regularly subscribe to, and very few grab me like this one did.

I’m part of the dropout economy, and this article pretty much hits the nail on the head. you should also watch the video.

Collin and joe, originally uploaded by nshontz.