Summoner – Eric Vall

Summoner – Eric Vall

I for one am an avid reader. Usually looking for books in library’s or in book stores. Though most of the books I read are ones that I have found myself. This time I decided to let Amazon pick out a book based on my library and sorted through the suggested titles. My phone only showed six titles and Summoner by Eric Vall was one of them.

Summoner is about a young man named Gryff who lives in a magical monster filled world as a summoner, one of the lowest classes of mages. Vall does a wonderful job at describing and detailing the world Gryff lives in without going overboard and drowning the reader. Keeping the reader engaged in the story by keeping the boring story building parts to a well-balanced minimum, Vall describes Gryff’s struggle being the lowest class of mage.

All in all, I enjoyed this book as it wrapped me deeply into the story, allowing me to envision, sense, feel, and even smell the world Vall depicts. A great read that would be wonderful for a cozy weekend reading session and I am excited to see if Vall will continue the story with a second book.

Amazon Link – Summoner – Eric Vall


A Crippled Weak Network

Good afternoon my fellow party members,

I don’t know if everyone has been watching the news recently, but there has been a rash of large companies that have been brought to their knees due to large scale network outages. Some of the most noticeable is the recent South West and Delta Airlines outages. South West’s computers where down for almost three days, all because of a failed router. And Delta was down for almost an entire day due to a failed power switch, but in Deltas case, even once the power switch was replaced, it took them almost the entire day to restart their computer systems. And the fact that it effected their global business as a whole, shows that they haven’t prepared their systems for a major failure. From what reports say, Delta Airlines’ computer system is based off of a legacy system that is so old, It most likely loads its data off of original Floppy Disks, and tape cassettes. (I’m thinking more in the tune of the computer system from Captain America Winter soldier) But what is the most shocking to see, is the fact that their entire company has that one critical failure point. Their network is a hub and spoke network, that can’t function without the central hub. There is no interconnects between the spokes, and there is no backup datacenter that can take over the system load in case the main hub goes down.

For any company to make a data system that can be so unreliable in the event of a failure, must not really be concerned about their company’s ability to operate efficiently and smoothly in the event of failures. In the matter of failures that could plague a data operation, there are many things that could take a datacenter down. anything from power failures to fiber cuts, if it affects the connection to your datacenter connecting to the outer spokes of the business, it will effect the bottom line. There are however ways around this. To prevent your company from feeling the effects of a datacenter failure, a full mesh network is recommended. Mainly by using multiple slightly smaller data centers. By having multiple datacenters that replicate data across the network, you can ensure that the spokes of your network will always have a place to connect to.

So what’s better? Spend the money now to make the profits later? Or save the money now to loose money later?

McDonalds Gilroy Garlic Fries? Y/N?


OK, so the new Gilroy Garlic Fries from McDonald’s?

I finally got to try some, and I am not impressed. The garlic and Parmesan mixture tastes wonderful, don’t get me wrong, but put on soggy fries, it just doesn’t mix. I’m struggling eating these and typing this at the same time. I for some reason was hoping for something much much more. I believe though that the McDonald French Fri is just not suited for the task of holding a buttery garlic Parmesan and parsley sauce without just completely breaking down. And once they get cold, they just become this cold soggy mass. I haven’t yet tried them completely chilled, as i figure the butter would make them completely inedible. or maybe it isn’t even butter they use, but rather that liquid margarine? I will never know as I no longer work in a McDonald’s my self. All of this is giving me an upset stomach.

So McDonalds New Gilroy Garlic Fries? Yes or No???    I’ll say no.

And BOOM Goes the… Smartphone?

Hello all!

First of all, sorry for the delay in posting. As usual I travel on the weekends to remote locations that don’t have any kind of connections what so ever. I did take some photos, those of which, I will upload later on once I get them off of my camera and sorted out. But this weekend, I left my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 out in the sun while it was in its case, and when I retrieved it (off the dashboard of the boat), I checked the internal temperatures using an app called CPU-Z. One thing I found interesting, was that the Snapdragon Octacore processor was still able to perform reasonably well even though its temperatures had peaked past one hundred seventy five degrees Fahrenheit. Parts of the battery where at one hundred and fifty degrees, and the overall core of the battery was just past one hundred and thirty. However, despite the extreme temperatures, the phone still played music without skipping a beat. But those temps got me to thinking about what powers the phone and how delicate that one component actually is.

The lithium ion batteries that power our devices, if they are anything similar to the batteries that power RC cars and drones, seem to not like sharp impacts or extreme heat. And when you charge these batteries, you are told to put them into bags that are made out of a puncture resistant, fire resistant materiel, in case the battery decides to “do other things.” And on that point, I have been seeing more and more reports about phones “exploding” in the pockets of their users. As just a few days ago, an Australian man’s iPhone exploded after he fell on top of his iPhone and received third degree burns because of the resulting fire.

So what are the phone manufacturers not telling us about these phones? Is your phone a potential ticking time bomb? Will it randomly explode the next time you make a phone call? Probably not. As for what are the manufacturers not telling us about our phones? They have nothing else they should need to say. As in every box that a new phone comes in, there is an instruction manual that warns about the potential dangers of lithium ion batteries. But those warnings mainly focus on “Do not puncture” or “Do not put in fire” or “Do not expose to extreme heat.”

In the case of the Australian man’s exploding phone, the reason for the explosion was very simple. When he fell on his iPhone that was in his back pocket, the battery suffered from some sort of trauma, and had the internal structure of the battery damaged. And depending on the previous damage and the age of the battery, the forces that where acting upon the phone during the accident, could have been just enough to send the battery over the edge.

So what is causing these lithium batteries to explode? It’s a process called thermal runaway. When a lithium cell is damaged and causes a short circuit, the cell will start producing more heat than what can be expelled. As more of the internals of the battery start to melt down, the more heat that is produced. Finally, enough heat is being produced, the electrolyte inside will combust, causing a fire. The “exploding part is caused by the pressures built up inside of the battery will cause the surrounding packaging to pop, thus releasing the burning electrolyte.

Now there are hundreds of millions or more lithium batteries being produced every year, and billions of lithium batteries being used currently. And the number of reported cases of lithium batteries exploding are still surprisingly low. However, a number of cases involve E-cigarettes, which work by creating a short circuit and heating a coil that vaporizes the liquid in the chamber. Mind you the key word here is short circuit, and what happens when a lithium battery short circuits? It goes poof.

But exploding batteries can also be caused by improperly charging them at the wrong current and voltage, physical damage to the cell, and extreme heat.

But all in all, there is no reason to panic, your phone is not going to randomly explode. As long as you don’t leave your phone in the sun, or smash it. Plus, try to refrain from dollar store chargers, as they usually are missing all of the safety circuits that are present in the stock chargers. And the chances your phone are going to explode? Probably won’t happen to you ever.

Masou Gakuen HxH

OK, here is one of my favorite anime’s from this new current season! It’s a little perverted, but is not all that bad to watch. (Not the most perverted anime i have  come across!)


Masou Gakuen HxH


“Hida Kizuna possesses the HHG (Heart Hybrid Gear) ability, but it is not strong enough to make him particularly important. His older sister calls him to transfer to a strategic defense school, where many of the students (many of which are large-breasted girls) use their HHG abilities to fight invaders from another world while wearing extremely skimpy pilot outfits. Kizuna’s fighting ability doesn’t measure up, but his sister has another plan—apparently having erotic experiences with Kizuna will allow the girls to replenish their energy or power-up. It looks like his new school life is going to be full of embarrassment”


Note: If an anime’s title has something to the effect of DxD or HxH or something with matching letters split with a lowercase x, its probably on some layer really perverted.



MPLS – What is it?

Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a type of data-carrying technique for high-performance telecommunications networks that directs data from one network node to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses, avoiding complex lookup’s in a routing table. The labels identify virtual links (paths) between distant nodes rather than endpoints. MPLS can encapsulate packets of various network protocols, hence its name “multi-protocol”. MPLS supports a range of access technologies, including T1/E1, ATM, Frame Relay, and DSL


MPLS is a network setup that I use at work on a day to day basis. The company work for pays another company that provides the MPLS layer to us. This Network As a Service company helps get the internet connections for each of our stores, and connects them into the MPLS network, providing secure communications between the stores and the data center. This new MPLS layer will replace the older aging VPN tunnels that link the stores to the data center.

One of the great beauties of MPLS, is the fact that it essentially makes your connections between locations, into a full mesh network. And if each site is configured with a backup connection, there will essentially be zero down time.mpls-wp

MPLS operates at a layer that is generally considered to lie between traditional definitions of OSI Layer 2 (data link layer) and Layer 3 (network layer), and thus is often referred to as a layer 2.5 protocol. It was designed to provide a unified data-carrying service for both circuit-based clients and packet-switching clients which provide a datagram service model. It can be used to carry many different kinds of traffic, including IP packets, as well as native ATM, SONET, and Ethernet frames.


My other favorite show!

So this is another one of my favorite anime’s. In fact, this may be my all time favorite! Originally I found out about this series after reading all of the hate comments about it, and seeing memes about you either Love it or Hate it. Well with my interest caught, I had to go and check the series out. The first few episodes kept my interest, but once the Asuna/Kirito combination started, I couldn’t get enough. I spent an entire weekend doing nothing but binge watching the entire two seasons that were out. And now that I have found the novels, I am working on reading those as well.


One thing about Kirito’s avatar that seems to get to me is the fact that it changes from game to game, but that can be expected I guess for each game is different. My favorite ones of Kirito’s avatar’s would have to be the second SAO avatar, and the Gun Gale Online avatar.


Currently, I am working on binge watching the entirety of the second season, and ended up staying up until 3AM this morning watching it.


Note: I don’t own any of these images.