Growing Roses from Seeds

Posted on June 25, 2008 by Stephen

I have collected a couple of pieces of information that I found on the internet here (in PDF format).

Here is the general idea for growing roses from seeds:
1. Leave hips on rose for 4-6 months to collect in September. An
alternative is to collect the hips when they are orange and slightly
2. Cut open the hip and remove the seeds (achenes).
3. Clean the seeds thoroughly with either 1:1 water:peroxide or an antifungal.
Be sure to remove all trace of the hips from the seeds to
help prevent fungal attack.
4. Do a float test. Place seeds in water and discard the floaters.
5. Refrigerate the seeds for 4-6 weeks on a moist towel in a ziplock bag,
or until small roots start to appear.
6. plant the rooting seedlings 0.25 inches deep in a sterile mixture and
keep at room temp while the growth starts.
7. Discard any seedling that succumbs to powdery mildew.
8. Do not over-water the seedling and make sure the planting mix is
sterile to help prevent damping-off, a disease in which the stem rots
at the soil surface.

Backup of Website

Posted on June 24, 2008 by Stephen

For users like me who's website host uses a UNIX-like OS, the following tar command will backup all directories including the hidden files.

tar -cvf
Example: tar -cvf backup.tar /home

If you want to skip the hidden files use this command sequence.

tar -cvf /*
Example: tar -cvf backup.tar /home/*

The * looks only for non-hidden files and directories.

Here is my info for dumping mysql dbs (link)

Best PVE Combo

Posted on June 16, 2008 by Stephen

Last night I played WoW with a friend. I have a lvl 34 shadow priest and he logged on with his lvl 32 protection paladin. We were clearing 4 mobs at a time (pally was tanking) that were +4 levels higher. Twice we cleared one +3 elite and two +4 mobs (the elite was a caster/healer) with the pally tanking all three and me doing DPS and heals. This was the best combo I have played in PVE. The prot pally does one hell of a job tanking and keeping aggro.

I have also run with combos with my warlock (affliction spec)/druid (bear form), warlock (afflic)/warrior (fury spec), priest (shadow spec)/rogue, priest (shadow spec)/warrior (fury spec) and none of these was nearly as powerful a combo as the priest/pally mentioned above.

Deer Roping

Posted on June 12, 2008 by Stephen

(Names have been removed to protect the stupid!)
Actual Letter from someone who writes, and farms.

I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.

The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then hog tie it and transport it home. I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope.

A Dance with Dragons - George R. R. Martin

Posted on June 10, 2008 by quashnsa

ISBN-10: 0553801473
ISBN-13: 978-0553801477

It has finally come to us die-hard fans! Woot!
I ordered this from Amazon in April. I should receive it on October 6th 2008.

Great Atheist Quotes

Posted on June 07, 2008 by Stephen

Richard Dawkins: "We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."

Is god willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then god is impotent
Is god able, but not willing?
Then god is malevolent.
Is god both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is god neither able nor willing?
Then why call him/her god?

Richard Feynman: God was invented to explain mystery.

Abraham Lincoln: The bible is not my book nor christianity my profession.

Ernest Hemingway: All thinking men are atheists.

Napoleon Bonaparte: Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.

Judo Class again

Posted on June 02, 2008 by Stephen

I worked out with Slav, Omar, and a couple other guys tonight. I got a little banged up and my bad knee was achy after class.