Jenkins on the Mac

October 20th, 2011

Mac uses launchCtl to manage system daemons, and Jenkins integrates with this.

Stop jenkins and prevent it from restarting:
sudo launchctl remove org.jenkins-ci

List preferences for jenkins:
defaults read /Library/Preferences/org.jenkins-ci

Specify a new value for the jenkins context prefix, http port and other prefs:
defaults write /Library/Preferences/org.jenkins-ci prefix /jenkins
defaults write /Library/Preferences/org.jenkins-ci httpPort 18080
defaults write /Library/Preferences/org.jenkins-ci httpsPort 14480
defaults write /Library/Preferences/org.jenkins-ci ajp13Port 18010
defaults write /Library/Preferences/org.jenkins-ci JENKINS_HOME /Users/lwashington/apps/Jenkins/Home

Jenkins launch daemon plist File:

Start the Jenkins daemon:
sudo launchctl load /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.jenkins-ci.plist

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Dirtiest TiVo Ever?

July 20th, 2011

Actually mine was close to this level when I recently had to open it up due to over heating issues!

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The Road Less Traveled (for a reason)

July 20th, 2011

I wonder how well someone would do navigating this road while towing a travel trailer :)

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Maine, The Final Days

July 10th, 2011

Our final days were spent at Acadia and Saddleback Mountain . . .



We actually spent two days at Acadia.  On the first day we cycled approximately 14 miles around two trails.  Once again Tyler and myself managed to team up at the end of one of our rides and missed the turn to the end of the trail.  Only after cycling for another mile or so did we realize our mistake and turn around.  Unfortunately we had to navigate all those climbs that we had enjoyed.


We also visited Sand beach, where the water temperature was 52 degrees.  That did not stop the boys from going into the surf and getting submerged quite a few times. They ended up with sand in lots of places that should not have sand, but appeared to have a great time.


On the 2nd visit we decided to leave the bikes behind and set out to hike some trails instead.  We discovered a trail that started innocent enough, but soon became quite challenging, especially with our cycle weary legs.  Fortunately the climb up was followed by a quick photo shoot at a convenient spot, to show that we had made it that far.  Rather than continue up the remaining 1.1 miles to the summit, we followed the descent route, which turned out to be a lot safer than the route up. The views were stunning and I am sure the photos do not do them justice.


Next was a relaxing swim at Echo Lake. If we had been fitter and more adventurous, there was a steep cliff trail that you could attempt.  According to one person we spoke to there are ladders along the trail to help you climb steep sections.  I am pleased to say that I reviewed the cliff from the comfort of the lake, submerged up to my ears as ducks swam by :)


One of the spots along the shoreline in Acadia is called Thunder Hole, where the incoming tide will sound like thunder as the waves plow into a section of the cliff.  While the view was stunning, the incoming tide was fairly timid, so there was not real thunder, more like a slap :)


Our final stop in the park was up to the summit of Cadillac mountain. Once again, with the great weather, the views were awesome. We even managed to persuade a passing stranger to climb down some steps and take a family picture of us. We had our final dinner in Bar Harbor where I also purchased a gallon of maple syrup.  That should last for quite some time, I hope.


Searching for Moose

No trip to Maine is complete without trying to find those elusive Moose.  I say elusive, but every tour guide paints a picture about how often they are spotted at the side of the road, and various stories about mothers escorting their young on many occassions.  So we set out to Saddleback Mountain, where they have free moose tours in the early evening.

Along the way, we attempted to climb up a portion of the Appalachian trail. We were seeking a balancing rock called Piazza Rock, but we got to a point where there was a steep climb and elected to turn back.  The treck was not completely wasted, since we ran into our first sign of Moose . . . a pile of their droppings.

Next I was able to don my fly fishing gear and trek a mile down a trail up at Saddleback Mountain, and visit a pond available only for fly fishing.  I ended up losing 4 flies and a pair of sunglasses.  I almost lost one of my waders in some rather deep mud, but managed to ease it out. An enjoyable time none the less.

After an early dinner we were ready to take the moose tour. I was surprised that there were not more people on the bus, since it was free, but their loss was our gain, I hoped.  I guess I should have realized we were not going to see a moose when early in the tour one of the passengers shouted “there is one”, and after the bus slowed we saw that what he had actually spotted was a large rock! For the next 2 hours we did manage to see 3 horses and a female doe, but no moose. On the ride back to the campground, we did see another deer, but even along a “moose dangerous” section of the highway we saw nothing. Oh well, maybe next time.



The vacation was great. I was very proud of how many activities the family was wiling to do, without complaint.  If we did anything that they did not enjoy, we just ended up not repeating it. We met some interesting people and saw some cool things. All in all a great state to visit, and maybe next time we will get lucky with the moose sighting.

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What Have We Been Up To?

July 5th, 2011

As Wendy explained, during one of our excursions to Lake George Regional Park, in my excitement to release a fish I had managed to nab, I dropped my Droid-X phone in the lake.  We have managed to get our other devices connected to the available wireless service and we are ready to share what we have been up to over the last couple of days . . .


Sugarloaf Ski Lift Ride

We took a morning to travel up to Sugarloaf to travel on the Super Quad chair lift up the side of the mountain.  The view was breath taking, and we had every intention to hike once we got to the tope of the ride.  Unfortunately the weather was not on our side, and we received a warning from the lift operators that if it should start pouring, or thunder and lightining should start, they would shut down the lift.

  If we were still on the mountain, then they would send a truck to get us down.  Sure enough, once at the top, the rains started.  So we got a few photos in, and then decided not to tempt fate, and made our way down the mountain.


Trying to Find Shiloh Pond


On our way home from the mountain, and after a brief lunch stop, we thought about visiting a local stocked pond for some more fishing. We started down this off-road track, that eventually turned into a logging road and opened into a logging area (though still no pond).  Bear in mind that our perceptions of the locals had recently been influenced by our experiences with the “Jello wrestlers” at our camp ground.  So, trecking down this very rural and abandonded trail to get to a pond with who knows what type of people at the end was making us very wary indeed.  After turning up in this logging area, with another 0.5 miles showing on the GPS, we decided that we were not brave enough for this endeavor, so turned around.


Canoeing Against the Weather

At the campground they offer kayaks and canoes for rent, so being the outdoors types that our family have magically turned into, we elect to try our hands at navigating two canoes.  The canoe teams end up with Wendy and Jordan in one craft, while Tyler and myself occupy the other.  The weather started awesome, with bright sunshine and blue skies as we paddled our way up the west side of the lake.  The lake covers approximately 335 acres.  As we made our way we tried our hands at fishing from the canoes, with very little success.  The first comic relief of this activity came when Tyler and myself attempted to disembark from the canoe at our first paddling stop off.  Tyler successfully disembarked, while i decided that this was a great opportunity to impart a valuable lesson to Tyler, showing how you should not get out. I lost my balance and ended up tipping the canoe over, and I along with a number of our belongings finished in the lake :)


Later on, we stopped at another stop off point, as we started down the east side of the lake.  After deciding that the weather was taking a turn for the worst, we tried boarding our vessel.  This time Tyler decided to join me in my dunking, as I managed to tip the boat over a 2nd time, causing my crew mate and our belongings to end up in the drink :)

At this point we started hearing regular thunder rumbles, and we were still quite a way from the landing dock where we had entered the lake.  I have to say how proud I was of the boys, as they kept calm as we started racing against the oncoming lightning, to get 2/3rds of the way back before grounding the canoes on a secluded beach we had found a couple of days ago.  We abandonded the canoes and made haste to our truck to wait out the thunder and lightning storm.  Afterwards, we went back for the canoes, and after a brief swim and some more fishing, we made our ways to the loading dock.  All this rowing served as great preparation for our main activity for the next day.


White Water Rafting Down the Kennebec

Today we made an early start up to the town of Fork Maine, to meet the people at Professional River Runners.  We were going on a 2.5 hour white water rafting trip.  There ended up being 3 families split over 2 rafts.  Since Tyler was too young to meet the 10 year old age requirement that would have allowed us to do the highest rated portion of the gorge, we joined our raft an hour down the river.  Equipped with our paddles, life jackets and helmets for the youngsters, we waited patiently at the side of the river, while loads of rafts from other companies flowed by.  Eventually our raft turned up and we were able to board.  Unlike the canoe, this vessel was very sturdy, so I did not end up tipping the raft as I boarded.

We had been through the various training sessions where we learned that you must always be responsible for the end of your oar. You must not panic if you should end up in the water, and everyone is responsible for helping an overboard crew member. The small number of mild rapids that we did go through were awesome. The water was cold and very refreshing, when waves came over the side of the raft.  Our guide led us to a stop off point where we found a waterfall swimming hole that both boys leaped into, multiple times. We tried ramming and splashing the other raft, and even saw Tyler try and leap onto the other raft, in an effort to dump the guide from the other raft into the water.  It failed horribly, with him being dangled by his foot above the water, but he did manage to escape the other boat and leap over to our raft, almost :)  Both boys jumped into the river and discovered how cold the water really was, but they had a great time.  For me, the scenery as we traveled down the river was beautiful, and I managed to spot a number of good fishing spots that would have been fun to visit, if we had been alone.

Our tour operators finished the day with a BBQ lunch where we got to use some very cool metal camp cups (I need to get some of these). All in all, the boys were emphatic that they would like to return next year, when Tyler was at the minimum age for the higher rated rapids, so we could experience the entire expedition from the start.

That is about it for now. You are all caught up with the things that I can remember. We will try and provide more frequent updates at the end of each day.


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Rejuvenated After a Good Nights Sleep

July 2nd, 2011
Our first day wound down after the ice cream social, where Wendy and I had the realization that we were not in Kansas any more. Thoughts of deliverance or red neck both jumped to mind when we reflected on it later, after the boys had gone to bed.

If any of you have seen the british classics like “Carry on Camping”, there is an image of the camp ground organizers using loud megaphones to let campers know about social events. They have a P.A. system here, and they are not afraid to use it, much to Wendy’s chagrin.

Anyway, this morning at 9:30 am we get our first announcement of the day. Imagine our surprise to hear that one of the events later on will be…….

Jello Wrestling

Oh boy! Fortunately we are planning on going to a state park with fishing and hiking, thank goodness! Of course, the blogger side of me it’s curious to document what jello wrestling could be like, but not that curious. :)

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Kittery Trading Post

July 1st, 2011

Great time wandering around the store. Three floors of stuff for the outdoors. Even saw a moose, and no Bobbi, I did not run it over :)

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The journey has started

July 1st, 2011

Maintaining a tradition that had started a few vacations back, we departed in the wee hours this morning. Now in New Hampshire and after being on the roads for a little over two hours, we have decided to stop for breakfast in a truck stop :)

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Maine Adventure Starting Soon

June 30th, 2011
One more day of packing and preparing for our camping vacation in Maine. We plan on doing some white water rafting, hiking, lots of fishing, maybe some golf, and lots and lots of seafood.

I am optimistic that we will remember to post photos and update this blog. Who knows we may even get some creative submissions from the boys.

One thing that I am still hoping for is a sighting of a moose. Keep your fingers crossed, you just never know.

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Website for the Next Tyler Andy Jones Film

May 31st, 2011

Tyler and Jordan started planning for their next film, The Golden Triangle. This is the 2nd in the Tyler Andy Jones series.

While Tyler did start a paper journal last summer, to record his ideas for characters and plot for the film, I have persuaded him to use a website to keep fans posted with updates.

The website can be found here: and Tyler has already started providing details on the plot of the first film.

Stay tuned since filming will start in the summer :)

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