Dave Bullock / eecue

photographer, director of engineering: crowdrise, photojournalist, hacker, nerd, geek, human

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SpamAssassin: Filtering Spam is a Good Thing

I installed SpamAssassin on my mail server. Previously I had just relied on Mail.app's spam filtering functionality to deal with the hundreds of junk messages I receive daily. Now vpopmail sends every message through SpamAssassin which has been extremely effective in filtering the incoming crap.

Relying on your email application to filter spam works well as long as always keep it running. I take my laptop to work with me so I frequently don't have Mail.app running. This causes spam to pile up and makes it a hassle to check email using my iPhone.

Now SpamAssasin and vpopmail automatically move spam from my Inbox into my Junk folder. When I check my mail on the go I am no longer greeted with a bunch of junk.

My users are also benefitting from the install. They have given me positive feedback on SA's management of their spam. Nobody likes dealing with junk mail so anything that makes the process easier is always welcome.

I have noticed that SA doesn't catch everything and sometimes falsely thinks some good email is spam. I update the rule signatures nightly which helps. Soon I am going to implement a spam/ham folder heuristic update script. This will automatically train SA just by moving incorrectly filtered email into one of two folders.

SpamAssassin is a great addition to my mail toolkit. I am very pleased with the results so far and I am eager to help it do a better job. Thanks SpamAssasin!

just mutton

Cans of Just Mutton sit ready for the buying on a grocery store shelf in Fiji during my honeymoon in 2006.

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Disney Is Watching You

A few days ago I took a walk around my neighborhood and took some HDR photos of various interesting buildings, fountains and sculptures. I especially enjoyed this shot of the camera that is perched atop Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall. I wonder if that was part of the original plan?

The Watchful Eye

Either way I still dig the way that building looks

Disney Concert Hall and Sun

You can check the rest of the HDR Disney Concert Hall shots that I took here.

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Mawwige... Mawwige is what bwings us togeva today...

I love my sweetie pie! We finally set a date, July 9th 2006 at the New Otani garden! I am excited.

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The Fixie is Done!

Check out the write up here on b.la. Check out the photos here.

Update I went for my first short ride on Sunday to go buy a mini kryptonite lock. It was a hoot although I almost crashed into the back of a line of cars, thinking I could slow down fast enough by backpedalling. I swerved and went around and everything turned out ok.

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Penelope is posting up a storm!

My sweet lovely and beautiful fiance has been posting like a mad woman today over on her blog. Stop by and read her reviews about various local eateries along with some trip reports from the zoo and the gym.

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Is California Governable?

I just posted up my story about the Zocalo Sponsored talk at the Dorothy Chandler Music Hall here on LAist.

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LAPD really is CRACKING down

Last week I posted that I noticed LAPD was increasing their presence in my neighborhood and hassling drug dealers (as I type this I have seen LAPD cruisers and motorcycles roll by twice). I guess it wasn't just random and they have added an actual beat through gallery row according to this article on LA Downtown News.

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What is homelessness?

Downtown Central City East Blogger asks the following questions:

What is homelessness? Why are people homeless? And how is it, that this city is the homeless capital of the world?

To which I responded:

Homelessness is the state of living in which you have no home to hang your hat in. People are homeless for a myriad of reasons ranging from extreme poverty to drug addiction to mental problems. Urban sprawl over a hundred miles of coastline has concentrated the homeless problem into a very small area where they are tolerated. Greater Los Angeles is a huge population center in a state where mental care funding was cut under then governor reagan. Drug addiction is treated only as a crime and not as a disease and thus the war on drugs has created self-imposed internment camps for the hardcore addicts.

Obviously not every homeless person requires the same kind of help. Some need mental health care / medication and counseling, others need drug counseling and rehabilitation, many just need help finding work and affordable housing.

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Move along there is no crack to smoke here...

When we first moved in to our new loft a few weeks ago, we noticed that scores of homeless and drug dealers hung out at a bus stop on Main St, which we had a perfect view of. We have spent many hours watching people sell, buy and smoke crack down on the street below our house.

Every couple of days we would see an LAPD cruiser pull up and watch as the people scattered like so many cockroaches. During the past week, LAPD has upped their patrols to every hour if not twice an hour. They also have bike cops patrolling, and these are real LAPD officers, not the purple-shirt-wearing security guards. This is having a good effect, as there are much fewer people hanging out and I see far fewer crack deals and crack smoke-a-thons. Thanks, LAPD!

That being said, I do feel that chasing people off and/or arresting them is not the solution to the problem. Our country and her war on drugs makes problems like these worse by treating them as a crime and not a disease. Drug addiction is a disease and it should be treated like a disease. Locking up addicts does not cure their addiction.

I already volunteer a good portion of my time to Search and Rescue, but I realize that there is more I can do down here. I want to interview the people on the streets, to learn their stories and to record them for posterity. I also think volunteering at the Midnight Mission would be a positive use of my time, so I have contacted them and offered my time and services.

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This is a random and pointless photo of some sauce at dinner

random photo This is a random and pointless photo of some sauce at dinner

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

This is a picture of a random bunny head that i have in my office. It was used in a world industries ad a few years back

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Without the language to describe numbers, counting is not possible

A study of an Amazon tribe reveals that the lack of language to describe numbers makes counting hard to impossible. [nature]

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Tom DeLay is Corrupt as Hell

The Nation Editor's Weblog states, and i quote: "Tom DeLay... is hands down one of the most corrupt politicians in the United States." That an impressive feat to pull off!

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Will Smith is a geek

Believe it or not, Will Smith was/is a geek. I personally thing I, Robot is going to kick ass. Check out this interview with the star from I, Robot. [btw, yes he keeps his toys]

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japan is the shit....

more new pictures and two long articles are up on my jp site:

check it out here!!!!

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Total Information Awareness! AKA Big Brother is Watching!!!

The feds have some crazy idea in their minds that making a gigantic database of everyones information is a good idea. It's not. The feds can't even secure there own computers let alone a system with everybody's info on it... did i mention a convicted felon will be heading this project?