It’s been a year, MS150 Again.

Tim took a selfie with me
Tim Took a selfie with me.

Wow, it seems like every year around this time, I’m blogging, my beard is completely out of control, and I’m saying that I haven’t blogged in a year, and I should start doing it again. I can’t believe how old this blog is… I started it TWELVE YEARS ago.. In March 2003!! Now that’s a blog with some history.

Maybe I will blog more. Or not. We’ll see.

In the mean time, I’m riding my bike from Houston, TX to Austin, TX (about 160 miles), to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, I’m asking for donations.

Here’s a link to donate! http://biketxh.nationalmssociety.org/goto/michaelp713

 

2014 Houston BPMS150 Ride

Again it’s that time of the year, only four more weeks and I’ll be riding my bicycle from Houston to Austin, TX. The ride is to raise funding for multiple sclerosis. I’d love for everyone to donate to my cause! You can donate as little as $10 or as much as you’d like.

My MS150 Page with donate link: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/michaeljpalmer

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease that affects people in many different ways. It could be paralysis one day, loss of vision the next or impaired memory the day after that. Living with MS means living with uncertainty.

MS150 Finish Line Michael
MS150 Finish Line

 

DONATE DONATE DONATE!!!

Drivers Hating Cyclist on Twitter Gratitude

Drivers Hating Cyclist on Twitter Gratitude.

“Drivers: You sit behind the wheel of the most advanced personal transport device in the history of the world. All you need to do is apply slight pressure to a pedal with your foot and you are instantly propelled forward at an incredible rate of speed. Some slight side-to-side motions with your hands, or even one hand if you like, steers you almost anywhere your heart desires. At your disposal are turn-by-turn directions to any location on earth. You sit eating snacks in a protected, climate-controlled chamber on top of a seat more comfortable than most kings’ thrones. If something should slow you down temporarily you can almost instantly make that speed up by applying a little extra pressure to that pedal. Simply amazing how far we’ve come.

 

So how do you show your thanks for such good fortune, such freedom?” … More: Drivers Hating Cyclist on Twitter Gratitude.

If money wasn’t an issue in life…

I was thinking today, if I could do anything with my life and money wasn’t an issue, these are the things i’d do:

  1. Own land
    1. Ride Dirt Bikes
    2. Own a jeep again
    3. Build my own house from complete scratch
    4. Fish
    5. I think i’d need at least 200 acres!
  2. Photography
    1. Mostly travel or nature, or maybe public events
    2. figure out how to get into doing major sporting events on the field like baseball and football games..
    3. build my own studio warehouse, where i could photograph large things, like cars and motorcycles in house with full lighting setups.
    4. work on a movie set as a photographer
    5. have enough good photos to hold an exhibit somewhere
  3. Bicycles
    1. I’d like to ride a lot, maybe from my house to my photography studio every day 🙂
    2. Build – i want to learn how to build bicycles and completely build my own stable of different bikes from the frame up.
    3. i’d love to setup some type of charity where we build bikes for underprivileged kids.
  4. Fun Stuff
    1. I’d buy a good quality saxophone and play it again. I dreamed I was playing in a jazz club the other night, made me miss it.
    2. Learn to be a chef
    3. Take vacations with the kids.
    4. Stay in shape!
    5. Get back to volunteering regularly. It’s been so long.
    6. (With my Jeep) – Go on a Jeep Jamboree someday.
    7. Mountain Bike in amazing places like Colorado, Utah and some of the US’s famous parks.
    8. Get dual citizenship with the UK, so i can spend a few months in England with all my family whenever I want.

Cycling! A whole new hobby

So I’ve recently got into cycling. It’s been an awesome way to exercise and super fun.

I picked up a bunch of awesome gear from Amazon:
Giros Savant Road Bike Helmet
Shimano 105 PD-5700 SPD SL Pedal
Shimano SH-R087 Road Bike Shoes – Men’s
Pearl Izumi Attack Short
Pearl Izumi Men’s Quest Jersey

Pretty much everything is working out great! I’m normally a size 9.5US in Nike shoes and went with the 44 Shimano road shoes, I think maybe a 43.5 would have been better, but I’ve used them a lot so it’s too late to return them. Clipping in to the 105 pedals is pretty easy, although I did fall off at a stop light on the first ride! Shorts are great and highly recommended!

LeatherCraft 1539 18 Multi-Compartment Tool Carrier

I’m constantly struggling with keeping my network tool bag organized. It’s great after I organize it, but one job needs to be done and it’s completely disorganized again.

I have a ton of tools, carry everything I need to install network cabling, turn up T1 lines, troubleshoot analog lines, I can even do basic electrical work with what’s in my bag. It’s exploding with stuff, since I carry everything I could possibly need.

So I’ve been looking into a new bag.

The one I’m probably going to settle on is: Custom LeatherCraft 1539 18 Multi-Compartment Tool Carrier. It looks like it’ll do the trick. My current bag is a “bucketmouth” type bag, so there’s not really much organization, it’s so full of stuff I can’t zip it, so maybe this one will be great!

Kamailio – Changing the From URI for Level3

So Level3 uses the E.164 recommendation for sending caller information. The problem with this is that they send a + prefix to the phone number. The problem with sending the + in the caller number, is that a common desk phone (Polycom/Cisco/Yealink/Aastra) will try to make an IP call to the number, or just fail. It seems like only cell phones handle the + character in a number.

So to keep that plus out of the network, I added the following code to my kamailio.cfg to “filter” out the + before sending to the caller.


$avp(s:from)=$fu;
$avp(s:from) = $(fu{re.subst,/\+1//g});
  if ($(avp(s:from){s.len}) == 0) { $avp(s:from)  = $fu; }
uac_replace_from("$avp(s:from)");

Maybe there is a better way, but this is working in production. Let me know if anyone has a better method!

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