Business plan woes

It’s been 15 years since I started a business and I still don’t have a good grasp on what to write in the business plan. “Our vision is to do fun stuff and we are going to do it with or without your help, but if you help we’ll do really cool stuff and probably be able to pay you back.” Yeah, that’s kinda crap.”I’d like to be able to quit my day job so we can actually do stuff in a reasonable amount of time without getting evicted.”?



Post-intrusion check-up

I wrote up this answer on Ask Fedora, that might prove useful to some other folks;

How to check out a Fedora (or Red Hat Enterprise, Community Enterprise, SuSE/Novell, Scientific, …) system that you’re concerned might have been compromised.

Of course, no such list is ever “complete,” but this is more than what your average auditor would check.

The METRO Entertainment Complex logos

Got a message today from the owner, Jerry Rosenberg, looking for copies of some logos I’d redesigned back in ‘O8 and figured I might as well post some of ’em here.


Business logo:metro-business-logo


The “Special Events” aka “Showtunes” variant, with input from Kingsley Spencer:



The Freedom flag variant of that one:


And some of the signage and things using the logo … not all of which made it to press …

metro-bizcard-blank metro-showtunes-matchbooks metro-business-logo metro-bizcard-mike metro-shadows metro-sappho metro-rainbow metro-oasis metro-gameroom metro-disco metro-boiler


covers for the matchbooks (silver foil on purple gloss):




Some time later, they revised the logo. The skyline in the ones I’d done was traced from a photo, standing on the bridge looking downtown, but the “sparkley” version was apparently traced off the older, hand-drawn skyline that matched the previous version of the logo. Here’s the sample that Jerry sent me:


So, I retouched the “showtunes” logo to more-or-less match it for him … Still with the “photographic” skyline. The funny thing is that the moon had been facing the other way on the old business cards; I flipped it to match the neon sign out front. So that logo is a really strange hybrid …

metro-showtunes-sparkley-pink metro-showtunes-sparkley-pink-low-res

And, while I was in that folder, I ran across a few old promo posters for the bars … you can see the inspiration for the “sparkley pink” version probably came from the Fridays & Saturdays logo here … ?Monday lowres Lesbo•A•Go-Go lowres Karaoke lowres Gameroom lowres Drag lowres Boiler & Sappho's lowres College Night lowres DJ lowres 365 Days lowres Wild Wednesday lowres Weekend lowres Tuesday lowres Sunday Special Events lowres Sunday SIN lowres Rainbow Room lowres Strip Contest lowres

and a few of them in high-res …

Thursdays Sundays QaF Karaoke Lesbo Pool



Note to self … I should probably “tag” a few folks on Facebook who might remember the Old Days. I think all those posters are from January ’O8, so it’s been 7½ years ago, now.





W, X, Y, Z?

Why can’t I type the letters eks or tsee in WordPress posts?


a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w  y

Eks just gets ignored, but tsee asks me if I’m sure I want to close the window.


Dang it …

Start an EXE in the right environment

Linu systems can run .ee files of several different types: DOS, Windows, or .NET programs. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a really good way to tell which of the three types of interpreters would be needed for an .ee without fiddling around in a terminal.

So, I just threw together a little helper program that will read through the headers of the program file itself, and run it in what should (hopefully) be the correct environment.

It’s on GitHub as and there are some simple’ish instructions.

Basically, check out or download the code, and use make to compile (It’s just one C file, it just compiles with cc -o actually), and copy the output to /usr/bin. Drop the binfmt config file into /etc/binfmt.d and SystemD will pick it up on your net boot. Or, once you have you could tell your file manager to use it to open .ee files. I’ll probably add a .desktop file to the package whenever I have a minute to screw around with it again, that’ll make that automatic. (And probably also properly package it into an .rpm package.)