Madisen Beaty on ABC Family show “The Fosters”

Watching our friend Madisen Beaty guest starring on “The Fosters” on ABC Family tonight. Madisen will be in (at least) the first seven episodes as “Talya.” Below is the text from “About the Show” from the ABC Family website:

The Fosters is a compelling, one-hour drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of foster and biological kids being raised by two moms. Stef Foster (Teri Polo), a dedicated police officer, and her partner Lena Adams (Sherri Saum), a school Vice Principal, have built a close-knit, loving family with Stef’s biological son from a previous marriage, Brandon (David Lambert), and their adopted twins, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Jesus (Jake T. Austin). Their lives are disrupted in unexpected ways when Lena meets Callie (Maia Mitchell), a hardened teen with an abusive past who has spent her life in and out of foster homes. Lena and Stef warily welcome Callie into their home thinking it’s just for a few weeks, until a more permanent placement can be found.

Callie is quick to observe that the Fosters are an atypical family, and her blunt commentary hits a nerve with Jesus and Mariana who are struggling with their own identities. The twins have the opportunity to meet their birth mother, but they aren’t sure if they are emotionally ready, or if they want to share the experience with their adoptive moms. Callie also discovers that Mariana is harboring a secret that could land her in serious trouble.

Brandon, a talented musician with a kind soul, lends Callie a hand in navigating the classrooms and social scene at the Fosters’ high school, Anchor Beach Community Charter School. He’s faced with a tough decision when Callie decides to ditch school to reconnect with someone from her past. What happens next will determine if Stef and Lena made the right choice in taking a chance on Callie, and whether they have room in their home – and their hearts – for one more.

From executive producer Jennifer Lopez, and created by Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, who will also serve as writers and executive producers, The Fosters stars Teri Polo, Sherri Saum, Jake T. Austin, Hayden Byerly, David Lambert, newcomer Maia Mitchell, Danny Nucci and Cierra Ramirez. Joanna Johnson, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Benny Medina and Greg Gugliotta will also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Nuyorican Productions, Inc., and Prodco, Inc.
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Welcome Back!

After many months in the dark, I have recovered that last of the pieces from my old Mac Mini G4, so that all of my services — DNS, Open Directory, Email (Postfix, Cyrus, SpamAssassin, ClamAV, MailMan), MySQL, and Drupal with updated PHP, since Apple’s default PHP install doesn’t include any of the necessary modules.

First my external drive for TimeMachine backups died… I replaced it with a new drive, but it had to complete a new, full backup. During the full backup, the external drive that the server was running from died from old age… After several partially successful attempts to recover the data using DiskWarrior, I tried to reconstruct the old Mini, but wasn’t able to get it to boot up… I thought that I had recovered enough of the data that I could use it to migrate to the new server, but the server migration wizard would die partway through.

After manually rebuilding Mail under 10.7 with Server 1.0, I found that when I updated to 10.8 and Server 2.0 that the migration wizard couldn’t even move my data and configuration from 10.7… So I had to manually rebuild DNS and Mail once again…

I have since migrated from an old 32-bit G4 Mini, to a newer 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo, with 8Gb of RAM. I’ve gone from OS X Server 10.5.8 to 10.7 and on to 10.8.2 Mountain Lion, with Server 2.2.1. I’ve had to manually install MailMan, since that is no longer included with Server. I also had to manually install MySQL, since Apple dropped it in lieu of Postgresql. I had to reinstall phpMyAdmin, only to find that Apple’s installation of PHP 5 doesn’t include many of the common modules needed. I used to use Entropy PHP, but its not being supported any longer. Its been superseded by php-osx from LIIP, also in Switzerland. Then I discovered that the Server app insists on reverting back to the default PHP every time it restarts… I had to reinstall Drupal 6.20, and then updated to 6.28. Then I had to update and fix some modules, reinstall MacPorts to load ImageMagick, etc…

But now I’m back online! I still have some formatting issues to work out, as my Zen theme and stylesheets seemed to have gotten a little broken, so bear with me while I do some more fine-tuning…
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Watch “The Pluto Files” on PBS tonight!

Tonight, 2 March 2010, is the premier of “The Pluto Files” on the PBS science series “Nova.” Pluto was discovered on February 18, 1930 by Clyde W. Tombaugh, the first planet discovery by an American. In 2006, its status was changed to dwarf planet amid much controversy. This episode of Nova explores the history of Pluto and the decision and reactions to its change in status. If you miss tonight’s broadcast, the episode will be available on-line starting tomorrow, 3 March 2010.
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Watch Declan Beaty on “General Hospital” Tomorrow

Watch for our friend Declan Beaty on tomorrow’s episode of “General Hospital.” He’s playing the part of a boy named “Jimmy.” Like both of his older sisters, Madisen and Rylie, Declan has been acting for a few years, and has appeared on Hawthorne, Private Practice, How I Met Your Mother, as wel
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Y2K10 Bug

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve noticed that I had started to catch good email in my Mac OS X Server’s email spam filter. It was odd, since it generally works quite well, and rarely catches any “false positives.” This morning at my office, one of the guys I work with was having to patch one of our systems because of a “Y2K10 bug” where the date isn’t interpreted correctly.
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In Memory of Charles Junior Gaede 1920 – 2009

My father-in-law, Charles Junior Gaede, passed away on 24 February 2009 at age 89. He
was born in Richmond, Indiana on 11 February 1920 to Ruth Vera (Gehring) and Charles
Louis Gaede.

In 1936 he quit high school and performed odd jobs. He also painted houses for his
father for $35 per week. From 1939 to 1941 he worked in a camera shop in Richmond,
Indiana. This was an important position for Charles, as it became his goal to own his
own camera shop.

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