How to stop a hanging Windows service

Windows processes and services can be controlled with the task manager, but occasionally I found hanging processes that required a reboot. Windows has some useful command line tools that could help avoiding a reboot and save some time: 1) Open command line prompt (cmd) as Administrator 2) Find process id with sc queryex {servicename}, e.g. sc queryex Apache2.4. You can also use tasklist|find "{executable}", e.g. tasklist|find "httpd" 3) Kill the process with taskkill /f /pid {PID}, e.
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Anywhere Out of the World

I remembered one of my favorite songs by Dead Can Dance ‘Anywhere Out of the World’, and came across the poem of the same name by Charles Baudelaire: Anywhere Out of the World Charles Baudelaire, “Anywhere Out of the World,” translated by Arthur Symons, [Baudelaire: His Prose and Poetry](http://archive.org/details/baudelairehispro00baudiala (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1919), pp. 51-53 Life is a hospital, in which every patient is possessed by the desire of changing his bed.
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Bill Callahan - Live at Sixth and I

Very excited that npr music shared a full length recording of Bill Callahan’s concert back on October 2nd. It took place at the beautiful Sixth & I historical synagogue in Washington DC. I was there! And I loved this concert. So much I’m still spellbound weeks later as if I’d just been there. Very happy I can keep my memory alive with this little keepsake. It was the first time I’ve seen him live in concert.
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Franz Kafka is 130

On the occasion of Franz Kafka’s 130th birthday (yesterday), here are two of my favorite short stories! Rejection Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir When I meet a pretty girl and beg her: ‘Be so good as to come with me,’ and she walks past without a word, this is what she means to say: ‘You are no Duke with a famous name, no broad American with a Red Indian figure, level, brooding eyes and a skin tempered by the air of the prairies and the rivers that flow through them, you have never journeyed to the seven seas and voyaged on them wherever they may be, I don’t know where.
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Celephaïs

My first website used to be hosted on celephais.com, named after a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. I can’t believe it’s been 15 years now since I walked my first baby-steps on the web. I used the domain for a site dedicated to my favorite artists, musicians, authors, and movies - well, it was pretty much the unfinished sandbox of a site you’re looking at now, but built with static html files and a lot of graphics in a golden/brass 3d-look with lots of image maps.
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Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii

I read an article about Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii who created a number of stunning color photos over a hundred years ago. He was a chemist born in Russia in 1863 who studied in St. Petersburg, Berlin and Paris. He developed a process in which three black and white pictures were taken of an object in quick succession. One picture was taken with a red-filter, one with a blue, and another with a green filter.
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Remembering Wilhelm Schöngen

This journal entry is a bit more personal than others. My mother sent me an obituary she came across in the newspaper. It’s Wilhelm Schöngen, my math and physics teacher from 5th to 10th grade, many many years ago. The time at the “Math.Nat.” probably was the most important and influential time in my school years. I still remember so many teachers and classmates I met during this time. Mr. Schöngen was one of the teachers who followed me in my memories in all the years when I moved to another school, when I worked jobs, or when I went to college.
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Vozvrashcheniye (The Return)

Yesterday I watched Vozvrashcheniye (The Return) by Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev. What a brilliant and unforgettable movie! Although it was his feature-length debut, it instantly found a place in my list of top-favorites. The Return is a masterpiece and I can only hope that Zvyagintsev continues his path that started out so promising. Everything was as close to perfection as it can get. The photography was just beautiful, the camera work outstanding.
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Cycling Log September 2008

2008-09-14 North Point State Park The first half of the route was quite pleasant. The beginning of my return trip was okay and interesting as I took an unmapped road that wasn’t open for general traffic. I don’t know why this road was closed–it was in a very good shape. It was a very nice and without any traffic a safer route than North Point Street. Riding back toward home quickly became more difficult with every additional mile.
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