failing like never before


Daily Log – 29 June 2008

A quick summary of today’s highlights in my life.

  • Went to church, doodled on scraps of paper while the previous pastor's son spoke
  • Saw a Smart Car speeding down the highway at about 80mph.
  • Read a great deal of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table, which I bought yesterday at a book sale. Its quite interesting, I think I will write an article on it later.
  • Registered for classes online. My registration time was 7pm, I signed up for my physics lab (a very hard to get class) about five seconds past 7.
  • Fixed my bike with the help of my dad. It is now possible for me to shift into a gear higher then 14 without my chain popping off the front gear and knocking the gear-guard off. Still having difficulty shifting the front gear from first to second, but the bike seems to be functioning fairly decently now. I think I may now be able to ride it without having to stop every fifteen minutes to fix/adjust something.
  • Rode my bike around the neighborhood for a little bit. Two annoying kids (and when I say kids, I do mean dudes about my age) drove up next to me and honked and screamed nonsensical phrases while waving a little American flag they had stolen from someone's front yard. They were very annoying (dur...).
  • My professor finally responded to my e-mails. Hopefully, he doesn't think I'm a weird stalker dude, what with the incessant e-mails I sent him over the past week.
  • Bemoaned the fact that my blog draws hardly any visitors at all
  • Bemoaned the fact that I am a loser, and resolved to promptly rectify said predicament, but with no idea how to go about it.
  • Watched a bit of some stupid old TV show called Highlander at Decided the show was/is quite stupid.

It is now a quarter past 11pm. That is to say, forty-five minutes from midnight.

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Daily Log – 28 June 2008

A quick summary of today’s highlights in my life.

  • Threw away my old shoes. Last week, while riding my bike, I put one foot back and rested it on the tire while I was moving, thus melting off most of the heel. I also threw away three other pairs of very old shoes, one of them dating back to elementary school.
  • Mowed the lawn and did some yard work
  • Went to the library's book sale. The results were disappointing. I bought a copy of Danial Defoe's Moll Flanders and a beaten copy of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table. As sort of a community thingum, the library had a great mock pirate ship set up in the parking lot, and parking was surprisngly difficult to get. When I was little, we never had cool things like that at the library. Just books
  • Went to the movie theatre to see Get Smart with my dad, turned out that it was past matinee time. So we went to Costco, bought the tickets from Costco at matinee price for a regular screening. The movie was pretty amusing.
  • I saw a bit off the antique road show on TV, and wondered how much my old, massive tome on the Renaissance is worth. A quick Google search yielded disappointing results: $40, with the dust jacket (which I didn't have).
  • Lolled around a bit.

Less then four minutes to midnight now...

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It Gets Easier

Check out these ads by Intel.

Intel released these ads for the Intel vPro platform at least a year ago (I think probably much longer). Last summer at work, we would play the songs on our laptop speakers during our breaks. It's major geek humor, but its even funnier if you work in IT. The songs are actually kinda catchy too.

Mad props to the singers, I doubt I would be able to sing "hardware-based remote manageability" with a straight face.

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Daily Log – 27 June 2008

A quick summary of today’s highlights in my life.

  • Laid in bed reading X-men and the Avengers: Gamma Quest Trilogy, talk about educational
  • Put on my cool Google t-shirt which I finally found stuffed away in a box I forgot to unpack
  • Walked around the neighborhood while reading David Berlinski's The Advent of the Algorithm
  • Watched my sister pack while lolling around on her bed
  • Went to San Francisco International Airport to drop my sister off to fly to Singapore
  • Got home late and then went to sleep

It is now nearly midnight

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Daily Log – 26 June 2008

A quick summary of today's highlights in my life.

  • spent some more time finishing off drafts in my blog's database
  • my professor didn't respond to my e-mail, so I e-mailed him again
  • went out to eat Dim Sum and go shopping with my mom and sister
  • rode my bike to the library, but arrived just as they closed, the smog was so bad that I was crying after ten minutes
  • my bike kept breaking on the way to the library, discovered that if I switch into any gear higher then 14 while moving faster then a arthritic turtle, my chain pops off the gear
  • read

The time is now 7:39pm, I'm going to watch "Last Comic Standing" with my dad and sister and then go to sleep.

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A Debian Life

I've had this draft sitting in my database for over a month, and now I think its about time it was revealed.

---Initial Thoughts and Stuff---

I switched to Debian Lenny a few months ago and I think it may be the end to my distro-hopping. In addition to the current stable release, Debian has a testing release called Lenny and an unstable version called Sid. The stable version, which is at the time of this article is Debian Etch 4.0, is (obviously) the stable release and the recommended version for normal usage, the testing version contains packages that have yet to be accepted as stable but are in the process, and the unstable version is the bleeding edge development version.

I installed the unstable version of Debian because I felt that sacrificing a little bit of security and stability was worth it to have slighter newer programs in the repository and a newer kernel. Debian has always had a reputation for being rock-solid and secure, so even the testing version of Debian is quite solid (especially when compared to Windows Vista). I haven't tried out the unstable version but from what I've heard, its quite unstable and really only meant for developers, not really practical for day-to-day use.

To be true, my interest in Linux actually started with Debian several years ago, when I read about Debian in Neil Stephenson's In the Beginning was the Command Line (the rather popular (and long) essay about operating systems and choices). It is because of Stephenson, that even though I've been distro-hopping for quite a long time and have never tried Debian before, that I have always admired Debian for its stability and development process. The Debian team has a tendency to release new versions in about the same time it took Microsoft to release Windows Vista, and its not because the Debian developers are lazy or stupid (not to infer that developers employed by Microsoft are). It is simply because the philosophy of the Debian team has been to release their software when its ready, and not before. It is unlikely that Microsoft will ever adopt such a mentality, since unlike Windows, Debian is open source and therefore, for the most part, free of impossible deadlines that inevitably result in programmers rushing to produce barely working, bug infested, code. 


Enlightenment Shots

Some pretty screenshots of my Enlightenment desktop!

Click here to see my photos in higher resolution (and then click the slideshow button near the top)


New Site Design

I began a major rehaul of my blog's visual appearance two days ago, and I've been tweaking it up until now. My new theme is based mostly on Designer-daily's "Gone Fishing" theme. I decided that my old theme, which was another stock theme from the wordpress themes database, was too "light-colored."

Old visitors may notice that my blog is now significantly darker in color, though still blue. Also, my old "Pure" theme was built to accomadate monitors that have a maximum horizontal resoultion of 800px, whereas my current theme is slightly wider then 800px. In the past I have always tried to make my webpages render nicely on older computers. Now of course, I doubt that anyone still has a monitor with 800x600 resolution, and if they do they probably aren't reading my blog.

I made some changes to the stock "Gone Fishing" theme.

  • I changed the default font-type to Verdana, which in my opinion is a prettier font (for some reason, on my Linux boot, Helvetica looks like a flock of birds crapped on Times New Roman)
  • Changed some font sizes around in the main CSS stylesheet
  • Shrank the right sidebar significantly, thus making the main column much wider. Who the hell needs that much space for a side-navigation bar?
  • Dumped the default banner which depicted a sketch of a fish's mouth, and replaced it with my own custom banner. I really needed an image in there to spiff things up and I thought the fish was kinda ugly, so I stuck in Tux the Linux penguin.

Keeping the stock theme was out of the question, not because I think its ugly, but because I don't want people looking at my blog and seeing a "canned blog."