This is a tale explaining the manner in which my way of life was rotated along a Y axis until it reached a position roughly 180 degrees from that which it started. If I could have 60 seconds of your time, simply place your posterior in the selected location, and I will relate to you the details of how I was made the male monarch of the district of the City of Los Angeles, California located at coordinates 34.08333 -118.44778.
April 30, 2008
April 29, 2008
- "Oh, what's this in my last.fm feed? Radiohead and Beck! Wow! I wonder how much tickets are."
- "Neat, the festival is green-oriented... wait, $225.50 plus fees? Seriously?"
- "Oh, that's only for a three-day pass. One-day tickets are, er, only $85. Well who else is playing?"
- "Okay, Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty, Primus... and a whole bunch of others I've never heard of. And to hear all four bands I do care about, I'd still need to get a two-day pass. $170."
- "Maybe if I hang out at my sister's place I can just hear the concert from there."
April 28, 2008
On the plus side, caffeine is fairly innocuous as far as highly-addictive substances go, and now that there's this espresso machine I always have ready access to a source of non-caloric caffeine (before this it was either terrible coffee or HFCS-laden soda) so I don't have to feel guilty and/or fat about drinking so much now.
(Of course I do need to find the right balance for intake vs. suicidal thoughts, since right now I have one hell of a buzzy headache.)
Also, I am somewhat less than impressed with the way it does wallpaper on multiple monitors, namely how it's sized to fit the primary display - so if I make the laptop's screen primary, my wallpaper is in a 1280x800 "window" on my nice big 1920x1200 monitor, and if the external monitor is primary, the same wallpaper gets cropped on the indernal screen. The Mac lets you just put different wallpapers on each monitor, and if you have the same on both then it gets sized appropriately for each one. So far all the workarounds I see involve enabling active desktop or other such hacks, and judging by the monitor profile thing that'd just lead to an even bigger world of hurt every morning when I redock my laptop. So I'm just using a simple tiled image instead. (Borrowed, incidentally, from MacOS.)
April 26, 2008
Anyway, the upshot is that I could probably get it back together at this point but it doesn't really seem worthwhile, considering how many working computers I have, most of which I never even touch. I really should get it back together so I could at least donate it to Goodwill or something though.
April 25, 2008
- My builds are much faster. This of course isn't really anything to do with Windows directly, but now that I don't have to rsync my source tree from the host OS to the client OS, that cuts a few minutes out of my build cycle (not to mention all the time that's wasted by things getting rebuilt when rsync updates the timestamp even on unchanged files), and of course the tools themselves run a lot faster as well since the hard disk is no longer emulated.
- My morning startup and evening shutdown are much quicker. This has little to do with Windows and more to do with the fact that the MacBook doesn't have a proper docking station, whereas my Windows laptop (a Sony Vaio) does. The docking station does have some quirks to it (in that you have to be careful that it's safe to undock or else the system completely freezes), but it's nice just being able to drop my laptop on the dock in the morning and that's the entirety of the setup, rather than having to plug in a whole bunch of cables in a particular order (to prevent network services and the monitor and so on from being detected weirdly), and just pressing a button and removing it in the evening. This morning was the first time I had a purely dock-based startup, and after step 1 I couldn't figure out what to do next because I kept thinking there had to be steps 2-5.
April 20, 2008
- Two pounds of green beans, trimmed
- 2-3 tbsp Olive oil
- 1-2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- Sun-dried tomatoes, julienned
- One lemon
- Almond slivers, toasted
Add the juice of the lemon and the garlic. Toss to mix, and bake for another 5 minutes or until beans are nearly tender but still a bit crisp. Top with almond slivers.
April 19, 2008
April 18, 2008
Also, I'm sure 10 would have probably broken things in an interesting yet subtle way.
(One might say that seeing this gave me a TOC-tic.)
April 16, 2008
April 14, 2008
It's a bit distressing that buying things makes me feel better.
April 13, 2008
Apparently my maternal grandfather went completely gray at an early age (and I know my mom has had a lot of gray hair for a long time), so this isn't really unexpected. Still, it's a bit of a shock to realize how much my hair color has changed in the last year.
Actually, a bit more surprising is that when I just pulled my hair forward to look at more of it at once, I noticed that my hair is somewhat bi-tonal, with dark brown in front and various stripes of lighter browns in back. My pigmentation is more variegated than I realized!
April 9, 2008
A couple screens later, after a bunch of 'continue' clickthroughs all on the bottom-right corner of the screen, it asked if I wanted to upgrade my seat again, this time for $29.90, and of course the 'accept' button was where I had been pressing 'continue.' I guess it's good to keep people on their toes when they're just clicking through repeatedly but the fact it's good to do that is only because the interface is so complicated (especially the baggage checking screen, which asks you how many of several different types of luggage you have!) and full of needless upsale things.
A much better checkin workflow would be:
- Find the reservation
- Clearly display all the (simplified) upsale options (upgrade to first class for $whatever, upgrade to first class for some-number-of-miles, upgrade to business class for $29.90) up-front
- Ask if you're checking baggage, with 'yes' and 'no' buttons in the middle of the screen
- If checking baggage, ask if any items are oversize; if so, go to the complex selection screen, otherwise, go to a simple screen with just 'number of bags'
- Print boarding documents and whatever baggage check instructions there are, and thank the customer
April 8, 2008
April 7, 2008
April 5, 2008
I did have a couple of false starts on Run Faster, and I wish I could have had a chance to practice Rhymes With Lucia on loop pedal first (I decided to replace Gin or Ginseng with that as my closer at pretty much the last minute) but once the songs were underway they went very well. Although the (very strange) guitar I was borrowing had a pretty quirky setup, such that the bass pickup is much quieter than the treble. I'll probably end up using Spud's Squier instead for the rest of the tour... it's a much lower-class instrument, but at least the pickups match, and Squiers are at least pretty playable, for all their other flaws. It's not like I'm recording an album, here, anyway.
Oh and of course everyone completely rocked out (especially anti-m, which was the surprise of the evening — last year she did a very quiet acoustic set). It was also a lot of fun to drum for Octothorpe again.
April 2, 2008
April 1, 2008
Another funny joke would be to get people listed on their local sex offender registries! Hilarious!