Linux is awesome in the sense that any and all kinds of software you’d ever need, is available for free – legally. It’s easy to see why people are so fond of it, because it’s an amazing experience.

Until you need to install new hardware, that is. A graphics card or, in this case, a TV tuner card. Then all hell breaks loose.tuner Continue reading ‘Love/Hate/Linux’

Revisiting Colemak

A good while ago, I mentioned an interest in another weird idea – after all, being weird is part of what makes me me. This is about a keyboard layout that is different from the “Qwerty” layout we’re all familiar with.

I had already been toying with the Dvorak layout and had made reasonable progress learning it, but I found that the position of keys used in typical keyboard shortcuts were bothersome – especially Ctrl+Z,X,C,V. Details like that are among the top arguments of the Colemak layout.

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The Colemak layout looks remarkably similar to the familiar Qwerty layout.

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Ticking items off of lists

… seems to happen a lot this month: gifts, special groceries, greeting cards, and so much more. We’re not done yet but I’m happy that I’ve now completed one traditional task:


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Did you ever hear nature speak? Now it does.

I came across a handful of short clips where famous actors take the role of nature and give it a voice. They’re absolutely worth watching. Here are my favorites, and the full playlist contains 9 impressive videos in all. I don’t think you can not watch them all! In particular, I just love Harrison Ford’s rough “I don’t give a damn” attitude, and Julia Roberts’ message is equally unforgiving, if not downright brutal.

(Watch the clips in full screen. They’re amazing.)

Harrison Ford is The Ocean:
“Humans? I don’t owe them a thing. I give. They take. But I can always take back.”

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“When’s the next one coming?”

This is just to let my precious few readers know that there will be a pause in my publishing schedule. It’s what happens when the Real Life™ gets in the way of my low-priority projects. I had built up a queue of posts to be published, and for a while now I didn’t sit down and replenish that queue, so it’s running out.

I still have a lot of unfinished drafts, yearning for attention. In  an ideal world I’d be spending time completing those. We’ll have to wait and see whether we actually live in that world or not. Isn’t that exciting?

Stay tuned.