Dayton yesterday, Owensboro today. No time to chat. It's going to storm like nobody's business here in about five minutes. Some places will be getting feet of snow, but not here. It was 75 degrees today according to my car. Hot. Supposed to be down below freezing this weekend. Cold. If only we had ratified Kyoto!
I decided to hold off on re-installing Fedora on my Toshiba until I got some more face time with Enlightenment, and I figured the easiest way to get that was to use the E-Live CD. But the CD in the old laptop is pretty beat and really slow, so I fired up VMware Workstation (5, if you must know) on my Dell 610 and ran the CD from a Vm session. It was cool, but still kinda slow, so I used the Elive installer to install Elive to the HDD.
I'm stoked on this distro folks. This is a Development version of E17, but it hasn't crashed or choked yet, and I figured that since I don't really know what I'm doing, I'd be the guy who could break it.
The install was seamless, even in VMware, although I did have a little problem when I was partitioning the drive.
Let me get a little off track here. I know that one of the things that gives Linux street cred is the fact that it's not easy to use. I understand that. I also understand that people, average non-geek people who are interested in a stable, fast, and intuitive operating system, might not want to spend several grand on a Mac, and definately don't want to spend the time figuring out what partition they want to boot from. In short, create a default installer for your Linux distro if you want to see more Linux on the desktop.
I'm not saying that I don't know how to partition my disk, what I'm saying is, that this part of the E-live install was the only part of the install that was unintuitive. I mean this product basically installed itself, but I didn't exactly know what to do when I was finished using the graphical partition tool. I really doubt that someone who just wanted to upgrade from Windows 2000 is going to figure it out as quick as I did. And don't say anything close to RTFM, you know and I know that Linux Man pages suck and are almost impossible for the average user to find, much less find in the middle of an install.
That's my only gripe. Really, even in this development version, all of the multimedia apps work. All of them. And did I mention that it's fast? 'cause it's fast. And pretty. Here's a screenshot:
So I'm stoked, and it's going on the Toshiba as soon as I can figure how to get iTunes loaded, or at least an open source iPod client. We shall see.
In other news, I am evidently a tile God. You may rise, humbly' and gaze upon the countenance of the Tile God, but you must not doubt Tile God, especially when it comes to cutting holes in the backsplash tile for the light switch. I am also a lesser order of under-cabinet lighting angel. Do not fear, we bring light and happiness to those who are sick of the shadow caused by the cabinet overhang.
I am not, however, anything but a poor sinner when it comes to Christmas decorations. And what that means, if you haven't already guessed, is that I have to get my fat ass back up on the ladder that I spent hours on over the weekend and re-attach all of the decorations that fell as soon as the sun came up Monday morning. It also proves that Christmans decorations should always be installed on the coldeest, wettest day possible, otherwise the ghost of Jacob Marley will evidently piss all over your house.
Now I must go because the electricians have tripped the breaker in the basement twice while I was typing this and they need a little help from the under-cabinet lighting angel.
Or The Squeezebox
Speaking of multimedia, I've got a new project. I've bumped up the memory on my old Toshiba that I had Fedora running on. I had given it to maddmom to usebecause she wanted access to email from upstairs, but now that she'll have her PC back in her office, it's mine again. So I was playing around with EliveCD a Debian distribution with Enlightenment. Let me tell you, it's awesome. If you ever wanted a computer like they have in the movies, with the impossible looking UI and majical speed, Elive is for you. It's simply the coolest thing I've ever seen. I've been running off the live CD for a while, but I think I may install to disk. The only thing keeping me from doing that at this point is the lack of smb support. So what I may do is install the Enlightenment window manager on Fedora. It won't be as cool as Elive, but it'll still be cool, and I should be able to see my windows shares. Or I just might build a server for ftp and streaming music and not worry about my Windows shares. Dunno, all I know is that nothing runs as fast as the EliveCD on that old laptop and like I said, I'm running from the CD and it's beautiful. Not even my BeOS boot disk from 1999.
So I'll try Fedora, see if I like it with E, if I don't we'll see.
We tiled the parts of the kitchen we had tile for last night, looks great, now i've got to get to the liquor store befor my 1:30 conference call. It's the only way I can make it through these things.
Happy Thanksgiving, may your quarterback not tear his ACL. Of course, his knees wouldn't have been under so much stress if he wasn't carrying the whole team.
Yes, that was from Leno, but it's true, so there.
Nine years old. Whod'a thunk it.
We were living in New Jersey, maddmom's mother had died one month earlier and maddmom decide she wanted to try for a VBAC, which did not happen. So she had a second Cesarian He popped out at about nine pounds and fell asleep for about three days. A nice change from the Prince, who still hasn't slept a whole night through.
Number two was a tough one for us, I had just started a new job when the OB saw something on the ultrasound he didn't like (cysts in the ventricals that should have gone away, didn't) and sent us to the "genetic counselor" who told us all of the horrible things that that could mean, although, that probably wouldn't happen to us maddmom should have amniocentecis done just in case. It took three weeks to get the results back, maddmom's mother was terminal and maddmom was taking care of her pretty much around the clock, I had just started a new job and was learning my way around a real messed-up corporate culture and the Prince was a very active two-year old. On top of this, I was trying to finish out the unfinished second floor of our house, and we were dirt poor. Getting better, but still poor.
Looking back on it, I think the couple of hours together in the Maternity ward at West Jersey Hospital were the longest we had been together in about a year. A year that had so much going on that I can't even remember everything that happened. I remember Number two though, that's the best part.
Incedentally, here's a before and after shot of the exterior of the McMahonsion.
Google is not Amazon. Do not search for "Big Pink" in your toolbar as a shortcut for searching the shopping sites. You have been warned.
Oh yeah, and use the whole albumn name...in quotes..."Music from Big Pink" trust me. Just trust me.
busy busy busy busy. Number Two's Birthday, baseboard going in, floor done, installed the gas logs (we are all still alive, thank you) and soon a new heat pump for upstairs. Other than that, work, review time and a three day week. I have 108 hours of vacation left and I can carry over sixty, so I have lots of time to go shopping.
Not going to work out today, I'm opening a bottle of wine.
Well, you'll just have to look.
I just have to tell you all, in 2000 I was bumped to first class and sat across the aisle from Ms. Loren, and she looked...
..old. No disrespect, she looked good for being old, but old she is and old she looked. And she acted old, too. I mean, Jackie O is dead, and it's not 1972 any more, lose the giant sunglasses already. She also didn't say a word all flight.
But, not all old people act old, witness Mamie Van Doren, (Not Remotely Safe for Work) who is older than Sophia Loren and has huge tits and knows how to use them. She never shuts up. Ever. She also acts like a drunk 22 year old. What wonders genetics be.
That woman will be at my funeral, I garantee.
I bet the Beast moves to LA and becomes her boytoy.
US Airways Makes $8 Billion Offer To Buy Delta and create a giant black hole of airline suck.
I got an email telling me that they will combine my SkyMiles and my Dividend Miles, which would be good, only I'd have to fly USAir to use them. Plus USAir charges you to use Dividend miles and charges you to cancel a Dividend miles flight. What about the Crown Room? Will it turn into some low-class USAir waiting room? Will Comair become worse than it already is?
This is the worst news I have heard in a long time. I am going to sit and drink my little bottle of airline water and sulk.
Jack Sparks reviews the CMA awards. Nicer than normal, he's got a soft spot for pretty ladies.
The last paragraph of this link is the kicker.
Remember, if you are reading something that is not written by a machine. Politics and ideology are involved. If the writers of what you are reading claim to have no ideology or politics, or claim to be "above" politics, then it is safe to assume that they have become ideologically homogeneous.
New Bumpersticker slogans:
"Don't trust anyone who watches TV news" "Don't trust anyone who was under 30 during the 60's" "Don't trust anyone who subscribes to a magazine"
Any politician who utters the words "the children" and is not speaking about his or her own should be dragged off and shot.
That's a bonus for you there, doesn't have anything to do with the link.
I am, I swear, going to get back at it.
I even had a good poop story. But that was last week, this is this week. And what a week it will be/is/whatever.
All you get is this cute animated short. via The presurfer.
The McMahonsion is coming along well, the roof is almost on, the cabinets are in the kitchen and the floor should be going in this weekend. Knock wood.
I am off to a wedding with maddmom and the kids so I will not be here to complain about the electrician who, being three weeks late, is holding up the project. The replacement is on vacation this week. Oh well, next week it is.
Work calls, and it's 71 degrees out and sunny, I am having a hard time concentrating. This isn't helping. So...till Monday then.