All entries for March 2005

March 30, 2005

My unlucky–day

Lost my favourite pen.

Cold showers for the swimming pool.

Swimming pool closed 10 minutes after I got in.

But I guess I'll swap that for bumping into a couple of people I'd not seen in ages and for getting my photos that were taken with my digital camera and sent off to be printed.


Sometimes people aren't being friendly,

they just can't pronounce your surname. ;)

[My surname is, of course, easy to pronounce (in the same way as for the girl in the blue dress in Street Fighter 2). But if you're called ajdsljfopaewj, people may be calling you "Jeanie" for convenience. :) ]


Painting in Maths Institute (Institute for Mathematicians, one supposes)

Just found out what the large and semi-expensive painting in (T/t)he Street is called.

It's Bob to all his friends but you may call it

Everything


March 27, 2005

Blender

Wow, Blender on Linux looks amazing! Wish I could use it but no chance without a tutorial of some sort and a bucket load of time.

March 25, 2005

KDE

Under KDE at least, control-c for copy and control-v for paste work pretty much everywhere (perhaps because of klipper?) even if right-clicking doesn't give you the options.

The equivalent of taskmanager for killing processes that won't die is "KDE System Guard" under the KDE menu and System. (Yes, things still stop working.)

If you don't get sound in KDE, the first thing to check is the volume so run Kmix and check the PCM value and Master volume (and for me, the VIA DXS stuff too).

The text editor Kate rocks. It is especially good for giving access to a shell ('terminal' at the bottom) for extra power/control.

Make full use of the virtual desktops (set different wallpaper for each!) for extra organized-ness. You can make it so that each desktop only lists the programs for that particular desktop in the bar (right-click on KDE bar to get customization options).

Hold Alt and you can (left-) drag whole windows. Holding Alt also lets you resize windows by right-dragging.

If you use gnome, too bad cos I didn't even bother to install that .. ;)


March 24, 2005

LeAnn Rimes tracks

"Soon", "One of These Days", "I Need You"

Superb tracks all three!


SK is not is no genius but he does have some insight

The most important things are the hardest to things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them – words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they're brought out. But it's more than that, isn't it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you've said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That's the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.

Stephen King, The Body, Different Seasons (1983)


March 23, 2005

My (Gentoo) USE variable

As found and edited using

nano -w /etc/make.conf

USE="3dnow X a52 acl acpi adns alsa apache2 apm -arts atlas audiofile avi bcmath bindist bzlib cdr cjk clibpdf crypt
ctype cups curl dga dio directfb divx4linux doc dvd dvdr dvdread emacs emacs-w3
emul-linux-x86 encode esd exif f77 fbcon ffmpeg flac ftp gd ggi gif gmp
gphoto2 gpm gstreamer gtk gtk2 icq imagemagick imap
imlib immqt-bc ipv6 jack java javascript jpeg kde ladcca lcms ldap libedit libwww lm_sensors mad matroska mime mozilla mpeg mpi
msn msql multilib mysql nas nls ncurses network offensive ogg oggvorbis
openal opengl pam pcre pdflib perl php plotutils png posix python qt quicktime readline samba scanner
session shared sharedmem snmp
sockets spl ssl svga sysvipc tcltk tcpd tiff tokenizer truetype unicode usb userlocales videos vorbis wmf xine xinerama xml xml2 xmms xosd xv xvid amd64"

(This is specific to Gentoo and does not apply to Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE etc. The USE variable is Gentoo's way of letting you configure things.)


Swimming is so good!

It's great walking out of the sports centre into darkness and the brushing gaze of the moon: like the other side of staring out the window and being shocked how dark it is.

There are familiar people at the swimming pool and unfamiliar people at the swimming pool. The shock of "they swim?!" disappears very quickly and we all just get on with it (that the shock is there at all is only because I haven't really been swimming at all outside of taking lessons as a kid).

It's just perfect! And you can have all this because you work hard and get things done at university. There are just so many perks here!


March 20, 2005

More distant stuff

  1. Thermodynamics (hopefully a non-mumbo-jumbo version)

  2. Stochastic Analysis/Stochastic Differential Equations

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