Archive for July, 2004

all over

I had a big detailed post with a list of digital printing
services
written, but Deepest Sender crashed; so much for that. 
:-/ 
Anyone got any recommendations/comments on where I should get photos
printed?  I’m gonna try FutureShop, for sure.. and I’ll have
to
try Superstore and Wal-Mart simply because they are so cheap. 
I
will compare the quality.



I’ve
recently set up gkrellm
on
my computer.  “wow”  I spent a
long time customizing it and now I love it!  (screenshot)



I tried out the new Gimp
(version
2)!  The UI has had a major over-haul, and it looks so
nice! 
I like GTK+2.0
But when I
emerged it, I couldn’t find an icon for it in
/usr/share/pixmaps/
(and I still have the older version installed)… I’m not sure that
I’ll ever use version 1.2.5, but it’ll remain on my system for now, and
I needed a good way to differentiate the two in my drop-down
menu.  I figured that would be a good opportunity to try out
the
program.  🙂


   




Here’s what it looks like in my drop-down menu:

drop-down menu
(damn, that GQView icon
is uggy)





I also played around with Anjuta
(looks very promising for a graphical Linux IDE) and that led me to
GLADE,
which I also thought I’d play around with.  I’ve always wanted
to
make a filesystem cataloging program, so I made a mock-up. 
Actually, it was really fun!  It also helps solidify the
vision I
had.  That still doesn’t mean it’ll ever be made,
though.  ^^;

was thinking of calling it MediaLibrarian, or FileLibrarian or
something....
I couldn’t figure out
how to add
items to the Listbox thingy.. I’m
not sure, but that may require actual coding (perish the
thought!)


Here‘s an interesting
looking gallery
generator (in Java).

And here‘s
how to get Nvu working on
Gentoo
(but probably applies to all flavours).  Definitely worth the
5mins of effort.


Hmm… my flash is
busted
since installing new Firefox…. I should probably try and fix
that.  >.<

Extensify!

I finally got around to updating to the
latest Firefox
and migrating from mozilla –mail to Thunderbird
It took a while, but it was definitely worth
it
.  The only problem I ran into was that I lost all
my extensions and had to re-install them.  So that’s what I
did.

Over the last… um… long time, I’ve been browsing the
extensions
and selecting the extra-tasty looking
ones.  Here’s what I grabbed:

  • All-in-One
    Gestures
    (please tell me you use
    mouse gestures.  If not, I can think of
    lots of other ways you can waste your time….)
  • Image
    Zoom
  • Allow
    Right-Click
  • Download
    Statusbar
  • BugMeNot
  • Add Bookmark
    Here
  • Popup
    Count
  • Diggler
  • Nuke
    Anything
  • Bookmark
    Backup
  • Duplicate Tab
  • Super
    DragAndGo
  • Flat Bookmark
    Editing
  • Deepest Sender
    (This should be of interest to
    anyone here!  As you can probably tell,
    this post is strangely formatted.  I’m using it, right
    now: an awesome LJ Client!)
  • Copy URL +
  • MiniT
    (drag+indicator)
  • Moji (Japanese Dictionary)
  • Session Saver (rewrite)

To get any of these
extensions, I recommend going to the official link:
mozilla
update
.  There’s also extension room.
…I can’t believe how nice this LJ Client is.  I was never
intending to keep using livejournal, but this makes the experience so
much better.  I am here, for now, anyways….. Okay, that’s it
for that.  If you got other extensions you think are
the shit,” post ’em.  Time to make dinner.

playlists and xmms

I was compiling a big list of audio streams so as I did not have
to go
to websites every time I wanted to listen to something different. Novel
idea, neh?

[NOTE: “neh” = Japanese “ne” + Canadian “eh”]

Anyways, after I had done all the tedious editing, I had my ultimate
playlist of 60 (non-unique) streams. I concatenated all the “.pls”
files I downloaded, and then did minor fixups (renumbering). When I
loaded the list into XMMS, which I generally use to listen to music,
none of the extra information was being displayed; just the internet
address. At first, I thought it was a bug with the playlist; something
as simple as support for the pls
playlist format

must be implemented!  Both the format and XMMS have been
around
for a long time.  I was about to download the source and see
how
much effort it would take to implement, when I saw this
So the next version of XMMS will most likely support exactly what I was
looking for.  Good.  🙂

Oh, here’s the file I created, if anyone is interested.  streams.pls

That’s mah bike

Got my bike on Monday! When I went to the lost property office,
the guy had to “go to the bike room,” so I guess it’s a fairly common
thing to leave your bike on the bus… …right? ^^
I also got my UPass. Paying for public passage with coins and
disposable tickets is for CHUMPS! Paying through student fees is where
it’s at! Valid from Aug.15. Snazzy.

crazy day

I’m tired and want to sleep -> My day will be laid out in
point form.
– look up bus schedule on internet and make sure every bus has a little
“bike” icon beside it.
– arrive at bus stop with bike. first bus: no bike rack. second bus: no
bike rack. …. shit.
– BIKE to bus depot where my next bus is and actually make it just in
time to be on my original schedule.
– sweaty & tired.
– yay! bike racks the rest of the way! at least internet only lied
once.
– arrive at school many years later, go to appointment.
– go to 4 different buildings to get new student ID (hint: go to
bookstore FIRST)
– use new student id to go swimming for free! UBC pool is awesome.
water temperature is perfect.
– after long relaxing swim (including hot tub, sauna, steam room,
shower), eat california roll
– *gasp* The student union building has changed! My god! The arcade!
so… much.. smaller… it seems…. looks prettier, tho.
– read for a bit
– go to mcdonald’s for an ice-cream
– find place w/room I’m going to look at, and read some more cuz I’m
early.
– go to house of vegetarians and look at their rooms to rent, fill out
questionnaire, talk, blahh
– try desperately to make a bus, and miss it… just barely
– take the next one
– on bus, girl across from me says, “is that a zaurus? A sharp
zaurus?!”
– talk about PDAs and crap until she gets off.
– lots on my mind.
– I get off bus.
– bus drives away.
– i walk to next bus
– wait, why the hell am i walking?
– bus stole my bike.
– ….
– fuk
Oh, and the penguin blinked.

voldo video

I actually had a busy day today. But enough of that, I think you should watch this:

dance voldo dance (from Soul Calibur)

(I think Alex especially will appreciate this….)

yay

I sprained my ankle, today. Went for a run and it just kinda rolled over, sending me into the gravel and dirt.

*cough* lame! *cough*

Metroid Prime

Damn… Omega Pirate just totally kicked my ass. 🙁

i got box!

No, the other kind, unfortunately. :'(

The box I shipped to myself from Japan just arrived yesterday. It was
amazingly undamaged. I had some winter clothes, shoes, books and other
boring stuff in there. But I also had my underwater housing for my IXY
camera and the gifts I got from my department. My department gave me a
nice ceramic lamp for my birthday and a Japanese curtain (‘noren’) for
my going-away party – so I guess they don’t hate me… but I’ll never
KNOW! < -- that bothers me.

Oh, and my coworker brought me back this freaky Thai statuette from his
business trip to Thailand (cuz I helped w/the English in his
presentation). When it’s not giving me nightmares, it’s pretty cool.

Today, I read and played video games. Ah, the good life. I finished The
Wheel Of Time Book 2, today. Sweet, only 9 more to go. …. ~ugh~


<geek>

I was looking for a minimal web browser to run on that computer I’ve
been setting up. “Dillo” is cool, and it’s super lightweight (thus
running easily), but guess what one of the main uses for this computer
will be? Hotmail. *shudder* Okay, so I had to find something that could
do more complicated websites and not require any more than 32MB of RAM.
Minimo looks interesting, but is at version 0.1. I chose Opera. Plus,
it supports mouse gestures, which I love.

Another note with that computer: Debian package management. I’ve pretty
much figured out apt-get, but a higher-level program
is recommended for package management: dselect. I’ve
never been more confused by something that should not be confusing, at
all! After not being able to figure out why it would not install the
packages I had selected (I tried maybe 5 times), I gave up and
apt-got them with no problems. Huh? I thought they
were suppose to do the same thing?

I read somewhere that dselect is the preferred method and just
works!
Uh huh.
The first two bugs listed on the dselect man page:

1) The dselect package selection interface is confusing to some new
users. Reportedly, it even makes seasoned kernel developers cry.

2) The documentation is lacking.

</geek>

Steve needs box!

Someone stole my shirt!

Oh my god…. today was going so well… until…

So I woke up earlier than usual, biked
to the gym and had a good workout w/my oldest stister. Then I went to
the pool for a nice, relaxing swim. My shirt, however, was soaked with
sweat from the workout. I decided I’d run it under the shower and hang
it up on some hooks to dry off somewhat when I’m done in the pool. I
have my swim, and it was also nice; mixed in with a bit of hot tub and
sauna to relax the muscles. I finish in the pool, and my shirt’s gone!
WTF! Who the hell takes a soaking wet shirt?!
AAAaargh… so pissed off. That was one of my favourite UNIQLO shirts I
brought back from Japan! >.< Biked home w/no shirt.