Archive for May, 2007

fucking mac

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

argggghh! no sloppy focus means typing into windows i don’t want to type into. i just broadcast my password to the entire fucking world. fuck me. fuck this mac. stupid mac. how can you not have sloppy focus?


Sunday, May 27th, 2007

One of the upsides of a four hour commute is that you get to listen to a lot of radio. In my case, it’s the local NPR affiliate KQED. Anyway, a couple months ago i was fortunate enough to listen to Amory Lovins speaking at the World Affairs Council, sponsored by google (he has a $20,000 speakers fee).

Anyway, if you have a free hour, this is an incredibly insightful lecture about scientific and market driven solutions to our oil dependence and how we might not be so far away from achieving them. It’s a nice break for all the doom and gloom that’s been making it’s way around. So, here it is:

There’s also a talk of his he did at the Common Wealth Club:



Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

A new pizza place recently opened its doors just down the street. hell. yeah. Had dinner there with the brother, sister-in-law, and cousin. It was pretty good, i must say. Talked to the waitress who’s the girlfriend of one of the co-owners and it sounds like they’ll be adding a lunch menu soon.

Thank goodness there’s some civilization coming to my neck of the woods here.

Re-up the kicks

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

Got a new pair of running shoes. Same as the old ones. Exactly the same, actually. Looks like it’ been ten months? wow. that’s a long time.

Macbook has arrived [Updated]

Monday, May 14th, 2007

Any suggestions on how to make it work like a unix box/windowmaker are most welcome. This includes tips on X11 forwarding, sloppy focus, virtual desktops, and maybe some info on how the heck the filesystem is laid out.

in addition, if anyone knows a better music player than itunes, i’m all ears. I’m looking for something that has a light desktop footprint, doesn’t chew up gobs of memory, and has the ability to create a playlist, shufflie it, and the play the shuffled playlist in sequential order. thinki winamp/xmms for mac. any hints? i just tried itunes and for some stupid reason it has decided to copy all of my music into it’s special directory. why the hell it would do such a dumbass thing is beyond me, although from memory, i vaguely recall that if i tell it not to i can’t get all play history and rating stuff.

update: also could use some help with fixing the trackpad. it just doesn’t track properly. my finger feels like sysiphus. it moves all the way across the pad only to have to do it over and over again until it finally gets across the screen.

update 2: and why didn’t they put a full keypad on this thing? i mean, there’s plenty of space . . .

update 3: a bagillion thanks to selfish crab for his mac osx insights. Fink/FinkCommander seems to be the ticket. xmms is up and running now. they even have windowmaker! do i dare dream?

update 4: in case anyone was wondering, the macbook’s given name is

update 5: Virtual desktops are go! thanks to DekstopManager.

update 6: Virtual desktops aren’t as much of a go as i originally thought. it appears the ability to drag windows between desktops is not possible. boo.

update 7: what’s with the no date in the f-ing toolbar on top? how is that possible?

update 8: ah. found the fix for not date in the toolbar. hack.

update 9: what? “ctrl-delete” works like “^m-delete” in emacs while “delete” works like backspace. bitches. how can a brother get a delete going?

update 10: “ctrl-delete” can be achieved with “fn-ctrl-delete.” “delete” can be achieved with “fn-delete.” annoying.

update 11: apparently, all of this has happened before, and all of it will happen again.

update 12: i finally broke down and did an explicit emacs key binding. I just have to note that this is *not* an emacs problem. It’s a mac problem. they fucked up their keyboard from the start and have been too stubborn to fix it.

Something for everyone

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

So a few months back, the Y! sports team did a little redesign. We spruced things up a bit, updated the look, put a big ass picture on it. Personally, i really liked it. I know that others didn’t. So, today, we snuck in a little something, something. A slimmed down, bare bones, hold-everything-just-the-meat-and-bun digest for y’all. Let us know what you think over here. enjoy.


Friday, May 11th, 2007

goodbye, bsg.