This Vacation Sucks

November 19, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Posted in Life In General | 1 Comment

I’ve been roaming around always looking down at all I see.  Painted faces fill the places I cant reach.  You know that I could use somebody; someone like you and all you know and how you speak.  Countless lovers under cover of the street…  Off in the night, while you live it up, I’m off to sleep.  Waging wars to shape the poet and the beat – I hope it’s gonna make you notice someone like me…

~ Use Somebody by Kings Of Leon from Only By The Night

I am half way through a week off of work, and I have to say it’s harder than I thought it would be. I had to use up 7 days before the end of the year or I would have lost them.  Hhhhmm, you’ll pay me to work or you’ll pay me to not work?  Long about yesterday afternoon I was bored out of my mind and was so sick of staring at the walls of the apartment that I was ready to scream. I had been saving my time off for some grand trip or some sort of exciting vacation, but due to more than a couple reasons I just don’t feel like going anywhere. I had visions of using my time to get a lot of procrastinated tasks polished off, but in reality all I have really gotten done was totally ruining my normal sleep schedule. I had dragged out paperwork to finally get my filing done, but stumbling upon a stash of correspondence long forgotten only served to worsen my loneliness. A long overdue visit to the chiropractor brought along queries that fostered regret over things I have done and said that I really shouldn’t regret. It sucks to know that even when doing the right thing, you’ve still caused pain. But I guess that’s part of life sometimes…

If I stop and think about it, I haven’t been quite as big a laggard as it may sound. I waded through all of the documentation and then polished off my insurance enrollment at work (thanks for introducing a deductable guys.) I caught another showing of the Dark Knight (still a great movie!) I bolwed 13 games at Main Event’s Monday Madness (with scores of 118, 152, 93, 176, 126, 125, 167, 119, 111, 144, 154, and 118 – I know it’s nothing to write home about but I am blaming it on a gaggle of chicks the lane over that were distracting me. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.) I have posted a few unused items for sale on Craigslist (sadly none of them have actually sold yet.) I am sitting here digesting a delicious Freebird’s burrito while Groovy Automotive performs a vehicle inspection that was due 3 weeks ago. I seriously debated going to Dallas for the JFK assassination anniversary and to catch Coldplay (and then I realized that nosebleed seats behind the stage and situated so high I could touch the rafters would run me 90 bucks.) Instead, I will probably knock out the laundry tonight while watching my 8th basketball game of the week. I have caught up on a lot of music listening (highlight include Snow Patrol’s A Hundred Million Suns, Viva Voce’s The Heat Can Melt Your Brain, and I still can’t rave enough about Kings Of Leon’s Only By The Night – great album!) I have tried to concoct a few new dishes (sadly the Black Bean & Beef Stew was a miserable failure.) Now if only I would swallow my pride and make a much needed therapy appointment, I can consider this a pretty respectably productive week…



November 7, 2008 at 12:58 am | Posted in Dear Diary | 1 Comment

I waited patiently for the Lord.  He inclined and heard my cry.  He brought me up out of the pit, out of the miry clay.  You set my feet upon a rock and made my footsteps firm.  Many will see, many will see and hear.  How long to sing this song? How long…?  ~  40 by U2 from War

The bummer has finally set in – it’s 12:44 in the morning and I can’t pry myself away from sitting in front of the computer and playing bass to a select few U2 songs over and over again.

Pitter Pat

November 2, 2008 at 9:26 pm | Posted in Linux | 4 Comments

I have a confession to make – I have fallen in love.  It’s a hot, sexy, fast, easy Brazilian number.  And it’s called DreamLinux.  What did you think I was talking about?  I must say that this distro runs like a champ on the relatively meager spec ThinkPad X40 (1.4Ghz Intel, 1.5GB Memory, 40GB HDD) that used to choke like Mama Cass on XP Pro and it’s chock full of enough eye candy and polish to turn even the snootiest geeks head.

DreamLinux 3.5

DreamLinux 3.5

Technically it’s a release candidate that’s preceded the official release, but it has proven itself to be rock solid thus far with a week plus of fairly hard core use proffering only a single crashed application (Pidgin locked up on me – that’d be like AOL IM crashing for you Windows users out there.)  Sure, you could always go with Ubuntu (which just released it’s new version Intrepid Ibex this week as well) if you’re looking for something with a bit more name recognition, but DreamLinux is well worth checking out.  Not only does it come with a live CD that runs the operating system directly from the CD (allowing you to test drive it before deciding whether or not to install) and that it can be installed on a thumb drive (allowing you to use, configure, and then take your entire OS with you and to use it on any PC that allows booting from USB) but you can also tweak the OS to suit your needs and then make your own distro to share with others.  The only think that really annoyed me was that since it’s Debian based it ships with the unbranded version of Firefox called IceWeasel.  Yes, it’s silly, it’s annoying, and I had to change it.  So I just used the Easy Install function (hello three click software installs!) and then cracked open a terminal and plugged in:

ln -f /usr/bin/firefox /usr/bin/sensible-browser

Now all the links show up with the expected Mozilla goodness.  Ah, nerdy goodness…

DreamLinux Info ~ Homepage ~ Latest Version ~ Distrowatch

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