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    (Tuesday) 20 April 2010
    Test post from ScribeFire!

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    (Saturday) 10 April 2010
    ATTN: This journal is now deprecated. If you see posts made in it, please let me know via email or cell, tell me I am a selfish bitch and that I need to get off my lazy ass, stop being a self-indulgent crybaby and get a fucking job.

    $mood = "blank";
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    (Saturday) 13 February 2010
    Request for Comment
    Updated Internet acronyms (two):

    • LOL to stand for `laughter ostensibly likely.'

    • ROFL to stand for `reputed offline full-bellied laughter.'

    [edit: 2010-02-20]
    Furthermore, "LAWL" to stand for `laughing at worthy lulz,' or
    `luxurious amounts [of] wild lulziness.'

    urbandictionary.com submission detailsCollapse )
    unlicensed mipspro on irix6.5 nag screen hack
    If you have IRIX6.5, you have a usable MIPSpro C compiler, though without
    a license, you have an annoying "nag screen" every time you invoke the
    compiler. Don't tell SGI, but here's a script to hide the nag screen.

    shhh!Collapse )

    $mood = "hyper";
    (Saturday) 23 January 2010
    newer bestest websitez
    i founds a newer bestest websitez, better bestest websitez than the betters of the bestest of all the best of the better bestesses.
    here tis: http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?category=Circuit+Design
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    (Friday) 6 February 2009
    times of crisis
    I'm a little proud of the fact that I make it a goal not to hate anyone. I try to absolve myself of all grudges. I push myself to let things go. Not to say that I won't lash out from time to time when I feel that I'm being taking advantage of, but I try not to linger on negativity. I think that, ultimately, there are much more important things in life than keeping enemies. This is why I think that, in times of crisis, matters of importance (life and death or anything else critical) must trump personal resolves. I don't know if others agree, but it only seems rational that personal day-to-day matters are less significant than any situation that necessitates immediate action from any and all relevant parties; in other words, I think it's silly to be petty during emergencies by failing to set aside normal trivialities.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Should a grudge take priority over a crisis? Is it immature to hope other people would set aside their grudges during emergencies?

    $mood = "worried";
    (Friday) 28 November 2008
    two webcomics you should be reading: xkcd questionable content ... and, while we're on the subject, is it just me, or is penny arcade seriously overrated? maybe it's just because i'm not a gamer... (user friendly is much more of my thing)
    oh, forgot to mention, perry bible fellowship is usually pretty good.
    (Monday) 17 November 2008
    (Tuesday) 4 November 2008
    voting 'strategy'
    I read an interesting idea the other day for people who hate the idea of voting for the lesser of two evils (for President, anyway) and think some of the third-party candidates are better suited. If I find where I read it, I'll add a link later.

    In States with a near-certain outcome (non-swing States), vote for the best third-party candidates, to draw attention to them. If the outcome is effectively pre-determined, your particular vote does not matter much, so you might as well represent your interests, since a certain major-party candidate will very likely win in your State anyway. This way, the major parties might start to take notice of your State, and the role of your State could become more pivotal down the road. If you're in a swing State, vote for the lesser of two evils (whichever of the two major party candidates is probably best for the health of the country in the long run, regardless of his/her personality and style of rhetoric). Since electoral college votes for a third party could result in an arguably harmful split of interest (e.g., in 2000, GWB would probably not have gotten to the White House if most of the votes for Nader had instead gone to Gore), and it does not seem feasible for anyone running outside of the two major parties to win an election for President at this time, you should always pick the lesser of two evils in a swing State, even if you feel it does not represent your true interests.

    Of course, this only applies for electoral positions (e.g., the President) that have a negligible chance of having a third-party candidate win. For positions in national and State Congresses and other State Office positions, vote for who you think is best, as history (within the last century, anyhow) indicates that third-party candidates are not outright doomed from the start to lose.

    Feel free to critique this idea; I love feedback. Oh, and:
    (for politically correct / printable substitutions, use whining* and chumps**)

    $mood = "intrigued";
    (Friday) 26 September 2008
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    (Wednesday) 24 September 2008
    What they don't tell you about leaving UD
    Step 1: give out new e-mail address
    os@copland:~$ pine `echo $(grep -v '^ ' ~/.addressbook|cut -d' ' -f1)|tr ' ' ','` #note, '^ ' has 3 spaces, and -d' ' is a single tab

    Step 2: get list of /tmp files on other systems (since verdi, vivaldi, haydn, and schubert aren't reachable from the outside world) and make some local tarballs
    os@copland:~$ for host in strauss verdi vivaldi haydn schubert ; do ssh $host touch /tmp/`whoami`.all-files.tar ';' /opt/sfw/bin/gfind /tmp -type f -user `whoami` -print0 '|' /opt/sfw/bin/gxargs -0 -n 1024 tar rvf /tmp/`whoami`.all-files.tar -C /tmp 2>&1 | grep -v 'Permission denied' ; scp $host:/tmp/`whoami`.all-files.tar /tmp/`whoami`.all-files.$host.tar ; done

    Step 3: tarball local files in /tmp
    os@copland:~$ touch /tmp/`whoami`.all-files.tar ; /opt/sfw/bin/gfind /tmp -type f -user `whoami` -print0 | /opt/sfw/bin/gxargs -0 -n 1024 tar rvf /tmp/`whoami`.all-files.tar -C /tmp 2>&1 | grep -v 'Permission denied' ; bzip2 /tmp/`whoami`.all-files.tar

    Step 4: transfer these files to someplace local
    os@erinaceous:~$ UDEL_USERNAME=os ; scp $UDEL_USERNAME@copland.udel.edu:/tmp/$UDEL_USERNAME.all-files.tar udel-tmp-files.tar.bz2

    Step 5: sync your home directory to someplace local
    os@erinaceous:~$ UDEL_USERNAME=os ; rsync -P -avz -e ssh $UDEL_USERNAME@copland.udel.edu:~ udel-home

    Step 6: sync your IMAP folders locally with mailsync here's a potential script:Collapse )
    (Sunday) 21 September 2008
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    (Sunday) 20 July 2008
    OHNOES, someone might see my DATA DATA!!!

    YA RLY!!
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    (Monday) 14 July 2008
    REUTERS - Today, the sed development team announced support for two new forms of nesting, promising to revitalize interest in the once-common programming and text-processing tool.

    Despite the language already being Turing-complete, the designers have decided to make looping and conditional constructs more accessible. "Previously, you had to make clever use of grouping and pattern matching. sed wasn't an ideal state machine, but it was possible."

    For looping, in lieu of always having to jump to labels, programmers are now free to make use of a new command that does not require the use of the line or hold buffers, but still requires numerical counters to be processed as strings, in true sed tradition. For conditional execution, grouped commands no longer need perform pattern matching nor jumping; a new command which performs Reverse Polish Notation expression evaluation on the hold buffer will suffice.

    "Our goal is obviously not to become the next INTERCAL. We just want to want to deploy a pithy, fast text-stream processing tool."
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    (Monday) 7 July 2008
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    (Monday) 2 June 2008
    Math lessons
    I would really like to start posting lessons on various mathematical topics. I would like to refine my teaching abilities, for one, but I would also like to record some things I have learned, lest my knowledge deteriorate.

    So, this will be a Request-For-Comment in that I propose to offer online lessons in the categories of: number theory, set theory, algebra, geometry, analytic geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, logic, calculus, rigorous proof, real analysis, congruences, linear algebra, matrices, differential equations, vectors, Laplace transformations, Fourier series, Bessel functions, complex numbers, calculus of variations, vector calculus, hypothesis testing, coordinate systems, number spaces, optimization problems, model theory, abstract algebras, stochastic processes, Monte Carlo techniques, mathematical tricks and techniques, applications to Newtonian physics, applications to relativity, applications to quantum mechanics, applications to computer science, applications to computer programming, and any other topics readers express interest in. Please feel free to reply to this post with suggestions for methodology and presentation, topic ideas, offers of assistance, or indications of interest (be specific).

    If you would like to brush up on a topic, but are embarrassed to admit it, just post anonymously. Your input will not count any less.
    (Wednesday) 14 May 2008
    Every time an onion is neutered, since horses refuse dead lamb, ubiquitous cougars mate forcefully while your pampered, virgin birch grows knobs quietly, jostling xenophobic zebras.

    C'mon, it's fun, make your own frequency sentence!

    If 'inorthography' refers to bad spelling, what would we call the field of study for analysing word-play that invokes ostensible spelling errors that are actually clever jokes? (example: maybe a portmanteau of ethereal and ephemeral to yield ephemereal or ethemeral?) Pseudonorthographology?

    $mood = "ecstatistical";
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    (Tuesday) 6 May 2008
    Weird idea: debugging a program in the complex plane. The real axis would represent the code, and the imaginary axis would represent the program's state.

    Actually, this would be hard to do, but, you might be able to use this idea to visualize code coverage or something.
    (Sunday) 27 April 2008
    configure --prorgram-prefix/suffix/transform patch in uucp 1.07, debian rev 19.1ubuntu1
    Part of Makefile.am isn't patched for this.
    --- uucp-1.07/Makefile.am~      2008-04-27 11:53:41.000000000 -0400
    +++ uucp-1.07/Makefile.am       2008-04-27 11:53:42.000000000 -0400
    @@ -77,13 +77,23 @@
            -rm -rf $(distdir)/contrib/CVS $(distdir)/sample/CVS
    -       for f in uucico uuxqt; do \
    -         chown $(OWNER) $(DESTDIR)$(sbindir)/$${f}; \
    -         chmod 4555 $(DESTDIR)$(sbindir)/$${f}; \
    +       for p in uucico uuxqt; do \
    +         p1=`echo $$p|sed 's/$(EXEEXT)$$//'; \
    +         if test -f $$p \
    +         ; then \
    +           f=`echo $$p1|sed '$(transform);s/$$/$(EXEEXT)/'; \
    +           chown $(OWNER) $(DESTDIR)$(sbindir)/$${f}; \
    +           chmod 4555 $(DESTDIR)$(sbindir)/$${f}; \
    +         else :; fi; \
    -       for f in uux uucp uustat uuname cu; do \
    -         chown $(OWNER) $(DESTDIR)$(bindir)/$${f}; \
    -         chmod 4555 $(DESTDIR)$(bindir)/$${f}; \
    +       for p in uux uucp uustat uuname cu; do \
    +         p1=`echo $$p|sed 's/$(EXEEXT)$$//'; \
    +         if test -f $$p \
    +         ; then \
    +           f=`echo $$p1|sed '$(transform);s/$$/$(EXEEXT)/' \
    +           chown $(OWNER) $(DESTDIR)$(bindir)/$${f}; \
    +           chmod 4555 $(DESTDIR)$(bindir)/$${f}; \
    +         else :; fi; \
     if HAVE_MKDIR

    root@oxymon:/mnt/hd/wd60gb/cu-uucp# cat sources.url
    ftp://na.mirror.garr.it/pub/1/ubuntu-archive/pool/main/u/uucp/uucp_1.07.orig.tar.gz ftp://na.mirror.garr.it/pub/1/ubuntu-archive/pool/main/u/uucp/uucp_1.07-19.1ubuntu1.diff.gz

    Anyone know the easiest way to submit a small patch to Debian? (unstable branch, I guess) as well as other distros, at the same time?

    Still needs to be fixed, tho:
    /bin/sh ./mkinstalldirs /usr/local/info
     /usr/bin/ginstall -c -m 644 ./uucp.info /usr/local/info/uucp.info
     /usr/bin/ginstall -c -m 644 ./uucp.info-1 /usr/local/info/uucp.info-1
     /usr/bin/ginstall -c -m 644 ./uucp.info-2 /usr/local/info/uucp.info-2
     install-info --info-dir=/usr/local/info /usr/local/info/uucp.info
    /bin/sh ./mkinstalldirs /usr/local/man/man1
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/mnt/hd/wd60gb/cu-uucp/uucp-1.07'
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    (Thursday) 3 April 2008
    hackerkey (successor to geek code?)

    Everyone who doesn't {suck|imitate a vacuum cleaner}*, go get one.

    * = {non-PC|PC}, you pick.
    (Thursday) 3 January 2008
    software design
    top - 17:24:23 up 21 days, 10:37, 17 users,  load average: 2.58, 2.57, 2.58
    Tasks: 137 total,   4 running, 132 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
    Cpu(s): 57.2%us,  3.8%sy, 38.1%ni,  1.0%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
    Mem:    514168k total,   506868k used,     7300k free,    33156k buffers
    Swap:   262136k total,   241816k used,    20320k free,    26236k cached
      PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND           
    17625 os        16   0  459m 321m  12m R   69 64.1 228:46.11 firefox-bin        
     4050 root      39  19   700  284  224 R   39  0.1  28334:59 dnetc              
     4051 root      39  19   680   96   76 R   36  0.0  28330:50 dnetc              
     4257 root      15   0  159m  51m 2908 S   29 10.3   1090:44 X                  
    15876 os        15   0 40188 8304 1356 S   13  1.6   1840:01 baudline           
     7140 os        15   0 97476  39m 6632 S   10  7.8 585:34.04 pidgin             
    22463 os        15   0  2212 1148  852 R    1  0.2   0:01.06 top                

    Firefox has only one window open with 13 tabs. Most of the tabs are eBay, which does have huge, bloated webpages, so we'll cut Firefox a little break.... but, geez, allocating 447 megs (virtual minus shared) for itself, and needing 321 megs of pages in core?! And look at Pidgin (formerly gaim): allocating 89 megs for itself, and needing 39 megs in core!

    (btw, this is all on oxymon, SMP two Pentium IIs @400MHz w/ L1=512kB, 512MB DRAM and... uh.... this much disk space: os@oxymon:~$ cat /proc/partitions |head -n12|tail +3|awk '{print $3,$4}'|grep -v '[a-z][0-9]\+$'|awk '{total = total + $1}END{printf("%d MB\n",total/1024)}' --->11325 MB)

    $mood = "annoyed";

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    (Thursday) 8 November 2007
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    (Saturday) 3 November 2007
    consider this critic a cretin
    so it seems LJ reset my http://www.livejournal.com/manage/comments/ log ips setting (although,. to be fair, the option now distinguishes btwn anon commenters and all commenters), as well as my http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/ theme from lynx to the horizon theme (in one of the site redesigns), over and over and over again (as they made changes), and then to the vertigo theme when that was added (although, i changed to horizon, and that stuck for a while, though it randomly went to vertigo after one "site update")
    also, if you have a popups-always-in-tabs option turned on or a single-window plugin or something [in mozilla/firefox], things like "Insert/Edit Link" don't work---a new tab will open with an incomplete form with no submit buttons (and pressing enter in the text field doesn't submit anything either, due to the way their form is coded)

    http://my.livejournal.com/ is still fairly complete in the lynx theme, though, which is good.

    lynx-mode http://www.livejournal.com/ hasn't been updated in AGES, so there's lots of things you can't click straight to---but you can always click on the site map link (why not have an option to turn on site maps in all or some pages in lynx-theme mode?)

    also, is there a way to make it so that the HTML entry is the default? (esp. when posting w/o javascript...)
    when i browse the site in lynx, i get an entry page that is HTML-only, which *is* helpful... i dunno if that's just because lynx doesn't have javascript, or because of the user agent? i believe it's the user agent, b/c i seem to remember having a nonfunctional javascript entry form in mozilla when i first installed noscript, before i added livejournal to the allow-list.

    or, can i make it so that two different URLs exist, one that takes me to the old, bare entry form, and one that takes me to the javascript-powered richtext/html form?
    there used to be a distinction between update.bml and update.bml?mode=full, where the default didn't have post-to, userpic, friends-groups, allow-comments, (and when screening was implemented) comment-screening, iirc.
    of course, i almost always needed the full form, so i still mentally type livejournal.com/update.bml?mode=full -- heh..
    but, i don't think mode= makes a difference any more.  i don't see a difference, anyway...

    it'd be nice to have a mode=htmlonly or mode=light and/or mode=nojavascriptnomatterwhat or whatever... and, of course, in lynx-theme, regardless of user agent, there should be link(s) on the page for this(/these) alternate form mode(s)

    $mood = "stumped";
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    uh... corrected lyrics
    (lyrics apparently unpublished, at least on the web, or at least anywhere google's crawled)original editsCollapse )
    Hey, wow, I actually found these, but most of the phrases in the song that sound correct don't seem to match the published lyrics, so you have to google for the song title, and not for any of the phrases that you think you heard correctly...
    real lyrics:
    (Another, more reputable site, confirms these.)

    Keep telling me youre skin deep
    And I believe you.
    Youre telling me talk is cheap.
    But you wont need to.

    Keep telling me good things come to those who wait,
    And I wont be there.
    Youll find out for yourself, soon enough.

    I wont try to make it right.
    Or make it understood.
    When that point of view means nothing to you.

    The futures bleak,
    And youre uneasy.
    Target weakness,
    Still twisted.

    -- guns 'n' wankers, 'skin deep' (track 4 on fat music for fat people)

    also, these rock (track 5, same comp):
    no use for a name / feeding the fireCollapse )
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    (Thursday) 1 November 2007
    Stained glass depth effect
    Is this just me?

    When looking at a stained glass window that covers the central focus area of your visual field, if you slightly relax your eyes, do the colors float to slightly different depths?

    It only works with both eyes open, and the parallax effect works.  The depth of the colors is very consistent for me.

    I also see it, for example, when I'm looking a dark window on my computer screen that has various colors of text in it (color rxvt+lynx+slashdot).

    The depths seem to become less significant when my face is very close to the monitor.

    Is this common? Unusual? Well-documented?
    I'm slightly nearsighted (20/50,-1.25).  I don't know if that contributes at all.

    Looking at slashdot in lynx right now, here's where the color depths are:
    Green - in front of yellow (as in, closer to me).
    Light Blue - slightly in front of yellow, behind green.
    Yellow - in front of white.
    White - normal.
    Pink - slightly behind white.
    Magenta - behind pink.
    Red - behind magenta.

    This doesn't seem to be in spectral order.

    Actually, I just noticed that if I cover one eye, rather than closing it, I think I still slightly see the effect.
    Neurological/cerebral?  Or, maybe slight synaesthesia from paying a lot of attention to a physical effect, creating a neural connection over time?

    Maybe an effect of the way the optical nerve carries color subtractions rather than true color intensities? (Red-Blue, Red-Green)  This might be why red vs. green and red vs. blue are the big differences in depth..

    Ex. w/ stained glass: http://www.coldspringgranite.com/royalmelrose/stained-glass-windows-holy-family.jpg  Mostly I just see the red floating behind everything else.
    Ex. where I *don't* really see it, and I think that's because there *aren't* large solid patches of color: http://downeaststainedglass.com/first_baptist_oriental/bible_cross.jpg

    $mood = "intrigued";
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