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Stupid bots…

November 5, 2007

13:33 < andrew> @eightball Is lamalex going to ever win an argument around
13:33 < PennBot> andrew: It is possible.
13:34 < lamalex> =O
13:34 < lamalex> that’ll be the day
13:34 < andrew> @eightball but unlikely, right?
13:34 < PennBot> andrew: _I_ don’t know.
13:35 < lamalex> @eightball Will they ever stop heckling me?
13:35 < PennBot> lamalex: Maybe…
13:35 < PennBot> not.
13:35 < lamalex> @eightball Will it be because I died in a cycling accident?
13:35 < PennBot> lamalex: It shall be.
13:35 < lamalex> oh god


Printing in Gutsy

October 30, 2007

There is a kid in my programming class who has been having a nightmare getting Java installed on his computer at home. We’re in our 9th week of school and he still cannot get Java to install. My professor and I both suggested he try Linux, as it’s easier to do… almost everything. He didn’t seem to take our advice as he’s still having problems. Tomorrow I’m going to give him the Gutsy CD Jim gave me at Sunday night’s Gutsy Release party, along with a printout of our wiki page of Ubuntu resources. I upgraded my two pcs to Gutsy recently. My laptop has been running gutsy since tribe 3, but my tower, which is the family computer, needs to be stable or else my mom has a fit (as well she should), so it just got the upgrade a few nights ago. After the upgrade (which went more or less smoothly, we lost internet about halfway through so I had some dpkg stuff to play with), my printers were still there, smashing! Everything worked. I decided to test gutsy’s new printing dialog so i deleted my Canon MP160 printer (which was a bear to set up in feisty/edgy), and reinstall it. I just plugged it in and it worked!! The end!! Now my laptop did not have anything on it. Just as before, setting up the sharing had been a bit of a pain in the past, so, I set the printer to shared from my PC, enabled my laptop to look for shared printer, and voila! I had a canon mp160 I could print to!! Brilliant! Why again do we not have market share? Can windows do this? As far as I can recall, printers in windows are a PITA. Drivers to download, random manufacturer utilities, the list goes on and on. The scanner part of my printer even works! How great is that! My mom is very happy, as am I. Once again, Ubuntu wins, but the credit goes to the Gnome/Ubuntu team who got this new printing system hooked up, I can’t wait to see what kinds of awesome things show up in Hardy.

Portland — Not as cool as Philly.

July 26, 2007

So currently I’m on vacation. I’m exploring the west coast. I started in Portland, OR for the Ubuntu Live conference (which was awesome, but not worth the $600 I would have had to pay if I wasn’t a student). There was a lot of cool stuff and cool people there. They keynotes were very good. I’m not going to go in depth about the conference because people were blogging it all around me. You can probably find 100 blogs about it. So each day I spent a few hours after the conference exploring Portland. It’s a pretty cool city, but for how much hype surrounds it, it’s not that cool. Everyone says Portland is Bike City, USA, but from what I saw, they’re all a bunch of pussies. They all (yes I’m generalizing) ride cruisers and stuff, I only saw a few fixies riding around. They don’t even do critical mass anymore!?!? WTF is that. They have bike lanes and bike friendly riding so they feel like Critical Mass isn’t necessary. WEAK. Really, Portland, you guys are /not/ hardcore. Now you can get on my case about having a blog post about learning to skid stop and not being able to track stand for more than 30 seconds, but I’m learning, I just started riding fixed at the end of May. And I jumped right in and started riding fixed around Philly, up and down Broad Street, I never got coddled with Bike Lanes and cars who are afraid to hit you. Other than how /weak/ bikes in Portland are, the city was pretty cool. I met some cool kids including one kid named Nick who was nice. Oh, and in general, Portland isn’t a very good looking city. Most people I saw were pretty average looking, why would I want to move somewhere where I’m exponentially more attractive than the majority of the population, that’s just asking for trouble.

Tuesday night I took the Amtrak up to Seattle, where I am now. Amtrak trains (at least the one I was one) are very uncomfortable. I’m not looking forward to the 22 hour ride to San Francisco. The good part about the train sucking was that I couldn’t sleep so I a) finished my book and b) made friends with the chick next to me. She was pretty cool. I think her name was Sara? Something like that. We just chatted for most of the ride, made it go by much quicker.

So finally we made it to Seattle, WHICH ROCKS!! Seattle is wwaayy better that Portland. I was talking to some kid I met on the street, he was telling me their last critical mass had around 1000 people and they took over an entire highway!!! That’s epic as hell. I’m so stoked for this Friday. Unfortunately I have to ride my cousin’s mountain bike instead of my own bike, but transporting a bike via plane is a major hassle. I also went up in the Space Needle.Space Needle Very cool, but pretty expensive. It was close to $20 to go up, I did get some epic shots though. The lady who works there pointing stuff out said you can see Bill Gate’s house from the telescope, I asked her were Steve Balmer lives (so I can egg his house), but she didn’t know. Finally, Seattle is WAY better looking that Portland. Everywhere you look there are attractive people (men and women) hanging out. Feels like home.

So conclusion: Seattle – Very Cool. Portland – Not nearly as cool as it’s hyped to be. Philly – What every city should aspire to be like.

Now playing: American Steel – Fargo
via FoxyTunes

West Chester Night Ride; Howto stop on a fixed gear

July 13, 2007

Tonight I rode into West Chester to go riding with Pat, Brendan, and their friends, Wyett, Chris, and Taylor. I’ve hung out with Pat and Brendan a few time before but I just met the others, they were pretty cool. It was a lot of fun, we rode all over West Chester. I think we did something like 8 miles, which isn’t that much. I probably did a total of 20-25 today though which isn’t bad, hopefully do the same tomorrow. The best part of tonight though: I LEARNED HOW TO SKID STOP! Brendan made me switch from freewheel to fixed gear for the second half of the ride, which was a lot of fun. I haven’t ridden fixed gear in a long time, it felt good. It’s really easy to do once you know how, I was suprised with how easy it is. here’s how to do it.

Step 1.) Put all of your weight forward, lean as far forward as you feel comfortable, the farther forward you lean and the more weight you take off of the back of the bike, the easier you’ll skid but it will also take longer to stop, so keep that in mind.

Step 2.) When your pedals are parallel to the ground (or close enough, whatever feels comfortable), Lock your front knee, and push with your rear foot, hold it while the back wheel locks and you skid.

IT’S SO MUCH FUN. Brendan is really good at it, I’m going to get good. I also need to learn to track stand better. I can do it a little but not for more than ~30 seconds and only sometimes. We’re riding again tomorrow so I’ll probably ride the whole thing fixed since now I can skid and stop better.

Saturday is the LoCo interview at 1420 WCOJ. 8am, Philadelphia area.

Busy busy weekend

May 21, 2007

This was such a busy weekend! It started out Friday, I saw Derek for the first time in a long while. He, Gabby, and I hung out. \After about 3 hours of hanging out at Derek’s we went to Gabby’s and watched Meet the Fockers, which as expected was not really that good. The end was the only good part. “But I saw meet the Fockers, the end sucked what are you talking about?” … How can you not love Owen Wilson?

hahaha Owen Wilson cracks me up. Just look at him, he’s awesome. Derek and I didn’t leave until about 3:00 am and when I got home I couldn’t find my camera, I started freaking out thinking it somehow got thrown out the window of my car or something terrible (remember that it’s 3am and I’m not 100% functional) so I headed back to Gabby’s to look for it. When I got there it was laying right on top of her, I guess it fell out of my pocket and she was dead asleep and didn’t even notice me go into her house, rustle around for my camera, take it off of her, kiss her goodnight, and leave. I finally got home and to bed at about 4am. My alarm went off at 9 to get up and get ready for the PACS meeting with the Ubuntu PA LoCo. THANKS A LOT GOOGLE MAPS. Google maps put me on the turnpike WEST to get to Hatboro, PA from where I live, Malvern, PA. For those of you who don’t know, Hatboro is east of Malvern. When I got to PACS I saw Jim Fisher with his Demo ubuntu pcs showing them off and talking to everyone like Jim does best. The presentation went really well, thanks to Joe Terranova of the NJ LoCo. Here are some pictures I took. (Pictures removed due to a certain Andrew Keyes). It was a lot of fun. The ride home was equally terrifying. for those of you who have never taken the Pennsylvania turnpike from the King of Prussia ramp, it’s 2 lanes, 80 mph, huge trucks, concrete barriers on either side, potholes, and to top it all off — it’s windy as hell. I was gripping the wheel so hard trying to make sure I had control over my car. Scary stuff that PA turnpike. Hard to believe that state that invented the turnpike has such a shitty one isn’t it. When I got home, I had a tuna sandwich. I’m not sure if Tuna is my favourite food or not. It’s definately up there. It’s a toss up between tuna and avacado. I can eat either one everyday without getting sick of it, it tastes just as good each day. That night Gabby came over. I don’t remember what we did the whole time honestly. We played wii and had fun but I feel like there was more than that. I can’t recall what it was. Maybe it was nothing I honestly don’t remember at all. Whatever it was I’m sure it was fun. It always is with Gabby. Finally sunday rolled around. A very good day. I woke up in the morning and had to go to my grandmother’s house to help her get her computer set up. She had some hardware issues and the computer has been at Circuit city for a month. Don’t take your PC to firedog; they’re completely incompetant. I told them what was wrong with it, I gave them a very indepth description of what the problem was, what I did to test the problem, and what they needed to do yet it took them 2 weeks to do … anything at all. Then when they finally ordered the part they needed they refused to leave a message on my answering machine, they just called every day and hung up. ARE YOU RETARDED? Seriously, don’t take your computer there. I got home and I was supposed to rototill, but I managed to weasel my way out of it. …What actually happened was my mom wanted me to clean my room from moving back in for the summer. Since I got home from college I hadn’t unpacked a single thing. I did it all today though. What I also did today, which was the best part of the whole day; was finish converting the AMAZING Specialized M-2 Kevin Valentine from the LoCo gave me from a multi-speed to a singlespeed. IT’S GREAT. It still needs some work, the hub slips (I think the bearing just need cleaned) and the seat post is stuck but once I get those two kinks worked out it’s going to be such a good ride. I cannot thank him enough for giving me that bike. So Kevin; here it is again. Thanks. That was my busy weekend. I left out tons including an indepth description of PACS. If you’re looking for one check out Both Lyz and Jim posted entries detailing the event. It’s time for me to start getting ready for bed, tomorrow I go back out to fight the good fight against closed-source proprietary software.