Finally, a modern desktop

I updated my main desktop today, which I haven’t really used since getting my laptop. It went from Fedora Core 2 with gnome 2.8cvs to Ubuntu Hoary. The operation was a success and the patient is in recovery, except with one casualty: I lost my last 5 months of e-mail. I have a script to auto-archive e-mail, so I have the last few years worth, but I didn’t back up /var/mail… *sigh* So, if anybody e-mailed me something important, please send it again.

Weekend of Yay!

Jamie

Jamie

So I had the most amazing weekend. My girlfriend Jamie came down to visit. We hung out for a bit on Friday and then went to a nice Japanese restaurant near my apartment called Fuki Sushi. It was a very nice looking place, decorative, and the waitresses were even wearing kimonos. Next time we go, we’re going to reserve a spot in the back where we take off our shoes and eat sitting down on the ground at a table. The rest of the night, we just cuddled, watching anime and Dead Like Me.

Saturday, we got up and, after a while, took a tour of where I work. While there, we played some DDR and had some snacks. We then headed to the other building our company owns and watched some ducks splash around in one of the ponds. We walked around in there and saw that building, and just kind of sat around talking. Next, we went to Frys Electronics. While there, we picked up a copy of Soul Calibur 2, which we played later that night. She kicked my ass.

Our next stop was to a furniture store that I went to in November. The people who ran the place actually remembered me, and even remembered where I moved from. We were a bit shocked there. Anyhow, I picked up a couple of book shelves and a nice little wine rack.

For dinner, I took her to The Cheesecake Factory. Despite the 50 minute wait, it was really good, and she seemed to like it, especially the cheesecake 🙂 We spent the rest of the night playing Soul Calibur and just kind of goofing around, talking about things, etc.

Sunday morning, she had to leave. We had a nice breakfast before she left, but it was hard to say goodbye. All in all, though, it was a great visit. We both enjoyed ourselves immensely, and I can’t wait until we do it again.

Fyre

I’ve been playing with Fyre quite a bit lately. It’s a very awesome program, and they just released version 1.0.0. Cluster support and undos were just added (thanks scanline and purple_cow!). It’s a great way to waste some time 🙂

Electric Storm
Electric Storm

Galago

I’m also contemplating putting out a Galago release soon. It’s been kind of semi-frozen for a long time. Work’s been done, but there’s not much else to do until people start playing with it. So I’m going to test it with D-BUS CVS and see how it works, and then start putting together some autopackages together. I need someone to build Ubuntu debs. I’d rather not spend much time on that myself. If anyone’s interested in packaging for any distro, please let me know, and feel free to drop by #galago on irc.freenode.net.

More Fun Wastes of Time

Over the past few days, I’ve moved more sites over to the new Linode server. Among these was one of my favorite nonsense sites, Destroy Mornings. For those who aren’t familiar with that one, here’s a brief history.. One morning I got up for school. I was a bit upset about this and, having some time before class, registered destroymornings.com and built up a website. Or rather, one page of a site. The links on the sidebar never went anywhere, and perhaps they never will.

Anyhow, it gained a rather large community on Orkut, and people talked about how much they hated mornings. People have bugged me for a couple years now to create merchandise, so the other day, I did. There’s now a Destroy Mornings store, hosted of course by CafePress. I ordered a mug and a t-shirt, which should be here in a couple of days. They should turn out well, I hope.

I’ve also been working on some more art in my DeviantArt gallery. My favorite recent additions are Hey, Look What I found, Spiral Brush (created by the wonderful program Fyre), and Rules for Dating, #1.

As is pretty obvious, I haven’t done a whole lot of open source hacking lately. This is mostly because a lot’s been going on at work and in other areas of life, and at the end of the day, I find myself relaxing by just working on fun stuff. Though the past couple of days, I’ve been itchin’ to hack on Galago some more, so I think I’m going to devote a good amount of time to that soon.

Another recent fun toy has been Ubuntu. Man, what a wonderful distribution. It’s what I’ve been waiting for in a Linux distro. Excellent work guys! This is going on my girlfriend’s new PC this week 🙂

My Big Fat Boring Weekend

So this weekend has been a bit on the boring side. I need to figure out what there is to do in Palo Alto, and where to meet some people… But some good did come from this. I registered a Linode account and have moved Planet IM to it. Planet IM has been dead for a while, due to a loss of accounts and such on the server it was hosted at. Now that I’m in control of it, things should be a bit smoother.

I reformatted my laptop a couple of days ago and switched from SuSE to Ubuntu. It was getting too hard to keep GNOME up-to-date on SuSE. So far, Ubuntu seems very nice. I was hesistant at first, due to the hype, but I’m rather impressed for the most part.

Oh, and I finally watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding. It was a pretty good movie. I think I’m the last person on the planet to actually watch it, though. Ah well.

I’ve been working on experimenting with some different forms of art recently. Trying to find out what I’m good at.. I registered a DeviantArt account in December (chipx86.deviantart.com) and have been posting various things, including a really screwed up short story that my brother and I wrote a while back called The South Side. The nice thing is that even though it’s hard to get inspiration at first, various ideas form over time, and it becomes more enjoyable. I’m sure that’s the same with anything.

So now I’m transitioning Galago’s site and SVN to the new server. I’ll probably have it done tonight, if I don’t find something else to do.

Galacy Scam – There are others!

My post from June 14, 2004, Galacy Scam, seems to now be #4 for a Google search of Galacy, #1 for Galacy Scam, and #1 for Integratel Scam. Probably due to this, a few people have been commenting. It seems their shadey business practices (altering phone conversations, billing us for services we don’t have, etc.) are still going on. I’m rather glad that my previous entry is getting some attention, so that others will have a place to turn to and know they’re not the only ones getting scammed, especially since thecomplaintstation.com has appeared to be down for some time. I just want to see Galacy/Integratel shut down.

Happy New Years

… Rather, in 10.5 hours from now, here anyway.

I finally fixed the comment spam issue, I think. Maybe I’ll feel more motivated to post. I’m running MT 3.14 and the latest MT-Blacklist plugin, and this time it’s actually working. I must have broken something last time.

So Christmas went very well. I had a wonderful Christmas Eve with my beautiful Jamie. We went to see Christmas lights around town and opened presents. Her real present still hasn’t arrived, but it was finally shipped, so I’ll be getting that to her once both of us are on vacation. She just left for a trip to Utah, and I miss her already.

Christmas itself was the usual crazy yet fun event it always is. We opened presents here and at two sets of grandparents’ houses. I got a copy of Metroid Prime 2, Taiko Drum Master, some beer and wine, a nice robe, and a bunch of other things.

On top of that, I picked up a copy of Katamari Damacy and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Not having a PS2 around here, I won’t be able to play Katamari Damacy until I get home, but I’ve started Chain of Memories and I have to say, it has me very confused. I’m not sure what I think of the card-based battle system, or the plot, but I guess I’ll get used to it.

My stepdad got one of those little UFO toys that flies in the are to wherever you point the antenna. It was pretty fun until he dropped it into the water. Then it got scary. Despite technically being off, it would randomly start to fly around the room. We were very amused. And it seems we have another very confused toy. The RoboSapien burps every time we change the channel on the TiVo.

Tomorrow I head back home to Palo Alto. In a way, I’m looking forward to it, but I’ll miss everyone. At least I have some fun toys to play with in my upcoming limited spare time.

Happy birthday to me!

It’s my birthday! I’m finally 21. Now I can go drinking and stuff, even though I probably won’t much. There probably won’t be much celebration until I head back to visit family and friends, but I’ve already received a very nice birthday card with singing chickens, which I love 🙂 If you feel the extreme need to buy me presents, I have a few ideas ;). Not that I expect anything, of course.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled planet.

Various Updates

So a few things have taken place lately, and I haven’t blogged about them because I’m just really busy (or lazy, depending).

Galago and the fd.o desktop notifications reference implementation that Mike Hearn and I wrote have been proposed for GNOME 2.10. As I’m still new to this whole process, I don’t know exactly what to expect, but time will tell.

For the first time in a long time, I actually wrote up birthday and Christmas wishlists, as I usually get asked by everybody every year. I figured I might as well post them, as I find it useful to look at other people’s for ideas. I have them on Amazon, ThinkGeek, and NewEgg.com.

At sri’s constant urging (it’s appreciated!) I’ve been working on a couple of articles for GNOME Journal. Hopefully I’ll actually be happy enough with one of these and have it finished by tomorrow.

And I guess that’s it for now.

Murphy’s kicking my ass

I got back home today from a trip back to my home town. I attended my great grandma’s funeral. The funeral was nice. Well, as nice as funerals can be, I guess. While in town, I took the opportunity to visit my former college and my friends and family.

This morning at 6:00, I woke up to get ready for the 7:55 Greyhound bus to Sunnyvale. We ended up transferring twice. The first time in Sacramento, and the second in San Francisco. Each bus was late, of course. We ended up roughly two hours late by the end of the trip.

Finally, I got to Sunnyvale, carrying a very heavy backpack, a heavy suitcase, and a bag of misc. stuff. I got a map of bus routes and quickly realized I would have had to make several transfers, and then walk 15 to 20 minutes home carrying the bags. Not a good option.

I ended up calling a taxi. My home wasn’t too far away, so why not? Problem the first: The driver only knew a few English words. Problem the second: $2.50/mile. Ouch. I’ve never paid for a taxi before, so I don’t know what’s normal, but watching that meter move up sure was depressing.

So, $20 later, I’m home. I carried my heavy bags into the pizza place and ordered a pizza and a drink. Then I went to my apartment and realized I couldn’t find my keys. While searching, I noticed that my contact solution spilled over everything. I moved the bag it was in to the side, and continued to search. I then proceeded to knock my soda all over my backpack and coat.

I decided to go downstairs and get a spare key and then my pizza. The pizza was burned, but still edible, mainly. I continued back to my apartment with the spare key. There I found a small group of ants at my desk. There’s no food around there, and they don’t appear to be carrying anything in particular, but they there are nonetheless.

To top off the day, as I was cleaning up the place in preparation for guests that are coming tomorrow or the next day, I went to take out the garbage. As I was walking outside, a squirrel run in the tree above me (at 10:22 at night!) and dropped something next to me. Damn squirrels.

Tomorrow’s going to be much better. 🙂

Blue sky, I’ll meet you in the end

I was woken up this morning with the news that my great grandmother passed away in the hospital during the night. It’s definitely not how a person would like to be woken up, but I’m glad nobody waited to tell me. I’m going to be heading back home Friday, and will be attending the funeral Tuesday. I won’t be in contact much until Wednesday or Thursday, if people need me.