Saturday, November 21, 2009

Grub 2 In ubuntu 9.10

For how to edit grub2 after a ubuntu 9.10 install:

the stuff I need (what I usually edit in menu.lst) is now found in /etc/default/grub

Saturday, October 31, 2009


Pioneers! O Pioneers!

COME my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Colorado men are we,
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

From Nebraska, from Arkansas,
Central inland race are we, from Missouri, with the continental
blood intervein'd,
All the hands of comrades clasping, all the Southern, all the
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O resistless restless race!
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all!
O I mourn and yet exult, I am rapt with love for all,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Raise the mighty mother mistress,
Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress,
(bend your heads all,)
Raise the fang'd and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon'd
Pioneers! O pioneers!

See my children, resolute children,
By those swarms upon our rear we must never yield or falter,
Ages back in ghostly millions frowning there behind us urging,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

On and on the compact ranks,
With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly
Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O to die advancing on!
Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come?
Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill'd.
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the pulses of the world,
Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat,
Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Life's involv'd and varied pageants,
All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work,
All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

I too with my soul and body,
We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way,
Through these shores amid the shadows, with the apparitions
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Lo, the darting bowling orb!
Lo, the brother orbs around, all the clustering suns and planets,
All the dazzling days, all the mystic nights with dreams,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait
We to-day's procession heading, we the route for travel clearing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you daughters of the West!
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives!
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Minstrels latent on the prairies!
(Shrouded bards of other lands, you may rest, you have done your
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Not for delectations sweet,
Not the cushion and the slipper, not the peaceful and the studious,
Not the riches safe and palling, not for us the tame enjoyment,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock'd and bolted doors?
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Has the night descended?
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged nodding
on our way?
Yet a passing hour I yield you in your tracks to pause oblivious,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Till with sound of trumpet,
Far, far off the daybreak call-hark! how loud and clear I hear it
Swift! to the head of the army!-swift! spring to your places,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Back to Leaves of Grass 1891

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed with the things you didn't do than the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Richard Feynman:

"Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers of the preceding generation…. As a matter of fact I can also define science another way: Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Disable password on resume form suspen in Gnome/Ubuntu

Go to the terminal (Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal) and type:
This will pull up the gnome configurations editor. Out of the left had menu select the Apps folder then gnome power manager sub-folder, then the lock sub-folder. Deselect the 'suspend' key from the right window pane. Thats it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I entirely abandoned the study of letters. Resolving to seek no knowledge other than that of which could be found in myself or else in the great book of the world, I spent the rest of my youth traveling, visiting courts and armies, mixing with people of diverse temperaments and ranks, gathering various experiences, testing myself in the situations which fortune offered me, and at all times reflecting upon whatever came my way so as to derive some profit from it.
--(Descartes, Discourse on the Method)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Astrophysicists puzzle over planet that's too close to its sun,0,5882308.story

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sister - Sufjan Stevens

What the water wants is hurricanes,
and sailboats to ride on its back.
What the water wants is sun kiss,
and land to run into and back.
I have a fish stone burning my elbow,
reminding me to know that I'm glad
that I have a bottle filled with my old teeth.
They fell out like a tear in the bag.
And I have a sister somewhere in Detroit
She has black hair and small hands.
And I have a kettledrum
I'll hit the earth with you.
And I will crochet you a hat.
And I have a red kite;
I'll put you right in it.
I'll show you the sky


This is a beautiful song, and it reminds me of some sunny days. I like that

Sunday, July 19, 2009

"We get the government we deserve" -- Robert Glennon

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Table made available by:

HMC Computer Science Department

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A List of the Key Commands in Vim

The ^ character denotes holding control then hitting the next key.

Placing a number immediately before any command will repeat that command. For example, typing 4dd will delete the current line and the next 3.

Vim Commands



invoke vimvim filename
save file:w
exit vim:q
command line modeEsc
Search and Replace
search forward / [string]
search backward? [string]
find and replace once:s/[string to be found]/[thing to replace it]
find and replace on line:s/[string]/[string]/g
find and replace globally:%s/[string]/[string]/g
Movement Commands
up one lineup arrow or k
down one linedown arrow or j
right one characterright arrow or l
left one characterleft arrow or h
next word (until first character of next word)w
next word (until end of current word)e
previous wordb
beginning of line0
end of line$
page forward^d
page backward^u
Delete Commands
delete current characterx
delete current character and replace it with one characterr [character]
to end of lined$
entire current linedd
paste what was just deletedp
delete to end of word and put into insert modece
delete to end of line and put into insert modec$

Sunday, May 3, 2009

A good quote and mantra of mine

``I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it''

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Possible Lyric

For every door that opens, another ten doors close.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Need a Guitar Tuner For Linux?

I strongly suggest the Free Music Instrument Tuner (or fmit for short)

to install in Ubuntu:
sudo aptitude install fmit;

everyone else download the source or the rpm package from

It supports Jack as well as Alsa

Suspend Resume While Running Transmission Bit Torrent Client

I have been very annoyed that I cannot suspend or resume my computer while the Ubuntu default torrent client Transmission is running, so, I found a solution:
- goto your home directory
-select "show hidden files" from the 'View' dropdown menu. (Optionally press crtl-h)
-open the '.config' folder
-open the 'transmission' folder
-open 'settings.json' with gedit
-find the line that says: "allow-hibernation-even-when-torrents-are-active" (it was the first value in my file)
-change the number directly after that statement from 0 to 1
-save the file
-restart transmission!

Thats it...
If you know how to use vim you can just
vim ~/.config/transmission/settings.json
and edit it like that. :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My debate skills stem

from this


Biblical contradictions wanted

"Does anyone have a list of Biblical contradictions?"

Yes. There are many such lists. The following are here in the Secular Web Library:

In addition, there are many other biblical problems. See, for example, the Biblical Criticism and the Biblical Errancy pages in the Secular Web Library.

Are you a free thinker? I hope so...

To be a freethinker is far better than being of the sheeple.

I hate this argument: christians, stop using it

The universe is so complex it must have been designed

"The presence of design in the universe proves there is a God. Surely you don't think all this appeared here just by chance?"

This is known as the Argument From Design.

It is a matter of dispute whether there is any element of design in the universe. Those who believe that the complexity and diversity of living creatures on the earth is evidence of a creator are advised to consult the Talk Origins Archive.

There is insufficient space to summarize both sides of that debate here. However, the conclusion is that there is no scientific evidence in favor of so-called Scientific Creationism. Furthermore, there is much evidence, observation and theory that can explain many of the complexities of the universe and life on earth.

The origin of the Argument by Design is a feeling that the existence of something as incredibly intricate as, say, a human is so improbable that surely it can't have come about by chance; that surely there must be some external intelligence directing things so that humans come from the chaos deliberately.

But if human intelligence is so improbable, surely the existence of a mind capable of fashioning an entire universe complete with conscious beings must be immeasurably more unlikely? The approach used to argue in favor of the existence of a creator can be turned around and applied to the Creationist position.

This leads us to the familiar theme of "If a creator created the universe, what created the creator?" but with the addition of spiraling improbability. The only way out is to declare that the creator was not created and just "is" (or "was").

From here we might as well ask what is wrong with saying that the universe just "is" without introducing a creator? Indeed Stephen Hawking, in his book "A Brief History of Time," explains his theory that the universe is closed and finite in extent, with no beginning or end.

The Argument From Design is often stated by analogy, in the so-called Watchmaker Argument. One is asked to imagine that one has found a watch on the beach. Does one assume that it was created by a watchmaker, or that it evolved naturally? Of course one assumes a watchmaker. Yet like the watch, the universe is intricate and complex; so, the argument goes, the universe too must have a creator.

The Watchmaker analogy suffers from three particular flaws, over and above those common to all Arguments By Design. Firstly, a watchmaker creates watches from pre-existing materials, whereas God is claimed to have created the universe from nothing. These two sorts of creation are clearly fundamentally different, and the analogy is therefore rather weak.

Secondly, a watchmaker makes watches, but there are many other things in the world. If we walked further along the beach and found a nuclear reactor, we wouldn't assume it was created by the watchmaker. The argument would therefore suggest a multitude of creators, each responsible for a different part of creation (or a different universe, if you allow the possibility that there might be more than one).

Finally, in the first part of the watchmaker argument we conclude that the watch is not part of nature because it is ordered, and therefore stands out from the randomness of nature. Yet in the second part of the argument, we start from the position that the universe is obviously not random, but shows elements of order. The Watchmaker argument is thus internally inconsistent.

Apart from logical inconsistencies in the watchmaker argument, it's worth pointing out that biological systems and mechanical systems behave very differently. What's unlikely for a pile of gears is not necessarily unlikely for a mixture of biological molecules.

The common atheistic arguments

Please don't use these arguments or methods of persuading me toward God: they will not work.

I kept confusing this with existintialism.

Solipsism is the philosophical idea that "My mind is the only thing that I know exists." Solipsism is an epistemological or ontological position that knowledge of anything outside the mind is unjustified. The external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist. In the history of philosophy, solipsism has served as a skeptical hypothesis.

OpenGl on Ubuntu

ok, here are my initial notes on installing opengl for developers:

sudo apt-get install libgl1-mesa-dev build-essential libglut3-dev

It has worked for me, if you have problems leave a comment or email me, I might be able to help.
Here is the set of tutorials I'm using to learn:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lock your laptop on lid close

"In Fedora 8 when I closed my laptop lid, my screen would lock. Under Ubuntu 8.04 this doesn’t happen. After a bit of digging, I found a solution. The gconf-editor setting is “/apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/blank_screen”. When set to true, closing the lid will lock the screen. Luvvvly. :)"


Who am I?

"You will know me by a smell of gun smoke and the trail of blood."

Monday, March 16, 2009


Thursday as I drank a chi tea late' I was terrified to see a tumultuous T-Pain trounce my terrace in a thrice and T-bag me terrificly.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Playing with Recursive Functions!

I hate recursion unless its a better solution to a problem. in this case I don't think it was:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


What has greater use:
the trash that sits in the can and never moves,
or the trash that rolls about?
you see we
are all disposable beings
you see we
will all reach the end of our days
like red plastic cups and plates
like Styrofoam cartons and papers bags
bleached white against the will.
So I chose to roam,
To fly, float and flutter on the breeze
and fall yes, fall far and fast
and be stepped on
and run over
and squished.

I have no more value than the next paper bag,
we are all trash.
But I am far more interesting.

~Tyler R.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Evidence against the commom christian

I define the common Christian as the kind who does not think too much about their faith. I think that should change:


I've used a memes case in debate its both a brilliant and dangerous theory of cultural evolution. This article is about how facebook has acted as a testable petri dish for meme's such as the "25 random things about me" note. Its rather interesting:

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Grab a beer and celebrate a full month of 99.9% uptime!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009


English is the only language that beats up other languages in a dark alley and rummages around in their pockets for spare vocabulary.

~ English

Saturday, January 31, 2009


SO. There are several words that, in the fight over DRM etc. have been obscured this is very important to read for anyone who wants a fair discussion on the topic. Be advised source is biased towards free source however all of the definitions and most of the acronyms are safe, the paper is self aware of its bias. Its a good counterbalance to the large volumes fed to the populace by large companies with a vested intrest in legal restrictions.



Publishers often refer to copying they don't approve of as “piracy.” In this way, they imply that it is ethically equivalent to attacking ships on the high seas, kidnapping and murdering the people on them. Based on such propaganda, they have procured laws in most of the world to forbid copying in most (or sometimes all) circumstances. (They are still pressuring to make these prohibitions more complete.)

If you don't believe that copying not approved by the publisher is just like kidnapping and murder, you might prefer not to use the word “piracy” to describe it. Neutral terms such as “unauthorized copying” (or “prohibited copying” for the situation where it is illegal) are available for use instead. Some of us might even prefer to use a positive term such as “sharing information with your neighbor.”

Slide Shows... Obnoxious or Learning Tool

The following article/research study shows an uncorrelated relationship between showing slide shows in the memory (both short term and long term) but has evidence that suggests that slides advent the instructor's likability. Its long and all I read was the abstract, so I will not vouch for the experiment's accuracy ( it seems they only tested on a few teachers).

My Opinion:

I find learning is not benefited at all by slide shows if your an effective presenter, if any thing I can see it distracting users by creating two competing focal points. I find it distracting, true oration is more compelling.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Andrew Bird Sayz:

Some things they say
are not for sale
but I would hold that we are all free agents
of some substance or scale

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shameless google bombing by linking to xkcd

ps I Love U

Get DUCKLOOP'D !!!!!!!!!

Define: Software Industry

“Software Industry”

The term “software industry” encourages people to imagine that software is always developed by a sort of factory and then delivered to consumers. The free software community shows this is not the case. Software businesses exist, and various businesses develop free and/or non-free software, but those that develop free software are not like factories.

The term “industry” is being used as propaganda by advocates of software patents. They call software development “industry” and then try to argue that this means it should be subject to patent monopolies. The European Parliament, rejecting software patents in 2003, voted to define “industry” as “automated production of material goods”.

Source: ""

Define: Piracy


Publishers often refer to copying they don't approve of as “piracy.” In this way, they imply that it is ethically equivalent to attacking ships on the high seas, kidnapping and murdering the people on them. Based on such propaganda, they have procured laws in most of the world to forbid copying in most (or sometimes all) circumstances. (They are still pressuring to make these prohibitions more complete.)

If you don't believe that copying not approved by the publisher is just like kidnapping and murder, you might prefer not to use the word “piracy” to describe it. Neutral terms such as “unauthorized copying” (or “prohibited copying” for the situation where it is illegal) are available for use instead. Some of us might even prefer to use a positive term such as “sharing information with your neighbor.”

source: ""


A fantastic piracy article, a decent analysis of how the common artist should handle the treacherous present day distribution system.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


There is a wise-man who lives in my head and he hums softly when he
wants to be heard.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The wise man, a work in progress, please comment

A wise man walks down from the mountains where he had been in meditation; living with close to kin. Upon his return he finds one of the councils where he learned, flourished and consorted to have fallen in ill favor toward him. So he begged an audience from them. He decided not to speak but to listen instead, he asked:

“why have I fallen out of favor?”

“It is the manner in which you act; we find your ways bizarre and different from our own”

“how so?”

“you speak your mind without filter, you are loud, voracious and pursue flesh that is not yours to own”

“i am but a man, may I not be forgiven? I cannot merely explain it as 'my ways', that is a weak argument; for it is not the man that makes the path; rather our choice of paths make ourselves” (said the wise man to his head)

“furthermore” continued another council member “you do not appear bound by our beliefs”

“I am not, it is true. And though I swore never to speak upon them unless spoken too I break my vow for you my friends. The truth we share will always be stronger than our discrepancies. I am not bound by your beliefs, it is true. I will speak more on this if you wish”

“No,” replied another councilor “your thoughtlessness will not cloud our pure waters”

“let him speak” said another

“I chose not to speak I chose to listen”

and so the council was won by many days of listening, emulation and meditation. The wise man did not change his beliefs, but rather allowed the others to change theres through observation of his passive nature.

I am what i am

And I am a leper to theses people
and so I sing,
I sing for the differences that put us together
and for the love I will never receive
from those who preach it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Install skype on 64 bit Ubuntu

good stuff:

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs lib32asound2 libasound2-plugins; wget -N; wget -O skype-install.deb; sudo dpkg -i skype-install.deb; sudo dpkg -i getlibs-all.deb; sudo getlibs -p libqtcore4 libqtgui4 bluez-alsa

see for source.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Success with suspen resume on my T400

I have always been able to suspend, resume and hibernate on my Thinkpad T400 until recently when I ran into a problem with compiz. The problem was really easy to fix though:

sudo gedit /etc/acpi/suspend.d/

and put the following in that file:


killall compiz.real

then make the file executable with:

sudo chmod 755 /etc/acpi/suspend.d/


So if your having any problems with your Thinkpad T400's suspend resume or hibernate feel free to contact me for a fully operable configuration under Ubuntu 8.10