Archive for March, 2005

Libraries & Linux

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Went to the downtown library today, since I haven’t been there in awhile. Pretty amazing how much it’s changed since I use to go down there with my dad and brother in the late 70’s to use the computers they had in the basement. I believe we were playing with a couple of Commodore PET 2001‘s back then, though I could be wrong. The library has since then added a giant wing behind the original building, and moved all they materials there, and converted the original building into offices for the library staff. Next time I’m down there, I’ll have to take a photo from the side of the building to show how frickin’ large the addition is. I ended up checking out Harvey Pekar‘s latest collection American Splendor: Our Movie Year, which should be a pretty interesting read.

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Now that spring weather is almost here, I’m gonna try to take more photos this year. To start off this new challenge, I’ll start with the old tried and true mandatory ‘self-portrait shot taken with extended arm’™. The hardest part will be remembering to actually take photos while I’m out doing stuff, but hopefully with warmer weather I’ll be more inclined to do it while riding.

I’ve been fairly busy the last few days working on packaging the upcoming FreeCiv 2.0.0 release (basing it on the current Beta 8 release). It’s gonna pretty much be a total rewrite for the spec file, though it will it include clients for Gtk+ 1.4, Gtk+ 2.x, and Xaw. If anyone is interested, here’s what I’ve got so far: freeciv spec file. The build requirements still aren’t all there, since I’m still getting failures in my chroot. Looks like most of the patches the were in the Fedora FreeCiv 1.14.2 package can be dropped, since they appear to be fixed in the upcoming 2.0.0 release. I still need to create a Desktop Entry Spec for the Freeciv server, but it’s not like it will be very time consuming to add. I would like to get it included in the upstream package before the 2.0.0 release, though, so I won’t need to add a patch to the Fedora Extras package.

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Creative Commons Search Engine

From BoingBoing:

Yahoo has launched a Creative Commons search engine that lets you do things like search for freely reusable photos of the Empire State Building, or stories licensed for noncommerical reuse, etc. I confess that I use Google for most of my search needs, but this is both brilliant and obvious — how is it that stodgy old Yahoo beat the tar out of Google on this one?

This is pretty cool. I’ve been meaning to create a header for my blog, and this will help in my search for a decent image.

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DVD Jon Still Pissing Off Apple

From News.com:

A group of underground programmers has posted code online they say will reopen a back door in Apple Computer’s iTunes store, allowing Linux computer users to purchase music free of copy protection.

The release comes just a day after Apple blocked a previous version of the program, called PyMusique, in part by requiring all iTunes customers to use the latest version of Apple’s software.

In a blog posting, Norwegian programmer Jon Johansen, who was previously responsible for releasing software used to copy DVDs online, said he had been successful at reverse engineering the latest iTunes encryption.

Pretty amazing how quick he thwarted Apple’s efforts to stop PyMusique. I haven’t gotten around to installing it on my machine, since I’m not really interested in purchasing ‘lossy’ (mp3, aac, etc.) music. Now, if they offered music in FLAC or other similar lossless formats, I would probably consider it.

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Dischord Releases Available As Downloads

From Dischord Records:

The entire Dischord catalog, including albums long out of print on CD/LP, will soon be available for digital downloading at a number of download websites. We have always maintained that the effort to make music widely available should always include independent options along with the usual mainstream outlets. With that in mind we have made our catalog available to the folks at Downloadpunk.com as well as the iTunes online music stores in the US and Europe. These sites have a large number of Dischord releases available right now and the entire catalog should be online within the month. The back catalog will also soon be available from Microsoft Music and In the future we hope to offer these services directly through our own website.

Pretty cool, though, I wonder what format it will be offered as. Hopefully, they’ll use something like FLAC.

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The Wire

Cool, it looks like I was a little premature about The Wire being cancelled.

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Does Kelly work for Webster’s now?

From Yahoo News:

Wedgie, a teenager’s locker-room nightmare, has made it into the dictionary. Webster’s New World College Dictionary based in Cleveland said wedgie was among its new additions to its latest edition.

The new edition will carry this listing: wedgie: noun. a prank in which the victim’s undershorts are jerked upward so as to become wedged between the buttocks.

The dictionary also carries the tradition wedgie definition of a type of shoe.

“`Wedgie’ was always a part of the high school terminology that you sort of never thought about later,” said Editor in Chief Michael Agnes.

“It never really entered the mainstream until the ’90s. It broke out of high school and, boy — if you don’t know what it is, you’re absolutely at a loss.”

The new edition will reach bookstores by May and has 58 new entries, plus another 20 new senses of existing words (such as wedgie).

Obviously, Kelly’s years of research (being the victim of), and campaigning for ‘Wedgie’s’ inclusion have finally paid off. We are waiting for the obvious addendum for the atomic and nucleur options.

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Long Time No Post

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Boy, I’ve been really lazy about posting the last month or so. I blame it on this long, grey winter we’ve been having in Ohio. As these guys to the right can attest, it’s been cold as hell here.

I’ve been fairly busy the last couple of weeks working on some of the packages I maintain for Fedora Extras, and now that my CVS account has been set-up, I can finally check-in my changes. I’ll probably pick up a couple of the packages that are being moved from Fedora Core 4 over to Fedora Extras, right now the only one that interests me is Freeciv.

Been listening to Radio Wazee quite a bit lately. It’s not too bad for an internet radio station, heck, I wasn’t even aware the new Spitalfield was coming out next week, until I heard a track (“Gold Dust vs. State Of Illinois”) a couple of weeks ago.

Rented the first season of The Wire last week. Very cool series, too bad I waited until it’s over to check it out.

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