NOV
25
2004

German Bus Drivers Don't Celebrate Thanksgiving

It seems that German bus drivers don't celebrate American Thanksgiving. Funny.

Somedays I love a nice, well funded public transportation system. Somedays, like say, today, it makes me want to break things.

NOV
15
2004

I don't care which OS you are.

Let it die. Please. Every time you post another link to that on Planet KDE god kills a kitten.

NOV
10
2004

"Now Playing" Bar in JuK

So, with some of the new stuff for displaying cover art, I was inspired to hack out a "now playing" bar. I suppose a picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes:

NOV
6
2004

Just so y'all know. (Learning to speak Texan.)

"Howdy" isn't a question. This point seems to have confused a number of my European friends. Sure, it sounds like -- and is probably derived from -- "How do you do?" but it's a simple greeting and is used like the variations on "good day" in various languages / dialects (g'day, bonjour, buenos dias, dobry den, moin, guten Tag, etc.) If you respond with "fine" this will cause nothing but confusion. Instead you can reply with the same or another greeting.

NOV
3
2004

As an American ex-pat...

...today was a bit saddening; failing all of the hooplah of the last election, which doesn't seem likely at this point, it seems that we're looking at 4 more years of Bush and likely 4 more years of apologizing for my country. Time to get an hour or so of rest and then drag myself into work.

On the plus side I got most of the GStreamer 0.8 output thinger that I wrote a while back integrated into JuK; I still have to get seeking / time reporting done and I'll hopefully commit it this week.

NOV
1
2004

Good composers steal.

Since I've been doing fairly well at churning out flame-o-rific blog entries lately, I see no reason to deviate from this fine pattern, so here we go again. I should start with a quote from one of my favorite composers that I think is right on:

  "A good composer does not imitate, he steals."
    -Igor Stravinsky

Ok, so given that. Here's another one of those little things that people repeat all the time that makes me want to hog-tie the offenders.

  "Eww, that's the GNOME / Windows way! Don't do that!"

OCT
26
2004

Choices & Configurability, In Easy to Understand Parables

Since I seem to have sparked a bit of a debate on Planet KDE, let's see if I can bring a little clarity to things.

Let's play a little game. Let's call it "the abstraction game". In this game we'll have words and thoughts and these words and thoughts need not be representative of what actually exists in the real world.

The Oh-So-Tough-To-Master-With-Zen-Like-Transcendence Abstraction Game

OCT
26
2004

"KDE is about choice"

I swear, if I hear this or "Linux is about choice" or "Open Source / Free Software is about choice" or "My life sized Richard Stallman blowup doll is about choice" one more time, somebody's gonna get an ass kicking. People, let's step back and look at the absurdity of this statement.

I'm not going to say that you couldn't make something that is "about" choice. But I can say that it would probably suck for any useful purpose.

OCT
22
2004

Back from South America, next stop India.

So, as I'm sure a handful of folks have noticed I'm back from Chile now. Vacation was good; a little too good honestly -- I'm having trouble readjusting to normal life.



While I was there I met up with
Me, Duncan, Duncan's girlfrind (whose name I always forget...) in Valparioso.

SEP
11
2004

off, like a herd of flying mongoose

Ok, so as has been mentioned a handful of times, I'm headed to Chile for a while. I'm looking forward to it and my talk there (summary is slightly out of date, the talk won't be identical to my aKademy talk). See everyone in October!

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