There seems to be this crud going around here. It's not quite the flu, but it still makes you feel achey all over. I can't quite shake it. Then again, late night Taco Bell doesn't really help the healing either...
Today was truly bizarre. I woke up to the sound of branches blowing across the roof and heavy rain. For anybody who doesn't live in the USA's Pacific Northwest, this almost never happens. After my usual morning routine, which typically includes vegging out for a bit and watching a bit of trash TV, I took off for class in the pouring rain. Class was sort of lame; we watched a bad film about clay-mation. I did manage to talk to my stats professor though, and he is way cool. Winston showed me how to make Flash do I what I wanted it to do, which was to rotate an object only between two keyframes. It didn't seem to work before, and then it simply worked later on. Bizarre. Apparently Flash is like Windows; if it's not acting correctly, shut it down, restart, and it'll probably be OK.
I have random new goal to ignore now -- learn 10 distinct methods, innovations, shortcuts, or general self-improvements per day. I could make it 100 or 1,000,000 and it wouldn't matter -- that's how much self-discipline I have. But I am listening to some ancient tapes by a memory expert whose name (I think -- must be working, eh?) is Robert Livingston. Heh. Right.
Last night as I procrastinated my English paper I ran across Seventeen or Bust, did some research, and figured out what the Sierpinski problem is. I'll have that be 1 of my 10 there. Math is nifty, but even so I can't really see what practical application of finding an odd k such that k*2^n+1 (where n is any integer from 1 to infinity) smaller than 78557 can have. But I am not a math major, which is good, because I've got an annoying tendency to ignore signs. So far i've gotten away with no homework in calc, yeah, but that's just because I have a fantastic teacher. But I've got my home computers and my work laptop chewing on old Sierpi nonetheless. Why doesn't it run on my K6-2? Piece of crap.
Today, after ten years of playing bass and having shoddy equipment, I decided to spend money I don't have and correct the situation. I ventured down to the Tacoma Guitar Center, which was extremely busy today. After about two or three hours, I emerged with a new Fender Precision bass, hard shell case, Gallien-Krueger 1001RB amp head, an Ampeg SV-15E cabinet, a Korg rack mount tuner, and all of the cables to make it all go. Originally, I wanted to get an Ampeg SVT-300H head, but they didn't have any in stock and they wouldn't sell me the demo model, which actually sort of surprised me. The manager told me that the demo models are shipped directly from Ampeg with a $10000 insurance policy on them, which greatly exceeds the value of the amp. It really makes me wonder if Ampeg's demo models don't come from the same factory line. Either way, he sold me the Gallien-Krueger amp, which was also a demo model (but one he could sell), and he sold it for cheaper than the Ampeg amp (which was less expensive). The GK is more powerful too; it's 540 watts. It's also quite a bit smaller and lighter than the SVT as well, and that's pretty helpful when it comes to carting the amp around. The one thing that scares me is that since I've been home and checked out how others feel about their GK amps, it seems like you either get a good or a bad one. Some people have ones that have worked without a hitch with tons of abuse, but others have had amps that have quite literally burst into flames! It's weird, and it can't be traced to a given lot either; I checked many different series to see if they were the same story, and sure enough, some were great, but some were lemons. My unit was a demo unit, so hopefully if it was crap, then the problem would have surfaced as it was used in the store. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...
Well, Angel (the drummer in my current band) has decided to leave. It was definitely an issue of irreconcilabile differences. But, to his credit, he came through, called me, and said he was going to be moving on. This wins points with me,because he didn't waste our (myself and Winston) time.
I called Winston to let him know, and now we've got to decide if we want to find a new drummer and keep going on with Wicked Asylum, or if we're going to hang it up. We have a show scheduled for Halloween at The Old Town Pub in Silverdale, but not having a drummer complicates matters considerably.
In the meantime, not much else was going on, so I took the opportunity to jam out with these guys. It was actually quite a bit of fun; we played mostly metal, and while I've played in many punk bands and hard rock bands, I can't say that I've played in a full-on metal band before. It was pretty fun, although even my two amps together were woefully inadequate compared to the two half-stacks the guitar players were using. It was incredibly loud. Once again, it's becoming painfully apparent that my current bass equipment sucks. It was just loud enough at the point of clipping, and even then it just sounded sandpaperish and gritty, without any real power behind it. I am seriously considering a half stack and a nice bass. I've just got to figure out how $1500 or more worth of equipment is going to be paid for.
What better way to start a blog entry than with a butt-rock quote? Overkill rules! Better yet are the pained expressions Whit used to get while blasting it in my Camaro. Without further delay, I'll give you the updates in my typical unorganized bulleted list fashion:
Short entry today: I got an A on my second draft in one of my college classes! Combined with the As I got on a pair of quizzes in two other classes I was in on Thursday, things are looking great :D
Not only that, I deleted my 2.4 kernels from my GRUB boot list. I run 2.6-only on my laptop, and it is GOOD.
Well, RedHat 9 is running on my HP ze4115. It's definitely rough around the edges, which is unfortunate since this laptop has been around for a year, and everything HP has made since looks quite a bit like it. I figured that hardware support might be a bit better, but I guess it's better than it was in the old days! (hehehehe) Here's a list of the current issues:
Being sick at college sucks. I don't feel too good right now; but I suppose it was only a matter of time until I got sick, seeing as how there were a lot of sick people around me. But I'm sure I'll recover.
I just hope it doesn't affect my ability to work......
P.S: This was a blog in two parts because I didn't know that the blog selector panel lets you select multiple categories :(
Friday was supposed to be a big day. A great big class on Flash MX, followed by a little rehearsal, and finishing up with my band playing a show at City Limits, a club in downtown Bremerton. The Flash class was long, and I decided that I don't particularly care for the instructor too much. Regardless, it finally ended at 5pm, and after having some dinner and a bitch session with Ed, I set off for Winston's house for rehearsal. Rehearsal went really well. Winston now understands how the rhythmm for the main riff in "Linnea" is supposed to go, and we're playing it pretty well together. Everything went well until we got to City Limits.
So I'm sitting here in CIS 115 lab, doing absolutely nothing, along with an assortment of slightly naive, non-technical people who want to make big bucks programming websites (good luck). There are approximately two people in the whole class who know something about computers (not including the teacher, for reasons which to explain would require libel), and they hate the class (almost) as much as I do. Imagine, how to use a file manager! -- it requires a lab assignment to itself, and more! I exaggerate not.
Fall Quarter, 2003 has kicked off with a bang, or a least a small sputter here at Olympic College. On the menu for me are the following:
This is interesting. Due to drought in many parts of Europe, the Danube has sunk to a all time low. And guess what it has revealed....
Just upstream of Prehovo, a tangle of metal shapes has broken through the rippling surface - the remnants of what was once Hitler's Danube Fleet.
In 1944, when the Nazi forces were in retreat, the German admirals felt they had only one option - to scuttle more than 80 of their river-going warships. An old man, who worked in the German military kitchen, described how the ships were sunk even though they had wounded crewmen.
Whoa. Nice to see that KernelTrap is alive and well once more.
I used to come here a lot, back when I was a idealistic larval hacker who tried to write stuff for netfilter and kept getting flamed down by all the experienced hackers on the netfilter-devel mailing list. Not any more.
Now I'm a grown-up cynical veteran hacker who hacks the old devfsd program (devfsd is the userspace companion of the 2.4/2.6 devfs filesystem, but since devfs is dying, devfsd is going away as well), and gets flamed by its creator, who wakes up the moment I upload it to ibiblio! Ugh >:( Too much flamage......
A note to those who don't normally view KernelTrap other other Slash-like blogs (notably, my family members): In the interest of saving page space to display more entries at once, KernelTrap truncates each posting, usually at a paragraph break. To someone unfamiliar with this, it looks like I have short entries, but I assure you, they're not. Be sure to click "read more" to see the whole post. In my last post, I used the "break" tag to keep the post from getting split, but as my posts tend to be pretty wordy, I don't want to offend others who end up having to scroll through three pages in the digest of my post in order to see their own post.
It's 3:20am here in beautiful Bremerton, WA, and according to my GNOME desktop weather ticker, it's 54 degrees and partly cloudy. My return from Phoenix last weekend has left me with a fall in typical Seattle winter mode. Really, we only have two seasons here; the 3 months of a beautiful summer, and 9 of gray hazed winter. In reality, the winter doesn't bother me much at all, but then again after being in submarines for too long, any sky-light is better than none. I'm suddenly saddled with all sorts of stuff coming up: preparations for school, finishing up personal projects, and my band is playing a show each of the next two weekends.
I wrote up a list of weekly goals a couple of days ago, and of them, I've managed to only start this blog. I made some progress towards sending my friend Jim's mom a PowerMac 7100/80 that was taking up space in my garage; I ended up blasting it, installing a copy of MacOS 8.5.1 I had laying around, and upgrading it to MacOS 8.6. I can't remember what exactly, but I've been told that 8.5 has some major bug (perhaps memory manager related????) that was fixed in 8.6. Either way, it was cool to sit back at a pre-OS X desktop for the first time in a while and admire the simplicity. It's been almost four years since I switched to near exclusive Linux use for personal stuff, and I must confess that if Apple had managed to make a classic themed MacOS that had decent multitasking and didn't turn into a Lockintosh with one or two additional extensions over the system default, I'd probably still be using them. I'm sure I'll be fanning the fire here, but in my opinion, OS X licks balls. Ron uses it almost exclusively, and I've had accounts on his machines, and while I'm thrilled that Apple went with a BSD type system underneath, and even uses egcs/gcc, the front end execution is 90% flash, and about 10% substance. It really bugs me; damnit, I don't want my desktop taskbar (or whatever they call it) doing bizarre magnification dances. Yes, I know I can just turn it off, and maybe even make it smaller, but even then, it's just in the way. I actually really like the way app. switching and observing was done in the original MacOS, with the finder at the top right. What was even cooler was when they added keystroke switching with 8.6 or whatever.
Oh well, maybe it's time that Job$ left the fort. Constantly making something flashy and abandoning it 12 months later has really made me shake my head at Apple for the last few years.
Cleo is going crazy around here and knocking stuff off of every flat surface in sight. In fairness, it's the first I've seen of my computer table in a month or more. I've also got a big ass headache, but perhaps the Tylenol 3's (left over from my dental implants in the navy) I took a few minutes ago will put a stop to that. I think what's really going on is that my glasses simply bug me. My prescription hasn't changed, but something about the nose bridge or something is killing me here. Perhaps I should have followed my desire to blow some of my post-navy nestegg on PRK or Lasik. Then again, now it's getting cheap! Anybody reading this that's had it done?
What has made this evening tolerable was a great playlist on KEXP tonight. They've got some guest DJ on, and as usual, they play plenty of stuff you've never heard of. Better yet, you don't have to hear the same Staind, Papa Roach, or other cookie-monster band music that your local ClearChannel, Intercom, or Infinity broadcasting outlet is pushing on you. KEXP, KBTC, and C89.5 (I still can't believe this is a high school station!) are the few stations that make Seattle area radio bearable. I hear KAOS at my future school is also pretty good, but they don't seem to be on the air right now. KEXP also rocks with their terrific streams, including the uncompressed 1.4 megabit stream, but apparently only for Windows (l)users. If you don't live in this area, you should definitely listen to the streams; no matter what type of music you like, they will play it at some point in the day, depending on show and the mood of the DJ.
So that's about it. Susie is coming by tomorrow to use my computer, since she doesn't consider internet access worth the money. She needs to fill out some stuff online. I can't wait to see how she handles Mozilla on Linux. Perhaps I should fire up the SGI Indigo2 on my desk and let her have a crack at Mozilla on IRIX! I guess I should pull my big travel duffel bag with nasty laundry in it from my Phoenix trip off of the living room floor...