Travels and Images
WEEK 52 2006
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Sunday 31 December
New Years Eve. How about those Forty Niners', spoiling things for Denver? Maybe there will be a winning season next year!
And congratulations to the Chargers as well - I suppose I'll be rooting for them in the playoffs this year.
Interesting. On the Linux version of Nvu the horizontal line can be
edited as before. Maybe I just messed up? I'll have to check again.
We gave the dog some tranquilizers, so that helped calm her down a bit
during the fireworks and gun shots at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00. My
father says she slept outside my door, which hurt his feelings a bit. Heh. He just feeds, houses' and pets her - I take her for walks!
Saturday 30 December
- a nice quiet day, not a lot going on. We watched a bit of college
football, and were going to watch the NFL game, but it was on a channel
we don't get here.
Nvu has some minor issues. It's allows one to put in a horizontal line,
as above, but only at 100% width - and then you can't select it and
change the width property as you can do in the old Netscape Composer.
Instead you go into the source and modify it there.
I was able to get the streaming MP3 support, by installing the VLC media player,
using the Adept
package manager built into Kubuntu. It worked rather well,
actually, and was easier to use than the old Fedora RPM utility. First
I added the 'universe' and 'multiverse' repositories and tried to
upgrade Amarok and XMMS, without getting the MP3 support. Finally I
found a reference to VLC at a SUSE site, and used Adept to get and
install it - and it immediately worked. Sometimes being obsessive pays
Apropos to my Mars theme, the last two Martin Mars forest fire
fighting planes are being retired, and museums are
scrambling to get them. It's kind of sad to see them go, but
at 60+ years it's probably time. Better that they be exhibited for the
pleasure of all than crash due to airframe fatigue.
Book #53 was
Fishermen are Liars, by Linda Greenlaw. I think I've
mentioned her other two books, The Hungry Ocean was #28 in 2005,
and The Lobster Chronicles, which was probably a read in 2004. All are
good books. This particular copy was a Christmas present from my friend
S - thanks!
results for the 50 book challenge for 2006:
Friday 29 December
- not a lot to say, just hanging out, doing a spot of work on
this and that.
I'm trying Nvu
for a web
page editor, since I don't have Netscape Composer on this computer.
We'll see how that works out. It seems very very similar.
I did take the dog for a walk. On Wednesday she surprised the cat
below, who didn't seem to have a lot of backup in him. She was on a
leash, so they didn't come to blows, but someday one of these big Toms
is going to let her have it...
28 December 2006
- I've been trying to do some work, but it's slow going, I seem to lack
concentration for some reason.
I installed Kubuntu 6.10 on the office computer downstairs. It went
well enough, but the sound is messed up. Apparently the distribution
comes without MP3 support. Typical in-your-face stupidity that Linux is
rampant with: 'let's
create an easy-to-use distribution, but make people use the package
manager to play the most common streaming music format!".
Oh well. Maybe I'll put a newer Fedora or perhaps SUSE on it next trip.
I mentioned the Mars of Edgar Rice Burroughs a couple of weeks back. It
turns out that there is a video tribute to A Princess
of Mars on YouTube. Heh. Safe for work, through artful
fogging and careful panning when the upper torso of Dejah Thoris is in
My sister and brother-in-law did manage to stop by for a few minutes on
their way out of town, so my niece loaded up on her presents...
- on Saturday last, while getting ready to get on the road, a friend
stopped by to tell me there was a garage sale, across the street. I
went by and picked up a couple of small items. One was an old laptop,
And I mean old:
it is a Fujitsu
Lifebook 420D, which uses a Pentium 120Mhz CPU, with a 1GB disk,
Windows 98. The battery is bad, but I figured as much. I've been having
fun booting it with Puppy Linux
off the live CD. It seems to run that reasonably well using
Xorg as the X server, though the Xorg test
hangs the laptop. I brought along a PCMCIA ethernet card, but
apparently either the card slots are bad, or, more likely, they are old
16 bit slots and don't understand the newer 32 bit card. I've an old
card at home I'll try sometime.
My sister and brother in law were supposed to arrive again, but didn't
Tuesday 26 December
- dealing with the "day after". Actually it was a nice slow day, no
complaints. We were hoping to do dinner with the sister and brother in
law, but they got caught in a winter snow storm, coming down from Reno
via the I-80.
Monday 25 December 2006
- Merry Christmas to both
of all my readers!
Sunday 24 December
there was a lot of food. I
brought a bunch of stuff up and then bought some more on Sunday
morning. There were only four of us here on Christmas eve, so there was
more than enough to go around!
We set up the new Panasonic Plasma TV, and it's amazing, even with the
old cabling and just SD input.