Bug Picture =….

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… trip to San Diego. Will be catching Crowded House at Humphrey’s by the Bay.

Melt My Icey Heart With A Warm Tropical Island Song…

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A group of Greenpeace activists lay naked on a Swiss glacier to “expose” the impact of climate change.

The photographer states his objectives:

“I want my images to go more than skin-deep. I want the viewers to feel the vulnerability of their existence and how it relates closely to the sensitivity of the world’s glaciers,”

The article does indicate that the organizers of the event were trying to be environmentally sensitive and green:

Volunteers for the Swiss photoshoot were asked to turn up by train and cable car, to avoid generating carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.

Of coarse the article never says if they actually did take the train, but I’m nit-picking. Now don’t get me wrong, I love nakedness. However, I would like to point out that throwing a bunch of naked warm bodies on top of a “sensitive” glacier is surely going to make the glacial ice melt a little faster than before….

STUPID HIPPIES!!!

Accused Racist Michael Savage Saved From Alleged Communist San Francisco Counsel By Chinese Jew…

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No… Really!!!

Here’s some background if you don’t happen to know of Savage.

Here’s the S.F Council resolution.

PS. I have no real interest in this, but it sure makes for a hell of a headline!!!

Debian, Defeat, and Denial of Service, Pt. I

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Well, this has been one heck of a week. I went to LinuxWorld, an annual software convention held in San Fransisco, for the third time in four years, and got tons of schwag! I got to rejoice over a long anticipated court ruling that more than likely will destroy a company that tried to sue Linux out of existence. The collaborative efforts of a couple of bloggers, fighting against blind unquestioning consensus, managed to turn the Rabid Doom and Gloom Anthropogenic Global Warming Alarmists on their ears (I helped, a little iency -wiency bit). I managed to complete two spa repairs that were vexing me for the last three weeks. And to top it all off, the Subaru WRX stereo I bought on eBay was delivered a lot sooner than I expected.

First things first. I want to talk a little bit about one of my favorite hobbies – messing around with Linux. If you’ve never heard of Linux based operating systems, you probably will in the next few years. It’s household use, though minuscule when compared to that of Windows XP, continues to increase rapidly.

What is Linux? I’ll try to explain as best I can without getting too technical, and the best way to introduce it is to compare and contrast it to something most computer users are familiar with, Microsoft’s XP operating system and their newest offering, Vista, or to Apple’s OS-X (X=10). XP, Vista, OS-X and Linux all do the same basic thing; they provide the instructions to the computer so that we can use the machines to do stuff like send e-mail, surf the web, store pictures and music, and type a post about Linux!

Linux is not actually an operating system itself, or OS as it is called; it’s a specific bundle of computer code and instructions that various OS’s are built upon. Think of it as the concrete and steel that is used to create a bridge or a building. Any operating system, like buildings, can be made from different types of materials, but still they functions as you would expect a building to. Apple, Microsoft, and Linux based OS’s all have different code within them, but they do the same things and provide the same functions that make your computer so darned useful.

About now you may be thinking “OK, these OS’s all do the same thing. Why make such a big deal about this Linux stuff, and why not just use Windows like everyone else”?

Here is a simple answer to your question – I’m a non-conforming non-conformist – by my nature, for good and bad, I generally avoid doing things like everyone else, and this includes computing!

Here is the better answer – I love to tinker with things. I was the kid who would grab a chair to stand on, open the clothes washing machine during a cycle, and try to figure out how it worked. When dad would change the tubes in the old TV, I was right there asking “What does this do?” or “How does that work?”. As an adult, I am still the same. I buy cars that don’t work and restore them back to life (have never made a car payment in my life – see, non-conformist), and I build and restore computers. This is where Linux proves to be superior to the products sold by Microsoft and Apple. Microsoft and Apple only sell one OS current, or up-to-date, version of their OS at a time. Right now the new offering from Microsoft is called Vista. Compared to XP, it is state of the art. Apple computers are currently using OS-X, which is quite a slick and beautiful OS to behold. Each product, for me, has a downside – product cost and contractual limitations. XP works very well, but I can only legally install it on one computer at a time. Same with the newer Vista. This is a problem for me because I usually have five or six working computers in the house at any given time (yes I’m a total geek), and to use XP or Vista , I would have to buy a separate system disk for each computer. How about Apple’s OS-X? I’d love to use that, but I can’t, as it is designed to operate exclusively on the more expensive Apple machines and doesn’t run on normal PC computers. I plan to get an Apple one of these days (like I said before, I’m a geek) but now is not the time for that expense. I can download Linux from the web, install it on any number of computers that I want, and I can do this… for free… LEGALLY!!!

There are more reasons to use Linux, but I’ve run out of blogging time and have to go to work now. Stay tuned for “Debian, Defeat, and Denial of Service”, Pt II

Taking A Snow Day…

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OK, there is no snow, but there are penguins! Linux Penguins!!!

I’m going to LinuxWorld in San Fransisco today. Will write more about Linux and stuff when I get back tonigt.

From The "Just Thought You Should Know" Dept, File # 78

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Have you ever wondered why a pigeon bobs its head when it walks? If the question keeps you up at night, sleep well, ’cause here’s the answer:

The pigeon has side mounted eyes unlike humans and owls which have forward facing eyes. As a pigeons have monocular vision rather than binocular vision they bob their heads for depth of perception. The pigeon’s eyes work much better with stationary images and therefore, as the pigeon takes a step forward the head is temporarily left behind. The next step jerks the head forward again and so on. This allows the bird to correctly orient itself.

Borrowed from: 21 A.F.Y.D.K.A.P.

PS. Yes, the time stamp is right; it is 3:52 in the morning. I awoke after a weird dream and couldn’t get back to sleep (something about hiding from bad people and getting stuck in a gutter in the process). So no, it wasn’t a vexing curiosity about pigies that keeps me from my slumber.