Archive for April, 2004

Monday, April 19th, 2004

Alright… I’ve come to realize that there is no way in hell that I’m going to be able to consistently post.

In the past seven days, so much cool and crazy shit has gone on, and I’m still too lazy to post. Oh well. Having a blog was a nice idea while it lasted.

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

Just Say No To ALSA

Wow. I wasted two full days on ALSA. OSS rules. ALSA sucks. That is all.

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

Some Reasons Why I Prefer Linux

With the arrival of GNOME 2.6, some dude decided to write a little something about it. If you’ve ever wondered why people prefer the GNOME desktop environment on Linux, this article offers some insight. These are a tiny fraction of the reasons why I use GNU/Linux, but the article covers some good points.

Sunday, April 4th, 2004

Boring night…

Yesterday I posted my first blog in a long, long while. I stopped blogging because it didn’t seem to be worth it. It was an inconvenience, and I question whether someone other than myself will end up reading the posts. Until recently, I didn’t really a way to keep up with my friends’ blogs, and I’m pretty damn sure that noone I know in person would do something similar. So, I don’t blame anyone for not keeping up with the blogs of others. However, thanks to a plugin for GNOME, my desktop environment, it’s now so easy to blog that I see no reason not to — if that makes any sense. Alot of cool things are going on in my life. Nothing major, but cool, none the less.

John Mark, Victor, and I are going to get a house together, or so we intend. The encouraging thing is that our parents have all given their approval, and that would be just about the only thing that would stand in our way. I’m very excited about this. As must as I love my family, I can’t wait to get the fuck out of here.

I should be starting school at UAB in the summer. Now… if you know any UAB students, then you’ve heard how much UAB sucks (in the respect that it’s no fun) and that you should stay away. This is one reason why UAB was my pick. My intention is to spend a year at UAB getting my core classes out of the way and then transferring to Georgia Tech. UAB poses little risk of distracting me from my academic goals, and at the same time has pretty high quality academic offerings. In any case, I’m excited about starting school.

A company that I’ve done work for in the past has contacted me with an offer to do some freelance work for now and then something more long-term when I’m available. It’ll be fun tackling some of their challenges, and it’s always nice to know that you’re help is wanted. So, this is exciting too.

I’m also scheduled to spend the tail-end of my spring break with a friend of mine from Pasadena, CA. That’s just gonna be fucking awesome. I rented a hotel in Old Towne Pasadena, which, as I understand, is in the middle of a lot of entertainment. It’s close to Stram’s house, and it’s within walking distance of everything. So, I won’t even need a car.

I’ve made some progress with my website, which leads to other thoughts. Every time I reflect back on the things I’ve done lately, I always return to the same set of questions but never any conclusions. The only thing that stays the same about my personal projects is that they are almost always incomplete. When I reflect on this, it makes me worry a little. I don’t recall it ever being a stressful worry or a depressed worry. I worry about my future. There are so many things in my life that never get finished, and I wonder if I’m going to be able to survive the way I am.

Sometimes I wonder why I am the way I am. I never considered my problem, that is, my short attention span, to be anything major. It seems so trivial. “I have a short attention span, so what? It’s nothing major, right? I mean… the primary symptom is that I get bored faster. So what? Maybe it’s a good thing.” But… reality argues otherwise, and the older I get, the more I appreciate the implications of my little condition. Nothing is finished. There are a million things that should be done but aren’t. I’ve tried setting goals. I’ve tried making schedules. I’ve tried creating TODO lists. I’ve tried adhering to a colander. I’ve tried taking Adderall, I’ve even seen a psychologist about my ADD to see if anything could be done about it. It appears that I will always be this way, and that there’s nothing that can change that. Only time will what will happen to me.

Okay. Enough of that.

On another note, I upgraded to Gimp 2.0, and I’m pretty impressed. I’d really like to see a compatibility mode for Photoshop users. That would be pretty awesome.

Friday, April 2nd, 2004

Well, GNOME 2.6 is out, but I keep hearing about this awesome “Spatial Browsing”. This article defines it as being “similar to the way the finder, or query, function works on MAC OS X in that it layers windows on top of each other. Each directory maps directly to a window, so the user doesn’t have two windows representing the same directory, which helps a user tunnel into database information during a query.”
Now… that sounds to me like Nautilus is going to be how Windows used to be many years ago. WTF is so special about it? I must be missing something, as I fucking hate the way it used to work. In fact, one of the first things I used to do with a Windows box was to toggle that into the browser style.
Oh well, I guess we’ll see when 2.6 hits the Debian repository…