Month: July 2009

Procreation: COMPLETED

It’s with a surprisingly vast and surprisingly heartfelt feeling of happiness, that I must inform all of you gentle readers who don’t already know that Annette is pregnant.

Baby bean is due around the middle of March, 2010.

Oh mighty Gaz’Hakk, accept this offering!

From irc:

[Zorr] Maybe you guys might be able to tell me why the fuck I can’t seem to get xine to play a DVD?
[jsr] Zorr: Buy a mac.
[jsr] Zorr: Hope this helps.
[Zorr] jsr: diaf
[Zorr] Fuck Macs…
[Zorr] Overpriced… and overrated
[jsr] Zorr: Myep.
[jsr] And yet, I can play a DVD on mine.
[jsr] I’m just sayin’
[jsr] Is all.
[Zorr] Then maybe you might be able to tell me how to get VDPAU working with mplayer then alhazred?

I love this sort of conversation, and I must admit that the people I tend to have it with are almost always linux desktop users.

No-one should, on any kind of modern operating system, have to ask this sort of shit, to perform a function so intrinsically boring to the end user as playing a fucking DVD. This sort of thing is why linux is still hobbyist desktop stuff.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, I use linux literally every day, both personally and professionally. It’s super sweet. For server stuff. And Ubuntu, at least, is a big step forward for the UI and for ease of use. But seriously, to play a DVD on my macbook, I put in the DVD and it plays. I don’t need to ask anyone about how to get VDPAU working with mplayer, or how to reconfigure my com ports, or what colour chicken to sacrifice to the serpent demon Gaz’Hakk, while a gibbous moon hangs overhead like unto the focussed eye of an angry god.

This sort of problem is usually caused by driver-y issues, and as such my comments here don’t include specific unix desktop environments crafted for a select hardware set. That can be made pretty solid. Just ask Apple.

Curse you, Studio Ghibli!

I cannot get the music from Ponyo on the Cliffs by the Sea out of my head.

Dammit! It’s worse than Funkytown. It’s worse than Groove Is In The Heart, even.


..head out on the highway…

Finally got around to taking some pictures of my new ride.




These were taken in a very low light garage, using my iphone and its tiny-ass lens. It didn’t do a bad job compensating for the darkness, but still, my apologies in advance for the grainyness of the images – it couldn’t be helped.