Advice for anyone moving to a new place

Find the most recent copy of your local independent paper’s “Best of” issue. Most independent papers put out this sort of thing once a year, and very often they’re nominated and voted on by readers, which I think really exposes…

The aforementioned “blanket photo”

Last weekend Joy and Kyle had a lovely Memorial Day barbeque, complete with smoked ribs, smoked chicken drumsticks, grilled corn, homemade barbeque sauce, and more sides than I can remember to name here. Petaluma has some curious weather, predominantly affected…

Giving Ubuntu another go with Dapper Drake

Just 3 days after trying (and failing) to install Ubuntu’s Breezy Badger (v5.10) on my VIA EPIA ME6000, Dapper Drake was released (v6.06), so tonight I’m giving it another go. In order to sway things in Ubuntu’s favor, I’ve stretched…

Cedar planked salmon

Wandering through the Sebastopol Whole Foods the other day, I discovered packs of Sautee Cedar planks, ostensibly for grilling salmon. I’ve heard of cedar planked salmon before—it’s the kind of description that would instantly pique my interest on a good…

Rerererereinterpretation?

Regina Gleeson, curator of the Better Than the Real Thing? project, has a website, culturalfishing.net, whose header image currently includes a laptop sitting on a desk, displaying a closeup of my blog, justinsomnia.org, which at the time happened to be…

Angel Island

On Sunday we got the gang together for a spur-of-the-moment outing to Angel Island State Park. As has been our luck lately, the day was quite sunny and clear. The island is accessible only by ferry, which runs every hour…

Ubuntu on a Mini-ITX, take 3

Turns out, I have not one, not two, but three spare laptop hard drives hanging around my house. Who knew? There’s the 20GB drive that I bought for my VIA EPIA computer, a 30GB drive that came out of my…

Slowly chipping away at unknowns

The problem with problem solving is that sometimes, especially with trial and error techniques, the problem solving never ends. Especially when you walk away from a problem and find that actually all along your brain has been chewing on a…

Ubuntu up and running!

This moment reminds me of my first WordPress post (previously justinsomnia was a Blogger blog) where I was doing something familiar (blogging) from an unfamiliar, though functionally similar place. In this case, I finally got Ubuntu installed on my VIA…

Mark, working?

Yeah, it’s good to work with the conferences group: I think. This post first appeared on From the Belly of the Beasts, a weblog from some of the people who build O’Reilly websites.

From O’Reilly Media to Federated Media

I wish I had been blogging when blogging first really crossed my radar. Since I wasn’t, my mental record is kind of fuzzy. The first time I mentioned “blog” in an email was on April 27, 2002 in a note…

The Ubuntu trend

I recently wrote several lengthy blog posts on my experience installing Ubuntu on a Mini-ITX system: Installing Ubuntu 5.10 on a mini-ITX VIA EPIA ME6000 (just for fun) Giving Ubuntu another go with Dapper Drake Ubuntu on a Mini-ITX, take…

Hot Russian River Action

On Sunday Stephanie and I made it out to the Russian River (my first time) to do a little afternoon paddling. I’ve spent a fair amount of time in a kayak, but I can only remember ever being in a…

We cook your meals. We haul your trash. We connect your calls. We drive your ambulances. We guard you while you sleep. Do not fuck with us.

I was watching Fight Club again recently, a movie I quite enjoy, and one thing rang somewhat false to me. None of the characters were hispanic.

A tribute to the Glitter Ponies

Tonight we finished up the very long spring semester of the Finbar Devine’s pub trivia competition—with perfect attendence no less. Come to think of it, other than one or two schedule conflicts, I (and several others) have been showing up…

The longest and the hottest

You already know what I think about this. Northern California is crazy for not having A/C everywhere. The only difference from the other places I’ve lived is that the low tonight is going to be 58°F, compared with 71 in…

An Inconvenient Truth

As penance for saying earlier that Northern California is crazy for not having A/C everywhere, I went out to see An Inconvenient Truth at the Rialto with Mark tonight. It was good. I mean, I’d heard it was good, so…

Flattened cars

As seen on the way to work this morning. I wonder where they were going? I wonder where they came from.

Giant moth

Check out this giant moth I discovered next to my neighbor’s doorbell yesterday. It was just sitting there, hanging out. Didn’t even flinch when I went back into my apartment to grab my camera. That has got to be the…