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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
As seen on the way to work this morning. I wonder where they were going? I wonder where they came from.
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…
Newsflash, Global Warming not developing fast enough, Glaciers to be removed manually:
The [Pascua Lama] project has faced strong criticism from environmental and community groups worried about water pollution and wary of the project’s original proposal to remove glaciers in the Andes mountain range.
Nope, this is not from The Onion. (Thanks Goli!) #
Wikipedia article of the day: Goobuntu
Goobuntu is the name of a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that is rumoured to be released by Google. Google has denied this, though they confirm that they internally work with Ubuntu and have slightly modified it to suit their needs.
Also worth noting is bug #1 in Ubuntu’s bug tracking system:
Now this, I admit, is newsworthy: New mom Angelina Jolie has reserved 24 domain names featuring various versions of her daughter Shiloh Nouvel’s name. #
Colbert’s commencement speech, how cool: the next thing you know, they’ll be translating the Bible. God wrote it in English for a reason! So it could be taught in our public schools. #
Happy Birthday Robin! It’s starting to get amusing now, being carded, especially when I have two children in tow. #
I nominate Jon Stewart to debate George W. Bush on gay marriage. Oh and by the way, watch this video: Jon Stewart tears open Bill Bennett on gay marriage #
Boingboing is on a roll today: “Fuck” costs $325,000 to utter over the airwaves
The Federal Government just increased the price for saying “fuck” on TV or radio from $32,500 to $325,000. That’s because Congress passed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act (BDEA).
I would like to kindly know WHAT THE FUCK is wrong with our government? #
Photo of the day:
Would someone please reply with an example of Republicans NOT sucking so hard? House rejects Net neutrality rules
Of the 421 House members who participated in the vote that took place around 6:30 p.m. PT, the vast majority of Net neutrality supporters were Democrats. Republicans represented most of the opposition.
For future reference: Unofficial Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) Starter Guide #
The cultural ramification of Snakes on a Plane:
I’m starting to think that Google Earth/Maps should be spun off as its own separate company (this could get big) #
It makes one wonder just how out of touch with reality the state department actually has become:
Two recent TJ articles: The tao of Trader Joe’s Devoted fans meet online to swap news, stay connected and For Trader Joe’s, a New York Taste Test #
Sally Greene reports that Raleigh Street in front of Spencer Dorm will soon be getting a makeover: This view will soon be history
I lived in Spencer Dorm for three years as an undergrad. This view is very familiar to me. #
Quote of the day: a noose is just a suicide bomb with a very small blast radius, people! #
What is wrong with Congress? Support a complete and honest debate about the War in Iraq, NOT a consitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration #
This is the person whose company I’ll be working for come Monday: Good f’ing lord, RIAA. Wake up. This is how we use music in the real world. Get over yourselves. (Hear, hear!) #
This has provided me with multiple hours of enjoyable reading: Ask me about Google
The great state of Georgia, this is your congressman: Georgia Representative Lynn Westmoreland, a Congressman who’s co-sponsored a bill to require the display of the Ten Commandments in the House of Reps and the Senate, doesn’t know them. #
This is funny in that it reads like two high school friends sending each other press releases instead of actually talking (the two “friends” in this instance being Microsoft and Adobe) #
Tim Berners-Lee to big telecom: When I invented the Web, I didn’t have to ask anyone’s permission. (translation: step off beotch) #
Apostolos Gerasoulis: Ask.com is pimped out search engine. It is very tight. #
For future reference: Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District events #
I guess it depends on your definition of war: “We’re at war, and for the [New York] Times to release information about secret operations and methods is treasonous” #
Firefox plugin of the century: SessionSaver
I’ve heard about this before, and maybe I didn’t do anything about it because it’s one of those features that should be built into the browser. But anyway, I installed it this morning and it’s amazing. Imagine Firefox shutting down (expectedly or unexpectedly) and being about to restart it with all your tabs open to the exact spot on the pages you were last browsing, with any text you’d been typing appearing in each textbox. Amazing! #
How Mark greets me when I mouse over emails from him in Gmail: