Monthly Archives: December 2011

tonight’s vegetarian meal: rice thingy

Impromptu experment:  jasmine rice, onion, and bell pepper from our garden Continue reading


“On a clear disk you can see forever”

My workstation gets less and less use for various reasons; the old dell d410 laptop is seeing most of the action.  A few months back I decided Continue reading


I listen to podcasts and have developed embarrassing crushes on a couple of podcasters.  Winning personalities, great voices, genuine laughter.  I’m there.


Zoey Chace, from NPRs Planet Money podcast (rss). .  And apparently I’m not the only one with a crush on her.  These pics don’t help with the crush reduction at all.  Dangit.

Lillian Karabaic (AnomaLilly, ymonster), who apparently is a whirlwind of everything I love and women in Portland.   First heard on Portland Afoot podcast (rss).   Srsly, consider the following:  “AnomaLily lives in Portland (Oregon) where she fills her life with economics homework and rides her bicycle often. She drinks a great deal of tea and dark beer and enjoys geeking out about transportation policy.”  Swoon.


The new linux desktops

Spent the evening playing with some of the new wave of Linux desktops:  Unity and Gnome Shell (ie, Gnome 3), and Mint’s MGSE (Gnome Shell w/hacks).


I hate them all.  I am currently writing this from a LiveUSB of Ubuntu 11.10;  this Unity crap is giving me fits.  You know your friend’s little sister who is pretty but completely annoying and you wish she’d go away?  Yeah.  Like that.


You know how much you hate the Microsoft ribbon menu crap with stuff squiggling and moving around, stuff hidden in weird places?  Yeah, like that, too.


Props to Mint for MATE, a fork of the Gnome 2.x line, back when desktops were still usable for things other than showing off to folks looking over your shoulder.

Is there any upside?   Well, I don’t reject the application searchbox concept out of hand.  It could be a useful popup.

I reject all these heavyweight, overdesigned, dumbed-down interfaces.  I think the special effects in Minority Report corrupted the mobile interface, and now the mobile interface has infected the desktop.  Fsck that.  Openbox for the win.  Linux is not for stupid people or those who are fascinated by shiny objects.