Sunday, April 23, 2006

One More Day In Paradise

Okay, Gentoo did not work right the first three or four tries, so I reinstalled Ubuntu (had to to make sure Windows works right...long story, or at least one I don't feel like relaying). I decided that I am okay with having to do things CLI style for now if I have to, but then, it wouldn't even work that way! Well, that was the last straw, as I was doing something pretty easy with the CLI (so easy, even I could do it! At least, on any other distro).

So, I have declaired Ubuntu dead to me for the time being. I will give it one (and probably only one at this point) more shot when Dapper Drake comes out. That is the version that they are working on right now, slated for release in June. Don't ask...they like using cute, cuddly names for their releases. Their versions so far have included Warty Warthog, Hoary Hedgehog, and Breezy Badger. The one that they have just announced will be worked on after Dapper Drake is Edgy Eft. To quote Whinny the Pooh: "Oh, bother".

Anyway, I am pulling out for now. All I will say is that the problems I am having simply should not be having, not on a "just run it and go" style like this (not even on an advanced one, as it was keeping me from running my stuff in the CLI [which is short for Command Line Interface, in case you were wondering], too). This is not a matter of wanting things to work like Windows...this is a matter of wanting things to work, period, without having to tear apart the system!

So, I am not ready to post reviws about those movies yet, but will soon!

BTW, Ellie, I thought you didn't do movies much, yet you are wondering why my reviews aren't up yet? Isn't that a bit hypocritical of you? (remember, if I pick on you here, it is probably all in good fun, not in meanness meant)

Saturday, April 22, 2006

A Penguin By Any Other Name...

I know it has been too long, and I know I promised some movie reviews. At the very least, I will try to post a couple in a few days, but I promise absolutly nothing (for then I might very well disapoint someone).

I just wanted to say that I am finally sick of Ubuntu (a distrobution, or type, of Linux) and am currently installing Gentoo to give it a once over. So far, I am finding that the live CD environment has not gotten my sound to work, so I may have to fight with that, but other than that, it does not have the irritating lines that Ubuntu had on my computer. To elaborate, there were static-like lines that continued to run through my monitor with Ubuntu...I'm hoping that the latest version, due out in June, will take care of that. However, by then, I will have rebuilt my system and won't have that issue anymore anyway.

I am keeping the latest stable version of Ubuntu on my computer, but I am not likely to use it as more than a test bed to throw stuff at and see if I can make it squeal (the geek version of a sadist, you might say). All in all, Linux is proving itself to me to be a good all around system. Ubuntu is one I would highly recommend to someone who wants to try out Linux and is of low to medium abilities when it comes to computers. Anyone who is anywhere from experianced to godlike with computers, but without the skills for Linux directly, I think I would say stay away for the will just piss you off as it turns off too many of the GUI management features, and I myself am not ready to learn to do everything with the CLI (so, I pick an advanced one, since I will have to anyway...may as well get all the boons at once, right?)

If any of you are looking to read more from me (I wouldn't know why, but then, we are all our own worst critics), I suggest going on over to the Faulking Truth (the link to it is on the sidebar), and go to the message boards. I post more there right now, as I have more time for that. You will find me in Welcome to the Monkey House, then look in the thread Back in the Bedroom (don't ask...I was there and I don't understand it either).

Anyway, for those reading this, I hope you all had a good Easter (yes, I am an athiest...I still like Easter for getting together with family, and the egg hunt is just plain fun), and I hope this weekend will find everyone having fun (take that to mean what you want it to...I'm not going to elaborate on what "fun" means in this context).

So, to (hopefully) give myself the proverbial kick in the ass, I am going to try to get these four movies reviewed in the near future, as part of my next post. Let's see if I can hold to that:

Brokeback Mountain
Failure to Launch
V for Vendetta

I have a few older movies in my list, too, but I am not going to post them right away. We've waited this long, after all.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Random 300

Yep. Three Hundred Hits. Didn't get a picture this time, though...too late, too tired, too lazy.

Just picture three hundred little green slips of paper with Benjamin Franklin's face on them. Or, in light of the recent holiday, three hundred little pink bunnies hopping around

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

"Grey Like Me" by Ken Shade

I know it has been a while since I have written. Life has gotten complicated and tangled, but it is the usual to be expected; working overtime till all hours, the few minutes I do get I spend sleeping or escaping with my friends or my fiancée. Life has been good, but tiring and sometimes frustrating. This, however, is not why I am blogging.

Over at the Faulking Truth, writer Ken Shade has been putting up articles about a new reality TV show called "Black. White." If you are unaware of it, it is a show where a black family and a white family get together, living under one roof, and put on makeup to look like they are the other color. I was skeptical, but hopeful, when I heard about it. I'm not sure if I should be disappointed or pleased by what I have seen of it.

The show is up to episode five, and I will be watching it shortly. Ken is writing it as a white man who married into a black family, and is a widowed father of three children struggling to raise them in a racially inept world. He has written articles about the first four. His insights are astounding. I recommend reading them.