He’s a talented writer and I liked that Up In The Air movie based on his book staring George Clooney and Anna Kendrick. Anyway, they discuss the If You’re Not Paranoid, You’r Crazy article in the podcast and now I’m about to cite it for a sociology paper. It’s a good everyman read.
Notatioanl Velocity minimalist quick capture is great. I have been using org-capture for quickly capturing tasks with templates but I want to have Emacs search first. org-velocity.el is a org-model contrib package.
I setup the load-path variable to load lisp including subdirectories
M-x customize-apropos RET org-modules
check off org-velocity.el contrib package
require the org-velocity to load
setup org-directory and a file to put the notes into
I setup the notes bucket file with a .txt extension instead of the default .org for interoperabilty.
Dan Carlin’s podcast is the most epic on the interwebs. Great action packed story telling and a huge amount of research with thoughtful modern day analogies in this audiobook quality production.
This one is about the Achaemedic Persian empire, “often regulated to the role of slavish cannon fodder for Sparta’s spears.”
Carlin’s depiction of Herodotus as a screenwriter is on the mark. After listening to this, you will have an increased appropriation for King Leonidas’s reported response to being offered control of Greece if he would bend the knee and give up his weapons.
My elecrtic razor replacement blade broke after a few days and considering the price, environmental footprint, shave quality and hassel of replacement I am thinking of switching to an old fashed safety razor.
I want to use desktop Linux apps on my Chromebook, pick up where I left off every time I boot on campus and not bog down my hard-wired 2 GB RAM running heavyweight software.
crouton (Chromium OS Universal Chroot Environment)
sudo sh -e ~/Downloads/crouton -t audio,xiwi,cli-extra,gtk-extra,xfce -r trusty
the -e makes the chroot (a Linux operating system instance within a Linux operating) encrypted
– t stands for “targets” and I choose:
audio for the chroot to use ChromeOS for audio, as I have had problem with no sound without it
cli-extra and gtk-exta are just some extra command line interface and GTK programs since I am using a minimal desktop environment (DE) install at ~250 MB
xfce is the default DE for crouton. Very basic and not my favourite but it’s doesn’t take that much RAM and with my new xiwi and X2Go approach, I may not get to annoyed for this traditional desktop on my touch screen.
– r is for release, Trusty is the current Long Term Support version of Ubuntu so it’s fairly recent but not bleeding edge unsupported stuff that can ruin your day when you have something due.
xiwi (X11 in a Window) target
You used to have to run your chroots fullscreen in crouton but now you can also run the desktop in a browser window. I prefer Firefox but found it slow in crouon GNOME 12.04 ect. and it can be redundant to have two big browser running on limited hardware. More so in the future I imagine as Firefox is standardizing add-ons to be like Chrome extensions.
I tried xiwi when after reading a blog post about it on release but did not realize that you could just pick individual applications to run in windows and tabs! Ooooh …ahhhh! The possibilities…
I wonder if I could somehow visualize sound output to the X2Go client? …. yet I don’t have time for this problem at the moment
An environmental scientist working for a Canadian government agency has been suspended and will be investigated for recording a protest song about the prime minister, Stephen Harper, according to union representatives.
…First Harper cuts funding for environmental agencies and their libraries, then they are not allowed to speak publicly about their own field of expertise and now they can’t even sing a folk song that offends our Dear Leader?
I’m grateful to live in a country in which a greedy politician would still have a hard time setting up an absolute one party or one man rule but I feel that if Harper was given the chance, he would keep playing his zero sum game of power grasping at the expense of the common good.
My rule of thumb is that if politicians are trying to censor trade deals or scientists, the anonymity they seek is probably for the benefit of the few over the many they want kept in the dark.
Censoring a folk song with a sweet little old lady choir is just Harper reaching a comical new Machiavellian level.
I can’t imagine anything more important than air, water, soil, energy and biodiversity. These are the things that keep us alive. – David Suzuki