Thursday, June 24, 2004
Tuesday, June 22, 2004
After this long-winded introduction, I have happened across a very good web site, LiterateProgramming.com which has been put together by an individual over the past several years. He has collected links, documentation, software, and has produced Microsoft Windows verions of much of that software from code that was originally written for a Unix system.
Highly recommended. You heard it here first.
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Friday, June 11, 2004
Enthroned Madonna and Child, 13th Century, National Gallery of Art
I've been to the National Gallery of Art in Washington a couple of times recently to see the exhibit of Catholic art in Italy in the 13th through the 16th centuries. You can see a web presentation of the exhibit at here. I must admit to knowing little about art but it is heartening to me, as a life-long Catholic, to periodically witness reminders of the incredible history of the Church. Two thousand years of philosophy, theology, art, and science is impressive, significant, transcendant. This can be useful in these times of scandal and disbelief at the spectacle of the awful dereliction of duty by Catholic leadership in the United States ... "This too shall pass."
Here are the particulars: After doing an /sbin/lspci, I see that my WLAN card (D-Link AirPlus XtremeG DWL-G520) is sporting an Atheros chipset, specifically the AR5212. Now to go to googling...
Warning: I obsessed on how to get direct rendering going under Fedora Linux for my ATI Radeon 9500 Pro card for quite a while before finally solving the problem. My friends at work can tell you how tiresome it got, listening to me blather on about it. It was easy under Gentoo Linux but I've since switched to Fedora (nee Red Hat). In other words, this could take a while. You heard it here first.
Sunday, June 06, 2004
His passing is in a way the closing of a chapter in U.S. history. Certainly it is the closing of a chapter in my own life. But there are many more chapters to come because it really was "morning in America". May he rest in peace.
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Tuesday, June 01, 2004
The cicada "skins" or "shells" or whatever you want to call them. These remnants are all over the place and they stink a little bit.
Every seventeen years, the cicadas apparently come out for a few weeks in the eastern United States. I wish the videos I took were small enough to email, but at 30 MB, they're obviously not. But they could give you some sense of the terrific howling sound they are making during the day.
They seem to be mostly in the trees, as I'm not getting swarms on the side of the house the way some other people are describing at work. But here you can see their shells that they apparently molt out of before going on about their business. Gives a sense of just how many there are.
Here is an interesting article in the New York Times about blogging and how it seems to take over the lives of some people. It's by Katie Hafner, author of Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet and Cyberpunk: Outlaws and hackers on the Computer Frontier. It describes the vast majority of blogs as "abandonware" with a few being compulsively added to by people who seem, well, compulsive. I suspect I will fall in the middle, a person who periodically adds more content, but who forgets about it a lot of the time. However my New Year's resolution (displaced by only five months) is to try to do more than that with my blog.
Remember, you read it here first...
I'm posting this entry from my new Fedora Linux Core 2 installation. If you've ever been tempted to check Linux out, you've got a couple of first-class - and free - solutions available to you right now: Fedora Linux Core 2 and Mandrake Linux 10. Both are free for the downloading and both have the latest and fastest Linux software. If you're going to download, I recommend using BitTorrent and if you'd just like to skip that and buy these inexpensively, take a look at CheapBytes.com. In the case of Mandrake, once you decide you like it and are going to use it, it's probably best to buy it in the stores or go to their website and join their club. Mandrake just emerged from the French-equivalent of Chapter 11 and need the boost.