This morning Nature lavished us with all the surreal elements of a gothic novel: the absent sun on the dark gray sky, the yellow leaves above, the rotting ones beneath, the thick mist…
Wake up, make sure the world is still there…
One day I’ll stop apologizing for ignoring this blog for so long…
I’ve upgraded to Gutsy and it flies! I like Dolphin, the new file manager, and I’m sure it will get even better for KDE4.
There is one annoying glitch however. After waking up from STD (hibernate), all USB devices are dead. This has been fixed already in the latest kernel, and I’m just waiting for it to finally reach *Ubuntu repositories. Reading about the bug, I came across an interesting peculiarity of the Linux kernel. Sometimes I’m surprised at how much I don’t know ;)
OK, here’s the deal. You can use the
SysRq key to send requests directly to the Linux kernel. Why would you want to do that? Well, for starters, Linux may crash. WHAAAAT? Well, it may. Seldom, but it may. Especially if you mess around where you’re not supposed to :P
What can you ask the kernel to do using the SysRq key? Many things. One I find particularly useful is the
Alt+SysRq+f. It kills the process which is using the most memory on your system. So when your system thrashes to death because of a runaway process, you don’t need to switch to the console (which may take ages) and use
kill anymore. Just use the shortcut.
A few notes:
Alt+SysRqand not just
SysRqkey shares a button with
Print Screen, and without the
Altit would be interpreted as such.
I liked the tone of J. D. Salinger‘s book a lot: hilarious but full of insightful comments throughout. Holden Caulfield vividly reflects the teenage turmoil we’ve all been [being?] through. On par with George Carlin’s shows, the novel is a good example of using ‘bad’ language for a noble purpose. Thumbs up!
Some interesting (approximate) stats about the text itself:
First off, I didn’t like the book so much. It seemed to me like nothing more than a barely credible fairy tale tied with a bunch of religious rants. However, I did notice some interesting phrases:
I didn’t know that word even existed in English :P
Commuting back from the EAC, (good news — got the visa — going to sit the SAT on the 6th!!) I sort of ran into one of my ex-teachers. I never really liked him, but the funny thing is that he stood right before me and I didn’t notice him. He probably saw me instantly; I usually don’t ‘blend in’ with the crowd. So now I had a dilemma: do I admit my mistake and greet him, or do I go on acting as if I hadn’t recognized him?
If I told him ‘Good Afternoon,’ what would he think of me? That I was an arrogant snob who, until now, pretended not to notice him? Would he attempt to start a discussion? I certainly wouldn’t. And what would the fellow passengers think?
If I didn’t give him another glance, what would he think of me? That I was an arrogant snob who pretended not to notice him? [notice anything?]
He put an end to my anguish (that’s too harsh a word) by getting out at a station earlier than mine.
OK, I used the word ‘notice’ 4+1 times in this post — that’s enough.