The End

August 2, 2011

This blog is now officially archived (no new posts). I have moved to a new home at thirld.com/blog.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at wordpress.com, I am hoping that this site will be around for a long time.


Enigma Otiliei

June 2, 2008

de George Călinescu.

(spoiler warning)

Autorul este un campion la lungimea descrierilor, detaliile sale devenind de o minuţiozitate dureroasă. Abundenţa termenilor în franceză (cu presupunerea că toată lumea o cunoaşte) măreşte tentaţia de a abandona opera

Dacă romanul ar fi divizat în două părţi: (1) poveste de dragoste şi (2) despre moştenire şi familie; aş fi renunţat fără mari regrete la partea a doua. Combinaţia acestora stă să demonstreze, probabil, că drumul prin viaţă nu este niciodată o linie dreaptă. Chiar înarmat cu aceste idei, sfârşitul m-a lăsat cu gura căscată:

“Cine a fost în stare de atîta stăpînire, e capabil să învingă şi o dragoste nepotrivită pentru marele lui viitor.

Otilia”

    Două lucruri care m-au surprins:

    • expresia “& co.” atât de frecventă în ziua de azi era folosită chiar şi 100 de ani în urmă, în forma “et Co”.
    • calificativele “fain”, “faină” erau folosite de pe atunci (din germană, nu din engleză cum credeam).

    Citate: Read the rest of this entry »


    People are Mirrors

    May 16, 2008

    I always thought that I was independent and that other people could affect me if and only if I allowed them to. But lately I’ve been wondering if my assumptions were correct. This article is the result of my observations and my lazy reluctance to look up scientific facts.

    I am beginning to think that people’s influence on one another manifests itself daily, and that it does not rely on any previously established relationships between individuals. Instead, it works on a much lower level, one that often eludes consciousness entirely.

    Here is a couple of examples:

    1. If I see a girl with wide eyes, narrow eyes, or a “stuck” expression on her face, such as of surprise, I automatically attempt to paste the same expression on my face. This is not at all related to any feeling of attraction I might experience, on the contrary, the reaction is stronger when the combination of features is rather repulsive. It is probably not limited to girls, but I guess that shows where my attention is
    2. If I listen to my math teacher yelling for five minutes, I get angry myself and I feel the acid rising in my stomach. This happens in spite of my efforts to take things lightly, stay uninvolved, and try to laugh it all off.
    3. It’s difficult to keep a neutral expression when I see a wide smile on a face that is full of light. It’s strange. But it’s still difficult to be the first one to smile
    4. After a certain time spent with a person, even if I happen to dislike them, I begin to mirror their accent and manner of speech. This is especially obvious to me when I stress the ‘r’, or utter expressions that I never thought I’d willfully use.

    All this is intriguing, since I don’t normally want to mirror anybody. Perhaps it is an automated mechanism to aid in communication, but it’s pretty scary that it happens without my conscious consent. Where’s the on/off switch dammit?! It makes me ask myself who I really am.

    On a lighter note, Copycat by The Cranberries just came on shuffle. How appropriate!

    Copycat, copycat, copycat
    Copy copy copy copy yourself
    Copycat, copycat, copycat
    Copy copy copy everyone else


    Neterminat Uitat Expirat

    May 15, 2008

    Parfumul cald al unei veri
    S-a dus;
    Azi visul gloriei de ieri
    I-apus.

    În van am încercat mai sus
    Să sar.
    Şi tot ce mi-a rămas e-un gust
    Amar.

    Oraşul tot, asfalt topit
    Şi fum;
    Plonjează în nemărginit
    Acum.

    Luna în templu s-a ivit;
    Adorm.
    Trăiesc ce încă n-am trăit
    În somn.

    Din cerul singur, dureros
    De alb
    Se prăbuşeşte-un luminos
    Catarg.

    Un soare nou rege va fi
    Mâine.
    Nici zeii nordici nu vor şti
    Cine.

    Miticul lanţ nu a cedat
    Nicicând.
    Şi lumea asta nu-i decât
    Un gând.


    /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    May 7, 2008
    # /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    #
    # LOG:
    # version 0.2 (2008 May 7)
    # version 0.1 (?? ??, ??)
    #
    # NOTES:
    # The touchpad acceleration options are still not ideal.
    #
    
    # xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    #   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "Files"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier    "Generic Keyboard"
        Driver        "kbd"
        Option        "CoreKeyboard"
        Option        "XkbRules"    "xorg"
        Option        "XkbModel"    "pc105"
        Option        "XkbLayout"    "us"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier    "Mouse"
        Driver        "mouse"
        Option        "CorePointer"
        Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/mice"
        Option        "Protocol"        "ImPS/2"
        Option        "ZAxisMapping"        "4 5"
        Option        "Emulate3Buttons"    "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier    "Touchpad"
        Driver        "synaptics"
        Option        "SendCoreEvents"    "true"
        Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/by-path/platform-i8042-serio-4-mouse"
        Option        "Protocol"        "auto-dev"
        Option        "LeftEdge"        "1400"
        Option        "RightEdge"        "5500"
        Option        "TopEdge"        "1700"
        Option        "BottomEdge"        "4400"
        Option        "FingerLow"        "25"
        Option        "FingerHigh"        "30"
        Option        "MaxTapTime"        "180"
        Option        "MaxTapMove"        "220"
        Option        "VertEdgeScroll"    "true"
        Option        "HorizEdgeScroll"    "true"
        Option        "VertScrollDelta"    "100"
        Option        "HorizScrollDelta"    "100"
        Option        "MinSpeed"        "0.1"
        Option        "MaxSpeed"        "0.5"
        Option        "AccelFactor"        "0.001"
        Option        "SHMConfig"        "on"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier    "ATI Technologies Inc RS300M AGP [Radeon Mobility 9100IGP]"
        Driver        "ati"
        BusID        "PCI:1:5:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier    "Generic Monitor"
        Option        "DPMS"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier    "Default Screen"
        Device        "ATI Technologies Inc RS300M AGP [Radeon Mobility 9100IGP]"
        Monitor        "Generic Monitor"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
            Modes        "1024x768"
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier    "Default Layout"
        Screen        "Default Screen"
        InputDevice    "Generic Keyboard"
        InputDevice    "Mouse"
        InputDevice    "Touchpad"
    EndSection
    

    An older version which worked with Beryl (but couldn’t suspend to disk):

    # /etc/X11/xorg.conf (xorg X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the /etc/X11/xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man /etc/X11/xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    #   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "Files"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/X11/fonts/100dpi"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/X11/fonts/75dpi"
        FontPath    "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc"
        # path to defoma fonts
        FontPath    "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
        Load    "i2c"
        Load    "bitmap"
        Load    "ddc"
        Load    "dri"
        Load    "extmod"
        Load    "freetype"
        Load    "glx"
        Load    "int10"
        Load    "type1"
        Load    "vbe"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier    "Generic Keyboard"
        Driver        "kbd"
        Option        "CoreKeyboard"
        Option        "XkbRules"    "xorg"
        Option        "XkbModel"    "pc105"
        Option        "XkbLayout"    "us"
    #    Option        "XkbOptions"    "lv3:ralt_switch"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier    "Touchpad"
        Driver        "synaptics"
        Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/by-path/platform-i8042-serio-3-"
        Option        "Protocol"      "auto-dev"
        Option        "LeftEdge"      "1400"
        Option        "RightEdge"     "5500"
        Option        "TopEdge"       "1700"
        Option        "BottomEdge"    "4400"
        Option        "FingerLow"     "25"
        Option        "FingerHigh"    "30"
        Option        "MaxTapTime"    "180"
        Option        "MaxTapMove"    "220"
        Option        "VertEdgeScroll" "true"
        Option        "HorizEdgeScroll" "true"
        Option        "VertScrollDelta" "100"
        Option        "HorizScrollDelta" "100"
        Option        "MinSpeed"      "0.05"
        Option        "MaxSpeed"      "0.18"
        Option        "AccelFactor"   "0.0005"
        Option        "SHMConfig"     "on"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier    "Mouse"
        Driver        "mouse"
        Option        "Device"        "/dev/input/mice"
        Option        "ZAxisMapping"        "4 5"
        Option        "Emulate3Buttons"    "true"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier    "ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon Mobility 9100 U3 (R200 IGP)"
        Driver        "ati"
        Option        "DRI" "true"
        Option        "ColorTiling" "on"
        Option        "EnablePageFlip" "true"
        Option        "AccelMethod" "EXA"
        Option        "EXANoOffscreenPixmaps"
        Option        "RenderAccel" "true"
        Option        "AGPFastWrite" "on"
        BusID        "PCI:1:5:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier    "Generic Monitor"
        Option        "DPMS"
        HorizSync    28-51
        VertRefresh    43-60
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier    "Default Screen"
        Device        "ATI Technologies, Inc. Radeon Mobility 9100 U3 (R200 IGP)"
        Monitor        "Generic Monitor"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
            Depth        24
            Modes        "1024x768"
        EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier    "Default Layout"
        Screen        "Default Screen"
        Option        "AIGLX" "true"
        InputDevice    "Generic Keyboard"
        InputDevice    "Touchpad"        "SendCoreEvents"
        InputDevice    "Mouse"            "CorePointer"
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
        Mode    0666
    EndSection
    

    /etc/network/interfaces

    May 7, 2008

    Censorship is so easy to forget!!

    # /etc/network/interfaces
    #
    # LOG:
    # version 0.3 (May 07, 2008)
    # version 0.2 blessed be NetworkManager (?? ??, ??)
    # version 0.1 a Windows-shared connection is NOT_A_GOOD_THING (tm) (?? ??, ??)
    #
    # TODO:
    # WPA eventually
    #
    
    # This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
    # and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).
    
    # The loopback network interface
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    address 127.0.0.1
    netmask 255.0.0.0
    
    iface wlan0 inet static
    address 192.168.1.2
    netmask 255.255.255.0
    gateway 192.168.1.1
    wireless-essid Wireless
    wireless-key s:XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    
    auto wlan0
    

    An older version:

    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback
    
    auto eth0
    iface eth0 inet dhcp
    #iface eth0 inet static
    #    address 192.168.2.2
    #    netmask 255.255.255.0
    
    auto wlan0
    iface wlan0 inet static
        address 192.168.0.3
        netmask 255.255.255.0
        gateway 192.168.0.1
        dns-nameservers 192.168.0.1
        wireless-essid try
        wireless-key ####################
        wireless-mode Ad-Hoc
    
    #iface wlan0 inet dhcp
    #    wireless-essid wl600g
    #    wireless-key ####################
    #    wireless-mode Managed
    

    /etc/apt/sources.list

    May 7, 2008
    # /etc/apt/sources.list
    # version 0.2 (May 07, 2008)
    # version 0.1 MD mirrors are infuriating (?? ??, ??)
    # 
    
    # slow # deb ftp://ftp.lug.md/pub/mirrors/ubuntulinux.org/ubuntu/ gutsy main restricted universe multiverse
    # slow # deb ftp://ftp.lug.md/pub/mirrors/ubuntulinux.org/ubuntu/ gutsy-updates main restricted universe multiverse
    # slow # deb ftp://ftp.lug.md/pub/mirrors/ubuntulinux.org/ubuntu/ gutsy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    # slow # deb ftp://ftp.lug.md/pub/mirrors/ubuntulinux.org/ubuntu/ gutsy-security main restricted universe multiverse
    
    deb http://md.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://md.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-updates main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://md.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ hardy-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-security main restricted universe multiverse