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08/20/11 12:35- ID#54982

For Matthew

Who is the character sticking out of the backpack then?

I think that is (e:Paul). You know who the others are. ;-)

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Category: eating in

08/20/11 11:10- ID#54981 pmobl

Kale pringles

Instead of getting a can from Walgreens I made my own. \m/


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Category: estrip

08/19/11 03:07- ID#54972

Freaking Out! A bat is here!

(e:leetee), I have no idea how you dealt with having a bat flit about in your house. We just spotted an absolutely humongous one at the 24 and spent 20 minutes freaking out and trying to capture it (well.. I think (e:Terry) was trying the real capture part and (e:Paul) was trying to capture it virtually using his phone.

I think I nearly died because (e:Paul) was shrieking like a maniac and the bat came within a 2 cm radius near my hair. I am sure the bat thought my head was a fellow bat, what with my insanely out-of-control hair.

We think it has flown out the door now but it could well be hiding behind the sofa or lounging on the chandelier. Needless to say, I think we need to pre-empt our bat-dread-induced-heart-attacks and think carefully about our last minutes and maybe our last words on this planet. Should we be whispering or yelling it out over the 24 rooftop?

We read in Wikipedia that:

bats catch prey by aerial hawking and gleaning tactics

That monster was totally aerially hawking and gleaning NEAR our heads.
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Category: linux

08/18/11 03:34- ID#54971

Bash History!

Can be accessed through the command:



It's kind of nifty how my earliest history is a nice documentation of everything I did post-clean-install of Crunchbang (and would like to do for future installs).

sudo su
cd rtl8192se_linux_2.6.0019.1207.2010/
make install
aptitude purge firmware-ipw2x00 firmware-ipw2x00 firmware-iwlwifi firmware-ralink fortune-min gftp gftp-common gftp-gtk heybuddy avahi-utils avahi-daemon gdm chromium-browser chromium-browser-inspector conky
update-alternatives --config gnome-www-browser
apt-get --purge autoremove
aptitude purge ~c
gedit ~/.config/xfce4/
gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
gpg --keyserver --recv-key 381BA480
gpg -a --export 381BA480 > jranke_cran.asc
sudo apt-key add jranke_cran.asc
sudo gedit /etc/apt/preferences
sudo apt-get update
apt-cache policy r-base
sudo apt-get install r-base wine-unstable cb2bib texlive-full referencer xfce4-places-plugin subversion openconnect network-manager-openconnect e4rat pdftk
cd /var/cache/apt/archives
ls > ~/archives
sudo su
gedit ~/.inputrc
gedit /usr/local/sbin/autologin
chmod 777 /usr/local/sbin/autologin
gedit /etc/inittab
gedit ~/.bashrc
gedit /etc/bash.bashrc
gedit /boot/grub.cfg
gedit /etc/bash
init 1
sudo su
gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg
apt-get update
apt-get --purge autoremove
history > thislist!

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Category: linux

08/17/11 12:53- ID#54967

Install R on debian without an internet connection.

R needs all these packages to install on debian. So essentially, if my /var/cache/apt/archives/ had these packages already then it wouldn't need to download anything from the net. With these packages already there, R would install instantly without need for an internet connection.

This is the r-base install procedure on debian output from the terminal.

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And this is the actual list of packages I need:

Of course versions etc. would change with time. But that is what updates are for.

Followed by more internal R packages within R:


Then subversion:

The following extra packages will be installed:
libapr1 libaprutil1 libneon27-gnutls libserf-0-0 libsvn1
Suggested packages:
subversion-tools db4.8-util
The following NEW packages will be installed:
libapr1 libaprutil1 libneon27-gnutls libserf-0-0 libsvn1

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Category: linux

08/17/11 12:20- ID#54966

Pipe it through

somecommand goes here > some output goes here

For example:

ls > filename

lists all names in that directory in a neat little text file called "filename" (that doesn't even need an extension because linux *just knows*(tm) what that file is without need for extensions.

Simple stuff, but fun when you learn it.

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Category: whine

08/17/11 08:39- ID#54963

Hating big hair.

While I am hating on non-specific things, let me rant about about my hair as well.

That is not even an exaggeration. At this point my hair is bigger than my head and that is a really bad place to be in. Not only is it completey out of control and curling all over the place, it is also making my head feel heavy. I really should chop it all off.

Only, I thought I could let it grow for a bit but that is backfiring. The ugly phase is taking its toll.

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Category: eating in

08/16/11 07:37- ID#54960

Out of salt.


My new year resolution (HA HA) has been shot to hell because somehow I am right back to eating a canister of salt every 2 months.

I am somewhat worried that my end will be horrific with uncontrolled hypertension and associated kidney disease. But I am hoping I can make a deal with (e:Paul) to amputate my kidneys and heart out (with two different rusty elegant Victorian saws) at that point and die more peacefully (and in style). I also want to hire Malibu to sing some Sinatra melody during the "surgery".

I am off to get salt.

And chick peas.

And let's not forget the tomatoes.

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Category: whine

08/16/11 05:28- ID#54957

Losing my patience

I am really losing my patience with people who just can't seem to see the obvious or who have trouble thinking straight.

It's a sign that either I am reaching a point where I am not able to think straight myself or a point where I have no time for anything else other than my dissertation.

If it's the second, I hope I finish soon.

If I don't, I will end up as the most anti-social impatient jerk on this planet who views every second person with contempt. Seriously, the "quality-me" has been taking a nose-dive in the past week or so because everything other than finishing my dissertation seems irrelevant and every person who whines that things are more complex than what they want to make an effort to learn seems like a lazy no-gooder. I am also increasingly hating on former influences in my life who made me feel like crap at any point in the time I spent with them. I don't think I am an unreasonable person in general and I make a ton of effort to get along with people all the time. So their behaviour to me seems inexcusable now. I think I have come to a decision to put them on perennial ignore, going forwards. I cannot deal with such pettiness in my life anymore.

I know this non-humble intolerant ridiculously stupid phase has to end. I am seeing myself going from a person I am always comfortable being to a person I detest and totally not proud of. It is times such as these I wonder if 95% of intolerance in the world comes from people just being too busy with their own problems and not having any time or inclination to see anyone else's point of views. Or is it that they have finally come to a conclusion that their short lives on this planet is not worth wasting agonizing over things that seem like they are not quite right.

Disclaimer: This is just me ranting over non-specific things mainly because I need my dissertation work to go faster and have no mindspace anymore to think patiently about things in general. You can safely ignore this post altogether because it's definitely not about you. The things and people who are annoying me definitely don't know about this blog or the fact that I whine non-specifically on it. Some of them don't even know I exist. LOL

PS: I think the main reason behind all this intolerance is that I need to finish my dissertation. Every day that passes grates on my nerves and makes me lose one more pound to sleepless anxiety, adds one more extra dimension to my nightmares. It's not pretty.
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Category: i-tech

08/16/11 12:19- ID#54954

In the year 2020

Microsoft will buy Apple.

It's not unfathomable, considering the recent camaraderie between the companies. If their common goal is putting Google down, then the merger will possibly be their best weapon against Google now acquiring a mobile hardware manufacturing company (Motorola Mobility).

If you think about it, the two companies are pretty much the same. Mac is just a glorified expensive snobbish form of the newer Windoze operating systems (with crappy hardware to boot). Maybe the merger will result in better customer service for M$ consumers and better hardware for the Crapple consumers. It's a win-win situation.

The only thing that will possibly take a nasty hit would be the fragile egos of Apple fanboys/girls. But then who give a damn about the mental health of this minuscule bunch of self-obsessed rich (or heavily in debt) snobs anyway.

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