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07/31/09 04:42 - 77ºF - ID#49428


I could either scrape together just enough money for a down payment for my absolute dream car:


Or look for a used car and get some kinda loan to pay for it (not sure how that works - does anyone have tips?).

Or buy a clunker and then have to potentially replace it soon. I hate the thought of this option, especially as a single person w/out a boyfriend to cry to for roadside assistance.

Since I need a car like, yesterday, I'm leaning towards buying the Mini later this month. But not sure if most of the reasoning isn't just that it will make me feel deliriously happy. On the other hand, I can afford the monthly payment just fine so I don't want to be too stingy, and buying a new car will Fix The Economy -- um, right?

It's weird but all the options have the same upfront cost of $2000 dollars or so (either for down payment or full payment for the clunker) -- long term costs are a different story. So I have just enough options to confuse myself.


Tinypliny asked why I need a car, unfortunately I work by UB North Campus, so it's not a walkable sort of situation.

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07/30/09 09:48 - 73ºF - ID#49421 pmobl

Lafayette Square

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07/30/09 08:07 - 73ºF - ID#49419 pmobl

Thursday at the Square

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Category: life

07/30/09 10:40 - 66ºF - ID#49413

The End is the Beginning is the End

Love is many-splendored, but loss is singular and bleak.

Thus shall you think of this fleeting world:
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream.
-- excerpt from the Diamond Sutra

This fleeting world is mine, or feels close enough most days. A sudden absence, death, denial, changes that world and then I stumble. There's that bloody gap again amongst white teeth that tongue can't help but probe. It's too hard to hold on to, and to painful to let go. I find myself living a life that's suddenly unfamiliar, dangerous, alien.

The Buddhist retort to pain and loss is, "what now is lacking?", meant to drive your awareness to the present, to the moment, to your being here and now.

Loss is singular because it comes to all, eventually. It's the invariant mate of existence in this universe. So, I am not gone or destroyed by loss -- not yet. Loss is the relief that shows where presence still is. I live, though feel a stranger to my life today. I can keep moving until the moment that even breath is lacking. Things will be all right, even then; my flickering lamp continues, until then.

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07/27/09 02:35 - 72ºF - ID#49395

Bad day.

A series of mistakes led me to accidentally destroy the partitioning
of my hard drive.


So I've spent the day reinstalling apps and restoring data from backups.

Thankful for having backups. Aggravated I'm not going to accomplish
anything today.


I also managed to kill half the plants at my cubicle by forgetting to water them Friday.

OK, end of sad story.

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07/25/09 03:57 - 76ºF - ID#49376 pmobl

Garden Walk?

Bring your ark.
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Category: unix

07/22/09 10:27 - 65ºF - ID#49353

Terminal Tips

These are for bash shells, and may be Mac-specific also, and would go in .bash_profile or .bash_login or as marked specifically below:

1. Always open new terminal windows in the location of the last directory that you cd'd to (source: ):

pathed_cd () {
if [ "$1" == "" ]; then
cd "$1"
pwd > ~/.cdpath
alias cd="pathed_cd"

if [ -f ~/.cdpath ]; then
cd $(cat ~/.cdpath)

2. Erase duplicate entries from command history (source: ):

export HISTCONTROL=erasedups
shopt -s histappend

3. Allow partial matching of previous history instead of scrolling back through full history (note this one goes in .inputrc, source: ):

  1. do not make noise
set bell-style none

  1. By default up/down are bound to previous-history
  2. and next-history respectively. The following does the
  3. same but gives the extra functionality where if you
  4. type any text (or more accurately, if there is any text
  5. between the start of the line and the cursor),
  6. the subset of the history starting with that text
  7. is searched (like 4dos for e.g.).
  8. Note to get rid of a line just Ctrl-C
"e[B": history-search-forward
"e[A": history-search-backward

$if Bash
# F10 toggles mc on and off
# Note Ctrl-o toggles panes on and off in mc
"e[21~": "mcC-M"

#do history expansion when space entered
Space: magic-space

  1. Include system wide settings which are ignored
  2. by default if one has their own .inputrc
$include /etc/inputrc

4. Add status indicator for local changes to git or svn versioned directories (source: ):

  1. Prompt setup, with SCM status
parse_git_branch() {
    local DIRTY STATUS
    STATUS=$(git status 2>/dev/null)
    [ $? -eq 1 ] || return
    [[ "$STATUS" == *'working directory clean'* ]] || DIRTY=' *'
    echo "($(git branch 2>/dev/null | sed -e '/^[^*]/d' -e 's/* //')$DIRTY)"

parse_svn_revision() {
    local DIRTY REV=$(svn info 2>/dev/null | grep Revision | sed -e 's/Revision: //')
    [ "$REV" ] || return
    [ "$(svn st)" ] && DIRTY=' *'
    echo "(r$REV$DIRTY)"

PS1='u@h:W$(parse_git_branch)$(parse_svn_revision) $ '

5. Misc aliases.

  1. various ls aliases
alias ll="ls -lp"
alias la="ls -ap"
alias lla="ls -lap"

  1. shorthand to search history, "h blah"
alias h="history | grep "

  1. open current directory in finder
alias o='open .'

  1. add all new files, which aren't ignored, to svn repo
alias san='svn status | grep "^?" | awk "{print $2}" | xargs svn add'

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Category: internets

07/22/09 09:59 - 65ºF - ID#49352

I hate spammers.

This is crap that gets submitted as sources for Buffalo Feed every day.

Presented as an image so not as to help them out.


I know, spam is nothing new, but this is why we can't have nice things :(

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Category: deliciousness

07/21/09 10:03 - 67ºF - ID#49342

Steak Cake

A chocolate cake frosted to look like a steak.


(from Thread Cakes )

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Category: vacation

07/20/09 08:53 - 59ºF - ID#49336

Finger Lakes Weekend Trip

Went with James, Terry, Paul, Matthew, Chris & Chris, & Mike & Kara(Cara?).

A short video:

::Download Flash Video::

The drive up was rainy:


But the rest of the trip had nice weather:









180 degree Panorama ( full size ):


It was a lot of fun, except for James didn't feel so hot yesterday and somehow I had to make about 6 trips over 2 days to the local Shur-Fine grocery store.

Thanks guys!

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paul said to joe
oh Jan Magnussen ;)...

paul said to tinypliny
I miss you too!...

tinypliny said to paul
Oh I see the sheep are there too. Is this the entirety of your flock? :D...

tinypliny said to paul
Haha, I remember when Basra used to love these. :)...