Journaling on estrip is free and easy. get started today

Last Visit 2012-11-09 18:06:58 |Start Date 2005-09-01 15:28:14 |Comments 1,246 |Entries 866 |Images 935 |Sounds 4 |Videos 95 |Mobl 173 |

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

Thursday at the Square

print add/read comments

Permalink: Thursday_at_the_Square.html
Words: 5
Location: Buffalo, NY

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.

print add/read comments

Permalink: The_End_is_the_Beginning_is_the_End.html
Words: 215
Location: Buffalo, NY

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.

print add/read comments

Permalink: Bad_day_.html
Words: 66
Location: Buffalo, NY

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

Garden Walk?

Bring your ark.
print add/read comments

Permalink: Garden_Walk_.html
Words: 9
Location: Buffalo, NY

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'

print add/read comments

Permalink: Terminal_Tips.html
Words: 411
Location: Buffalo, NY

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 :(

print addComment

Permalink: I_hate_spammers_.html
Words: 41
Location: Buffalo, NY

Category: deliciousness

07/21/09 10:03 - 67ºF - ID#49342

Steak Cake

A chocolate cake frosted to look like a steak.


(from Thread Cakes )

print add/read comments

Permalink: Steak_Cake.html
Words: 21
Location: Buffalo, NY

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!

print add/read comments

Permalink: Finger_Lakes_Weekend_Trip.html
Words: 89
Location: Buffalo, NY

07/17/09 07:53 - 61ºF - ID#49321 pmobl

Weekend Away

Hope weather is better tomorrow.
print add/read comments

Permalink: Weekend_Away.html
Words: 11
Location: Buffalo, NY

07/14/09 11:56 - 66ºF - ID#49288 pmobl

Weird Cabbagey Stuff

Seoul Garden
print add/read comments

Permalink: Weird_Cabbagey_Stuff.html
Words: 8
Location: Buffalo, NY



New Site Wide Comments

paul said to ladycroft
Nice to "see" you. I let the CPR ads stay because at least it was something lol...

ladycroft said to joe finger went spastic. ...

ladycroft said to joe
Happy Birthday! I had my 30th with two of those peeps as well :) Remember the failed (but awesome)...

ladycroft said to joe
Happy Birthday! I had my 30th with two of those peeps as well :) Remember the failed (but awesome)...