The Moon, bitches!

The Moon, bitches.

The Moon, bitches.

The United States of SPACE!

Goddamn would I kill to watch him do Obama skits.


suse_vs_ubuntuI’ve long had both feet firmly planted on the openSuSE camp when it comes to the distro wars. Same for KDE in the KDE Vs Gnome (and now xfce and others) one. Gnome feels way to limited as far as configuration. Also, I’m more used to the KDE GUI, not to mention that I consistently prefer its apps over Gnome’s: Amarok over Rythmbox/Banshee, Kaffeine over Totem, Kopete over Pidgin, K3B over Brasero, the list goes on and on.

I also like Ubuntu. I have used Ubuntu. I know there is Kubuntu, too. I love synaptics/apt-get, I really do. Though I gotta say openSuSE’s zypper is really great as well, ridiculously better than the old  YUM crap that everybody hated. I don’t have anything against Ubuntu or its many users, and I think it’s a pretty solid Gnome distro (I haven’t used Kubuntu much, I get the impression it’s far less polished than vanilla Ubuntu).

But I’m still an openSuSE+KDE kinda guy. I have warmed up to KDE 4.x. Yes, it was utter shit when it came out, but it’s come a long way, and it is very usable, if still annoying. Even when there’s still lots of 3.x stuff in it (don’t you dare mention the tragedy that is the complete unusability of the 3.x performance monitor and the lack of a 4.x version, wtf KDE?) and other compatibility and/or 4.x app issues (amarok 2, a KDE4 app, is pretty awful, if you ask me, I’m still using 1.4 -a KDE 3.5 app-). I have grown to like my openSuSE 11.1 KDE 4.2 desktop.

But lately the system feels slow. Flash on web browsers (definitely Firefox, not as bad but still a problem in Opera) has way too many hiccups on embedded media players. I prefer watching videos over slideshows. I don’t know, my computer feels much lighter and quick on WinXP. And that just ain’t right.

So I’m thinking of ditching my openSuSE KDE install. Maybe I’ll try openSuSE with Gnome, but I have a feeling it won’t be much different. Also, I’d rather stick with KDE. So I’m thinking Kubuntu. But I can’t shake the notion that Kubuntu is noticeably rougher around the edges (compared to the very polished openSuSE and Ubuntu-Gnome). So I’m thinking going plain Ubuntu. But goddamn, I really don’t wanna use Ryhtmox. Or Pidgin. Or Godawful Totem. I know I can install KDE apps, but I like the idea of a self contained Desktop Environment (Gnome/KDE). I’m also not crazy about the system configuration apps in Ubuntu. But I just hate having my Linux partition run this noticeably slow, compared to my XP install.

I’ve tried Ubuntu before, but I came back to openSuSE (well, technically I had them both on separate partitions, but still). Maybe this slowness is what I needed to give Ubuntu a real shot.

But I really can’t stand Totem and Pidgin. And don’t you dare suggest aMSN. That looks like VisualBasic Freeware shit from Tucows circa 1995.

Damnit. I suppose I’ll start backing up files in my SuSE partition soon.

I have a fantasy boner* right now

George R. R. Martin:

Now all I need to do is wrap up (…) and yes… A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, and maybe I’ll be able to take a week off. (The reason they call them deadlines is because they’re like to kill you).

He used wrap up and ADWD in the same sentence. Oh FSM, I can’t take it.

*I suspect this is a familiar phrase for my fellow Top Chef addicts. For those who aren’t: last season (Four) this kinda crazy guy, given to say borderline mental stuff uttered the infamous phrase I have a culinary boner, to try to convey to the public just how excited he was about said challenge. Yeah.


Curse you, Marvel Comics!

For making me want to buy soon-to-be-released Spider-Man comics featuring the one and only Stephen T. Colbert. Luckily for my finances, I don’t even know where to buy comics around here.

Apparently, there’s been “Colbert for President” signs appearing in Marvel comics lately.

Those brilliant, greedy bastards.

EDIT: There appears to be a whole lotta posts on the Indecision 2008 blog about news stories from the Marvel Universe where Colbert is still running for President (alongside Obama and McCain, it appears). Skrulls seem to be the biggest campaign issue there, from what I see.

Bring out the On Notice board, Jimmy!

Some are self-explanatory, some may require a little context. Just in case:

  • Micro Black Holes at Cern’s LHC: Scientist say they are absolutely no problem at all. Paranoid tinfoil hat people with zero background on physics go apocalyptic. I can’t trust scientists, they’re too facty.
  • Communist Panda Bears: I had heard somewhere that Pandas weren’t actually bears. It was all communist lies! Goddamn Mao-reading godless man-killing machines!
  • John McCain: Not only did he say, with a goddamn straight face, that “In the twenty-first century nations don’t invade other nations.” But also, defending his pick of “Dancing Queen” as his favorite song, said “I’ve got to say that a lot of my taste in music stopped about the time I impacted a surface-to-air missile with my own airplane and never caught up again.” (In case one needs a quick refresher: McCain became a POW in ’67, Abba only started recording in ’72) Hey! Don’t let us stop you from gratuitous “HEY HAVE I TOLD YOU I WAS A POW!?” shit, not even ones that are so blatantly bullshit.
  • Cokie “I know Hawaii is a state” Roberts: You’ve probably heard about it, but just in case; this lunatic criticized Obama for vacationing in one of America’s favorite tourist destinations, Hawaii, for being too “exotic,” and “foreign.” Yes. Nevermind he has family there, and that IT IS PART OF THE COUNTRY. What the hell is the matter with these idiotic Washington “pundits.” Seriously.
  • Mother Nature: It’s been raining pretty much nonstop all goddamn week. If I wanted to go through Monsoon Season, I would move to Southeast Asia! Give me back summer. I want to go to the beach.
  • Dubya: Not wanting to be upstaged by McCain’s unbelievable dismissal of recent events, said: “bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century.” It’s like they have an awareness switch. Or they are giant flaming d-bags. Probably both.
  • Hughes Dubosq: He’s that french swimmer who doesn’t wear a cap. I cannot think of a more french thing to do as a swimmer competing in the Olympics.
  • Houston: Look at post below.

Before I forget…

Go see The Dark Knight. I’ll even make it easier. Here’s the Fandango link to the movie. Enter your zip code and look for show times near you.

Ignore your stupid inner voice that says “any movie getting this much early praise and hype is doomed to be dissapointing.” That voice doesn’t have a freakin’ clue what it’s talking about. Silence it, and get thyself to the movies. Same goes for the voice that may say “Heath Ledger will always be the dude from ’10 things I hate about you’, no way he will do the joker justice.” If you catch yourself thinking something remotely along these lines, punch thyself in the groin.

You can thank me later.

No, seriously. Do not be a goddamn dumbass and let this movie pass. If you can score tickets for IMAX (which may be hard for the next week, at least) even better. I need to see this movie in glorious IMAX.

You tell me that you’ve heard every sound there is…

I make no secret of my devotion to The Beatles (aka The four greatest specimens our proud species has been able to produce). If you know me (and I’m guessing you do), this comes as no news to you.

For some reason, I always get a little excited when I find that somebody shares a fondness for my mostest favoritest band of all time, I guess it’s just geek nature. Today, while checking out Making Light, I noticed that in their “sidelights” (“links of the moment” kind of section) they had the following:

*You tell me that you’ve got everything you want

If you don’t feel like clicking on a bunch of youtube links, This is the opening line of “And your bird can sing” from the Revolver album. It just happens to be one of my favorite Beatle songs. I love it. A lot. It is awesome. The main (double guitar) riff is beautiful, the magnificent bass line is pure McCartney genius (most underrated bass player, if you ask me), and the lyrics are Lennontastic. Also, it rocks. All those links are various youtube videos of that song (some original, some alternate takes, most are covers).

Extra bit of info: The “You” and “you’ve” links go to the awesometasticular “take 2” tracks (they are different mixes, the former is mostly lead vocals and bass, the latter is a more balanced mix) that can be found in Volume 2 of The Beatles’ Antholody discs. In this take, for reasons unknown (but highly suspected by many to be of cannabical nature), John and Paul can’t stop laughing for most of the song. I honestly have never listened to that take and not give a huge grinn at the very least. Man, I love The Beatles. Probably to an unhealthy degree. But seriously, listen to those tracks and tell me they are not a blast to listen to and make you wish you had been there with them for the recording session.

Oh, they also use a different musical arrangement for those alternate tracks (compare to the last link, which is the released version), it’s more “psychedelic”. It has a really nice 12-string echo’d rythm guitar track that reminds me of “Rain”. I really really really really have a hard time deciding which take I like best. They are both (the “rocking” released one and the “psychedelic” alternate one) amazing. The alternate track also has backing vocals doing a higher harmony that sounds really neat.

Seriously, when you are capable of recording the same song in two equally astonishingly kickass ways, that’s special.