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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  menu explainer
playground (the umbrella company that funded castar (the company for which i work)) opened a cafe like thing for the employees under its umbrella. which is pretty cool. we get the daily prix fixe (free) menu via email. but it's kinda hipster. and i was bitching about not knowing what anything was. like broccoli rabe. (as i'm typing this, rabe is red underlined. so not even the editor knows what rabe is. sheehs.) according to the beautiful and talented alisa, it's the leafy part of the broccoli. i bet bush jr still won't eat it. but yeah. i need the thing explainer version of the menu. or better someone should write a chrome plugin that translates web pages to thing explainer. hrm... i could probably do that. i'm gonna be so rich.
 
Monday, June 13, 2016
  open source
we use several open source tools at work. including cmake and codeblocks. they don't play together as nicely as i'd like. but like i so obnoxiously tell others, you've got the source. figgit. so i figgit. here's the problem: our cmake projects use source_group to group the files together nicely so we can find them easily. usually we manually make the groups match the directory tree on the disk. no idea why this is just plain not the default for cmake. but that's a rant for another post. but the cmake generator for codeblocks ignores source_group. wah. by default, codeblocks groups source files by their full path name. and headers separately by their full path name. and it undoes symbolic links. which can make for a whole lot of clicking to find a file. meh. okay. so i figgit. my custom version of the cmake codeblocks generator finds the common path for all of the sources. and organizes source and headers as per directory tree. the patch is here if ya'll are interested. i will submit it to cmake eventually. when i figure out how. ;-> where i suspect it will be rejected. though if it inspires the cmake group option to group files by path... that'd be swell.
 
Sunday, June 12, 2016
  3dprinterov
so i finally got my 3d printer to work. yay! new matter pushed an update a while ago for the mod-t that prints via usb instead of by wi-fi. frankly wi-fi only was a dumb idea. i printed the test thing. which i suppose is their logo. and i printed a set of jumbo pawns. and they're jumbo. they're way to jumbo for any chess board i own or will ever make. i thought about giving one to my mother for her 76th birthday. probably would have just confused her. cause like i've never given her a birthday present before. like ever. anywho... the filament broke a couple of days after the successful prints. removing it was pretty easy. just yank out the extruder hose. no finesse necessary. just save the two wedge pieces. you'll need them to hold the hose back in place. i suppose you could print new ones if you lost them. hrm... anywho. i used new filament to push out most of the old filament. a small piece was stuck near the end. out of reach of fingers and tools. no problem. just whip the hose back and forth really fast until the filament flies out. aim for the trash can. again, no finesse necessary.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016
  funny
what's the difference between a boolean and a bowline? one's logical. the other's knot.
 
Friday, June 10, 2016
  justice
{perksy} the set of judges who trump would not find biased against him.
 
Friday, June 03, 2016
  gay colonists
so the question posed by texas rep louie gohmert is if you had a spaceship that holds 40 people, how many gay couples would you select? my answer is 21. presumably gomer's spaceship holds 20 heterosexual couples. ie one woman and one man. the average woman is some 15% smaller than the average man. so you could replace those 20 males with 22 women and lots and lots of male genetic material. so 42 women. 21 lesbian couples. qed.
 
Thursday, June 02, 2016
  newputer
i have what is effectively a brand new computer. i replaced the motherboard and cpu in my old computer. i'm big on hitting that sweet spot. where you can spend a lot more and get a little more. and you can spend a little less and get a lot less. so i stuck with amd. teardown went fine. i took pictures of where all the wires went. turned out i didn't need them. but it still seems like a good idea. the only hitch was the bolts holding the liquid cooling radiator to the chassis fan were stripped. vice grips. heh. re-assembly went fine. took a trip to fry's to get thermal paste, a mounting rack for the new ssd, and to look for replacement bolts. since it was a trip to fry's, and b tagged along, we got a bunch of other stuff. like mice (one for me and one for him), backup hard drive (for him), power strips (for me. the main power switch on my computer stack suffered an unscheduled catastrophic mechanical fail.). fry's didn't have the bolts. that took a second trip to home depot and oddly, orchard supply. one of the seats in the radiator was stripped. so the chassis fan/radiator combo is held in by three bolts. oh well. i needed some help hooking up the cables for the front panel. had to consult the manual. cause the motherboard wasn't labeled. weird. fortunately the cables were. the connector for the hdd light for the old mother board looks like this 000. but the new looks like this 00. so needless to say, it's not connected. other than that, it seems to just work. i installed centos on the ssd. three times. the first two times were minimal installations cause the full install wouldn't fit on my ancient micro dvds. the live cd got the job done. the nouveau drivers crashed a lot when trying to arrange my three portrait monitors. but several reboots eventually got the job done. i replaced them with the nvidia drivers. and that little problem went away. should have done it first. it took a while to install all the dev software i need for work. which is ubuntu based. translating apt-get package names to yum package names is a chore. but i got it done. 12 hours start to finish. course i took a break to grill a tri-tip for memorial day. montreal seasoning and lemon juice. 15ish minutes. flip once. 58C. rest 10 minutes. yum!
 
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