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  • Updated supermaryface with pictures that actually work. It appears that long filenames are silently failing.

    • No, it wasn't long filenames. With some more checking, it appears that random files disappeared. I'm re-uploading them to see if that makes a difference.
    • No, that made no difference, so I deleted all images and re-uploaded them from backups, confirming they have the correct permissions.
    • Audited 3000+ images and restored some which were broken.
    • Holy shit, other images are broken. Not just broken, but entirely missing. Missing from my backups too. This is fucking weird. I'm auditing this entire blog. I've already finished recent ones, and found a handful of things which are broken. I'll continue this process asap.
  • Wow, BadRam is cool.

    • Linux kernel support for broken RAM modules.
  • Because I made an Openbox hotkey for Music on Console, I wanted to explore hotkeys for things like volume control.

  • Made /tag/audio-software and /tag/media software
  • Apparently I had two articles on 3D printing, so I roughly-merged them.
  • So I decided to use some images for NumLockX, but instead of some mspaint-esque red circle, I wanted to make something a little nicer. Since I already learned GIMP transparent backgrounds, I wondered if I could create a greyed-image with an ungreyed-area. It turns out I can! Thus GIMP transparency masking was born.

    • Did I mention I love documentation? I have? Well it bears repeating.
  • Fuck, EverQuest Next was cancelled!

  • Continued improvements to items in /tag/linux-software+live+liked.

    • Saying that makes me feel like the artists for Path of Exile. Their patch notes pretty much say their equivalent of Minecraft's "removed Herobrine" by saying "incremental improvements to graphics and sound". Which, unlike (at the time) Mojang, was actually true. Little touches at every opportunity, lots of love from Grinding Gear Games.
    • Re-edited past one to state the fact that I last used that program on Lubuntu 14.04.4 LTS. I'm not compelled to update the pages for non-live programs.
The NeverEnding Story III (1994) poster

(on Wikipedia)

I must have watched some of this and stopped. I'll get back to this later.

  • Properly titled The NeverEnding Story III

    • Yes, the camelcase was intentional.
  1. The Neverending Story - (1984 movie)
  2. The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie)
  3. The NeverEnding Story 3 - (1994 movie)

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The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie) poster

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(on Wikipedia)



  • Properly titled The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter

    • Yes, the camelcase was intentional.
  1. The Neverending Story - (1984 movie)
  2. The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie)
  3. The NeverEnding Story 3 - (1994 movie)

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The Neverending Story

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(on Wikipedia)

A boy skips school, is assaulted by bullies then hides from them in a bookstore which he then robs, then hides out in his school's attic to read.

An extraordinarily powerful movie.

There's a certain feeling with movies in the 1980's which were positioned for children but had unashamedly-adult themes running through them. The Neverending Story has, at its core, themes of literacy, imagination, will, loss, hope and determination.

  1. The Neverending Story - (1984 movie)
  2. The NeverEnding Story 2 - (1990 movie)
  3. The NeverEnding Story 3 - (1994 movie)

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  • dialog can now be used to pop up a new terminal window and get user input. Because I said so.

    • Dialog now replaces Zenity, which has been killed.
  • Updated rxvt-unicode and Unicode VGA font with the new knowhow on how to get things working.

    • Unfortunately, bdf2pcf was being a bitch, so I rescued the font from my previous installation.
  • Screen has been edited with a new su trick.

  • Music on Console is approved.

    • I'm neither sure if anyone will read this, nor if anyone reading this will understand the fullness of what my approval entails.
    • I give the gift of sharing Music on Console equalizer presets.
  • Holy shit it turns out I use a lot of GTK+ software, and there's no way I could strip it from my distribution.

    • This will be a problem when they go full-evil.
  • Now that I've made the switch to Slackware 14.1, I've continued to work on improving items in /tag/linux-software+live+liked as I install them.

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  • Watched a little Andromeda - (2000-2005 show), s03e04+
  • Updated boot-repair since I'll be setting it aside as a LiveUSB stick.

    • I doubt I'll be dual booting Lubuntu for much longer, but just in case I splat my bootloader I may need something handier than the Lubuntu LiveUSB, a net connection and installing boot-repair so I can use it.
  • Updated Slackware reviews with good notes on how I got Slackware 14.1 running.
  • /tag/gnu-software got a once-over.
  • Updated Slackware software, tagged /tag/linux-software+live+loved, updating some with Slackware (14.1)-specific installation/configuration notes.

    • Most new programs could be easily installed with \slpkg -s sbo PACKAGENAME .. there are quite a few popular programs already supported.
    • So far the only exceptions to the slpkg rule has been eCryptfs. I may end up writing a SlackBuilds script to compiled this myself.
    • I'm also continuing to work on /tag/linux-software+live+liked
  • Although there is some more adjustment to make, all appropriate Slackware-related topics have been updated with any notes I've kept, either on paper or in a textfile, during my experimentation with, and installation of, Slackware.
  • Updated slpkg with instructions on how to bootstrap it: Compiling and installing slpkg from its SlackBuild script.

    • Any SlackBuild-supported program can be compiled in this manner, making slpkg itself optional. Why anyone would want to do this is beyond me.
  • Updated MPlayer and SMPlayer. Apparently gMPlayer is the official frontend, but it's GTK and at this point I want to avoid such software.

    • Hi, SpaceFM, when will you be switching, maybe to qT? =)

Here's a Claws Mail blast from the past:



Entertainment > Movies >

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The Trade Federation blockades a peaceful planet, and decisive action is required to bring political and military strength to bear.

An astonishing improvement on the original. Even though it's lower visual quality than it's original can be, it's worth a watch. Very highly recommended especially to fans of the original trilogy who were disappointed by this new trilogy.

  • Properly titled Star Wars Episode I.II: The Phantom Edit
  • This is an edit of Star Wars - Episode I - The Phantom Menace - (1999 movie)
  • Continues from Star Wars II.I - Attack of the Phantom - (2001 movie)
  • There was a Star Wars Episode I.I - The Phantom Edit (notice the I.I) which was a VHS-only release with a longer running length.

    • The DVD release cut two additional scenes.
    • I do not know if the VHS and DVD releases have different release dates, or know for sure if the one I reviewed was actually released in 2000.
  • TODO - this has a commentary track!

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