Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
For the next version of gPodder, I plan to have a better suited user interface for the tablets. For this, I needed a finger-scrolling replacement of GTK+'s ScrolledWindow. libmokoui2 provides just that, and it's now available in Diablo Extras.
The package is based on Ubuntu's libmokoui2 source package, but I have removed the doc package and the Vala bindings, because you can read the docs on your computer or online, and I didn't want to mess with Vala (yet).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I am using Vagalume to listen to last.fm on my N800 that is hooked up to the stereo. During that time, I'm sitting at my lappy doing random things. When a song I don't like comes up, I have to get up and hit the "skip" button. Not anymore! Enter "vagalumisierung.py"...
This little Python script sets up a little HTTP server on port 8242 (that's "VAGA" if you type it on your mobile phone), receives song changes from Vagalume and can carry out basic operations like play, skip, ban, love, etc..
How to use? Copy it to your tablet, install python2.5 and python2.5-dbus and start it in background (with "python2.5 vagalumisierung.py &"). Then, point your browser to http://yourtabletshostname:8242/ (a good time to set up Avahi correctly, so you can use "tabletname.local"). You can now see the currently-playing song and remote-control Vagalume via HTTP over your Wifi-Style connection!
Oh, and here's the link to download the script: vagalumisierung.py
If people love this, I could enhance this a bit and put a GUI around it and create a Maemo package.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Hope all my ornaments get to their owners safely!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
This will come in handy for users that use the checklist feature for all kinds of lists (Someday/Maybe, Ideas, TODOs, shopping lists, etc.). Obviously the search feature won't work on the contents of sketch notes, but text memos and checklists work fine.
What are you missing in Maemopad+ that would make you much more productive with it?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Finished the mushrooms and trees:
And got a bit more work done on some handmade Christmas presents. I'm pretty frustrated with the photos I took of all my recent craft projects, so even though I listed them in my new etsy shop, I'll probably switch out the pictures soon- that is, if I'm ever home during daylight!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I know, it's pointless, but having seen many people having several minutes of fun with the FaceWarp Java app that comes pre-installed on some Sony Ericsson phones, I can see this being a fun app for showing off the Internet Tablet to friends.
Does this sound like a killer app for the next device that is going to have a "high-def camera"? I don't know. It would be interesting if someone tries to get Cheese running on the tablets and have some fun with it. And of course, add these effects to the videophone app, too!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Instead, I formed mushrooms out of styrofoam, covered them with paper to make them less porous and more vintage-looking, and painted them with acrylic paint. Don't think these are anywhere done yet- the glitter bottle is calling my name.
Will post finished projects (perhaps my first tutorial?) here soon.
So here's another attempt at a cute ornament, but too time consuming for the swap: a bedazzled acorn:
Not sure about that one. Might need some tweaks.
Also, I started making some fancy Christmas trees from cones and trimming.
Can you tell I got a giant bag of styrofoam shapes at a yard sale this summer? They've been burning a hole in my closet.
This trip was on monday:
awesome brand new leather slippers $1.91, vintage knit dress $1.91, sailor mirror! $3, jewelry chest $5, chunky fake gold chain $1.21, christmas trees $6.00, sweater vest $1.91.
I was going to put the slippers on my etsy shop, but that is not happening since I am already wearing them.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- You hide parts of the content you are reading with your finger
- You might accidentally click a link (in the browser)
- Scrolling through long texts means you have to sweep with your finger from the bottom of your screen to the top, several times
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The packages that need to be installed are "avahi-daemon" and "avahi-dnsconfd". There are some other avahi packages available (including GUIs) that you might want to try out. After installing, you should be able to ping your N8x0 from your Linux (with Avahi installed) or Mac OS X (works out of the box) machine.
The only problem: Avahi's daemons and D-Bus start in the same order (S20) on startup, and therefore Avahi gets to be first (alphabetical order), so you have to get root on your tablet and rename all S20avahi-* files in /etc/rc2.d/ to S21avahi-*. This way, D-Bus gets started first and after that, Avahi can start successfully (if Avahi is started before D-Bus, it won't work!).
After that, you can disable the HomeIP applet and start reading and typing IPs around your home network, but let Avahi/Bonjour do the hard work and you just type the easy-to-remember "
You can do even more fun things when you put "ssh.service" into /etc/avahi/services/ and install "service-discovery-applet" on your Gnome Desktop. This way, you can directly connect via SSH/SFTP to your tablet without needing to remember anything.
What are your uses for Avahi?
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Two excerpts from books I enjoy that come to mind while visiting my mom in the hospital that make it a litte easier to be there.
What about a device that knew everyone you knew? So when an ambulance went down the street, a big sign on the roof could flash
DON'T WORRY! DON'T WORRY!
if the sick person's device didn't detect the device of someonehe knew nearby. And if the device did detect the device of someone he knew, the the ambulance could flash the name of the person in the ambulance, and either
IT'S NOTHING MAJOR! IT'S NOTHING MAJOR!
or if it was something major,
IT'S MAJOR! IT'S MAJOR!
And maybe you could rate the people you knew by how much you loved them, so if the device of the person in the ambulance detected the device of the person he loved the most, or the person who loved him the most, and the person in the ambulance was really badly hurt, and might even die, the ambulance could flash
GOODBYE! I LOVE YOU! GOODBYE! I LOVE YOU!
One thing that's nice to think about is someone who was the first person on lots of people's lists, so that when he was dying, and his ambulance went down the streets to the hospital, the whole time it would flash
GOODBYE! I LOVE YOU! GOODBYE! I LOVE YOU!
-Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
the second book is in my car. it will come soon.
*Update: Ok, so I returned the 2nd book to the library. Just read the whole thing, fo realz, so good.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Don't stay there too long though, as Jared said, "with winter fast approaching I'm trying to focus more on websites with bright colors and preferably a daily joke."
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I bought the furniture set last night- it really was a steal, one couch, 2 chairs, 2 end tables and a coffee table for $100. And it's small so it really fits into my living room. I set it up but the living room transformation is just beginning... I've got big plans.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Does anyone have any input on this furniture set? It's on craigslist and I'm thinking about getting it- it comes with all the cushions and 3 end tables, and I'd love to have a whole matching set. The drawbacks are: it would require some serious sewing time (and tons of fabric $$) and one friend in particular can't get past the "porch furniture" aesthetic of it. I personally like the stark skeleton since my living room is so small and generally couches look so heavy and overbearing. I think it fits my style nicely but I don't want to end up with a couch that looks so uncomfortable my guests won't sit down.
Monday, October 6, 2008
I picked up this little guy last wednesday, after compiling a thorough pro/con list.
So far the pros are beating the hell outta the cons.
Jax is a curious bunny, but also pretty sure I'm going to kill him, or, brace yourself, pick him up (!) which is hellish and torture for him, and likewise, me.
But overall, it's incredibly awesome to have a wild animal in my house, his excretions smell only of hay, and yesterday he made several brave attempts to sniff me, so we're making progress.
*thanks Denise, for the pictures! He might look big in the closeups, but you can see how tiny he really is in his cage.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I can't really write about the Conor Oberst/Jenny Lewis show, because you kind of need to hear it, complete with dramatic flourishes- my eyes widening with excitement and my (insufficient) reenactment of some drunken on-stage antics, and the PUNCHLINE OF THE WHOLE NIGHT.
So instead, you can hear a minute or two, of Jenny's cover of "Love Hurts"-and observe how I remember to "zoom", a few seconds into recording.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
It's kind of awesome for you to know about this, since there are always leftover lasagna noodles when you make a batch, and now you have something pretty amazing to do with them.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Here is Jenny in her birks,
and here are the ones I ordered:
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I am really drawn to this little guy:
A Parisian, or frilled, Canary. But then there's this: "Frilled canaries do tend to be a little more high strung and nervous than other canary breeds."
The bird I would have picked if I'd bought one at the shop today would have been the parrotlet, also called a pocket parrot, as evidenced here:
They are supposedly low maintenance, like to be handled and only the males sing and they don't sing often. I would have to get a girl because they are so much cheaper ($70 compared to $270 for a male) and the girls are green. Which is ok, I guess.
I also liked the diamond dove:
I think cockatiels are bossy, lovebirds are ugly, and conures are too tropical looking.
I think what I'm looking for is a dog-shaped bird that looks and behaves like a dog.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
They seem simple to construct- I would love to make a ton of these and release them (you can buy them here- would be cool to get some really huge ones)...but I'm not sure how legal it would be do to so.
p.s. I'll be really sad if this becomes relegated to a 2008 wedding trend, so don't even think about it, brides.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
i didn't come up with this, here's the tutorial:
Finally got to appease my curiousity by spending the day at the Terry Hill water park in Breinigsville, PA. The rides were slow but slightly dangerous, the rope swing was more than I could handle and the mini golf will probably give me nightmare. Check out my photos here.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I spent last saturday at Point Pleasant Beach with a couple friends and it was everything I'd hoped for: salty lips, airplanes with banner advertisements for plastic surgery ("Tummy Tuck!," "Liposuction!"), and leathery old ladies chatting nearby.
The funniest part of the day turned out to be when I decided to make a mermaid/dolly parton from a lump of sand that looked like a head. I began forming more precise features- smoothing the apples of the cheeks, shaping the jawline, sculpting a nose and applying lips and eyes. Jared brought over a huge clump of seaweed for hair- which naturally had to be huge 80's hair due to the nature of seaweed. This was when I decided to make the sand lady Dolly Parton and set to work gathering large mounds of sand to form the "bust". By this time a couple people had gathered around. A mom called for her daughter to come see. I actually drew a crowd! Reverently, onlookers stook back and admired my progress. "Beautiful!," they exclaimed, "You have talent!". Some asked me if I did this for a living. I kept my head down and finished the mermaid tail, simultaneously flattered and mortified. I snapped a few photos and returned to my beach towel...leaving Dolly on her way to a watery demise as the tide rolled in.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
-can't find the prescription from my eye dr, never bought eye drops.
-lost card to get inside work building.
-check engine light keeps blinking.
-article due monday.
-never saw the end of "the wizard of oz".
-unpaid parking ticket in kentucky.
Friday, June 20, 2008
This is my first week taking pictures of my clothes, almost every day, and uploading them to wardrobe remix on flickr. I did this for a couple reasons:
#1 Choosing an outfit is the number one reason I'm late anywhere. this is because-
#2 I have mostly thrifted, vintage, difficult-to-wear pieces, that require a little more thought and effort so they don't look too dated or frumpy.
#3 I have a ton of nice stuff that gets forgotten in one of the 3 clothing storage units in my room.
So I figured keeping track of what I've worn with flickr will be helpful. Maybe my problem is unique, but I'm sharing it anyways cause I think this is a great solution.
Also in my exciting and fulfilling new outfit hobby news, my friend Jared helped me install this awesome wall unit for hanging clothes:
The only downside is I'm probably not getting my security deposit back on this place.
p.s. found a new fashion blog that perfectly replaced stylebytes: The Clothes Horse.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Paula Deen's heart hurts.
"Brunch burger with glazed doughnut buns!"
I thought the chunks of macaroni and cheese wrapped in bacon and deep fried was appalling but she really outdid herself with the brunch burger.
recipes here and here.
(I'll be following the 2nd recipe but the first has nicer pictures).
I'm super picky about Pad Thai, and I have yet to perfect it myself.
Here's the new techniques I'll be trying out tonight:
Using tamarind paste and making authentic sauce.
Making the sauce ahead of time and adding it to undercooked noodles.
Making one portion at a time in the wok.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Woo hoo for completing (partially. well...this is the second one) number 30 on my list!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I've been reading the fashion blog stylebytes, by Agathe of Norway for over 2 years.
Although it wasn't exactly my style, (often she would get obsessed with super ugly thrift pieces and go off on a stonewashed jean/80's puffed and pleated dress/turban tangent...) I loved how she mixed old with new (she bought tons of h&m), repeated key pieces, and played with accessories like jewelry and scarves. I think she had fun creating "characters" and finding new ones.
At the end of April she posted that she was staying in a sketchy hostil in Stockholm and wouldn't be bringing her laptop. Since then, she hasn't posted and recently her blog has been shut down. There is lots of speculation over why this happened here, but all I'll say about it is that she was a faithful blogger, had great pictures (thanks to her husband, mostly), and fearless style.
So my quest for a new daily style blogger has begun.
I have added Boboniaa on flickr, but she doesn't have a blog. So if anybody has any suggestions of other similar daily, thrifting, style bloggers (posting photos of outfits on themselves), tell me, please.
Monday, June 2, 2008
sign up's for the bethlehem commune start today. to be considered one must:
1. listen to tasteful music
2. have the capacity to grow a full rabbinic-like beard on command
3. display a at least a mild amount of creativity
4. dress to the head mistresses approval
please include picture and annual salary with your application, otherwise we will urinate on it.
abbith and laurs inc.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday evening, just minutes before being incredibly disappointed by Baby Mama, (Tina! Amy! how could you??? especially you, Tina. I took a BOY to your movie.), Jared and I were wandering around Barnes and Noble and I kept happening to mention this blogger I really liked, and how I read her blog every day and she's been blogging for years...and every time I said "BLOG" I tried to keep it down cause once I heard this Barnes and Noble worker explain what a BLOG is to a customer and she kept talking about her BLOG and why you should start reading BLOGS and she had this long nasty braid that came down to her butt and I just didn't want to be her- but I also wanted Jared to know how good this BLOG is! and how he should read this BLOG every day and that the BLOGGER is a really good writer! And Jared consoled me by saying that of all the places in the Lehigh Valley, Barnes and Noble is probably the safest place to be discussing blogs.
Then he sent me this:
10 seconds ago:
jared: so remember when we saw that not-very-funny chick flick?
about how cute babies are and stuff
i was just blogging about that
I'll be heading down to Kentucky to visit them at the end of this week but for now I thought I'd spread birthday cheer by posting this incredibly sweet picture of them, circa early eighties.
Whenever I refer to my twin sisters, people are always slightly confused (Wait- so you're a twin? Doesn't that make you...triplets?) but having the two of them is all I've ever known and having just one sister seems inadequate.
I talk about them often and if you knew them individually, you'd know why. They're both incredibly smart and artistic, funny and thoughtful. I may be biased, but to me they are always the coolest girls at the party. So I almost can't help talking about them, even if you haven't met them- because I feel what my parents must have when my mom gave birth to her very first baby and ended up bringing home two: incredibly lucky.