Monthly Archives: April 2012



So yesterday I promised myself that I would eat right, drink right and sport right for the next 30 days. I know that I can achieve that better-looking body, for I’ve seen the results before. So here’s what I need to do this:

Wake up early and GO for it

I know that the morning is the best time for me to exercise. That means that I also need to schedule my sleep and activities in the evening, so that I have absolutely no excuse in the mornings to stay in bed “just a little longer”.

Stock up on good food and cook right

It’s no use telling myself that I want to eat right if I don’t actually plan and prepare to do so. So making sure my fridge is filled up with healthy ingredients instead of fast-cooking easy meals and unhealthy snacks is half the job.

So today I started with some egg-white pan cakes (no milk, but some olive oil), low on the carbs and high on the protein and fibers. I liked them better than I thought I would.

Keep my progress visible

I use an on-line tracking site for nutrition and exercise. It worked for me when I was using it before (that is, before I started using Fitocracy), and I like the combination of tracking nutrition and exercise. So that’s why I am going back there. But it doesn’t really matter in what way I track my progress, as long as I keep reminding myself of what I am doing, and where I am going.

And that is what I’ll be doing the next 30 days, so may the kitties help me.

Did you ever wonder what order to watch the Star Wars movies in? So did this guy:Ā

I know people who watched them in order I through VI, and found it to be a real anti-climax. Of course, the “grand twist” in part V is already spoiled if you have seen I – III before. But why should you see IV – VI and then I – III (the order in which they were filmed)? That my also really be a downer, for the “real” ending still is in the end of part VI. But let me not repeat, nor spoil what you are going to find when you follow that first link.

This night we had a small camp fire. While inside the house, people were playing the drums and other instruments (and anything that made noise when hit, shook or pressed counted), outside was a small fire of wet wood, wet cardboard and a

wet … drizzle. Still, with a bit of spray paint, some dry paper that we had stored a bit better, and a lighter, we could start a fire.

And did it smoke? Yes it did. But there were also some awesome colorful flames, and I had the opportunity to catch some of them on camera. And yes, Patrick, you do see the face, don’t you? šŸ˜›

I enjoyed myself both inside and out. After the fire, the musical jam inside continued. And even though there’s not much of a story there, doing stuff together with friends makes anyone feel better. What activities do you and your friends do together, apart from conversation, that somehow just creates a feeling of togetherness? In other words, what never ceases to align the minds of you and your friends, creating a feeling of comfort and shared joy, even if it is otherwise purposeless?

EMACS Movement Cheat Sheet

EMACS Movement Cheat Sheet (Photo credit: Triviality)

Sometimes I have to work late. The company I work for has customers that are open til late, and database transfers and large batches like merging can only be done after closing hours. Theirs. So that’s why I am up, late at night, and while waiting for some copy action or some batch renumbering to finish, I have some time to browse for interesting things that the web has to offer.

Changing Linux distribution

Today I installed Arch Linux. Why? I am not really sure, but it feels like a better way of updating and having freedom in choosing packages and compiling thanĀ Debian-based systems. It also keeps me more focused on the things that are really happening in my system. Unlike Ubuntu, that seems to go the way of the Mac (nothing wrong with that, mind you, but I like to be able to tinker and not have some settings hidden from me in deeper layers with every release), Arch Linux has you editing config files by hand, showing you what isĀ really going on. And because I had my fun exploring and learning Linux with SLS, LFS and Gentoo before, I thought I’d try this for a change.

MoreĀ nostalgia

In an earlier post I talked about database alternatives and their management interfaces. I’ve been looking a bit more into this, and I only just found out that MySQL was forked because of fear that the project might not stay open and free. Well, I do like that this is possible, and I am glad that people stood up for their rights and started developing on this code base, making it possible for all of us to keep attributing to great software.

While looking into this, I let my eye fall on PostgreSQL, which has a great management tool to work with: pgadmin. As I have used this database before, quite some time ago, I felt a bit nostalgic while using the main interface: pgsql. And seeing the wide range of types and operators that can be used, I think this might be my database of choice for new private hobby projects.


EspaƱol: Logo del pryecto awesome y el mismo p...

Awesome Window Manager Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Talking about this kind of nostalgia: while looking for a better window manager (again, Unity doesn’t really cut it when it comes to managing my screen estate: I prefer using the keyboard over the mouse and like to be able to see more than just two windows at one time), I found this interesting article. This might explain my fondness for keyboard-oriented interfaces like those of Emacs, ssh instead of rdp, and awesome, my new window manager.

Mr. ZIP promoted the use of ZIP codes for the ...

Mr. ZIP promoted the use of ZIP codes for the USPS during the 1960s and 1970s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just a quick post about something I just found out: using 7-zip (open source, hence preferred) can be slow. WinRAR has the name to be faster, and co-workers sometimes ask why it is not used instead.

But 7-zip uses multiple compression algorithms. Most of the time, the default algorithm (LZMA) is used. But the option to use the improved LZMA2 has been around for a while. This algorithm has been designed so that it can use multiple cores, whereas LZMA can only use 2 CPU cores effectively. And I have to say: speed increase on “Normal” compression is already 50%. I have not yet checked out the resulting size, but I need a deflation to about 10% of the original file, and that really seems feasible right now (halfway the process).

Maybe you’ve wondered about this, and maybe you already knew this. But if you didn’t yet, I hope I just made your waiting times a bit shorter šŸ™‚

Update: to use the LZMA2-algorithm from the commandline, use the following:

7z a -m0=lzma2 -mmt6 o:\1.7z o:\1.dmp