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August 26th, 2006
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Behind-the-scenes changes
I've been pretty busy with spiffy new content over the last few days, but it's mostly been invisible so far in your-LJ-friends-page land. Among my accomplishments:
  • New icon goodness! kadyg and I saw that sign at a local store and knew it would be perfect decoration for our tank. I used my new GIMP installation as an excuse to share it here.
  • Speaking of f15h ... remember that whole deal with the three new guppy fry? Not only have they survived, but an entire second litter showed up a day or two after I posted, and they all seem to be thriving. Our guppy population is now +3 from the junior high schoolers, and +6 from the kindergartners, making me think that one of the gups must have a Ring of Fish Breeding +12.
  • There's new pictures of the fry, along with our cats and (finally) some lovely shots of Boing the plecostomus, in my new pets photo gallery.
  • And ...!
     
    Baxil Standard Time has returned! In expanded, clarified, and more organized form! It's all awesome now and if you haven't yet been exposed to the timekeeping goodness that is BST, go take a look and wonder how you ever lived without it.
About that. I was vanity Googling a little while ago, and noticed mrudat saying that I had pulled BST from the web [search for "Baxil" on the page]. This was as much a surprise to me as it was to him. I had no intention of letting it disappear -- it just got lost in the shuffle when I had to expedite the move from ECIS to Tomorrowlands years ago. I probably would have continued to not notice if I hadn't stumbled on someone else who remembered and missed it.

The moral of the story: If there's something you liked about my web site that you can't find any more, tell me about it! Chances are I had no intention of removing it from public access, and I'd be happy to oblige any update requests for my site.

n.b.: My journal.cgi script's breakage is, unfortunately, known and requires a difficult workaround -- it had dependencies on a few outside files that only ever lived on the server, and so vanished completely (and probably irrevocably) in the Great Server Crash of '05. At this point, retooling all of the links is probably simpler than fixing the script. I'm also hoping to copy all my old journal entries to LJ, backdated appropriately, which would solve the linking problem.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: "Vision of a Kiss," B-52s

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From:kistaro
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC)
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Your lack of terminal punctuation leads me to wonder whether or not you intended to stop the post there. Whether you did or not, it gives the slightly amusing appearance that you did indeed stumble over someone and fell down in the middle of creating the post, leaving you unable to finish it and some automatic thingamajig posting it.

You might need a larger fish tank! Unless you like sushi.

I'm also assuming you left the post incomplete, because you didn't show the new icon you referred to! I'm assuming it's , but you might want to go back and switch it in anyway!

And don't worry, I'm not really awake either, I'm just trying to get in to my new dorm at the earliest possible moment because there's massive road and building construction screwing things over even worse on campus.
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From:baxil
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
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You are really on top of your friends list for near dawn on a Friday night, you know that? I hit "return" early and went back to edit the post to finish it up, and you must have caught it (and typed all that) in the few minutes before my edit took.

Nice catch, anyway. All fixed.
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From:kistaro
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
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Friday evening. After all, by definition, if it was Night, you'd be asleep. *grin*

I'm a computer scientist. I'm supposed to have an unreasonably fast typing speed.
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From:baxil
Date:August 26th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Friday evening. Yes.

My brain surrenders. The parts of it still capable of snark and/or witticism will have to live on as an underground resistance until that vile conqueror, Sleep, gives up and goes home.
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From:pyxaron
Date:August 26th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
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Someone should make some kind of clock-thing that functions with BST. Would be interesting to figure out a way to make it work. Popups coming up once you use the computer asking "did you eat breakfast yet?"...

Could be usefull to stop forgetting to eat too.

And well, it seems that according to it, my days would contain only evenings and nights for most of the year, as i usually wake up for dinner, as the sun sets.

I still prefer my method of having night be the time where it's past the point where i should have gone to sleep and where people shouldn't ask me to do anything.

Sleeptime is just sleeptime.

And mornings are just those rare annoying periods of awakeness before the end of my 8h of sleep. So they are to avoid. Since they suck anyway.

Oh, and my workplace somewhat follows rule four, which is kinda funny. I leave work every weekday at 31h.

... might actually be a standard thing, but i don't care. I'm going to find it funny anyway.

... i'm sleep deprived anyway ...
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From:baxil
Date:August 26th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
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> I still prefer my method of having night be the time where it's past the point where i should have gone to sleep and where people shouldn't ask me to do anything.

You could always adapt BST to have Night be that period where your brain is asleep even though your body may still be fully functioning. For a good example of that, see my Freudian slip in the first thread of these comments.

As for days consisting of just mornings, evenings and nights ... yeah. As my college sleep schedule flopped around like a fish on land, this would occasionally happen to me. I found that it didn't do me any good over the long run; it was way too hard for me to run errands and eat meals at the dorm cafeteria. Even though I was working after dark, I tried to make a point of adding at least a little Day to my daily life. That's part of why the system developed as it did.
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From:summer_jackel
Date:August 26th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
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YAY FEESH!!!!!!!!! Your tank is awesome. How cool about the guppies. And "Ring of Fish Breeding +12" about made me choke on my orange juice. ;)
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From:baxil
Date:August 26th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
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I still find it hard to look at Boing without being reminded of http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Jackel/plecolove.jpg . ;-D
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From:kevynjacobs
Date:August 26th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)

GIMP

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Baxil thusly opined:

> I used my new GIMP installation as an excuse to share it here.

GIMP... isn't that the open-source graphics software program that is supposed to be a free alternative to PhotoShop?

What do you think of it? I'm getting a new iMac next month, and I was thinking about forgoing PhotoShop this time and installng GIMP. (It's hard to turn down free software.)

Does it stack up?

-Hagrid
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From:baxil
Date:August 26th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)

Re: GIMP

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Yep, that's the GIMP. More here (as well as downloads).

My impressions so far have been pretty positive. I had to take the photo of the sign at an angle, because the camera flash was reflecting; I used GIMP's perspective tool to straighten it back out. It wasn't less intuitive than Photoshop; things largely were where I expected them to be, and it uses all of the same concepts (layers, paths, floating selections, etc). A quick glance through the menus shows a featureset that seems at least as big. There will be a little learning curve while you adapt to the new application, but they've done well in making it Photoshop-like.

My one big complaint so far is that, while both Gimp and Photoshop suffer from "I Need A Bigger Screen" syndrome, The GIMP is the worse offender. I'm on an Book with a 13" screen and every time I wanted to do ... well, anything, I had to cycle between all the different windows, which all overlapped and covered each other up. Hopefully your computer will have a decent-sized monitor. I'm short on RAM and processor speed as well, which slowed the program down, but you shouldn't have that issue.

Also, when you get your new iBook, you'll probably have to pop the system install disk back in and install X11. After that, though, the program install is basically drag-and-drop-and-double-click.

To be honest, The GIMP is overkill for what I wanted, which is just a program that @!#$ing lets you CROP AND SCALE IMAGES, and maybe do basic color correction. None of which Preview does. There's really only one application that I am seriously considering going out and buying a PC for, and that's Irfanview, which simply has no equivalent (much less a free one) on the OSX side.
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From:kevynjacobs
Date:August 29th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)

Re: GIMP

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>My one big complaint so far is that, while both Gimp and Photoshop suffer from "I Need A Bigger Screen" syndrome, The GIMP is the worse offender.

Well the iMac I am getting has a 17" screen, so hopefully this will be sufficient for my purposes. I'm not a heavy-duty graphics editor, but I do miss not having PhotoShop (which I can't afford, even with the student price). Sounds like GIMP will work well for me.

>I'm short on RAM and processor speed as well, which slowed the program down, but you shouldn't have that issue.

Not with a G5, no. ;-)

>There's really only one application that I am seriously considering going out and buying a PC for, and that's Irfanview, which simply has no equivalent (much less a free one) on the OSX side.

Of course, you could get a new Intel Mac (I know you're made of money) so that it could run PC applications as well. I'm looking forward to that functionality!
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From:7patches
Date:August 26th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)

I understand BST

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I used it when I was in college, and could work (or not) all night.
I still don't think it is reasonable to start a new day at midnight.
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From:baxil
Date:August 26th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)

Re: I understand BST

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I guess I can grudgingly accept the Midnight Effect -- because from a mechanical timepiece perspective, an arbitrary new-day divider is far less of a headache than a constantly shifting sunrise, and the one token advantage of midnight (instead of, say, 5 AM) is that it's exactly half a day from when the sun is at its apex (although Daylight Savings Time shifts sun-straight-overheadness to 1 PM).

But it's a nasty tradeoff. Sunrise is really so much more intuitive.
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From:nicked_metal
Date:August 27th, 2006 11:12 am (UTC)
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The BST page (a day or two ago, after the post I'm commenting on) has a 'home' link on it that links to 'home.html' instead of 'index.html', resulting in a pause and a 'please update your links' thingy. Thought you might like to know.
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From:baxil
Date:August 27th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
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Fixed. Thanks! (Accidentally copied in an old template for the page footer.)
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