Archive for July, 2004

Peaceful

I feel peaceful today. I have a lot of outstanding reviews to write yet, but I somehow feel relaxed.

Earth Population must decrease

We are way too many people on this planet. Animal and plant species are dissapearing almost everyday as we consume all the resouces on this planet. We are simply too many: 6.5 billion big mammals.

We need to go down to around 1 billion. Even if I am a woman, I am absolutely fine with a world measure that would say that each family should only have 1 child for the next 100 years. Every 10 years there should be evaluation reports and research as to how the measure is performing and then adjust accordingly.

Personally, I am perfectly fine with such a measure. Yes, children are great, I personally want two of them. However, people must look at the BIG picture. If we fuck up this planet, it is these children that we give birth and life to that will have TROUBLE living in the future because the planet resources have being eliminated.

I already see huge parades from women against government buildings if such a measure gets activated. But again, people need to see the bigger picture. We are a society, a community. We need BALANCE, not uncontrollability. Without balance, we are all dead, sooner or later.

Poison in Baby food

I just read this one.

I am disgusted with crap like these. Such crimes are simply UNFORGIVABLE.

If I had the power, I would dump the responsible people to the wastelands of Mars to live the rest of their lives off Martian worms, but unfortunately, we aren’t at that stage yet. Give it 100 years or so.

On superstitions and human nature

I was reading lately a book about the ancient Egyptians and their religion and sects. It is so astounding that they were so supersticious about everything in their lives, and yet they managed to master complex math and build the pyramids.

I wonder the kind of superstitions people have today. I remember that the old people in my village still had some superstitions about things. For example, if a person had two big “spots” on the back of his head by birth, the person would get married twice.

What really surprised me was that when I went to UK in 1996, an english friend of mine mentioned this –as a joke– while we were talking about stuff. Apparently the old english people had the EXACT same superstition! That was something I didn’t really expect, having old superstitions been similar to so far away lands, while the old people couldn’t travel as much.

Anyways, modern superstitions are different. People back in the day would blame “demons” for their illnesses. Today, in this space era we live in, we just have the Greys and the Reptilian aliens to blame for anal probes. 😛

I wonder if ever the human race can go beyond their need for being under control from forces they don’t understand. The same goes for religion. People WANT to believe that “there is something big out there, something that can master us”. They have this need. It is written in our ROM[==enstict].

Truly free and fortunate is the person who can go beyond the original design and extend/upgrade its own ROM.

On mp3 Players

I live in the Silicon Valley and I personally know of NO ONE that has an iPod. In fact, the only person that I know he/she has an mp3 player is my father in law in France.

But it really begs the question, do people really need an mp3 player? Except if you are travelling too much for work (like in case of my father in law) or if you are exercising too much, I see no point for people having anything more than a small radio with earbunds that cost no more than 10 bucks.

At home we have a big sound system but most of the time I am in front of the PC, so I only listen to music via the free eurodance streaming server at www.di.fm at 96kbps.

And here’s the other one: the new car we bought, well, its car stereo can read mp3 cds, so I burned my WHOLE collection of ripped music, and guess what! It was only 500 MBs worth of music. It fit on the CD and it had 200 MBs of free space too!

That’s why I don’t see myself buying an mp3 player -ever (well, except if I could buy a 512 MB player for $20 in which case it would worth having one).

Why would I want to spend $200+ or $300 for an iPod or similar,that it will be mostly empty, and I would only get to use it once every blue moon, as my eurodance mp3 streaming radio does all I need as most of the time I am at home with extremely fast cable connection? (512 KB/sec)

New Star Trek movie or series

I remember having this idea back in 1999, about a star trek series around teenagers, students of the Starfleet Academy. Think about like a high-school series, but this time in sci-fi and in the star trek universe. While this wouldn’t fly with the “classic” star trek fans, it can bring new blood to the star trek franchise, which is exactly what this (dying) franchise needs today: new and young viewers to enrich the ‘userbase’.

I also remember discussing this very thing with Adrian Ziemkowski (ex-BeNews, ex-Be Inc., now in the TV industry) back then over IRC, he had the same idea too!

Apparently, we were not the only ones: Berman, the current trek producer, has the same idea too, and he wanted to bring this idea into a series, Trektoday.com reports.

I think the idea makes sense, even if I am not a fan of teen series. If done correctly, it could be interesting.

Yes,

I am still pissed off at that postman.

Post office

FUCKING US POST OFFICE.

For 3 years now they didn’t have a problem bringing in letters sent to “Eugenia Loli” (my proper name), even if the letter box has only my husband’s surname on it.
Now, they seem to only put letters in a letter box if the surname matches (at least our local postman does that now). And so I have already lost at least 3 *important* letters the last 2 weeks (boucned back to the sender, try to explain the situation to the bank though).

I am very, *very*, VERY fucking pissed off right now. If I had that post office employee in front of me right now I would punch him in the face, no questions asked.

Fink sucks

I wanted to use the latest gnome apps so I had to use Fink-unstable on Mac OS X, but unfortunately there are no binaries for the unstable Fink.

It feels all over like Gentoo again, and I hate it. I am still 6 hours waiting for Rhythmbox 0.8.5 to build all its dependencies. It sucks.

This is a G4 Cube 450 Mhz, and so if compilation is going on on the background, the machine gets too slow to use it at the same time. This means, that if you want to install newer Gnome/KDE apps on your OSX via Fink today, you need to say bye-bye to your Mac for a whole week before compilation of all the needed stuff finishes and is ready again to work in its full capacity. Binaries people, BINARIES.

*UPDATE* To install the gtk-based Totem, I need to also install Qt3. Fucked up dependencies. BINARIES people and STATICALLY link whatever is too extreme and not standard!

*UPDATE 2* After 8 hours of compiling the Rhythmbox dependencies (which very weirdly included Python (I already have python installed), TeTex and Ghostcript), Rhytmbox is up and running. But it won’t play any audio file, “no audio element found” it says. Yes, gstreamer is installed and registered, but still no cake. FREAKING FiNK.

Hardware that worked with the powermac

Spent lots of money at Fry’s yesterday.

Thankfully, everything worked fine with the PowerMac: the Photosmart HP 7960 printer (refurbished, $130), a USB-2 card (based on the NEC chipset which guarantees to work on any OS) and a VIA-based Firewire card ($20 each).