blarg?

In future versions of Windows, I would like:

  • Real tab-completion in the shell.

  • A real sudo, or right-click-run-as that works everywhere, and
  • Real symlinks. Not the goofy “shortcuts”.

Everything after that would be gravy.

In addition to my current apartment’s charming overflowing-sink problems (not “the tap runs while the drain is clogged”, mind you, but the “backfilling with sewage” kind) I apparently now have some hopefully-minor ant-related issues.

Given the way this apartment’s worked out, I suppose I should be happy that my sink isn’t overflowing with ants.

A minor technical note, if you don’t mind.

  1. The error message is:

    “Grub Hard Disk Error”

  2. About which the Grub manual has this to say:

    The stage2 or stage1.5 is being read from a hard disk, and the attempt to determine the size and geometry of the hard disk failed.

  3. To resolve this problem, the manual then suggests that you should:

    The general way that the Stage 1.5 handles errors is to print an error number in the form Error num and then halt. Pressing
    <CTRL>-<ALT>-<DEL> will reboot.

  4. That’s not a suggestion at all, that’s useless:

    Yes.

  5. What’s really going on:

    Your BIOS is buggy, and it’s lying to GRUB about the geometry of your hard disk.

  6. You need to:

    Update your motherboard’s BIOS with the latest version from the manufacturer.

  7. You can can do this by:

    Getting the latest version of the BIOS and your manufacturer’s reflashing utility from their website, copying it onto a bootable floppy, and running it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  8. You must avoid the following at all costs:

    The boot disk image provided for this express purpose at Bootdisk.com.

  9. Because:

    It is not actually a boot disk image. It is a 1.44 megabyte fraud, a rough-hewn farce whose jagged edges are dripping with wet, cloying lies.

  10. That’s a little melodramatic

    See question #4.

  11. Instead, you should go:

    Here.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

For those of you who haven’t been stalking me, Thursday night is still Chu Shing Night, and I encourage people to come and eat Chinese food, because eating Chinese food is a just cause for the greater good.

It’s been moved up in the last few weeks because the late night snack menu has had the words “late” and “night” crossed off it and because two of the usual crowd now bring an infant with an early bedtime out to the party. So the Glutton Bowl usually kicks off at around seven.

I say give it a try. That map isn’t quite right, by the way – it’s actually a block to the east, on the north side of the street.

Bell actually tried to shake me down today.

Having trimmed my Bell service down to as close to nothing as possible (and still paying $40/month) Bell called me today, and told me that they were checking up on their “loyal customers”. Then, immediately after I’d explained that I want as little as possible to do with them, they tried to sell me their “wire care” plan. For only four bucks a month, you can get your wires insured against “normal wear and tear”. Because you wouldn’t want anything to happen to those nice, shiny wires, would you? It would be tragic if, you know, there was an accident.

The terms of their plan are awesome. $4/month, 1 year minimum, $25 fee for early cancellations. The best part was that they tried the hard sell, too.

I don’t know why I’m surprised by this, but I am.

This last week I’ve had a glut of great video from all over the world dropped in my digital lap. I’d like to share it with you, because I’m a giver.

  • From Turkey, we have G.O.R.A., “A Space Movie”‘; the hard-to-find english-subtitled trailer looks really good. From the look of it there will be a few jokes in there you need to be Turkish to get, (spot the one where an Oracle-looking character consults an overturned cup of Turkish coffee in the trailer) but there also look to be plenty to go around.
  • From Russia with violent, gothy love, the trailer for Night Watch is saturated with rich ocular nutrition, and looks like good fun. Though it does have a certain “For centuries, Hipsters and Goths have been at war” look to it.
  • This one doesn’t come “from” anywhere, really, unless “teh intarweeb” is a place, but if you haven’t seen the new, l33t-subtitled version of the Star Wars trailer, you should, because it is a must-see, and if you don’t see it, you won’t have seen it.
  • In Vive-La-France cinematic news, the trailer for Immortel is rich, it is moist and buttery. It has a Fifth-Element-Noir look that I *heart* quite a bit.
  • From Japan, in what appears to be a tear-jerker but nevertheless looks astonishingly well-executed, Hinokio, a retelling of Pinnochio.
  • And finally, one more parody for you, Neo and Naruto are two great tastes that go great together. Sean, Jamie and Karen, that last one’s for you.

That should keep you busy.

Update: there have been some dramatic advances recently in the poultry-oriented bestial teledildonics arena that I felt you should be informed about immediately. In other, completely unrelated news, what the hell?

Some days: “If I could get away with it, I’d do it.”

Other days: “I wonder what the odds are, of my getting away with it?”

Today: “What trumps Luminol?”

Dear lazyweb, please help me turn my brain off.

Here’s some melodrama for you.

Nick went into surgery yesterday; on Tuesday, he started on the clear-fluids diet, on Wednesday they gave him laxatives, and on Thursday morning they opened him up and put his intestines on his chest so that had enough room to get cut out some of the glands next to his spine.

Then, they put his guts back where they were, stitched him up and sent him to the recovery room where he is reportedly recuperating nicely, in no substantial pain and only minor discomfort.

Before going in, Nick asked me to pass on the news of his condition, and here it is: he’s out surgery but still in recovery, closely monitored but not believed to be at any significant risk of anything. This entry will be updated as warranted, but I doubt that it anything more than arranging times to visit will be required. He seems to have come through in good form.

I’d like to take this moment to tell you that modern medecine is absolutely awesome.