Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Folsom Street Fair 2008

Here is a collage of me and my former roommate Jessica, built by Picasa 3, from Folsom St. Fair. It is a leather themed street fair of which I was working one of the beer booths for the San Francisco Fog Rugby Club. The photos were taken by Dave, a friend of the club's president.
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Monday, December 15, 2008

SantaCon 2008

A small part of my crazy holiday-party filled weekend.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tip for efficient username and password organization

creating a cross-platform database of all the websites you use and then make it accessible from anywhere. This system is nice because you do not have to grab an attached file from a self addressed email every time you want to update your database.

What you will need
Dropbox and keepass.

is a cross platform program that creates a virtual folder that syncs between all of computers. when you move or update files within a dropbox folder it is automatically updated across different platforms

you enter your username and passwords (or any other credentials) into a file that is locked by a master password. I've been using if for years and find it much easier than having the website email you a replacement password.

Simply create a keepass file and save it in your dropbox. Get in the habit of entering the passwords and usernames into keepass and you will get access to them wherever you are at your machine(s).

I actually will write down the website in a planner and go back into keepass and update several websites at once. It's hard to believe all the sites I have set up an account with over the years.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

LazyTown featuring Lil Jon

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex Screenshots

Here are some screen shots from my Ubuntu system

Had problems with the cylinder shape until I enabled the desktop wallpaper in compiz settings manager.

Want this? Start with ubuntu-tweak.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Changing Icon Themes in Intrepid Ibex

Changing Icon Themes in Ubuntu: Intrepid Ibex
I been baffled by this since I started using Ubuntu (Dapper Drake).

Using gnome-art to get themes.
In the terminal type:

sudo aptitude install gnome-art

You can find the new menu in System>Preferences>Art Manager

From here, you can download and installing new icons themes.

The other alternative is to visit gnome-look.org and check out and download those themes.

Once you have the file...
  1. System>Preferences>Appearance>Install
  2. Select the downloaded .tar file -
Everything should install without hiccup.

Implementing your new icon theme.
System>Preferences>Appearance - under the theme tab, select a theme that you want to change the icons for, then press Customize - navigate to the icons tab. Select your icon theme and viola!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Matrix Runs on Windows

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Palin did not know Africa was a continent.

Not trying to dwell on the past here. But the most disturbing part of this Fox News clip is that they could not report on Sarah Palin's inadequacies because it was 'off the record.' Thanks Fox News for keeping information from the public that might be beneficial when voting for the leader of the free world. Your duty is to the people - this is hardly fair and balanced.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Barack Obama '08 Vote For Hope

Obama '08 - Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

VoodooLogic is IRONMAN

Your results:
You are Iron Man
Inventor. Businessman. Genius.

Iron Man
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

New scenario

This is me as a rejuvenated Linux user. Empowered by my computer skills, I am tasked with a cloning a server and am currently going to research cloning in BASH. So far, ghost seems to be the most promising. Next I learn SQL to help fix a problem with a vacuum command that isn't working properly.

Making myself useful to others, it's starting to feel like work. Like installing Ubuntu on someones computer and having to come over when something is not going right.

My roommate has cut me off from the cable modem, cause he's a dick. I'm pirating a signal to manage this huge project. It seems ironic that my job is so critical yet, I'm scrapping by using someone else's wifi. But, I must consider that all the skills that brought me to such responsibility was generated through the mastering of free software.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Google Chrome is Chromium for Linux

This article found in Linuxscrew.com is the source I have for using the new Chrome browser in Linux. With links to Debian packages, it's a great way try out the new browser which I heard is rumored to be a platform for integration with their other tools and applications.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Difficulty of the Jock/Nerd Paradox

The road less traveled has a fork in it. My resources are limited. Being on the rugby team has made me social, outgoing, and personable; especially for a geek. These days, My geekery has become worth developing for monetary purposes. Who knew being a devout Linux user would make me a commodity?

I intend to pursue side work with a startup. I already know the demands are going to require a big portion of my personal life - mainly the sacrificing of my jockhood. Now that I'm 29 it only seems appropriate that I find profitable ways to advance my knowledge.

I think this moment is what every middle aged person warns you about; the turning away from recklessness into a higher level of adulthood. Complaints of achy joints, knowledgeable discussions on the economy, and a beer gut are waiting for me just beyond this transition.

With some proper prioritizing, I can claim my own time to stay in shape. But as the new rugby season gets closer, it's relevance is dwarfed by the pursuit of my potential. I'm hoping this is a pendulum affect and I can simply come back to the sports I love.


Monday, September 8, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Without staking their claim, they are saying it's gonna change everything... We shall see.

Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Compiz Fusion + Virtualbox running Windows XP

You don't understand what it means to be 1337...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Portable Autonomous Sentry demonstration

It must be video day to kick August off.

Firefox Addons + FLV 2 MP3 : extract mp3 from youtube

This is an excellent example of using youtube to get your favorite mp3s. If you listen to music videos on youtube and/or your interested in mp3s, check this video out.

Relevant information: 7 1/2 minutes

Update: ** I found a better site. **


the video references to http://flv2mp3.com/


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Dick Move of the Week

Monday, August 4, 2008

How Do You Use Twitter?

How Do You Use Twitter?

I am on a non Fog-rugby video.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Watchmen

This is a preview leaked onto Youtube. While it was promptly taken off, some people managed to pull it down from the site before it was too late.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

WTF is VoodooLogic?

VoodooLogic is the manifestation of an online persona.

In 7th grade, there was no 'Internet'. However, using a modem, you could dial into a local bulletin board. I could download a full screen photo of Cindy Crawford in under 5 minutes.

I had been signed on to several bulletin boards and found that having a universal screen name and password was simpler. I had chosen the screen name, Oldbones, because of the movie, The 13th Warrior. The movie was based on the book, Eaters of the Dead, by Michael Crichton.

In the movie, a witch provides the necessary criteria for the warriors to hunt down an evil race plaguing there countryside. Her "rationale" was a psychic reading of mice bones that were thrown to the ground. She knew what to tell the warriors by interpreting how the bones landed. I actually wanted the name of the psychic witch's technique, but Oldbones provoked something in me that resonated; the dead, bleach-white bones of a mouse.

High school were the days of AOL, Prodigy, and Netscape Navigator, I hit a problem. My free trial versions of AOL wouldn't allow me to keep the same screenname. I learned to append numbers to the end of oldbones (oldbones45) in order to hold my identity during a new free trial period.

Antonio Banderes in, The 13th Warrior.

My friends were perplexed by Oldbones. He couldn't spell worth a damn and his ability to articulate hadn't reached maturity. The concept of the witch and her old bones did not have a noun. Back then, it was impossible to Google it . Her clairvoyance wasn't insanity because the technique was legitimized by those who sought her wisdom. My quest for definition drifted into understanding the human archetype of shaman.

The shaman deals with the difficulties of his tribe with techniques that aren't rational - aren't logical. However, the shaman moves with a purpose that is not inhibited by doubt. VoodooLogic became a paradoxical concept of legitimacy in faith and cultural that I could relate to.

I've found VoodooLogic becoming a portal of knowledge for other paradoxes, specifically the concept of Random. A random number sequence, as defined, will never follow a pattern. Despite this, the absence of pattern is a consistent and reliable trait within every random sequence. In other words, it is possible to encapsulate a concept with the opposite of it's meaning. It moved me to study brand identity marketing, SEO, and Taoism. =)

Armed with this knowledge, I wander the internet as a shaman of paradox in a digital world where anything is possible.


Monday, July 7, 2008



OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Love and Tragedy - Bingham Cup 2008

I write from 20 miles within myself, a safe distance from my emotions. Never had fortune turn it's back on me so completely as it did in the Bingham Cup in Dublin Ireland.

Ireland is home to leprechauns, good luck charms and the 2008 Bingham Cup Rugby Tournament. It is also the birth place of my former girlfriend who, at the time, I considered to be my lady luck.

My team, the San Francisco Fog, had a vendetta against the Sydney Convicts that started when they beat us in the final match of the '06 Bingham cup that took place in New York. I had matured into becoming the starting scrum half and was ready to help the team exact its revenge.

My rocky relationship with my girlfriend was reconciled on a promise she made. Lady luck was the only person who knew me intimately enough to help me overcome the hardships of becoming a championship caliber athlete. Two weeks before the tournament lady luck broke that promise and my heart.

My heart would sink to see her at rugby functions. Instead of exploring Ireland together, I would have to prepare for her presence during the tournament. I did so by focusing solely on obtaining the cup.

The competition began on Friday the 13th. Ten minutes into the first game, I sustain a debilitating bruise to my ribs. During the second game I had subbed myself out. I stood by and watch the team succeed without me. All of the illusions of personal glory vaporize with each wincing pain from my ribcage. I find usefulness twittering the games from the sidelines.

The Fog take first place in their competitive pool and handily beat the LA Rebellion in the bracket style competition that followed.

The weekend progressed to Sunday and the semifinals. Sydney Convicts would play the New York Gotham Knights and the San Francisco Fog would play the London Kings Cross Steelers.

The score was tied when my replacement injured his knee. I came into one of the most intense battles I've ever experienced; both teams refusing to give in (this is also why I stopped twittering). The score at the end of the game was 7-to-7. Both teams could not score after two additional overtime periods. Another 10 minutes of sudden death was added but ended in neither team able to score against their opponent.

Both captains met the refs and the fate of the game lied in a decision by the tournament officials.

Roaring cheers from the London team declared to both the crowd and us who had won. Another heart breaker.

I would be told later that the game was decided by the total points scored by our respective teams during the tourney. By this time I had already retracted inward from my own emotions. My chance to redeem my dignity snatched by a score of 120 to 123.

Drugs helped the tournament drift along to completion. Sydney won the cup. But one player on our team won a trophy for the most tries scored in the tournament.

My attempts to salvage a good time were unsuccessful. I returned from the bar at 4 a.m. after getting stood up by some girls at the bar I came back to my dorm to find that this rookie who was crashing on my floor locked me out. I found others to take me in until the reception desk opened. On the way, I got to witness my ex had been sharing a room with the our team's trophy winner. Lady luck had been blowing on another man's dice; the final heart break.

It would appear that good fortune is not without it's antithesis.

I write from 20 miles within myself. The body is broken and my emotions are mortally wounded; Its last gasps of life are getting fainter and fainter. I will remain aloof until I find a way to resurrect Doug Headley from the ashes.


Jay Z: "Only God can judge me so I'm gone, either love me or leave me alone"

Friday, May 30, 2008

Twittering the Bingham Cup

Sunday, May 18, 2008

multiple desktop wallpapers in ubuntu

Woo hoo, nothing short of coolness! How to have different wallpaper / backgrounds in ubuntu hardy heron using compiz fusion.
Please read about the downside below

I used the compiz guide. Because it looks a lot more simple, I might have tried the Ubuntu Unleashed guide, but it was mysteriously gone. I will copy and paste it below.

I did get to compile from source which is pretty cool for an Ubuntu n00b like me.

If you do try out the multiple desktop wallpaper patches, I'd recommend printing out the instructions on the web page prior. Otherwise, I cut and pasted it into a text file (which I named, 'howto' on my desktop) and referred back to it using:

nano ~/Desktop/howto
I just pressed ctrl-x to exit nano and the instructions stayed up for me to refer to.

Don't make the mistake I did and not install CCSM before hand. Install first, go to the cube manager and add four files in the wallpaper manager:
ccsm>appearance>background images

When I first tried this out, the system hung and the was unresponsive. I logged out and logged back in - shit still the same. I disabled the cube and reenabled it and it worked! hence the, woo hoo!


I tried to go to 'places' - on the top desktop bar - and it had failed. so I tried the update code that the website prescribes:
sudo apt-get install nautilus gnome-core
Then the multiple wallpapers stopped working. ARGH!

The ubuntu unleashed post was gone, but the instructions on google reader were still available. And here they are:
1. Open up CCSM (Compiz Config Settings Manager)
Alt+F2 and type "ccsm" without quotes. Then click ‘Run.’
2. On the left side, click the ‘Desktop’ button. Then on the right, choose ‘Desktop Cube’.
(I am assuming your using the Desktop Cube.)
3. Go to the 'utility’ tab.
4. check 'wallpaper' to enable it.
5. Add at least 4 different images (if you have 4 desktop sides enabled).
6. Once added, exit CCSM.

Finally, open up gconf-editor.
To open gconf-editor, type ‘gconf-editor’ (without ’s) or Alt+F2 and type ‘gconf-editor’ without quotes. Then click ‘Run.’

In the configuration editor, navigate to: / > apps > nautilus > preferences.

Scroll down on the right side and uncheck ’show_desktop’.

Your done! Your desktop should show 4 different wallpapers, 1 for each desktop/workspace!
I took the last lines of the instructions about gconf-editor and I got my 4 wallpapers back.

here's the important thing you need to read. While everything works, you won't (at least in Hardy Heron) have desktop icons. I have decided that I can access them through nautilus without needing to see them on the actual desktop, so I don't care.

That's been my experience


At first it was kinda buggy and slow, but I logged out and logged back in, turned the cube off and back on that seemed to fix things.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

RSS of my favorite Ubuntu blogs

I got this from my Ubuntu RSS folder in Google Reader.
My complete RSS - aggregated!

I can has Linux
Simply Ubuntu
Ubuntu Forums; Tips and Tricks
Ubuntu Geek
Ubuntu Unleashed
Linux Games

Put in a fresh install of Hardy this morning.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Escomposlinux - apt-get install wife

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Logging into Windows with Ubuntu

I've replaced my iPod (gen4) charger and now listen to Linux Reality on the bus rides to work. I discovered that I can log onto Windows machines through my Ubuntu OS via remote windows login protocol.

While studying the VNC podcast. I decided to bring the question to Fluther. Did some digging in the forums and found my gem:

Quad Shot of Ubuntu

Re: VNC into Windows XP

Originally Posted by Ek0nomik View Post
I have the same problem. I'd appreciate any feedback on how to control a Windows XP computer from Ubuntu.

You're asking a different question than the original poster was, as that person has installed extra software called VNC on the Windows boxes.

If you want to control a Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista box then there's already software installed by default in Ubuntu that can do that for you.

It's called "Terminal Server Client" and it works just like "remote Desktop Connection" in Windows. You must make sure that your Windows machine is set up to accept incoming Remote Desktop requests from whatever user you wish to use, but other than that you're golden.

I am often called up by friends of mine looking to help them with there system. I realize Linux is not for everyone and I try to offer assistance whenever I can. I also don't want to bus it across town to trouble shoot someone's issues.

So my project is to get this working on my intranet and then onto remote logins from anywhere via the internet. That would allow me to assist Windows users with there many, many virus/spyware related problems from my home.

Surprising as it may or may not sound, the average user could benefit greatly from an Ubuntu system.


Soul Calibur IV, July 29th

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Linux: 9000 PCs in Swiss schools will switch to Ubuntu only

From next term, all computers at schools in the Swiss canton of Geneva will have MS Windows removed and will only run Ubuntu Linux and FOSS.Director for the schools IT services sees this move also to "encourages participation and the democratization of knowledge " and provide equal opportunities.

read more | digg story

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Pain is temporary, pride is forever


Bingham Cup 2008

We need a t-shirt idea for traveling to Ireland for Rugby.

Team mission

The San Francisco Fog R.F.C. is committed to an ethic of inclusion. The vision of the club is to be the preeminent rugby club in the world that actively pursues the participation of people of color, gay men, women, and other groups traditionally under-represented in rugby Over one hundred members strong, Fog Rugby welcomes newcomers, as well as experienced players, coaches and supporters of all ages, races and sexual orientations.

The design would be stretched across the back of a gray t-shirt. The original saying is: Pain is temporary, pride is forever.

When simply viewed, I want people to see this a jock/athlete t-shirt with a gay twist.

For me the phrase has deep rooted meanings at Kamiakin High School when I was persevering through training for wrestling matches.

The deeper meaning I see is this: Pain also can refer to losing the cup in 06 or league season pain of losing that all IGRAB teams experience, or the loses we've suffered in players who have since been deceased.

Pride can mean taking pride in starting the tournament, participating in Ireland, pride in what the Bingham cup stands for, and good-old gay PRIDE (a term our city coined if I'm not mistaken); represent!

We may not be the 'gay' team anymore, but we still have a place in the Bingham Cup and we still have Pride. I think this shirt logo is progressive like the Fog.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

From Lifehacker: Facebook adds prviacy controls

Facebook Adds Privacy Controls

Just because your Uncle Joe joined Facebook and you added him as a friend doesn't mean you can't upload photos from the keg party. Facebook just added finer privacy controls to the network which let you expand access to your info to friends of your friends, and exclude friends on a name by name basis from particular bits of information. To see the new privacy controls, log in to Facebook and on the privacy page, go to Profile, and click the "Edit Custom Settings..." link.
Blogged with the Flock Browser

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements

Improvements to Wine sponsored by Google have made it possible to run Adobe Photoshop and Dragon Naturally Speaking on Linux.

read more | digg story

Monday, February 18, 2008

Soul Calibur IV

Monday, January 28, 2008

Setting Up A Simple, Ubuntu-Based Home File Server

This tutorial explains how to turn an old PC with additional hard disks into a simple home file server. The file server is intended for home use. The home file server is accessible by Windows and Linux computers in the home network.

read more | digg story

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Fluther Collective

I have a new pet startup called Fluther.

Tapping into our collective is like extending your entire network of knowledge. And Fluther lets you share your massive brainpower with others.
This is an entertaining site. Ask the site a question and onlookers get to respond. Because you tap into other inquiring people, you are greeted with a refreshing non-Googled, person to person answers.

Challenging the mind of the Fluther collective, I tested the audience knowledge base.
I will use my last pet startup to explain.
Trailfire: Fluther vs. the BB

The jellyfish collective seems to have just as much knowledge about sports as my rugby team. While rugby team is comprised of people of LOTS of different walks of life, a juxtaposition would most likely prove that Fluther has a lesser chance of being stumped.

I think Fluther's winning strategy is it's design. It allows creative questions in a method similar to Twitter. Like twitter, the design allows you to be connected to everyone in an unobtrusive way. This design feels accommodating and reins in knowledge ala wikipedia, a site where knowledgeable people contribute. These two concepts pair brilliantly.

I signed up for the service about 8 months ago. I've only recently got active once it became part of my morning coffee.

Tap the collective, give Fluther a try.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Stop Wine From Beating Your Windows Apps With The Ugly Stick

Ubuntu 8.04: Hardy Heron, While I haven't dove into Wine without the help of Automatix2. I consider Wine to be my next Linux Mario-style power-up mushroom.

Applications running with Wine don’t have to look so appalling! Ubuntu 8.04 is planned to have usability improvements for Wine, among these improvements is a theme for Wine applications that matches the GTK theme. Can’t wait until April?

read more | digg story

Gnome-Look.org and customizing Ubuntu

Today I want to explore the power of Linux for updating your themes. After checking out gnome-look.org It isn't exactly obvious how to get these themes loaded onto the desktop. It's so simple that nobody bothers with an explanation. Please visit GeekyBits, I just found that site and it has the perfect walk through for people who want to tweak their icons or themes.

Terms to know

GTK: is the base library that the GNOME environment runs on.
Metacity:Ubuntu's default compositing window manager (program that builds the windows). was replaced by Compiz-Fusion, which has the 3d desktop.

download the theme from the above a theme from Gnome-look then go to System > Preferences > Themes
drag the file into the Themes window and it will automatically add it as an option. Literally so simple that nobody thins
Unlike other themes Icons aren't simple. I found this Howto on Ubuntu Forums Archives
To install a new icon theme:

Download the Icon theme tarball..
cp tarball.tar.gz /home/username/.icons
cd /home/username/.icons
tar xfz tarball.tar.gz
Goto Computer > Desktop Preferences > Themes to change to the new Icon theme. If you do not have a .icons directory you can create one:
mkdir -p /home/username/.icons

The power is yours to explore, thank you for choosing linux.

These themes are suspected defaults for the newest Ubuntu release.

another metacity theme to downloadGnome-look options.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Protecting and Maintaining Your Heterosexual House of Cards

Ok, If you been reading the blog for a while, you'll know that I play for a gay rugby team. But, I'll have you know that it's a lot more progressive than that. Rugby makes me manlier than you, my platonic relationships with gay men make me more sensitive and fashionable than you.

The title implies that, if you are straight, there is no room for projecting anything less than 100% heterosexuality. One of the lessons I've learned from playing for the Fog is that steadfast defense of your "house of cards" is believing that heterosexuality is based on other people's opinion of you. Admittedly, in San Francisco, there are times to put your foot down, but relating to gay men is hardly ever sexual. Don't believe me, come watch one of our rugby matches.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

5 tips every new Linux user should know

We've been thinking about what we most wished we'd been told on our first foray into Linux-land. These tips run the gamut from installation planning to how to best ask for help. We chose these tips because they are not distribution-specific, but rather general enough to be used by any new Linux user.

read more | digg story

Voting for Huckabee does not absolve your sin of voting for Bush

Yes, your Christian values elected George W. Bush.

Don't make the same mistake!

Ron Paul shares your values on immigration and against the Iraq war. What he has over the other candidates is that he is fearful of the overspending of government. Christians! Don't leave a crippling debt on your children's generation. Neo-conservatives have claimed your values to lure your vote. They did it before, and now they've lined up a new enemy for you to hate - the don't want you to worry about the looming recession.


Now playing: KQED Public Radio
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

D9C: Goals in the year of the RAT

Goals for 2008
I want to become fit again. After a pretty bad knee injury, it is time for me to return to practice. I'd like to create a synopsis of each game as we compete in our league. And add more articles about modern male heterosexuality. For instance, did you know that 80% of all female character played in Second Life are played by males? I have my own unique perspective on why that is.

I want to blog more about things like how to drag and drop themes from gnome-look.org My goal is to pull useful (to me) threads from out of ubuntuforums.org and display one each week. In the past, I've place up articles that aren't mine and found that I don't like the practical application of the article. such as emerald-SVN, bleeh! I will never do that again.

I love to use new programs and experiment. I will make it my goal to update you on how my developments are going. websites like mint.com and spokeo have become invaluable to me. I'd like report why my problems with splashcast and trailfire. I'll also be outlineing my philosophy on how "gay" a gay team should be in cyberspace.

I have never been more fit fiscally or health-wise. The last thing I want to do is become complacent. I am still very excited to explore the fruits of my generation. Happy new year!