Survival tip #1

July 3, 2009

A mosquito drinks between 0.001 and 0.01 millilitres of blood per “serving”. To simplify things, lets say the little blood sucker on average drinks 0.005 millilitres of blood each time.
A human body on average contains 5 litres (5000 millilitres) of blood. This means that if one million mosquitos attacked a human at once, they would suck the poor soul dry (5000 / 0.005 = 1000000).

Tip of the day people: If you see a cloud of approximately one million hungry mosquitos coming your way, run. Run like the wind. Your life depends on it.

Ubuntu NBR on Samsung NC10

May 21, 2009

So after playing around with Arch Linux on my NC10 I decided to try out Ubuntu NBR (Netbook Remix) 9.04 on it.
So far it’s been quite pleasant. The NBR launcher interface is very nice and more adapted to the small screen than a regular desktop. Everything worked out of the box. Well almost. Two things needs a little tweaking, sound recording from the internal mic and suspending.

The sound recording issue is easy to fix. Open up the volume control and set the front mic levels quite high. Front mic boost should be turned off. Under recording, set the capture level to quite high as well (And make sure it’s not muted). Finally set the input source to front mic. That should be it! (If you can’t see some of the tracks mentioned above, enter settings in the volume control window and tick the tracks that are not there to make them show up in the mixer window)
You can now test your settings out in the sound recorder application, they will most likely need some fiddling before they’re perfect. Also, the volume on this laptop (Yes, I refuse to call it a netbook because it’s a silly word) is quite low in Linux. I don’t know if there is a way around that.

Now, the suspending issue. According to this bug report the NC10 has a problem resuming from being suspended. The solution it seems is to reboot the computer and when the Samsung logo appears press F2 to enter the BIOS. When in the BIOS, Press F11 and then F12 followed by an arrow key. A new hidden menu called Intel will appear. Enter this menu and then ICH Control Sub-Menu -> Integrated Device Control Sub-Menu -> SATA – Device 31, Function 2. Change this value from Compatible to Enhanced. When exiting the BIOS, save your changes and boot into your Ubuntu system. Suspend should now work fine (To be honest, I never tried suspending in Ubuntu myself before applying this work around, so I can’t say for sure it didn’t work before. However quite a few people seems to have reported this bug).

Now, enjoy your NC10 and shiny new Ubuntu NBR system. I will.

Why Al Franken is awesome…

January 10, 2009

Suck it Coulter!


November 25, 2008



November 5, 2008

a president you don’t cringe when you think of. Congrats America.

(On a sadder note it seems Prop. 8 in California is going to pass. Hang in there my pole smoking friends, That too will change one day. In the meanwhile why not go to Michigan where medical marijuana just got legal and pretend to have glaucoma)

Bring it!

October 27, 2008

Absolute nonsense: Part 1

October 22, 2008

Ok, listen up people. There is exactly ONE way to loose weight. Eating right and exercise. Swallowing a fucking pill every day is not going to do shit.

I watched a documentary a while back about dieting, and these two women after reading a bunch on nonsense had ordered some pills containing extract of some moss from Iceland that would make them loose weight.

Let me repeat that: Pills made from Icelandic moss would make them loose weight. Fuck me.

I don’t expect people to be rocket scientists or nuclear physicists. I expect them to not be fucking idiots. When will people get into their thick skulls that there are NO FUCKING SHORT CUTS when it comes to loosing weight. Sad perhaps, but true. It takes a lot of work and discipline. (Oh, and if you’re unable to loose any weight because you can’t take it, stop telling people you have a thyroid problem. No you don’t. Some people have an easier time than others, deal with it.)

People spend a lot of money on this bullshit, but you know what? I don’t feel bad for them. Not at all. If you’re stupid enough to fall for something like that, you deserve it. Common sense people, common sense!
Just stop for a second and think before you act. Use some logic. “Does it seem logical that eating these hyper expensive chinese roots dipped in seaweed marmalade will make me thin?” No? Ok, then maybe, just maybe it might be bullshit and you should stay away from it. If you think it doesn’t make sense but still go for it, well then I revoke your right to reproduce.