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Things that have been on my mind, none big enough unto itself to warrant a blog entry:


Knoppix recommends having at least 128MB of RAM "to use the various office products," but even 256 can be pretty painful if you do much of it, and 512MB is way better.


The #1 song when I was born was "Tossin' and Turnin'" by Bobby Lewis, which starts with line, "I couldn't sleep at all last night." A fitting beginning for a serious insomniac.


"Do what you love and the money will follow" was a popular catchphrase (and book title) in the 90's. Looking back now, I think it's more likely to work for you if making money is what you love.


I saw an ad on TV today for something called "Solar Safe," featuring the brilliant Brazilian skater Fabiola da Silva. It'd been a while since I'd heard anything about her and it was nice to see her again, especially in a bikini. (That isn't from the ad, but that's what she looked like.)


My computer's monitor isn't all that sharp any more and neither are my eyes, and in certain fonts I sometimes mix up the letters "r-n" with "m." Which can be mildly entertaining on occasion, as in "modem love," "postmodem," and "frosty mom," and also the "corn ports" on the back of my pc.


In recumbent bike vernacular, a "delta trike" has two wheels in the back and a "tadpole trike" has two wheels in the front. I've never ridden a tadpole and I don't even know anyone who has one, but they look quite nifty and really seem to be catching on. I think the AVD Windcheetah got it started, and was followed by popular models from Greenspeed, Catrike, and ICE. Now there are lots of tadpole models out there, including offerings from HP Velotechnik, Organic Engines, Sun, ActionBent, and TerraTrike, and others popping up and fading away almost daily. People who've ridden them seem to think that they're huge amounts of fun. Maybe something interesting to watch...


There are four "boogety"'s in "boogety, boogety, boogety, boogety, shoo."


That's all.


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Fabiola, Danica, Katy, Carbon Leaf, Toad TtWS, Woody, Wordsworth

Thanks for the varied post, Tim. Here are a few thoughts and questions...

First, tell us more about Knoppix and how you use it and how you see it being useful:

  • How would it be useful to someone with a notebook computer running Windows XP, if at all?
  • I'm interested in other ways people find it a great tool too. 
  • Is this going to be part of your homemade supercomputer project?
  • Does the system forget where you were each time you reboot? I think I recall you saying you started out with a fresh op sys every time you reboot. This is not the case with XP in general of course.

Second, I went down a long road from the Fabiola content.

  • I looked at the http://www.skategirls.net site, and it's a great idea to give gals their props for their skating accomplishments. Fabiola sure was ranking tops there for awhile, and top 5 when going against the skaterboys...the best in the world!
  • I checked out the http://kindbetty.com site and found it interesting what was not said or what I didn't read...and what was there was interesting too. Just goes to show that if we share what we love or what we know it can be found (also what we hate and don't know, I guess!).
  • I had noticed recently that GoDaddy.com (the domain name registrar I tend to use) added Danica Patrick to the mix or was replacing their current GoDaddy spokesmodel. I liked how the other model had been part of their branding for awhile and that she presented a nice blend of mature and informal and fun and smart, at least from my perception. I know their other commercials have been more racy, but I like how the site and ads I've seen on the internet are more tame. I wondered how long they would go with that wholesomeness, and I hope they'll continue with the previous spokesmodel while incorporating Danica Patrick into the mix.
  • Of course having said all of that, I went over to http://danicaracing.com and I even answered yes to the flash question to see what they had at http://www.danicaracing.com/flashIndex.html. It's a nice website with lots of nice audio and visual content (I like the power air wrench rollover sound on the main menu items)...some nicely done track photos, some not-in-the-center-of-the-scenes photos, some of her on-track accomplishments and some publicly personal stuff, like "I love to roller blade and believe in a variety of activities to work out..." including running, weight training and what she calls "power yoga." Look under "Danica's Way" for this. There's a funny shot where the tomboyish driver is standing between two GoDaddy poledancer types and the contrast is evident. Also there's a nice shot of the drivers standing at the start line at Indy, and again it's a nice contrast.
  • The music on the site was well-matched with the content and pretty good in a post-Alanis way...three full tracks by Katy Perry. I had never come to consciousness of her before, and I think aside from being able to play Danica in a movie perhaps, preacher's kids always deserve a listen, so i did.
    • "Self-Inflicted" was great for a non-literal musical partner to the content site and ideas.
    • I thought "Simple" was good too, and maybe I had heard it before because it was on the soundtrack to "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," which I've not seen but have of course heard of.
    • The last one was full-on Alanish in a good way..."I want to be the first to wish you the worst...," the title being "Wishing You the Worst."
  • So I headed over to katyperry.com to hear what else there was, and mostly enjoyed the eight songs there in full or part. The background guitar drifts and floats in "Thinking of You" were nice as I recall, and this is the only song for which I saw chords or tab in the internet (or that I remember now).
  • While there of course I watched the Carbon Leaf video, "Learn to Fly," as it featured Katy Perry and I figured it might have her singing. Nope. But if I were to write this as a main post I would write the title...
    • "These guys grew up listening to Toad the Wet Sprocket! In particular the drumming patterns, the amp/guitar tone, the lyrical lead lines of the guitar, the suspension of the rhythm guitar chords, and some of the vocal devices (though less so perhaps in this). I may be thinking way back to early Toad here, Pale, or Bread and Circus, or maybe not. All things Toad blend wonderfully in my brain many years since devoted listening. Glorious music with strong and consistent thematic content across the full career, much as...
    • Woody Allen managed to riff along, returning to story lines and concepts throughout a career (except for during the most traumatic years). Max von Sydow saying the question wasn't why the Nazis did what they did but why it didn't happen more often, paired with the line that if Christ came back and saw what people did in his name he'd never stop throwing up.
    • "Hannah and Her Sisters" was a big one for me, crystallizing many questions and quests in an absurd comedy of existentialist doubt and magical affirmation. Maybe I'll go back for some Toad and Woody musing, and a good serious listening of Sticky Fingers and Who's Next must needs be part of the mix, maybe with some "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey" while we're at it.

Third, I noticed that rn = m thing and found that annoying too. I never remembered to write about it though, so thanks! I'm glad to know others' monitors and eyes are failing too. My examples:

  • Tom between two lovers, feeling like a fool.
  • She had a porn-porn in each hand.
  • I'm only going to wam you once.
  • He had a bum on his butt. (or the British version, He had a bum on his burn.)

Fourth, thanks for posting and for sharing what's on your skater's brain!

Fifth, I liked that book, "Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow," but  you're right, it didn't! Should have been "Write a Book about Doing What You Love, and the Money Will Following, and the Money Will Follow." Well, I had times when I was making some great money but come to think of it I wasn't loving what I was doing so much. I recall it as a cool book though. Maybe I should read that again.

Last, I feel sorry for the six geese laying five golden rings. Not to mention the seven swans a-swimming being milked by the eight maids a-milking.

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Skater's Brain

Thanks for the reply, Blake. Finally getting around to responding...


Regarding Knoppix, I can't remember what got me started with it. It might just have been that booting Linux off a rescue floppy was becoming less and less helpful for recovering a crashed system as the software got bigger. Being able to get the system up and running in a respectably full-featured environment, without having to install anything or modify any disks, is a great repair tool for either Linux or Windows machines. And Linux is able to read and write Windows-formatted disks very reliably these days.


Yes, it does have a connection to my "homemade supercomputer" Linux project (which still isn't very super--just one CPU--because of a variety of circumstances and character flaws which I don't really care to get into.) I was very interested in having all of the nodes boot via Ethernet instead of needed a local disk for each, and Knoppix has a "Knoppix Terminal Server" feature which does something like what I wanted. I didn't want Knoppix on my boot-server, which KTS requires, so I reverse-engineered the process and set up my RedHat print/network/disk server to also act as a network-boot server


It was a surpisingly long and hairy process getting that business working, but a lot of this has been a field experiment in network booting, and also in spending a lot of time getting familiar with (one version of) a Linux desktop environment. I don't have any machines running any form of Windows here now. But I'm looking more towards Ubuntu for the future, and to using some sort of stripped-down Linux From Scratch kernel and run-time on the cluster processors. LFS is what's running on my not-so-super supercomputer at the moment.


I think I might have mentioned the "perfect amnesia" aspect of Knoppix to you before. You start over with a fresh system every time because it always boots from the same read-only image , which has some interesting implications. In a way, it lets you have the "don't worry, you can't hurt anything no matter what you do" attitude like in our old days with Apple //'s and Commodore 64s. But there are ways to save customizations if you want to do that. I have a script written that does certain routine setup things for me.


Enough with the tech stuff... I had no idea what the story was with the Kind Betty site, and wasn't sure if maybe there was something there that would have made it inappropriate to link to. I just found the picture via Google Images. But there doesn't seem to be, just "Great athletes looking good," and I don't have a problem with people looking good. I get the impression that athletes like the Maria Sharapova and Natalie Gulbis "cutie pie" (announcer Mary Carillo's term) types like the modeling side of what they do without taking it too seriously, and enjoy being reminded that they're attractive. And why shouldn't they?


Regarding "what you love," if I haven't gotten myself in enough trouble with that already... I recall reading that the owner of the Music Go Round used-instrument store here in Greensboro was a retired mid-level executive who had no experience or particular connection to music. He wanted to own his own business, shopped around, and chose to purchase that franchise. And he's still in business, while other musical instrument stores, owned by life-long music-lovers and devoted guitar-collectors, have sadly opened and closed in the meantime. He's doing what he loves for sure. But the lesson I take away is that it sure helped a lot that what he loved doing was running a successful business.


And "Tom between two lovers" is a hoot!


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Do What You Love...the Looks Will go Down the Drain Anyway

"Regarding "what you love," if I haven't gotten myself in enough trouble with that already"

Tim! If this about the Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow subject, I jumped on that subject because it's one that I, well, love! I read the book for the first time recently, so it was fresh in my mind, and I was excited about it enough to write a blurb. I'm so sorry if I came across as narky. Maybe I am stroppy and can't tell: All work and no skate makes Liz a mad girl.


I have another comment, though, and I'm not mad and it's not personal about you, Tim, and I know I hijacked a message intended for Blake here. I hope you can understand me wanting to run full pelt with this one, because I'd hate to PC it down to wishy-washy levels. Maybe this belongs in the awfulplasticsurgery.com thread. I just have a point to make:

"Maria Sharapova and Natalie Gulbis...enjoy being reminded that they're attractive. And why shouldn't they?"


Because for women, looking old isn't beguiling to the opposite sex, as it is for men, and their youthfully perfect appearances are gone before you can say 'Debbie Harry'. None of us really had any say in what features we were going to be saddled with our whole lives, and a compliment about our looks says nothing about anything real that we have done with the lives we have been given. It's dangerous to enjoy flattery about looks.


Unfortunately, a bad memory doesn't typically set in until we women have had a good 30 years to smart in the memories of being complimented or given the time of day just based on our looks. And when we're young, we mistake such apparent grace and benevolence for just being alive, assuming people will be equally nice to us for no reason until we wither and die - not until we hit 37. Speaking for myself, I'm blessed with a boyfriend who showers me with plenty of compliments for no apparent reason, and loving kindness helps fill the love bank in committed relationships. But I do carry with me the daunting realization that the older I get as a woman, the less I count to employers, advertisers and the public in general. When you've been usurped by your kids, that's when you realize you've been had by Mother Nature! She chewed you up and spat you out! Looks be darned! 


Now, more power to Maria and Natalie, if they can work our society's shallow and precarious fixation with looks to their own advantage by securing ad contracts based on prettiness. However, being human means we tend to get used to stuff we hear every day and start to take it as gospel, no matter how much we tell ourselves we shouldn't really believe all those superficial schmoozings. As a refreshing exception, Evangeline Lily seems to have her wits about her, in that department. 


As long as we are organisms that need eyes to survive, looks will be all-important. Had I read Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, I'd be able to back my point up here with a witty summary. But I know how unrealistic a hope it is that girls will never, ever again let any salesman or performer win them over with compliments about their looks, much less let a teensy-weensy harmless bit of flattery seep through their flawless skin. Once it's seeped, it can stealthily erode their foundations.


In life, double-standards abound, and yes there are things women have advantages over, thanks to chromosomes (scholarship availability, for one). My beef isn't with the people doing the oggling, it's actually an urging for girls to see through the empty promise of modern society's particular definition of beauty, likewise bogus compliments designed to benefit the server, not the recipient.


Tim, please don't take this rant to be about what you wrote. I just needed a forum to air this thought. Maybe some young thing'll read it and have an epiphany, indeed. Pigs might fly.Thanks.


President of the Bitter Old Women Society :-)

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Viggo Mortensen did What he Loved, and the Money Followed

Diclaimer: I'm not smart enough for this thread but here goes...

The author of Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow, Marsha Sinetar, has her own website and business of several decades. Doing what she loved took her into the realm of helping people integrate their unique spirit into a niche job or career for them. I am well aware that if everybody did that, nobody would feel pulled towards doing the piddly jobs like cleaning or shoveling. Luckily, not everybody on the planet has read or acted on the book. I personally found the book very uplifting and eye-opening, and as a result I asked myself questions which led me further down the road to self-discovery. It wasn't as ugly as I had feared.  Oh and I'm still not doing what I love, and the money sure isn't following.

Talking of people who don't do what we associate them with, Viggo Mortensen isn't really an actor, he's a musician, poet, artist and a photographer. Aragorn (or is that Aragom?) actually doesn't look a thing like Jesus when his hair is short. Anyway, how refreshing to find that this half Dane, half American, who spent some years of his childhood in Argentina, is all about art and not at all about convention. According to his imdb.com info, he speaks English, Danish, French and Spanish, with a little Norwegian and Swedish thrown in. Apparently he was a translator at the 1980 Olympics Swedish hockey game at Lake Placid. Reading some of his quotes dotted about on the internet, he seems like a very cool person, not at all stuck on himself like some famous folk become once they hit the big time. Somebody quoted him on imdb: "I don't plan [my career]; I wait and hope the right thing will find me." If this really is his personal philosophy, and he really has just stumbled across various money-making ventures, then it certainly has worked for him. I suspect, however, that he made artistic expression, or his spiritual wellbeing, a priority, instead of the money.  Thumb Your Nose at the Money, and it Will Follow you relentlessly.

This all reminds me of a strip I used to read in the 70's in Whoopee! comic, called The Bumpkin Billionaires. As a child, I could not understand the whole concept behind the comic strip, which was that a family of country bumpkins came into hoards of money, but it brought them nothing but unhappiness. Every story was a funny escapade of this family trying like crazy to get rid of this money, but their schemes always backfired and they ended up with more money at the end of the story. Whatever they gave away, it came back to them, manyfold.

Give it away, give it away, give it away now.

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Cool Shirt Viggo. What About the Necklace?

Oh cool shirt on Viggo in some of the photos. Kind of a United Nations thing?



Anyone know what's up with this pendant? I note he has some others on in different pics. Looks like a Viking thing maybe? Hmm.

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The Money Flees at a Great Rate

Thanks for the comments, Elizabeth, and I'm sorry to have taken so long to reply. I haven't read that book and I was mostly just being a wise-acre there. I wasn't meaning to rain on anyone's parade (or p on anyone's campfire, as someone I know used to like to say) with my flippant one-liner.


That said, I guess I have mixed feelings about looking to examples of famous successful people for inspiration. On the one hand, they must have done something right to get where they are, and there's undoubtably more to be learned from them than from the failures who vastly outnumber them. And any kind of motivation we can draw is a vital resource for getting through doing what we don't love quite so much, which always seems to go along with, and even make possible, doing what we love.


Viggo seems like a great guy. (I haven't watched enough movies in the past decade to recognize him!) I do tend to wonder though how much it says for those of us who aren't in any danger of being nomimated as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People or VH1's Hottest Hotties. :-) But he undoubtedly has a lot more going for him than the proverbial table-waiting would-be-actors, many of whom are quite good-looking too.


I'd never heard of The Bumpkin Billionaires. That's really funny. I suppose that they might not have made it to the US market. I think I would be more like their antithesis, the Oliver Wendell Douglas to their Beverly Hillbillies.


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Replies are Gravy!

Hey Tim! If anybody so much as reads my simple-minded postings, I'm chuffed. So when I get a reply, I'm deeply honored.


I wasn't upset or angry at all about what you said about Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow. I'm sorry if I came across that way! I should have used more exclamation points to indicate lighthearted whimsy!!!! Reading back what I wrote in a righteously-indignant mental voice, I can see how it may sound snippy. But the campfire is very much still in flames, and not at all put out.


Gosh, I hope I didn't sound like I was hero-worshipping famous people!  Ask Blake - I'm usually the first one to accuse actors, salespeople and magicians of being duplicitous tricksters. As far as being a 'failure' goes, for the rest of us, I saw a quote recently on word-a-day that echoed my beliefs:  To freely bloom - that is my definition of success. -Gerry Spence, lawyer (1929- ). I guess it's logical, Captain, that wealthy 'stars' can afford to bloom as freely as they like. The challenge is to get that high up the ladder, without extinguishing your bloomability in the process.

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Nigel Tufnel On Doing What He Loves

Chuffed? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? :-)


Thanks for the gracious reply there. No, I didn't quite know where you were coming from with Viggo and wasn't sure how much sincerity or sarcasm to attach to that endorsement. He probably is a heckuva guy, and I mean that seriously, but it's hard not to react negatively to PR pieces like that.


And here's another deep-thinking celebrity who's weighed in on the subject:


Nigel Tufnel: [on what he would do if he couldn't be a rock star] Well, I suppose I could, uh, work in a shop of some kind, or... or do, uh, freelance, uh, selling of some sort of, uh, product. You know...
Marty DiBergi: A salesman?
Nigel Tufnel: A salesman, like maybe in a, uh, haberdasher, or maybe like a, uh, um... a chapeau shop or something. You know, like, "Would you... what size do you wear, sir?" And then you answer me.
Marty DiBergi: Uh... seven and a quarter.
Nigel Tufnel: "I think we have that." See, something like that I could do.
Marty DiBergi: Yeah... you think you'd be happy doing something like-...
Nigel Tufnel: "No; we're all out. Do you wear black?" See, that sort of thing I think I could probably... muster up.
Marty DiBergi: Do you think you'd be happy doing that?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, I don't know - wh-wh-... what're the hours?
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Goes to Eleven

Hah! Thanks for the Nige 'interview'. I need to watch those Spinal Tap movies again.


No sarcasm intended on my part, Tim. If there's any there then I need to go do some work on that because that's frighteningly unacceptable, especially since I don't realize I'm doing it! Regarding Viggo's depth, I saw an interview on Youtube (aargh can't find it now!) with him on some talk show with a male and a female host. The female host thought it was ok to basically sexually harrass the poor man (Viggo) relentlessly. It was embarassing and painful to watch. A lady in the audience asked him "Have you ever regretted not landing a certain film role in the past?" and he replied that he  accepted whatever did or did not come his way, whether job or relationship, and that whatever was meant to be, would be. Well this misguided and desperate female host patted him on the knee (several times throughout the interview, actually), and said "Well the magic 8 Ball says that you and I are destined to be together". The look on Viggo's face as they cut away to commercial break was priceless - sort of a bewildered cross between 'how is that relevant to anything?', 'Are you making a mockery of my beliefs that I was trusting enough to bare on your show?' and 'why would you say that, we don't even know each other!'. Man she really blew it.

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I was never all that impressed by the goes-to-eleven thing. My old Peavey Vintage amp goes to twelve!


And as skaters, I think we should really pay more attention to David St. Hubbins, the guy who bears the name of "the patron saint of quality footwear."


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