## November 24, 2006

### Look what I got davy...

This promises to be fun!

Cheers,
Steve

## November 23, 2006

### evidence of nonexistance

Believer: Worship the invisible pink unicorn.
Atheist: Sorry, I don't believe he exists.
Believer: Prove it.
Atheist: Huh?? Why should *I* come up with proof? Ok, I can try: I don't see him.
Believer: That is because he is invisible. Also he is pink. That is one of his divine properties.
Atheist: I don't hear him.
Believer: He only speak to believers. I hear him answer when I pray to him, I'm convinced of that.
Atheist: Ok, here I have an infrared camera. I don't see anything.
Believer: He doesn't emit heat.
Atheist: Ok, I throw around flour and see if anything stick to him, or if we see any footprints appearing.
Believer: Sorry, he is immaterial.
Atheist: Ok, what is the difference between a totally undetectable creature and one that doesn't exist?
Believer: When rain falls, the invisible pink unicorn caused it, whenever a child laughs, the IPU caused it. Also 6000 years of belief shows I am right.
Atheist: ...whatever.

## November 19, 2006

### ... and the man was parallelised

[0019] <   freespace> | help, i got concurrency issues[0020] <   freespace> | help, dead lock[0020] <       Ycros> | i concurrency issue help got

Cheers,
Steve

## November 16, 2006

### Thrice Blessed Day

3. TPG helpdesk was nice and helpful, helped me fix my internet connection settings. For the record, LLC multiplex mode, VCI 8 and VPI 35.

Cheers,
Steve

## November 12, 2006

### A somewhat useful bash script

I am one of those weird people who like to run a full screen X11 in OS X - its just me. This means of course I run into certain problems when I need to copy-n-paste between Aqua and X11.

Copying from Aqua into X11 works fine, but not the other way around. This means its extremely trouble some when I need to open a URL from IRC since I use irssi for IRC, running inside screen over ssh.

And thus the following bash script was born to let me select some text, press a key combination in fluxbox and open up safari with the selection, or to perform a search on wikipedia or google.

#!/bin/bashMAX_LEN=32;NON_URL_BUTTONS="google:1,wiki:2,define:3,cancel:99";URL_BUTTONS="safari:0,cancel:99";sel=/Users/steve/usr/bin/xsel;if [ ${#sel} -eq 0 ]; then xmessage -buttons ok -default ok -nearmouse "Empty selection!"; exit;fihasurl=expr "$sel" : '.*http://.*';if [ $hasurl -gt 0 ]; then sel=${sel#*http://};    sel=${sel%% *}; sel="http://$sel";    buttons=$URL_BUTTONS;else buttons=$NON_URL_BUTTONS;fiif [ ${#sel} -gt$MAX_LEN ]; then    label="${sel:0:$MAX_LEN}...";else    label=$sel;fixmessage -buttons$buttons -default     expr "$buttons" : '$^[a-z]*$' -nearmouse "$label";case $? in 0) url="${sel}";        ;;    1)        url="http://www.google.com/search?q=${sel}"; ;; 2) url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/${sel}";        ;;    3)         url="http://www.google.com/search?q=define:${sel}"; ;; 99) exit ;;esacurl=${url// /%20};echo "$url"open /Applications/Safari.app/ "$url"

xsel used here is by Conrad Parker, and you may change xmessage to gmessage if that is more appealing to you.

Cheers,
Steve