myblog -march '11
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Others have been taught that the " Christian" way to deal with problems is to pray them away—that with enough faith or the right doctrine, we can be free from problems, stress, and disappointments. But when we start believing this line, spirituality starts being measured by our lack of problems instead of our response to them, and we are enticed to equate the goal of eliminating pain with the goal of conformity to Christ.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
i have 5 clocks in my house, which i try to coordinate together as much as possible.. how is it that i have 4 different times then? some varying by as much as 1 hour??
ok, after much searching everywhere, including the imax site, the battle: los angeles site, imdb and all manner of places, my conclusion is that there is no "battle: LA" in imax. unfair? yes. explanations? none. insanity? lots. what am i to do now then? see it in a "normal" theater? ugh.. thats unacceptable.. maybe this will be a good excuse to see what UltraAVX is all about then..
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Sunday, March 27, 2011
fixed up the "argument for the existence of a single, eternal, infinite, personal God" go check it out (again) -- and if you have facebook, you can always click "like" at the bottom of the page!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
ohhhh.. look right below. (no, this isnt the game changer i was talking about.. not yet.. but its coming!) [note to self, i added the facebook "like" feature here]
i dont know what to feel, sadness? anger? numbness?? from a site where they answered the question "How much does an abortion and birth control pills cost?"
Whatever you do, don't go to a back alley butcher (or barber). Do-it-yourself abortions are also equally dangerous and, worse, often unsuccessful.worse?? worse??!! worse than a woman hurting herself to murder an innocent child is that the child would survive????? i hate this world. i almost used an expletive while praying to my Holy God about delivering this world from this evil.. i really dont know how to feel right now.. this is outrageous. and it only goes to show, if we are not out there sharing the Gospel with the spiritually dead people that are propagating this kind of garbage, we are only a part of the problem and not a part of the solution. we should be ashamed. even more so than these people, when we claim to be living in the Holy One, serving the Almighty, and yet we only "get upset" about these things, but then go about our normal routines.. shame on us.
Friday, March 25, 2011
whoa, 8 downloads of my theme already!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
ah man, reading old blog posts is awesome.. soo many memories, im really glad i decided to start this stupid blog almost 10 years ago!! yes, we shall do a big celebration in september.. a big one for sure..
and speaking of announcements.. we shall soon have what i call a game changer at insaner.com.. wait for it
i have made my own metacity (thats the window manager for gnome) theme. i will be posting it up at some point for you linux nutters out there to check it out and see.
over and out
(which reminds me, we bought a couple of two way motorola radios at the pawn shop the other day.. preeeety sweet.. and guess why i bought them? if you guessed "to keep track of your wife while at the mall" then you guessed right)
oh, while im at it, another announcement, as of last week (i think) i have now become a serious threat to joelie on our final frontier.. thats right, due to my wife thinking she needs to lose weight (hahah, oh women.. ) we have now started hitting the gym (which is conveniently located 3 floors down, and conveniently priced as free, and conveniently has 3 tvs with cable) so i might soon have bulging biceps that have other biceps.. while not in the zone (cuz i know you were all wondering about that) thats right.. my little bicep scars that most people think are moles, while actually being scars of biceps that come out of my biceps while im in the zone ("the" zone... not the red zone or the one pin of death zone) will be scars no more.
watch yo back joelie.. watch yo back.. first battleship, then bicep-- uhh.. "-ship"
(ps, notice i have a new tag too.. "the_zone".. oh yes, yes indeed)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
i like this quote:
"This illustrates what I keep saying: The Bible tells you that you do not need to excommunicate heretics. Just patiently explain where they are wrong in a reasonable manner and they will excommunicate you."(i think we all know why i like this quote)
what would you guys think of me starting a bible commentary blog, where i basically comment on every chapter of the bible?? it would be on a separate part of the site though (maybe something like /bibleblog or something like that) and would follow a bit more of a formal tone, with proper grammar and punctuation and all that.
what do you think? any votes?
Monday, March 21, 2011
ohhh and heres another one that i ran into for the first time yesterday (ugh). i was trying to update my nvidia drivers using the nvidia installer (the .run file) and it was telling me that
ERROR: Unable to determine the version of the kernel sources located inthe funny thing is, that i exactly specify where the sources are since (despite what you might be misled to believe by the above made up source path) i have my kernel sources at a different location than the standard one so i basically always specify the right path on the command line, by appending
-a --kernel-source-path=/usr/src/kernels/linux-`uname -r`or whatever the correct path to my kernel source is. so of course, this new error took me quite by surprize.. after several i guess hours of searching, i found a post that sugggested that it was a line in grub that needed to be fixed, but this didnt fix it for me.. a few posts down of that one though, i found one that suggested that the problem was a missing symlink in the kernel source path.. this is weird, since i had compiled this kernel in this path before, and made the nvidia modules for it before, so it shouldnt have been the case that something somehow now didnt work.. but i know how these things go, and it did coincide with the fact that i had indeed compiled a new kernel (to get rid of the "N: alsa-util.c: Disabling timer-based scheduling because high-resolution timers are not available from the kernel." messages in pulseaudio) so i figured i would try the fix, and whaddya know.. it worked, so again, here it is for all you to enjoy:
first, go to your kernel source of the currently running kernel (if you dont have this, then that is the problem.. if you have the headers installed, it should be fine though, the nvidia module only needs the kernel headers) and navigate to the "include" directory, something like this for me:
[insaner@localhost include]$ cd /usr/src/linux/2.6.38-rc4/includenow, there you will see a few directories, the important one is asm*
[insaner@localhost include]$ ls -d asm*notice i only have "asm-generic".. well, there should be a directory called "asm-i386".. which can be a symlink to your asm directory, so:
[insaner@localhost include]$ ln -s asm-generic asm-i386and *POOF* you can now (without rebooting) go and compile your nvidia modules and have a nice glx accelerated x server.. yer weeeelcome!
ok, following up on the pulseaudio problem, if you are (still) running into this error:
[insaner@localhost ~]$ pulseaudiothen the fix might be as simple as going to your "/etc/pulse/default.pa" file and find the line that has
load-module module-alsa-sinkand change it to
load-module module-alsa-sink device_id=0for some setups, instead of device_id=0 you might need to specify "device=hw:0" or "device=hw:0,0" try around with those and see which one works for you.. if you have more than one sound card, your second card would probably be "device=hw:1" or "device=hw1:0"
if you have selected default sink and source at the end of the file, you might want to name this sink as well.. mine looks like this:
load-module module-alsa-sink device_id=0 sink_name=outputhowever, im still not sure how to get the "load-module module-alsa-source" to work yet.. no idea why.. ill be sure to report whatever i can find
ok minor correction to this post on "shm_open() failed: Permission denied" where i said the line has to be
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0when in reality it should be:
shm /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0and that should fix it..
Saturday, March 19, 2011
ok, heres another tip, you linux nuts, if you are getting this error:
[insaner@localhost ~]$ pulseaudiowhen trying to get pulseaudio working, you can try this solution out (which i found serendipitously after many days of frustrating research). first, check to see if you have more than one libasound.so
[insaner@localhost ~]$ locate libasound.sothen go and see which one is the newest:
[insaner@localhost ~]$ ls -l /lib/libasound.so*and now try this (with whichever is your newest one):
[insaner@localhost ~]$ LD_PRELOAD=/lib/libasound.so.2 pulseaudioif this doesnt fix it for you, then stay tuned, im working on it.. if it DOES, then what you have to do is somehow get rid of the old libasound.. and by "somehow" i mean that you are going to have to either remember or simply decide.. remember how it got there and use that method to uninstall, or simply decide how you will remove it. if your package manager tells you you have two libasound packages, then remove the old one.. if it doesnt, you mightve compiled your own at some point, or your package manager "forgot" what it did to get this file installed, so, just move the file somewhere else (or simply rename it --both the original and the symlink) and then run "ldconfig" and it should be fine.. try running pulseaudio again.. i will post a followup as soon as ive solved it for myself..
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
if you are getting lots of this error:
shm_open() failed: Permission deniedthen edit your /etc/fstab file and where you see:
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0change it to (using root/sudo obviously):
tmpfs /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0and run "mount -a" and POOF! fixed.. yer weeelcome! (yes, very very very dumb)
How do I make about:plugins show the file path of each plugin file?answer found here
if I give myself to resolving the debate between supra and infralapsarianism, and to defending inerrancy, and to learning the Westminster Catechism, yea, even the larger one, so as to recite it by heart backwards and forwards, and have not love, I have gained nothing."
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
oh, and i forgot to add to the previous post, my asound.conf file had been messed up during the upgrade which caused sound to not work even when i manually loaded the kernel modules.. so yeah, heads up on that
laaadies and gentlemen, i now have a "working" desktop.. (i put it in quotes because kde4 is a big ugly joke.. and my computer has never been slower.. oh, and for you lucky ubuntu peoples: downgrade kde4 to kde 3.5.. youre weeelcome! (ah, the joys of being in ubuntu and not.. ugh, fedora.. ))
thats right, i now have sound working.. after much investigation down deep dark alleys, i found that it was that my sound card driver's kernel modules were not being automatically loaded at boot.. this of course (yeah, "of course") caused kde4 to hang at login, when kde tried to give me the "error" beep for who knows what, causing it to hang trying to find the sound card.. several days of research into automatic kernel module loading, udev, init scripts, upstart, systemd, (yeah, exactly.. i agree exactly with what youre thinking..) when things "should" have just "worked" -- well, not really since i did skip 6 releases.. i ended up having to learn a bunch of the new and "exciting" changes that happened at some point between fedora 8 and fedora 14.. in any case, just a couple of moments ago i thought, "wait a minute, shouldnt there be some init script that launches alsa (the sound card driver system)?? so i looked for it, and sure enough there was. i launched it, and sure enough, my sound card drivers (the kernel modules) were automatically loaded and i had sound!! so i thought, "why isnt this happening automatically?" i looked in my init scripts, and sure enough, there was no link to this script.. FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! it seems that at some point during my upgrade, this link was removed.. dont ask how or why, but i added the link where it seemed about appropriate, and POOF! a reboot and i had sound! no hung kde.. just an ugly, slow kde, but one with sound! yaaay!
for you regular insaner blog readers wondering whats up with all the recent technical posts, well, its frustrating to waste so much time finding answers and solutions to these problems, so i post as much of it as makes sense so that some poor sap going through the same problem can have the chance at finding an answer to his problem here..
Monday, March 14, 2011
awesome quote i saw the other day
"you are not a real goth, until youve sacked rome"haha
Friday, March 11, 2011
and by popular demand, HAPPY BDAY TO MY FAVORITE GODSON (since the natalien cheaped out and only gave me one.. oh well *sighs sadly*)!!!! (names have been omitted to keep the safety of everyone involved.. except of course natalien's name.. stay safe out there.. we want your kids, but not at the expense of your life.. )
this eliaismo comes courtesy of the natalien:
eliaismo #2: "When I'm bored, I need monsters."
if you cant connect to facebook chat over pidgin, and are getting a message that says "you are not permitted to do that", this is why: facebook has a new chat plugin.. you could use their "official" solution, or just update your pidgin chat plugin.. youre weeeelcome!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
in honor of my godson's bday, im starting an eliaismo list.. here it is, the first eliaismo:
eliaismo #1: (she walks over to the scale after her first 30 minutes at the gym ever.. and then really shocked) "i didnt lose any weight!!!"
ok, i hope all the packages have been updated now.. so here goes nothing..
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
ok, there is something to be said about my problem solving skills here (developed of course as a result of my incredibly superior problem-creating skills) so i fixed my libc problem by booting into the fedora livecd.. which gave me a nice browser with internet access.. where i started looking stuff up.. my main question was "gah, i dont want to just download all the packages again or toss everything out and start from scratch" (ohh cuz i tried the upgrade/repair thing.. and it wanted me to exactly install from scratch and overwrite my install.. no sireee bahb!) ".. and i wonder if i can just install the rpms of the broken stuff from here" now, if you dont know how rpm installations work, well, they need a database to keep track of all the stuff that gets installed, and these databases need to be accessed to be able to install the rpms correctly.. ie, i dont want to "install" the rpm into the livecd environment, i want it to install into my actual system's environment.. which means i need to send the files into the right place, and update the right database. of course, as simple as it sounds, things never are as easy as they sound.
except, ironically, this time it really was. i cant believe it. apparently, rpm has an option to choose which database to install to.. err, to choose the "location" of the database (theres only ever normally one rpm database).. theres also an option to choose the intall root.. which means that with one option you can tell it where to send the files and the location of the database is deduced from that path (hopefully.. according to the man page, it is.. so i just hope it is) so now i used the rpm program from the livecd, to install into my system using my system's database. so.. now i have a working libc, which means i can now chroot into my system (that means that i can run a terminal as if i was at my system, and the system doesnt even know it) so now i can run my system's rpm, and work through the problems and maybe at some point even get yum to run and do the updates.. ugh.. well, at least now i dont hate fedora and yum as much as i did about a couple hours ago..
my system is now completely trashed. as i was finally getting the upgrade to happen, i went back to see the progress and it had stalled.. the mouse wasnt moving either.. everything was frozen.. had been for 20minutes.. ughhh! ok, so reset and try again. yeah? think so? no siree bahb.. the computer was now unbootable, not to mention i had moved out all but one kernel from the /boot directory to make space for whatever garbage i needed to put up in the /boot for the previous attempt to upgrade (the "normal" way, which also hadnt worked for whatever stupid reason) so here i am with a kernel oops (yeah, thats what theyre called in linux) because selinux profile could not be found with my kernel (the one i compiled a couple weeks ago) and the kernel i just installed for fedora 14 was going into panic over who knows what.. so i boot into the installer kernel, which gives me a prompt.. and in the prompt i go to a chroot environment (yeah, ive done all this before) to try to resume the (blahsted!) yum install.. and all the programs are now complaining about libc.. uh oh.. if you know anything about libc, you know this is not good. so i figured, ok, lets try to install the libc the programs like.. so i just copied over a libc file from ubuntu (oh yeah, i had to boot into an ubuntu livecd to try to rescue fedora.. ahh the irony) but apparently, the new libc only managed to make the programs not complain but only because they were all SEGFAULTING!! gah!! i tried getting it from an old redhat install (actually i think it was a fedora core 1 install, not sure) and that didnt work either.
knowing when a problem is beyond the scope of whatever it is i am doing, i decided to step away from the computer, observe it lovingly, and resist the urge to curse fedora away to the outer darkness. this time i knew it wasnt only fedora's fault. if the problem was the libc thing, then it explains the freezing during the installation that caused all this in the first place. then i "realized" why fedora could not just be updated into the next one from within the running system itself (for this reason!!) and why you had to reboot into the new install environment. of no relief, of course, since of course i had tried that.. but it failed.. remember? oh yeah, did i mention why that failed? well, because the install environment was not detecting my installation. it detected the old redhat install (or fedora 1 or whatever it is) but not the one that i had actually run preupgrade on (the program that prepares your fedora 8+ system to be upgraded) ugh.. i know.. if that had worked, i wouldnt be here at all.. so yeah, it is quite a bit fedora's fault. so, what am i doing now? i am on my wife's computer, burning a fedora 14 livecd so i can boot into that and rescue my computer. this, because despite trying again to boot into the preupgrade environment, some (preupgrade) files apparently were deleted by a "yum clean all" that i had had to do to try to get yum to install for crying out loud. and i wanted to see if i could get those regenerated from within a chroot environment or something.. but nothing, and the preupgrade install process refused to continue i cant even remember why.
ahh, the joys of wanting to do things the hard way, right? people, stick to ubuntu and doing things like a normal person, lest you end up like me, and my silver highlights, as lux calls them.. (you know, those little natural silver highlights we all get as we get older? the ones that i have a new batch of in my head after last year's "adventure"?)
alright the cd is about done burning.. lets see if we can get this thing fixed today.. and have a usable system by the time my wife gets home.. i really really would like to get some productive stuff done soon.. like economically productive.. ok the cd just ejected.. time to roll, mah peeps..
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
ugh.. i hate fedora.. note to the wise, stick with ubuntu.. fedora is still at least a decade behind ubuntu.. if not more.. and it can all be traced to a single thing.. "synaptic".. once upon a time, (fedora core 4) it was still possible to use synaptic to update your system.. but for some redonkey-donks idea, they went with yum.. of course, yum is garbage, and its only viable graphical interface is yumex which is a bigger load of garbage. if i wasnt so tenacious (read: "stubborn"), and unwilling to lose all the stuff i have created and adjusted in this system over the last 10 years or so, (because i started with i think redhat 7.3 and have been upgrading my way up to fedora 8.. but for whatever reason, i no longer could stay in fedora 8 for some package or something that needed to be updated for me to do something i needed to do (that i cant even remember what it was now) and this ONE package triggered a slew of dependencies that made me have to upgrade to fedora 9.. which is still 5 releases old.. (yeah, they are at 14 now.. rawhide is 15)
so after much fighting with yum and fedora's dependency hell, i figured id just skip a few releases (something ive done a few times before.. i never used fedora 3, nor 5 or 6 something like that-- not to mention the many "franken linux" that i had.. like having a mix of packages from over 4 releases at a time.. right now i have been uninstalling packages from fedora 4, 7, 8 which were installed along with fedora 9 packages) and just upgrade to whatever highest thing i could.. which would be 14 (i dont really want to go to rawhide right now). but UGH! i think fedora was designed exclusively to help us work on our patience (and to give us something unproductive to suck away all our time) because i have now been almost one whole week trying this, and the first round of upgrades sent me to kde4 hell (gah!!) where i had my perfect, usable kde 3.5 which was awesome (and i had running alongside my gnome.. yes, alongside, in the sense that i had both running together on my desktop, panels from both, and kde doing most of the gruntwork) and then it upgrades me to kde 4 which was to kde as vista was to windows.. seriously. i couldnt even install a proper theme to get stuff usable. oh yeah, this was why i wanted to upgrade to fedora 14, to get maybe the newest kde 4 (which would be for fedora, kde 4.5.. for others, kde 4.6 is the newest) and maybe have a bunch of this stuff fixed. anyways.. just venting a bit, as i cool off steam from reading yum's stupid unsolvable error messages.. AVOID FEDORA!
Friday, March 4, 2011
ok i just thought this one up:
windows and mac people throw money at their problems, linux people throw time at them.so true, eh?
Thursday, March 3, 2011
by special request:
yesterday we had a "movie night".. i put it in quotes only because we ended up not watching a movie at all.. however, history was made, as joelie got a rare glimpse into a universe he had until then only heard about.. thats right, ladies and gents, joelie yesterday saw me in full glory while i was in the zone.. and not just any zone, but the zone of zones.. the one thats way past the red zone (thats the one that makes me smell good) and somewhere in the neighborhood of the yellow zone (thats the one where my wife is always in.. ) joelie was blown away by this historic event, sort of like seeing a car crash or an alien abduction live.. which reminds me, we have to get back to our old epic chess battles, i have started forgetting who was the chessmaster.. and if it was me, this is unacceptable (that i forget) and if it was him, this is unacceptable (that it is not me). of course, i could always just bring in the heat with battleship, since my last time i used a big gambit, and made the one fatal mistake (the one that always gets me) well, i guess it was two.. teh first one was the gambit. in any case, what was i talking about? oh yeah, joelie saw me while i was in the zone.. savor it joelie, savoooor it!
part of my dream i was having this morning:
so somehow i was with the police academy movie people (im not sure if it was like real life or what), but we had to go down into and underground thing which was in the middle of a city park, apparently we werent supposed to go down, but we started going down anyways, steve gutenberg (or his character) was there, and tackleberry was there too (the guy with all the big guns) and we started going down. it looked like it might have been an elevator shaft or something, since it was all very tight and narrow, and there mightve been like 20 of us there, all trying to go down into this thing. but it was too deep (horizontally) to be an elevator shaft, and it went down diagonally, but it didnt have stairs, it was more like a ramp. i guess it could be described as going down a couple of stairs then down an elevator shaft, then down a ramp into a strange room. however before reaching the ramp, we had to pass a booth where some guy was there telling us we couldnt go down (as in, that we were not allowed to) which was weird because, dood, these are all police officers, hellooooo! so i think this is wher i first saw tackleberry, who i think whipped out a gun or something to threaten the guy in the booth and let us through. i think hightower (the tall black guy) was in this part too. so basically we just went down, since we were on some sort of mission to do something.. but when we finally get to the room in the basement looking area at the bottom of the ramp, which was at this point quite deep into the ground (no natural lighting) there were stacks of metal cases (like they have in evidence rooms) with these metal covers that had large holes in the centers and in the holes these solid balls. yes all very strange. and as we were looking around, we heard someone say something like that we werent supposed to be there, and when i looked over, it was a guy in a gorilla suit, who suddenly got all riled up, and started hitting the solid balls, which apparently were bowling balls which then rolled away into the holes. this was apparently some sort of alarm system (oh yes, advanced technology) so then everyone got worried and started moving out, since the room was going to be flooded with dirty water from i think some broken water mains.. so we started moving up out of the room, then at that same area where the booth was, some kid came in selling some type of food, of which i think i got two of.. but there was no price, so i got worried at how much the kid might charge me for. and then while outside (at the park) i realized we were in colombia, and then we were lining up to go into some building, but the lineup started across the street in the park. so as i was standing there at the bus stop (yeah, apparently there was a bus stop there) the kid starts telling us how much what we had bought to eat was, and it was 10,000 (something, i cant remember what the units of money were in the dream) but i had no idea how much this was going to be, so i asked someone else there who did know if that was a lot or not, and they said it wasnt, so i gave it to the kid, and at the time i remember thinking "hmm... is this like $10??" haha.. so now i was in a bus going to some water show (like those stunt shows they have on water) with my wife, in colombia.. and something was going on that we had to take a taxi on the street that surrounded the water.. but the taxis were more like tuk tuks (taxi cholo) and i think my wife had to get on a separate one. at this point, the phone rang, and i woke up
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
ive been keeping myself busy by trying to install, debug, clean up my two systems.. (the studio one i spent half a week.. yes, literally that amount of hours.. trying to install the newest version of my video editor from source.. ugh, so annoying.. ) and right now im making space on my main computer to see if i can finally upgrade (ugh, i hate fedora, im like 5 releases behind.. and as i like to remind bahb of why i still use it instead of switching to ubuntu, well, its due to the fact that over the years ive accumulated settings and scripts all over the place that i have no idea how to reproduce, and should the need arrive, id be quite upset about that. so instead, i deal with being upset at the fact that fedora is stupid. the end) it seems theres a lot of old versions of programs that are still installed, and im learning quite quickly which are the things that most use up space in a system.. some, really really stupid ones..
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
was working on a post, when firefox decided to crash on me.. meh.. and now im eating a new dessert i have created (spelling tip, dessert has two "s"s because you would want two desserts, but not two deserts.. ) that is banana and flaxseed grape extravaganza!! quite delicious.. quite delicious.. energy food, i would say.. to get me in the zone!
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