Okay, so. I am absolutely done with Vista on this thing, when the computer runs a high quality downloaded version of a video slower than streaming the same video from Youtube, I'm done.

So, since I have access to (legal, even!) copies of WinXP and Windows 7, I'm thinking I'll put both on here. And also plan on putting on some kind of Linux, so that leads to my techie question. What's the best program or system to set up a computer to dual (or more!) boot?

Suggestions on good varieties of Linux that support HP laptop stuff are welcome too.
So, in response to that school in Mississippi canceling the prom because a lesbian couple wanted to go, at least one blog is collecting prom pictures from lesbian couples. Theoretically, this should prove the world won't end if girls dance with girls, but I don't think the school board's going to read it.

But D'AWWW! So cute.

Also, it makes me wonder, which would be more culturally subversive, two girls going, and one wearing a tux, the "male" uniform, or both going in dresses? (At least one couple both went in suits, I think they win.)

A Puzzle

Jul. 8th, 2009 09:34 pm
Why is that many of the people who talk the loudest and the longest about "bravery" and "toughness" and so on were the first people to completely panic about terrorists and demand, say, pointless and intrusive searches, wars with unrelated countries, and generally bombing the crap out of other people, just so they can feel safer from the Magical Supervillain Terrorists?

(And yes, I know several possible answers. I'm mostly being rhetorical here)
Can anybody recommend a good program to go through a lot of music files, identify the duplicates, and remove them? I installed iTunes, and it asked if I wanted it to consolidate my music library, which meant it made copies of all my other songs into the iTunes directory. More organized mostly, yes, but now they take up twice the space. And twice a lot is a lot!

Deja Vu

Mar. 23rd, 2009 05:21 pm
Okay, so there's ads for this new Nicholas Cage movie, where there's a random string of numbers that correlate to disasters and how many people are doing to die in them. And they're almost at the end of the numbers *DUN DUN DUN!*

Now, am I crazy, or wasn't there a movie a few years back with that exact same premise? I don't remember the name, or actors, or anything, but I could have sworn there was already a movie with the same idea.

Seriously

May. 30th, 2008 01:21 pm
What IS so funny about peace, love, and understanding?

Tech Belg

Apr. 21st, 2008 03:35 pm
Okay, since I'm not at my home computer too much any more, I've been running most of my stuff off a suite of Firefox, Thunderbird, etc on a thumb drive. I have GAIM, but I can't get it to copy my settings from my home version, and I'd like to be able to be on IM and see the people there. Anybody know how to do that?
Is it more important that the guilty get punished, if it means innocents will be punished too, or that the innocent don't get punished, even if it means some of the guilty will go free?

Is it more important that we prevent people who don't need help from getting it, if it means that some of those in need won't get any, or that we ensure all of those in need get help, even if it allows more free riders?

I know my answers, which I'll put, along with some reasoning, in a comment. But I'm curious what others think. I suspect people's answers to these questions would correlate with a large number of other opinions.

Requests!

Aug. 31st, 2007 12:52 am
Man, why'd it take me so long to decide to get into engineering? Man.

Okay, two questions though. First, what Firefox addons/plugins do people use and have found handy? Is there one that works to post to LJ? I just installed PortableFirefox on a new thumb drive and want to make my life easier.

Also, does anybody have a suggestion for a good free (as in speech, not just as in beer) C++ compiler/linker/etc? Yeah, I could go download a free version of Microsoft's from their site, but dude, seriously. Especially hopefully one that's installable to a thumbdrive?
My brain's in a weird place this morning. Probably because I stayed up too late and then was reading The Invisibles this morning. So, a random question.

If everybody chose on their own to do exactly what they were fated to do, would that be destiny or free will?
Hello Internets, I'm back, at least for the moment. Been busy. Question for all you out in Internets land, anybody going to Small Press Expo in Baltimore, October 12th and 13th? Also, They Might Be Giants are playing in Baltimore Saturday evening. It'd be cool to meet up with peoples there.

Hey, Leti?

Jun. 25th, 2007 02:57 pm
What were those cool union made recycled shoes you found a while back? It wasn't the Black Spot ones, was it the No Sweat ones, or something else? LJ doesn't search very well, so I couldn't find the link.
Okay, tech support time. For some reason, when I try and start up Mozilla Thunderbird now, it just locks up, it sort of half-loads, but all the outside edges are all speckley and it doesn't respond. I tried downloading the newest version, which still does it, and it worked fine several days ago, I don't know of anything that should have changed with it.
Okay. So I feel like I agree with people who say religion shouldn't just be about making you feel warm fuzzies, though it certainly does do that for some people. And it shouldn't just be a list of things to do or not do, because some Big Scary says so. It shouldn't just be about enforcing social norms, or giving people something to do on Sunday. It shouldn't just be about damning people who disagree with you to your particular brand of hell. It shouldn't be assumed to be a literal explanation of the world, because that usually turns out poorly.

So, what I wonder then, is what should religion do? I guess like anything else big, it's something different to lots of different people. What's the point of religion? I'm not trying to attack anything here, I'm honestly curious and trying to understand.
Whatever happened to the gold, frankincense, and myrrh, anyway? Sold to buy diapers for baby Jesus? Used to bribe soldiers to get across the border into Egypt? I mean, they're really not practical gifts for either a newborn or a budding family.

Magazines

Nov. 16th, 2006 07:15 pm
I'm considering suggesting to people they buy me some magazine subscriptions as gifts, 'cause there's not a whole lot I want, and it'd make sure I have more sources of information besides just piping the Internet directly to my brain.

The question is, which magazines would be worth getting? The list I'm considering so far is Fortean Times, Adbusters, and New Scientist. What other good magazines are out there with info about all sorts of interesting things?
But shouldn't "objective journalism" mean not just reporting what someone said, but actually looking into the claims they make and reporting if they're objectively true or not? In science, in politics, in whatever. The first isn't journalism, it's just transcription.
Q: Why is there a "Women's Interests" section, but not a "Men's Interests" section? (A: Because everything else is "Men's Interest" by "default"?)

Q: Why does a magazine called "Men's Health" have a pic of a woman on the cover? (A: Duh.)

Q: Why are there MULTIPLE magazines about celebrity hairdos? (A: Because people buy them?)
Alright, so, one of those questions I kick around sometimes. Which do you think we'll have in the US as a president first? A woman, somebody who's not white, somebody who's openly gay/bi, or somebody who's not Christian (yes, I know about Deists, the Founding Fathers don't count)? I'm not really sure. Probably either a woman or a minority, but I could be wrong.

A Question

Sep. 21st, 2006 11:48 pm
How much of what people do is to distract themselves from the fact they're not really doing what they want do be doing, do you think?

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