holding my breath…

i worried and fretted about my computer all day today, but i didn’t actually do anything about it… i just waited for kubuntuforums.net to come up with an answer that i hadn’t tried yet. to keep my mind off the computer, i went out and bought new batteries for lucy’s training collar, bread, bagles and dishwasher detergent, and a three terabyte USB hard disk, which i intend on partitioning approximately 1tb/2tb, and throwing my ENTIRE home directory, and my entire 200gb music collection into the 1tb side, and using the 2tb side as backup storage…

and i AM going to use something like Keep to back up my ENTIRE home directory about twice a month…

so that this kind of thing WON’T happen again… ๐Ÿ˜›

and when i got home, kubuntuforums.net had come up with an answer i hadn’t tried. a kubuntu expert from indonesia suggested apt-get install libakonadi-contact4, and when i did that, kmail, kaddressbook, and akregator all started without a problem.

and it works… so far… if it works again tomorrow, i’ll feel a lot better.

amarok still has difficulty telling how long tracks are, but at this point, i’m SO relieved to have kmail back that i’ll let it be wonky for a while…

more GROAN!… 8P

i got up this morning and nothing (and i mean nothing) had changed. kontact still wouldn’t start, nobody had responded to my many varied requests for help, and, according to skype-friend “You are now solidly into the area of problems that Kubuntu added to Debian”… ๐Ÿ˜›

so i put “kontact can’t find libkontactinterface.so.4 in kubuntu 10.04” into google, and came up with this article in kubuntuforums.net, which suggested reinstalling kdepim for a person who was having almost the same problem in maverick (kubuntu 10.10). so i tried sudo apt-get --reinstall install kdepim and then i read a little further in the article and discovered that it was also suggested that i try sudo apt-get --reinstall install libkontactinterface4, which resulted in some change… unfortunately, not in the desired direction. now kontact says kontact: error while loading shared libraries: libakonadi-contact.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory… essentially the same error as before, only now it’s looking for libakonadi-contact.so.4 instead of libkontactinterface.so.4

i feel like i should be making progress, but i honestly don’t know what to do next… ๐Ÿ™

i’m going to try putting libakonadi-contact.so.4 into google and see if that comes up with any new, relevant information that i haven’t already read… ๐Ÿ™

ETA: from what little reading i’ve done, it would appear that akonadi (the personal information management software that makes kontact work, and the thing that needs libakonadi-contact.so.4) doesn’t work that well (or, depending on where you read, at all) on 10.04 either, and the recommendation is to upgrade to 10.10… which isn’t a LTS… more motivation for me to switch distributions to debian (the parent distro to *ubuntu). this would obviously mean going back to KDE4.5, or KDE4.3, or something like that… but, as i said to skype-friend, i don’t need all these fancy bells and whistles, i just need it to work… reliably, consistently, and with a lot less effort than i have put into it over the past three days… i admit that, on the whole, kubuntu has been FAR better than windoesn’t, and even gives mac a run for its money, but when it comes to upgrading, kubuntu SUCKS!! ๐Ÿ˜›

another week closer to the eschatonโ€ฆ

The real challenge for Internet freedom? US hypocrisy. And there’s no app for that.

How Close Are We to a Nano-based Surveillance State?Little Brother is watching you…

Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators – he’s watching senators, as well… why is more outrage not being expressed about this kind of thing? ๐Ÿ˜

and, instead of going after terrorists, Arvada Police arrest 11-year-old over ‘inappropriate’ stick figure drawing

Alaska lawmaker refuses TSA pat-down at Seattle airport – i thought state representatives had TSA immunity… but the fact that – apparently – they don’t is a good way to get the law changed… especially when they choose to go back to alaska by ferry rather than submit to TSA groping. despite sarah palin, alaska still appears to have some brains in their leadership…

Charges initiated against Pope for crimes against humanity – it’s the end of the world as we know it… and, personally, i hope they take him down. ๐Ÿ™‚

Airports to introduce self-scan check-in for terrorists

U.S. re-starts secret testing of the word โ€˜nuke-u-lorโ€™

groan! 8P

my email client (yes, i’m an anachronism, i know… deal with it) was working when i went to bed last night.

my email client was working when i got up this morning… however it turns out that my file manager was not. i fought my way through several different possibilities, and then i discovered that i did, indeed, have about a half-hours worth of downloading for “updates” that weren’t installed yesterday, so i installed them.

the file manager now works… but my email client doesn’t. ๐Ÿ˜

when i try to start it from the GUI, nothing happens. when i try to start it from the terminal, it tells me this: kontact: error while loading shared libraries: libkontactinterface.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory which is next to useless…

so i go to google and put in “libkontactinterface.so.4” and i discover that it is installed in /usr/lib with kdepimlibs5 (whatever that is), so i type in sudo apt-get install kdepimlibs5 and it tells me
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
kdepimlibs5 is already the newest version.

however, when i go to /usr/lib/ and do a ls | grep libkontactinterface.so.4 it tells me nothing… which means that, despite the fact that i’ve apparently got the most recent kdepimlibs5, i apparently don’t have ANY libkontactinterface.so.4…

why does linux have to be so arcane? is it just to frustrate anachronisms like me? ๐Ÿ™

groan?

so “lucid lynx” appears to work well… which is to say, once i had got it installed, it hasn’t crashed or done anything non-computer-like…

dolphin (one of the file managers that i’ve been able to find) doesn’t work any longer… i invoke it in various different ways, but it doesn’t show any files (fortunately, i know that they’re there, otherwise i’d really be freaking out). instead it says: “Could not start process Unable to create io-slave: klauncher said: Error loading ‘kio_file’. this is probably a “non-computer-like” behaviour, but i’m fairly confident that i can, actually get it straightened out within the next few days…

however, amarok, the music player, has some difficulties… so much so that i actually logged a bug on the “new” version (2.3.0) yesterday. it plays music files of all kinds quite the same as it did in its previous version (2.2.4, or something like that), but instead of track lengths, it says that all the tracks are 0:00 minutes long. also, when i view the tags for an individual track, sometimes i can change them, and sometimes i can’t, even though all the files are set to permissions 644…

of course, the immediate response to my bug (as was the case pretty much all the time when i was testing software for a living) was that i am “doing it wrong”, and that i have to upgrade to a version (2.4.0) which, from what i understand after having read a bunch about the process, actually won’t run on lucid… apparently lucid doesn’t have some important piece of the puzzle necessary to run the version of amarok that doesn’t have problems with track lengths and tags… or not, nobody’s exactly sure what’s going on at all. ๐Ÿ˜

not only that, but, following the instructions that i, finally, was able to find for upgrading to 2.4.0 on lucid, only upgraded me to 2.3.2 – which isn’t really that surprising, because, from what i have been able to find out, 2.4.0 really won’t run on lucid – which has exactly the same bug as 2.3.0 did.

this is one of the reasons i’m REALLY glad i don’t test software for a living any longer… i don’t have the patience to reply to the “developer” and explain to them that i’m not “doing it wrong”, what i’m doing is EXACTLY the same thing that any other bozo would be doing on their computer, and if they perceive something as a bug, they’re not going to be as satisfied a “customer” as i would be… only i’m NOT a software tester any longer… and i only posess the patience to fume and rant on my blog about how amarok 2.4.0 WON’T WORK on lucid, without some forcing and installing some non-standard bullshit that nobody except the developers truly understand! ๐Ÿ˜›

groan

it got worse… the computer crashed before i went to bed…

then, i got up at zero-dark-thirty this morning (because i couldn’t sleep) and began yet another extended conversation with skype-friend, who eventually gave up at about 11:30. he recommended that i try kubuntuforums.net (a place where i have an established presence), so i went there, and took the first advice that came down the pipe…

after another 45 minutes or so of downloading and configuring, i went from booting to a terminal, to not booting at all. it wouldn’t boot normally, or in the latest kernel recovery mode at all… ๐Ÿ™

it would boot in the next kernel back recovery mode, however, and with a couple more hours of fretting and worrying, combined with frantic typing and getting as many messages as possible in between the times when the people who were helping me were online and offline, i managed to get kubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx” up and running…

i’m seriously thinking of switching distros the next time i have to upgrade. this is ridiculous. ๐Ÿ˜

groan… 8P

okay, so i decided, a couple weeks ago, to upgrade kubuntu, since 9.01 is coming to the end of its support period in a month or so, but i couldn’t figure out how to get either kpackagemanager (the default program, which i don’t use) or synaptic (which i use on the recommendation of this guy who is a linux genius that i met on skype)…

i futzed around with it a bit, and found the “sources list” in synaptic, but i didn’t know what to put in to make it work, that wasn’t already there. so i contacted my friend on skype, and he told me to do it manually (i.e. use the terminal instead of the GUI)… we thought we had the problem with the sources list – /etc/apt/sources.list – sorted out, and i ran “aptitude update” and then “aptitude -f dist-upgrade” which was supposed to do it, but after downloading what turned out to be only half-a-ton of stuff in three hours, it didn’t work, and left me with a system that, i strongly suspect, if i attempt to reboot it, it will be totally hosed.

it turns out that when i originally installed the OS, from a CD-ROM, it didn’t put a whole bunch of really important sources into the list, which meant that, despite my downloading for three hours, i didn’t get a “complete” upgrade. among the things that are “unresolved dependencies” or “BROKEN” are just about everything in the GUI for the entire machine, and the necessary software to boot up the machine once it has been shut down.

i suspect that it’s actually going to be easier to fix than the last time i had this problem, because it was in a pretty stable state when i screwed it up… but that’s only because i didn’t follow my gut instinct to reboot when it started giving me difficulties.

and skype-friend has a rehearsal for a church play this evening, so he won’t be available again until tomorrow morning – which is 2 hours ahead of me, which means that, by the time i’m usually getting up in the morning on a saturday, he’ll be taking his wife to lunch, which, i suspect, will take longer than an hour… i’m fairly confident that we can fix it, but it may be a few days until i have regular access to my email, RSS feeds and stuff like that…

i wonder why it is that i’m the one that has these problems… as far as i know, nobody else who runs ubuntu or any of its relatives has anything like this much difficulty with it… and when i bought this computer, i bought it specifically because it had high-quality “generic” hardware that i was sure would be supported… and yet, the only things that actually makes noise on the machine are the alert sounds, and the music player: everything else that’s supposed to talk to the sound card doesn’t, and every time i have had to update the system it has turned into a nightmare…

this

PayPal has apparently frozen the account of the organisation raising funds for Bradley Manning’s legal defense, and they’ve admitted that they have no legal reason to freeze the account but that it is due to an “internal policy decision by PayPal”. that fact is exactly the reason why i don’t keep funds in my paypal account. when i get an order, i automatically transfer it to my checking account. if i have to refund a payment, i transfer it from my checking account. that way, in the not-unlikely event that paypal decides to freeze my account, all i will have to do to stay in business, is to arrange another payment method on my web site.

ever since the fiasco a few years ago, i’ve felt extremely suspicious about dealing with credit card companies, but i know that it is possible to do without getting scammed…

another week closer to the eschatonโ€ฆ

Dear Poor People, Thank You for Going Without Heat So We Can Buy Another Week of War

The Washington Legislature should legalize marijuana – this is great… now all we have to do is get people to believe it.

okay, i’ve been watching this back-and-forth argument between people who are decidedly against homeopathic medicine, and the law that recently came into effect in britain that makes it so that homeopaths are no longer covered by their national insurance (or something like that), and the new law in britain, that will make herbal medicines, which are currently banned, legal under a plan that will license them… and i haven’t really come down on one side or another, primarily because of the fact that i have personally experienced the effects of herbal and homeopathic medicines… and then i come across this article that says The drugs won’t work if you don’t believe in them, which talked about an experiment in which volunteers had a pain device applied under the influence of a powerful opiate-based painkiller, and their responses were, on average, 25% higher when they didn’t know that they were under the influence of a painkiller than they were when they did know, regardless of the fact that they had the pain killer throughout the entire experiment… which makes me wonder why it is that any type of medicine is more or less effective than any other. i’ve known for a long time that the placebo effect can accomplish some pretty miraculous effects that you wouldn’t necessarily expect, and it seems to me that, if a person believes that a certain kind of medicine – or non-medicine – will help them, then they shouldn’t be denied that medicne, regardless of what the expected effects of that “medicine” would be on that person without the belief. basically, if you believe it’s going to work, then you should be allowed to take it, and if it kills you instead, that’s nobody’s problem but your own.

US House votes extension of anti-terrorism powers – didn’t obama claim that if we elected him president he would do away with the patriot act? he lied… ๐Ÿ˜

If captured, Bin Laden will be sent to Gitmo – wait, i thought that another one of obama’s campaign promises was to shut down gitmo… i guess he lied about that, too… ๐Ÿ˜

Army wants rapid-fire rubber bullets for crowd control – if they want new ammo for crowd control, do you think that, possibly, they’re planning for instances where they will need crowd control in the near future? considering what has been going on in tunisia, egypt, algeria, lybia, yemen, jordan, kuwait, sudan, bahrain and wisconsin recently, it wouldn’t surprise me too much if that were exactly what they’re planning for… ๐Ÿ˜

also, Obama Administration Says It Can Spy On Americans, But Can’t Tell You What Law Allows It – it appears that Rev. Chumlee was correct in his conclusion that he’s one of the best republican presidents we’ve ever had… ๐Ÿ˜

‘Kill Switch’ Internet bill alarms privacy experts – which causes more disruption, a theoretical “cyberattack” that potentially disrupts internet, or the law that creates an internet ‘kill switch’ and gives it to people who don’t know how and why to use it? Boffins devise ‘cyberweapon’ to take down internet – take note, egypt, algeria, america and anywhere else they’re talking of installing an internet ‘kill switch’: if you really want to take down internet, talk to geeks, ’cause they’ve already got it planned out… they’re also ready with the current internet’s replacement: The Next Net

also, Internet ‘kill switch’ bill gets a makeover – “maybe if we don’t call it the ‘internet kill switch’, but, instead, call it the ‘internet freedom’ bill, people won’t notice that it still gives DHS (people who don’t know how to use it) the power to shut down their connectivity”… ๐Ÿ˜

10 Ways In Which Google Runs The Worlddon’t be evil… i remember when i was working at STL, in 1997, a colleague of mine told me about this new search engine i should check out, called google… fourteen years later, google rules the world. i would say that their company motto has outlived its purpose… i propose a new one, along the lines of “do be creepy and megalomaniacal”…

Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war – does that mean that we can shut down the war and go home now? ๐Ÿ˜ก

however, FBI: 100 Percent Chance of WMD Attack – apparently the FBI knows something we don’t… or something…

TSA Workers Admit To Stealing Huge Amounts Of Cash From Passengers – but don’t worry, they didn’t let any terrorists get through

Homeland Security Won’t Even Admit Whether Or Not It Seized Mooo.com, Taking Down 84,000 Innocent SiteshomeCLOWN-land security is at it again, trying (or not) to shut down internet…

HAH HAH!Mother of 3 Arrested for Taking Pictures of Tourist Attraction at Airport – this case is a frightening example of what can happen when an innocent photographer encounters ignorant bullies with badges. and, in a late-breaking update, Town of Southampton in Default – she won a $70 million lawsuit against them because the city attorney “forgot” to reply… karma’s a bitch… <nelson muntz voice>HAH HAH</nelson muntz voice>

Hosni Mubarak Not Dying, Had Breakfast on the Beach – even after he is stripped of power, he’s still powerful enough to lie to the media and have the media print his lies as though they were the truth… ๐Ÿ˜

Open Letter to Westboro Baptist Church – from Anonymous. WBC’s Response, Message to the Westboro Baptist Church, the Media, and Anonymous as a whole – it just keeps getting better… ๐Ÿ™‚

oh, and by the way… New Study Finds No Cognitive Impairment Among Ecstasy Users

did it!

after somewhat less than a year of thinking about ideas and even trying out one on ganesha the car v.2, i’ve actually decided on a deceptively simple plan that, if all goes correctly, should turn the current not-quite-an-art-car into a piece of artwork to rival ganesha the car v.1.stencil

unfortunately, i am unable to give you a clear idea of what it’s going to look like, because i haven’t actually tried it out anywhere, yet, and also i really don’t want to “show my hand” too early in the game, but this graphic shows the stencil i’m going to be using, which should give you some idea of what it’s going to look like…

… not very much of an idea, but that’s the fun part… ๐Ÿ˜‰

because of the fact that the design needs to be executed with more than the ordinary degree of accuracy, i’m going to lay the entire design out in pencil before i try to start painting, which is where the stencil will serve a dual purpose. printed on white paper, with alignment holes on either end, it will make an easy way for me to quickly pencil in the design on the car and make any necessary adjustments, and then, printed on clear mylar, it will make an effective way to paint the design once i’ve got everything laid out the way i want it. the only thing i have to do, now, is get the car washed and wait for nice enough weather that i can do it and not have to worry about rain…

Ƀɭɘɦ

not physical Ƀɭɘɦ so much, but mental ɓȽɛʜ without a doubt… a lot of Ƀɭɘɦ things have been happening around me, which increases my sensation of ʙʟȅȟ…

somebody thug killed hokum… if nobody was forced to work in order to survive, that sort of thing would happen significantly less frequently. as it is, i have had two very good friends killed by thugs who were only interested in the thrill, and what they could steal. if it means putting an end to the meaningless death of entertainers like this, it’s time we changed the way we think about things like wage slavery.

no less than two of my acquaintances have lost their cats within the past week…

tunisia, egypt, algeria, lybia, yemen, jordan, kuwait, sudan, bahrain… wisconsin… ๐Ÿ˜

the house republicans just voted to de-fund planned parenthood… ๐Ÿ˜›

i received an incense order from a guy who calls himself a “doctor”, who is also as ignorant and closed minded as they come and will not take “no” for an answer… he wanted to order 2 dozen boxes of incense, and when i told him that i only had one dozen boxes, and it was very rare and i am not sure i’m going to be able to get any more of it, he responded by inquiring about when i would have more of it, and asking if i would email him when it arrived… he’s also obsessed with free shipping (which, according to my shipping policy, kicks in after $100), and asked not two or three, but four times, in consecutive emails, about how much he had to order to get free shipping… and then couldn’t figure out why he had to pay shipping, when i had (apparently) “told him” that his order would be shipped for free…

if i wasn’t so anal about keeping emails, i would probably not remember that i had essentially the same discussion with him about six months ago, and again about six months before that – although he didn’t end up ordering incense from me either of the previous two times i’ve talked with him, so maybe i’ve made an impression… but i still wonder whether or not all of his harrassment was worth it… and i’m wondering where i should draw the line with people like that. ๐Ÿ˜

i know that things usually don’t stay this Ƀɭɘɦ for that long, but i’ll sure be glad when this particular ʙʟȅȟ is gone.

DEAD PEOPLE!

Fauntleroy stabbing victim officially identified as entertainer Hokum W. Jeebs – i didn’t know hokum as well as i knew tuba man, but i knew him well enough… he and tuba man both have been great inspiration to me over the years. i only really met hokum about 5 years ago, or so, but i’ve known about him for a long time… at least since hokum hall (now kenyon hall) was opened in the 1990s…

and hokum, as well, was taken out by thugs who were only interested in robbing him… didn’t even take the time to say “oh, this guy is a seattle icon, maybe i’d better not kill him”…

what the FUCK, thugs?… seriously! ๐Ÿ™

forwards into the past!

another highlight from the genealogical information that i got yesterday is my great great grandmother Martha Ann (Mattie) Solomon‘s death certificate. according to what i can gather, contrary to “family rumours” that have been creeping around since i was a kid, she was not a native member of the Creek tribe. however she was murdered by an “insane woman” in 1938, shortly after my father was born…

weird! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

bunch of new information about my great great great grandparents 8)

someone found my years-old request for information about my great grandmother, and now i have a whole bunch of new stuff to sift through and i have been able to add substantial information about my great grandmother on my grandfather’s side of the family, and her siblings, parents and grandparents.

one of the highlights was the death certificate for my great great grandfather, Rufus Penn Anthony, who died at the age of 77 in warrensburg, missouri, in 1930. the cause of death is listed as “tree fell on him while chopping & killed him instantly” while contributing factors in his death were “old age & nearly blind”…

sounds like one of my ancestors, going out and trying to chop down a tree when you can’t see so well…

i still need information on my great great great grandparents on my great great grandmother’s side, on both my great grandmother’s side and my great grandfather’s side of the family, but i don’t have any information at all about my mother’s side of the family apart from my grandmother’s name and her husband’s surname…

another week closer to the eschatonโ€ฆ

happy VD. i hope you don’t get VD

Arrest Warrant Issued for Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharrafwhat did i tell you? the answer is 3 years and approximately 60 days… ๐Ÿ˜

Rights groups vow to hunt Bush over torturemore good news… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Algeria shuts down internet and Facebook as protest mounts – first tunisia, then egypt, now algeria… the united states is not far behind, although whether we end up with a democracy or a dictatorship depends highly upon whether the people with guns are the republicans or the libertarians…

It’s Official: FOX News Makes Stuff Up! – no further commentary necessary.

Food Bubble Collapse Threatens Survival Of Human Civilization – nice knowing you…

FBI can obtain phone records without oversight – so if you make international calls, be careful what you say…

Why do they hate science, and why are they so miserable? – Patrick Moore is better placed than anyone to describe how environmentalism started out with positive intentions, and developed such anti-science and human-hostile beliefs.

The 11-Year Old American Girl Who Knows More About Guantรกnamo Than Most US Lawmakers – once again, it has been proved, without a doubt, that our government is NOT Smarter Than A Fifth Grader™

Handlers’ beliefs influence drug-sniffing dogs’ performance – more reason to refuse a request to have a drug-sniffing dog “clear” you before letting you pass that police checkpoint…

MPAA Snags Google Downloading Torrents, Threatens to Disconnect – don’t be… evil? it would be funny if it weren’t so twisted and wrong…

and, speaking of google, What Does Google’s Subtle Censorship Say About Us? – there are a lot more important things to worry about than music piracy, but what does “Don’t-Be-Evil” google choose to focus on…? COPYING IS NOT THEFT!

What the Bible Really Says About Sex – if the bible doesn’t say what you want, get new experts and examine it again…

yay!

no more puppies…

well, one puppy left, but we’re keeping him. the rest of them have all gone off to their homes. and the puppy area has been dismantled. we’ve still got an X-pen up, but that’s temporary, and as soon as the puppy gets more sense it’ll be put away as well.