Jan 14 2015

Fortune cookie wisdom part VI

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new set of “Fortune cookie wisdom,” but I think that I have five good ones here. Before reading them, if you’d like to check out the previous posts in the series, you can with the links below:

Now that you’ve wasted a good amount of time reading those previous posts (hey, it’s better than watching more cat videos on YouTube, right?), here are the new ones:

  • Generosity and perfection are your everlasting goals.
  • We must always have old memories and young hopes.
  • Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
  • An important word of advice may come from a child.
  • Someone is looking up to you. Don’t let that person down.

I think that the third one is especially true in these times. With many political, social, economic, and societal decisions being made without full support of the people, it is necessary for individuals to express discontent before any change can begin. The fourth one is incredibly important to remember. We all too often forget that children can show us different ways of looking at otherwise maladroit or stale situations. They can enlighten us and open our eyes to perspectives that we may not have considered with our “adult” worldviews. I’m reminded of the recent Why advertisement from Charles Schwab:

It also ties nicely to the final one that I posted today. We need to remember to always act with integrity because there is always someone looking up to us, and modelling his or her behaviours after our own.

Good stuff, but like the previous post, I think that there was less of an emphasis on the funnier side of the fortune cookies. Hopefully I’ll get some new funny ones soon.

Cheers,
Zach

Jan 06 2015

Slock 1.2 background colour

In a previous post, I discussed the method for changing the background colour for slock 1.1. Now that slock 1.2 is out, and is in the Portage tree in Gentoo, the ‘savedconfig’ USE flag is a little different than it used to be. In 1.1, the ‘savedconfig’ USE flag would essentially copy the config.mk file to /etc/portage/savedconfig/x11-misc/slock-$version. Now, in slock 1.2, there is still a config file in that location, but it is not just a copy of the config.mk file. Rather, one will see the following two-line file:

# cat /etc/portage/savedconfig/x11-misc/slock-1.2
#define COLOR1 "black"
#define COLOR2 "#005577"

As indicated in the file, you can use either a name for a generic colour (like “black”) or the hex representation for the colour of your choice (see The Color Picker for an easy way to find the hex code for your colours).

There are two things to keep in mind when editing this file:

  • The initial hash (#) is NOT indicating a comment, and MUST remain. If you remove it, slock 1.2 will fail to compile
  • The COLOR1 variable is for the default colour of the background, whilst the COLOR2 variable is for the background colour once one starts typing on a slocked screen

Hope that this information helps for those people using slock (especially within Gentoo Linux).

Cheers,
Zach

Nov 20 2014

Free of earthly burdens

So I was perusing Reddit—an activity that can be nothing more than a way to pass time, or, on occasion, can be rewarding—this evening, and found a picture of a tombstone that a father designed for his differently abled child who passed away untimely.

Free of earthly burdens tombstone for a differently abled child

The picture certainly will resonant with anyone who has a child with a “disability.” The image, though, was not the part of the post that really stuck out to me. No, there was a comment about it that really put the concept of death into perspective:

When your parents or elders die, you feel like you’ve lost a connection to the past. I’ve been told that losing a child is like living through the process of losing the future.

I agree with person who responded by saying that it is a “crushingly profound statement.” The death of a child is not only untimely, but it is a chronological anomaly that simply shouldn’t occur. We as humans recognise items in space and time that are out of place on a regular basis—they catch our attention. For instance, have you ever been watching a film about a time period of long ago and noticed something that wasn’t available at that time (known as an anachronism, by the way)? The loss of a child is arguably the epitome of disturbances in the natural order of time.

For good measure, here is the full thread on Reddit, a link to the particular comment that I referenced, and the image hosted on imgur.

As a side note, the wonderful comment came from a user named Turkeybuzzard, which should be an indication to not pre-judge.

–Zach

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