Apologies to Planet Ubuntu Readers

Attention WordPress Users: It turns out when I upgraded to WordPress 2.7, it killed the feed url that I had set up for Planet Ubuntu and defaulted to the main feed for my blog. Hence, all Ubuntu Planet Readers might have been exposed to my blog postings not related to Ubuntu things. Hopefully, you found the previous two entries entertaining/useful!

My apologies again. I will refrain from posting to my blog/remove my feed url from Planet Ubuntu till I can resolve this issue.

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150 Things To Do Before You Turn Thirty

I got this from my friend Sudheendra’s site.

I have seen this tag on so many blogs and why not, it’s a wonderful tag! The name is ’150 Things To Do Before You Turn Thirty’. The rules are,
1. The things you have already done – make them bold.
2. Italics is for things that you are dying to do!

Here I go!!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive (will do next time I am in vegas!)
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said “I love you” and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby’s diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope (and a pretty big one too!)
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight (i won’t be doing this again, i hate wasting food)
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse
34. Ridden a roller coaster (I was laughing. maybe i was delirious!)
35. Hit a home run (do sixers count?)
36. Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking (i always dance like this)
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer (I have 4 or 5!)
40. Visited all 50 states (My count is up to 15)
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe (want to!)
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing (will do in about 6 months!)
49. Taken a midnight walk on the beach
50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs (i am going to also say that I am obsessive about my mp3′s)
57. Pretended to be a superhero (and broke a tooth at it)
58. Sung karaoke (i am a karaoke whore!)
59. Lounged around in bed all day (favorite thing to do)
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theatre (go bring popcorn!)
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business (but i want to!)
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced (see #72)
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest (i was a small kid!)
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on a television news program as an “expert”
83. Gotten flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror (but I have been part of the audience)
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favourite band/singer on tour
98. Passed out cold
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking with the windows open
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone’s heart (probably)
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a TV game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for 30 hours in a 48 hour period
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. States
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad and The Odyssey
135. Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone’s life

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Laundry Hack

Everybody goes through the same rigmarole. Wash your clothes on a weekly basis, and use the dryer to dry them. Then you probably iron them, before you let them hang in your closet.

Hack #1: Iron Elimination
If you take your clothes out as soon as it finishes drying, and hang them in your closet, there is no need to iron clothes. Clothes may not look starched, but they will be wrinkle free!

Hack #2: Iron Elimination, Part 2
Sometime I forget to take clothes out of the dryer after it is finished. Or I run of time. At any rate, the clothes stay in there too long, and they get wrinkled.

I found out today that if you let your dryer run for 15 minutes (with your clothes in them!), and then hang your clothes back in your closet, they are less wrinkled (less perfect than method 1), but still acceptably clean. This works best in winter since you are probably going to wear a sweater over the damn thing anyway :)

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Calling Card Solution

I’ve always hated the calling card solution to call back home. You have to dial the calling card access number, then optionally type in your pin number and then dial the international number that you are trying to call. It is cumbersome, and I hate it!

I use Reliance Global Call for my calling card needs. They have released a new application called express dial for certain smart phones (supported list) that make it so much easier to call back. When you dial an international number, this application intercepts that call, and calls the reliance toll free number instead. And it handles all the underlying work for you.

So the next time you need to call back home, you just dial your home number. Ah, life is good!

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Kaffeine, mceusb and irexec

I have a PVR 150 with the mceusb remote. My setup is a dual screen with an nvidia 6600GT with a monitor and a tv-out on the component out (Y – Pb – Pr; red-green-blue) working with mythfrontend running on the tv output (you can configure this in the myth setup screen). See: xorg.conf.

The mythbuntu lirc generator does not have support for kaffeine. There are two ways to go about this (also see: Lirc Wiki Page)

1) Install kdelirc package and start the irkick program and configure it.
2) Keep all the remote stuff together using lirc and irexec.

I have added the same information to the lirc wiki page (also see ~/.lircrc and ~/.lirc/kaffeine). If you do not use the mceusb remote, you will have to change the names of the remote and buttons to get it to work.)

I also have irexec autostart by creating a script file irexec.sh (don’t forget to make the script executable) in ~/.kde/Autostart.

#!/bin/bash
/usr/bin/irexec -d

To assign other buttons to kaffeine, enter dcop kaffeine KaffeineIface and dcop kaffeine KaffeinePartIface to get all available DCOP functions.

With this configuration, I can now use my remote with kaffeine.

Now, off to actually watch something… :)

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