So it looks like Google’s writely is shaping up really well. I was testing it out today after being reminded of it’s existence via Digg. It’s pretty cool, and only half done. I can’t wait to see it once it’s finished.

Miss Universe 2006

This post is all in Japanese this time.

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今日ミス ユーニバスというビューティ パーゲント行われた。今度のMiss Japan (知花くらら)がめっちゃ美人です。 結果はMiss Puerto Rico(Zuleyka Rivera)が勝って、二番目が知花さんでした。日本の方がもっときれいで、頭よくて(スペイン語、フランス語,英語も話せる)、ドレスも素敵だと思い ます。 何点でPuerto Ricoが勝ったか分からない。(>_<)

でわ春菜からのバトン行きます。英語の言葉使います!

【Q1】自転車のことを何と呼ぶ?

A> Bike

【Q2】マクドナルドのことを何と呼ぶ?

A> McDonalds (also sometimes Micky Ds)

【Q3】パソコンのことを何と呼ぶ?

A> Laptop, PC

【Q4】お父さんのことを何と呼ぶ?

A> Papa

【Q5】お母さんのことを何と呼ぶ?

A> Mama

【Q6】合同コンパのことを何と呼ぶ?

A> ごこん。。。

【Q7】セブンイレブンのことを何と呼ぶ?

A> (The) Seven Eleven

【Q8】ファミリーマートのことを何と呼ぶ?

A> Family Mart

【Q9】自分しか使わないであろう、呼び方を教えてください

A> Hmm I’m not sure…

【Q10】次にバトンをまわす人を、自分の呼び方で指名してください

Jules (sp?)
May
John
Meg

Sukiyaki

Today I went to the mall for lunch because I can only stand Subway for so long.  The mall in Carolina had a Little Tokyo restaurant in it.  The signs showed a really good looking Chicken Katsu and Sukiyaki combo, but when I went to order all they had was Chicken Teriyaki and other staple Chinese foods. 😦 I was so dissapointed!  I want sukiyaki…

今日の昼にプラザ・カロリナに食べに行きました。 モールだからいろんな料理食べれるためにそこにしました。  「Little Tokyo」という店あってすき焼きとかチキンカツがメニュに書いてあったんやけどすき焼きを注文した時に「そのメニュを気にしないで中国料理しかないんです。」と言われてめっちゃ不満足だった。 すき焼き食べたい気が残っちゃった。

A Japanese update

Well, since I’ve finally found some free time I’ve decided to post some results (of one of those personality tests) that I stumbled upon when I was reading Haruna’s blog. You can take it at Love type check!

Here are my results:

Apollon(アポロン) 英語名:Apollo(アポロ)
です。

■神話
太陽神として知られる、音楽と医療の神。
神話の中では明るく陽気な性格で竪琴を奏でる色男として登場します。
神々の中でも2枚目として通っていた彼ですが、女性には振られまくっています。
美形でも軽い男は女性には好かれないようです。

■性質
あなたは愛想がよく、女性男性問わずに周りから好かれるタイプ しかも失敗を恐れずにいろいろなことにもチャレンジします。
大きなことにチャレンジして、一発当てることができるのもアポロンの特徴です。
楽天的なところがあるので、あまり沈みこまないところも良いところです。
いつも明るいおかげで、周りも明るくなり、みんな安心してあなたと付き合うことができます。

チャレンジ精神が旺盛なおかげで、高嶺の花といわれる女性にも積極的にアプローチができます。
また、失敗しても立ち直りが早いのでさっさと次の恋愛にうつることができます。

ただ、周りからは『ころころ気が変わる人』『遊んでそう』と思われる傾向があります。
あまり女性にこの評価が広まると、食事には一緒に行ってもいいけど付き合うのはちょっとねぇ、というように見られてしまいます。
八方美人にならないようにすれば、女性からの評価が上がりますよ。

■Solution
そんなあなたにおすすめの「異性の心理」は『足元に注意』『キッチンでシンクロ』です。
こまめな気遣いができると、女性からの評価はさらに上がりますよ。

I can’t say I understand it 100% but it seems pretty good to me. I think it’s interesting how it has a Solution section. You don’t see too many of those in American personality tests.

Moving complete

I’ve moved my website onto a new server.  This one is using VMware instead of User-Mode Linux.  The initial advantages are that I have control over my kernel.  Now to see if the LiveJournal plugin is working.

Compliments

It’s no secret that people compliment your misrable attempts to speak their language all the time. Usually these compliments are straight forward, like “お上手ですね” (“Your Japanese is really good!”), which usually means more like “Hang in there!”. There’s also the surprise comment where you are better at their language than they expected these are usually “へえ、何でこんなにうまいの?” (“Wow, why are you so good [at Japanese]?”). Finally there’s the indirect compliments that really make you feel good. The one I get the most is “何年前に日本へきましたか” (“How many years have you been in Japan?”) because the other person assumed that your proficiency in Japanese could only be achived after living there for years. I love smiling and replying “Oh, I’ve only been here for 5 months.”.

Wobbly windows in Dapper

There were a lot of upgrades today in Dapper. And it turns out compiz is one of them. So I installed it and xserver-xgl. Here’s how I got it running.

First install the xserver-xgl and compiz packages using apt-get or synaptic

(Originally taken from the instructions at http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/Installxgl)

Then edit /etc/gdm/gdm.conf-custom

and make the empty [servers] section look like:

[servers]

# Override display 0 to use Xgl.
0=Xgl

[server-Xgl]
name=Xgl server
command=/usr/bin/Xgl :0 -fullscreen -ac -accel xv -accel glx:pbuffer
flexible=true

then add “compiz –replace gconf decoration minimize move place resize rotate scale switcher wobbly zoom cube” and “gnome-window-decorator” in sessions (under System>Preferences).

Then ctrl+alt+backspace and pray! Only the basic things work for me. I can’t do the cool cube effect for example. But the windows sure do wobble, and the switcher work just fine.

Multi-input touch screens

Multi-input touch screen demos (Flash required).  This is probably the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  The more I watch it the more I want to make it work.  It definitely feels like that’s going to be the next generation in computers.
I want one for my Desktop, and more importantly I want to make sure X supports it.  I wonder if my laptop’s synaptics touchpad could support this with some tweaking of the driver.  It could be interesting if I could make two finger movements different scrolling axeses/window management shortcuts.  (Two finger outwards movements stretch the current window, two finger parallel movements could move the window.)  I like how in my iBook two finger parralel movements is how to scroll.

Planet categories

Well, mpop is back on the planet because he showed me how I can just subscribe to his technology category on his blog. I have since learned that wordpress is able to do this too. Ive been thinking about adding a Planet category that I can post everything I want to appear on the planet. I wonder if any of ther other WPLUG planeteros want to have only a specific category show up on the planet. If you do just let me know.

Copyright Infringed

So the author of Listen has taken code from Quod Libet (including code from my lyrics plugin) and ripped the copyright section (and my name) out and used it in his software. Now the code is GPL so I’m completely fine with him using it, it’s why I write open-source code, but removing my name from it is not cool. Unlike Joe I’m not mad at him, I’m sure he was just confused on how this all works. I’m really glad the Listen author didn’t make a big scene over the thing and started fixing it. I know Joe’s language in his open letter was pretty harsh, but that’s the way he is–Especially when he’s mad. He’s called me a moron on countless occasions because I was being a moron. In Abaakouk Mehdi’s case, Joe called his program ugly, and to be frank it is. One of my friends (Julie) looked at a screenshot of Listen and said “That music player looks way too busy and complicated for me.” and she’s by no means a computer illiterate. I don’t mean that comment to be stop-energy I mean it as a constructive comment. From the screenshots Listen looks like it can be a very cool program. The iPod support is definitly something I’d like to check out.
I think the reason Joe brought this up in an open letter was to shed some light on the whole GPL version 3 issue. Joe, Linus and many others don’t like it. So it’s really important to nab this problem of GPLv2 and GPLv2 and up issue while it’s still small. The licenses are the foundation of our comunity, and have a tremendous power to change the world. It’s a bigger issue than most of the people who commented on Joe’s blog realize.