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In the Flat Field

Woke up early yesterday, anxious to get out on the trail . . . and immediately went back to sleep. Heavy fog and ominous rain clouds forced us to change our plans. Though I love hiking in the mist, we didn't want to take a chance on being caught in the rain, and we didn't want the kids to miss out on the amazing view.

So we went to the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History instead.

It was a great way to spend a few hours, and it was the first time I'd been there since I was in elementary school. Did you know that Cacao trees produce fruit all year round, and can't be harvested by machine? I didn't know that until yesterday.

Ah, sweet, sweet knowledge, how I love to dine at your all-you-can-eat buffet.

I finished Vice City last night. Haven't 100%-ed it, yet, but I beat the mob. I won't let the kids watch me play it, or play it themselves, but I did allow them to hang with me while we did the asset missions for the car dealership, and some unique jumps. Funtimes.

Anne is taking a little two-day getaway with her best friend, and she asked me if I could help her burn a bunch of 80s music for the drive. While I was digging through my CDs, finding all my compilations and stuff, I also dug out some things I haven't listened to in ages, but still love.

Here are some CDs that I pulled out of the closet last night. Each one of them has been, at one time or another, "The Greatest @#$%^&ing Record EVER!":

  • Love at Fist Sting - Scorpions
  • World Clique - Deelite
  • The Sickness - Disturbed
  • The Bends - Radiohead
  • Greatest Hits - Steve Miller Band
  • This is the Modern World: UK Punk 2 (1977-78) - Various
  • Rushmore Soundtrack - Various
  • Slingblade Soundtrack - Various
  • Boot Heel Drag: The MGM Years - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (playing now!)
  • When I Woke - Rusted Root
  • dubnobasswithmyheadman - Underworld

Music isn't something that I just put on in the backgroud. It is always the soundtrack to my life.

I spoke WAY too soon about KDE 3.1 I broke Kmail, and maybe even some Qt libraries. Luckily, the insanely cool guys at my local LUG have offered lots of help on their mailing list . . . but I think I'm going to go back to 3.0 for the time being. I've been using Gnome, which isn't my favorite desktop . . . and playing with Windowmaker, which I haven't used since RH 5.2. I'd forgotten just how great Windowmaker is. Since I pretty much only use the computer for writing, browsing, and e-mail, I can easily use Windowmaker, or even IceWM. OH! I managed to teach myself enough to get around in vim! I issue a personal challenge to myself: write some sort of cool php script in vim before the end of May.

I really want a dev box!

Sorry, geeked out there a bit.



first! yippeee! :)

The Rushmore soundtrack is an amazing collection. Lovin' it.

Wil, I am in awe of your 'geek out'. It is an inspiration to us all.

I wish I had the skill (and balls) to switch to Linux. I hate &@#$ing Microsoft crap.

Hey Wil, love museums and learning as well. Ever been to the British Natural History Museum? If not, it's a must see.

So much to know, so few years to learn it all in.


Great taste in music!
Remember, Wil...Groove Is In The Heart! :)

Wow, CRAZY fog over here in Jersey yesterday as well. They closed the Turnpike for the first time in 20 years.

I know that it's cheesey, but you have to burn some Bon Jovi if you want to make an authentic 80's music CD.

Shot Through the...OW! I just hurt my neck from banking my head.


hey, we all learn something new everyday. i know i do! i love geeking out, and especially geeking out in museums! how cool is that!

I love your taste in music, in fact just last night was (re)listening to The Bends...GREAT F*@$ING ALBUM!!!


love Rach

Vim is Zen and the Art of Editing Text. It's way worth it to learn although it can be very frustrating when just starting out.
A few months ago I switched over from my IDE to just using straight Vim for all my Java coding needs. It's lovely :)

Here's a few links that might help:

The Best of Vim Tips (/very/ good stuff here)

Linux Productivity Magazine article about VI and Vim with lots of good info

The Vim Cookbook with some neet stuff to do

Plus the scripts and tips sections of http://www.vim.org are awesome as well.
One of the most useful scripts I use every day is the BufExplorer:
It's great for editing multiple files at the same time.


Definitely HAVE to burn some Bon Jovi.
What about early eighties dance hits? Poison Arrow, Tainted Love, You Spin Me Right Round...

Ah, takes you back doesn't it? Man I must be getting past it ;]

I know this is possibly the geekiest I could be, but 'Your the One the I Want' always worked for me too.

Ooh ooh ooh honey...

where's the Pink Floyd and Tool?

You finished Vice City! WOOT! I'm still working on it myself. Damn mob keeps huntin' me down and it ain't pretty. And it's nice to know there are parents out there who actually "do" there job!

Rusted Root... I used to love that. Great hippie music. :)

hiya Wil,

Gnome isn't my favorite desktop either, and I stopped messing with KDE once I really got into WindowMaker.
And once I got rid of the dockapps, life with WindowMaker was even sweeter.
Try it with 'gkrellm' some time .. very cool.

so, what's up with two consecutive posts with Bauhaus references and no mention of Peter Murphy and Co. in your Best @#$%^&ing Record EVER! list?

All You Can Eat!

I am really diggin the Bauhaus references in the last couple of entries. Mask & The Sky's Gone Out are definitely Two of Greatest @#$%^&ing Records EVER!

"I do get bored, I get bored
In the flat field."

Wil Wheaton uses vim! That's the best endorsement yet! When I started coding, vi was the single most frustrating part. Once I got a bead on it and started using vim, the clouds cleared and the light came down from heaven. If you do nothing else, buy the O'reilly book on vi (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/vi6/?CMP=IL7015). It's #2 on my "I wish I'd bought this book on my first day coding" list. It'll help you through that painful DWIM phase, and teach you about syntax coloring (vim's coolest feature).

Sorry that you didn't get to go hiking but at least you had a productive and educational day. Hope Anne has a great time on her two day getaway (I think we all need that every once in a while). 80's music for the drive...a woman after my own heart. Take Care,

Sorry about your Linux troubles. Might I use this opportunity to plug Mac OS X (again)? Seriously, as a Windows 98/SE refugee, I take particular delight in turning on my iMac, only to discover that everything - EVERYTHING - still works, even after a year of adding on crap and customizing the living hell out of it.

Museums rock.

I mean i know it's just a typo, but wow:

"Love at Fist Sting - Scorpions"

For the record, it should be corrected as:

"Love at Fisting - Scorpions"


Fantastic Post in the vein of the olden times of WWDN.

Not that i critique your posts. :-)

I love Natural History museums.

I once spent two hours at the one in London staring at a full size fibreglass killer whale.

One of the happiest times of my life.

Which bring me neatly on to Vice City. One of the best purchases of my life.....

I have no link to Linux.

Me speaka de Ingerlish. No speaka da LinuxLang.
I'm looking into it for the CD run version...

That sounds so pathetic.

I will be unpicking the stitching on my computer geek badge...

Now here's a weird list, but they're some of my faves from olden times.

Dan Hartman - Streets of Fire
Fabulous Thunderbirds - Wrap It Up
Snif 'n The Tears - Driver's Seat
The Smiths - Big Mouth Strikes Again
Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper

Oooh... I saw Deee-lite once. Bootsy Collins, in his diaper and furry bass, totally rocked the house.

I have three volumes of self-compiled 80s stuff. We're talking stuff like Missing Persons, Squeeze, Animotion, Scritti Politti, Boomtown Rats, FGTH, Madness, and the Jam, among many others. Oh, and "New Girl Now" by Honeymoon Suite. That's the best.

Have you ever heard J Church's version of "Creep" by Radiohead? It's to die for.

You need some Soundtrack Of Our Lives on that soundtrack to your life.

I like hearing about yr kids, and yr blended-familyness. We're in a similar situation... The Hub married me and the two kids. I'm the hottie that embraces his inner geek. Oh, and totally vice-versa... ;)


If you write me a half-way decent PHP photo album script (that doesn't require me to make my OWN thumbnails) I'll....I don't know. Be realllllly happy

My Life's soundtrack alternates between Nerf Herder's "How to Meet Girls" and pretty much anything by Against Me!

I'm one fucked up anarchonerd.

Also, large amounts of cacao is harvested by children working in near-slavery, particularly in the Ivory Coast. Please buy Fair Trade certified chocolate. Equal Exchange http://www.equalexchange.com/ has hot cocoa mix that is better than anything else I've ever tasted. And of course, there's plenty of places out there that sell fair trade candy bars.

Oh and also, on the geek thing: the beta for what will probably be Red Hat Linux 8.1 looks really nice, and includes KDE 3.1. It *doesn't* include Window Maker, unfortunately, but by the time of the release there will be nice third-party RPMs (from me, if no one else).

hey man...
great 80's list...

some personal favs of mine too would be..
Killing Joke 'A love like blood'

LIndsay Buckingham 'think i'm in trouble'

When in rome's 'the promise'

the cure 'anything by the cure, is good with me'

Pink Floyd 'on the turning away', and 'a terminal frost'

ahhhh i could go on for ever...
the 80s had some great tunes ...

funny tho..at the time, i thought a lot of it was crap...
nostalgia can play some funny tricks on ya as ya get older..
i used to not like the cure very much when i was in my early - mid teens...and it wasn't till i was working at a software company some years ago, that i finally got turned on to them...

as the kids of south park shouted, so truthfully..
'Disintegration is the greatest album ever made!!!!!'

I would so totally not put Pink Floyd in the same 'nostalgia kick' with the Cure and Killing Joke. (I once threw a game a pool just so I could get rid of a Killing Joke CD).
Although Pink Floyd sold out by the 80's with the Delicate Sound of Thunder (or was that Momentary Lapse of Reason?) they're still head and shoulders above other 'pop' music.

Now, Wil, where's that file you're writing for me?

If you haven't already (which I doubt) check out Bauhaus' "Burning from the Inside". It, along with Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste", was my 11th grade theme album. (10th grade was Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine.) Hehe.

vi? VI?!?! Emacs is the way to go! :)

But seriously wil, being an emacs guy, I'm impressed when anyone learns enough about vi to use it. And as far as your desktop troubles go, have you ever looked at enlightenment? Very slick window manager, extremely configurable and fairly small: http://www.enlightenment.org

Cute 'geek-out'... Your blog is an inspiration to those of us who don't have quite the sense of humor you do... Congratulations, Wil on the awesome site and keep up the *snorting* :o)

KDE 3.1 is troublesome for me to but just keep working with it.

Wow. Radiohead's The Bends is one of my favorite albums. You have good taste in music. :)

If you're ever up in the Bay Area on a visit, go to the California Academy of Sciences. It was worth every day trip we took when I was a kid.

Or you can go to the Exploratorium. Or the Lawrence Hall of Science, though that doesn't bear closely spaced repeat visits as well as the other two.

Natural History museums are the BEST!

Did you know that the hole's only natural enemy is the pile?

We all need a clique to make our clock tick ;)

Geeked out? I'm amazed you finished Vice City. For some reason I start playing it and just want to drive around to the 80's music *shrugs*

Scorpions, Radiohead, Steve Miller.

It's all good, but let's not forget the Joshua Tree. Without it, the Eighties would have been a catastrophic musical failure.

Talk about bringing back memories, I own half the albums Wil mentioned. Anyone interested in some GREAT music, check out the Ansley Court MP3's at www.mjpatko.com they're totally free, share 'em with your friends. Peace fellow WWDN'ers.

i broke things too many times on the box i use for everything and had enough - dev boxes rule!

Wil, don't forget to throw some Dire Straits in there too. Especailly songs like Walk of Life, Money for Nothing, and Brothers in Arms on that CD.

Few points of clarification:

This isn't a list of "the greatest albums of all time." It's just a few that I took off the shelf last night. I've loved all of them at one time or another.

The other albums mentioned here are all amazing, and Joshua Tree is in my top five of all time.

I forgot about E. I'll apt that right now.

Oh, and buntz: gallery.sourceforge.net

Emacs? Emacs? no... Jext. Yeah... Jext...


Awww yeah! Rusted Root! Being originally from Pittsburgh and always thinking of the Root as a local band, it is just so cool to me to see that other people have, at one time or another, actually heard of them! :)

I'm glad to hear that there are adults who play Vice City. I'm working on 100% right now (just a few things left to do). I'm also wondering if there's a correlation to the mention of old '80s songs and Vice City, seeing as it's got all kinds of great stuff from that decade.

The Bends has never been the best album ever for me. I think just about every other Radiohead album has, at one point or another, fulfilled that role in my life. The Bends has Fake Plastic Trees though, and I have never liked that song.

Thanks, Wil. You're like the geeky little brother that knows more than me that I never had!

(And I mean that in a good way!)

Haha, that's what you get using Windows for Linux :-p

At any rate, if you want lite weight niceness for WM, check out XFCE.

As for vi/vim, I recommend grabbing the vi pocket reference from o'reilly. I really helped me get started using vi, and now I am a vim addict! :-)

ooo, and the vim book by Steve Oualline is good if you want to reach guruhood. (New Riders is publisher)

Ahh, you beat the mob before me Wil =) Im still stuck on the last mission... Perhaps you could give me some pointers? ([email protected]). Anyway, it sucks that you couldnt go on that hike, maybe tomorrow the weather will be better.

OK, had to chime in about KDE 3.1 (or at least KDE in general). KDE is a great GUI, but on Linux it can be, let's say... a bit sluggish at times. I recently (scratch that... two years ago... damn time flies!) installed KDE on a FreeBSD box. FreeBSD (www.freebsd.org) is another Unix like operating system developed in a similar style to Linux. I was blown away as to how responsive the UI was compared to Linux on the exact same machine. I now use it quite often and haven't looked back, though I do still use Linux from time to time. FreeBSD is so much more organized and well layed out compared to Linux. If you're bored some weekend, I'd urge you to try it out, not just because of KDE, but also cause it's a great OS (it's port system ROX!) True geeks have at least tried FreeBSD once ;-) Drop me a line if you need any help...


- Eddy

I was driving down the road today to get some coffee and suddenly it occurred to me...

The ANGELS won the World Series!


Oh thanks a lot Wil! Just as I was finally catching back up to the present time after your last post, you go an talk about the music of the 80's. LOL Now I'm stuck in the 80's again!!! Sheesh! :}

So much music and so little time.


yeah, me too and stuff.

WindowMaker is the end-all be-all of GUI's.

KDE 3.1 sucks arse. And so does Mandrake 9.1b3. Completely torqued my settings. Blech!

The soundtrack of my personal life has varied through the years. From the 80's, bands that would figure prominently include the Pogues, Iron Maiden, the Specials, Rush, English Beat, Fishbone, and various older acts that I discovered in the 80's like CCR, Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt.

Music is of great importance to me, though I've dissappointed in it recently. I find myself buying older CD's and avoiding new releases simply because so little that I hear new is worthwhile. Sad.

I also echo an earlier poster that mentioned the funny tricks that nostalgia plays. I can think of a number of acts and songs that I utterly DESPISED when they were a going concer, and that I dig now. Wierd.

Go Radiohead!
Slingblade soundtrack though? What's that like? Billy Bob gruntin' and playing the whiskey jug?


Wouldn't it be so much more satisfying to write some sort of cool perl script in vim (or even vi? ;D) before the end of May? Or perhaps I have a very bad attitude to change...

I just have to comment wow on rusted root! I love them and I'm always in shock when the alternative station here plays them once in a while and i never find very many fans but I love them! :)

vim is the One True Shiznaz. jbay is wrong.

I have just put my two cents in here... Check out emacs, you'll be glad you did! It does the whole font locking thing and programming just seems simpler.

Fly Like an Eagle what a great tune... Sometimes it's just good to go back to your roots. It's amazing when a certain song can transport you instantly back to a moment in your life. The experience can be visceral.

Smokin' in the boys room.
Smokin' in the boys room.
Teacher don't you fill me up with your rules.
Everybody knows that smokin' ain't allowed in school.


Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C'mon fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
Oh, I can't get enough

I'm hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet


Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C'mon fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
Oh, I can't get enough

I'm hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet

oops. I didn't mean to double-post. Sorry about that.

Man, speaking of geeking out... I'm reading a book Saturday night whilst my geeky husband watches The first 20 million ... every 2-3 mins I put my book down because I can hear funny/cheesy dialogue and check out what's going on in the movie. 20 minutes into the movie, the book has been put away and we're both chuckling away to ourselves! A recommended movie for the geeks out there if you feel the need to laugh at others more unfortunate than yourself :D It's one of those C, possibly D, class movies.

I love Rusted Root...they just hang in there...and do a gret live show

I'm only 29...But when i start thinking about the 80s, I start feeling old! I wonder if this is how my parents used to feel when talking about the 50s?

Anyway Wil, since you and I (and a lot of others around here) are children of the 80s, I thought you might enjoy the reasons for Children of the 80s to feel old...


You're probably tired of people making music suggestions, so I'm gonna make a few. A person can never go wrong with the Beastie Boys, Prince, or Queen. Yeah, you know what songs I'm talking about. Oh, and you should put some cheesey chick songs on the disc too. I mean what totally rad Betty didn't like Cyndi Lauper, Belinda C., or Debbie Harry?
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun---#1 80's road trip song.


Besides Steve Miller Band I haven't listened to any of those albums. My favorite 80's bands: Violent Femmes, The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Smiths, The Smiths, The Smiths. Did I mention The Smiths?!

Your geek rants remind me of my husband's work parties. He is a big time geek working for a Silicon Valley start-up. He starts talking with his co-workers and I stand there stunned. Geek-speak is Greek to me but it amazes me nonetheless! I love geeks. They are so COOL.

Thanks for being a responsible parent that realizes that adult games are for *adults*. It bothers me so much when people criticize the game (or movie, or TV, or etc.) industry for making violent games, when parents really need to just pay more attention to what their kids are playing (watching, reading, etc.)

Sorry, just one of my erks.

Ahh, window managers...

Some to check out in all your <sarcasm>copious</sarcasm> leisure time:

KDE: well, you have your own experiences to pull from.

XFCE: (mentioned above by Grimicus) I don't like it only because it reminds me too much of CDE, but it may work well for you, especially if you don't harbor traumatic memories of GUI software written for Solaris. (http://www.xfce.org)

WindowMaker: eh.. doesn't excite me, but you seem to like it. :) (http://www.windowmaker.org)

GNOME: seems to work pretty well (just installed recently), but I think the acronymn should be BLOAT (resource usage only, M$ still has the market cornered on disk space bloat). (http://www.gnome.org)

AfterStep: Maybe I'm showing some age, but I remember when the first version rolled out, and I'm amazed nobody seems to use this one anymore... including me.. I think I'll be installing it on the laptop tomorrow... (http://www.afterstep.org)

FVWM: The venerable standby.. stopped using this a long time ago, but subsequent development over the past five or six years (most notably the ability to actually run programs other than xterm and xclock without the equivalent of a masters degree) makes it worthy of another look. (http://www.fvwm.org)

As to the suggestion by Eddy that you check out FreeBSD, it is worth the time, but I would also take a good hard look at OpenBSD if you're going to go the berkeley route. OpenBSD is based on the same kind of a system as FreeBSD, but is designed from start to finish to be as secure as possible, which is a good thing, since people on the 'net don't seem to play nice anymore.

Good luck, and, despite appearances, the e-mail address works if you (or your other loyal readers) want to give me a hard time about my comment being almost as long as your original post. :)

Hey Wil,

Very cool that you ended up at the Natural History Museum. They have an extremely interesting collection... you should also take the kids to the wonderful artistic things this city has to offer... especially the great places near your home (like the Norton Simon or the Pacific Asia Museum)... I am in awe of your geek-out. :)


I just dug up some Scorpions a week or so ago, and I was shocked at how well their music had stood the test of time, but even more so by my immediate Jr. High/High School rock-out reaction to a genre of music that I thought I had outgrown way, waaaaay back when I became a Depeche Mode convert. My wife, who is a couple of years younger than I, just didn't get it. 30 years old and I find the most juvenile music can still move me!

After you've had your heart's fill of vim, get back to me and I'll tell you of the wonders of emacs. =D


Ahh... Museums. I love museums. For a while, I went to at least one a week in London. The Natural History Museum's cool, but a little depressing if you're an animal lover (the zoo's real live purrring tiger's better than a dead stuffed one any day!) The Science Musuem in London also rawks, but we went in half-term, on the weekend, so were mobbed by small kids... Not good, since *I* want to play with all the neat stuff! The Imperial War Musuem's also fascinating, as is the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green -- think toys. Lots of toys. The cool toys you played with as a kid. They're there. :) Although my all-time fav is the Old Operating Theatre in St. Thomas' Street -- it used to be the Women's OR for St. Thomas's back in the days before asepsis; so, so scary-but cool! They have a demo of Victorian surgery minus anasthesia next Sunday... Wow.

The only problem with OpenBSD is that it is superb for the server, but not all there for the desktop. Been there, done that. (Almost bought the T-shirt even!)

Currently, I'm using Openbox. It's another blackbox clone, and all my old themes that I published on themes.org (anyone remember that site?) work quite nicely with it. Windowmaker is a good one. I used it for quite some time before switching to Blackbox back when I was working at Linuxcare. Shortly after I started at Transmeta I started using PWM, which is still my favorite. (And if I knew how to code, I'd code snap-to-windows into it and switch back in a heartbeat!) PWM is a fairly minimalistic WM and doesn't have any fancy theming support, but it works very well, is VERY lightweight and VERY fast.

Although I must say, Wil, that you have to use what works best for YOU. That's the only way to go. :-D

One more thing though - you may want to check out Sylpheed for your mail needs. It's GTK+ based, but it doesn't rely on GNOME or KDE and it's VERY fast. I recently switched from Ximian Evolution to it.

I forgot what I was going to say, dammit!

Oh, yeah, a dev box.

As cheap as decent PC's are these days, get one if you can afford it and have the space for it.

I mean, I just bought a 2.0 GHz Celeron, 128 MB RAM, 40 GB HDD, Ethernet port, modem, 17" CRT, Lexmark X75 multifunction printer, etc..., for less than $700.00. Not the best or the fastest system by any means, but it works for me!

Or, jeez, walmart.com sells PC's for less than $200.00! Granted, they are only 1.1 GHz Durons w/ 10 GB HDDs, but what the heck!

Or I'm sure you could have one built for you pretty cheaply.

Oh, and by the way, today is my wife's birthday!

Happy birthday, Mary!

Oh yeah, and that

Taking the kids to a museum is ALWAYS a good idea... one cold day a month ago we hit the MN Historical Soc....good place. Have you taken the Family Unit over to the La Brea Tar pits lately? It's been a while since I've been out in LA, but I always try to hit that place. Where else can you see geology "in action" so well? (Well, Hawaii...but that's a bit far for a day's jaunt, eh?). Heck, it's just like poor old Tasha (sp?) getting gooped by the nasty in that STNG episode...only for real.

Of course, hiking up into the foothills and mountains is always grand.


wow, Disturbed seems out of place in that list. But I dig it!

I just stumbled on your site and WOW! I love it. Not to mention you are a cutie petootie Wil! People like you are what makes Blogging a nice experience. Other blog sites are not so entertaining or nice. I was reading www.goldenmonkey.org and they actually had a blog on how to cheat and get away with it. People shouldn't be allowed to write that stuff.

Keep up the great work Wil! I anxiously await reading your site everyday!

Jess :)

Yay! A fellow Rusted Root fan! "Send Me On My Way" is the ultimate wake-me-up-and-get-me-going-in-the-morning song. : )

Also, your taste for Radiohead and Deelite is praiseworthy.

Another band you may not have heard of (but oh my, they are so worth your time) is Southern Culture on the Skids. They have an album called "Ditch Diggin'" that cracks me up every time I listen to it, especially the songs "My House Has Wheels" and "The Great Atomic Power." If you're interested, check it out here:


Anyway, there's my two cents. I'll go back to quietly lurking now.

Love ya!

Wil, you crack me the hell up.
Thank youuuuuuu! :-)

Hey Wil!

Well done for going on an anti-war march. I was one of the 2 million that marched in London a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, just read about your choice of music and wondered if you'd ever had a chance to listen to a band called "Lemon Jelly". They're a British duo who have produced two albums of excellent chill-out music. If you can, check out their albums "KY" and "Lost Horzons". Trust me - you'll love them!

Take care and thankyou for your performances on Star Trek.

love Fiona.

YES Radiohead- The Bends is life in CD form. And I definitely agree with you on music. It can never be background for me I always have to really listen to it and feel it and sing along. Aw, so cheesy, but true.

Be one with your inner geek.

Let your inner geek enter your life and infuse your soul.

And don't forget to put a cool Vim button on your webpage now that you know the utter power that is Vim!

The great thing about linux is that you can use whatever floats your boat. I installed KDE 3.1 over the weekend. It worked fine, but it just wasn't doing it to me. I went back to Gnome 2 and got lighthouseblue for my GTK theme and Aqua-Metal for a metacity theme, rethemed Nautilus with something cool looking and switched the login to gdm with yet another cool eyecandy pic and just reveled in the coolness.

I never got into Windowmaker. Best I could say was it was fast. If I need blazing speed though, Blackbox is there (don't care for fluxbox though I understand that's even faster).

Cocao pods are usually harvested by children. Some peopel are asking you buy "fairly traded" cocoa to help stop child labour in developing nations, and to let these nations trade at a fair price for what is basically a luxury item for us equatorially-challenged folks.

Hi Wil,

I can't quite get your line about needing a dev box out of my head. I have a lot of extra hardware lying around, so maybe I could piece something together for you. I have a couple of cases that used to be servers for Hotmail's live site, and being as they have a certain sentimental value, I'd like to see them go to a good home. Whaddaya need?


if you haven't gone already, check out php.net:
immensely useful. also helpful is o'reilly's php pocket reference:

Don't forget that :help is your friend.. and if you ever get in a *lot* of trouble.. try :help!


Logan - Are you serious?!

Email me!

1. KDE 3.1 is nice stuff. It's wicked prettier than 3.0 (and especially than 2.x), and eye candy == good WM (or something ;--)
2. Holy friggin' crap, Strong Bad is awesome.
3. Have you ever had a similar dream, but instead of at the bottom, you're at the top, wearing these sun god robes, and a thousand naked women are throwing pickles at you and chanting in tongues? Why am I the only one who ever seems to have that one?

Keep on rockin,

wow. two bauhaus song references consecutively? i think i may swoon. *grin*

Congrats on finishing all the story missions in VC. I Finished mine in december. Still working on my 100% :) Go Wil!!

i couldn't help but notice the two entry titles in a row - "telegram sam" and "in the flat field"

have you been listening to bauhaus?

I do not have anything special to write
but I'm the 100th commenter,& that's all right!:)

Come on people...

I said one, two
you can't get enough
three, four
open up the door
six, five
alive is the boy in the box.

That's all I have to say.

Hi Wil!
iv only heard of one of those songs/albums that you mentioned and that's 'the sickness' by disturbed!I love that song!Some more songs i love are:
Total eclipse of the heart
Tainted love
I know there's not many but i prefer 60's music!i wasn't around to hear any of it at the time but i like it anyway!
love Rachael