Justice in Paraguay

Justice in Paraguay

Fundraising site for Diego Soto and Edgar Maidana, two young men from Santa Maria, Paraguay, who were so unjustly killed by a drunk driver in May 2010.


Miami 2 Ibiza Acronyms

Couldn’t find the acronyms for this song listed anywhere, thought I’d compile a list of the abbreviations/acronyms/meanings as I think they are…

AP– Audemars Piguet [watch company]
QVC – shopping channel
mp3 – music file
Bold BB – model of blackberry
BM – BMW car
TT – Audi TT card
CK – Calvin Klein
PVC – Type of plastic
JVC – Camera Manufacturer
FHM – Mens magazine
LV – Louis Vitton [handbag]
LPR – Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne
APC – French Fashion Brand
PRPS – Denim Brand
Nike SB’s – Nike Skateboarding Shoes
SHM – Swedish House Mafia
NYC – New York City


Full lyrics:

She says she likes my watch, but she wants Steve’s AP
And she stay up all hours watching QVC
She said she loves my songs, she bought my mp3
And so I put her number in my Bold BB
I got a black BM, She got a white TT
She wanna see what’s hiding in my CK briefs
I tell her wear suspenders and some PVC
And then I’ll film it all up on my JVC

Uhh, scene one. Everybody get in your positions.
Pay attention, and listen.
We’re tryna get this in one take, so lets try and
make that happen.
Take one, action!

She pose for FHM, She like my Black LV
We spillin’ LPR, up on my APC
I’m in my PRPS and my Nike SB’s
Ravin’ with SHM, London to NYC
I got my Visa and My Visa
A diva and her dealer
B***h I’m up on the guest list with the Swedish House Mafia
You can find me on a table full of vodka and tequila
Surrounded by some bunnies, and it aint f***ing easter
I wake up in the morning with a mild case of amnesia
With a girl that like a girl like Lindsey Lohan, Queen Latifah
A few n****z are pullin, Yeah guetta must be fever
And that’s standard procedure from Miami 2 Ibiza

World War One Anecdote

I heard this from an old guy who heard it first hand from a vet, and he thought that it wouldn’t be recorded anywhere. I’m writing it into the ether for posterity, on the off chance a historian finds it in years to come and finds it interesting.

‘They used to carry people back and forth from the front line trenches to the behind lines rest area’s in old London buses. Rather than sit quietly, they would always run up to the top deck, and run from side to side trying to topple the bus”

Whether this was insanity, fun, or a desire to stay on the front line wasn’t explained.

Fresh ubuntu installation changes.

I’ve had the pleasure of installing many new ubuntus (10.10) in the last few weeks, having had a new computer myself, an old one break, installing it on a friends computer, and getting a new computer in the robotics department at uni. I thought I’d record the things I do with a new installation for posterity.

Firstly, to install, I find a USB stick by far the easiest way. I make this either using ‘unetbootin’ on windows, or the ‘startup disk creator’ on linux (System>Administration). Having the iso already downloaded makes it a little faster. On the victim pc, I put the stick in, boot straight into the bios to make sure that USB boot is at the top, it often isn’t, then restart into ubuntu. The install process is so simple nowadays, anyone could do it.

Once installed, I install chromium from the software centre (open source version of google chrome browser). It is my favourite browser by far, and I sync them all across my computers, so my preferences are kept the same wherever I’m browsing, and given that it seems 90% of computer use now is online or cloud based, this is the logical first step for me! I replace the firefox icon at the top with the Chromium icon.

Next, Docky. This is my new favourite application launcher, and is very mac-esque. A few customizations make it better, such as removing the docky anchor icon, making the background 3d, and removing icons I don’t like by dragging them to the bin. Removing the lower bar is the next obvious step to avoid feature duplication.

I install the propriety drivers for a graphics card if I have one, ubuntu should prompt about this if you try to use nice effects like compiz fusion which has some really nice features I love, like workspaces on a cube, and wobbly windows. Other non opensource things worth adding are java and flash.

Next, I change the minimize, maximise, close icons to the windows way round, ubuntu changed this recently, and I don’t like it. To fix, alt-f2, type gconf-editor, apps>metacity>general, and change ‘button layout’ to ‘menu:minimize,maximize,close’ (no quote marks).

Dropbox is always a gudden, for users of that, and spotify is another essential for me, but you’ll have to install ‘wine’ first, as there’s not an official linux version (one is in beta, but only for premium users, because ads aren’t figured out yet properly). The spotify team have instructions on running it under wine, ( a windows emulator), and you’ll have to fiddle with some settings like hardware acceleration. VLC is probably the best for playing local files, although it isn’t great on features (but it does play everything!).

I remove the chat bar from the top right, which for some reason also loses the shutdown icon, so you need to right click > add to panel, and add a shutdown icon, and also a log-out button if you’ll need to do that. I also add a force quit icon.

I add a simpler shortcut for the terminal, like ctrl+space, and make terminal work with standard copy paste shortcuts, rather than ctrl+shift+x, but this is only really for power users.

There’s skype, and filezilla, if you use them. There’s also the standard things like changing the personal options like wallpaper, screensaver, power options, and docky has some nice extras you can add like a gmail checker, and a weather icon. That’s all I can think of for now, it’s probably worth browsing the ‘featured apps’ in the software centre, and see if anything takes your fancy!