Monthly Archives: May 2012

Oh, look what we’ve got here! A day in the woods

Yesterday, was truly a lovely day for me.  First of all I got to be with my dear family and spend some time with them.  Always awesome! Then I went with one of my brothers on a very long hike in the woods.  On a nice hot day, it is interesting to note that being under the canopy of trees it was much cooler than it was elsewhere.  So a great place to beat the summer heat.

The great thing was, I didn’t even have to leave DC to have this wonderful experience.  Thanks to Rock Creek Park being nearby, it is not difficult for me to get away from the hustle and bustle of a major city and enjoy the beauties of nature.  It is even more fun when I have at least one of my brothers with me to enjoy the tranquility of it all.

I mean really, the air is sweeter, there are more of a variety of birds as well as the native plant life.  In fact let me talk about some of the species we ran across today.

1. Umbrella Magnolia

You can see for yourself how beautiful this tree is.  The leaves are quite large and a different texture for other magnolias that I am used to.  The other magnolias have a leaf that is stiffer and is darker on top with a brown underside with a soft brown feel to it. It was good to see not only mature specimens but saplings of this species as well.  Very encouraging I would love to see more of them around!!!

#2.  White Tailed Deer  We saw quite a few of them today, at least ten in total, young males with little antlers, one of them had the beginnings of four points.  We were quite close to that guy, thankfully he just walked away.  He didn’t appear to be especially alarmed either by the way.  Some we saw only for a brief moment as something else had spooked them.  We were able to see the gracefulness of their leaps.  It was kind of fun watching a young buck harassing a pair of mallard ducks, he would follow them until they went into the water.  It looked like a game for him.  I thought it was quite cool to see them interacting with one another.

#3 Mallard Duck

Several pairs were seen today, obviously a nice population of ducks around.  Surprisingly they can be pretty laid back.   Quack Quack!!!

#4 Unfortunately was a dead Black Rat Snake that was about 3-4 feet long.   It wasn’t me!

Just in case you were wondering? It was not this one shown in the picture, that one was a picture courtesy of Wikipedia thanks guys!  I liked this picture in particular because it shows the belly very well.

This snake is normally quite docile even the large ones,  and will not bite as long as you don’t make them upset, which you would have to do something pretty stupid to do anyway.

I once saw one on a shrub when I was like twelve or thirteen I put it around my neck and chased my friends.   Now that was a lot of fun!!!!

#5 Last and most definately not the least, not by a long shot is a species many have never ever, ever heard of: Introducing the Eastern Worm Snake. Otherwise known as Carphophis amoenus amoenus.


The one we came across was actually black it was on a bike path, when it was close to getting dark.  They are completely harmless and this was the third time I have ever came across the species.  Two of the times in Rock Creek Park but several miles apart and one, in the National Arboretum.   Each time I see one of these guys are years apart as well.  Although they are probably more common than that its just that whenever I come across them, its an accident.  Talk about right place at the right time. Talk about a lovely day!

More surprises in Ubuntu especially 11.04 and before!

Last week I wrote about a fishy surprise, today I got another one that you may like even more.  Here is how to do it in Ubuntu 10.10, and in case you are on a newer version of Ubuntu, I haven’t forgotten about you because you are not alone. These may work in 11.04 so let me know if they work with what you have.

Here is another one, and another one.

In the terminal put in apt-get moo

  1. Press Alt + F2
  2. Type in gegls from outer space and hit enter.
Talk about a cool game! I admit it is really weird looking but oh well.

Right-click on an open space on the gnome-panel and click on properties.Right-click 3 times on any of the tabs. A cow will fly by waving at you.

Well these were but a few awesome things you can do on Ubuntu, hope you enjoyed and give me feedback as to whether these things work in 11.10 and newer, also Linux Mint as well.

Thanks to http://www.askubuntu.com this has been a lot of fun

This surprise smells fishy!!!

Just a few minutes ago I discovered something quite cool in Ubuntu 10.10.  It is something called “Fish”.  Now, I know that sounds quite silly and it really is, but it’s worth checking out.

“Fish” can be accessed by going to the top panel, right-clicking and then at the top of the menu that comes up selecting “add to panel”.  Once that box shows up you can either choose to run Fish in the text box to the right of where it says “Find an item to add to the panel”, or simply scroll down and select “Fish”.  At the bottom of that box click “Add”.  You can now close the box.

  1. Press Alt + F2
  2. Enter this: Free the fish

You will then see Wanda the fish swimming around on your screen.  If you click on her, she will swim away just like a real fish would if you tapped on the glass of a fish tank.  In case the fish called Wanda sounded familiar, it really is, for it is a reference to a movie of the same name that came out in 1988. More information on that can be found here.

To all of you who are using Ubuntu 11.04 and beyond, you may very well find that you don’t have Wanda the fish available.  But there is really no need to carp.  Besides, you’ve probably haddock with these bad jokes too.  Here is the oppor-tuna-ty to place her back on your desktop.  Check out this great site for instructions.

I hope you enjoy this.  Oh, and I thought it would only be fair to let you know that once you get the fish swimming on your screen, I have no idea as to how to make it stop so this makes for a great prank to play on a friend as it will eventually drive them nuts.  Ha ha!!!  You can’t say I didn’t warn you.


Programs to learn, and learn them I will

I decided to come up with a list of programs that I want to get better with. Here are a few of them, you may know of most if not all of them.

1. Gimp: I have used it to manipulate various pictures and it is quite promising so far.

2. VLC media Player 2.0: Very good program it is much more than a media player.

3. Cheese: a webcam program

4. KGeography: I love this it is great for learning countries of the world as well as capital cities.

5. Blender: Has been used to make movies such as Sintel, Big Buck Bunny etc.

6. LibreOffice 3.5: An office suite that is more compatible with Microsoft Word than Open Office

7. Abiword: A great word-processor

8.gpodder: I like using it to locate podcasts

Here is a selection of games I like:

1. Super Tux Kart: Tons of fun

2. Pingus: Reminds me of Lemmings

3.Blobby Volley: Volley Ball game

4.Micropolis: An open-source version of Sim City Classic

5.LinCity-NG: Another Sim City alternative

As you can see, I have a number of programs and games to work on and I look forward to having videos for you guys to check out. Once that is done you will be able to watch me go from novice to pro.

 

 

It could happen to you

Yeah I know, its been a while since I have done any new posts. Actually its only been a few days, but boy, did my hits go down.  Just to let you know I am alive and well, I just have been busy with other pursuits so I haven’t been as prolific with my posts as normal.

Not to mention I was going through a bit of writers block, I just haven’t been feeling so creative lately. Hopefully it will pass really soon.  Have you ever had that happen to you? Isn’t it annoying?

Just so you know I do plan on doing reviews of various open-source software, as well as comparisons of different operating systems. I also plan on doing more articles on nature, science and the like as well.

So stay tuned and in the meantime feel free to check out my older posts and write me comments to tell me what you think about them. I enjoy re-blogs so don’t be shy with that either.

Pretty much, “don’t you…..forget about me”.