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Loud Library

So I come to the library today sit down and get onto the internet, a few minutes later and two people decide to come in and immediately they get on their phones.  I immediately think to myself:

Why are you here making all this noise?

I mean seriously, this is just not the place for that.  There are plenty of books that you could read, or even get on one of the public computers if you don’t have one of your own.  There are even areas for you to sit in at a local Safeway but yet you choose to come here and disturb others with this foolishness.

Would it kill you to just sit down and shut up?

Oh, and if i say anything to you about it, then we have the likelihood of confrontation. But it doesn’t have to be that way You could just be mindful of others and take your conversation elsewhere.

Other patrons look and I am sure they feel as I do.  This is also one of those times when none of the librarians will randomly walk in to check on things and correct the problem.

Good, they left.

LOL!! Looks like I spoke too soon.  It’s like that movie “We’re back!” except this isn’t exactly a dinosaurs story.

You know what…..I don’t have to take this…I’m going home.

 

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A library needs to be a library Part 2

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So here I am right this very minute at a local library.  Its rainy outside and that has discouraged a lot of people from coming here today. You would think that for once this would indeed be peaceful place to study or chill.

Yeah right!!

There is the man across from me that decides to carry on an entire conversation concerning a youth’s sports team.  He goes on and on and on much unlike a love song.  And while it’s nice that he believes the children are our future, at the same time there is a time and a place for everything.

I wonder where I could have read that?

Well, maybe there is nothing to tell him that such a thing is inappropriate?  Nope sorry to burst that bubble but I have no choice. People just don’t read.

At the entrance of the library, there is a sign that asks for no cell-phone usage once within the library. Not that you should need to be told that because this is again a library.  With that being the case apparently uncommon sense would say that if you have a call for whatever reason that you take it into the hallway.  That way you can get done what needs to be done without disturbing others unnecessarily.  Just one of the many ways that people are self-centered in today’s world.

Message!

If only this was an isolated event. It’s really not. It happens all the time.  Just a few weeks ago upstairs in the children’s floor was a child that just kept screaming her head off. It was absolutely crazy how her parent/s did nothing about it.  Again, why that is considered acceptable inside a library is beyond me but goodness it was soooooo annoying.   Keep in mind that some highly intelligent multi-cellular organism had the idea of making the children’s floor open in such a way that if a kid is merely being a kid in the case of maybe a moment or two of excitement and saying something pretty loudly. That’s one thing, but this was something different.  Do I blame the child?  Nope. I blame the parents for not teaching their child that such behavior isn’t cool.

Message!

At this point you are probably going to say that because I don’t have children that I don’t understand.  To be honest, it is the parents that don’t understand .  They don’t understand that what you do now with your child has an enormous impact as to what kind of person they are to become in the future.  So if you spoil them or don’t give them the recreational outlet that they need then more and more self-absorbed jerks will be created.

As if we need any more of those.

Oh and here’s one last thing: A library is not your house or a hotel room.  It is a public place, so if you need nap-time please go home and get some rest.  I am pretty sure that your bed would be a lot more comfortable anyway.

Lady, yes you over there. I really could take a picture of you for all posterity. But I will not give you the rudeness that you are giving to others as well as myself but lets keep it real. I really do not need to hear your snoring because again a library needs to be a library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So grateful for Sarah

You know it really cracked me up that some people were upset about the codename of linux mint 17.3 being Sarah. Seriously, people. You really have nothing better to do with your lives than to complain about something like that? Come on now.

It’s just a codename.

Besides, Sarah in the Bible was a good woman. Hard-working and sure knew how to stand by her man. The type of woman I want by my side when things get scary so if anything it should be seen as a good thing to be named after her. So while, I know that wasn’t in mind at the time I think it is most appropriate just the same.

Sarah gave me something that I have wanted to use since 2013…..Wobbly windows!!!

Wobbly Windows!! Hooray!!!

Yes, so now I can go straight outta Compton and into Compiz. I think it’s a much nicer place anyway.

It also doesn’t hurt that 17.3 Sarah solves a problem I have been having for years but just didn’t know what it was called. Actually, I still don’t know what it’s called but at least now it’s explained better here .

Now if you are concerned about the changes Clem has spoken of to come in Linux Mint 18 then that makes more sense. Reason I say that is that likely for many of us we came as refugees from Ubuntu and honestly are afraid of Linux Mint doing what was done with Ubuntu when it brought out Unity.

Just the same it does give me much comfort to know that if I truly don’t like the changes that are to come then I can just click my mouse and have everything just like I want it. This is something that gives me more confidence in Clem and the rest of the team.  They, unlike some people who I will leave nameless…..

Sike!!!

Remember when Ubuntu started using Unity as its desktop environment?  I sure do.   In fact I will be so bold as to say that Linux Mint 18 will cause more unity than that mess that has the audacity that is called Unity.  I hated that so much it caused me to leave Ubuntu and come to the warm arms of Linux Mint.  If you want to read more about that see what I wrote about it at the time.

Again it was anything but unifying.

 

 

 

Anthony finds more Persimmon trees

 

Yes, we’re gonna start on a bad note, like Reuben Studdard once said:

I’m Sorry!!

I am sad to report the lost of two Persimmon trees that once existed along a fence of Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville, Maryland. There was once a small playground there and the two trees were close to each other and I recall them bearing fruit during the winter. These are the two trees that I spoke of in a previous post, and going to the area years later I could see that where they were was nothing but a large expanse of mud. The small church/school that was once next door was now a large Montessori school. I used to live in the area right down the street so I would walk by them pretty often but for somehow I never thought to collect the fruit and plant the seeds, for then my project would have been in full swing a long time ago.

Although not exactly in a galaxy far, far, far, far, far away

Now that you have heard the bad news, let me share with you some good news: Not far from Prince Georges Plaza station there are six Persimmon trees with lots and lots of fruit. Its funny since I came across those trees over ten years ago before the building of a mall when that was just a large parking lot. I only remember one or two trees but once I saw them I decided to look around and to my surprise there were 4 more each appeared to be planted in twos. This made sense because the Persimmon is a tree that needs another one nearby in order to be properly pollinated.

Thankfully I was able to collect several pounds of Persimmon fruit. They are safely in my refrigerator and soon I will separate the pulp from the seeds and store them to stratify in the fridge over the winter. Once the winter is over, I will remove them and plant the seeds in some seed trays where hopefully they will germinate. In addition to the ones I sprout at home, I will be planting the seeds at a number of locations. In fact, this reminds me that I ought to label the location that I collected the Persimmons as well as time of year and pictures of the tree if possible.

I am choosing to do that with the goal of encouraging genetic diversity among the resulting seedlings. Since I have hundreds of seeds already and more to be collected over the winter there will be no shortage of Persimmon trees in the years to come. Your gonna like this project:

I guarantee it!!

Other locations where I have been pleasantly surprised to find Persimmon trees are in the Takoma neighborhood of DC, near the Takoma Aquatic Center. As well as Along Canal Rd in Northwest DC adjacent to the Palisades neighborhood. There are several persimmon trees growing along a stone wall, the best way to reach the fruit would actually involve going in the water to the narrow strip of land that is between the wall and a bike/walk trail.

One day while walking around minding my business, near 16th st. I came across a……you guessed it yet another Persimmon tree. It looked rather lonely sitting all there all by itself so I told her that you’ve got a friend in me.

Outstanding!!

Hopefully there are more trees to be found and lots more fruit to collect. So stay tuned for more updates on that as I assure you it will be something like a phenomenon.

 

Kolibri OS: A diminutive surprise

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One thing that is pretty widely known about hummingbirds is that they are very, very fast. They are also very, very lightweight. I recall one time watching in horror as one flew into a glass window and plummeted three stories to the ground.

I was sure that it was going to be a goner and yet somehow, someway, some shape, some form it was still alive. In fact, its heart was still beating at what appeared to be a million miles a second. I remember its beautiful plumage and just being rather concerned about its future. More about that here.

Despite this being several years ago the scene plays like reed that were wound around my head.

It is as the result of the above characteristics that the Kolibri operating system is so very, very well named. I was to find this out for myself just a few minutes ago, when I loaded it up into VirtualBox and gave it 512 MB of RAM to work with. In fact the download for it was only 14 and a half MB, rather than the hundreds of Megabytes that I was used to with Linux and way more when obtaining Windows. Even Puppy Linux was a little more than 100 MB for comparison.

I digress!!!

Instantaneously I was greeted with the desktop and I promise that it was NOT “just my imagination”.

Once again!!!

The first thing I did was use a program called “tinypad” and boy, did it live up to it’s name. Then I played “snake”. If that game brings up ancient memories then that would make sense because I was playing a version of that game way back in 1995 on a Packard Bell.

kilibri menu

If you look at the left side of the screen and you go there with your mouse you are presented with different options, one of them being the familiar terminal. Something that caught my attention that I really wasn’t expecting was an IRC chat client.

kolibriirc kolibriirc

I guess I should have known better!!

Looking at the bottom right corner you will see several games such as the aforementioned “snake” and “checkers”. I was wondering where the rest of the games were and all I had to do was scroll down and more were visible. Going to the lower left side was familiar looking menu, this was what I was looking for in the first place, but I’m not gonna be a brat about it.

In the games section I was very, very surprised to see the bounteous bounty of games for an operating system of such a diminutive size. Yes, most of them will likely be familiar to you and will not have the 3d graphics that kids have been spoiled with now but they are still pretty cool just the same.

Whew this has ended up being quite an interesting look at Kolibri OS but I am getting tired so you’ll have to check me out the next time I decide to write about it.

PAE might prove to be useful to me

Recently I decided to get more RAM for my laptop, and I spoke about that in the posts whose links are available at the bottom of this one.

At the time I learned that since I have a 32-bit system, I would be limited to about 3.2 GB RAM that can be used.

Say it isn’t so!!!

Well, hopefully I can, because I just installed a pae kernel. Which raises a very good question:

Whats pae?

Well, PAE stands for Physical Address Extension.  It allows a person running a 32-bit system to be able to use more than the 3.2 GB limitation.

Theoretically it means that I could install lots and lots of RAM and still be able to use it, at the same time while it would be useful for something like virtual machines as an example, it still wouldn’t be so practical as far as cost is concerned.  Not to mention that most programs wouldn’t even be able to take full advantage of it anyway.

Well, after installing pae I found that my above observation of only having access to 3.2 GB of RAM was true so pretty much I got 700MB more than I had before but really 800 MB is wasted.

in the words of Beavis and Butthead:

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posts https://swift110.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/ram-ram-ram/.

https://swift110.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/time-to-get-more-memory-part-2/

Childhood memories and Persimmons in DC Part 2

 

Please forgive the picture quality

Please forgive the picture quality

Remember when I said that I had a surprise for you?  Well look above and you can see exactly what it is.  Just last week I was out for a walk and came across two familiar Persimmon trees.  Not really all that surprising at all.  But what I saw on the trees was something that made my jaw drop.

Ripe fruit in September!!!

But i thought they only fruited in the wintertime I exclaimed, but there they were, those beautiful orbs of sheer goodness.  An intensely sweet flavor that is even better when still warm from the sun.

Some kind of wonderful!!!

One of the trees kind of had a lean to it, not because of a bounteous bounty of fruit on its branches but just a lean.  I just hope that it doesn’t mean that  the tree is on the way down any time soon.

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That would be a real bummer!!

Once upon a time, a bit over a decade ago  I knew of a lone persimmon tree in Hyattsville, MD in Heurich park, it just stood in the middle of the grass.  Unfortunately not long afterward the tree was gone it had likely fallen in a storm. I was curious if its seeds would indeed be fertile since there wasn’t another Persimmon tree in the general vicinity.

Goodness I miss that tree

That tree was quite interesting as it appeared to be the only one of its kind, good thing it wasn’t because there was one or two more trees not very far from it next to Nicholas Orem Middle School. I distinctly remember seeing fruit on the trees only in the wintertime.  I hope that those trees are still there as recent construction may have destroyed them so I will have to check it out and see if they still remain.

So now it makes sense that I would quite surprised to see the ripe persimmons in September.  It made me curious as to whether or not there will still be fruit on the same trees in December 2013 to January of 2014.  Also, will it be both trees bearing fruit at that time or just one like I saw last year.

Time will tell, apparently.