1d6 random observations

Beautiful rainy spring morning today–I’m working at home today, and I much enjoyed tapping away this morning at the computer to the pleasant background noise of a nice rain. We bumped into many patches of rain on our cross-country trip last week–just enough rain to really bring out the bright greens and that unique rainy-spring smell, but never so much that it interfered with our plans. In other words, just about perfect.
I don’t have any epic essays written today. Instead, we have a random assortment of interesting (to me, at least) links and other miscellanea for you to peruse.
Random thing #1. I was excited to see the release of Fedora Core 2, the latest iteration of my Linux distribution of choice. Unfortunately, I may sit this one out and wait for Fedora Core 3, unless they can do something about the “minor” glitch that prevents you from booting into Windows XP on a dual-boot machine. That would be a pretty major problem for some of us. Hmmmm.
#2. Taking long road trips, especially road trips that involve going near Chicago (travel tip: if your road trip will take you within two states of Chicago, add about 10 hours of traffic to your estimated travel time), has cemented in my mind the idea that most people with drivers licenses are horrible people who shouldn’t be allowed near a bicycle, let alone behind the wheel of a 1+ ton block of metal traveling at 80 mph. So after several days’ worth of driving uber-cautiously and ranting about the horrible driving habits of other people, what’s the first thing I do upon my return to Grand Rapids? I swerve into another lane without looking first and force another car to brake madly to avoid hitting me. I guess I’m just another one of those terrible people you always hear about.
#3. Joel passed me this link to an interesting series of essays discussing the basic concepts behind the Japanese language. Very fun read.
#4. I’ve really been enjoying GetReligion.org, a blog on the topic of religion and the media. Pretty sharp commentary, and politic-y without being too pundit-y. If you know what I mean.
#5. It turns out my wife has pretty good taste in music. Ever since she introduced me to Tom Waits, I’ve been listening to him whenever I get the chance. How can you not like a musician who writes lyrics like these? Unfortunately, Michele’s taste isn’t perfect–she has not yet acknowledged that Extreme’s III Sides to Every Story is the album than which none greater can be conceived. Ah well, she’ll figure it out eventually.
I think I’ll stop with five random observations for now. Wouldn’t want to go overboard.

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3 thoughts on “1d6 random observations

  1. topher

    I’ve been running fc2t3 on my home machine, and I’ve never noticed a problem booting to XP. Is it only in the latest?

  2. jrau

    Glad you also find the site interesting, Brian. I started reading it regularly back during the big media hubbub over “The Passion of the Christ”–GetReligion had a lot of interesting posts on that topic–and I’ve found it worthwhile reading ever since.
    Topher, from what I’ve read, the bug (details here) has been around since FCtest1, and unfortunately is in the final release. It doesn’t seem to affect everyone (it might only affect a small minority), but enough people have noted it to make me nervous. When an official workaround/bugfix arrives, I’ll chance it, but until then, my XP partition is too precious to take the risk 🙂

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