Stefan Hayden

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Exclude svn files from grep

Grep is confusing enough and does not need to be even harder to use. SVN files are almost always not wanted in a search and just make finding what you want even harder. Luckily you can set a default option.

First jump in to the .bashrc file in your home directory.

nano ~/.bashrc

Then add the options for grep in that file:

GREP_OPTIONS="--exclude=*.svn-base"
export GREP_OPTIONS

Now save and exit the file. Before it will work you need to either restart the session or enter this in the console:

source ~/.bashrc

Wave goodbye to all those pesky svn file.

Interview with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko

Read it here. I’m so excited for them. It’s funny that basically anything they could have said would have come across as an insult to M. Night Shyamalan.

What did you guys think of the live-action version of “The Last Airbender”?

Konietzko: We’re just really focused on this new show right now, and kind of taking this off in its own direction and not concerning ourselves with that right now.

So you didn’t follow the casting controversy about the movie version of “The Last Airbender”?

Konietzko: We didn’t head up that film. We’re just happy to be back generating the original content in this mythology, which is what we do.

Avatar: Legend of Korra

The epicenter of the modern Avatar world is Republic City, a metropolis fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. – AvatarSpirit

I seems rumors have been floating around for months and I’ve missed them because I don’t hang out in forums much.

MacFusion Error: Could not mount filesystem: Remote host has disconnected.

If you’re getting the above error immediately after clicking mount it seems to be because you are using OSX 10.6. There’s not a ton of good documentation but this is what seems to work.

Right click on the app and select “Show package contents”. Navigate to Contents/PlugIns/sshfs.mfplugin/Contents/Resources/sshnodelay.so and delete or rename the file.

It should now magically work.

Hubble Gotchu

Jimmy Fallon has some great stuff going on. I’d kill for that doll.

Matt Mullenweg is, in general, the nicest person in the world and if you can actually find a point of contention with him then you are doing something wrong.

3D TVs and Upgrades

3D TVs. guess what? I don’t want one. The problem is people who make TVs need to come up with new ways to convince people to buy new TVs because that’s the only way they can make more money.

So I thought I would just throw up my 2 cents on what would make me want to buy a new TV. Do you know where the current action seems to be going on? Set top boxes. Cable Boxes, x-box, Roku. That’s the current battle ground. That’s where I get added value.

If I made TVs I would be pissed that people felt the need to add a box to my TVs. Why not just build that shit right in to the TV? That’s part of the reason I think GoogleTV is interesting. It will come installed on some TVs. With enough internet services all I need is a TV and Ethernet cord. Who knows what other software you could put on TVs. An apps market place? Inputs for game controllers? Camera for filming video or teleconferencing? What if the TV worked with TiVo to make Tivo even more awesome (even though I’m pissed at series 4 tivo)? I feel like TVs are in a good place to undercut a lot of these boxes that people put under their TVs (BTW with flat screen TVs set-top-box doesn’t even make sense any more).

And to be clear. I’m not buying a 3D TV. So build me something I would want to buy.

Set Windows 7 Default Email program to Gmail (using Chrome)

yarg. why is this so hard?

  1. Start > type “regedit” > hit enter
  2. go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\mailto\shell\open\command\
  3. Edit (default) to “C:\Users\*username*\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” https://mail.google.com/mail?extsrc=mailto&url=%1
  4. make sure to replace *username* with your username

Music

Hey. Mike Viola has a new album out. I’m pretty sure that’s the girl who played with Mike when we saw him open for Fountains Of Wayne in one of the best concerts ever. And hey Kelly Jones seems pretty awesome (myspace), so I just picked up her most recent album.

Cults – Go Outside

<a href="http://cults.bandcamp.com/track/go-outside">Go Outside by Cults</a>

Bespin 0.8

Bespin updated and they seem pretty excited with the project. I was excited with Bespin when I first heard about it but it has yet to really solve the problem I was hoping they would tackle. I really wanted a TinyMCE or FCKeditor replacement where I can just drop some JS files in my webroot and then plug Bespin in to textareas on forms. There has been a ticket to do that for a while and it seems like they have written it but didn’t seem to make it out this build.

Bespin is still young and has a lot of growing to do. Right now their focus is on developer tools and making Bespin very customizable. I’m sure this will give Bespin a solid foundation to move forward with.

I hope that they shift their focus from education developers how to customize to educating people who make webpages how to easily get Bespin up and running and why they would want to. Some easy things to do would be to offer a download of just the needed scripts to run and not a tar ball with python generators. Or even have a big download button instead of a small link that leads to a server generated index of files.

I always think jQuery is a great place to look. They put a lot of focus educating people how easy it is to use but also build what seems like a strong community of developers. Bespin is awesome and I think I just needs to better focus it’s marketing message.

BP Oil Leak Vs USA Daily Oil Consumption

The current numbers for the amount of oil leaking in the gulf before June 3rd have just been updated to up to 40,000 barrels a day. That’s a large number but I really think it’s hard to put in to perspective.

A good way to put that in context is to compare it to the amount of oil the USA uses a day. The US Energy Information Administration says the USA in 2009 used 18,686,000 barrels of oil a day (chart).

(18,686,000 / 24) / 60 = 12,976 barrels a minute

40,000 leaking barrels a day / 12,976 = 3.08 or 3 minutes and 4.8 seconds

So while that’s a lot of oil, it’s only a small fraction of the oil we use a day. Even over the whole 47 days between April 20th and June 6th only 2 hours and 25 minutes of oil were spilled.

I’m not saying that it’s not a catastrophic disaster but every day we pollute by several magnitudes more and it’s good to keep these things in perspective.

Awesome new mini-series with some of my favorite actors. sadly no rss feed.

#donald4spiderman

I’m a big fan of Donald and I’d love to see him get Spiderman (as well as some side campains) but america is still so bad at talking about race that there is an odd dialog going on.

The big question seems to be “why go black?” and “does it make a difference?“. These questions seem to just be a failure of imagination to me. It’s as if people are expecting the exact same movie with just a black lead. And to me that would be a tragedy.

Race matters and should have an effect on the story. Different cultures have different perspectives and viewing those through a prism of a well known tale is a great way to talk about those experiences. This is even more interesting as comics have oftain been a haven of white only characters and have made grave missteps trying to represent other cultures. Hollywood is obviously not the kindest to other cultures but still comes off as worldly compared to comic books.

I hope Donald gets the role and I hope it had a meaningful impact on the story. I hope it’s a success and has broader impact on comics and how we view races other then whites as lead roles.

Cataclysm Friends & Family Alpha

go see all the madness at mmo-champion!

Update: they took it all down. so the images are dead.
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