Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dream Log Entry 10/19

I wrote this a while ago. I was planning on going over it again to check for errors. Ive been pretty busy, so Ill just post what I have. This is one of the dreams I had a while ago. I usually have these kinds of dreams.

Scene 1

I'm standing up holding some kind of warm drink. There are a lot of people around me and I know most of them. They are from my Senior Design class, except for a few new faces. We are gathered in some kind of small resort.

Outside is a red sun in the horizon. Mountains stand defiantly against the strong gusts of wind and a few pine trees bask in the red glow of dusk.

Everyone is talking about the experiences in Senior Design giving tips to the new students. I find the conversation dull so I go around the room to say hi to everyone not talking. Everything seems normal till I get to someone that is playing the piano. I'll call him Roger. As I extend my arm to shake his hand, he looks at me with a smile and says "Sorry, can't shake your hand. I had an accident." He raises his right arm to show me broken ulna. His arm doesn't have any kind of cast and is just there hanging. His arm forms an obtuse angle and I can see part of the bone, white as the snow outside. I can also see the ruddy flesh from the wound, but there is no blood. Roger dose't mind it and in fact he seems to be enjoying it. I look at his arm for a while and then direct my attention to his face. He has a bright smile.

Scene 2

I'm in one of the resort's cabins with a lot of people; none which I can recognize. Sitting at a table, there is a lot of food and wine. There is a poinsettia center piece with a dark, red color. Around the center piece are candles that provide the only light source for the cabin. The flickering flames the shadows dance on the walls of the cabin. Shadows which are unrecognizable and that seem to have life of their own.

I look at the end of the table to see a very attractive hostess. I could not distinguish her features, but I knew only one thing: I wanted her. I knew how to get her, what to give her; I just had to go back to school. I left the warmth of the cabin in search for that something. Outside was a wooden deck that felt rough. Outside there was only silence and cold; the world felt empty, devoid of any humanity.

Scene 3

Im at school, or what I call school in my dreams. This school has the feeling of the original but grittier and darker. In this version red and black are used a lot more.

I wonder around school looking for the something that would get me the Hostess, but I have no luck.

After what seems forever, I open a door that reveals a room that seemed to me like a mechanical or boiler room. To my left was a wire mesh stair case and to my my far right, a wall . In front of me, an open space of about 900 sq. feet and a corridor along the wall to my right. I couldn't tell how far the corridor went because it was covered in darkness after just a couple of feet. This room was decorated with red and black stripes running along the walls.

As soon as I open the door, Im greeted by someone who I can only describe as devilish. Standing from the staircase, it looks straight into my eyes with a pale, expressionless face. "You're not supposed to be here ... right? "
I knew at that moment what that room was. I've been there before in my other dreams. Shit happens there. Weird, fucked up shit that I didn't want to go through that night. I wanted to go back to the Hostess. I asked it if it knew where I could find what I was looking for. I didn't get an answer. Just a blank look.

Scene 4

Having no success for whatever I was looking for, I decided to go back to the cabin. Apparently, I had been looking for a while because it was early morning. The deck was covered in ice and I was being careful not to slip. At a distance, I see someone that looks like a one of the Hostess' siblings. He's wearing a grey hoodie looking down at the floor. His hands in his pockets and the hood over his head.

I feel someone coming from behind and turn around. It's three people from the cabin, no older than 17. One of them is riding a black horse and is wielding what looks like a 5 foot saw sword. It had big pronounced teeth and is more saw than sword. The other two were holding a bat and ,surpassingly, a tennis racket. They seem to be waiting for the Hostess' sibling.

The Sibling quickly reached me and the kids behind charged. At this point I turn around. The kid riding the horse raises his sword and swings for the sibling's head from my left. I instinctively raise my left hand and proves to be a very bad move. The sword cuts trough my flesh, hits one my bones and proceeds to make a cut two inches before it reaches my elbow. The ice is stained in red. A big piece of flesh hangs from my arm.

I take the Sibling under my bloody arm and run towards the cabin only to find a locked gate. (That wasn't there before.) I jump over it and run towards the door. It's locked also.

To the right of the door is a hand rail. One of the kids jumps on it and assumes a squatting position. He looks at me intently with a faint smile. The Hostess opens the door and looks frightened. The kid with the saw sword, now unmounted, approaches me, the Hostess , and her sibling. His head is down covered in shadows, but I can definitely see a smile.

I look back at the kid on the hand rail. He hands me two Barbie dolls that are facing down. I take them with my right hand. The dolls feel warm. I can fell a pulsing and a presence coming from them. They're alive. I look back at the kid. He does't say say a word, but I know what he's trying to say.

I become aware of his presence. I've met him before in my other dreams. I am frightened. I know what he's capable of. I want to protect the Hostess, but I know I can't. I fought this kid before and he is not human and neither are his companions. What was I supposed to do? Fight them just so they disembowel me. Fight them knowingly that they were going to eat my entrails while I watch? I could't do that. I did't want to go through that again.

Im sorry Hostess. I really am. I hope that your death was quick. But, who am I kidding? I know that it was hell.

I took the dolls in my hands and put their necks in my mouth. I looked into the kid's eyes; his smile gets bigger. I bite down hard and blood comes gushing out. I wake up.

The creatures gave me a way out and I took it.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Short Guide on Passwords

One of my friends has been using his passwords for quite a long time and pretty much for everything. Too bad that last week one of his accounts was hacked and then pretty much everything else followed. I thought that his habits were horrible. So, I will give you guys a real short guide on how to create passwords.

Step 1. Pick a phrase you wont forget

Step 2. Haxor it up however you want

I have a set of rules that I follow for every password. Try to keep all your passwords consistent otherwise you will have problems remembering. You don's have to have really long passwords like the examples just make sure that its not too short. 

Step 3. Salt it for multiple sites
 Step 4. Rotate it
Don't use the same password for long periods of time. Change it every so often.

Also, if you need to write your password change that caps for every letter. At least if they find it, they have a hard time deciphering or maybe even give up.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Nautilus Elementary Now with ClutterFlow in Maverick

Maverick Meerkat just came out and it comes with new nautilus elementary features. You have to add the ppa and install it, but it is pretty cool. Andrew from made a nice video on the features that Nautilus Elementary has. Check it out.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Claymore and Top Gear Update

So a few days ago I told you guys about these shows and I just wanted to give you a an update.

First, I completly stopped watching Claymore. It just started to feel like a DBZ and bleach mashup. The story progressed, but it felt like it was action centered and I didnt like the action.

I am still watching Top Gear and I can actually understand what the hosts are saying. Top Gear is just fun to watch. Yesterday, I was watching as they tried to destroy an old Toyota Hilux  and man was it fun to watch. Pretty much every episode is fun to watch and they always have really cool cars.

Out of these two I would really recommend Top Gear.  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Im back

I took a short break and I will be going through my comments today.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Top Gear

Ok, so that last post about Claymore was nerdy, so I decided to make a less nerdy post; I will suggest to you Top Gear.  Top Gear is a British show that is a mix of Mythbusters and exotic cars and the results is exquisite. If you are not used to listening to a British accent it might be a little hard to follow, but you get used to it.

Anyways, exotic cars, guys doing stupid things, watch it on Netflix!!!


I remember watching Blood + on Cartoon Network and I really couldn't get into it. I don't know why it has been a while. I remember also watching Berserk  and I hated the artwork and story; couldn't get past three episodes. yesterday I started watching Claymore and it got me hooked enough to watch for a couple more days. Why? Because it is like Bezerk and Blood +.

Mild Spoiler Alert

Claymore is set in the past where people sling swords and demons roam the Earth.  The Claymores are a type of people that are half human and half Yuma (Demon). In the first few episodes we watch a Clare as she slashes and slays Yuma. The story progresses with Clare getting close to a human called Raki and Clare slashes more demons. Although, this anime is slow paced, Ill keep watching it. It is pretty interesting. And it also has a lot of blood.

Friday, October 8, 2010

More Anime on Netflix

I have always been disappointed at the lack of anime in Netflix, at least in the streaming side. Yesterday, I found out that Netflix added more anime to their streaming service and it's pretty good too. Some of the series that they added where Claymore, Ouran, Darker than Black, Fruits Basket, and Full Metal Alchemist (not Brotherhood). If you don't like anime I would suggest Full Metal. ( Minor Spoiler: It's about  f =m*a) I'm really happy that Netflix added more anime to their lineup. It's about time!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hey I Have Some Slow Internet

Hey guys,
My internet has been real slow lately. I have Verizon DSL, but my apartments have bad connections. I'm thinking that I should get Clear or maybe Road Runner. What do you guys think?

I just wanted to say that if you commented on my blog, I went ahead and supported yours. Man, having a blog is work. I went through 30 comments in the past 24 hours. You would think it would not take a lot.

Thanks for all your support.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sintel reaches a million views

Sintel is an animation made with Blender, a free, cross-platfrom 3D graphics application. The movie was made in order to show what blender can do, and it looks like it can do a pretty good job. The story isn't very solid, but the graphics look great.

All the contents of this short film are open source so if you want to make something like this, you can. You can go to for more information.

Linux is for Old People

Do you have old people? You know, people that don't know that the monitor is not a computer. People that don't know how computers catch viruses. Well, if you do, I would suggest for you to install Linux on their computers. Why would you install a POS, super hard to use OS for someone that does't even know what an OS?

Well, for two reasons. One being that Linux has gotten easier to use. Check out Ubuntu. The other is that Linux doesn't get viruses.(Because not a lot of people use it.) And if your old people are like my old people, then this means that they will call you a lot less. I installed Linux for my parents and they haven't had any problems yet.  

If you do want to give it a try, here are a few tips.
  • Try it out Ubuntu on a USB first to make sure that you have all the drivers you need.
  • Get an HP Printer or a printer that has linux drivers. I had a good experience with Lexmark.
  • Get Samba to share files between Linux and Windows. (If you actually need networked filing) 
  • Avoid broadcom drivers. 
  • If you do install Ubuntu, go to this website to install some fun apps and services. (And no command line!)
  • Is there a Windows app that you need to run? Use Wine and see if you can install it. Just check the website to see it the app runs well. Some apps that you can run under Wine: WoW, Steam, Star Craft II Retail, Photoshop cs3
  • Wine not helping? Then get Virtual Box. You will need an actual copy of Windows. (Not recovery discs)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Tip of The Day 10/04/2010

When you use a public restroom, put a few sheets of toilet paper in the bowl. This will prevent any splashing. Uggh!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Faenza Icons

I just got the Faenza icon set for KDE abd I have to say that .... THEY ... ARE ... AWESOME!!! The only thing that I dont like is that my system tray still has those ugly bloated looking icons. They are fuggly uggh.

Anyway, you can get the Faenza icon set in kde-look. I suggest you get it if you don't like Oxygen. (Is's too flossy for me)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tip of the Day

Aluminum foil packages have tabs on the side. Push them in so that it doesn't fall off when you are trying to get some.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tip of the Day

Put some grains of rice to your salt shaker so that it doesn't clump together. The rice absorbs the moisture.

Going to Sleep with Coffee

I have always felt sleepy after I drink coffee and tonight I will drink a cup of hot, black coffee to go to sleep. Now, it hasn't bothered me that coffee doesn't make stay up, but it was specially hard in college because I could stay up and even energy drinks made me sleepy as well. The only thing that actually made me stay up was the 5-hour energy drink. Well, I have always thought that I was the only one that had this experience, but I found a blog full of people that say the same thing. This blog also states some reasons why coffee makes you sleepy.

If you are trying to stay awake and coffee doesn't do it for you, you should try the 5-hour energy drink. Another thing that you should try is ginkgo biloba. Although this herb supplement is supposed to help you concentrate, I found out that it makes me stay up. I also found out that if you take this right before you go to bed, you wont require a lot of sleep to feel rested. I used to take about 300 mg before bed and I would only need three hours of sleep. (I would automatically wake up after three hours on the dot)

Does anyone have any other tips for staying up?


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Last, Thursday I decided that I was going to try the new KDE 4.5. I had tried the new KDE 4, but it was way too buggy for me to be usefull so I had to go back to my Gnome desktop on Ubuntu Lucid. Well, KDE 4.5 now has less bugs and it looks great! Although it still has some bugs, I decided to keep it for a couple of weeks. Here are a few things that I decided to do to KDE in order to be more useful to me.

Change Button Layout

KDE by default has the window buttons on the right. I have been using Ubuntu Lucid for quite a while and I got used to them on the left. I like them on the left! Sorry. Here is some screenshots that guide you to where you can put them on the left. (System Settings > Window Appearance > Configure Buttons)

Make Gnome-Do Work Better

I know that there is KRunner for KDE, but it just doesnt feel like Do. But Do does't work well right from the start you need to do some changes. Just follow the steps in the "Window Layer Bugs" section in the Gnome-Do website.

Get Amarok to Play MP3s

When I wanted to play some music Amarok didn't play MP3s. Just run the next command.

sudo aptitude install  libxine1-ffmpeg

Few movies have scared me, The Exorcist, but a few weeks ago I saw a movie that disturbed me, scared me, and surprised me. This movie was Oldboy. This Korean movie directed by Park Chanwook follows Oh Dae Su though this really f-ed up ordeal . Ill summerize it in a few sentences for you:

Guy gets imprisoned for 15 years. Guy gets out and is mad. Gore. Guy looks and find person that put him in jail. Gore. Triple twist ending.

By the end of the movie, you will think that the Sixth Sense was for kids. This movies just gets better and better and when you think its going to stop it gets better. ( Better meaning more disturbing.) If you are up for a good action film with lots of blood and have an open mind; see this movie. Do not see with your parents or children.

Although, this film is bloody, you will find something here that you might not expect... heart.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

apt-get vs aptitude

Today I wanted to replace gnome-panel with awn, but I got some dependency errors. I looked around and I found out that if you use aptitude, it will resolve any dependencies. It will also remove all packages if you  use it  to remove anything.( eg aptitude remove APPLICATION )  Also, you enter aptitude in the prompt, a nice interface will pop up. Aptitude just seems a better option to apt-get.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Linux Commands I Use Daily

sudo su

This command will allow you to become root. I know, I know. Im not supposed to become root for any reason, but it’s just easier to become root if you have to string a lot of sudo.

pgrep NameOfApplication | xargs sudo kill 9

I use this command when I want to kill a misbehaving app. It may look like a long command and a waste of time, but its pretty easy to type and saves a lot of time if the app is not killed with the first try. Just "UpArrow Enter" as many times as you like.

This command uses:
pgrep – gets process id. Sort of like if you did `ps | grep` but much faster.
xargs – gets the input from the pipe and uses each to execute the next command.
kill 9 – kill forcefully.
sudo – super user do.

So if you have 5 instances of Firefox open just

pgrep firefox | xargs sudo kill 9

All instances will be killed. Do they not die?!?! Do a barrage of Up-Arrow Enter to completely obliterate all instances!!! Take that undead/zombie Firefox.


I use this a lot. Who doesn't?. How do you use this little pearl?
dmesg | grep wireless
ls –A | grep *.pdf

I use this on anything with too much text that I need to search through.


I used this for my work to create reports and send myself reminders on gmail. I used it as follows in the command line.

mail -s ”This is the subject line” << EOF
This is the body
#(no space between "<< EOF")

Did I mention that it's very useful for generating reports.

So what commands do you guys use daily?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ubuntu Lucid WiFi Problems

Ive been having problems with my Wifi in Lucid. It disconnects after it locks the screen and it's very hard to get WiFi working again. In order to get it going again I do the following commands.

sudo su #Change to root
modprobe -f -r ath5k
rfkill block all
rfkill unblock all
modprobe ath5k
ifconfig wlan0 up

What's even stranger is that it takes a lot of iterations of the above commands in order for WiFi to be restored. Is any one else experiencing this?


This is my first post. Expect more in the future.