Sunday, December 7, 2014


How quick the heart is to judge and turn sour! If it weren't for the Holy Spirit, I would have made an ass of myself in only one day of moving to a new apartment. Instead, I now have a friend.

There was a bright red car parked in my assigned spot for the last day and a half. To say the least, I was a little upset. The rule-follower in me wanted to write a scathing note shaming them and making them feel terrible. How dare a guest park in a car port - over night, even! Don't people have respect for the rules?

But instead I slept on it, and in the morning wrote a very neutral note: "Please don't park here anymore. Thanks." This evening, the car was moved a few spots down. I removed my note from their wind shield wiper, grateful that they complied. They had parked in a guest spot, which surely confirmed that they weren't a resident.

I put my salmon in the oven and unpacked my second load of possessions from my previous rental. I barely got as much stuff in my car as I did due to being tired and a bit discouraged. At least unpacking would be fast and then I could eat, go to bed, and go to work the next day.

When I was finally done, an old black woman got my attention from the stairs of her apartment, standing by her apartment door. "I'm sorry I was parking my car in your spot, neighbor." My stomach dropped.

Mary is 80 years old. After serving this country in the military, she got her own home. She had lived in that home for 40 years before it had begun sinking into the ground. An engineer from the city told her she had better dump the place because it was going to bring her nothing but trouble, so she put up the land for sale, but got nothing for the house. She had worked on that house with her bare hands. She had nailed in her roofing tiles on her own many times over. When she left, forty years demanded their dues from her wrinkled eyes.

When she first moved to these apartments, someone was parked in her spot. Being new to the establishment, she didn't want to barge in changing rules, so she thought perhaps that spot was given to her in error and settled for parking in a different car port. No one complained, so she stayed in it until a young, naive, 23 year old, working, white boy moved in and was assigned the spot in which she currently parked.

How glad I am that the Holy Spirit speaks to even a self-righteous heart such as mine. For if it did not, I would not have learned the lesson tonight that not everything is black and white. And I would not have met my first friend in these apartments.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Fixed Opening SWF Files in Linux

I'm putting this up for future reference because the issue was driving me nuts. I very often use a flash timer when trying to budget my time on a computer. There is one in particular that I especially like from which allows you to build a custom queue of alarms. That sight allows you to download the SWF file of almost all of their online timers, and this is useful to me because I can then run it simply by typing

google-chrome --app=file:///location/to/swf/file.swf

at the command line. 

Except for recently. Lately, when I tried to open the flash-timer, chrome would try to just download it again. It took me forever to find the solution, but I finally came across it on an ArchLinux forum.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fix It: Cheap Computer Feet

For a while now, many of the little rubber feet on the bottom of my laptop have been missing. I've tried replacing them with custom-cut foam glued in place, but those came off after some time as well. And they were annoying to make. I wanted a quick and cheap fix that would last long and be easy to replace, if ever it were necessary again. Here is what I came up with.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Repository Hurricane

Of late, I've uploaded a storm of repositories.

In the past, I was trying to consolidate by language and even set up my own library through the use of sub-repositories. It has come to my attention that is not the typical way of using repositories, and that it is perfectly common to make a repository for each project, even if there is only one or two files in it. So that is what I'm attempting.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LTSpice Nit-Picking

I have to admit: this is incredibly nit-picky of me, but it absolutely bothers me every time I open LTSpice that I find a gray background!

I know, I know, you can very simply change the color preferences. And yes, it does last between sessions. However, I spend my time between three different operating systems: Windows 7, Ubuntu, and Xubuntu (for now). I install LTSpice under wine and it works great. But if its a re-install or I update the version, I am pulled back to those ugly default colors. So I decided to find the configuration file for LTSpice so I can set my colors once and keep it that way. Forever.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

RPi Web: In the Meantime...

The video stream has not been up at my webpage for quite some time. And it probably won't be. So you have been stuck with a (singular) cute picture of a cat.

No longer...

Saturday, March 1, 2014

RPi Web: First Post

I've actually been working for several weeks on setting up a Raspberry Pi to serve a simple website from home. I haven't posted anything on it yet, probably because I always falsely assume my blog posts must be extravagant. Well, I don't have time for extravagance, so I'm keeping it simple here.