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Fri, 24 May 2013

Joe Pass: 'Summertime' (1992)

Here's a Joe Pass solo performance from late in his life. He's playing a custom ES-175 guitar that Gibson made for him and delivered to him in 1992, according to longtime friend and fellow guitarist John Pisano.

The guitar differs from stock ES-175 models in a few ways. It has a slightly thinner body, a single pickup in the neck position (which is like ES-175s with a single pickup, though "modern" ES175s usually are equipped with two pickups), an ebony fingerboard (instead of rosewood) and gold hardware instead of nickel (or chrome).

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Posting with Ode is so easy

I create a text file. Then I push it to the server with FTP.

Without the Indexette addin, that would be it. But since I do use Indexette (which time/date-stamps entries indepenently of the file's own timestamp), I re-index the site via the browser, and the post appears.

Thu, 23 May 2013

Joe Pass: 'All the Things You Are'

This is the video I use when I'm testing systems to see how they deal with YouTube. The video is HTML5-ready, so it'll display in browsers on systems that don't have Flash installed or enabled.

It's a performance from late in Joe Pass' life, and it shows his way with a standard.

Joe Pass: 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life,' live at Montreaux 1975

I had the vinyl of this record, and I probably listened to this track a thousand times. I never knew it was available on video.

Sat, 18 May 2013

When Xubuntu and Debian fail, Fedora it is for HP Pavilion g6-2210us laptop

I've spent just about a month with this new HP Pavilion g6-2210us laptop that shipped with Windows 8. That means UEFI and Secure Boot.

And new hardware. We all know how difficult Linux can be with new hardware.

During the aforementioned month, I did a lot of work in Windows 8. I sent up my whole environment. Even installed Perl. And Python. (It's not like I'm a big-time hacker or anything, but I aspire.)

But it's time for me to get back to Linux. Except that I'm having issues.

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Tue, 14 May 2013

Video: International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield sings David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' ... in space

Not so much irony as planned coincidence, Commander Chris Hadfield -- who is very musical if this is him singing -- does David Bowie's "Space Oddity," aboard the International Space Station.

Hadfield has a YouTube channel, and it appears he really can sing.

Fri, 10 May 2013

Two more static-site generators -- Yeoman and Middleman

Via Steve Kemp's list of static-site generators, I've just learned about the node.js-based Yeoman and Ruby- and Sinatra-based Middleman.

Kemp -- also the developer of the Chronicle Blog Compiler -- is using his own Templer system.

Keep track of all Steve's development on his GitHub page, which I'm putting here more for me than for you.

Thu, 09 May 2013

There used to be an article about Windows 8 here

Unfortunately the Xubuntu 13.04 live DVD ate it.

I was trying to run Thunar with gvfs to open a file over FTP in the Mousepad text editor. The thing crashed and wiped out the data in the file.

So my Windows 8 post is gone.

No big loss, I suppose.

I'm rebuilding it (as a Xubuntu post).

To see if Mousepad is the problem, I installed gEdit in the live environment. You can do things like that with Linux: Try whole systems out with live media and even add software until your memory runs out.

It's fucking awesome.

If you see these words, it worked.