A return…

After many months of downtime, unintended – due to a server crash, this blog is back up.

Well, mostly.

Images were not backed up – though the originals I uploaded are likely to be findable. I just have to go and find them. Not yet done… but anyway, the important thing is… it’s back!

…tumbleweeds…

:)

Grids. A story of 2001.

Back in 2000, a favourite geek/fan past time was Star Wars vs Star Trek. Who would win between the Enterprise-D and a Star Destroyer, and that kind of thing.

I eschewed that in favour of pure size comparisons. (there is no other kind of dick waving contest, right? ;) And created multiple images to handle multiple scales smoothly (something that many modern implementations of this idea, which whilst better in every other way, often fail to handle well).

My project faltered, in part from interest waning, and in part from difficulty in sourcing images and information in the 2001 internet.

However, I’ve dug up what I did, and presenting it for the first time in years…

Sci-Fi “Grids”

http://sta.sh/21qzlqpf2j29

Dating The Aztecs

This post is not about romantic dating, but chronological dating. It’s not about the Aztec culture, but about The Aztecs, the Doctor Who story.

(A story I watched while pursuing my epic attempt to watch all Doctor Who during 2013.  (follow along on twitter: https://twitter.com/WatchingDrWho =)

Within the story, Barbara identifies the body of the ancient high priest Yetaxa as having died around 1430, as all the tomb bling around him is from the Aztec “early period” (Aztec empire formed from an aliance in 1427). She confirms that Aztecs were a specialty of hers – which presumably is why she immediately robs the grave for a shiny new bracelet!

Apart from that though, the story is undated.
http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/15th_century – list the Doctor and Companion’s visit as “Unknown date”.

The novelisation, for what it’s worth, dates it to 1507.

But I was wondering… can we date the episode more accurately than that, from other plot elements?

I think so… Continue reading

Converting from nautilus to caja desktop icons

I recently upgraded from Gnome2 to… mate. Let’s not get into the reasons, since this is just about solving the desktop icons.

So getting straight to it: in nautilus, all the metadata about files as they appear in the GUI (so: icon position, size, emblems, etc) exist in a series of files in $HOME/.local/share/gvfs-metadata
(each file in there related to a filesystem)

caja, on the other hand, uses the SAME FILES – but sometimes different metadata.

So, when I moved from gnome2/nautilus to mate/caja, I found that my desktop icons retained their same sizes, emblems… but not location.

Why is this so? Continue reading