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The True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey

My most recent read was "The True History of the Kelly Gang". I borrowed it from an Aussie here in Japan.

OK, so I'm a bit of a moron and I was some way into the book before I realized this was truly a piece of fiction and not some amazing historical records that came to light and were published. But its very good writing, probably beyond that of your average bushranger, and eventually I figured it out.

Installing Kubuntu

This page is intended mostly for me if I ever have to reinstall Kubuntu. But you never know, somebody else might find it handy too.

Every time I install Linux it gets better. And now with Kubuntu 7.10 its really at the point I can do everything I want with it apart from play games.

Linux installs almost effortlessly on my PC.

Partitioning
Partitioning for Linux always confuses me a bit. I have no idea if these are good settings. But they are what I did.

  • Windows is on the first partition.
  • I made a 20 GB partition to be mounted as / (root)

Thinking Photography

2007_10_28_cameraBy far the most interesting thing so far about getting a new camera has been the fact that we are always looking at things with photography in mind. We are noticing things about the sun, our local environment and the composition of things around us that we never observed before.

Grub to start DSL-N on Tiny

During boot hit during grub to access grub menu. Hit to go to command line.

You can review the boot info by mounting hda1 in Ubuntu and reading /boot/grub/menu.lst

Under ubuntu command:
root (1,0)
kernel /boot/linux
initrd /boot/minirt.gz
boot

And you're off and running.

Environmental Responsibility

So this year I decided to try to be a lot more environmentally responsible. Here is an update on what we did and how it worked out.

Living

Coming to Japan we chose countryside living over city living. (thats probably not better!) We live in a small house. Importantly, its a very short drive to work and we can walk to shops and restaurants. Its a longish walk to the station.

Car

We bought a nice small car. Its a Nissan Tiida (Versa in USA). We got the smallest engine. I have not fixed my bicycle. This is one of my big failings on the environmental plan.

Camera Plans

In 2002 we bought a digital camera before our trip to Alaska. It is without doubt one of the best purchases we have ever made. First off its free to take pictures, so we take a lot more. As a result we get more good photos. We view them more often. They are much easier to put on our website. We can view them on the day we take them. And the quality is great.

Onsens

Onsens are Japanese mineral hot springs. They are very popular here.

Until now we haven't been to so many. Cassandra was uncomfortable because you will be completely naked in the bath. But on a trip to Hinoemata in spring Cassandra was forced to partake and discovered she loved it. We have been eagerly awaiting cooler weather so we can start going.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey


My all time favourite book is "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". I'm not quite sure when I bought it but I am thinking in 1994 or so. Something special happened today. I finished it! Thats one habit every 2 years.

AMC Reunion

Something amazing just happened!

I got an email from my old flatmate in college about an Australian Maritime College reunion. "Dude" and I were good friends in college and I haven't spoken to him since (or nearly anybody else from that time). About 10 of them are getting together for a tour of the college and then drinks and a dinner.

I'm quite upset I can't go. But maybe I'm even more excited to hear that lots of them are still in contact and doing things together. It will be a lot of fun to meet up with them again when we go back.

AMC Reunion

Something amazing just happened!

I got an email from my old flatmate in college about an Australian Maritime College reunion. "Dude" and I were good friends in college and I haven't spoken to him since (or nearly anybody else from that time). About 10 of them are getting together for a tour of the college and then drinks and a dinner.

I'm quite upset I can't go. But maybe I'm even more excited to hear that lots of them are still in contact and doing things together. It will be a lot of fun to meet up with them again when we go back.

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