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Whole30

Whole30

So tomorrow, I’m starting the Whole30.  It will be an adventure in many ways, and so I’m thinking about blogging about my experience.  I plan on updating every day or two, give an update on what I’ve been eating and how I’m feeling.  Hopefully I […]

Work in progress…

Work in progress…

As you can see, we’re doing some remodeling around here.  We’re not quite done yet, so stay tuned!

When in doubt, Repair Disk Permissions

When in doubt, Repair Disk Permissions

A few months ago, I discovered Urban Terror, a free (as in beer) FPS game based on the Quake3 Engine.  I’m not much of a gamer, so free is right in my price range. But seriously, I’m not a gamer: I play for about 15-20 minutes a day. And I have a kid. So I don’t actually have time to play every day.

At any rate, Urban Terror runs great on my little MacMini, at least it did until a month or so ago.  One day, I launched the app, my screen went black. And then nothing.  The application closed and my normal desktop returned.  Huh. That’s weird. Launch again. Ditto.  Okay, so something is wrong here.  I crawl through my system logs and the only thing I can find looks like:

10/31/13 5:50:10.347 PM Quake3-UrT.i386[22814]: CPSGetCurrentProcess(): This call is deprecated and should not be called anymore.
10/31/13 5:50:10.347 PM Quake3-UrT.i386[22814]: CPSSetForegroundOperationState(): This call is deprecated and should not be called anymore.
10/31/13 5:50:11.317 PM Quake3-UrT.i386[22814]: CGDisplayBaseAddress is obsolete and returning NULL for display 0x42731c0

Hmm. Okay, so this seems to me like some OS update has borked a previously working API call.  I’m sure the UT people are aware of this and will have a fix soon. A week goes by, and I head over to the Urban Terror homepage to see if there’s a fix out.  Nope.  No fix. Hmm. So I check the forums and find a few people with a similar problem to me.  A few people claimed that it had do with a bad resolution setting, which seemed bogus to me since I hadn’t messed with my resolution settings at all lately.

But I noticed another comment which said “You need to out the updater under your Home directory, so your user will have writing permissions.”  Don’t ask me why, but this rang a bell somewhere in my head. I launched Disk Utility, ran a “Verify Disk”, which was clean, followed by a “Repair Disk Permissions”. #BINGO.  Now Urban Terror works again.

Was it Disk Utility that fixed it?  Not sure.  I hadn’t tried to run it in weeks, so maybe it was just coincidence.  But it certainly didn’t hurt!

The dude abides…
Facebook removes “little used” privacy feature

Facebook removes “little used” privacy feature

Facebook recently rolled out another change which removed a key privacy setting from users.The setting was called “who can look up your Timeline by name”.  Basically, if you were like me (one of the few people using this feature apparently), you had this set to […]

To Fedora or not to Fedora, that is the question…

To Fedora or not to Fedora, that is the question…

Hello Blog! It’s been a while. Bet you thought I forgot my password. Wrong! *evil-grin* I’ve had a Samsung N150 Netbook since Summer of 2010. For a while, maybe the entire time, I’ve run Ubuntu on it. I’ve never loved Ubuntu, I initially loaded it […]

Lake George Photo and Video

Lake George Photo and Video

A few quick pictures from our recent vacation to Lake George, NY….

Epic Nap on the Car Ride to the Lake
Epic Nap on the Car Ride to the Lake
Speckles loving the lake
Speckles loving the lake

And a video too!

Garden 2013

Garden 2013

We finally got our garden planted. We’re growing tomatoes (2 varieties of heirlooms), peppers (red and orange bell and banana), beans, lettuce, cilantro, basil, marigolds, and lavender. After the birth of our little Speck, moving when she was six weeks old, and now chasing after […]

Assignment #1 Shutter Speed

Assignment #1 Shutter Speed

  As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently attended a Beginner’s Photography Class with McKay Photography Academy.  I had a good understanding of how to adjust all of the settings on my camera, but no clue how to put that all together to […]

New Lens

New Lens

A few weeks ago, I attended a Beginner’s Digital Photography Class.  It was a deal that Kim happened to notice on Groupon.  I knew how to adjust all the manual settings on my camera and how to use the light meter, but I had never been very good at putting all the settings together to get a good picture (exposure).  So the class was really great for me since they walked through all the settings and what settings you should use depending on what kind of picture you’re taking.  The also discussed some options for Camera Lenses, one of which, a 50mm F1.8, caught my attention.  The two lenses that I have both have a F3.5 for the smallest aperture setting.  F1.8 would allow me to take pictures in lower light situations.  But the reason it caught my attention was that they said it was a good lens for portraiture and especially for BABY photos.  And that was the key to selling me the lens.

Now the professionals use what’s known as a “Full Frame” sensor.  Most of the consumer grade cameras have a smaller sensor, so when you look at a lens that says 50mm, you have to do a little math to figure out what that equates to for your sensor size.  I have an Olympus camera which uses the Four Thirds system, which means to get the same effect as a 50mm Lens on a Full Frame sensor, I actually need a 25mm Lens.  Confused yet?  Yeah, me too.  Unfortunately since most people use Canon or Nikon, there aren’t a plethora of Lens choices for Olympus cameras.  But I ended up going with a 25mm F2.8 Lens.

About 30 seconds after it arrived today I had it out of the box and on my camera. I wasn’t sure how big of a difference the F2.8 was going to make over the other lenses that I have which are F3.5.  So far, I can tell it’s a pretty BIG difference.  It’s much easier to get a good exposure indoors with only indirect (cloudy) sunlight. So here are some of my first test shots with it.  As usual, the cats were willing Models.  (And I only have to pay them in kibble!)

Valentine
Valentine
Marigold
Marigold
Mint
Mint
Valentine
Valentine
Charlie
Charlie
Charlie
Charlie
Inner Harbor
Inner Harbor
Inner Harbor
Inner Harbor
Federal Hill Flag
Federal Hill Flag
Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

We’ve been busy lately and I’ve been neglecting lots of things.  Two of those things are blogging and our Bread Machine.  So let’s fix that! For a while, we were making the standard types of breads in our bread machine: White, Wheat, or French.  I […]