compiled and edited by D. Dickie, J. Chapman, P. Charron and many others.


MUSIC: The audience is greeted by a catchy jazz groove, as the lights go down, the music fades.


ON STAGE: Allen Ginsberg is reading HOWL for the first time at the gallery 6 poetry reading in San Francisco.

The Babylonians and The Mayans : An archeoastonomical overview of two major cultures

Ever since human life evolved, the night sky has been one of the biggest enigmas we have encountered. We have archaeological proof of ancient cultures' interest in astronomy, from the megalithic structures of Britain to Babylonian clay tablets and Mayan parchments. These early astronomers did more than simply gaze at the heavens, starstruck; they calculated, coded, compiled and observed all of the available phenomena. The attempt to make sense of what was happening above is a worldwide practice, and has been since time immemorial. The way to this knowledge was fraught with difficulty, having such matters as retrograde motion to explain.

This essay will provide a brief overview of two ancient astronomical cultures; the Babylonian and the Mayan. Both were enormous influences on later thought, and scientific progress owes much to these two groups. Once we are acquainted with their respective views on the subject, we will explore the connections between the two and attempt to understand how the differences that exist may have come about. Our first subject will be the Babylonian culture.

An Analysis of Gender and Power Roles in 3 novels by Head, Armah and Dangaremba

Three books will be analyzed in this paper, Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba, A Question Of Power by Bessie Head and The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah. We will discuss the gender roles in each book, and how the power relationships already present in African society are modified by gender and colonialism. Colonization is a driving force behind the problems and themes found within these books, and is an important background consideration for the characters and for the social interactions that take place. Skinner says "The most difficult task for future generations of Africans will be to end that state of psychological and structural dependency that has survived the end of colonialism. This task will be made more difficult by the emergence of a global civilization .......

Disk Wiper

Darik's Boot and Nuke Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot floppy that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

Work Friendly

Pretty cool way to hide your surfing from prying eyes. Try it out, you will love it, I promise :)

Toshiba P30-R1 and Gentoo (and Ubuntu/Debian/FC/Knoppix)


  • Everything works except memory card reader which seems like it is a piece of crap if you will pardon the expression.
  • PS2 support should be compiled as a module and modprobed later in boot sequence for touchpad support.. I just add it to /etc/modules.autoload/kernel-2.6
  • You can either use radeon built-in xorg drier or the ati-drivers solution
  • Madwifi + wpa_supplicant works better than on any other distro. The tweaks to conf.d/net are awesome!
  • screen timings: HorizSync 31.5 - 57.0 ; VertRefresh 50-70




  • Keyboard would not work until I plugged and unplugged a USB one?
    • I think this was an issue with the kernel USB modules I selected (or did not select)... recompliling now to see..

Cross Compiling to Ubuntu or Debian System from Gentoo client

Came across this error while trying to set up my 2 ubuntu boxen to compile with distcc for my gentoo laptop and workstation.

(dcc_execvp) ERROR: failed to exec i686-pc-linux-gnu-gcc: No such file or directory





OK, so I had a problem with this theme disabling the javascript functions within Drupal, specifically the collapsible fieldsets in the administration>settings page. This, after much hair-pulling was due to the rather dumb fact that I was using a window.onlad call in my custom javascript that powers the theme.

Virtualized Workspaces

I have jumped headfirst into virtualization, running both VMWare and OpenVZ as my platforms. I have virtualized my mail server, and can redeploy it in about 2 minutes all told, from nothing to a full blown fetchmail/mailscanner/postfix/courier-imap server.

WPA on Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 LTS

WIFI support and documentation of using WPA on Ubuntu (or anywhere else for that matter) is RIDICULOUSLY BAD, if not non-existent. The vast majority of the docs you will find show how to setup WEP, which is horribly broken and insecure, not to mention ancient in this day and age. Obviously, we all must use WPA or better, yet linux seems to only now be catching up with this.

Revenu Quebec Turns Away Linux Users

Configuration nécessaire:

Pour utiliser les services de Revenu Québec, votre ordinateur doit avoir la configuration suivante.

Système d'exploitation

  • Microsoft® Windows 98 SE et plus

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Ubuntu - Don't Use .bash_profile

Well, this annoyed me a little. I am used to putting my keychain (ssh-agent) startup in ~/.bash_profile, so it will be sourced at login either at desktop or remotely. Unfortunately, Ubuntu has taken away this functionality, and replaced it with.... well, we have no idea, since it is not written in the file itself, or anywhere except by google finding.

Amarok can't be touched

In my opinion, there is nothing close to Amarok on the horizon for the linux desktop. I just recently tried to get rhythmbox, banshee and amarok up and running on my admittedly obscenely bloated music collection. End result?

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