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2004/11/27 Yes, even linux sucks
π 2004-11-27 23:18 by Merlin in Linux

Current Music: Paul Oakenfold - Essential Mix - Live in Havana, Cuba - 1999-02-21
Current Mood: well, I'm pissed off, screw you guys!

It took me more than 3H to upgrade firefox from 0.8 to 1.0, ultimately due to some trace of the old package preventing the new one from installing.
After many hours of tinkering, web searches, filesystem inspections, strace logs and so forth, the fix ended up being to manually run dpkg --purge mozilla-firefox, as apt-get remove wasn't good enough.
Sometimes, linux doesn't rule, not even debian (see, I don't just badmouth windows :)
At least, I still maintain my track record of never having had to re-install linux for any reason (which isn't true of windows)
2004/11/26 ATB at 1015
π 2004-11-26 00:00 by Merlin in Clubbing
You can see more pictures from the evening in the pictures of ATB at 1015)
Man, I guess, this was an awesome past 30 days: so many great DJs, so who would be better to close it up, than ATB?
Because I'm a moron, I showed up around 00:45, expecting the set to start around 01:00, but ATB started at 00:30. Doh!!!
Either way, I still got most of it, and he did an awesome job mixing great tracks, working the crowd up by taking the mike, and just doing a great set for us.

There are also a few video clips







2004/11/19 Johan Gielen at 1015
π 2004-11-19 00:00 by Merlin in Clubbing
(see the evening in the Picture library)
If you asking "who is he?", it's because you don't know the European Techno Scene. I had the chance to find out who he was and see some awesome sets he did through at Trance Energy via some videos downloaded from the net.
So, when I heard he was coming to 1015, I couldn't wait to go, and it's only on that night that I found out that it was his first time in the US apparently. On one side, it was a bit weird to not have full house, but the crowd that was there did love him, and what is there not to love. Not only did he play great tracks, but of the DJ's I've seen, he was the most willing to play with the crowd, shake hands, pause for pictures will spinning and so forth.
He just seemed like the nicest guy who (obviously) really enjoyed his job too.

His set was from 01:00 to 04:10, and it didn't matter how tired I was because his music just made me stay. On top of that, he even shook my hand, took a picture with me, and give me a signed picture. What more could I have asked for?
Hopefully, more people in the US will soon find out who he is, because he sure deserves it.











2004/11/15 Using up the snow while it's there
π 2004-11-15 09:58 by Merlin in Snow

Current Mood: Good

Some coworkers had rented a house in South Lake Tahoe, so I joined the fun and spent a couple of days there.
Friday night was a horrid drive (luckily I wasn't the one driving): it took about 2H30 to reach 680 and 580 (usually, I can get there in 30mn, and one can drive to Kirkwood in less than 3H when the roads are clear), and the whole trip took more than 5H30. Oh well...
Anyway, I spent saturday at Sierra@Tahoe since I hadn't been there in quite a while, and I was wondering if it was worth the season pass that some of my friends got. Quite frankly, it's an ok place, and it's closer to South Lake than Kirkwood, but it's still rather small, has those stupid traverses that suck for snowboards but that you have to take to make it back to the lift, and well, the weather wasn't as good (they got some rain on the powder they had received).
Since I had taken my very scratched up rock board, I had fun in the different forests, and riding on find a path down and rock hoping terrain. It did mostly ok until I started getting tired and missed a couple of jumps, and landed face first. Ooops :)


The next day was time for Kirkwood. I just love this place for that I was still able to find several day old powder stashes that had been mostly untouched and had a great time riding through them all day, up to the last lift to palisades, down to kiddie land right back to where the car was parked.
As I write this the next day, I'm barely sore, and not really hurting badly anywhere, so either my body is getting more resilient, or I've done a better job of not smashing it :)
Anyway, snow was getting a little thin in some places towards the end, so I think I'll wait until the next snowfall now. As usual, pictures are here

2004/11/07 New Snow Season
π 2004-11-07 16:28 by Merlin in Snow

I can't believe that I let Kirkwood be open 3 weekends before finally going there (ok, maybe Halloween weekend was already a tad busy).
I'm not sure which part was the most fun: getting up at 04:40, or snowboarding in Kirkwood with a coworker and his girlfriend... Oh, I know, it was the snowboarding in reasonably fresh powder :)
I used my rock board so that I didn't feel as bad when I further scratched it while having a little too much fun off trails, where once in a while, a few rocks were still showing, or even jumping a few rocks, where there is always a risk of taking off just a litlte bit too late. I just didn't care :)
Big thanks to Jeff for driving my sorry butt most of the way there and back.

As usual, the pictures go here

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