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(De)motivating WOW players

WOW demotivational

True story. That formula is 100% correct for hit capped, level 80 Warlocks.

Add comment June 29th, 2010

Lux Aeterna (Clint Mansell)

Lux Aeterna, by the British composer Clint Mansell. Most known for being part of the official soundtrack of Aronofsky‘s movie Requiem for a dream, it is heavily used in other movie trailers, fan videos and such.

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Add comment January 18th, 2010

Girl from the North Country (Bob Dylan)

Girl from the North Country, by Bob Dylan‘s album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963).

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If you’re travelin’ in the north country fair,
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline,
Remember me to one who lives there,
For she once was a true love of mine.

If you go when the snowflakes storm,
When the rivers freeze and summer ends,
Please see she has a coat so warm,
To keep her from the howlin’ winds.

Please see for me if her hair hangs long,
If it rolls and flows all down her breast.
Please see for me if her hair’s hanging long,
For that’s the way I remember her best.

I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all.
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night,
In the brightness of my day.

So if you’re travelin’ the north country fair,
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline,
Remember me to one who lives there,
For she once was a true love of mine.

Add comment January 9th, 2010

Programmers’ laughs – 01

Two friends, old seasoned kernel hackers, have a beer together. They talk about their lives, their jobs and everything.
“Man, this job is awesome and all, but I’m always tired and in the evening I can barely stand.”
“Take this lock and keep it in your hand. It helped me in the same situation as yours.”
“How is this supposed to work?”
“Well, you know you can’t sleep while holding a lock!”

Add comment November 29th, 2009


Should be printed, framed and placed aside my bed.


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Add comment November 28th, 2009

Of our elaborate plans, the end

That is another way of saying:

The End

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes…again
Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need…of some…stranger’s hand
In a…desperate land
Lost in a Roman…wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah
There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the King’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby
Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake…he’s old, and his skin is cold
The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and we’ll do the rest
The blue bus is callin’ us
The blue bus is callin’ us
Driver, where you taken’ us
The killer awoke before dawn, he put his boots on
He took a face from the ancient gallery
And he walked on down the hall
He went into the room where his sister lived, and…then he
Paid a visit to his brother, and then he
He walked on down the hall, and
And he came to a door…and he looked inside
Father, yes son, I want to kill you
Mother…I want to…WAAAAAA
C’mon baby,——— No “take a chance with us”
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
C’mon baby, take a chance with us
And meet me at the back of the blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
On a blue bus
Doin’ a blue rock
C’mon, yeah
Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill
This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end
It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die
This is the end

Add comment November 3rd, 2009

Summoned Beast Battle

Summoned Beast Battle (referred also as A Contest of Aeons), from the Official Soundtrack of Final Fantasy X.

Add comment October 16th, 2009

Automatically clean Purple (Pidgin, Finch) logs

If you, like me, log all of your IM conversations; if you, like me, use Pidgin or another client based on libpurple; if you, like me, have friends that often change their status line, generating useless log lines as

foo changed status from Busy to Busy @ whatever

If you think, as well as me, that 150 MB of logs are way too much; well this is the script for you.

Purple Logs Cleaner aims at removing redundant entries from system logs in textual format. It looks for the .system folders of all your Pidgin/Finch accounts and automatically removes lines according to some customizable patterns. By now, it removes lines in the form “… changed status from … to …”, where the starting and the final status are the same (both in the English and in the Italian translated version “… ha cambiato stato da … a …”); you can hack the sed line at will, but please send me patches 😉 . The script will not touch any other file and it won’t run (obviously) if Pidgin is active.

Back to the numbers: after sixteen minutes of cleaning (kinda slow, because I had to scan for both English and Italian patterns, as I had some problems with intltool in the past), my ~/.purple/logs directory size decreased from 159 MB to only 58 MB! But, more importantly, the .system subdirectories, whose content is the only one touched by the script, decreased from an aggregated size of 143 MB to approximately 40 MB, that is the removal of the 72% of the original content! Subsequent invocations are much faster, under ten minutes, because much of the cruft has already been removed.

Ok, this is enough 🙂 You can download the script HERE !

Comments are welcome 😉

Add comment September 4th, 2009

The Last Question (Asimov)

An afternoon started by reading an Asimov short story is always an interesting one.

Today I read (by chance) The Last Question, a story about a fictional computer, called Multivac, to which several men, in different stages of the human technological development, ask questions about the death of the Solar System, of the other stars and the rest of the Universe.

If you want, you can ask Multivac the same question, but I don’t think you’ll have an answer different from:


Add comment August 11th, 2009

Richard Feynman on “Social Sciences”

A very interesting comment by Richard Feynman, one of the most influential physicists of the past century, on so-called “social sciences”.

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Add comment August 1st, 2009

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