Blingin'

Got me some new bling! Bring it on winter!

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Il Vicino Italian Resteraunt Review

After a long day out in Albuquerque, some form of sustenance is needed. Pig Monkey found a potential candidate so we made our way there.

Il Vicino is an Italian restaurant specialising in pizza but has other stuff available too. The strange thing about the place is that you order and pay for your food before being seated. However, that has the advantage of not needing to hang about waiting for the servers to get your receipt and all that faffing about.

We got ourselves seated and began to take in the atmosphere. The major feature is the 2 large fired ovens used for cooking the pizzas and other food. Evidently they cook really quickly because barely 5 minutes after we sat down we had our food on the table. Quick service or what?

I can't speak for the others but my sandwich (a Panino Casino) was bloody fantastic. Lots of ham and cheese with a nice side salad. Less than \$10 after tax. It was so good that I left a \$5 tip. Seriously, if you ever find yourself in Albuquerque then get to this place. You will not regret it.

Il Vicino, 3403 Central NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106. +1-505-266-7855.



Off to New Mexico

Agent Coulson: "I’ve been reassigned; director Fury wants me in New Mexico"
Tony Stark: "Fantastic, land of enchantment"
AC: "That’s what I am told"
TS: "Secret stuff?"
AC: "Something like that"
--Iron Man 2


Disabling your trackpad when a mouse is connected

Typing on my laptop often has the side effect of touching the trackpad and sending the cursor wildly off and insterting text elsewhere. This is highly irritating when programming. Thankfully there is a simple one line fixfor GNU/Linux systems using udev. Simply add

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="input", KERNEL=="mouse[0-9]", ENV{DISPLAY}=":0", ENV{XAUTHORITY}="/home/<your username>/.Xauthority", ENV{ID_CLASS}="mouse", ENV{REMOVE_CMD}="/usr/bin/synclient TouchpadOff=0", RUN+="/usr/bin/synclient TouchpadOff=1"

to

/etc/udev/rules.d/01-touchpad.rules

unplug and replug your mouse and you should be good to go.

Source.



Be wary of strong drink

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors...and miss

--Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love


Wombling

wombledFor those wondering what the hell this british guy means by wombling, The Wombles were a fictional species of anthropomorphic burrowing creatures who reused and recycled human rubbish. Wombling therefore refers to the act of making use of waste that others would simply throw in the bin (or worse, leave on the ground for others to deal with). In this case, I have wombled a large amount of polypropylene rope and several meters of good quality copper wire from a skip.

good_copper
Who in their right mind throws away mains thickness copper?! At the very least, it could be scrapped for cash.

frayed

The rope hasn't been cared for particularly well. I will need to get the ends whipped to prevent further fraying. Its nowhere near recovery grade so no towing or winching but it will be useful for tying down stuff.  Free cordage is always a good thing.

Its worth keeping an eye out for things that have been discarded that could be of use. As the saying goes, one man's garbage is another's treasure.


UK Self Defence

11:57 < IronAngel> the example further down of picking up a brick to fend off an attacker
11:57 < IronAngel> soon you will have to have a letter from the home office to buy bricks
11:57 < kevinisageek> true story


Predator Archive

Thought I would throw up a copy of some interesting files written by Michael Carlton aka Predator. He was a rather influential dude from Sydney, Australia who was involved in several underground media projects and a whole bunch of other stuff. Alas, he is no more, having passed nearly a decade ago. Information on the guy is surprisingly sparse, the main project he was involved with, http://cat.org.au is offline so information cannot be gleaned there.

However, all is not lost. I managed to get what is essentially a dump of his home folder (predarchive) from my mate Harlequin, who I believe was connected to Pred in some way. I have also just stumbled on the book which is mentioned in various places, Pred.txt(not actually .txt but .pdf).

Go have a read, if you are anything like me, you will enjoy and want more.