Wednesday, November 26, 2008


This is, currently, my favourite black & white full back tattoo.

japaneses tattoo

japaneses tattoo, originally uploaded by bloodySund.

a kewl tatt on the back very reminisce of Kyoto where it was supposedly done.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mac image viewer - Sequential

One of my preferred tools for viewing images on the Mac.
which I downloaded from here Softpedia

As of this posting they are at version 2.0.1

Allows windowed or full screen (sequential) viewing of images in folder.
Double click on an image and then keep viewing other images found in same folder.

Exif information viewable.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Removing Thumbs.db on OS X

I recently moved lots of pics from my old Windoze box to my iMac, this resulted in lots of Thumbs.db and Picasa.ini files lying around that I didn't need.

Seeking out a bash script that would erase them all I found:

find / -name "Thumbs.db" -exec rm '{}' \;

I moded that to this:
find /Users/Dee/Pictures/ -name "Thumbs.db" -exec echo '{}' \;

1) to save time time I changed the starting point from '/' (root) to my '/Pictures' dir.
2) I changed the 'rm' (remove' command to 'echo' to *see* what files and where that it would be targeting - silly I know but some small piece of mind, and I love watching a busy terminal .. yeah I know, "small minds ..."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Login Window shortcut for OSX Fast User Switching

There is, at time of writing, no shortcut for OSX with Fast User Switching enabled to take you to the Login Window.

As is you have to use the icon in the menu bar.

I found many references to this and the simplest, for me was this:

The code is simple to actually take us to the Login Window (without closing our applications as SHIFT COMMAND Q does

Here's the code we want to run:
/System/Library/CoreServices/Menu\ Extras/ -suspend

You could create a work flow to run that command, put that in your dock or make a hotkey for it.

As I use Quicksilver rather than the Dock, it comes with the ability to install triggers.

So now when I hit Control-Option-Command L I go straight to the Login Window.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Lost iTunes Library, Found iPod

Finder doesn't 'find' enough.
Other options are there and here's a simple example of such for OS X users
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Countless megabytes of information on iPods and iTunes and the woes caused by the inability to copy songs out of the iPod - and yet it's only:

cp -R /Volumes/<name>/iPod_Control ~

Michael saw an article recently in a hardcopy Mac magazine. Someone had written in telling how a purchase of Cocktail had enabled all files to be visible in Finder.

The mag's own editor calmly pointed out that no purchase, no additional software, was ever necessary. All one had to do was:

ls -a
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Wilderness Quotes

Love the bush, love the thinking.. at least of some.
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
- Greek Proverb

The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.
- Chinese Proverb

Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then you will find out that money cannot be eaten
- Cree Indian Prophecy

Earth provides enough to satisfy
every man's need, but not every man's greed.
- Mohandas Gandhi

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Chief Seattle's Thoughts

Indigenous people have a wisdom, a way, that would seem to be the very thing that white fellas are so often yearning for.
Keep It Simple Stupid!
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The white man's dead forget the country of their birth when they go to
walk among the stars. Our dead never forget this beautiful earth, for it
is the mother of the red man. We are part of the earth and it is part of
us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters; the deer, the horse, the great
eagle, these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the
meadows, the body heat of the pony, and man --- all belong to the same

What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man
would die from a great loneliness of the spirit. For whatever happens to
the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.

I am a savage and do not understand any other way. I have seen a
thousand rotting buffaloes on the prairie, left by the white man who shot
them from a passing train. I am a savage and do not understand how the
smoking iron horse can be made more important than the buffalo that we kill
only to stay alive.

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Important Groups of Wildlife Habitat Plants - Australia

The goal being to plant plants which provide food, shelter and nest sites for a range of nectar, fruit, seed, leaf and insect (and other prey) eating animals, eg. birds, mammals, lizards, frogs and insects.

Top habitat plant groups which provide many resources are:
Eucalyptus, Angophora, Melaleuca, Acacia, Banksia, Leptospermum and Kunzea.

Shelter plants -
many Acacia (wattles), Leptospermum (tea-trees), Melaleuca (paperbarks), Bursaria (blackthorn), Hakea, Ceratopetalum (Christmas bush), Kunzea, Clematis, Pandorea (wonga-wonga vine), Rubus (native raspberry) and any dense and/or spikey planting.

Insect-pollinated plants -
Acacia (wattles), native peas (eg. Dillwynia, Hardenbergia, Kennedia), Leptospermum (tea-trees), native daisies (eg. Olearia) as well as Hibbertia, Clematis, Pomaderris.

Nectar plants -
Banksia, Grevillea, Hakea, Correa, Lambertia (mountain devil), Callistemon (bottlebrush), Eucalyptus, Angophora, Melaleuca, Xanthorrhoea (grasstrees) and others with big showy flowerheads, Epacris.

Seed plants -
Eucalyptus, Angophora, Acacia (wattles), Casuarina and Allocasuarina (she-oaks), Glochidion (cheese tree), Lomandra, native grasses (eg. Themeda, Danthonia), rushes (Juncus) and sedges (Gahnia).

Fruit plants -
Acmena, Syzygium (lillypillies), Ficus (figs), Alphitonia, Trema, Cissus (native grape), Persoonia (geebugs), Dianella (native lily), Breynia, Stephania, saltbushes and many rainforest or wet forest species.

Native bee plants -
Persoonia (geebungs), native peas (eg. Hovea, Pultenaea), native daisies (eg. Helichrysum), heath plants (eg. Epacris, Leucopogon), Goodenia, Tristaniopsis (water gum), Leptospermum.

Native butterfly plants -
native peas, native daisies, native grasses (eg. Poa), sedges and rushes (eg. Carex, Juncus), Lomandra, Dianella, Bursaria (blackthorn), Macrozamia (burrawang), Dodonaea, Zieria, Correa, Indigofera, Cupaniopsis (tuckeroo), Melaleuca and mistletoes.

Hope I spelt them all correctly, let me know if any of the links are dead!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Instant Messanger software

I like to use Trillian for access to ALL my favourite IM networks, IRC, Yahoo Messenger, MSN, AIM etc

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

full screen layout/view of pics n videos on various sites

Wish you could get a different layout when scanning images returned by a Google (image) search?


is just the ticket.

Friday, May 16, 2008

My Dream Interface

A buddy was telling me that 'multi-touch' (like the Itouch/phone) screens should be around a lot more within a couple of years, which had me asking him "so that means I can type on the screen (sometimes) if I choose yeah?"

Which then got me thinking..

you know the story of the monkeys that were trained to use a joystick to fetch their bananas using a robot claw, UFO toy game style, and they wore a cap to monitor their brains whilst doing so...?

after a while, by monitoring the brain activity the 'scientists' made the machine respond to the brain signals rather than the hand. So the machine was fetching the bananas coz the monkeys were thinking about it. Wearing some sort of brain wave reading headgear of course.

And *supposedly* the monkeys figured THIS out and stopped using their hands to direct the robot hand!

I just want to be able to type like that.. there's my novel written whilst lying in bed ;)

I mean, I'm growing fond of you folks but sheesh.. so much typing...

we used to have ads here for the Yellow Pages.. "Let your fingers do the walking." But now walk to businesses to give my hands a break!


Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Thai Language

tonal languages are pretty intense looking to a tone deaf fella like me ?!!
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The difficulty in learning Thai is the five tones employed to confer different meanings to the same syllable, so that the syllable mai can have five different meanings in this sentence: mái mài mâi mâi mãi? Which translates as "New wood doesn't burn, does it?" Although rather contrived, it does clearly demonstrate the point that for westerners, who have never come across tones except to express emotion, learning Thai can be quite challenging.

The Thai script is another daunting barrier to learning Thai. Its origins are in Sanskrit by way of Khmer. There are 44 consonants and 32 vowels. Vowels can be before, after, above, below or surrounding consonants. Thai is also written without any spaces between words. Spaces are only used to separate sentences, which further complicates matters. Transliteration is an often cited problem when writing Thai in Roman script as there is no standard system, so you may see some variations on those given here.

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Friday, May 09, 2008

Mac OS X 10.4: How to prevent .DS_Store file creation over network connections

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To configure a Mac OS X user account so that .DS_Store files are not created when interacting with a remote file server using the Finder, follow the steps below.
Note: This will affect the user's interactions with SMB/CIFS, AFP, NFS, and WebDAV servers.

  • Open the Terminal.
  • Type:
    defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
  • Press Return.
  • Restart the computer.
  • If you want to prevent .DS_Store file creation for other users on the same computer, log in to each user account and perform the steps above—or distribute a copy of your newly modified file to the ~/Library/Preferences folder of other target users.

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    Peace n Love

    can we reel it in..
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    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

    "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death"

    Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Thursday, May 08, 2008

    Slaves to the Money Lenders

    our dominant paradigm
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    "If you want to remain slaves of the bankers and pay for the costs of your own slavery, let them continue to create money and control the Nation's credit" - Sir Josiah Stamp 1880-1941.
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    Thomas Jefferson - Establishments of Religion Undermine Rights

    Religion has a lot to answer for.
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    "The clergy, by getting themselves established by law and ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man." --Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moor, 1800.

    "History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes." --Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, 1813. ME 14:21

    "In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own." --Thomas Jefferson to Horatio G. Spafford, 1814. ME 14:119

    "The declaration that religious faith shall be unpunished does not give immunity to criminal acts dictated by religious error." --Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1788. ME 7:98

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    Friday, May 02, 2008

    ZoneAlarm what are you doing to us?

    They are a trusted component of my computer's security software, but when I decided to see what I could find about the recent Ad-On I found this.
    Is it just huff?
    Well, folks, times have changed. The once highly trusted ZoneAlarm has betrayed that trust.
    The installation is completed and the computer user launches their browser and discovers
    that the ZoneAlarm SpyBlocker comes in the form of the Ask Toolbar!
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    Wednesday, April 30, 2008

    Water fueled Car

    Yet another great invention thwarted primarily because *they* want to keep selling us stuff we don't or shouldn't need.

    It Runs on Water is a video with
    Stanley Meyer demonstrating the water fuel cell in a car. Meyer claimed that he
    could run a 1.6 liter
    on water instead of gasoline. He replaced the
    spark plugs with
    "injectors" to spray a fine mist into the engine cylinders, which he claimed
    were electrified at a
    . The fuel cell would split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas,
    which would combust back into water vapor in a conventional hydrogen engine to
    produce net energy. Estimates made showed that only 22 US gallons (83 L) of
    water were required to travel from one US coast to the other. Meyer also
    demonstrated his vehicle for his city's local news station Action 6 News. A
    video of the buggie in action can be
    found here.


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    Thursday, February 28, 2008

    DNS problems

    So some services are still working but your browser is losing touch with the internet?
    ie. for me I was still chatting in Skype yet my browser (Firefox) was losing contact with Gmail..

    1st u (at the command line) can try:

    ipconfig /flushdns

    still no joy? then try:

    net stop dnscache
    net start dnscache


    Wednesday, February 27, 2008

    The Power of Love

    When the Power of Love overcomes the Love of Power, the world will know peace.
    - Jimi Hendrix

    Sunday, February 24, 2008

    How to Remove Broken/Dead iTunes links

    I originally tried the idea below by Paul Mayne (thank you) but now I just delete ALL the links and then go to File and Add Folder again. All my music is in one central folder and seeing as moving music results in lost dead links and lost *rankings* I figure it's just easier to re-add the folder.
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    1. Make a smart playlist called “All Files” with this rule: “Artist” is not “123456789″ (or any nonsense name that won’t be in your library).

    2. Make a static playlist called “All Live Files”.

    3. Make a smart playlist called “Missing Files” with these rules: Match all of the following rules, Playlist is “All Files”, Playlist is not “All Live Files”

    4. Select all the files from “All Files” and drag them into “All Live Files”. The dead files marked (!) will not copy over.

    5. “Missing Files” will contain all of your dead files. Select all and delete. Voila, a nice clean iTunes library.

    I have these three playlists in their own folder. Whenever I gather more than a couple dead tracks for whatever reason, I delete all the tracks in “All Live Files” and repeat steps 4 and 5.

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    Wednesday, February 20, 2008

    Man's Redemption

    Bertrand Russell Quotes.
    To all those that have a strong "Us & Them" mentality and wish to keep the world at arms length.
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    The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
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