A conversation with Scarlett about nature

It went a little something like this.

Scarlett: “Will the leaves be back in the Spring?”

Eric: “Yes, they’ve fallen now, but they’ll be back in the Spring.”

Scarlett: “It’s like MAGIC!”

So much in there – learning things for the first time, the wonder of childhood, the reason it took humans to long to understand science vice magic.

Scarlett out int he fall
Scarlett out int he fall

Does CentOS 7 Make a good Desktop distro?

People often recommend using CentOS for your desktop machine if you find Fedora’s pace to be too fast. Does this even make sense? I decided to explore the idea of CentOS 7 as a desktop computer using my wife’s requirements as the benchmark. Why? Because my wife likes long term support distros. What’s more long term support than Red Hat/CentOS’s 10 years of support for each version?


Fun times at Baltimore Comic-Con 2015

In September I once again covered Baltimore Comic-Con for Comic POW! Not only did I get to meet Greg Pak, awesome creator of Code Monkey Save World and The Princess Who Saved Herself (in collaboration with Jonathan Coultan and the artists), but I got to see that I made the blurb on the back of the second volume of Altar Girl!  (see my Comic POW! coverage of Altar Girl)

Quoted on the back of a book cover!
Quoted on the back of a book cover!

Playing with Fedora Rawhide

I wanted to play a bit with Fedora Rawhide so I installed Fedora 23 to a VM. I named it Blargg after the Fire Dragon in Super Mario World. (See video below) I used the following commands from the Fedora wiki:

# dnf upgrade dnf
# dnf install dnf-plugins-core fedora-repos-rawhide
# dnf config-manager --set-disabled fedora updates updates-testing
# dnf config-manager --set-enabled rawhide
# dnf clean -q dbcache plugins metadata
# dnf --releasever=rawhide --setopt=deltarpm=false distro-sync --nogpgcheck

## Optional: it is generally advised to do a selinux autorelabel and reboot
# touch /.autorelabel


Fedora 23 – 1 for 2 so far

I was able to get Kurio, my netbook, to upgrade to Fedora 23 without issue. BlueYoshi, the living computer, is still unable to upgrade. So far it’s tripping up on dolphin-emu, OBS-MP, and some Gnome package. I’m not sure if that’s something that’ll be fixed as RPMFusion continues to update their Fedora 23 packages or if I’ll have to do the old uninstall/reinstall dance that I sometimes have to do with these non-free packages that don’t get QA’d for a Fedora release. Not going to be doing my main computer any time soon.

Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Everything Ms Rowling’s been setting up since at least book two came to a head in this book. Death Eaters, Dementors, the return of Lord Voldemort, why Snape is trusted by Dumbledore, and more. She had me on the look out for red herrings and I STILL got surprised by the villain (outside of Voldemort). The level of tragedy she allows to befall the characters continues to grow as her presumed audience continued to grow in age. This raises the stakes on Harry Potter and his allies as they are even more likely to run into trouble.

This was also the most up front in dealing with teenage hormones. That’s not saying much – perhaps it’s risque by British standards, but I thought Harry and friends were still a bit on the innocent side given their age. Still, we do see Hermione blow up at the fact that she’s been carrying a torch for (view spoiler) without much reciprocation.

I’m unsure of whether the remaining books can even return to the normal school goings on given what’s happening in the outside world now.

One thing that was referenced a lot without payoff in this book was Dumbledore’s legendary forgiveness. I’m not sure if it was implied this came from his time in the Death Eater trials. But a seemingly throwaway line has me wondering about his own past. All in due time, I guess. Just remember this is my first time through the novels and I’d prefer not to have a spoiler about that.

The other thread that seemed not to go anywhere was Hermione’s startup of SPEW to get more rights for the house elves. Perhaps there’ll be a payoff in future novel or perhaps it was just showing her growing as a person.

Either way, it’s on to the next novel.

View all my reviews