Can someone explain the music?

Thursday I was hearing some songs on my computer when one suddenly got my attention (I wasn’t really paying attention, the music was just for background while I was doing something else). This song was “Sad Clown” by Sarah McLachlan. For some reason, I really liked the song and played it again.

Now I got the lyrics and, for some reason, it feels like I’m feeling right now (of course, there are plenty of meanings you could take from these lyrics). It is not the first time I fall in love for some music to later found out there is something hidden in the lyrics that fit the moment.

When people say “music is the universal language”, they are not lying.

A time so haunting moonlight in the mist
Lay me down Beside you oh as long as it lasts
From the river comes a Figure drifting slowly by
Trailing long the water, leaving softer than a sigh
Softer than a sigh

All the feelings they remain like a still life
A dying swan song forever lost your cries of glory
The rain is falling down like silence in a shroud
When All that really matters left to lose
I’m all alone
I’m all alone

All the feelings they remain like a still life
A dying swan song forever lost your cries of glory
Walking from the shadows, a fear of sadness grows
Your heart is in your hand your knowing looks
Our Time is gone
My time is gone
Swan’s dying song…

Physical Energy used today: 120%

Ok, I was typing a long essay about how hot was today, who my jojutsu class was nice but I had to use a lot of energy, but I managed to destroy the post with all contents.

So, that is: today was so fucking hot our two air-conditioners couldn’t handle it and I went over my physical abilities on jojutsu. That’s all.

On a side note: where is the fucking winter when we need it?

Am I a geek?

Of the top 20 geek novels, I’ve read only 4, but I’ve read the top 2 (and the other 2 are between the top 8), so… what is my geek score?

[I’ve read: “The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (and you can give me extra points for reading all the books), “Nineteen Eighty-Four” and, of course, “I, Robot” and “Foundation”]

Edit 1: some other stuff to read when I get some time (stolen directly from the Slashdot discussion):

  • The whole “Ringworld” series by Larry Niven
  • Something from Ursula LeGuin
  • All the Discworld stories by Terry Pratchett (The Colour of Magic is the first book)
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (yeah, the book — everyone says it is better than the movie and, as I liked the movie…)
  • Inherit the Stars by James P. Hogan

As the list by The Guardian, this list is completely unscientific; just some names I heard before and never got enough time to go after them.

Edit 2: just in case The Guardian decides do remove the article…

  • The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four — George Orwell
  • Brave New World — Aldous Huxley
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — Philip Dick
  • Neuromancer — William Gibson
  • Dune — Frank Herbert
  • I, Robot — Isaac Asimov
  • Foundation — Isaac Asimov
  • The Colour of Magic — Terry Pratchett
  • Microserfs — Douglas Coupland
  • Snow Crash — Neal Stephenson
  • Watchmen — Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  • Cryptonomicon — Neal Stephenson
  • Consider Phlebas — Iain M Banks
  • Stranger in a Strange Land — Robert Heinlein
  • The Man in the High Castle — Philip K Dick
  • American Gods — Neil Gaiman
  • The Diamond Age — Neal Stephenson
  • The Illuminatus! Trilogy — Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  • Trouble with Lichen – John Wyndham

Volkerding is worth?

A few months ago, Patrick Volkerding decided to drop support for GNOME on his distro, Slackware. I was a long time Slackware user and decided to switch to another distro just because of that.

But things weren’t really lost for GNOME fans who were also Slackware fans: the Dropline GNOME team step up as the official GNOME distribution for Slackware. They also created a nice tool to keep GNOME Slackware up-to-date using internet connection, something Slackware still doesn’t do.

Right now, it seems that there is another GNOME distribution for Slackware, called Freerock GNOME.

With two GNOME distributions for Slackware (not to mention the ones that help you build GNOME on any system, like GARNOME and jhbuild), it seems a little bit strange that Patrick claimed that building GNOME was a nightmare. If so, why there are now two teams doing this kind of packaging? This and the fact that Slackware hasn’t a big update for a long time already made me think that Patrick isn’t worth anymore, and someone should step up and take the control of Slackware.

People complain about too many Linux distributions, but what we don’t need right now is one of the big ones going away…

So I got hooked

Alright, I’ve being playing “Ragnarok” for about a month already. And I got hooked on it. So hooked that I decided to create a blog to describe what the hell is going on inside the game. You can read the adventures of my monk, Dr Saldanha.