September 4th, 2006
Everyone! Snap out of it!
Steve Irwin's untimely demise wasn't exactly the least likely thing to occur in the world. We're talking about a guy who made his living by being the animal world's version of Jackass! To quote the Chez Geek card: "This crocodile isn't fully enraged yet, so I'm going poke him in the eye with a stick!"
That's exactly who he was. No more, no less. In fact, if he hadn't passed on by way of annoyed critter, I'd've felt that he'd wimped out entirely. It would've been like James Dean dying an old man.
Happy trails, Steve Irwin. Hopefully, there's plenty of animal related stunts waiting for you on the other side.
...and why do I suddenly have the image of him hogtying a woolly mammoth in my head?
|Date:||September 4th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)|| |
Think about it, though. The guy earns a nickname for messing with crocodiles, and in the end gets stabbed in the chest by a fish.
While it's true that's what he got the nickname for, he spent a fair amount of time on his show (and various late night appearances) with other critters. In that sense, the name was a little misleading in suggesting he limited his scope.
It's not remotely surprising to me that he died from some wild animal or another. I'm sure he would've wanted to go out that way, rather than some old-age related illness or heart attack. I don't get people being shocked about it, after the many, many episodes in which we were shocked he didn't die THEN. It seemed like some big statistical error. Seriously, though, I do feel bad for his wife & kids having their father die so suddenly. (At least I'm fairly certain that his wife would've had a crapload of life insurance out on a guy like that).
|Date:||September 5th, 2006 10:04 am (UTC)|| |
Yeah, you know, he didn't do anything for animals but try to piss them off. You know, except for using his status, expertise, and fame to become an enduring posterchild of the conversationalist and environmentalist movements, using his show to educate children around the world why they're important (or how to poke a snake with a stick). Irwin knew that humans are gonna do what they want, tour where they want, and he can't stop them, so he focused on making sure that they did it in a way that didn't hurt the animals (by pretty much doing exactly the opposite of what he always did on his show).
Anyway, yeah, everyone still damn well knew this was coming. I used to always playfully call Irwin The Crazy Guy.
And more importantly, this is a serious, serious blow for insane obnoxious Australian stereotypes everywhere. The majority of Americans love insane obnoxious Australian stereotypes. Well. At least we've still got Paul Hogan.
You know, it's funny. Right after I learned about this I started talking to this Australian dude I know from the interwebs. He didn't seem to really care. He kept referring to Steve Irwin as an actor, and went so far to say, "Woah, a violent death. That's a pretty unusual way for an actor to die," despite, you know, Irwin constantly surrounding himself with batshit insane raging animals (no offense to any animals reading, you guys just gotta do what you gotta do). Guess Irwin wasn't nearly as popular in Australia as he was in the states. And yeah, I guess he's right on some levels with Irwin being an actor.
I'm gonna miss the guy. He had this energy about him that I just can't shake. It's kind of like in Quest for Glory 2 when Ad Avis died and all the wizards from across the world felt his power being unleashed. Then demons invaded Tarnia.
I'd say that counts for doing something.
Strangely, he appears to have been reviled in Australia. According to a friend of mine, he'd be happy for everyone to remember Paul Hogan's days instead.
...AND NOW I HAVE TO PLAY ALL THE HERO'S QUESTS ALL OVER AGAIN! YOU BASTARD!
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)|| |
you can thank me later
I'm still up against that bug *and* my torrent for QFG5 is still on the way down.
So, I reiterate: You bastard!
|Date:||September 8th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)|| |
Is there a way to set a certain default umask for a given directory? (i.e. not per user.) Say I want a directory that nobody else can read, and I don't want to have to chmod -R it all the time.
You can make it impossible for people to get into that directory, but you cannot set a per-directory umask, I'm afraid.
ACLs, on the other hand, will do quite nicely.
|Date:||September 9th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)|| |
Ah, there we go. Perfect.
|Date:||September 12th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)|| |
Kay, other question. We talked earlier about why USB response times are so subpar, and you mentioned how the active polling of the ports was what brought down the speed. If I found some way to change the polling rate, say, to five minutes or something (effectively disabling the hotplug functionality), would that be enough to get full speed out of the ports? I'm thinking of making the polling manual. It doesn't seem like it'd be that inconvenient to plug in a key drive, run "usb_poll;sleep 5; mount /key".
Is that really all that slows down USB?
I meant to answer this and didn't.
You can't change the polling time AFAIK -- it's part of the USB spec.
Well here's something.
# Polling rate "hack" for USB mouse driver
# 1ms = 1000hz, 2 = 500hz
options usbhid mousepoll=2
I'm sure you could break the spec by playing with the source. But anyway, I'm really not sure if changing the polling rate on the usb-storage driver would quite fix the problem...