June 21st, 2009

Semiformalishmaybe

Politics

A quick cheat sheet to the Iranian Soap Opera (I have seen news organisations get much of this terribly wrong in the last few days):Collapse )

This has turned into a particularly difficult and lonely weekend. Collapse )

However, I did manage to make some Paneer Tikka Makhni that was pretty good. Paneer is in fact very easy to cook with, and there are some wonderful canned sauces (like tomato sauce in preparedness) at Whole Foods. I am not sure what it would take to actually make those sauces from their sources, but it might be good to learn - the sauces are not quite right (India Garden's version at spiciness level 8/10 is reasonably close to the way they should be but also not quite there). Whole Foods has a number of other canned indian sauces that look promising for other meals. I need to get some wild rice, as I like its taste better than white rice in almost all dishes. Apart from puffed rice, I really like most types of rice. I hope it's healthy for a vegetarian diet.

I really don't like father's day very much, a bit beyond not liking most holidays. Collapse )

Rereading Murakami's 「Wind-Up Bird Chronicle」, recently re-watched 「Pollock」 and 「Naked Lunch」. All three are among the best cultural products of recent times, I think.

It's also a little bit weird to be getting pseudopersonal email from Michelle Obama. Everything this administration does makes me wonder what's going to become precedent.

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Semiformalishmaybe

Providing the Knobs

FC11 has some awesome stuff in its repositories that is not (but should be) installed by default.

"yum install padevchooser paprefs"

This gives you a widget called "Pulseaudio Device Chooser" which you can use to either publish your sound card on the local network or send your audio to other published devices on the local network. It's pretty easy to pipe all your audio to another machine - I don't yet see a GUI way to mirror your audio between local and remote. Bandwidth use seems to be pretty reasonable.

It's been possible to do this manually for quite a long time (with various sound servers), but maintaining different sets of configfiles based on where one physically is (for laptop users) is a shoddy solution. It takes some getting used to that your local volume control is not honoured - I am not sure whether it should be or not.

(this probably applies to those of you on other Linux distros too)