Killer Teddy Bear

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RELEASE OF ANY TEDDY BEARS into the fish hatchery water IS NOT PERMITTED!

Under Blackpool Lights

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So I finally got the White Stripes concert DVD, Under Blackpool Lights. It was filmed at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England in January 2004. I really like it a lot, and forced my friend Jason to watch it last night. He’s not as familiar with them yet, so he’s not a big fan but he still seemed to enjoy it well enough.

Then he forced me to start watching Aeon Flux (the cartoon, not the movie). I had never seen it, which surprised him. But it came on late night MTV, and I have never watched MTV so I guess that’s why I had never seen it. So far I can’t really say I like it that much, but I said I’d watch the rest of it.

GTK 2.10 Installer

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Jean-Baptiste Note has taken my latest cross-compile build of GTK 2.10 and created a Windows installer. If anyone is interested, check it out! Thanks very much to Jean-Baptiste for that.

He points out that it doesn’t work under WINE, but neither have any previous GTK builds for Win32 so I guess nobody will lose sleep over that. It apparently doesn’t detect the version of Windows correctly or something and assumes that it is in Windows 95 or something.

On political stuff

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Philip: To you and the Lebanese Arab whose comment you posted to your blog, I think you’re a little off in your target. It’s easy to just point the finger at US citizens and say, “you guys fucked up by voting for your current government” but I’m not sure if you realize that our alternatives are not vastly better. No matter who we vote for, this is still the US.

American foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere has been consistently immoral for decades. The US has blocked the two-state solution that the rest of the world, and most of the US population, has supported since 1976. This isn’t some new phenomenon that is the result of George W Bush’s foreign policy. This is US foreign
policy, and is not even limited strictly to the domain of the Republican Party. The US continued to support expansion of illegal settlements of West Bank and Gaza during the Clinton administration’s years.

We have serious problems in this country that can’t be fixed overnight, and simply saying “vote the other way” is not a real solution at this point. The people need to become aware of what’s going on and what our government is doing, and that’s not an easy thing to do. Propaganda in this country is immense and powerful and it’s enormously difficult to get people to become aware of it. It’s happening slowly, but the propaganda machines are adapting because they’re better centralized and have the support of enormous corporations.

Obviously the government is not acting by the same ethical standards that the people are, and this is evident by the fact that our President feels that it’s necessary to lie about things like secret prisons and torture (some of us knew it was a lie all along, but now he has admitted it). It’s becoming increasingly more difficult for the government to hide these things from the people, so they’re stepping up the propaganda to try to influence people’s decisions. Kennedy didn’t need to lie about what he was doing, and didn’t need such a massive propaganda system. He just did what he wanted, and most people were behind him. Let’s start a massive terrorist campaign against Cuba. Great! Want to go bomb some little south Asian country on the other side of the planet? Sure! It’s not so easy anymore. Chomsky points out in the beginning of Understanding Power that Reagan’s administration tried to do things in the same direct way at the beginning of his term in 1981 and there was massive disapproval about it, so they resorted to clandestine operations instead. Look at the Iraq invasion: never in the history of the US (or of the world) has there been so much opposition to a war–at home–before the war even began. Sure, you’re going to point out that the war happened anyway, but look at how hard it was for them to start the war. They had to
present so much false information to persuade Congress to approve the war, and now that this stuff is being proven to be false it’s going to be that much harder for them (by “them” I mean this administration or a future one) to start another such war. This is the type of progress that is being made, and I think we should not downplay it. We can always do better, but let’s not discount what positive advances are being made.


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I’ve been looking into GConf a little bit, trying to figure out how best
to optimize for things like metacity when they’re starting up. I went
ahead and implemented the batched queries interface that’s described in
the IDL sources but was never implemented for some reason, but that’s
not really the entire solution. It seems like there is something not
happening as expected in the client-side caching when you preload some

Metacity preloads keys from /apps/metacity or whatever, so you
expect it will recursively preload all the keys. But when I trace the
CORBA method calls I see something like this:

  1. All subdirs of /apps/metacity
  2. All entries of /apps/metacity
  3. … a few unrelated things…
  4. Query value /apps/metacity/general/mouse_button_modifier

So, it looks like the client is not caching all the values recursively.
I’m not entirely sure yet, so I’m going to investigate some more in the
next couple days.

Quartet reading

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Amirosh and I went over to Dr. Hunt’s house this weekend to read some piano quartets with the new violin professor, Dr. Walvoord. It was really fun, and it looks like we’re going to prepare something for a concert sometime. Dr. Walvoord seemed really cool, and is a really good violinist so it was a lot of fun. Amirosh and I are supposed to also play the Brahms clarinet trio with Dr. Solomons, so we figured we could put them on the same program.

I also came across a couple really cool duos for viola and cello, by Piston and Lutoslawski, that I would like to read through with Amirosh sometime.

Gnome 2.16

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It was very cool to see that Gnome 2.16 is released! Congratulations to everyone involved with it!

GTK Win32 Cross-compile doc update

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To anyone who is using my GTK cross-compile docs, there is a small update. The gtk.immodules file was incorrect and has been fixed. Thanks to Jean-Baptiste Note for catching this and reporting it.