Fedora Core 4 Test 1 Released

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Fedora Core 4 (Test 1) was released yesterday, right on schedule. New to this release is support for the PPC architecture, which is extremely gratifying. While I’ll probably hold off upgrading this x86 server until FC4 final is released, I’m tempted to start playing around with it on one of the Macs.

It also makes me wonder what TerraSoft (Yellow Dog) is thinking right about now. Their PPC distro is Fedora-based, and they have a pay-for product. Is a free Fedora/PPC a threat to their business? What can or will they offer to set their product apart from free offerings? Only time will tell.

If you’re a Mac user curious about Linux, give Fedora a spin. I like it quite a bit.

Palm Sunday Fun

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My sister Margit sent me this recipe today. In her words, “Hysterical, until you realize there’s no punch line.” Amen, sister.

Title: Easter Story Cookies


To be made the evening before Easter. And have your bible on hand to read scripture.


1c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1c. sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon


PREHEAT OVEN TO 300! (this is important-don’t wait til you’re half done with the recipe)

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. (Read John 19:1-3.)

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink. (Read John 19:28-30.)

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. (Read John 10:10-11.)

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. (Read Luke 23:27.)

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1c. sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. (Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.)

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God’s eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. (Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.)

Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid. (Read Matt. 27:57-60)

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus’ tomb was sealed. (Read Matt. 27:65-66.)


Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus’ followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. (Read John 16:20 and 22.)

On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! Explain that on the first Easter Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. (Read Matthew 28:1)

Yeah, great fun for the kids. Nothing makes me hungrier for cookies than recreating a killing while making them.

I’d change this, though:

Fold in broken nuts. Explain that Jesus consistently got His nuts kicked by the Pharisees. Kick each child in the groin so they can share the experience.

Whee! Nothing says “Easter Fun!” like scaring the crap out of your kids through baking.

GNOME 2.10

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A little late with this one, as the domain transfer interrupted service.

The GNOME Project has released GNOME 2.10. This is a pretty big incremental release. For a complete list of what’s new, check out the release notes.

I’m looking forward to grabbing this update on the Fedora machine via yum soon. If you’d like to check out 2.10, and don’t want to modify your existing Linux or (gasp) Windows (retch) installation, there’s a Live CD available via BitTorrent.

Check it out!

Ashbelch 2005

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Mount Saint Helens erupted about 24 hours ago. Big ash plume that climbed to ~36,000 feet. My woowoo was driving through east Portland at the time, but didn’t see the eruption. I guess it’s good she kept her eyes on traffic, but seeing a volcano go boom would be cool.

Nothing major to report here. The only thing that landed on Portland was apoplectic news coverage. If you’re interested, you can check at woo and me traipsing about MSH back in the summer of 2002.

I Really Want To Touch Your Bod Directly

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“Adult English: Porno smallbook speaking, let’s go!” is a handy little book for Japanese speakers. It’s an English phrasebook for intimate moments that contains such useful things as:

Drink some more. It will make you want to go to the john and then you can take them off there.


Okay, I’m going to slip it to you in this position. Ha, ha, doing it this way pushes all the fat up to your belly. You really got a lot there. See, you can’t even see your belly button.


That bastard! I can’t take him any more. I don’t care what happens to me. I’m going to kill him.


When we did it, there didn’t seem to be any blood.

Freakin’ suave.