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Arch Linux

So in my last post I said that I would be using BSD as my OS of choice, and it turns out that it wasn’t to be.  I tried serveral different BSD distros without any luck, some install but I could not configure my network no matter how hard I tried, and others wouldn’t even boot.  So, after this unexpected failure, I decided to try another flavor of linux, namely Arch Linux.  This distro is optimized for 64 processors, and doesn’t even have a 32-bit version.  It is said to be very light-weight, and hides nothing from the user, having all the system processes transparent.  I think of myself as a bit of a poweruser, so I figured I could handle it.  So I downloaded the .iso, burned it on 1x speed so my optical drive didn’t screw me over at the vital step, and the rebooted and started the install process.  It wasn’t a difficult process, and after about 30-40 minutes I had an Arch Linux system installed.  Since this is a very customizable distro, it comes without a gui, leaving the user a choice of which desktop environment/window manager they wish to use (if any).

I did expect this, as while I was downloading the .iso, I started to read the documentation.  Arch Linux is VERY well documented, with a wiki and a few noobie starter guides, telling you exactly what to do, and some common tasks once you have a system installed.  Here is where I hit a few problems.

I’m not completely lost without a gui, but I’m no expert, being born after computers had had guis for a while gave me a bit of a handicap to overcome, but having a bit of experience with linux I did know my way around the command line.  One of the first steps they recommend doing after finishing your install is:

#pacman -Syu

This gave me a bit of troube, I got an error saying something about a resolving error.  Again, I checked my noobie install guide (I’d printed it out before I started, just in case) and also made sure I could ping my router.  I couldn’t and had to edit my /etc/rc.conf file, because my router’s IP is, instead of the default  I changed that, and uncommented the gateway part, and tried to ping my router.  This time I found that I could, but I could not ping anything without an IP address, I could ping google’s IP, but wouldn’t resolve to anything.

I then remembered that I had set my router to be using OpenDNS, and put their DNS servers into my /etc/hosts file.  Finally, I could install packages and ping websites using their domain names.  I only had one remaining problem, downloading packages took forever, averaging about 50 Kbps, and I have a T1 connection.  I checked the excellent Arch Linux documentation, and found on the forums that the default mirror had been throttled >.<

Finally after commenting all the slow mirrors using trial and error, I found one that worked well for me.

Now I could install my gui following the noobie guide instructions 😀

This post was made on my new Arch Linux system, and I’m using KDE flawlessly.


Dragon Drive

I found a new manga I love: Dragon Drive. I was just browsing through, and remembered that there was a preview back in shonen jump a couple of months ago(it might have been years, I can’t really remember since I’ve been reading it for the last 5-6 years or so). At the time of the preview, I didn’t know about manga scans on the internet.

Before I get a million comments about copyright law, (like I’ll really get comments anyway) I realize that reading manga scans on the internet is stealing. But, I have a few good reasons why I read them on the internet: Most manga are not translated into English yet, or I just want to preview before I buy.

I try to buy all manga that I like, even though that is a lot of manga to buy. I read online scans of manga that hasn’t been commercially translated yet, so I can know what’s popular in Japan while it is being translated. Once it is shipped to the US, I try to buy it to support the author.

Anyway, after that rant about copyrights, I’m back on topic. Dragon Drive is about a middle school student named Reiji Ozora who fantasizes about being the protagonist in a video game. Soon he meets Maiko Yukino who shows him the virtual-reality game Dragon Drive where he gets his own dragon that fights other people’s dragons in the game.

I don’t want to spoil anything for you, so I’ll end the summary there.
Read it at, it’s really good.

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My New tablet

I just got a tablet for my birthday. I love it so much. In fact, I’m using it now to write.I have been using it to paint digitally it takes some getting used to, but I like it.Here’s some Paintings I did with the tablet. please critique them. I used some brushes I found on Enjoy!(atm I am posting pics to Flickr, give me a second)

Top 5 Manga of All Time

Here’s my list of the top 5 best manga ever written(All pictures are from the series’ anime):

  1. Dragonball/Dragonball Z-Akira Toriyama

Fighting Manga
The main reason I have DB as the #1 all-time best manga ever written is because of its great storyline, amazing characters, and the great action it has. It was written from 1984 to 1995. It consisted of 42 volumes. You should definitely pick up this series, or read some scans on the internet 😛

2. Death Note-Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Mystery/Supernatural Manga

Death Note is definitively the best horror/mystery/supernatural manga ever. It involves a notebook that when someone’s name is written in it, that person will die. It was in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003 to 2006. This manga has an amazing plot twist at the end, so it is a MUST READ for anyone who likes manga.

3.Inuyasha-Rumiko Takahashi

Fighting/Adventure Manga
Inuyasha takes the cake for a magical adventure manga. The great story, characters, and setting make it the perfect addition to your collection. It is mainly about the half-demon Inuyasha, and his adventures with his compatriots.

4. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo-Yoshio Sawai

Comedy Manga
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo,(abbreviated Bo-bobo) is the best comedy manga available. Period. You don’t get much better than this. This manga is about the adventures of Bo-bobo and his friends fighting evil and making NO sense at all. Written from 2001 to 2005, it is the king of comedy manga.

5. FLCL-Hajime Ueda

Comedy/Action Manga
FLCL(Fooly Cooly) Is the penultimate of random, nonsensicall plots and the generic fighting robot. This is a very short manga, only 2 volumes in length, but that doesn’t make it not worth reading. There really is NO plot to describe, as everything is mostly a random occurance. It was written from 2000 to 2001.


It’s raining really hard here in fill_in_the_blank_town.  I saw lightning from about 10 feet away from me.  It scared the shit out of me!  I didn’t see it as much as I FELT it.  Everyone on my schoolbus was talking about how they thought that a tornado would just spontaneously suck the bus up.  I think some of them need to act more like their age.  They Rain after dying down a bitwere scared of CLOUDS!!!!!!  I admit, the lightning did scare me, but that was the closest to lightning I’ve ever been.

My power went out for a while, and now everything electronic has to be reset.  Great.

So now that I’ve been home for a while, I decided to play with one of my cameras (one is my dad’s-canon powershot A640, the other is my moms’s-canon powershot SD750).  Here’s some of the random photos I took during the storm.


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Mountain Biking Again

So yesterday I went mountain biking again on the trails my friend and I found. This time I took my dad with me, so he could see what it was like. I showed him how I fell into the mud:P
We rode around for about half an hour, working on our bunny-hopping skills mostly. We even saw a copperhead snake O.o
I’m slowly getting better at biking, I can jump a lot higher than before, I keep my balance a lot easier, and I’ve learned how to take a fall(very useful :D).


I love to solve rubik’s cubes.  It makes me feel smart 😀  All it takes to solve one is a good memory, and maybe some problem-solving skills.  I think my best time is currently 56 seconds……or somewhere in that ballpark.  It’s not as hard as most people think it is, it just takes cubin\'

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A Day in the Life of a Sophmore

This is a day in the life of a sophmore at Laney High School.

I woke up around 6:30, pressed the snooze button until it almost broke, then got up and dressed myself.  I then proceded to put in my contacts and put on deodorant.  I was still half-asleep when I then walked down the stairs to get breakfast.


I peered into the refridgerator, hoping to find a coke or some other soda.  What I found instead was tea, bottled water, and raspberry flavored water.  I took a bottled water and shuffled over to the pantry, looking for a protein bar, or something remotely edible.  I did find my protein bar, and sat down to eat. (Skipping more boring stuff, I thought that the description of my breakfast was boring enough :P)

I tell my dad goodbye, and walk out the door singing along to my ipod.  I get to the bus stop roughly three minutes later, and say hello to my peers, who are also barely awake at this god-forsaken hour of seven o clock.  The bus comes after I make smalltalk with the people I’ve known for a long time, just never really bothered to get to know them better.

Walking to the back of the bus, I sit down and wait for another day of Hell to start.

my bus driver

^Mrs. Wendy, my bus driver

I again make smalltalk with the other people I barely know, realising that some of them are actually people I would really like to get to know better(not mentioning names, don’t want anyone to feel bad).

When I finally arrived at hell, I went to go hang out with my friends before the bell rang.  We had the typical conversation of “Did you do your math homework?”, or “Whatsername is pretty hot!”.  The bell then rang and we shauntered on to class.

My first class of the day is Honors English, and it is one of the main reasons I call school “Hell”.  My teacher is a blimp, I don’t think she ever saw food that she didn’t like.  We are currently working on a research paper about the holocaust; we read a book about the holocaust and now we’re doing several projects based on it.

After I had made it through the first quarter of Hell, I went to the second and most dreaded part of Hell I visit daily: Honors Chemistry.

Chemistry is the worst part of Hell because it makes absolutely NO sense to me at all, and the subject is about as dry as the sahara.  It makes me shudder just thinking about it.

Once the 90 minutes of Chemistry had passed( I don’t really recall as to WHAT we did in Chemistry, I was patially asleep) I went to go grab a snack before the third part of Hell.

The third quarter of Hell actually isn’t Hell at all, it is really a reprieve from Hell.  What I’m talking about is Digital Video Productions.  I have an amazing teacher, really nice guy AND he knows the subject he teaches 😛  Right now we are working on a commercial for a product we made up.


Here is a picture of the classroom, I had to take it stealthfully so I wouldn’t get my camera taken away.

The one bad part about my third class of the day is the amazingly annonying super Jesus.  I’m not a religious guy, I’m agnostic, but I can respect other’s faith.  The thing about super Jesus that I don’t like is that he is ALWAYS trying to convert people, it is a huge pain in the ass.

Super Jesus

Super Jesus is the one on the left, The one in the middle is somewhat like Super Jesus, but not quite as bad.

Now my group decides that for our commercial, we should make guitars out of cardboard for a commercial for a REAL guitar.  I had no idea where they were going with that idea, maybe just to waste time in third block.

Now I have wasted 1.5 hours cutting cardboard, so it is lunch time.

At lunch, I get stuck behind someone who can’t count………she put fourty-five cents in the vending machine, when what she purchased was only thirty!  Not only that, but she took about 7-8 minutes to do it!  Wasting my time.

Lunch was concluded with no other odd occurances, so I’ll move on to the final stage in Hell.

Hell’s final stage is Technical Drafting.  Boring.  All we do is draw parts on AutoCAD.  At least it’s easy.

That was a day in the life of a sophmore!

Mountain Biking

I love to mountain bike, even though my hometown is pretty much flat ground.  I recently found some trails people use for four-wheelers, and decided to check them out.  They were pretty good, lots of banks, hills, and jumps to keep me busy for a while.  one of the only bad things about this place is that parts of it are sand, and that it is fairly often wet.  Here’s a picture of me after falling in the mud 😀

Me, after falling in the mud

I had to bike 5 miles home soaking wet after falling in the mud; all-in-all, it was a pretty good experience.