slingshots are cool.

Not the sling (David used a sling to defeat Goliath), but a truly modern tool: a hybrid of modern materials and primitive technology. It’s more like a catapult, yet it’s design is pretty basic and similar across the various iterations. but check out some of these designs… retro cool, useful, cool idea (but stupid execution), stupid idea (but cool looking). not something that shows up on the radar frequently, but when it does, it’s neat to go down the rabbit hole…

For the record, I think the scout2 from is a nice slingshot.

Linux File System Hierarchy

it’s alway nice to see an infographic for file systems, like on this site.

YMMV based on distro, FHS foundation specifications found here.

Leet-user snobbery not just with linux desktop…

“I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. ‘Linux is supposed to be hard so it’s exclusive’ is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say. People being people, there are of course smart people who hold that view.”

Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical is trying to bring linux into the mainstream by commoditization of the OS. Which means taking a benevolent dictator stance when it come to Unity. Plenty of articles regarding this topic, no need to discuss it ad nauseum… Personally i don’t care for Unity, i feel it’s a less-than-polished implementation of Apples’ fullscreen mode. for the time being i’ve reverted back to gnome panel in my ubuntu 12.04 instance. Continue reading

The best archive for digital media is… analog media

Photo: Steve Babuljak /

at the end of the day, media that requires primitive playback devices, will probably have the best chance for longevity. i’d like to think that the categories are socratic: biological, elemental, and mechanical. any singular or combination of these can re-play analog media. for example photographs and cinema film (light and eyes), audio records (mechanical and ears), and storytelling/singing (eyes and voice).

The Egyptians had the best archive…

nice article about the digital data management… my take aways were that we will have increasing challenges with backup and archive of data, not only with file formats, but also with the transport medium, DRM, and just the shit ton of data that we are starting to generate.