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I have a Rendezvous with Death

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air—
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath—
It may be I shall pass him still.
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope of battered hill,
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows ’twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down,
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear . . .
But I’ve a rendezvous with Death

At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips north again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

-Alan Seeger

http://www.poemtree.com/poems/IHaveARendezvousWithDeath.htm

http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Reference+Desk/I+Have+a+Rendezvous+with+Death.htm

I also like how Gears of War 2 tied it into their Trailer:

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Nike Plus + Ipod

Left my old Ipod at the hotel in DC a few weeks ago. Of course no one in the hotel could find it. Anywho, I took the opportunity to get an iPod Nano and the Nike Plus Kit. Its pretty neat. I started using it, and it will give you some incentive to make running fun.

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Bigbelly the solar powered garbage Compactor




Bigbelly

Originally uploaded by Declan!

I found yet another reason why I love California. While taking care of some errands yesterday I came across a strange looking garbage can. What I found is that it was actually a garbage compactor, and even cooler is that its solar powered!

This is a great for the environment as compacted trash will take up less space in the dumps. The only possible issue I see is the ability to sort through compacted trash for bottles, cans, and other recycleable goods.

I’m sure its pissing off the hordes of homeless people in Santa Monica that go through the garbage cans for cans and what not.

http://www.bigbelly.com

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Apple and the OS marketshare




MacBook Pro

Originally uploaded by the_ml

In the news recently I read that mac laptop sales have take something like 17% or the market. And I think mac desktops have increased 5% or something.


http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/07/08/21/apple_seeing_unprecedented_surge_in_macbook_demand.html

(these stats only show purchasing habits for the past 3 months, but still interesting)

anywho, looking at awstats on my own personal website (which doesn’t get a lot of traffic), I find it interesting that it almost matches what the stats are saying in terms of OS marketshare. I also posted website OS stats from a year before. This looks like clear evidence that apple’s marketing is working (I just got a macpro for work)

Another thing I noticed is that I seem to be getting less traffic this year than last. lol I’m not taking enough photos to drive traffic to my website these days. Either that, or I guess I’ve been using Flickr more so the traffic isn’t showing.

Durcan.net August 2007 stats:

Operating Systems

Hits

Percent

Windows

40160

73.9 %

Macintosh

10526

19.3 %

Unknown

3220

5.9 %

Linux

350

0.6 %

BSD

18

0 %

OS/2

5

0 %

Symbian OS

3

0 %

Sun Solaris

2

0 %

AmigaOS

2

0 %

Unknown Unix system

2

0 %


Durcan.net August 2006 stats:

Operating Systems

Hits

Percent

Windows

58073

85.1 %

Macintosh

5685

8.3 %

Unknown

3858

5.6 %

Linux

568

0.8 %

WebTV

5

0 %

FreeBSD

1

0 %

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Mac Tip: How to increase the size of the…

Parallels

So I got an MacPro laptop with Parallels from work. While running XP under Parallels, XP keeps telling me I’m running out of space.

While in XP looking at my partitions:

my XP parallels install is 26GB total in size – C: partition is 8GB, and D: is 16GB

I’ve been trying to figure out if there a way to resize the C: partition without re-installing the OS completely and/or XP parallels install. Partition Magic doesn’t seem to run under XP under Parallels.

The Parallels support site doesn’t have anything official listed to fix this problem. So I figured out how to fix my problem after parsing through the below support thread.

http://forum.parallels.com/thread1481.html

To Start with I ran the Parallels image expander tool to increase the total XP parallels hard drive size from 25GB > 34GB

Within the windows XP disk manager, you will see another 10GB of unpartitioned space.

So someone on the support thread said to do the following:

Download the live cd from http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
Setup another
Boot your VM from the live cd iso
Select default values until gpartd starts
Select partition to resize
Resize and apply
Disconnect iso
Reboot

They however don’t mention that to increase the size of your C: drive the expanded disk space has to be contiguous. (meaning free space right next to your primary partition)

So the exact steps were to

  1. Make a copy of your XP parallels image (so your data can be restored if something gets corrupted)
  2. Download the live cd from http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
  3. Run the parallels disk expander tool (expand your XP diskspace to whatever you want)
  4. Using the windows disk manager, create an E: drive with the additional space.
  5. Reboot XP
  6. Then copy/move all the data from D: to E:
  7. Delete the D: partition
  8. shut down XP
  9. create another parallels VM where you boot of the gparted ISO, add your XP image as a 2nd hard drive
  10. from within Gparted Live CD, a disk manager will start automatically
  11. choose the 2nd hard drive, which you will see the C: and E: partitions defined within windows. There should be 16GB of free space right after the first partition. Expand you first partition to whatever size you want (I just added the whole 16GB)
  12. save and quit
  13. boot into your XP parallels VM
  14. checkdisk will run
  15. verify that your C: drive is now 25GB
  16. reboot XP VM (it will ask you to)
  17. delete the Gparted disk space and ISO when you are done to reclaim diskspace.