Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Switching between Java versions in Debian based distributions

Switching between installed Java versions can be accomplished using the update alternatives command.

To get a list of your installed Java platforms, run the following command from the terminal:

sudo update-alternatives --config java

This will give you a list output similar to this:

There are 2 choices for the alternative java (providing /usr/bin/java).
   Selection                             Path                                   Priority         Status
  0            /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre/bin/java                1081            auto mode
*1            /usr/lib/jvm/java-7-openjdk-i386/jre/bin/java    1071       manual mode
  2           /usr/lib/jvm/java-8-oracle/jre/bin/java                 1081       manual mode
Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:

In this case, the Open JDK 6 version is running. To switch to the Open JDK version 7, you would select option 1 at the prompt and press the Enter key.

You will now be running the OpenJDK 7 version. No other changes will be needed to switch your Java versions.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Bands I have seen in concert

Yet again, I continue with publishing useless lists
Here is one, created from memory, of all of the bands that I have see perform live.

I'm sure there are many bands that I have forgotten.
I'm actually pretty amazed that I have remembered as many as I did.

I would love to see the lists of other folks. Make fun of me as you like.

Bands I have seen in concert:

Agnostic Front
Agent Orange
Alice Cooper
Arab Strap
Baby Flamehead
Big Smelly Fish
Black Flag
The Boredoms
Boss Hog
Butthole Surfers
John Cage
Caspar Brotzmann Massaker
Nick Cave
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Cocteau Twins
Cop Shoot Cop
The Creatures
The Cure
Dead Moon
Miles Davis
Dirty Three
Disgruntled Postal Workers
Mike Doughty
Dancing French Liberals of '48
Dead Can Dance
The Decemberists
The Fastbacks
George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars
Gene Loves Jezebel
Glass Eye
God Bullies
Grateful Dead
Groovie Ghoulies
Homo Picnic
Imperial Teen
Jesus Lizard
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Judas Priest
King Carcass
The Knitters
Mark Kozelik
Kultur Shock
Laughing Hyenas
Love Battery
Lubricated Goat
The Melvins
Mission of Burma
More Fiends
Murphy's Law
Nashville Pussy
New Order
Pagan Babies
Pain Teens
Piss Drunks
The Pleasure Elite
Psychic TV
Red Hot Chili Peppers/Fishbone
The Replacements
Reverend Horton Heat
Seals & Crofts
Sink Manhatten
Siouxsie and the Banshees
Sky Cries Mary
The Smiths
Sonic Youth
Ken Stringfellow
Suicidal Tendencies
Sun Kil Moon
Sunny Day Real Estate
10,000 Maniacs
Token Entry
Tom Tom Club
Tons of Nuns
Yo La Tengo

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Bitch Kitty Racing - My latest project

Bitch Kitty Racing is an online "lifestyle and entertainment" magazine. For the last month or two, I have been assisting in the ongoing maintenance and promotion of the site.

John Moroney invited me to join himself and his co-founder, Keith Bingman in their quest for world domination. Besides being involved in a cool project and building a loyal readership, I've been busy learning some technologies that I haven't gotten my hands dirty with previously, such as RSS(news) feeds, podcast creation, and distribution, and testing.

The site, itself, is powered by a light-weight, highly flexible Ruby on Rails content management system called Radiant. Now, while I don't consider myself a developer, by any stretch of the imagination; I see this as a good opportunity to collaborate on a cool project, and try to get up to date on some cutting edge web applications.
I'm hoping , as time goes on, to also pick up a bit of the ruby programming basics.

Keith is the driving force behind the site design and functionality. He is also actively involved in the developer community behind the Radiant application. At this moment, he is creating extensions to help us manage the images and comments coming soon to Bitch Kitty Racing. The first is especially relevant since Keith is also a pretty good photographer. You should take a look at his work, here: keithbingman.com

John is the ringleader of the site and primary author of most of the content. He is also the star of the Bitch Kitty Racing TV podcasts. It's pretty funny, bizarre, and probably not safe for children, small woodland creatures, or work. We even made it onto ITunes with the series. Fun stuff.

Let's see...What else can I pimp while I am at it? I hadn't really intended to make this a Bitch Kitty Racing promotional weblog post; but....

Ah yes, we are also trying our hand at some band promotion with a local Seattle band, Hey Marseilles. Rumor has it that the big labels are looking at them, so we are enjoying promoting them while we can.
All in all, Bitch Kitty Racing has been keeping me very busy learning new skills.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Death of (another) philosopher

I'm sure that relatively few people will care about this passing.
I was just listening to podcast from the NPR program,Fresh Air, and discovered that the French post-modern philospher, Jean Baudrillard
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Baudrillard), had just recently died.

I can't say that I am sad, or disheartened. Rather, I am somewhat amused by his passing. He is yet another of my self-appointed intellectual mentors who has passed on.
Gone beyond, so to speak, the illusion, that is the life he had lived.

Call me what you will; but, I found his philosophy to be supremely influential upon my general worldview(along with Foucault, and Deleuze/Gauttari), and appreciate his contribution to the world, and human thought, in general.
I had always appreciated his willingness to tell the emperor(you, the reader) that not only did he(you) really have no clothes, but he wasn't even actually an emperor. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't consider Mssr. Baudrillard a nihilist. Far from it.
I actually consider him a comic, in a sense, perhaps in the most generous sense. He was a philosopher in the truest sense. But, in this day and age, philosphers are not needed by most people. So, instead, he, and his wrtings, were relegated to the backwaters of the media and inteligensia as the ramblings of an esoteric crank. Or, at worst, his messages were inscrutable, and thus irrelevant. I suppose that he might have appreciated the irony in that. I have a way with picking the winners...

For better or worse, I guess his most famous quote is from the film "The Matrix". It is the character Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburn( whom I loved in Apocalyspse Now) that states to that dumbass initiate, Neo, "Welcome to the desert of the real."
He died on my mother's fifty-ninth birthday.

You will be missed, funnyman.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

T.S. Eliot - The Waste Land

I've found some audio files of T.S. Eliot reading his classic poem "The Waste Land."

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and educated at Harvard, Eliot lived most of his life in England. In 1948 he was awarded the Nobel Prize. The poem has five sections and has been split into four sound files:

The Waste Land is considered to be Eliot's masterpiece, rich in symbolic, literary, and historical references as the poem explores the struggles of a soul in despair.

Funny, this isn't how it sounds when I read it to myself...

For additional information and references, see Wikipedia::The Waste Land
N.B. These audio files were originally hosted at media.org. The site contains a large collection of media from the early days of the Internet rescued from digital oblivion. The HarperAudio section contains several dozen audio files of poems and excerpts from novels being read by their authors. Faulkner, Burgess, Hemingway, Thomas are just a few.
Even Shakespeare reading some of his sonnets!

Friday, January 12, 2007

RIP: Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007)

Today, I was saddened to learn that one of my favorite guerrilla ontologists, Robert Anton Wilson, had passed away, this week, on January 11th.

My first exposure to Mr. Wilson's ideas came through reading the Illuminatus! Trilogy which he co-authored with Robert Shea. I managed to stumble upon his work while in college, and found it to be a great balance against all of the "serious" and "deep" philosophical and ontological works I was digesting at the time. I found it to be an astounding compendium of ideas, both revelatory and fanciful, simultaneously conspiratorial, paranoid, and yet somehow playful and optimistic. His works were a welcome relief from the heaviness of German phenomenologists, and occult cranks.

However, it was his other books that helped change the way I think, philosophically, about a lot of things, particularly his 'non-fiction' writings like Cosmic Trigger and Prometheus Rising. Specifically, I credit Mr. Wilson with helping me to allow humor into my particular Weltangshauung, as well as providing some cognitive tools that allowed me to understand socially constructed belief systems, or reality tunnels, as he called them.

Here is one little factoid about Mr. Wilson, that I only learned about upon his recent passing:

"As a member of the Board of Advisors of the Fully Informed Jury Association, he worked to inform the public about jury nullification, the right of jurors to nullify a law they deem unjust."

R. A. Wilson's Home Page

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Monday, December 25, 2006

Reading list for 2006

After breaking my ankle earlier this month, I suddenly find myself completely bed-ridden with copious amounts of time on my hands.

To that end, I find myself writing again, rummaging through old letters, documents, and computer files long forgotten. Making lists happens to be one of those activities where I almost feel productive while exerting little effort. Such is life under the influence of Percocet.

Below, I've managed to compile, from memory, a list of books that I have read in the past year. They are listed in no particular order. The nice surprise, for me, is that I somehow managed to read about one book every two weeks. I guess all that time spent commuting on the bus paid off in some small way. I'm sure that I have left a few off of the list. One of my New Year resolutions will be trying to keep better track of my reading choices.

Book List for 2006:

  1. Apathy and other small victories by Paul Nielan
  2. Quicksilver (The Baroque Cycle, Vol. 1) by Neil Stephenson
  3. Heathern by Jack Womack
  4. Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
  5. The Map that Changed the World by Simon Winchester
  6. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
  7. I Promise to be Good: the Letters of Arthur Rimbaud by Arthur Rimbaud & Wyatt Mason
  8. The Trial of Gilles de Rais by Georges Bataille
  9. Marcel Duchamp: The Bachelor Stripped Bare: A Biography by Alice Goldfarb Marquis
  10. Dylan Thomas: A New Life by Anderew Lycett
  11. A Mouthful of Air: Language, Languages...Especially English by Anthony Burgess
  12. Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Timothy Ferris
  13. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan
  14. A Perfect Red: Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the Color of Desire by Amy Butler
  15. I am Legend by Richard Matheson
  16. Post Office by Charles Bukowski
  17. David Bowie's Low (33 1/3) by Hugo Wilcken
  18. Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus
  19. Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad
  20. On Poetry and Poets: Essays by T.S. Eliot

Useless trivia:
Percentage of non-fiction books: 70
Percentage of female authors: 15
Percentage of books that were on the NY Times Best Seller List in 2006: 0

I thought, for about a second, of writing my own little, witty reviews for each one of the books on my list. But, then, I decided that I wasn't feeling very witty, and just linked to the books' listing on Amazon, instead. I will have to say, however, that "Apathy and Other small victories" has to be one of the funniest books I have ever read.