November 10, 2006

Nancy Pelosi, Will You Marry Me?

Filed under: Not Tech, Politics — Chris @ 9:28 pm

This is exactly what I was talking about. (Via Unfogged)

Edgy Eft-ing Sound

Filed under: Tech — Chris @ 5:00 pm

This is kind of weird, coming two weeks after I upgraded, but my audio card just completely stopped working. At first, I thought this was one of those little Linux driver farts—I spent half the summer restarting X to get Skype working again—but a reboot didn’t fix it and there were no relevant error messages to speak of. Following these directions fixed it. The key part, I think, is making sure asound.conf exists—it seems that somebody (not me) had deleted it. In fact, I can’t find a Ubuntu package that wants to take credit for installing asound.conf, much less one that wants to take credit for deleting it.


Bad Eating in Italy

Filed under: Not Tech — Chris @ 3:55 am

This is strange and a bit sad: NYU Florence students complain about bad food. I studied at NYU in Florence in 1998 and it was probably the culinary high point of my life so far. Of course, I didn’t live “on campus” and I don’t even recall there being a “dining hall”—we shopped at the grocery store in the neighborhood, which had good, fresh bread and good, cheap wine. It’s unclear if these kids are getting a sub-standard product or if they’re just little whiny carb-counters—either way I feel sorry for them…

Kids, leave the villa, walk 50 meters up the hill and go into the grocery. Tell the guy you want mozzarella e pomodoro on foccaccia. (He’ll probably correct your pronunciation.) Doesn’t cost more than a few bucks and I’m still craving it to this day.

Also, kids, don’t be stupid: Pane e Olio is ten minutes away, Cibreo makes the best polenta and pappa in the world, and there are about ten thousand other great places whose names I forget. Go forth and get fat on good food.

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