Mead! In Convenient One Gallon Batches.

Sometimes I see something so astoundingly useful I feel the need to post up a link to it to remember. This is one of those times.

Not only can you make mead in sub-bathtub batches, you can make it in convenient 1 gallon hooch containers!

Functional and fashionable.

Anyway, the folks at storm the castle have the recipe up.

It’ll take you a few ingredients and a bit of hardware, but at the end of the creation process you’ll have a gallon of mead. Without blowing anything up!

Now what could be better than that, I ask?

KDE4 Revisited, Adding Widgets to the Panel

Now that there’s a new point version and I’ve had a chance to work KDE4 over properly, I thought it time to revisit it. As it turns out, putting a widget on the KDE4 panel isn’t all that hard.

To add a widget to the panel instead of adding it to the desktop, simply click on the star on the widget dialog. Then left click and drag the star to the place you’d like it on your toolbar (is that still kicker? no idea). Pretty simple, just not intuitive.
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Adding items from the K-Menu is much easier. Just right click and select “Add to Panel”. Way to use the same methodology across the desktop guys ;p. Might want to have a right click add-to-panel method in the widget dialog as well as that’s a comprehendable way of doing things.

So far the layout is fairly usable, although the icons having a huge transparent block around them is still disconcerting. It seems a bit of unnecessary clutter and looks funky.

Note that this is after updating to Xorg 1.3 and KDE 4.0.0.1. Everything appears to work fine, and I’m not seeing that odd OpenGL performance hit that the systems took running KDE 3.5.

Current verdict is that there’s still quite a bit of work to be done but the release is usable and fairly clean. Good job.

Updating KDE4, Xorg from Ubuntu to Debian

Going with the old apt-get source.list rotation to switch from Ubuntu to Debian. Since Debian appears to have a working KDE4 repository and a shiny new version of Xorg in their bleeding edge tree I’m going to give it a whirl.

We’ll see if the machine is better or worse after an update to the latest, greatest, and potentially flaky.

Voltaire! (Not the Philosopher, the Musician)

Hey! Some media review for the media log. Who knew.

Went out to catch Voltaire at Alchemy “Rapture” yesterday in spite of my throat feeling roughly like sandpaper. And the show was worth it!

From Zombie Gigolo to his birthday rendition dedicated to Brian it was a rollicking good time.

And if you’re wondering who this Voltaire chap is, he’s not the French philosopher but the NY musical act. I’d define the genre, but I’d probably be wrong. I mean.. if it’s goth, then most of the labeling on all the synth-pop inspired bands is wrong. It’s good, at any rate, and mostly humorous. But not comedic music. That’s about it.

So if you get the chance clip out to see his performance, either solo or with the full eclectic ensemble.

Rapture itself was something of a surprise down at Alchemy. It’s run by some of the usual faces from the other “Goth” nights of New Haven’s past and proved to be a solid venue (if a bit chilly, bring a coat). They also play requests, which is huge.. probably a main requirement for me at a club with only one floor. So check it out if you’re in the area. Apparently running every Wednesday night in the third room at Alchemy, it’s around the corner from the main area you may be familiar with.