2017

An Ubuntu screensaver shell script to rotate images

This is a Bash shell script written for Ubuntu (Linux). I just switched from Mac/MacOS to Ubuntu, and I don't like the default blank screensaver in Ubuntu. I just want a screensaver to rotate my collection of images, so I'm considering using this rather than Xscreensaver. The script comes from jamcnaughton.com.

Ubuntu running on a 2008 27” iMac

As shown in the image, I just installed Ubuntu on my 2008 27” iMac. The UI is interesting, a combination of MacOS and Windows. From what I’ve seen, I think I’ll like the Ubuntu UI (Unity) more than Linux Mint, but I’m open. So far Ubuntu is also significantly faster than the latest versions of MacOS were on the same hardware, though that may be because MacOS had a few hundred thousand more files on it than Ubuntu has at the moment.

Carlos Santana: The Universal Tone (autobiography)

During a recent cross-country drive I listened to the book The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light by Carlos Santana. I’m not a huge fan of his music — though I love this work with Faith Hill — but I am interested in him because he’s very open about his spirituality. Although I haven’t finished the book yet, I’ll give it a “thumbs up” rating. The book is his autobiography, and includes stories about playing professionally and hanging around in strip clubs when he was 13, everything related to the band Santana, growing up with a strict mother and abusive father, and much more.

Do not try to experience satori

“Do not try to experience satori. Do not try to drive away illusion. Do not hate the thoughts that arise, and do not love them, either. Above all, do not entertain them. Just practice the great sitting, here and now. If you do not continue a thought, it will not come back of its own accord.”