This long running web site has always functioned as a place where I
could think out loud, a place where I could work through areas of difficulty
in my University studies, in my explorations of Linux, in my efforts
to live a Yogic style and in many other areas. The site was established
in June 2006 and ran continuously until August 2013 when there was
a hiatus following the unexpected and tragic death of one of my beloved
granddaughters. Restarting in early 2014 site development continued until
in early 2019 where with an end of decade birthday approaching a time for
reevaluation had arrived. My life had changed and the site no longer reflected
my thoughts, it reflected the thoughts and projects of another time. Marie
Kondo has the following to say about this:
"To truly cherish the things that are important to you, you must
first discard those that have outlived their purpose. To throw away what
you no longer need is neither wasteful nor shameful."
And so as Spring comes to the southern hemisphere in 2019 this site has
been drastically culled with the remaining pages substantially renovated.
Usenet is slowly dying and my slrn pages have been removed including my
crazy page for compiling slrn under Windows 10! (Edit: OK so that one crept
back in!)I no longer use audio CDs having moved to a Classical Music
streaming service so my many pages on abcde have also gone. Many other
pages have now also gone and the remaining pages have been rebuilt to
reflect the semantically correct structures required by HTML5, although
this may be noted only by the cognoscenti. So according to Marie Kondo
this leaves only those things that are truly important, and what are they?
These things, these pages, Gentle Reader, can be seen below:
Contents of the Site
The following rather abbreviated list represents the pages available
on the site at this time, only 4 pages after the big cull of 2019. I have
some plans for the site and most definitely a new direction and focus is
coming soon. However if there is a page that is missing, one that perhaps
you have used for reference, remember the amazing
WayBack machine should be able to help you out!
Urban Myths & the Iliad My sad and lonely
effort to counter some common misconceptions about Homer's Iliad. Did you know
that Achilles did not die in the Iliad, there was no wooden horse and that in
ancient times Achilles was not even really a great Hellenic hero? Written on
the tail end of my Ancient Greek studies at Armidale's University of
New England this page is still one of my favourites while simultaneously
being one of the least visited!
Using qaac under Linux... This is a page
that aims to promote and facilitate the use of the great AAC/ALAC
command line encoder qaac under a Linux environment. qaac is a frontend
for Apple AAC that is believed to produced the best quality AAC audio
possible in 2019.
Using Mutt with Gmail This page gives a detailed
set of instructions for setting up the Linux email client mutt (together
with getmail, maildrop and msmtp) to receive, sort, read and send email
using Gmail as a relay. The technique here is POP3 over SSL rather than
the standard IMAP instructions, I use the older technique as it has served
me well since 2008...
A story... I was trained as a Satyananda
Yoga Teacher in the Mangrove Mountain Ashram and like many others I
was devastated when I found out the dark past of the Ashram. Not just
the past of course as the rotten core of the Ashram has caused pain
over the ensuing decades and still causes pain today. This 'story'
is a part of my own healing...
Compiling and running slrn under Windows 10...
In the twilight years of Usenet this page demonstrates how to install
the MinGW-64 compiler and build slrn and slrnpull under Windows 10. This
page has been completely revised and rebuilt in August 2019.