Monthly Archives: October 2012

Beauty and time (story fragment)

Her beauty was not his. The curve of her cheek would never rest in his hands. The curves of body, never fall into his arms. The hands that handed him his change, would never rest upon him. Her eyes would never transfix him, nor would her smile transform him. He would not lie and study the fineness of her face: the line of her brow, the colour of her eye, the thickness of her lips. All of these things were before him, but none of them were for him.

Her beauty was not hers. It was a different beauty, though in time it was similar. And the man at the counter too was young then, and she was young and beautiful like the woman with the change. And her cheek feel in his hands. And the curves of her body fell into his arms. The woman who looked through the glass at the man and the young woman, her eyes would transfix on him then, and her smile transformed him. And she would lie and study the fineness of his face: the line of his beard, the colour of his eye, the smile on his lips. All of these things were before her now, like the were then, but that was then and the man through the window was no longer him but an older version of the man then.


Her beauty was not his.  In time it would not be hers.



Friday Night Music: Something old and something new

And both Black Cab Sessions. First the new: Wall.

Black Cab Sessions – WALL – YouTube

Second, thanks to YouTube popping this up, I came across this much older session that deserves a listen. Lovely to see Bach played on a cello for Black Cab Sessions!

Black Cab Sessions – Johnny Byers – YouTube

Increasing root disk size in Amazon EC2 is a two stage process. You need to do both things to succeed.. #geekish

If you have a root disk on an AMI on Amazon’s EC2 server that is too small and you want to increase it, you have to do two things.

You need to 1) create a new volume and 2) you need to resize it.

To create a new volume, you have to stop the server, take a snapshot of the current drive, build a new bigger volume with the snapshot, detach the old volume and attach the new volume. (Note: make sure you get the name of the mount point correct. I was typing /dev/sda instead of /dev/sda1 and it was failing).

Once you do that and start the server, you need to login to the server and increase the disk size. For Ubuntu this will be done with resize2fs command. On Windows, it will be done with the diskpart command.

The following links will provide you with some details on these steps:

Note, for the diskpart command, you should enter a list disk and list partition command and then enter commands like this select disk=1 and select partition=1 (assuming that you want to extend disk 1 and partition 1. I think the root drive is disk 0, in which case you just enter select disk=0)

I am entering all this because I spent far too many hours figuring this out. Why should you have to as well? 🙂

So how does the new iPad Mini stack up against the Google Nexus 7 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD, you ask?

CNET already has the answer, here: iPad Mini vs. Google Nexus 7 vs. Amazon Kindle Fire HD | iPad Atlas – CNET Reviews.

Short answer: Apple fans will get the Mini. People who are not fans or looking to save money will likely gravitate towards the other two.

My first thought is that this is going to grow the tablet market signifigantly, and all three companies will benefit in the short term.

My second thought is that Apple is just getting started, and subsequent Minis will get better and better. I can’t see why Google won’t follow suit.

Exciting times!


Beautifully illustrated quotes of famous authors….

can be found here: Author Quote Posters – Design – ShortList Magazine.

My favourite is this:

Go to the link to see the rest.

(Thanks to @KatinWilm for this. )



Friday Night Music: Lamb – Gorecki – Live At Glastonbury 2003

Lamb – Gorecki – Live At Glastonbury 2003 – YouTube