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Goodbye Gentoo Linux

I want to prefix this with a little context. This is meant to be a farewell and thank you to Gentoo, the developers, maintainers and community who have made my Linux experience enjoyable for five years over multiple machines. I know many will see me as just another person jumping ship from Gentoo and going to the Ubuntu bandwagon but I felt the need to write my thoughts down to explain why I happily used Gentoo for so long and why it does not suit my needs any longer.

Breaking Glass

There is something so satisfying of hearing bottles smash into one another. Throwing bottles into the recycling bin and hearing the glass crash with painful sounds feels excruciating and yet there is an immense sense of gratification. The high pitch sends chills down my spine but a quarter inch of plastic provides a shield, so the game continues a bottle at a time. Jack, seasonal ale, cheap vodka only the size of the bottle matters now. Once done I leave with sticky hands and wait for the next drink to enjoy from beginning to end.

Not About Me

Ty mentioned the other day the movie Yes Man and today he went on to talk about how he is trying to cut back the number of times he refers to himself by saying 'I'. You know, "I am going to...", "I want...", etc. Two-and-two came together and the conversation when on to what it would be like to completely give up self reference for a while. In the age of social network profiles, blogs and digital property rights this sounds like quite a challenge. Indeed it is. In this post alone it has been quite hard to not do it -- in fact several re-reads and edits have had to happen.

It isn't impossible; it shouldn't be. Everything has to be in the context of something else or something larger. Some examples:

And So It Begins

The real beginning... http://www.robotfairytales.com.

Episode 0001 - Boltout

Episode 0001: Boltout

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Plane rides

Plane rides are great. I am forced to sit and think and read and write for fifteen hours. Tho I highly regret watching Made of Honor.

Describing the Indescribable

This is my third draft of my response to a question a friend posed to me. After this draft I will be posting it on my main website:

Before I left on a four day backpacking trip I was asked why I would do something so disconnected from my normal life. Wouldn't I be bored? I know those of us who backpack and hike might scoff at the question but if you think about it, how would you answer it? The answer was not obvious to me; I copped out and just said it is an indescribable experience. I asked Mark the same question while on trail. Even Mark "Survivorman" Buckner wasn't sure what to say. After a second he decided to go with the standard reasons: exercise, peace and quiet.

P-town Pictures

I'm going to start putting pictures that I take around town in my gallery.


Steel Bridge from Union Station

Sondre Lerche @ Doug Fir Lounge

Sondre returns to Portland and I was definitely juiced to catch him a second time around. I kept telling people he is one of the best stage performers I have seen in concert and he did not disappoint. There are several reasons to go see a band play live. Definitely feeling the energy and hearing the raw sound (instead of the precise recording) is a big part of it, but one of the other things you can't get off an album is the personality and audience interaction -- especially at a smaller venue such as Doug Fir Lounge. This is where Sondre absolutely shines.

Zigzag to Timberline Lodge Pictures

The fastest turnaround time for pictures ever. Four days, forty miles, ten thousand feet elevation gain. And I also wrote up a trip report.

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