New Wallpaper Images

Here are a couple of new dark wallpaper images.  Both are 1680×1050.

Black Diamond-Plate Diamond-Plate Windmachines

MoCp – Console Audio Player

Recently, there has been a little bit of a buzz out there surrounding the MoC (music on console) audio player. My ramblings here don’t really bring anything new to the table, but I thought that I’d share my ~/.moc/themes/config file with you and share with you how I launch the application.  This is by far my favorite and most frequently used audio player on any of my machines.  MoC is located in the Ubuntu repositories and can be installed easily by typing the following into your terminal emulator:

$ sudo apt-get install moc

Note: everywhere you see “~/path/to/your/music” in this post or in the config file, please change this to the path to your own music directory.

MoCp - Music On Console Player

I choose to use Terminator as my main terminal emulator, and that’s where I execute the MoC player from.  In my ~/.moc/themes/config file, I’ve made a couple of comments regarding how to launch MoC.  You can add an alias to your ~/.bashrc file so that MoC knows to look for your specified theme file when you launch it from the console, or you can directly reference your theme config file from your menu launcher.

# ~/.bashrc alias to launch MoC command line music player using desired theme and to launch in main music menu
# alias mocp='mocp -m ~/path/to/your/music -T config'
# Gnome Panel launcher:
# terminator -x mocp -m ~/path/to/your/music -T config

# Alternatively, if you are using gnome-terminal or xterm instead of terminator, use:
# gnome-terminal -x mocp -m ~/path/to/your/music -T config
# xterm -e mocp -m ~/path/to/your/music -T config

You’ll notice that I’m calling on “mocp” rather than “moc”.  This is because “mocp” is the actual player application that you need to use — Music On Console Player.

On my Ubuntu machine, I’ve created a custom launcher on the Gnome panel that executes the second command that you see listed above, and when executed, MoCP launches and it uses my specified theme.  I use Ubuntu at work, but most all of my other machines are running either Crunchbang Linux (uses the OpenBox window manager), or a custom Debian build with the PekWM window manager.

OpenBox: To launch MoCp from the ~/.config/openbox/menu.xml file, I use the following:

<item label="MoC Media Player">
 <action name="Execute">
 <execute>terminator -x mocp -m ~/path/to/your/music -T config</execute>

PekWM: To launch MoCp from the ~/.pekwm/menu file, I have specified the following:

Entry = "- MoCp Music Player" { Actions = "terminator -x mocp -m ~/path/to/your/music -T config" }

The ~/.moc/themes/config file will control the colors that appear in your MoC player; mine is located here.  I can’t take credit for writing this whole config file as I know that it originally came from elsewhere, but I unfortunately cannot recall who the original author was.  As I have noted in the config file, you will find a good tutorial on configuring MoCp located here.


I’ve decided to add the list of keys that are configured for MoCp; these come from the tutorial linked directly above.

enter — starts playing
s — stops playing
n — plays next item from the playlist
b — plays previous item from the playlist
space — pause
p — pause

S — plays at random
R — repeats the same song in a loop,
Next (X button below) must be OFF
X — switches to play sequentially
o — plays a file from the Internet
u — moves playlist item up
j — moves playlist item down
Ctrl+u — adds the URL to the playlist
g — searches marked string in file names
/ — searches marked string in file names

r — rereads the directory
T — switches to the theme selection menu
f — toggles display mode of song titles
TAB — switches marker bar between the playlist
and the file manager panels
l — switches between displaying the playlist
or the file manager panel
P — switches full path in the playlist
H — toggles hidden files view
Ctrl-t — toggles song duration time
Ctrl-f — toggles format file view
m — moves to directory entered in config file
G — moves to directory with currently played file
i — moves to marked directory
U — moves to upper directory
a — adds a file to the playlist
A — adds a directory recursively to the playlist
C — clears the playlist
V — saves the playlist
d — removes marked item from the playlist
Y — removes all empty items from the playlist

< — decreases volume by 1% , — decreases volume by 5% > — increases volume by 1%
. — increases volume by 5%

x — toggles the mixer channel
? — shows help

! — goes to a fast dir 1 (set in config file)
@ — goes to a fast dir 2
# — goes to a fast dir 3
$ — goes to a fast dir 4
% — goes to a fast dir 5
^ — goes to a fast dir 6
& — goes to a fast dir 7
* — goes to a fast dir 8
( — goes to a fast dir 9
) — goes to a fast dir 10

F1 — executes ExecCommand1 (set in config file)
F2 — executes ExecCommand2
F3 — executes ExecCommand3
F4 — executes ExecCommand4
F5 — executes ExecCommand5
F6 — executes ExecCommand6
F7 — executes ExecCommand7
F8 — executes ExecCommand8
F9 — executes ExecCommand9
F10 — executes ExecCommand10

Some Great Filters and Scripts for The Gimp

Recently, I came across some really nice Filters and Scripts for The Gimp.  If you are not familiar with The Gimp (The GNU Image Manipulation Program), it’s high quality open source photo/image editing and manipulation software.

Check out these Gimp filters:

Here is a Cottonwood Grove image that I decided to use as my test image for experimenting with some of these Gimp filters.  Interesting results!  You can really see the effects a lot more clearly if you click on each image to view a larger version.

Cartoon Filter

Cartoon Filter

Cartoon Quick

Cartoon Quick



Line Art

Line Art

Line Art B&W

Line Art B&W

Synthetic Edges

Synthetic Edges

Toned Line Art

Toned Line Art



Fort Collins Bluegrass and Old Time Music

Fort Collins sure has some great music flowing through its veins!  It surely is a mecca for Bluegrass music, and Old Time music is starting to become more prevalent too!  Check out a couple of local bands:

The Horsetooth Mountain Rangers

Cottonwood Grove, a Fort Collins Old Time Stringband

Ubuntu 9.10 – Wireless Woes….

I am disappointed that the previously supported Atheros wireless card (AR5212) is no longer being supported in Ubuntu’s 9.10 (Karmic Koala).  Ubuntu’s support for most hardware has generally been great over the years, and if something did not work correctly, it was likely that one could expect to see a fix to the problem at some point down the road.  However, it seems unusual to me that support would end for hardware that is still reasonably new.  I know that technology is moving along quickly and all, but sheesh!

I tried this set of solutions as well as this solution, all with no success.  It’s apparent that other Atheros cards as well as Broadcom cards are experiencing difficulties, but some folks have had success at fixing the problem; those same fixes have not worked for me.

Ubuntu 8.10 was the version that I had been previously running on the X60; after my recent experience with 9.10, I decided to downgrade to 9.04 and had the same wireless issue!!!  Arrggg!!!  Come on Ubuntu!  Atheros chipsets are not uncommon, and the AR5212 is not really that old!  My laptop is far from being ancient and the hardware that had been previously supported should STILL be supported, shouldn’t it?  It’s not like this machine is five years old or more.  Come on!  What gives?

If anyone has suggestions, I’d love to hear them (thanks in advance). In the mean time, I’ll continue to try to find a solution on the 9.10 platform.

Inauguration Party at Avogadro’s Number

Don’t miss the inauguration party for Obama in Fort Collins on Tuesday night.  It’s happening at Avogadro’s Number ( in Fort Collins, CO!  It’ll be a pot luc party with three bands providing entertainment.

The Poudre River Irregulars 5:00 – 7:00
Inaugural Speech 7:00 – 7:30
The Montgomery Jazz Group 7:30 – 9:30
The Horsetooth Mountain Rangers 9:30 – 11:00

Don’t miss it!

New Years Eve Celebration TONIGHT at Avogadro’s Number

Looking for a fun way to bring in the new year?

Join us at the New Year’s Eve Pot Luck Party tonight at Avogadro’s Number!  The Horsetooth Mountain Rangers will be playing from 7:00 – 8:30.  Bring a dish to share, bring your instrument, bring a friend, and come shake your booty!

Hope to see you there!
Have a Happy New Year!!!

Horsetooth Mountain Rangers

The Horsetooth Mountain Rangers have become the regular Wednesday night house band down at Avogadro’s Number in Fort Collins, CO.  We usually play from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., and the long-standing Avo’s Bluegrass jam begins after that.  Amy Finders was there last night to take our photograph; she has recently become the webmaster for the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society‘s website and wanted to update our band info and photo.  She was kind enough to stand in as the designated photographer on this one.  Click images to enlarge.

Horsetooth Mountain Rangers, December 17 2008 at Avogrado's Number, Fort Collins CO

I decided to create an old-timey looking version of the image (below):

Horsetooth Mountain Rangers, December 17 2008 at Avogrado's Number, Fort Collins CO

The Wednesday night jam at Avo’s is a lot of fun. It’s mostly Bluegrass, but there is sometimes an Old Time jam that plays back in the stairwell (that’s where the good acoustics are!). So come on down and join in the fun!

The Matrix Runs On Windows

This one has been floating around the Web for a bit so it’s likely that you may have already seen it.  I figured that I would archive a link to it here so that I could easily find it at some point in the future.

The Matrix Runs on Windows

Collaborative Text Editing With EtherPad

Recently, I have become aware of a really neat online collaboration tool called EtherPad. EtherPad is a tool that allows you and many other participants to collaborate in the creation/modification of a text document. It’s much like working in Notepad, Gedit, Kate, or any of the other basic text editors, but what makes it different is that you and your colleagues can work together on the document in an online setting (from the comfort of their own computers) and make changes in a real-time environment. You can save the document at any time, and you can also revert back to a previously saved version. There is no special text formatting allowed as this is a text tool, but you could easily dump the final version of the document into (or whatever your other favorite office word processing tool is) and format it to your liking. EtherPad also incorporates a chat tool so that you can easily communicate with your colleagues while editing the document (or you could also use a telephone).

Due to a very popular response to this tool, the folks at EtherPad have set up a wait-list which you will have to sign up for if you wish to try the beta version of this free software. I just received my email from them today letting me know the following:

“20 days ago you signed up for the EtherPad Beta.  Thanks for being patient!  Now here’s a link that will allow you to create new pads immediately…”
[you can get your own link by signing up]

Below is a screenshot of EtherPad in action. Notice that the different colors represent text that was either written or modified by a different user. The text that is highlighted in green is the original version of the document. Click on the image to see a larger version.

EtherPad Screenshot

You can also read more about the product on their product page and at their FAQ. I am really excited about the release of this new tool and can see the potential for its use in the fields of education, research, and numerous other industries (as well as for personal use too).

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