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Weird bands

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There are a lot of bands out there with weird names and songs. The craziest name of a band I’ve heard is Upcdowncleftcrightcabc+start. Yeah, apparenty it’s pronounced as Up-see-down-see-left-see-right-see-a-b-c and start!

The track listing of This Town Needs Guns album Animals is: 

  1. Chinchilla
  2. Baboon
  3. Lemur
  4. Badger
  5. Quetzal
  6. Panda
  7. Elk
  8. Pig
  9. Gibbon
  10. Dog
  11. Crocodile
  12. Rabbit
  13. Zebra

And then there’s this math rock band Giraffes? Giraffes! The title of a track from its album More Skin With Milk-Mouth is:

I Am S/H(im)e[r] As You Am S/H(im)e[r] As You Are Me And We Am I And I Are All Our Together: Our Collective Consciousness’ Psycogenic Fugue

It’s up to you to guess its meaning. 😀

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October 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm

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Installing Matlab 2008a on Ubuntu 10.10

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Update: This method also worked in Ubuntu 11.04.

So I successfully installed Matlab on Ubuntu after much ado. Here’s how I did it.

First mount the matlab ISO:

sudo mkdir /media/matlab

sudo mount matu2k8a.iso /media/matlab/ -t iso9660 -o loop

Create a base directory for Matlab manually:

sudo mkdir /usr/local/matlab

Go to where the ISO is mounted and run the installer:

sudo ./install

Give the path of the directory we’ve already created for the Matlab base directory. Give the serial key and the license file when prompted.

After the setup is completed, don’t start Matlab. Create a .matlab directory in your home and give user permissions.

mkdir ~/.matlab

sudo chown -R ${USER}:${USER} ~/.matlab

Done! Now you can run Matlab using the command:

sh /usr/local/matlab/bin/matlab

You can of course add a shortcut to your main menu.

EDIT: When you’re adding a shortcut to the main menu or desktop, add the “-desktop” option (without quotes) at the end of the command, otherwise only the popup screen will be displayed.

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October 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

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puddletag – Cool MP3 tagger for linux

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I’ve been using Kid3 for my audio tagging needs for a long time. The in-built tagging functionality of Rhythmbox isn’t suitable for tagging multiple items. Then UbuntuGeek tells me about puddletag.

Puddletag is the best tagger I’ve seen. It’s got almost all the functionality you’ll need to manage your music collection. The options include downloading tag data from various online sources and renaming the file names. The app’s still in its beta and the deb installer can be downloaded here.









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October 19, 2010 at 4:51 pm

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Trending topics in Seesmic Web

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IMHO Seesmic Web is the coolest twitter web client out there. One of its coolest features is deciphering the meanings of weird trending topics for us.

For example Zack Snyder was the top trend today. Being the ignorant boy, I was elated when Seesmic Web told me who Zack Snyder really was.

Zack Snyder

Sometimes it can make your day.

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October 5, 2010 at 7:11 am

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