Battles With Boredom

April 29, 2009

What Is My Mother Thinking?

Filed under: Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 12:09 pm

Today, my dad handed me a piece of paper, from my mom. It was a page torn from a magazine. (Click the image below for a larger view.)

It took me a bit to figure out what, exactly she was trying to say. My mind raced. Does she know something I don’t? Is she trying to tell me something?

Fortunately, on the flip side of this page is a recipe for some awesome-looking vegetarian chili, which is what she really wanted me to get.

I hope.

April 27, 2009

Biking and Bears

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 1:13 pm

Today I took a bike ride with a friend on my lunch break. We stuck mainly to a class 2 and class 3 road, although we did a little off-roading on a newly-cut driveway (still very fresh). It was great to get out on my bike on my lunch break, something I haven’t done in years.

While we were returning, on the steepest part of our uphill climb, I heard a loud noise to our left. I looked and saw not one, but three bear cubs between 30-40 feet from us. They were running on what appeared to be an intercept course, so I yelled for us to stop. Fortunately, said bears were running toward the nearest pine trees, which they scaled with amazing speed! Once I realized they were cubs, and they weren’t a threat, we moved as fast as we could to get out of there, just in case mama bear was around. Given that thought, the rest of the hill went down pretty quickly!

This is not the first time I’ve encountered bears while biking, but they were definitely a lot closer to civilization this time. It makes me a bit scared, as I don’t like thinking that they need to be coming this close to humans for food. Hopefully they were just kids getting into trouble without mama’s permission.

April 26, 2009

40th Anniversary of Osensei Morihei Ueshiba’s Passing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Peter Nikolaidis @ 7:05 am

On April 26, 1969, Morihei Ueshiba, best known as the Founder of Aikido and referred to by aikidoka as  Ōsensei (“Great Teacher”) and , died at the age of 85. Ōsensei’s legacy lives on today, as Aikido is practiced around the world, with his students and their students continuing to hand down his teachings.

April 23, 2009

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackelope is Out, and I’m Running Xubuntu

Filed under: Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 8:41 am

Get it while it’s hot!

I did a clean install of the Xubuntu Jaunty Jackelope release candidate last night, and it went very smoothly. The install  was quick and easy, and I like the themes and default apps that come with Xubuntu. On the small screen and limited hardware, I am liking XFCE more than GNOME, which seems bloated by comparison.

This morning I did an apt-get upgrade, which updated 70 packages, and that was it. 

I haven’t yet gotten Compiz working (because I can’t find a button to turn on desktop effects… lame, I know), and it’s taking me a little time to find thinks in locations other than where I expect them to be, but that seems to happen any time I try a new  remix / respin / distro / desktop, so I won’t hold that against it.

April 21, 2009

Push Ups Progress, or Lack Thereof

Filed under: Health & Fitness,Personal — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:28 am

Okay, this push-ups thing is getting on my nerves. Last night, prior to Aikido, I tried, and failed, to do a single push up. Apparently I was still really sore from push ups on Saturday and weapons class that morning, so I decided to do them again today.

I restarted week 4, and could barely finish day 1. I never claimed to be brilliant, but somewhere, I think, there’s a problem with the “progress” I’m making.

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