Monday, September 29, 2014

Perl replace

perl -ple 's/foo/bar/'

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Patulous Eustachian Tube Workarounds

Friday, May 04, 2012

"The fragrance and oil that I give to all are gifts from God. They represent my presence, love and friendship for you." -- Our Blessed Mother to Julia Kim

"please pray the Mass and make your communion more perseonal—feel the Lord." -- Fr. Jerry Orbos

"I am deserted by numerous children and left alone in the tabernacles, waiting anxiously for them to return to Me and give love to Me" -- Jesus to Julia Kim

"If you have insulted Me by receiving Communion sacrilegiously, see the signs that I am giving you today and receive and worship Me with a most sincere heart. Then, I will heal your deep wounds, cure your illnesses and give you a generous heart that can love everyone. I will give you the power to liberate yourselves from the powerful army of the devil. I will give you special graces that will be used as undefeatable and secure weapons, and I will give you a strong and tenacious power to practice goodness that can trigger a chain reaction more powerful than a nuclear reaction." -- Jesus to Julia Kim

Server Error in '/pp1300' Application

I get the above error when signing in via Windows Live via Janrain on an iPhone. What does it mean?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Unable to connect to the Proxy Server

"network connect cannot connect to the secure gateway"

"Unable to connect to the Proxy Server"

If you are getting these messages when tethering your Mac to your iPhone: Try USB tethering instead of Bluetooth tethering.

Monday, January 23, 2012

If Entourage windows are hidden or not visible,

try rebooting.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

What's this? click2mail "We apologize for the technical problem with your item being unable to submit to the cart"

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm seeing this when I click Skip on the Facebook Share dialog:
this._privacyWidget is undefined

Friday, April 08, 2011

A tip on passing a file to Haali Reader as a command line parameter (on Pocket PC): Do it like this:


* No initial \
* No spaces in the path

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dominican Timeline

1170 Birth of St. Dominic

1215 Founding of the Order
1220 First General Chapter
1221 Death of St. Dominic
1231 Medieval Inquisition
1234 Canonization of St. Dominic
1267 Dominican Rite receives papal approval
1274 Council of Lyons II. Death of St. Thomas Aquinas.

1311 Council of Vienne
1323 Canonization of St. Thomas Aquinas
1327 Death of Meister Eckhart
1337 Hundred Years War
1348 Black Death
1373 Cardinal protector appointed
1378 Western Schism begins
1380 Death of St. Catherine of Siena

1414 Council of Constance
1417 Western Schism ends
1461 Canonization of St. Catherine of Siena

1517 Protestant Reformation
1545 Council of Trent

1700 Age of Enlightenment
1789 French Revolution

1854 Immaculate Conception defined
1869 Vatican I
1872 Death of Vincent Jandel

1918 Code of Canon Law
1960 Schillebeeckx's Old and New Style
1962 Vatican II
1978 Pope John Paul II
1983 Code of Canon Law
1987 Rule of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic
2005 Pope Benedict XVI

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Religious Sense: A Concise Summary

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Giussani Glossary

While reading Fr. Giussani's works, it can be helpful to have a glossary of the important terms that he uses.

criterion. Criterion for the judgment of our existential inquiry. See original experience.
elementary experience. See original experience.
event. “Jesus Christ dead and risen” [Scola 13].
existential inquiry. Reflection on myself, concerning the religious sense [Religious Sense 5]. Used as the method of knowing the religious sense.
fact. See event.
freedom. The possibility of exercising the religious sense [Albacete 42].
judgment. Judgment of our existential inquiry [Religious Sense 7]
method. The method of knowing the religious sense [Religious Sense 5]. For Giussani, this is the “sacramental method” [Scola 16].
original experience. Primordial needs, “for example, the need for happiness, the need for truth, for justice, etc.” [Religious Sense 7]. Used as the criterion for the judgment of our existential inquiry.
presence. “reality as other” [Albacete 40].
protestantization. “subjectivistic reduction” [Scola 12].
realism. “an entire, passionate, insistent ability to observe the real event, the fact” [Religious Sense 4].
reason. “the capacity to become aware of reality according to the totality of its factors” [Religious Sense 12].
religious sense. “openness to the encounter with Christ” [Albacete 42].
sign. Sacrament. The Church is “the sign (sacrament) of the Christian Event” [Scola 7].

Essays from A Generative Thought: An Introduction to the Works of Luigi Giussani:
Albacete, Lorenzo. The Spirituality of Luigi Giussani.
Scola, Angelo. A Style of Thought.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Are there no secular institutes in British Columbia?

Monday, January 03, 2011

Migrating from the old Facebook Connect API to the new Facebook Connect API

FB.ensureInit(callback)window.fbAsyncInit = function () {...}
FB.Connect.requireSession(callback)FB.getLoginStatus(callback) and FB.login(callback)
FB.Connect.createApplication(name, callback)No equivalent
FB.Facebook.apiClient.users_getInfo(uids, fields, callback)FB.Facebook.apiClient.users_getInfo(uids, fields, callback)
FB.Facebook.apiClient.fql_query(fql, callback)FB.api({method:'fql.query', ...})
FB.Connect.showPermissionDialog(permission, callback, enableProfileSelector, profileSelectorIds)FB.ui({method: 'permissions.request', ...})
FB.init(apiKey, xdReceiverPath, {ifUserConnected, ifUserNotConnected, doNotUseCachedConnectState})FB.init({appId, channelUrl, status, cookie, xfbml})
FB.Connect.streamPublish(userMessage, attachment, actionLinks, targetId, userMessagePrompt, callback, autoPublish, actorId)FB.ui({method: 'stream.publish', ...})
<meta name="title">, <link rel="image_src">, <link rel="video_src">, etc.<meta og:title>, <meta og:image>, <meta og:video>, etc.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Are there any secular institutes in British Columbia? Victoria specifically?

Friday, November 26, 2010

Problems with the Translation of Fr. Giussani's "Is It Possible To Live This Way?"

The translation of Fr. Luigi Giussani's "Si può vivere così?" into English ("Is It Possible to Live This Way?") seems to have some problems that make it unnecessarily hard to understand. For example:
Se c’è una ragione, non puoi dire: «ma è astratta» perché la ragione è ciò che risponde al bisogno del cuore
is translated as:
If there is a reason, you can't say: "but it is abstract," because reason is what responds to the need of the heart
Note that a word (which I have highlighted in red) is missing from the translation. It should say "because the reason is what responds to the need of the heart". Not "because reason is what responds to the need of the heart", which does not make sense: when has reason ever responded to the need of the heart? Instead, Giussani is speaking of "a reason" mentioned at the start of the sentence.

"Reason" sounds profound but it does not make sense here, and is not what Fr. Giussani is saying in his sentence. Thus the reader is confused. Fr. Giussani's original Italian is hard enough to understand as it is; it is unfortunate that the problematic English translation adds an additional barrier to understanding.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What does Communion and Liberation believe in?

From what I can gather from a couple of websites, CL "looks at the experiences of our own lives in order to recognize Jesus’ presence, which is the key to human fulfillment."

Filed under: What the heck is Communion and Liberation?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SimuRide HE is giving me this error: "error on init 3d graph"

Friday, November 12, 2010

Some charges on my water bill I hadn't noticed before:
Sewer Fixed Charge
Sewer Usage Rate
CRD Sewer Treatment Charge

Monday, November 08, 2010

"Christian Revelation is the true lodestar of men and women as they strive to make their way amid the pressures of an immanentist habit of mind and the constrictions of a technocratic logic."
—Pope John Paul II, Fides et Ratio

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

* Workaround for caret disappearing in Firefox when you click HTML Editor
* then Visual Mode.
* @see BAZ-24017
_.fixDisappearingCaretInFirefox = function (editor) {
if (x$.browser.mozilla) {
editor.onPostRender.add(function(editor, controlManager) {
setTimeout(function () {
// Focusing away then back seems to fix it. [Jon Aquino 2010-09-22]
var firstButton = x$('a.mceButton:first', editor.getContainer())
}, 0);

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fido vs Virgin Mobile Canada for prepaid cell phone service

* Has roaming, so it works outside of Canada - Virgin Mobile Canada doesn't work when I travel outside of Canada

Virgin Mobile Canada:
* Has a 1-800 number for checking voicemail from a landline - with Fido, I need to call a number in Vancouver
* Checking voicemail from my cellphone is free - with Fido, I'm charged for the call
* Can automatically top-up as soon as I run out of minutes - the closest Fido has is to top up on a certain day each month

Sunday, July 18, 2010

NVC Feelings and Needs Inventory

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Baltimore Catechism RSS feed

Here's a daily RSS feed for the Baltimore Catechism.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

How to get an HP LasertJet 1018 working on OS X Snow Leopard:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Text-to-speech IRC client on Mac OS X

Here's how to get text-to-speech on an IRC client on Mac OS X:

1. Download the latest Colloquy nightly build. The latest nightly build fixes some issue that prevented it from working with Growl.

2. Turn on System Preferences > Growl > Applications > Application's Display Style > Speech

3. Turn on Show Event Bubble for the Chat Room Activity event in Colloquy

Sunday, April 11, 2010

A way of studying books that seems to work for me:

1. Draw boxes and arrows on the table of contents, trying to make sense of how the parts fit together. At the very least, come up with a small set of tags and assign a tag to each chapter and subsection.

2. Write a 1-sentence summary in each chapter and subsection.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Anyone know how Goldman's "A Practical Guide to Data Structures and Algorithms using Java" compares to Cormen's "Introduction to Algorithms" (CLRS)?

Can someone post a couple of sample pages from Goldman?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

" fast is to turn our back on the pleasures of the flesh, to suffer hunger and thirst, our eyes fixed on truth and wisdom...We cry and fast when the bridegroom is taken away from us;...and our mourning will be true if our soul burns with the desire to see him again." (Augustine, Sermiones, 210, 4)"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

How to call stream_publish on a child Facebook app using the Facebook PHP API

$facebook = new Facebook($childApiKey, $sessionSecret);
$facebook->api_client->session_key = $sessionKey;

where $sessionKey and $sessionSecret appear in $_COOKIE['[apiKey]_session_key'] and $_COOKIE['[apiKey]_ss'].

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Monday, January 18, 2010

On Lattimore vs. Fagles

With regards to Lattimore vs. Fagles, Lattimore is just fine. I like that the Lattimore translation has the same number of lines as the original (whereas Fagles is some percent bigger than the original). Fagles is still good though.

I have read Fagles’s Odyssey and am in the middle of reading Lattimore’s Iliad.

If you want something with greater fidelity to the original, go with Lattimore. If you are reading for entertainment, go with Fagles.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

For future reference: I have engraved this number on our stuff: 104497609

Monday, December 14, 2009

polybiblioitis: A disordered tendency to buy multiple copies of the same book.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

x51v "ac adapter is not connected"

If you get this error, try fully charging the battery first.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

ps -aux
Seems that Executor is consuming a lot of "desktop heap" on WinXP (as shown by viewing the "USER Objects" column in Task Manager (View > Select Columns > USER Objects))

Saturday, November 14, 2009

To John Bracken from Victoria BC

John Bracken - old friend from Victoria BC, at St. Michaels University School - contact me if you see this.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

sed -n '/PlacemarkStart/,/PlacemarkEnd/p' file

Friday, October 16, 2009

Alas, it seems that ESET Smart Security locks up my Windows every couple of days. Going to try switching to Norton.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Yes you can export your Slickrun commands and import them into Executor. BUT you need to modify your Slickrun export to look like Executor export format. They're not that different, but they are definitely different. Someone should write a program or script or website to make this conversion easier.

Friday, October 09, 2009

How to count occurrences in jEdit

To count the occurrences of a string "foo" in jEdit, simply do a string replacement, e.g., replace "foo" with "bar". The status bar will show the number of occurrences.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

How to get NOD32 firewall working with Synergy

Click "Switch to interactive filtering mode"
Try to use Synergy
You will be prompted whether to allow the communication between your computer and the other computer.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Which directories I back up with SpiderOak

I use SpiderOak to back up two directories on my Linux box: /etc and /home/jon.

Using Disk Usage Analyzer, I identified the following directories as consuming lots of space and not needing to be backed up, so I excluded them from the backup: .cache, .local, .mozilla, .opera, .SpiderOak, .Downloads

Currently my backup requirements are just 20 MB.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

du -ak | sort -rn | more

Saturday, September 12, 2009

How to change the windshield wiper insert on a 2005 Toyota Corolla

Instructions are here: Wiper Insert Style G

The instructions for removing the wiper blade from the wiper arm are a bit confusing; the following may be clearer:

1. Stand the wiper arm up
2. Push down on the tab
3. Disengage the wiper blade by pushing it toward the car. Note that the tab is part of the wiper blade, not part of the wiper arm.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I’m getting PayPal receipts for transactions that I’m not authorizing. The purchases are going to this address:

1945 loring place
bronx, NY 10453

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

git was giving me the following error:

key_read: uudecode [ssh junk here] failed

A blog post by Matthew Bass suggested clearing entries from ~/.ssh/known_hosts. But that didn’t work for me.

But I went into ~/.ssh and grepped for the “ssh junk” shown in the error message, and found it in an invalid ssh key file. I deleted the file from my ~/.ssh directory, and the git error went away.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Man, I wish there was more information online about which BC Election candidates are pro-choice or pro-life. I don't know if any of the candidates in the Victoria Swan-Lake electoral district are pro-life. David Wright is pro-choice; Robert Savage wouldn't say; and Rob Fleming and Jesse McClintock didn't reply to my email. Alas!


Monday, May 04, 2009

Review of the Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

I have just completed an analytical reading St. Therese of Lisieux's autobiography.

On the whole, I enjoyed it and found it insightful. Written simply and straightforwardly, there are no logical problems to complain of. It is part narrative, part theology. I focused on its theology, but in the future I'll study it as narrative.

There are a couple of things that I'm taking away from this book. One his her "Little Way" – her small acts of self-denial to please and charm Jesus and his Church. Another is her ability to find joy and peace in the midst of suffering, and the various purposes of suffering.

Here are some notes I took on the book, presented as an index (keyed by page number to John Clarke's 3rd edition).

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Monk's sells a variety of Replogle globes in downtown Vitoria BC. Bit
pricey though ($60 and up) - Toys R Us may have cheaper ones.