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Geekier than thou. [Jan. 17th, 2005|10:41 pm]
Rob Landley
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I put together a little linux distribution called firmware linux, which is getting closer and closer to a 1.0 release.

Today, I did a mksquashfs on the build directory (while chrooted into it, by running "mksquashfs / root.sqf -e root.sqf"). Then I compiled User Mode Linux (the 2.6.9 kernel with the -bb4 patches installed, along with SquashFS support, and an UML with the build directory as its root directory (I.E. "./vmlinux rw init=/bin/sh rootfstype=hostfs rootflags=/path/to/build", and yes rootflags can take a relative path). Once I got a shell prompt from UML, I mounted /proc and then loopback mounted root.sqf on /mnt, and chrooted into it.

So for those of you tallying up the geek points at home, the above means I'm running a chroot into a loopback mount of an out-of-tree filesystem from within user mode linux running on a subdirectory. (If you can even follow that you need to get out more.)

I am proud of this. It's sick. It's peverted. It worked.

Now I just need to assemble a cpio archive for initramfs with a script and tools capable of doing the above automatically. A statically linked busybox should have everything I'll need...

In other news, I made "I don't know what I'm doing" soup last night. Half a cabbage, one turnip, three pounds of high quality steak, five potatoes, three onions, one and a half bulbs of garlic (not cloves, I peeled and chopped up over 20 individual garlic cloves), about a sixth of a bottle of garlic juice, a couple teaspoons of salt, rather a lot of onion powder, some black pepper, 2/3 of a gallon of water, and some a couple handfulls of frozen corn. Chop up everything bigger than a cubic centimeter, put all of it in a pot, boil the whole thing slowly on "low" with the lid on for a couple hours, stirring whenever you remember.

It worked out _remarkably_ well, actually. With that much garlic juice (the Whole Foods up in the Arboretum sells bottles of it), how could it not? What I'm supposed to do with the other half of the head of cabbage (or the second turnip), I have no idea...

While it was cooking, I discovered Casey and Andy, and read through the archives. It's disturbing, offensive, funny, and clever. As if south park was about mad scientists, only with less profanity and more blasphemy. (And after three or four years of doing it, the artist is now much better at drawing.)


[User Picture]From: fadethecat
2005-01-18 08:16 am (UTC)
I didn't understand any of that until the bit about the soup, but I wholeheartedly support it on the general principle of geekiness == yay.
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[User Picture]From: cathyr19355
2005-01-18 07:55 pm (UTC)
I sent Eric a copy of your post, so he could be duly horrified at what you've done to an innocent Linux this time (I couldn't resist, really, I just couldn't). :-)

The soup sounds great, though I'll note that with a suitably sized crock-pot you could have gotten the same result without any stirring.

Never heard of Casey and Andy, but the "South Park without the blasphemy" description intrigues me. I'll have to check it out...
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[User Picture]From: landley
2005-01-18 10:06 pm (UTC)
Not exactly _without_ the blasphemy. Without the profanity, blasphemy instead. (Mainly but not entirely the fact that Andy's girlfriend is Satan.)

But they manage plenty of unrelated blasphemy too:

There's also plenty of general geekery:
Cat humor:

And so on. The protagonists first died in the very first comic (and again in the second), the princess of darkness was introduced in #12 (and first appeared naked in #52, way back before the artist could really draw, thus leading to the only known comic where the artist complains about his fans asking for "naked satan pics" in the FAQ.) Quantum Cop was introduced in #39, the pun police in #53 (yes it's Mary's alter ego)... And so on.
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[User Picture]From: cathyr19355
2005-01-19 06:25 pm (UTC)

I agree that there is ample blasphemy in C&A. (And Satan, the girlfriend, is redhaired. Hmmm.)

I meant to type "profanity" in my comment, however, I'm still dealing with the rush project at work, while fighting off an incipient cold, and I was far from my best last night. I was also preoccupied with trying to speed-read the Casey & Andy archive while doing LiveJournal comments. :-)

I tried to expose Eric to C&A, with mixed results. He's nonplussed that a lot of the strips involve our protagonists dying ("Do they die at the end of every strip?" he asked at one point). On the other hand, he laughed at most of the strips I showed him.
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[User Picture]From: landley
2005-01-19 08:30 pm (UTC)
Later on they die less often, but yeah, they die a lot. The closest the author ever came to explaining it was:


Let's see, they died in 1 and 2, not in 3-5, 6 is kind of noncommittal, no in 7, yes in 8 (the cat ate them), no in 9-17 (although death shows up and is disappointed in 9 and 12), yes in 18, no in 19, and of course #20 involves both andy and andy's ghost being killed...

I'd say on average they die once every 10-15 strips. They go pretty long stretches without dying. 67-99, for example, they went over 30 strips without either of them dying.

And the fact their deaths are part of the strip's continuity (even when they're not in a story sequence) is remarked upon in a few places:


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[User Picture]From: cathyr19355
2005-01-19 09:15 pm (UTC)
It sounds fascinating, and I probably will be able to figure it all out....once I get back from Michigan and shake this cold. Thanks. :-)
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