How to view Canon raw files in Linux

I figured it out before, but it doesn't work since I upgraded.  One more reason why it's not a good idea to install a beta OS.  Anyway, since I didn't post my solution last time, I had to redo my research.  The good news is I found a much better system: GQview.  I can use Ubuntu's automated installation program, Synaptic, but it installs an older version of GQview that doesn't do what I want.  So I did it the hard way: go to

This looks really, really cool.

Spore Gameplay Video - Google Video

From the guy who brought you Sim City, The Sims, etc.  Really amazing.  I can't wait for it to come out.

What's the opposite of cleaning out the closet?

Following on my Day of Computer Games (which ended up fine; I played Pirates! on my desktop), today was supposed to be catch-up day.  I installed a bunch of shelves in the storage room and put stuff on them.  That may not sound like fun, but I actually enjoy organizing things.  While I was at it, I came across a few old comics I'd been saving:


Had my final yesterday.  My second year at law school is over.  Hallelujah.  Today I am engaging in my traditional post-finals celebration.

Awesome new internet radio

With this post I'm also beginning a new Linux category.  I've had so many adventures with Linux already, it occurs to me that someone else might benefit from the stuff I've figured out.  I thought of putting all my Linux tips on a single page, but really the blog mode is better.  If you want to just read my Linux posts, go down to the "Categories" box on the lower right and click "Linux."  Duh.

Jews get credit for the hamster

No kidding.  The first domestic hamsters were bred by a zoology professor at the University of Jerusalem in the 1930's.  All Golden Hamsters (a.k.a. Syrian Hamsters) in Europe are descended from the initial batch found by this professor in the Syrian desert.
Check it out:  Golden Hamster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Live Action Mario

Live Action Mario Gordon College

This is the best thing since the Live Action Simpsons!

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me

A group of Canadian musicians recently released a statement saying they support file sharing:

Then I found a website of a guy who was sued by the MPAA (like the RIAA) for file sharing, but is insisting on taking the case to trial. This frightens the MPAA because they've never had a case actually go to trial. If they lose, they won't be able to sue small children any more. Then how will they make money?

All this got me thinking about file sharing and how I recently swore it off because I want to be an ethical lawyer. I'm not saying I'm about to start violating the law, but it's gotten me to thinking about it. I already think it's acceptable as a philosophical issue. For those of you who haven't had the honor yet, here's my file sharing rant:

It's over

If you're reading this, you probably already know how I feel about the SM DA.  So it won't be much of a surprise to you to discover that I am SO RELIEVED IT'S OVER.  They gave me a nice sendoff, but I kinda felt like the DDA's were being polite and most of them didn't really give a shit, or they were glad I was leaving.  It's hard to tell when no one is open or honest.

Rock on!

Three pieces of awesome news.  Also, I visited my sister in Davis today and had an awesome time with her.  Love ya, Sarah!
Awesome piece of news #1: Curtis is coming to town
My apartment-mate from undergrad, Curtis, is moving to SF.  Not only that, but he's moving a couple blocks from me.  The street is named Beulah, and we got into a conversation about how to pronounce it.  I instinctively pronounced it "B'oolah."  Curtis' new landlady said it should be pronounced "Byoolah."  Here's the actual deal:


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