Friday, January 23, 2015

Fidelity Picks ETFs for Q1 2015

A quick blog post, primarily to share this link with someone...

Fidelity has a "screener" tool to help its members pick ETF(s) based upon investment preferences.

They recently published an article that contains examples of sensible preferences and which ETFs the tool would suggest.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Gallant Starts Preschool

Gallant starts preschool today.  (I mentioned this a week ago.)

He was so excited!

And, of course, did not want to go home.

I had three hours without him.  The car and house are noticeably cleaner, and  I was able to do four shopping errands.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Resume My Printer

This post is just for my own archival use.

Ubuntu sometimes does not like my printer.  It will occasionally "pause" it without any obvious way to unpause..

The solution is to visit the http://localhost:631,
 then selecting the Printers tab,
  then clicking on the printer name,
   and then choosing Resume Printer from the Maintenance pull-down menu

Friday, January 02, 2015

Freedom to Alt Key

This post is just for my own archival use.

When using the Gimp image editor, I want to use the Alt key and a mouse motion to move a selection border.  However, by default, Ubuntu redirects that to moving the active window.

The solution is the following terminal command:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences mouse-button-modifier "{super}"
Except that instead of curly brackets, use less-than and greater-than symbols. For some reason Blogger will not let me type them using the normal HTML codes.

Now the holding Super key moves a window, and the Alt key is no longer redirected.

Smiley's First Movie Theater Experience

Smiley went to a movie theater for the first time on the afternoon of Christmas Day, while his little brother napped.

He saw The Penguins of Madagascar.

Here is the first portion of a very silly chase scene, made funny as Skipper self-narrates as if he is in a different action movie.

The movie was expertly written.  The four penguins are not actually that funny, and are even a bit annoying.  Their charm is in satire: encountering an action movie trope and believing they are approaching it seriously while actually acting ludicrously.  So the film carefully avoids any duplication.  We watch them encounter trope after trope: a break-in, chase scene, scamper from one vehicle to the next in sequence, experiment with strange high-tech equipment, daring rescue, capture, escape, and finally turn the villain's tools against him.  Repeating any of these would be tedious, but visiting each in turn is great fun.

I just realized that have not blogged any YouTube penguin movies in a long time!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

My family celebrated with blintzes and fun fillings for breakfast (including strawberries and whipped cream), and for dinner starting this Winter's first cycle of injera foods.

As I thought about New Year's in the back of my mind was the phrase "Christening the New Year".  I have no idea where I have heard that, or what it specifically means, or if my subconscious made it up.  Searching online provided no information but did lead me to this greatness.

I had never heard of a "side launch" for ships.