Crappy covers - long jam edition
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-06-04, under the type Audio clip

This is a very rough recording of a jam session of mine.  My normal routine is to put a series of tunes on shuffle and just jam along - this is the result of today's second jam session:

1. Generator (00:00)
2. Linoleum (03:38)
3. Fuck The Border (05:40)
4. ...

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Playing Morrowind on GNU/Linux
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-03-20, under the category GNU/Linux Gaming
Tags: openmw, diy

EDIT: Thanks to an awesome community, Void Linux now has packages for Unshield and MyGUI - so those steps can be omitted from your build process... Now back to dancing close to the fire!

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is my favorite video game of all time. I generally favor games that are a bit older (the SNES-PS1 eras were golden ages for this), but Morrowind sticks with me even 15 years after its release. And while several pre-packaged modded Morrowind experiences exist for Windows, I submit that the best way to enjoy Morrowind today is on GNU/Linux using OpenMW. While not every single feature that is available for modded vanilla Morrowind works in OpenMW (yet), the list of what works is growing with each release - and what does work now is enough to satisfy a newcomer or a seasoned player like myself.

In this entry I'll discuss what is needed to run Morrowind via OpenMW, and how to get it -- but also in a way that's reproducible and mostly independent of your distribution. I'm not going to go into too much detail about mods (maybe in a part 2 perhaps) but I will go over some general recommendations. Let's go, outlander!

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Revisiting classic N64 wresting games on a modern GNU/Linux
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-03-01, under the category GNU/Linux Gaming
Tag: emulators

N64 is nowhere near my favorite classic console, but I won't hesitate to agree that it is home to the best wresting video games ever made. As it turns out, these games (particularly the Asmik ones) are still fun! In this entry I'm going to talk about how I've been playing WWF No Mercy on Void Linux. Although you (likely) won't be able to enjoy any of the many No Mercy mods that are out there, you can enjoy the very fun vanilla game with some modern enhancements like HD resolutions. Wooooooo!

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MPD through a bluetooth speaker
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-02-25, under the category Computers
Tags: pulseaudio, mpd

UPDATE: be sure to check out my updated entry on MPD!

I recently grabbed a bluetooth speaker, intending to mostly use it with my phone, but I quickly found myself wanting to play my laptop's MPD through it. Today I'll describe how I got it going - and In the process we'll also resolve some issues with the setup described in my other MPD post. The process was pretty straight forward but it didn't just work so I figured I would talk about it a bit here.

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Why I Like Fish
Posted by Hristos T. on 2017-02-08, under the category Programming
Tags: zsh, fish

I am of course talking about the Friendly Interactive SHell!

For about three or four years now, I've been a pretty happy zsh user. I had a pretty decent, not-too-complex/customized setup based on a popular framework that bills itself as "minimal", but a recent whim prompted me to check out fish.

The familiarity offered by zsh wasn't enough, though, when compared to the tradeoff of far less config for as much as or arguable more functionality. Intrigued? Want to hear more?

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