Pick your emerge!

I use amarok to play my music on my gentoo system. My only problem was that at the time of this blog entry gentoo had version 1.2.x in the “stable” and each time I was making an emerge world I had to “downgrade” my “unstable” version 1.3.x. That was not fun at all… ; )

So I found this excellent script called pick your emerge. It lets you choose your world packages dynamically. I highly recommend all gentoo users to use this script. (I`m not responsible if you omit the required packages ; ) )

Here is an example output:

testsec ~ # ./pye world
One moment...

These are the packages that I would merge, in order:

Calculating world dependencies  ...done!
0): [ebuild     U ] dev-db/mysql-4.1.14 [4.0.25-r2]
1): [ebuild  N    ] net-www/gentoo-webroot-default-0.2
2): [ebuild  N    ] dev-libs/apr-0.9.6-r3
3): [ebuild  N    ] app-misc/mime-types-4
4): [ebuild  N    ] dev-libs/apr-util-0.9.6-r2
5): [ebuild     U ] net-www/apache-2.0.54-r31 [2.0.54-r9]
6): [ebuild     U ] mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird-1.0.7 [1.0.6-r2]
7): [ebuild     U ] net-misc/wget-1.10.2 [1.9.1-r5]
8): [ebuild  NS   ] sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.13-r3
9): [ebuild     U ] sys-devel/gcc-3.3.6 []
10): [ebuild     U ] games-strategy/freeciv-2.0.5 [2.0.4]
11): [ebuild     U ] sys-devel/libtool-1.5.20 [1.5.18-r1]
12): [ebuild     U ] app-emulation/vmware-workstation- []
13): [ebuild     U ] sys-apps/gawk-3.1.4-r4 [3.1.3-r2]
14): [ebuild     U ] app-office/openoffice-bin-1.1.5 [1.1.4-r1]
15): [ebuild     U ] games-emulation/xmame-0.101 [0.99-r1]
16): [ebuild     U ] net-misc/openssh-4.2_p1 [3.9_p1-r2]
17): [ebuild     U ] sys-libs/glibc-2.3.5-r2 [2.3.5-r1]
18): [ebuild  NS   ] dev-php/mod_php-4.4.0-r3
19): [ebuild     U ] net-analyzer/nessus-libraries-2.2.5 [2.2.4]
20): [ebuild     U ] net-analyzer/libnasl-2.2.5 [2.2.4]
21): [ebuild     U ] net-analyzer/nessus-core-2.2.5 [2.2.4]
22): [ebuild     U ] net-analyzer/nessus-plugins-2.2.5 [2.2.4]
23): [ebuild     U ] net-analyzer/nessus-2.2.5 [2.2.4]
24): [ebuild     UD] net-analyzer/nmap-3.83 [3.93]
25): [ebuild     U ] sys-devel/automake-1.9.6-r1 [1.9.6]
26): [ebuild     U ] x11-base/xorg-x11-6.8.2-r4 [6.8.2-r2]
27): [ebuild     U ] sys-kernel/genkernel-3.3.6 [3.3.5]
28): [ebuild     U ] sys-apps/shadow-4.0.7-r4 [4.0.7-r3]
29): [ebuild     U ] media-sound/beep-media-player-0.9.7-r8 [0.9.7-r6]
30): [ebuild     U ] gnome-base/gdm- []
31): [ebuild  NS   ] dev-lang/python-2.4.2
32): [ebuild     U ] sys-devel/gnuconfig-20050602 [20050324]
33): [ebuild     U ] sys-apps/util-linux-2.12r [2.12i-r1]
34): [ebuild     U ] gnome-base/libbonoboui-2.10.1 [2.10.0]
35): [ebuild     U ] www-client/mozilla-1.7.12-r2 [1.7.11]
36): [ebuild     UD] media-sound/amarok-1.2.4 [1.3.1-r2]
37): [ebuild     U ] gnome-base/libbonobo-2.10.1 [2.10.0]
38): [ebuild     U ] dev-lang/perl-5.8.6-r6 [5.8.6-r5]
39): [ebuild     U ] app-portage/gentoolkit-0.2.0-r2 [0.2.0]

You can now enter the numbers of packages you want to emerge/unmerge/exclude.

             You have the following possibilities:

             * you can simply enter the numbers comma-separated, e.g. 1,3,5,6,8
             * you can also specify ranges: 2,4-7,9,11-16
             * "a" or "all" merges all packages in the list
             * "!" excludes the specified packages (and merges the rest): !4,6-8,13
             * "x" excludes _and_ masks them in /etc/portage/package.mask or ~/.pye/pye.mask
             * "q" quits pye                                                    
Enter your choices now: !36,!24

I`m about to emerge the following packages: dev-db/mysql
 net-www/gentoo-webroot-default dev-libs/apr 
app-misc/mime-types dev-libs/apr-util net-www/apache 
mail-client/mozilla-thunderbird net-misc/wget 
sys-kernel/gentoo-sources sys-devel/gcc 
games-strategy/freeciv sys-devel/libtool 
app-emulation/vmware-workstation sys-apps/gawk 
app-office/openoffice-bin games-emulation/xmame 
net-misc/openssh sys-libs/glibc dev-php/mod_php 
net-analyzer/nessus-libraries net-analyzer/libnasl 
net-analyzer/nessus-core net-analyzer/nessus-plugins 
net-analyzer/nessus net-analyzer/nmap sys-devel/automake 
x11-base/xorg-x11 sys-kernel/genkernel sys-apps/shadow 
media-sound/beep-media-player gnome-base/gdm dev-lang/python
 sys-devel/gnuconfig sys-apps/util-linux 
gnome-base/libbonoboui www-client/mozilla 
gnome-base/libbonobo dev-lang/perl app-portage/gentoolkit

Is this correct? Choose an option: e(merge)/n(o)/q(uit):

Another weekend in New York City

This weekend I was in NYC. (Like last weekend :P) This time we were there with calaz, oktay and serkan. Unfortunately I had to do some maintenance work friday night that`s why we could only leave Saturday morning.

We got there Saturday midday and left NYC around 8 PM sunday. We did some bar hopping, late night lounge chilling, central park visiting, etc… I also met a lot of people, mainly Can`s friends and their friends, and their friends, etc… : ) We had fun, but the traffic was not good on the way back. Can was snoring half way 😛 We came back home to DC around 1 AM in the morning.

We took thousands of pics. I`ll put some of them on my blog. But later when I have time. 😛

Words of wisdom…

From Robert M. Pirsig – Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance (An inquiry into values)

… Kant says there are aspects of reality which are not supplied immediately by senses. These he calls a priori. An example of a priori knowledge is “time”. …
… We sense objects in a certain way because of our application of a priori intuitions such as space and time, but we do not create these objects out of our imagination, as pure philosophical idealists would maintain. …
… What we think of as reality is a continous synthesis of elements from a fixed hierarchy of a priori concepts and the ever changing data of senses. …

When people are fanatically dedicated to political and religous faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it`s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.

It`s not the technology that`s scary. It`s what it does to the relations between people, like callers and operators, that`s scary.

Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster. … When you try to climb a mountain to prove how big you are, you almost never make it. And even if you do it`s a hollow victory. In order to sustain the victory you have to prove yourself again and again in some other way, and again and again and again, driven forever to fill a false image, haunted by the fear that the image is not true and someone will find out. That`s never the way.

Wheels of Fire…

Wheels of fire


Since the dawn of time

I`ve rolled across the earth

Snipping in the dust

Long before your birth

Eatin`tar and gasoline

Every light I see is green

Open pipes, my machines`s triple-plated chrome

Spirit of the wheel

Wheels of fire burn the night

Ride across the sky

Wheels of fire burning bright

We live to ride

Motors running

Now you`re gonna learn

Waiting on the line

Make your tires burn

Fast, faster, faster, faster

Speeding always kills

Nothing else takes us to get these thrills

Spirit of the wheel

Wheels of fire burn the night

Ride across the sky

Wheels of fire burning bright

We live to ride

Blood and thunder on the road

My heart is pounding

My blood is nitroglycerin

I`m fire

Burning, burning, burning, burning

Ready to explode

Don`t want nothing left of me to scrape off the road

Spirit of the wheel

Wheels of fire burn the night

Ride across the sky

Wheels of fire burning bright

We live to ride

Clouds of smoke

Tires screaming

Fire in my hair

blown into a thousand pieces

Scattered everywhere

Fast, burn, burning, faster

Wanna take a ride

Spirit of the wheel

Wheels of fire ride

Spirit of the wheel

Wheels of fire burn the night

Ride across the sky

Wheels of fire burning bright

We live to ride


Kidney stone is not causing anymore pain or problems. I hope it`s gone!

Going to NYC this longweekend. At first I was thinking about riding there, but now that there is rain in the near future (and heavy rain!) I think I`ll drive. I`ll see Elif, Arzu, Mehmet and of course Oktay ; )

I`ll stop by Baltimore to see my long lost cousin today. : )

I also started planning my world trip on a motorcycle in my head. I am thinking about keeping a written log on this. I don`t know if I will ever be able to do that trip, but I will try. I need to read some books and get informed.

Planning another BBQ maybe next weekend. It might be the last BBQ of the season. The weather is getting worse and worse.

Well that`s it for the quick and dirty near future plans : )

Kidney stone… Just like that…

I woke up with a horrible pain this morning around 3 am. I thought that it was a gas pain related to holding your fart for too long… But it wasn`t… I waited and it passed. But not for long. It came back… With a vengance…

I went to George Washington University Hospital Emergency. I spent some 4-5 hours there, given painkillers and sent back home.

Then pieces of the puzzle started to get together… First I had a reddish yellowish pee. I thought it was because of vitamin C… Then I had some backpain. I thought I screwed my back again… The truth was out there. The kidney stone!

It is one of the most horrible pains ever, and I hope noone ever experiences that. Now I`m drinking water like a fish, peeing in a strainer and trying to find stones in it, getting high on painkillers… *Sigh*… What a life!