People Complain

People complain …

… about global warming and/or climate change, yet still drive vehicles that operate on gas.

… about the super rich (i.e., the one-percenters), yet still buy the products and services they provide.

… about the ineptitude of politicians, yet continue to vote for the same people (usually from the same two, corruptible parties) time after time.

… about neck problems, yet are continuously looking down at their cellphones.

… about drunk drivers, yet are perfectly OK with bars, sporting events, concerts serving alcohol and allowing those people get behind the wheel of a car.

… about speeding, yet cars are designed to go well over 100Mph.

… that members of the House & Senate are in office too long, yet don’t believe term limits should be imposed on those offices.

… that politicians are bought and paid for (which they are), yet don’t think that lobbyists should be outlawed nor that there should be a limit on campaign contributions.

… that they are out of shape, yet live sedentary lives, don’t exercise, eat manufactured food (heavily loaded with salt and sugar) and believe food or drink with the word “diet” attached to it is actually good for them.

… they don’t get to spend enough time with their families, yet continually work 80+ hours/week including weekends.

… about people using their cellphones while driving, yet don’t think cellphone manufacturers should “turn off” those devices when it detects movement of greater than any human could walk or that cars be equipped with signal blockers.

… they’re not connected any more, yet spend a good portion of their time on “social” media interacting with people they don’t even know and will likely never meet.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Thanks, Guys

Maybe it would be better if people kept a 5-10 foot buffer between themselves and anyone they happen to be personally interacting with; especially between men and women. That way there would be no grabbing of ass, breasts or other body parts. And those freaks (Louis C.K.) who found it perfectly acceptable to masturbate in front women because of who he was (because he’s no longer now), should not go out in public. What the fuck is wrong with you people?!?

The unfortunate side-effect of these so-called “revelations” (everyone fucking knew, but lacked the spinal fortitude to say anything) from Hollywierd (and the entertainment industry at large) is that everyone, women especially, think that all men act this way, which is simply not true; as the saying goes, “a few bad apples, spoils a bunch.”

So that I don’t inadvertently offend or make any woman feel uncomfortable, I now avoid directly looking in their general direction and go out of my way to avoid interacting with them in any way (giving them a wide berth; crossing the street, path or sidewalk; or turning around completely and going a different direction). Thanks, guys, really appreciate what you’ve accomplished. Assholes!

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Links

Hollywood (Entertainment Industry in General)

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about sexual abuse, improprieties, inappropriateness, assault, etc. in Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general; and not just limited to women getting abused, men too. It shouldn’t come as too much as a surprise to anyone and it’s not really a new thing. Hollywood specifically goes out of its way to discriminate and judge anyone and everyone based on how they look (height, weight, etc.), sexual orientation, race, etc. and in general treat everyone like shit. To be honest, I don’t why anyone would insert themselves into that type of outwardly abusive environment that goes unchecked or turned a blind eye towards. That being said, while I don’t in any way doubt what the various accusers are claiming, I do wonder why some of them waited so long (sometimes decades) to come forward.

I will say though, there are a couple commonalities I see in most of these stories of late. The first of which is someone (male or female) inviting someone up to their hotel suite to “talk about business”; red flag #1. If the first red flag wasn’t acknowledged, what we most hear about next is the person (the assaulted, harassed) being greeted by said person (the abuser) in their bathrobe; red flag #2. That should someone’s clue to turn around and walk away, maybe even at a quick pace. None of those two things are normal (at least not in my view) by any stretch of the imagination. If someone wants to talk business, then talk about it in the lobby or some place more public (with witnesses). I don’t give a fuck who it is, be it a producer, head of a studio, director, some other co-worker, or whomever. It is not normal behavior to invite someone you work with or works for you up to your hotel suite; that person obviously watched too many porn movies and is trying to live out a fantasy.

Obviously, it’s easy for me, someone never having been in this situation, to point out these blatant warning signs. That should by no means imply that I casting blame on those making these accusations; the blame and accountability lies solely with those inflicting these abuses in an industry that basically condones such behavior.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Monitor Hot-plug Script

Background

I recently installed Pop!_OS from system76 (maker of my laptop) which happens to use a customized implementation of the Unity desktop. I’ve never been a fan of Ubuntu and certainly never cared for the Unity desktop. But I figured I would give it a try for a period of time before switching to something that is, in my opinion, more user-friendly and configurable (such as XFCE, Openbox, etc.). This isn’t about my opinion of Ubuntu, Unity or all efforts in Linux that go out of their way to mimic Microsoft Windows and Apple.

While it is a laptop that I use, I do, for the most part have an external monitor connected to it via an A/B switch for my work laptop and my personal one. One the functionalities lacking in Gnome3 (as well as other desktop environments) in general is the detection of when an external monitor is connected. Sure, you could use something like arandr the will generate a script for you and you can map it to a keyboard shortcut (binding), but that requires some manual effort that, frankly, shouldn’t be necessary. So, what I did was create a utility (chreli-monitor-hotplug) that simulates detecting when an external monitor is connected or disconnected, leveraging xrandr. The script is written in Perl and loops continuously (sleeping for 5 seconds) parsing the output of xrandr to see what’s connected, primary, etc. It’s not elegant, as I’m sure there are other like scripts or applications out there that can do the same thing better, but this gets the job done (for me any way).

Requirements

The following are required for chreli-monitor-hotplug:

  • x11-xserver-utils (needed for xrandr)
  • perl

Installation

To install, download chreli-monitor-hotplug-1.0.20171103.deb and execute the following command:

Disclaimer: This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

sudo /usr/bin/dpkg -i chreli-monitor-hotplug-1.0.20171103.deb

Usage

Using GNOME Tweaks, navigate to Startup Applications, click the + and in dialog, search for ChrEli.

Select ChrEli Monitor Hotplug and click the Add button.

Alternatively, you could just copy /usr/share/applications/chreli-monitor-hotplug.desktop to ~/.config/autostart.

The above will result in chreli-monitor-hotplug auto-starting on next restart (or re-login).

Configuration

Upon initial execution of chreli-monitor-hotplug, it will create and set defaults in ~/.config/chreli-monitor-hotplug/chreli-monitor-hotplug:

# chreli-monitor-hotplug 1.0.20171104
#
# configuration file for chreli-monitor-hotplug

# debug
# default: 0
chreli-monitor-hotplug.debug=0

# interval (in seconds) to check monitor changes
# default: 5
chreli-monitor-hotplug.interval=5

# dual
#  o flag to use both connected monitors
# default: 0
chreli-monitor-hotplug.usedual=0

# external.primary
#  o flag to make external primary monitor
# default: 1
chreli-monitor-hotplug.external.primary=1

Conclusion

That’s it. Nothing complex, but gets the job done and meets my needs (at least on my system). Given that every system and distro is different in how they behave, name devices, etc., chreli-monitor-hotplug may not work out-of-the-box on all system, but should for most.

And that’s all I have to say about that.