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On my list

Lists of things to look into more:


  • insidious
  • king of kong: a fistful
  • sideways
  • superbad
  • inside French 2007
  • jeanette: the childhood of joan of arc
  • american animals
  • nico
  • blindspotting
  • paper year - newlyweds encounter a series of challenges during their first year
  • Pauline at the Beach
  • A Castle in Italy (2013) - A family is forced to sell their italian home
  • Little Birds - runaways from the Salton Sea
  • Everybody Wants Some (1980)

Linux Notes

Things to do to a Linux machine. Notes for the next set up:


Note: sometimes when you install, VirtualBox will be broken. One note, the 'guest additions' number must be the same as the version of VirtualBox, according to some people. Just double check them if you have issues. Also, 6.0.8 tried to install 6.0.0's guest additions, and there's no way to tell it where to find the correct thing.

  • -Update
  • Do those updates for VirtualBox (for Ubuntu after 19.04),
  • then:
  • Install VirtualBox
  • Created Lubuntu_Nubes and resizing screen works.
  • Create VM for Win7 and disable networking.
  • Install Win7 REMEMBER TO PICK 64 BIT and HOME PREMIUM for 16gb RAM
  • Windows7 also resizing works.
  • Go to Computer in files in Windows, and there should be Devices and Removables and the Additions.iso there. Double click it and install everything. It will ask to reboot and then you should be able to drag and drop
  • the 2 exe files that have to be installed for Ableton to run: vs_redist.x64.exe (both same name).
  • Ableton into the VM (or maybe before the reboot).
  • Ableton should now work, and you have to register it.
  • Windows Guest, Ubuntu Host:
  • Go to top menu > Devices > Shared Folders > Shared Folder Settings
  • In "Machine Folders" pick a folder (or create one) - this is making one on your Ubuntu Host. Check 'Auto-mount' and 'Make Permanent' (I don't know which of these is required but I have both checked and its working).
  • OK. Now in the Windows Guest "Computer" directory, you should see a Network Location with your folders name (the folder you selected or made on your Ubuntu host). This folder exists on your Ubuntu host where you put it.
  • MONITOR - to make the monitor right (at least on my 12.5 inch x230:
  • (make shure youve discarded any save state). Settings (from the Vbox program) > Display > VboxVGA. Then restart. Should have a nice stretched screen same size as the monitor

uninstalled virtualbox purged it, deleted urs/share/virtualbox


  • (Photorec and Testdisk (2 names, dont worry about it).)
  • sudo apt-get install testdisk (or photorec I forget which one, but you just install one).
  • make a folder you want all your recoverd files to go in
  • then to do a scan, type
  • photorec
  • as explained here:
  • to delete your files later, open thunar as admin by going to terminal and typing sudo thunar


  • Disks to erase, then format.
  • Etcher to burn the .iso
  • (forget gparted and unetbootin for now, as Disks and Etcher work better)


  • *not tested
  • update
  • then:
  • sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

Kolourpaint comes from:

website, click a button that launches Software Installer

Install Veracrypt:

  • cd to directory
  • tar jxf nameoffile.tar.bz2
  • (NOTE: different letters for non-bz2 files)
  • ./nameofthefilethatwasputhereafterlastcommand-x64
  • Installation should begin.

  • For tar.gz:

  • tar -xzf archive.tar.gz
  • Ubuntu stops asking for password at boot.
  • cd etc/lightdm
  • sudo gedit lightdm.conf
  • edit out the user line with a # at the start of it. save.


installs when you double-click the file (about 250mb). It will ask for login when it boots up.


installs (on Windows inside VM) when you double click it, of course, and you take the number from it when it boots up, give that to the audacity website in your account, download their file, and drag-and-drop that file into audacity.


  • Bitwig drums with volume levels I like
  • Kdenlive settings for processing photos
  • Some bookmarks and social media accounts logged in in Firefox on this machine and inside VMs
  • Teamviewer logged in on VM

MIDI KEYBOARD (launch control worked when plugged in. Korg nanokey didnt)

How to:

  • sudo apt install a2jmidid
  • Put a2jmidid -e & in Setup > Options > execute script after startup
  • Go to connect on qjackctl
  • MIDI tab
  • start Hydrogen H2
  • connect nanoPAD2 on left side to Hydrogen on right side

  • USBs automount. Do disable this, instlal dconf-editor

  • sudo apt-get install dconf-editor
  • (not completed yet)

90s Rave Scene

Notes from comments:

Everyone acting funny bout the dude at 0:33 but this vid shows that even social outcasts are welcomed at raves,everyonejust dances and noones judging one another, like it should be - Maxim van Dijk

It was brilliant, look at all the massive eyes, chewing and gurning. Everybody was pilled up, it was just pills and water, no booze dancing all night together happy. If you bumped into someone you'd end up having a chat. Wasn't about fashion or dressing up, you wore what you wanted to dance all night in. - Melford Blue

No video phones to make fun of people later with. Just some random with a (probably massive) video camera at this one. - WhisperSparkles ASMR Since 2010

you got that right....the fact was rave party back then during the 90;s thru the 2000's was kinda the party for the outcast, weirdos, and definitely not for the cool kids....i had my fair share of rave parties, rolls and K in late 90's to early 2000 fun times - nugraha teguh ginting

Molly...makes you look into the soul and see the beauty in everyone...while it makes you look like someone from a horror movie xD - Haffelpaff

good old days. no stabbings no acid attacks no gangs just happy people having fun - New Adventures

One thing that always strikes me about the difference of then and now.... we danced together, NOT FACING THE DJ booth. - KA FKA

Oh cool, I was at this party. It was an illegal warehouse event by Energy in 89'. Me and mates were driving a Peugeot 205 gti and at about 5.00am I went to the car to get some skins, I had a football in there too so I took it out and kicked it in the air. Next thing there was like 50 to 100 of us out of our faces passing and kicking the ball to each other, it was so hilarious trying to kick the ball as we were so gone we kept missing it and falling over 🤣😂🤣 best time ever. Trust me when I say this, these were beautiful times to be alive, the parties, the music, the people... Epic in every sense... The dj playing is Evil Eddie Richards who I first met at Clink Street in 88'... Best days of my life ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ xxx - Tam James

Amazing thing is, nobody is showing off, they just look like ordinary people enjoying the atmosphere, just being themselves. Nice to see lots of black and white people mixing, no trouble. Everyone happy. I remember the 80s being like this, people were so much nicer to be around. Nowadays everyone is image obsessed and arrogant, all about me me me, the labels on my clothes, the car I drive (you mean lease LOL) and posting everything about themselves on Instagram or Facebook etc. People have such a horrible self important attitude these days with no time for anyone else. Social media has turned everyone into sickening attention seekers. Get me a time machine please. - Ernie Flannel

Every single person is dancing or at least trying to dance.Thats cool. - Dennis Fiorillo

Love how people dance and are not trying to look cool for one another. - jryde421

Theyre trying but you can't see it..its a different kind of trying - Matina TheArtOfRolling

LMAO remembering the time were waiting for the bus home late in the morning after hard partying and suddenly realised we were dancing at the bus stop to the idling of a bus engine. Couldn't stop laughing when we realised what we were doing. Wicked beats were everywhere. Man, them were the days....... - The Herbalizer

Oh hell yeah! No cell phones. Everyone dancing. No stupid trendy clothes. Raves back in the days were the ultimate! Everything was perfect and I mean EVERYTHING! - Anthony Smith

The 90s was f***ing amazing for raves...No post code wars back then you might get the odd one or 2 muppets chewing a wasp but not as much as you do was just happy people on a dance floor enjoying the music....All as one..Peace.. - David D

Looking back at this. I don't ever remember it being a problem finding my mates or loosing part of the gang you went out with when its all over and time to go home. You always found each other and usually ended up back at a mates house or flat to carry on for a continued party and eventually wind down with a few joints while the birds started tweeting. Happy days.... Now i cant even meet up with a friend without about 10 mobile phone calls back and forth just for a pint in the pub. whats happened lol? - Kick Muck

I was there and It was amazing! Talk of how times have changed,no mobile phones glued to peoples ears,no people covered in stupid tattoos,I don't know what the point im making now and im sure some one will reply to bite me on my arse ha ha but things were just better then,or were they? - Russy Russ Ally Decks

this is so awesome to watch, nobody gives a fuck, they are just enjoying the moment and everybody dances, no one is holding his shit mobile phone in his hands!! would love to have such a clubscene back - Marcus Mondel

I love how everyone is enjoying the music and not caring about the camera. Unlike now days were people get hyped they being filmed then it goes away from them and the just stand there again. - Isaac Tom

We need less phones and cameras on the dance floor. People can't be themselves on camera. - Geeeee8

Not a single Instagram post or Tweet was made that day.


"me and my friends miss rock and roll

Nothing on my phone this morning except a couple of replies. there was a new vid by lana. out of the people today, really lana must be the top. chan isnt making music any more it seems, and the last one was unfortunately more towards a pop attempt, which is one of her ambitions i think but didnt go through. both women. are there any other musicians today? lanas been putting out tracks for the past few months to a year. mariners apartment complex, venice bitch, and doin' time (by sublime). with 70s like ( / 90s like) solos and lots of lyrics. theyre mostly not that great songwise, but still good and lana. before them i thought highly of lana but not as highly as now. something in the type of songs. yup, i think higher of her than if she had put out an album full of amazing written songs. the one today was another ballad, about it sounded like an appraisal of things, culture, music, and possible bowing out. it has the lyrics 'guess im burnt out afterall.' and that she and her friends miss rock and roll. this is the same thing ive been feeling recently.

i had a few shitty days a few days ago, uncontrollable, and wrote a metal album. so much more interesting than the electronic shit recently. and the drums. i wont explain. i dont think you can ignore or avoid electronic. its just that its not as fun to play. you dont have an instrument. and the people making it are producers, hands off, and thats not the same either. when you listen to their tracks. a girlfriend of mine sent me a couple shes been listening to. they werent bad. there was a good use of accentuating organ synth notes, and i think a decent guitar or voice hook. but overall so flat and boring. you can hear that they probably took a few loops and premade samples and put them in to compose the majority of the track. also that they probably didnt spend years picking up and playing an instrument or writing songs. the other thing though that i was feeling a bit ago is that the musics not hard enough. ive been wanting harder music again. the headbanging, the arm banging or fist pumping, the forward sound, the attitude and perspective. even hard edm doesnt have it. it has just louder grinding serum synths and bigger builds.

i guess also that lana is a bit like the latin and greek poets now, that commented on things and made us think or realize them, also in song. the poets of old did so in song, right? the recent ones just in verse mostly meant to be read. but like of old, now we wake up in the morning and still in our bed listen to lana sing a song about the times still in our bedsheets sheets wondering what were going to do with the day.


The History of the Spanish Language

The Phonecians gave a name to the peninsula which is today Spain and Portugal with the word "I-shpan-ha," which is thought to have meant "land or island of hydraxes," as those people might have confused hydraxes (which they called "shpan") with rabbits, which are common in Iberia. Romans, who began their conquest of the region during the Second Punic War in 210 BC, continued to use the same word, "Hispania," and elsewhere did refer to Spain as "the land of rabbits." There is even a coin from Hadrian's rule that includes a rabbit in the same way the Egyptian coin bears an Ibis. "Iberia" was the Greek word for the same place, so the words can be used interchangeably.


Before the Romans came to Hispania, several languages were spoken in various areas (called "paleohispanic languages"), including the languages of the Iberians, Basques, Celtiiberians and Gallaecians, some of which languages were related distantly to Latin through Indo-European language roots, while others weren't related at all. From these neighbour languages some words remain today in Spanish, such as the Celtic "camino," "carro," "colmena," and "cervesa" and the Celt suffixes "-iego" and "ego," while many place names, surnames and common words such as "izquierda" come from Basque (although many of the place names entered the language during the Reconquista, in which many Basques took part, a millennia after the first "Spanish" was spoken in Iberia).

The speakers of the first "Spanish" were those who in this Roman colony spoke one of the dialects of Roman Latin that came to be used there. Through the course of historic events, the particular dialect that came to spread over all of Spain was the one spoken in central Iberia around Toledo, in the Kingdom of Castille, but that didn't happen until around 800 years after the fifth-century breakup of the Roman Empire.


Early, "Spanish" was just one of the prodigious children of Roman Latin, some of which still live today in more developed forms, including Italian, with is today very similar to Spanish, the two languages sharing most of their vocabulary and grammar and the Latin phonemic system. For example, while today's Spanish is 20% distant from Roman Latin, Italian is only 12% distant (and Sardinian is 8% distant, all according to the linguist Pei), and speakers of Romance languages share a high level of mutual intelligibility: Spanish has around 89% intelligibility with Portuguese, 82% with Italian, and around 73% with French, having a much higher degree of intelligibility when read than when spoken, demonstrating that much of the difference is phonological.

In 711 the Muslim conquest of Spain began, succeeding in most of the peninsula for hundreds of years, during which time the majority of the Christian population (which mostly remained Christian, although many of those who wanted a place in the powerful parts of the society controlling the land were more enthusiastic about the Muslim faith and conversions) spoke a mix of the preexisting Latin and Arabic (a mix we call "Mozarabic") until the 11th century, and today 8% of Spanish is Arabic in origin (around 4,000 words), including common words like "aceite," "zanahoria," "azul," "azúcar,"technical words (such as those describing irrigation, "atarjea," "acequia," "arcaduz," and "aljibe,") scientific words such as "algebra," and titles such as "alcalde." In addition to the Latin-Arabic mixed language, a large population spoke a Latin-Judean language ("Ladino"). Both of these languages had vanished by the 16th century, but that the population spoke a mixed/bilingual language like this is considered to have facilitated the transfer of vocabulary from Arabic to Spanish.

The Reconquista spread the language of the kingdom of Castile over the bulk of Iberia, partly through poems and songs about the heroes of these great battles and adventures (including those by El Cid in the 11th Century).

A big push towards the Castilianization of Iberia took place in the 13th Century under King Alfonso X ("Alfonso the Wise") who assembled scribes in his court and tasked them with writing works on history, astronomy, law, and other subjects of interest. Writing continued to enforce Castillian Spanish between the 13th and 16th centuries from Toledo, and after that from Madrid.

It was during this time that Germanic sailors influenced Castille to replace their "septentrion," "oriente," "meridion," and "occidente," with "norte," "este," "sur," and "oeste," (although Germanic words don't feature very large at all in Spanish) as this was a time when ocean voyages were increasing. While the first Castillian grammar book was written in Salamanca and presented to Queen Isabella I, Cristóbal Colón was beginning his 1492 mission to sail west to Asia.

In the New World, Spaniards adopted from American peoples or created new a variety of words, and from the neighbouring Romance languages they were more frequently exposed to, including that of Renaissance Italy, they also received some new vocabulary. From the Americas, new things meant new words, such as "tomate," "aguacate," "mosquito," "cigar," as well as other novel flora, fauna, and cultural concepts.

The solidification of Spanish began in earnest, we might say, in 1713 with the first founding of the Spanish Royal Academy, built for the purpose of standardizing the Castillian language with its publications of dictionaries and grammars that continue to this day. There is one such academy in every Spanish country, held together by the Association of Spanish Language Academies that was created in 1951.

Today Spanish adds new words from its own technical and popular culture, although it has been remarked that for its size, Spanish does not feature prominently in any scientific writing outside of the humanities (social sciences, medical sciences, and arts and humanities making up 75% of scientific production in Spanish), while Spanish literature, on the other hand, continues to feature large in the world.

These days, Spanish also adds to its around 100,000 real-use words from English, which is also adding to its 200,000 real-use words, mostly with new technological, sports, commercial, and pop vocabulary.

Thus the participants in the Spanish language include Basque, Iberian, Celtiberian, Phoenician, Roman Latin, Greek (much through the Roman, but also for scientific terms especially beginning around the 13th Century), Visigothic, Arabic, Hebrew, French and other Romance languages, German, Quechua, Nahuatl, other American languages, and English.