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February 2, 2021

Pics of Peeks from Pico Peak

Filed under: Recreare — Robinson Dorion @ 18:58

Jacob came for a visit last week and we took advantage of the cold weather and recent snow to turn skis down Pico Friday and Saturday afternoons. It was my first time on alpine skis since December 2017 and my first time at Pico since about 2013. Pico is about 14km from Rutland, so about a ten minute drive from my driveway on the east edge of town.1


Above is a look at the snow capped peaks of Mendon and Chittenden and a Gale sign from Route 4 East in Mendon.

Below is the first peek of Pico, coming in hot from the northwest.


A look at Giant Killer through the power lines and pine trees.


I'm more of a sprinter than a jogger, so I've never found myself jogging on the side of a highway, but here's a hat tip for the chica running on the coldest day of the year. It was about -16 degrees Celsius, but with wind chill the weather people said it felt like -25 degrees, not sure if they were measuring in the sun or shadow though, they didn't say.


The town of Killington was chartered in 1761 and the Pico resort was established in 1937, the 4th oldest resort in Vermont after Bromley, Stowe and Suicide Six. It boasted the first T-bar lift in the US in 1940 and a two time gold medal winner from the 1952 Oslo Olympics in Andrea Mead-Lawrence of the Mead family who founded the ski resort.

Pico is the mountain I first learned2 to ski on starting when I was about 5 or 6 years old, which is about when it was bought by the neighboring Killington, which rises 5km further south. Killington has 155 trails3 and rises to a peak elevation of 1,289m while Pico has 58 trails and rises to a peak elevation of 1,209m. Big mountain terrain, small mountain charm, as they say.



A look at the cliff the locals call Deer's Leap, which juts out to the northeast of the base lodge. For all the times I've driven past it, I have never once seen a deer trying to jump from it. YMMV.


A look at the trail map.


Photo Courtesy

We took the Golden Express Quad and skied Fools Gold to get warmed up to sit down4 on the Summit Express Quad's mid-mountain station. As fortune would have it, less flatlanders were willing to bear the cold leaving us with short lift lines and open trails. On our first run from the top, we took 49er to Easy Street to cross the top of Mid Pike over to Birch Glades, the top of which is pictured below as my background.


Photo Courtesy JFW.

Jacob waves, Hi!



We started down Birch Glades as a warm up because it's a nice wide, ungroomed blue square trail that's not too steep and has small clumps of birches scattered down the trail with tiny trails blazed through them.


Jacob cruising Mid KA, which is a black diamond at the top that turns to a blue square in the middle and bottom that's moderately steep and tight, but rarely has bumps or moguls.


I started with a Gore-Tex5 mask because there was a frost bite warning, but then the nose started to freeze from the moisture in my respiration and I realized it wasn't that cold anyways. A look down Sunset '71 and the frosty trees.


Photo Courtesy JFW.


Photo Courtesy JFW.




Photo Courtesy JFW.



Photo Courtesy JFW.

Above and below are lower Summit Glades. The top of Summit Glades is a tight black diamond with bumps and trees that flattens out toward the bottom.


A view from the top of 49er with Jacob uncrossing his tips in the foreground and eastern Vermont and Western New Hampshire in the background.


Headed up the Summit Express with the Upper Pike below, snow covered frozen Spruce trees to the left and right and the afternoon sun setting.


Photo Courtesy JFW.


Photo Courtesy JFW.


Photo Courtesy JFW.

Chittenden and its Reservoir to the north.


Photo Courtesy JFW.


Photo Courtesy JFW.

A look down 49er as we approach the afternoon golden hour and the winter purple of Vermont's green mountains darkens.


Photo Courtesy JFW.


Photo Courtesy JFW.

The Outpost chair is a fast moving double that was the Mountain's first. It wasn't opened Friday, but we had plenty terrain to cover at the top. On Saturday we headed over there after ripping the Pike from top to bottom as a warm up. Sidewinder is a narrow, steep and bumped which we took first and turned out to be the toughest in my book on the weekend. While struggling your way down some steep moguls it's always refreshing, let's say, to have a couple kids cruise by you with their father as as he talks them off the wooded ledge not because the 4 year old can't ski it, but because it goes down to a flat area below the closest lift and they don't have their skins6 with them to walk back. I did two more runs on Bronco, which is bumped and steep, but very wide. After observing another waist high skier pick her way down on a more horizontal line on the first run, I enjoyed Bronco much more on the second by taking my time and using more of the trail. Instead of jamming a turn every mogul or two, I started taking them every four or five making the trail and my form last longer.

We went back to the top for a couple before Jacob wanted to head to the base lodge for a Belgian waffle. I took the opportunity to see how quick I could ski the Pike from top to bottom. I made it in 3 minutes and 20 seconds without stopping7, but certainly with some big recovery turns mixed in to maintain my control and stamina while pushing my limits against the clock as I transferred my weight and balance from one set of edges to the other and my vision scanned between the next turn or three and the beautiful view across the ski and snow covered hills in the distance below. It wasn't a race, but I managed to get back to bottom before Jacob had his skis back on. We took a few more runs and made it back to town refreshed and in one piece. Peace for now.

  1. This is where I switch from the old pico text editor --which I used just to say I did in a footnote like this one-- back to my usual vim. []
  2. Joe Pepe was the first person who taught me to ski. I didn't ski my teens because it conflicted with basketball and the risk wasn't worth it at that time. Then my friend and Joe's son Tom taught me a lot in my early twenties when I was getting back into it. Tom and another close friend, Bubba Casella, taught ski lessons at Killington and I learned a lot and had a lot of fun skiing with them. []
  3. The most on N. America's East Coast. They're also one of the biggest snow making operations in the world. []
  4. Alpine skiing is a much more anaerobic sport than cross country skiing. Go hard in bursts and rest, sometimes on the side of the trail, but more frequently on the lift back to the top, where on most days you'll get nice views. []
  5. Not sure if it was actual Gore-Tex, I just like saying Gore-Tex, but, ftr, I don't think Pepsi is better than wine, grow up George. []
  6. Skins stick to the bottom of the skis and are worn on the ascent combined with a special boots and bindings which keep the toe locked in place and have pivoting devices on the heel that let you raise your heels off the skis with each step to facilitate the climp. When you reach the top, you strip off the skins and lock your boots like typical alpine bindings for your controlled fall. []
  7. They say it's more than 1.609km long (but not by how much) with a ~600m drop. []

December 24, 2020

Eulora v0.1.2 client on JWRD Gentoo

Filed under: Eulora, JWRD — Robinson Dorion @ 23:45

Working down the path of playing the masterclass in economy, I managed to build the Eulora v1 client on Gentoo. Once I got the initial environment set up, I followed the Diana Coman's installation notes which provide the lists of dependencies, but in debianspeak. My first task was then to figure what those mean in terms of Gentoo, the results of which are presented in the table below. As you can see, the footnotes provide insight to the USE flags I used as well as any dependencies that were pulled in during the process.

Debian/Ubuntu 10 Gentoo
autoconf sys-devel/autoconf1
bison sys-devel/bison2
build-essential N/A3
curl net-misc/curl4
doxygen app-doc/doxygen5
flex sys-devel/flex6
ftjam dev-util/ftjam7
g++ Rolled in GCC build8
lib3ds-dev media-libs/lib3ds9
libasound-dev media-libs/alsa-lib10
libcairo-dev x11-libs/cairo11
libcairomm-1.0-dev dev-cpp/cairomm12
libcal3d-dev media-libs/cal3d13
libcppunit-dev dev-util/cppunit14
libfreetype6-dev media-libs/freetype15
libgl1-mesa-dev x11-libs/libGLw 16
libgtk2.0-dev x11-libs/gtk+-217
liblcms-dev media-libs/lcms18
libmng-dev media-libs/libmng19
libode-dev dev-games/ode20
libogg-dev media-libs/libogg21
libopenal-dev media-libs/openal22
libpng12-dev media-libs/libpng23
libspeex-dev media-libs/speex24
libtool sys-devel/libtool25
libvorbis-dev media-libs/libvorbis26
libwxbase2.8-dev x11-libs/wxGTK27
libwxgtk2.8-dev Included in x11-libs/wxGTK
libx11-dev x11-libs/libX128
libxaw7-dev x11-libs/libXaw29
libxext-dev x11-libs/libXext30
libxrender-dev x11-libs/libXrender31
libxxf86vm-dev x11-libs/libXxf86vm32
mesa-common-dev media-libs/mesa33
nvidia-cg-toolkit media-gfx/nvidia-cg-toolkit34
pkg-config dev-util/pkgconfig35
python-dev N/A, Ref
subversion dev-vcs/subversion36
swig dev-lang/swig37
zlib1g-dev sys-libs/zlib38

From there, I followed I followed her guide from step 3 nearly verbatim.

gpg --verify cal3d.tar.gz.diana_coman.sig cal3d.tar.gz
gpg --verify cal3d.tar.gz.diana_coman.sig cal3d.tar.gz
gpg --verify eulora-v0.1.2b.tar.gz.diana_coman.sig eulora-v0.1.2b.tar.gz
tar -zxvf cal3d.tar.gz
tar -zxvf cs_July24.tar.gz
tar -zxvf eulora-v0.1.2b.tar.gz
cd cal3d ; autoreconf --install --force
./configure --prefix=$HOME/dev/cal3d
make install
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$HOME/dev/cal3d/src/cal3d/.libs/:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
cd ../cs-forupload/
./configure --without-java --without-perl --without-python --without-3ds --with-cal3d=$HOME/dev/cal3d39

(as root)
ln -s /usr/bin/jam /usr/bin/ftjam
(as non-root)
time ftjam -aq libs plugins cs-config walktest40
cd EuloraV0.1.2/
export CRYSTAL=$HOME/dev/cs-forupload
./configure --with-cal3d=$HOME/dev/cal3d
ftjam -aq client
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$HOME/dev/cal3d/src/cal3d/.libs/:$HOME/dev/cs-forupload/:"$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
vim eu.sh41
chmod +x
cd data/
vim servers.xml42
cd ..

Et voila.


  1. [ebuild R ] sys-devel/autoconf-2.69:2.5::gentoo USE="-emacs" 1187 KiB []
  2. [ebuild R ] sys-devel/bison-3.0.4-r1::gentoo USE="examples* -nls* -static {-test}" 0 KiB []
  3. Debianism afaiu []
  4. [ebuild R ] net-misc/curl-7.54.1::gentoo USE="ssl -adns -http2 -idn -ipv6 -kerberos -ldap -metalink -rtmp -samba -ssh -static-libs {-test} -threads" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" CURL_SSL="openssl -axtls -gnutls (-libressl) -mbedtls -nss (-winssl) []
  5. [ebuild N ] media-libs/jbig2dec-0.13-r4::gentoo USE="-png -static-libs {-test}" 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] app-text/poppler-data-0.4.7::gentoo 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] app-arch/cpio-2.12-r1::gentoo USE="-nls" 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] media-libs/lcms-2.8-r1:2::gentoo USE="threads zlib -doc -jpeg -static-libs {-test} -tiff" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] app-text/libpaper-1.1.24-r2::gentoo ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] app-arch/rpm2targz- 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] media-libs/openjpeg-2.1.1_p20160922:2/7::gentoo USE="-doc -static-libs {-test}" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] media-fonts/urw-fonts-2.4.9::gentoo USE="X" 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] app-text/ghostscript-gpl-9.21::gentoo USE="X -cups -dbus -gtk -static-libs -tiff -unicode" L10N="-de -ja -ko -zh-CN -zh-TW" 28488 KiB
    [ebuild N ] app-doc/doxygen-1.8.13-r1::gentoo USE="debug -clang -doc -dot -doxysearch -latex -qt5 (-sqlite)" 4784 KiB []
  6. [ebuild R ] sys-devel/flex-2.6.1::gentoo USE="-nls* -static {-test}" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  7. [ebuild N ] dev-util/ftjam-2.5.3_rc2-r1::gentoo installed at /usr/bin/jam, I made ln -s /usr/bin/jam /usr/bin/ftjam []
  8. Some insight on g++

    Keruskerfuerst is right, the "bootstrap" and "build" USE flags should only be used while creating the stage1 and stage2 tarballs, which do not include C++ support. Rebuild gcc without these flags and you should be all set (anyways, do a revdep-rebuild after that for any possible libraries missing).

    [ebuild R ] sys-devel/gcc-4.9.4:4.9.4::gentoo USE="cxx debug* (multilib) nptl openmp sanitize vtv (-altivec) (-awt) -cilk -doc (-fixed-point) -fortran* -gcj -go -graphite (-hardened) (-libssp) -nls* -nopie -nossp -objc -objc++ -objc-gc -regression-test -vanilla" []

  9. [ebuild N ] media-libs/freeglut-3.0.0::gentoo USE="debug -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 410 KiB
    [ebuild N ] media-libs/lib3ds-2.0.0_rc1::gentoo 418 KiB []
  10. [ebuild R ] media-libs/alsa-lib-1.1.2::gentoo USE="debug -alisp -doc -python" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7" 0 KiB []
  11. [ebuild R ] x11-libs/cairo-1.14.8::gentoo USE="X debug* glib opengl* svg (-aqua) (-directfb) (-gles2) -static-libs -valgrind -xcb" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  12. [ebuild N ] dev-libs/libsigc++-2.10.0:2::gentoo USE="-doc -static-libs {-test}" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 3706 KiB
    [ebuild N ] dev-cpp/cairomm-1.12.0-r1::gentoo USE="X svg (-aqua) -doc" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 772 KiB []
  13. [ebuild N ] media-libs/cal3d-0.11.0-r1::gentoo USE="debug -16bit-indices -doc" 556 KiB []
  14. [ebuild N ] dev-util/cppunit-1.13.2-r2::gentoo USE="examples -doc -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 932 KiB []
  15. [ebuild R ] media-libs/freetype-2.8:2::gentoo USE="X* adobe-cff bindist bzip2 cleartype_hinting debug* -doc -fontforge -harfbuzz -infinality -png -static-libs -utils" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  16. Hat tip on the ref

    By default, it pulled in the list below. Apparently motif is a gui thing that didn't look necessary.

    [ebuild N ] dev-util/byacc-20170201::gentoo 725 KiB
    [ebuild N ] x11-proto/printproto-1.0.5-r1::gentoo ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 218 KiB
    [ebuild N ] x11-libs/libXp-1.0.3::gentoo USE="-static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 310 KiB
    [ebuild N ] x11-libs/motif-2.3.6-r1::gentoo USE="examples motif22-compatibility -jpeg -png -static-libs -unicode -xft" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 5593 KiB
    [ebuild N ] x11-libs/libGLw-8.0.0::gentoo USE="motif -static-libs" 216 KiB

    I tried: `echo "x11-libs/libGLw -motif" >> /etc/portage/package.use/xorg-server` and re-emerging, but even with -motif it still tries to pull it in, so I re-enabled the default above and emerged.

    Still pulling everything in, remove the -motif and build default above
    [ebuild N ] dev-util/byacc-20170201::gentoo 725 KiB*
    [ebuild N ] x11-proto/printproto-1.0.5-r1::gentoo ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 218 KiB
    [ebuild N ] x11-libs/libXp-1.0.3::gentoo USE="-static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 310 KiB
    [ebuild N ] x11-libs/motif-2.3.6-r1::gentoo USE="examples motif22-compatibility -jpeg -png -static-libs -unicode -xft" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 5593 KiB**
    [ebuild N ] x11-libs/libGLw-8.0.0::gentoo USE="-motif -static-libs" 216 KiB

    * not on mirrors: wget
    ** not on mirrors : sourced from []

  17. [ebuild R ] x11-libs/gtk+-2.24.31-r1:2::gentoo USE="examples introspection xinerama (-aqua) -cups {-test} -vim-syntax" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB

    * Messages for package x11-libs/gtk+-2.24.31-r1:

    * Please install app-text/evince for print preview functionality.
    * Alternatively, check "gtk-print-preview-command" documentation and
    * add it to your gtkrc.

    I looked into it to see what it's about, and this evince thing requires gtk3, which requires dbus, which is masked. libjpeg-dev media-libs/jpeg (([ebuild N ] media-libs/jpeg-8d-r1::gentoo USE="static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 982 KiB []

  18. [ebuild R ] media-libs/lcms-2.8-r1:2::gentoo USE="threads zlib -doc -jpeg -static-libs {-test} -tiff" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  19. [ebuild N ] media-libs/libmng-2.0.2-r1:0/2::gentoo USE="lcms -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 930 KiB []
  20. [ebuild N ] dev-games/ode-0.12::gentoo USE="debug examples -doc -double-precision -gyroscopic -static-libs" 1774 KiB []
  21. [ebuild R ] media-libs/libogg-1.3.2::gentoo USE="-static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  22. [ebuild N ] media-libs/openal-1.15.1-r2::gentoo USE="alsa debug (-coreaudio) (-neon) -oss -portaudio -pulseaudio" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" CPU_FLAGS_X86="sse" 248 KiB
    This one wasn't on the mirrors:



  23. [ebuild R ] media-libs/libpng-1.6.27:0/16::gentoo USE="apng (-neon) -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  24. [ebuild N ] media-libs/speex-1.2_rc1-r2::gentoo USE="-ogg -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" CPU_FLAGS_X86="sse" 0 KiB []
  25. [ebuild R ] sys-devel/libtool-2.4.6-r3:2::gentoo USE="-vanilla" 951 KiB []
  26. [ebuild R ] media-libs/libvorbis-1.3.5::gentoo USE="-static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  27. Ref1, Ref2
    [ebuild N ] app-eselect/eselect-wxwidgets-20140423::gentoo 7 KiB
    [ebuild R ] x11-libs/pango-1.40.5::gentoo USE="X* introspection {-test}" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB
    [ebuild N ] x11-libs/wxGTK- USE="X debug (-aqua) -doc -gstreamer -libnotify -opengl -sdl -tiff -webkit" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 56939 KiB []
  28. [ebuild R ] x11-libs/libX11-1.6.5::gentoo USE="-doc -ipv6 -static-libs {-test}" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  29. Ref
    [ebuild R ] x11-libs/libXaw-1.0.13::gentoo USE="-deprecated -doc -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  30. Ref
    [ebuild R ] x11-libs/libXext-1.3.3::gentoo USE="-doc -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  31. [ebuild R ] x11-libs/libXrender-0.9.10::gentoo USE="-static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  32. [ebuild R ] x11-libs/libXxf86vm-1.1.4::gentoo USE="-static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  33. Ref
    [ebuild R ] media-libs/mesa-17.0.6::gentoo USE="bindist classic debug* dri3 egl gallium gbm llvm nptl -d3d9 -gles1 -gles2 -opencl -openmax -osmesa -pax_kernel -pic (-selinux) -vaapi -valgrind -vdpau -vulkan -wayland -xa -xvmc" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" VIDEO_CARDS="r600 radeon (-freedreno) -i915 -i965 -imx -intel -nouveau -r100 -r200 -r300 -radeonsi (-vc4) (-vivante) -vmware" 0 KiB []
  34. [ebuild N ] media-gfx/nvidia-cg-toolkit-3.1.0013-r3::gentoo USE="examples -doc" ABI_X86="(64) -32" 24248 KiB []
  35. [ebuild R ] dev-util/pkgconfig-0.28-r2::gentoo USE="-hardened -internal-glib" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 0 KiB []
  36. [ebuild N ] dev-libs/apr-1.5.2:1::gentoo USE="urandom -doc -older-kernels-compatibility (-selinux) -static-libs" 808 KiB
    [ebuild N ] dev-util/scons-2.4.1::gentoo USE="-doc" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7 (-pypy)" 625 KiB
    [ebuild N ] dev-libs/apr-util-1.5.4:1::gentoo USE="berkdb gdbm -doc -freetds -ldap -mysql -nss -odbc -openssl -postgres -sqlite -static-libs" 679 KiB
    [ebuild N ] net-libs/serf-1.3.8:1::gentoo USE="-kerberos" 140 KiB
    [ebuild N ] dev-vcs/subversion-1.9.5::gentoo USE="berkdb debug dso http -apache2 -ctypes-python -doc -extras -gnome-keyring -java -kwallet -nls -perl -python -ruby -sasl {-test} -vim-syntax" PYTHON_TARGETS="python2_7" 7720 KiB

    None of which were on the Gentoo mirrors. I ended up sourcing from the respective links below: []

  37. [ebuild N ] dev-lang/swig-3.0.12::gentoo USE="pcre -ccache -doc" 7959 KiB []
  38. Ref
    [ebuild R ] sys-libs/zlib-1.2.11::gentoo USE="-minizip -static-libs" ABI_X86="(64) -32 (-x32)" 594 KiB []
  39. Which yielded

    *** Crystal Space -- Configuration Summary ***
    Build mode: optimize
    Version: 2.1 (SVN: no)

    Optional Dependencies
    alsa (audio)
    cairo (image)
    cal3d (models)
    curl (other)
    freetype2 (other)
    gtk (other)
    jpeg (image)
    linux-joystick (other)
    mng (image)
    ode (physics)
    ogg (audio)
    openal (audio)
    opengl (rendering)
    oss (audio)
    png (image)
    speex (audio)
    vorbis (audio)
    x11 (rendering)
    zlib (other)

    3ds (models)
    assimp (models)
    bullet (physics)
    cairomm (image)
    cegui (gui)
    cg (rendering)
    jackasyn (audio)
    java (bindings)
    lcms (image)
    perl (bindings)
    python (bindings)
    theoradec (image)
    vgvm (image)
    wxwidgets (gui) []

  40. Her notes say ~30 mins, my results can vouch :

    real 32m31.527s
    user 32m8.751s
    sys 0m52.268s


  41. Into which I inserted :

    export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$HOME/dev/cal3d/src/cal3d/.libs:$HOME/dev/cs-forupload/:"$LD_LIBRARY_PATH
    export CRYSTAL=$HOME/dev/cs-forupload


  42. To which I inserted :


A Gentoo install on JWRD desktop

Filed under: JWRD — Tags: — Robinson Dorion @ 18:14

I managed to install Gentoo on my JWRD desktop with the software in the table below. Below the table I've documented the steps I took and the commands I issued to beat this thing into shape. I've included various example configs, adjust to suit your needs.

Part Make & Model
Compiler GCC 4.9.4
C library and linking method glibc 2.23 dynamic1
Kernel Linux 4.92
Coreutils binutils 2.25.13
Boot loader Lilo 24
Graphical Environment X11 1.19
Masterclass in Economy Eulora v1

1. Flash USB stick with Gentoo install env and boot

Obtain an install ISO from Gentoo and run :

dd if=/path/to/image.iso of=/dev/sdc bs=8192k

2. Modify BIOS to boot into USB

My BIOS menu is accessed by hitting F2 on boot. I enabled legacy boot mode4, then hit F8 to select the inserted USB as boot media.

3. Format the disk partitions and make filesystems.

fdisk -t dos /dev/sda

In fdisk, punch the p key to print the partition table, the m key for help and the a key to toggle a bootable flag on partition 1. I made 3 partitions leaving 100 GB of my 2 TB disk unpartitioned.

1 125M /boot
2 25G /
3 1874.875G /home

When you've got everything set, the w key writes your work to disk and exits.

mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda{1,2,3}

4. Mount your disks and install some Gentoo files.

mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/gentoo
cd /mnt/gentoo
tar xjvf /path/to/stage3-amd64-20170316.tar.bz2
cd usr
tar xjvf /path/to/portage-amd64-multilib-20170627.tar.bz2
mount /dev/sd1 /mnt/gentoo/boot

I installed the following :


While -suid is set in make.conf, it's enabled for x11-base/xorg-server in use.flags to allow starting X from non-root users.

I used those CFLAGS in make.conf to match the AMD Piledriver architecture of my CPU, adjust to fit your gear.

CFLAGS="-march=bdver2 O2 -pipe"

For the initial install, you may want DNS because if the GENTOO_MIRRORS in your make.conf don't have the specific package you're looking for, portage will try some additional mirrors whose URLs it resolves with DNS. If you don't need DNS and can manage purely on a /etc/hosts basis, more power to you.

cp /etc/resolv.conf /mnt/gentoo/etc/

5. Enter the chroot

mount -t proc proc /mnt/gentoo/proc
mount --rbind /sys /mnt/gentoo/sys
mount --rbind /dev/ /mnt/gentoo/dev

chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash
source /etc/profile
export $PS1="(chroot) $PS1"

6. Set profile, time and locale, and proper Python

eselect profile list
[X] default/linux/amd64/13.0

echo "UTC" > /etc/timezone
emerge --config sys-libs/timezone-data

nano -w /etc/locale.gen

en_US ISO-8859-15
en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8

env-update && source /etc/profile && export PS1="(chroot) $PS1"

Gentoo is married to Python, which is a clear mark against. Nevertheless, if we're stuck with Python, Python2 it'll be.

eselect python list
eslect python set 2

Created /etc/portage/package.use/python

PYTHON_TARGETS python2_7 -python3_4
PYTHON_SINGLE_TARGET python2_7 -python3_4

7. Configure and Install Kernel and Related Utilities

PCI utils is handy even if you already think you know what all your hardware is.

emerge --ask sys-apps/pciutils

The Lilo bootloader will be run at the `make install` step of the kernel install.

emerge -av sys-boot/lilo

Install /etc/lilo.conf within the chroot.

I'm in the habit of adding a user named build with a home directory at /var/build which I use for compiling packages by hand.

useradd -d /var/build -m -s /bin/bash build
su - build

tar xJf /usr/src/linux-4.9.tar.xz
cd linux-4.9
xz -dc /usr/src/patch-4.9.95.xz |patch -p1

I've archived the kernel configuration file I installed at /var/build/linux-4.9/.config. I used the thinkpad-static.config from Gales Linux as a basis and adjusted to the needs of this deployment. To make any changes issue :

make menuconfig

When you're all set with your kernel config,


(as root)
make install
cd /boot
cp vmlinuz-4.9.95 bzImage-4.9.956

8. Install some basic config files


Set a static IP and set the network interface to the default run level.

nano /etc/conf.d/net
cd /etc/conf.d/
ln -s net.lo net.enp3s0
rc-update add net.enp3s0 default

9. Exit the Chroot and Re-enter to remove udev and install static device nodes

I learned how to do this in the Old Fashioned Install Gentoo wiki article.

Mount /proc but not /dev inside the chroot. We will be using a static /dev, so we have to emerge dev-static. With /dev bind mounted in the normal way, our static dev would go into the parents devtmpfs which is in RAM. If you are very very lucky, the static /dev provided by the stage3 may be enough to get you started.

The stage3 tarball is provided with a static /dev that includes sda ... sdd inclusive. If you need more that that, use mknod to make the extra /dev entries.

Mount the special filesystems:

mount -t proc proc /mnt/gentoo/proc

Enter the chroot:

chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash

Set the chroot environment:

source /etc/profile
export PS1="(chroot) $PS1"

The Old Fashioned article says to first issue:

emerge --ask --unmerge sys-fs/udev

However, mine reported that wasn't installed, not sure. So I issued:

emerge --ask --unmerge virtual/udev

Now for static-dev, which installed makedev-3.23.1 :

emerge --ask sys-fs/static-dev

Add some groups to please MAKEDEV :

groupadd -r serial
groupadd -r kvm

Make some devices:

MAKEDEV -x tty_basic
MAKEDEV sd{a,b,c}
MAKEDEV random

And so on as needed.

Disable now spurious services :

rc-update show -V |less
rc-update delete swap boot
rc-update delete modules boot
rc-update delete udev sysinit
rc-update delete udev-trigger sysinit
rc-update delete devfs sysinit

Uninstall now spurious dependencies :

emerge --ask --depclean

The last command should offer to remove the following packages :


10. Reboot

Before getting into any more changes, I like to reboot here to make sure everything I've done this far is working.

umount /mnt/gentoo/{proc,boot,}

Assuming you booted clean, continuamos..

11. Install X11 Window System

I went straight to emerging fluxbox, which is my preferred window manager and pulls in xorg-server and its dependencies. Consult the article on X on the Gentoo wiki as needed.

(as root)
emerge -av x11-wm/fluxbox

Which pulls in x11-base/xorg-server-1.19.38. Consult and adjust the /etc/portage/ files linked in section 4 above with the USE flags of your preference. The default media-libs/mesa had gallium enabled, which then pulls in llvm as a hard requirement. I think this is Gentoo braindamage because I consulted Jacob's recipe for building X by hand and he had gallium enabled for mesa without llvm. Anyways, I built with the gallium flag disabled, but dmesg reported the file was not found. I then added modified make.conf to add r600 to the VIDEO_CARDS variable and rebuilt. According to Gentoo, mesa with gallium and thus llvm is required to support the r600 driver.

12. Configure and run X11.

I'm running X in the most straightforward way, i.e. login to a tty and issue startx to launch fluxbox. To achieve that, the following config files were installed.

echo "XSESSION=fluxbox" > /etc/env.d/90xsession

Ensure the user you plan to run startx with is in the video group in /etc/group, e.g.


In the $HOME directory of the non-root user, I added a file named .xsession with contents :

. /etc/profile
exec startfluxbox

I'm running startx under tmux because that allows me to detach the X session and and log out of the user when I'm not around. This isn't going to stop someone who has physical access and knows what they're doing, but achieves some level of login-logout functionality. If you don't have tmux, install it now.

emerge -av app-misc/tmux

X via Gentoo is supposed to run out of the box.


Startx invokes /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc which invokes /etc/X11/xinit/xserverrc which execs /usr/bin/X. I modified xserverrc to pass the -nolisten tcp option to X.

Some potentially helpful Gentoo links :

13. Conclusion

A planned use for this machine is to play Eulora. I managed to install the v1 client and its dependencies, which will be documented in a separate article to follow.

  1. I'd prefer to use neither glibc nor dynamic linking because poettering is negrated, but I suspect musl in Gentoo is going to give me more headaches than it's worth and Gales is purely text for the time being. []
  2. I'd prefer to use Linux 2, but haven't managed that config. []
  3. Eulora requires binutils 2.26 and earlier. In my portage tree, 2.25.1 was the default, but I also have an ebuild for 2.26.1. Gales uses 2.24. []
  4. This board also comes with UEFI []
  5. Tailor to suit you. []
  6. To match my lilo.conf []
  7. Also ensure the users you want to have access to audio are in the audio group in /etc/group []
  8. This eschews x11-base/xorg-x11 which has quite a few more packages and so far I've managed without it. []

December 19, 2020

Romanian 1, Practice 6

Filed under: Philologia — Robinson Dorion @ 14:14

I practiced exercise 6 this morning. It's a ~30 minute session of listening and speaking building on the previous practices.

As dori sa mananc ceva. Si as dori si1 sa beau ceva. Ati dori sa mancati si sa beti ceva ?2

Da, si eu. Unde ati dori sa mancati ?3

La dumneavoastra.4

La mine ? Cand ?5

Da, la dumneavoastra. Acum.6

Cred ca nu, nu acum. Mai tarziu.7

Stiti unde este strada Eroilor ? Este aici, nu-i asa ?8

Nu stiu.9

Vorbeti Romaneste foarte bine.10

Nu, nu vorbesc foarte bine, dar multsumesc.11

Ba da, ba da.12

Inteleg putin si vorbesc putin.13

  1. And and too/also are the same. []
  2. Me gustaria comer algo. Y me gustaria tomar algo tambien. Le gustaria comer y tomar algo ?
    Je voudrais manger quelque chose. Et je voudrais boire quelque chose aussi. Voudriez-vous manger et boire quelque chose ?
    I would like to eat something. And I would like to drink something too. Would you like to eat and drink something ? []
  3. Si, yo tambien. Donde le gustaria comer ?
    Oui, moi aussi. Ou voudriez-vous manger ?
    Yes, me too. Where would you like to eat ? []
  4. En su casa.
    Chez vous.
    At your place. []
  5. En mi casa ? Cuando ?
    Chez moi ? Quand ?
    At my place ? When ? []
  6. Si, en su casa. Ahora.
    Oui, chez vous. Maintenant.
    Yes, your place. Now. []
  7. Creo que no, ahora no, Mas tarde.
    Je ne crois pas, pas maintenant, plus tard.
    I don't think so, not now, later. []
  8. Sabe donde esta la calle Eriolor ? Esta aqui, no es asi* ?
    Savez vous ou est-ce la rue Eroilor ? C'est ici, n'est-ce pas ?
    Do you know where Eroilor street is ?

    *I find myself more likely to ask, "verdad ?", i.e. true ? []

  9. Yo no se.
    Je ne sais pas.
    I don't know. []
  10. Usted habla rumana muy bien.
    Vous parlez roumaine tres bien.
    You speak Romanian very well. []
  11. No, no hablo muy bien, pero gracias.
    No, je ne parle pas tres bien, mais merci.
    No, I don't speak very well, but thank you. []
  12. Pero si, pero si.
    Mais si, mais si.
    But yes, but yes. []
  13. Entiendo poco y hablo poco.
    Je comprends un peu et pale un peu.
    I understand a little and speak a little. []

November 7, 2020

Romanian 1, Practice 5

Filed under: Philologia — Robinson Dorion @ 14:47

I practiced exercise 5 this morning. It's a ~30 minute session of listening and speaking building on the previous practices.

I learned that in Ro the conditional and optative moods are the same. The optative doesn't exist is French and Spanish, so the present conditional was used.

A helpful reader pointed out I was mixing up my French tenses in previous exercises, so I worked to clean that up here. I kept in mind to use the 2nd person plural in Romanian and French for formal address and 3rd person singular in Spanish.

Buna ziua Donule.1

Buna ziua Domnisoara, ce mai faceti ?2

Eu ? Foarte bine. Si dumneavoastra ? Sunteti bine ?3

Da, sunt bine, multumesc. As dori sa beau ceva. Ati dori sa beti ceva ?4

Cred ca nu, dar as dori sa mananc ceva. Ati dori sa mancati ceva ?5

~~Present indicative.~~
Doriti sa mancati ceva ?6

Nu doresc sa mananc, multumesc.7

Nu stiu.8

  1. Buenos dias Senor.
    Bonjour Monsoir.
    Good day Sir. []
  2. Buenos dias Senorita. Como esta usted ?
    Bonjour Mademoiselle, comment allez-vous ?
    Good day Miss, how are you ? []
  3. Yo ? Muy bien. Y usted ? Esta bien ?
    Moi ? Tres bien. Et vous ? Allez-vous bien ?
    Me ? Very well. And you ? Are you well ? []
  4. Si, estoy bien, gracias. Me gustaria* beber algo. Le gustaria beber algo ?
    Oui, je vais bien, merci. Je voudrais boire quelquechose. Voulez-vous boire quelque chose ?
    Yes, I'm well, thanks. I'd like to drink something. Would you like to drink something ?

    *"Yo querria" can also be used, but I've found myself using gustar more in the conditional. []

  5. Creo que no, pero me gustaria comer algo. Le gustaria comer algo ?
    Je crois que non, mais je voudrais manger quelque chose. Voudreiz-vous manger quelque chose ?
    I think not, but I'd like to eat something. Would you like to eat something ? []
  6. Quiere comer algo ?
    Voulez-vous manger quelque chose ?
    Do you want to eat something ? []
  7. No quiero comer, gracias.
    Je ne veux pas manger, merci.
    No, I don't want to eat, thanks. []
  8. Yo no se.
    Je ne sais pas.
    I don't know. []

November 6, 2020

Romanian 1, Practice 4

Filed under: Philologia — Robinson Dorion @ 17:39

I practiced exercise 4 this morning. It's a ~30 minute session of listening and speaking building on the previous practices.

Buna ziua Doamnisoara.1

Buna ziua Donule.2

Va rog, stiti unde este strada Eminescu ?3

Da, cred ca este aici.4

Multumesc, si stiti unde este bulevard Popular ? Este acolo ?5

Da, este acolo. Cred ca vorbiti Romaneste foarte bine. 6

Multumesc, dar vorbesc putin Romaneste.7

Dar da8, cred que vorbiti Romaneste foarte bine si sunt Romanca.9

  1. Buenos dias Senorita.
    Bonjour Mademoiselle.
    Good day Miss. []
  2. Buenos dias Senor.
    Bonjour Monsoir.
    Good day Sir. []
  3. Por favor, sabe donde esta la calle Eminescu ?
    S'il vous plait, savez vous ou est-ce la rue Eminescu ?
    Please, do you know where Eminescu street is ? []
  4. Si, creo que esta aqui.
    Oui, je crois que c'est ici.
    Yes, I think it's here ? []
  5. Gracias, y sabe usted donde esta el bulevar Popular ? Esta alla ?
    Merci, y savez vous ou est-ce l'boulevard Popular ? Est-ce la-bas ?
    Thank you, and do you know where Popular boulevard is ? Is it over there ? []
  6. Si, esta alla. Creo que habla Ruman muy bien.
    Oui, c'est la-bas. Je crois que vous parlez Roumain tres bien.
    Yes, it's over there. I think you speak Romanian well. []
  7. Gracias, pero hablo poquito Ruman.
    Merci, mais je parle un peu Roumain.
    Thank you, but I speak a little Romanian. []
  8. Sounded like "Ba da", used to contradict a negative. []
  9. Pero si, creo que habla ruman muy bien y soy Romana.
    Mais si*, je crois que vous parlez Romaine tres bien et je suis Romaine.
    But yes, I think you speak Romanian very well and I'm Romanian.

    *Used to contradict. []

November 5, 2020

Romanian 1, Practice 3

Filed under: Philologia — Robinson Dorion @ 14:48

I practiced exercise 3 this morning. It's a ~30 minute session of listening and speaking. There is much overlap from yesterday's practice.

I took the opportunity to also practice my spanish and french because they're cousins of romanian and I want to continue sharpening those. Romanian has the ~same rolling r as spanish.

Buna ziua, Doamna !1

Sunteti American ?2

Da, si dumneavoastra ? Sunteti Romanca ?3

Da, si ce mai faceti ? Sunteti bine ?4

Da, sunt bine, multumesc.5

Stiti Romaneste ?6

Putin, dar nu stiu Romaneste foarte bine.7

Scuzati-ma, va rog.8

La revedere.9

  1. Buenos dias, Senora !
    Bonjour, Madam !
    Good day, Ma'am ! []
  2. Usted es Americano ?
    Vous etes Americain ?
    Are you American ? []
  3. Si, y usted ? Usted es rumana ?
    Oui, et vous ? Vous etes roumain ?
    Yes, and you ? Are you Romanian ? []
  4. Si, y como esta usted ? Esta bien ?
    Oui, et vous ? Comment allez-vous ? Ca va bien ?
    Yes, and how are you ? Are you well ? []
  5. Si, estoy bien, gracias.
    Oui, je vais bien, merci.
    Yes, I am well, thank you. []
  6. Sabe usted rumana ?
    Savais vous roumaine ?
    Do you know Romanian ? []
  7. Un poco, pero no se rumana muy bien.
    Un petite, mais je ne sais pas roumaine tres bien.
    A bit, but I don't know Romanian well. []
  8. Perdoname, por favor.
    Pardonne moi, s'il vous plait.
    Pardon me, please. []
  9. Adios.
    Goodbye. []

November 4, 2020

Romanian 1 Practice 2

Filed under: Philologia — Robinson Dorion @ 16:07

I practiced Pimsleur's Romanian 1, Practice 2 this morning. It's a ~30 minute session of listening and speaking with a lot of repetition. I looked up the spelling following the audio. Below are the phrases I practiced written in all ascii because I'm not yet in practice of using the entire Romanian alphabet nor have I yet looked into transliteration.

Buna ziua !1

Ce mai faceti domnisoara ?2

Intelegi engleza ?3

Ce mai faceti Domnule ?4

Sunt foarte bine, multumesc doamna.5

Nu, nu inteleg.6

Sunteti Roman ?7

Sunteti American.8

Scuzati-ma doamna.9

Intelegi doamna ?10

Inteleg putin Romaneste.11

La revedere !12

  1. Good day ! []
  2. How are you miss ?*

    * Literarlly, what more do you do miss ? []

  3. Do you understand Engligh ? []
  4. How are you Sir ? []
  5. I am very well, thanks ma'am. []
  6. No, I don't understand. []
  7. Are you Romanian ? []
  8. You are American. []
  9. Excuse me ma'am. []
  10. Do you understand ma'am ? []
  11. I understand a little Romanian. []
  12. Good bye ! []

November 1, 2020

A JWRD desktop aiming for open graphics

Filed under: JWRD — Robinson Dorion @ 19:34

I am in the process of building a desktop computer. I approached the task on the following fronts :

  1. a motherboard supported by an open source BIOS, e.g. Coreboot;
  2. an AMD CPU which is not locked down by AMD's Platform Security Processor (PSP);
  3. a graphics card with minimal to no proprietary microcode.

This was motivated by a couple goals :

  1. expand JWRD's hardware offering;
  2. have a desktop with which to play the masterclass in economy mascarading as a video game: Eulora published by The Ministry of Games.

The components I chose are :

Component Make & Model Note
Motherboard ASUS F2A85M
APU AMD A8-5600k with AMD Radeon HD 7560D 4 cores, 3.6GHz base clock
RAM Corsair CMZ8GX3M1A1600C10 DDR3, 2 x 8 GB
SSD Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB
HDD Seagate Barracuda 3.5" SATA, 2 TB
Power Supply CORSAIR TX650M 650W, 80 + Gold, semi-modular
Case Corsair Carbide 200R Mid-tower ATX
Case Fans Corsair AF120 3 x 120mm
UPS CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD 900W


I started my search by reading up on motherboard candidates via the Coreboot supported mainboards and board status wiki pages and git respository. The Coreboot wiki has a dedicated page for the ASUS F2A85M (archived).

This board is equipped with an FM2 socket which supports AMD APUs of the A85 Piledriver line on the CPU side and Terra Scale 3 based GPUs of the Trinty line.

The Read Only Memory (ROM) chip is a Winbound 25Q64F that will be flashed externally with an 8 pin chip clip to replace the vendor UEFI/BIOS with a BIOS I compile.


To pick the APU, my starting point was the ASUS website which lists the 391 supported chips. Despite the long list, from what I managed to find, the supply for these is tight. This makes sense given they went out of print in October of 2012 and are supported by Coreboot.

For graphics support, I started at the wiki of the X Window System and in particular the page on the Radeon line of graphics cards due to the Radeon integration in many of the APUs supported by the motherboard.

I'm a bit less of a graphics noob than when I started this process, but still very much a graphics noob. As far as I understand at present, there are no graphics cards which do not require proprietary firmware. There are some rumors that the abandoned radeonhd driver did not require firmware compiled by the vendor, but the Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name (archived) and Pleased to flash you, hope you change my name (archived) articles by Luc Verhaegen record that if you were familiar with the details, that was never the case. RadeonHD relied on the AtomBIOS, the source code of which was never published, to whit,

At no point do AtomBIOS functions come close to fitting the definition of script, at least not as we get them. It might start life as "scripts", but what we get is the bytecode, stuck into the ROM of our graphics cards or our mainboard.

After reading this, I didn't bother adding a discrete graphics card supported by radeonhd for this iteration. Despite being over a decade old, I did find some radeonhd supported cards still available.

For the APU, I picked the AMD A8-5600K which has the Radeon HD 7560D integrated GPU. The Radeon HD 7560D requires the 3 ARUBA_me.bin, ARUBA_pfp.bin and ARUBA_rlc.bin binary files from the Radeon Linux firmware list which weigh a combined 23.552 kb. Permitting 23kb of mystery meat to run graphics is not the worst of fates. While not ideal, the fact is the complexity the of hardware itself is much greater and likewise not available for the supposed owner to inspect.

RAM and Disks

To chose memory, I started from the qualified vendors list (pdf) of the F2A85M motherboard. I added the Samsung SSD because I also plan to test syncing a Bitcoin node and GBW-node with this set up.

Power Supply, Case, Case Fans

Gold 80 Plus power supply efficiency was good enough for me. Cases with tempered glass windows and shiny lights seem to be marketed heavily. I went all metal for sturdiness. The case has a built-in rear fan. My plan for the other three are to put two stacked from the bottom of the front and one on top for bottom-to-top, front-to-back cooling airflow.

Next Steps

The parts have started arriving. I'll start the build this week and report back. I focused this article on what I ended up choosing. I looked at several more set ups in this process, the notes for which need cleaning up prior to publishing.

While it looks like a fully open desktop with graphics support is out of reach at present, I gained from the process and am looking forward to setting this machine up.

  1. The complete list:
    AMD A10-5700 (AD5700OKA44HJ, rev.A1, 3.4GHz, L2:4M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A10-5800B (AD580BWOA44HJ, rev.A1, 3.8GHz, L2:4M, 100W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A10-5800K (AD580KWOA44HJ, rev.A1, 3.8GHz, L2:4M, 100W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A10-6700 (FM2, AD6700OKA44HL, rev.A1, 3.7GHz, 4C, L2:4M, HD 8670D, 65W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A10-6700T (FM2, AD670TYHA44HL, rev.A1, 2.5GHz, 4C, L2:4M, HD 8650D, 45W) ALL 6402GO
    AMD A10-6790B (FM2, AD679BWOA44HL, rev.A1, 4.0GHz, 4C, L2:4M, HD 8670D, 100W) ALL 6501GO
    AMD A10-6790K (FM2, AD679KWOA44HL, rev.A1, 4.0GHz, 4C, L2:4M, HD 8670D, 100W) ALL 6501GO
    AMD A10-6800B (FM2, AD680BWOA44HL, rev.A1, 4.1GHz, 4C, L2:4M, HD 8670D, 100W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A10-6800K (FM2, AD680KWOA44HL, rev.A1, 4.1GHz, 4C, L2:4M, HD 8670D, 100W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A4-4000 (FM2, AD40000KA23HL,3.0Ghz, L2: 1M , HD7480, rev.A1, 65W) ALL 6102GO
    AMD A4-4020(FM2, AD4020OKA23HL,3.2Ghz, L2: 1M , HD7480D, rev.A1, 65W) ALL 6502GO
    AMD A4-5300 (AD5300OKA23HJ, rev.A1, 3.4GHz, L2:1M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A4-5300B (FM2, AD530BOKA23HJ, rev.A1, 3.4GHz, L2:1M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A4-6300 (FM2, AD6300OKA23HL, rev.A1, 3.7GHz, 2C, L2:1M, HD 8370D, 65W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A4-6300B (FM2, AD630BOKA23HL, rev.A1, 3.7GHz, 2C, L2:1M, HD 8370D, 65W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A4-6320(FM2, AD6320OKA23HL, rev.A1, 3.8GHz, 2C, L2:1M, HD 8370D, 65W) ALL 6502GO
    AMD A4-7300 (FM2, AD7300OKA23HLA, rev.A1, 3.8GHz, 2C, L2:1M, GCN Radeon R5, 65W) ALL 6506GO
    AMD A4-7300B (FM2, AD730BOKA23HLA, rev.A1, 3.8GHz, 2C, L2:1M, 65W) ALL 6506GO
    AMD A6-5400B (AD540BOKA23HJ, rev.A1, 3.6GHz, L2:1M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A6-5400K (AD540KOKA23HJ, rev.A1, 3.6GHz, L2:1M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A6-6400B (FM2, AD640BOKA23HL, rev.A1, 2C, 3.9GHz, L2:1M, HD 8470D, 65W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A6-6400K (FM2, AD640KOKA23HL, rev.A1, 2C, 3.9GHz, L2:1M, HD 8470D, 65W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A6-6420K (FM2, AD642KOKA23HL, rev.A1, 2C, 4.0GHz, L2:1M, HD 8470D, 65W) ALL 6502GO
    AMD A8-5500 (AD5500OKA44HJ, rev.A1, 3.2GHz, L2:4M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A8-5500B (AD550BOKA44HJ, rev.A1, 3.2GHz, L2:4M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A8-5600K (AD560KWOA44HJ, rev.A1, 3.6GHz, L2:4M, 100W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD A8-6500 (FM2, AD6500OKA44HL, rev.A1, 4C, 3.5GHz, L2:4M, HD 8570D, 65W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A8-6500B (FM2, AD650BOKA44HL, rev.A1, 4C, 3.5GHz, L2:4M, HD 8570D, 65W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD A8-6500T (FM2, AD650TYHA44HL, rev.A1, 4C, 2.1GHz, L2:4M, HD 8550D, 45W) ALL 6402GO
    AMD A8-6600K (FM2, AD660KWOA44HL, rev.A1, 4C, 3.9GHz, L2:4M, HD 8570D, 100W) ALL 6002GO
    AMD Athlon X2 340 (FM2, 3.2Ghz, 2C, L2:1M, 65W) ALL 6102GO
    AMD AthlonX2 350 (FM2, AD350XOKA23HL, 2C, rev.A1, 3.5GHz, L2:1M, 65W) ALL 6102GO
    AMD AthlonX2 370K (FM2, AD370KOKA23HL, 2C, rev.A1, 4.0GHz, L2:4M, 65W) ALL 6404GO
    AMD AthlonX4 730 (FM2, AD730XOKA44HJ, rev.A1, 2.8GHz, L2:4M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD AthlonX4 740 (FM2, AD740XOKA44HJ, rev.A1, 3.2GHz, L2:4M, 65W) ALL 5008GO
    AMD AthlonX4 750 (FM2, AD750XOKA44HL, 4C, rev.A1, 3.4GHz, L2:4M, 65W) ALL 6102GO
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September 28, 2020

The shadows of an Indian summer.

Filed under: Amor fati — Robinson Dorion @ 18:49

It struck me recently that a major cause of my outrageous behavior these past few months is that I've continued to neglect writing the articles for the fabled outlines I published through the process of applying be a Pageboy of Diana Coman and the Young Hands Club. As she observed, I spent most of my twenties finding my feet, which lead me to live in a foreign land I came to consider my home.

Then, 11 days after TMSR's closure I decided to leave the city with everything apart from my friends that couldn't be replaced to stay with my parents in the hills I grew up in. Not having written the articles in the outlines is evidence I've not thought through and processed fully those trials and tribulations. Instead of writing, publishing and moving on1, I went on a summer vacation as if it was my childhood. I did what was easy, rather than what was correct. I literally walked in scores of loops around golf courses.


Above, from hole 7 tee box of Rutland Country Club Saturday. Below, from behind 7th green.


It has been a sunny, Indian summer stretching into September and I reverted to the shadows, even if I spent more time outside and under the sun this summer than I have in a decade plus. I'm at ground zero of where my weaknesses are rooted, but I have rested rather than working to strengthen them. I have allowed myself to atrophy and incur opportunity costs. I could think of more things to say and as I start to a lot of negatives come up, but ultimately lead me to asking, what now ?

I'm reminded of a point that was quite a surprising relief to read in the moment and to be reminded of now. What now then is to confront myself and my past, remind myself stupidity is penalized exponentially by the wise and the world with good reason, and start chipping away at writing those articles and doing what I know I have to do. By greasing my writing gears, more will be sure to follow, one simple step at a time. Tu nu poti daca nu te chinui suficient.

  1. While at the same time having it available to reference relatively cheaply at any future point. []
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