Rest in Peace, Bill Cunningham

Jun. 27th, 2016 08:37 am
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Posted by The Sartorialist



RIP Bill Cunningham. An inspiration in his work and commitment to photography and fashion.


I always loved sitting across or near Bill Cunningham at a fashion show. If it was a more dramatic show like Vickor & Rolf he would look like a kid in a candy store!


While all the other editors carried a very studied nonchalance Bill was all smiles and almost physically snapping at the looks with his camera.


What Bills work meant to me wasn’t about perfect light or composition or edit but about the pure joy and energy he brought to doing the job. Bravo Bill!!






Jun. 27th, 2016 07:46 am
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Posted by Geoffrey K. Pullum

Driving back from the airport last night in unusually heavy traffic I came to a sign that said "FORM TWO LANES".

I tried. Honestly, I did try.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 27th, 2016 12:03 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Today didn't feel very birthdayish because we went out to lunch on Thursday already, but it was generally a pretty decent day, so that's good enough for me. :D

2. Tomorrow should be my day off, but I do have to go in for a bit. Hopefully just like an hour or so, though... And I don't have to go in until late morning, so I can sleep in!

3. We had some really delicious watermelon tonight!

4. Look at this silly kitten!

Tunes for a Monday Morning

Jun. 27th, 2016 07:17 am
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Posted by Terri Windling

Ludovico Einaudi performs in the Arctic Ocean

Today, something breath-takingly beautiful:

In the video above, Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi performs "Elegy for the Arctic" on a platform floating in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, in support of the Greenpeace campaign for the region. Greenpeace has urged the OSPAR Commission not to miss the opportunity to protect international Arctic waters under its mandate at their meeting this month in Tenerife. In this piece, Einaudi has turned into music the voices of the eight million people asking for Arctic protection, accompanied by the sound of birds, wind, waves, and the crashing of icebergs.

"Being here has been a great experience,” says Einaudi. “I can see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it." More information on the Save the Arctic initiative can be found here.

Below: In the first short video, the director and musicians of the Seattle Symphony discuss "Become Ocean" by American composer John Luther Adams. In the second video, you can hear the piece itself. Adams, based in Alaska, often find his inspiration in the natural world. "Life of earth first emerged from the sea," he says. "And as the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans find ourself facing the prospect that, once again, we might literally become ocean."

"My composing is all to do with finding a way of being in the world that’s not separate from the world." - John Luther Adams

And to end with:

"This Place Was Shelter" by Ólafur Arnalds, a composer of neoclassical electronica from Mosfellsbær, Iceland, from his third album, For Now I am Winter. It's a beautiful video, but also incredibly sad, be warned. There's quite a lot of sadness in Arnalds' music, but also moments of lightness and redemption. "Life always goes on," he says. "There's always darkness after light and then after darkness there'll be light again -- it's a circle."

"How do people imagine the landscapes they find themselves in?" Barry Lopez mused in his classic book on the far north, Arctic Dreams. "How does the land shape the imaginations of the people who dwell in it? How does desire itself, the desire to comprehend, shape knowledge?''

These are all good questions to ask. I turn to art to find the answers.

Arctic Dreams

Books: Dream Decor by Bright Bazaar

Jun. 27th, 2016 06:00 am
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Posted by deardesigner

Dream Decor pg75 pic (c) Andrew Boyd

Following on from the success of his first book, Will Taylor, blogger, TV presenter, stylist, traveller and very good friend of mine, takes a revealing look inside homes across the globe in his second offering – Dream Décor: Styling a Cool, Creative and Comfortable Home Wherever You Live.

Dream Decor pg81 pic (c) Andrew Boyd

Not only does Dream Décor offer inspiration on how to translate a stylish look for any home, anywhere. It inspires you to travel, and to open your eyes to the wealth of decor ideas around the world. It’s absolutely packed full of inspirational, accessible design from across Europe and America. From the Hamptons to Tuscany, New York to Paris, Sweden to Spain, Santorini to Miami, Los Angeles to London, a diverse range of glorious interiors ideas are explored in the personality-packed homes Will visited with photographer Andrew Boyd.

Dream Decor pg207 pic (c) Andrew Boyd

The book starts by taking the home decorator through the how-to of fundamental elements that make up any interior design scheme, including pattern, texture, colour, lighting, furniture and accessories. Will then takes the reader on a design journey to discover the style that represents them personally. By encouraging readers to look to their surroundings and call on their own memories and personal adventures, Will shows how easy it can be to discover a decorating style, and also how to recreate a favourite look in any room no matter where we live.

Dream Decor pg195 pic (c) Andrew Boyd

The ‘Dream Styles’ chapters break down the elements that make up a room, along with a plethora of helpful design tips and decor know-how, ensuring readers will then feel confident in their own decorating projects,  whether it’s the Mediterranean Marvel, Coastal Retreat, Curious Collector, Hollywood Chic, Italian Rustic, Petite Parisienne or Scandi Comfort look that catches their eye.

Dream Decor (c) Andrew Boyd

Ok, so I’m a teensy bit biased, but if you’re into interiors (and I know you are), you love to travel, and you are inspired by beautiful photo’s, you will love this book as much as I do.

Dream Decor Latest Cover

Images from Dream Decor: Styling A Cool, Creative And Comfortable Home, Wherever You Live by Will Taylor, photography by Andrew Boyd, published by Jacqui Small (£25). More information on the book can be found here.

You might also like Will’s first book

Bright Bazaar: Embracing Colour for Make You Smile Style.

[personal profile] vass
When the emotion I selected in the pre-meditation check-in was "hopeful" and the emotions I selected in the post-meditation check-in were "angry, disgusted, hurt".

The meditation app was Stop, Breathe, Think, which has some really good guided meditations and some terrible ones. This meditation, 'Joy', was one of the terrible ones.

"Think of someone who makes you feel joy."
Okay. I fix a person who makes me feel that in my mind.

"Someone who is always happy and successful."
Wait, WHAT? That is not at ALL what I had in mind. The person I was thinking about is not particularly 'successful', whatever that even means, and now instead of concentrating on the warmth I feel when I think of them, I'm contemplating the nature of success and comparing them to some bullshit arbitrary standard and trying to figure out what definition of success I should be using and what definition the narrator is likely using, and ugh.

And I don't think anyone's ALWAYS happy, that's an impossible and unwise standard. And there are people who are extremely depressed that still make me happy that they're around, and who still themselves sometimes experience joy.

"Say to yourself: I wish that their happiness and success will continue and increase."

I turn that around in my head until I can reframe it into "I wish that they will continue to find and bring joy." You know, the topic of this meditation?

Then I realise that I'm composing an angry blog post in my mind, and drop back to concentrating on my breathing. But the coach keeps talking.

She goes through "someone you feel neutral about", and I reflect that there aren't many of those around -- and that I don't really divide the world into people-I-like, people-I-feel-neutral-about, and people-I-dislike.

Then she moves onto "someone you dislike" and suggests that I try to wish that their happiness and success will continue and increase, while suggesting to me-the-listener that if I'm not feeling this then it's because I envy the person I dislike for their good fortune.

And, um, WHAT? How did we even get onto envy? Or to good fortune? I'm over here trying to concentrate on that moment when you walk outside and there's a rainbow, or it's a cold day and you're handing out how-to-vote cards and a raven perches in the tree opposite you and calls out, harsh and beautiful, and you tell the raven "Hi, are you voting today? Would you like a how-to-vote card?", or you remember the existence of dogs and daffodils, and hoping that even the people who are trying to hurt and destroy feel those moments too, and that they feel more of them, because maybe if they had more moments like that they'd be less inclined to spread hate; and the meditation coach is over there talking about how if I'm not wishing Malcolm Turnbull success then I'm just jelly.

And in a moment I will calm down and remember to hope that Jamie Price (executive director of Tools for Peace, and narrator of most of the Stop Breathe & Think guided meditations) also has many more moments of joy like that, and be glad for her if she does, but right now I just want to shout FUCK YOU in her direction, so I am ~~honouring that feeling~~ by writing this.

Sunday Sweets: Pretty Little Things

Jun. 26th, 2016 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

They say good things come in small packages, and today we're going to see if that applies to cake.

Because I'll be honest, I have my doubts. (More cake is always better, right?)

(By Eva Salazar)


Ok, this is some picture perfect draping, right here. And that bow! Ah!


(By Cotton & Crumbs)

OH SNAP. A flower topper that's the same size as the cake itself?! I'm officially starting to see the appeal of smaller Sweets.


(By Lael Cakes)

Oh, and hey, at this size I don't have to share, right? [grabby hands]


I was tempted to base an entire Sweets post around this next one:

(By Freshly Squeez'd - now Letterpress Bakery)

Oh my stars!
Absolutely heavenly.


And can we talk about this redonkulously adorable unicorn?

(By Bella Baking)

Now I want to stick cute unicorn heads and pudgy little feet on every one-tier cake I see.


Now prepare for a little dose of drama:

(By Red Polka-Dot Designs)

Because sweet scrolly hearts and rippling ruffles, this is STUNNING.


Are you onboard with one-tier Sweets yet? 'Cuz if not, this little confetti-and-balloons number should convince you:

(By Blissfully Sweet Cakes)


Or this whale of a cake:

(By Whipped Bakeshop)

(The little water spout!!)


There's a new small cake trend out there that emphasizes a more abstract design, usually with colorful drips, flowers, and an assortment of pretty bits and bobs scattered around, like this:

(By The Little Cake Box)

...and lemme tell you, I LOVE IT. (Check out the upside down drips!)


In fact, here's my favorite good-thing-in-a-small-package this week:

(By Slice Artisan Cakes)


Ok, bakers, you convinced me: sometimes small cakes ARE better.

Hope the rest of you enjoyed! Happy Sunday!


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Posted by Mark Liberman

Or, we could ask, is Brexit like Passchendaele or like The Somme?

I mean, of course, whether the noun Brexit should normally be used with a definite article ("Are you for or against the Brexit?") or without ("Are you for or against Brexit?").

We need to ignore all the constructions in which Brexit is a modifier of another noun: the Brexit vote, the Brexit campaigners, the Brexit turmoil, etc.  But when Brexit is the head of a noun phrase, I've been assuming that it's a strong proper name that should be anarthrous, like Christmas or Passchendaele or Language Log.

Recently I've learned that not everyone agrees with me. Some examples:

Ben Casselman, "How To Make Sense Of The Brexit Turmoil", FiveThirtyEight 6/24/2016: The “Brexit,” as the British exit from the EU is widely known, is unprecedented — no country has ever left the union. […] But the shock of the Brexit and the uncertainty over what happens next could make investors more cautious, hurting stock prices and making banks more reluctant to lend.

David Nelson, "Why the Brexit is really British Independence Day", Yahoo Finance 6/26/2016: Already, nationalist parties throughout the continent have petitioned to hold exit referendum’s similar to the Brexit.

"Scotland is so pissed about the Brexit it might break up with the UK", Vice News 6/25/2016: Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan said in response to the Brexit that, ultimately, the future unification of Ireland would be in the best interest of its citizens, but that holding a referendum while the Brits were negotiating their exit from the EU would only create further chaos and division.

I've been even more surprised by the use of Brexit with an indefinite article, apparently because the actual event hasn't entirely happened yet, so that the future is full of many different virtual Brexits:

Heather Saul, "Ricky Gervais explains why a Brexit won't actually make a difference", The Independent 6/25/2016: The narrow vote for a Brexit by 52 per cent means some millennials, who could now see two recessions before turning 30, believe they have been denied the financial stability, secure pensions and job opportunities enjoyed by the baby boomers who voted to leave.

Georgi Kantchev et al., "Fund Managers Tally the Cost of a ‘Brexit", WSJ 6/24/2016: Ahead of the end result, San Diego-based Sunrise Capital Partners LLC shut down most of its short term-trading systems, wary that they would be ill-equipped to deal with the volatility that a Brexit would generate in currency markets.

Leonidas Stergiou, "What a Brexit could mean for Greece", ekathimerini 6/24/2016: A Brexit would have significant economic, social and political consequences for Greece, both short- and long-term.

But just to show that I'm not alone:

"Nigel Farage says Britain heading for recession 'regardless of Brexit'", The Guardian 6/26/2016: “There’s nothing new here,” he told the Sunday Telegraph. “I think we are going into a mild recession anyway, completely regardless of Brexit."

Jeffrey Sachs, "The Meaning of Brexit", Project Syndicate 6/25/2016: Moreover, leaving the EU will wound the British economy, and could well push Scotland to leave the United Kingdom – to say nothing of Brexit’s ramifications for the future of European integration. Brexit is thus a watershed event that signals the need for a new kind of globalization, one that could be far superior to the status quo that was rejected at the British polls.

Gautam Mukunda, "What Brexit Means for the Openness of the World Economy", Harvard Business Review 6/24/2016: So what does Brexit mean for this important relationship?  Brexit, assuming that the Parliament does not exercise its right to overrule the voters, seems likely to be one of the most consequential events for America and the world since the end of the Cold War.


Daily Happiness

Jun. 26th, 2016 01:18 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Today was the 4th of July fireworks show at Santa Monica College (they always have it the weekend before 4th of July weekend) and I usually miss seeing them since I'm just getting off work then, but they must have started a little later this year because I got home in time to see them.

2. I love kitties who love scritches!

L'état, c'est lui

Jun. 26th, 2016 12:21 am
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Khorri Atkinson, "Trump on Texit: Texas ‘will never’ secede", Texas Tribune 6/25/2016:

Asked what he would do as president if Texas seceded from the United States, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Saturday said he did not think that would happen.

“Texas will never do that because Texas loves me,” Trump told reporters in Scotland.

Update — Let me clarify what I thought was interesting about this short quotation. It presupposes that whether or not Texas would secede from the Union (again) depends primarily on Texans' attitudes towards Mr. Trump.

This is odd for several reasons, starting with the fact that most people would put various legal and constitutional issues in first place, and the actual opinions of Texans about secession close behind, with Texan's attitudes about particular political figures way down on the list of considerations. (And at the moment, at least, Mr. Trump is not polling nearly as well in Texas as other recent Republican presidential candidates did — so if Texans' opinions about secession depend on their opinions about Trump, we need to revise support for secession downwards from the 18% who supported it in 2012.)

But the linguistic interest of the quotation lies in how we know what the presupposition is, and how we know what it tells us about the way that Donald Trump looks at national and international political conflict, and why the whole thing is simultaneously odd (for a politician) and expected (for Trump).

This sort of thing is the object of lively interest in AI and NLP research — thus DARPA's DEFT ("Deep Exploration and Filtering of Text") program was designed to extract information that is "implicit rather than explicitly expressed", to supply indirect "inference, causal relationships and anomaly detection", and "to integrate individual facts into large domain models".

"You Brexit, you bought it"

Jun. 25th, 2016 06:09 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Roni Stern, "If you Brexit — You Bought it", Finance Magnates 4/20/2016. Also, Annie Laurie, "Brexit? I hardly even touched it!", Balloon Juice 6/25/2016. And many tweets, e.g.

Other humorous responses include a New Yorker cover:

And this future news story:

Thousands Of British Refugees Make Dangerous Journey Across The Irish Sea


Upping our insult game

Jun. 25th, 2016 01:41 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Carmen Fought observes that "Fellow citizens, we have to up our insult game. The Scots are making us look like wankers. ‪#‎mangledapricothellbeast‬".

Certainly the Scots have taught us a wide variety of new words and insult phrases in response to Donald Trump's tweet about Brexit.

And so on…

Given Mr. Trump's role in pushing the envelope of American political insults, many will consider this to be karmic justice. It's getting picked up on the back streets of the internet, and may have some of the same impact on his future that "lyin' Ted" and "liddle Marco" had on the careers of his previous opponents.

There were also apparently some more subtle forms of communication associated with his trip:


Jun. 25th, 2016 10:57 am
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Bob Ladd sent in a link to "Five Questions on Brexit to Jo Shaw", Verfassungsblog 6/24/2016 [emphasis added]:

There’s a possibility for the Article 50 trigger to be delayed, and the UK simply to carry on in membership, and then – once the UK population has had long enough to digest the real implications of Leave […] a second referendum could be held, perhaps this time under better conditions. I’m not sure that this will happen, though, precisely because the issue is complicated by the internal territorial pressures discussed in the next section. I don’t think anyone is under any illusion that Boris Johnson is not some sort of ideological Leaver, so it could be that if he becomes Prime Minister then we will see moves in this direction.

Bob writes:

I *think* the clearly intended message is that Boris Johnson is NOT motivated by ideology but simply by personal ambition to get Cameron out of the way, and I *think* the logical interpretation of all those negatives is the opposite, but I'm not sure.

I *think* Bob might be wrong about how the negatives pile up. Re-layering the onion, in simplified form:

BJ is a true Leaver                                      = YES(BJ wants Leave)

BJ is not a true Leaver                                   = NO(BJ wants Leave)

It's an illusion that BJ is not a true Leaver            = YES(BJ wants Leave)

No one is under the illusion that BJ is not a true Leaver = NO(BJ wants Leave)

And "I don't think that anyone is under the illusion that P" is a subjectively-hedged way of saying "No one is under the illusion that P".

So * *think* it all comes out as (Bob *thinks*) it was intended, meaning that BJ is not an ideological Leaver, but just an ambitious politician.

When I first read the Verfassungsblog Q&A, however, I interpreted the passage in the  the opposite way, namely that BJ is an ideological Leaver who would trigger Article 50 as soon as he can — because I don't follow UK politics closely enough to immediately latch onto the plausible implication of an internal Conservative leadership struggle.

Definitely one for the misnegation files, even if the author's intent lines up with the logical interpretation of the phrase.

The obligatory screenshot:


Jun. 25th, 2016 10:28 am
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So the little nationalism I thought was already dead in me got killed painfully yesterday. I move on.

Pride today! This year it seems important to go. Deep breaths and deep drinking.

Too pissed off to swear

Jun. 25th, 2016 09:52 am
[personal profile] buddleia
So now the dismay and the regret and the useless responses have kicked in and the mostly White British people in England and Wales have looked around at the devastation with guilt rising like stomach acid and everyone else has taken the hit like the vicious blow it was I can honestly say that all the other times I said I was ashamed to be English were lies and I was pretty much saying it for validation or cookies or something and this time I really am except that shame would be cleaner.

Today at Colette!!!

Jun. 25th, 2016 07:55 am
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Posted by The Sartorialist





I’ll be at colette Paris to introduce my new sneaker collection for Sutor Mantellassi


It’s such an honor to have my sneakers in the window at colette Paris


I’ve stated many times before that, to me, Colette has defined cool for almost 20 years, so to have had an exhibit, book signings and now one of my designs recognized and approved by her critical eye is quite gratifying.


Ps we will also have women’s sizes of the sneakers available in store or by special order!



Daily Happiness

Jun. 25th, 2016 01:31 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Just as I was thinking things are going well at work, despite one of our best workers leaving early next month, I get the news today that someone else (another fulltime employee who we rely on a lot) broke his hand and may be out of commission for four weeks (or possibly more!). But other than that, things really do seem to be going well employee-wise. The new guy we hired is working out really well, and the guy we've been wanting to move from cashier to stocker may finally be able to change positions now that we have some more cashiers working. (But argh, broken hand! Why now!?)

2. A coworker brought in delicious cupcakes today!

3. I stayed up way later than I meant to (I really want to try to get to bed by midnight!) but at least I can sleep in tomorrow.

4. Mollyyyyyyyyy!

Friday Favs 6/24/16

Jun. 24th, 2016 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

Some of my favorite new submissions this week:


They asked for a sportsball cake that said "Way To Go!"

They GOT a wedding cake that said:

"Way you go"

I love the lack of punctuation. It's basically the cake version of that unflappable old guy on a front porch watching the big action fight tumble down the street in front of him. "Yerp. Way you go."


And you KNOW I'm gonna milk this one for all its worth:



Which reminds me, did you know Monday was the Summer Solstice?

Um, that's "Solstice," bakers.



And finally, here's a Wreck to the third power:

First, the customer spelled "farewell" wrong on the order form.

THEN the baker misspelled the misspelling on the actual cake.

Which gives us:



Thanks to Kristen B., John A., Vici R., Patti, & Meagan G. for reminding us failing well is ALWAYS an option.


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Advances in fuckometry

Jun. 24th, 2016 12:05 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Tim Kenneally, "Ben Affleck Has a F-ing Thing or 18 or Say About His Bill Simmons Interview", The Wrap 6/23/2016.

Previous LLOG coverage of minimal-object reification includes

"Negation by association", 7/13/2004
"The number of fucks you need to not give", 2/11/2015
"Hyperbolic scalar indifference",  7/14/2015
"Expletive deficits", 7/18/2015

[h/t Ben Zimmer, who notes that the next installment of "Among the New Words" in American Speech will have an entry for "zero fucks given"/"ZFG" based on its ADS WOTY nomination]

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Upgrading to the latest version of the proprietary Nvidia drivers in Ubuntu was pretty complicated a while back. You would either have to use the official Linux installer, which was not always reliable, at least for me, or use a bleeding edge PPA, like the Xorg Edgers PPA, which would upgrade multiple packages, most of which were unstable.

That's no longer the case thanks to the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA, which offers stable proprietary Nvidia graphics driver updates, without updating other libraries to unstable versions (some libraries may still be updated using this PPA, if they are needed by the drivers, but there's nothing unstable in the PPA).

Despite its name, the PPA only provides proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers updates, with no support for AMD or Intel.

Even though the PPA is probably the most stable way of upgrading to the latest proprietary Nvidia drivers version in Ubuntu, it's still considered in testing. That means issues may still occur (though I didn't encounter any and I've been using it for some time), so you should only use this PPA if you have experience with recovering your system from a failed graphics driver upgrade.

I should also mention that the PPA provides packages for all supported Ubuntu versions (16.10, 16.04, 15.10, 14.04 and 12.04). At the time I'm writing this article, the PPA provides the latest long lived branch version (367.27) of the Nvidia graphics drivers for Ubuntu 16.10 and 16.04 and the latest short lived branch version (364.19) for Ubuntu 15.10, 14.04 and 12.04.

You can check the latest Nvidia Linux graphics drivers version by visiting THIS page.

Install the latest Nvidia graphics drivers in Ubuntu via PPA

1. Add the PPA.

Before proceeding, please read the PPA description!

To add the Proprietary GPU Drivers PPA in Ubuntu and update the software sources, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
sudo apt update

2. Install (and activate) the latest Nvidia graphics drivers

From System Settings or directly from the menu / Dash, open Software & Updates, click on the "Additional Drivers" tab, select the driver you want to use, and click "Apply changes":

After the driver is downloaded and installed, restart your system. That's it!

You can also install the latest drivers using Synaptic or from the command line. To see the available versions, you can use:
apt-cache search nvidia
apt search nvidia
And look for the packages called "nvidia-VERSION", for instance "nvidia-367" for the latest 367.27 graphics drivers, and install it ("sudo apt install nvidia-VERSION").
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You're probably familiar with the Unity HUD, or Head-Up Display, which lets you search through and application's menu. Thanks to Rafael Bocquet's i3-hud-menu (and J.A. McNaughton's fork), you can use this menu search feature in pretty much any desktop environment (and in any Linux distribution in which you can install unity-gtk-module).

i3-hud-menu allows searching and navigating through an application's menu using the keyboard, with the use of dmenu (dmenu doesn't have mouse support by default). Here's how it looks like in Xubuntu 16.04:

i3-menu-hud Xubuntu

And in Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon:

i3-menu-hud Linux Mint Cinnamon

i3-hud-menu works with GTK2, GTK3 (but not client-side decorated apps) and Qt4 applications.

The tool is buggy with Qt5 applications as well as LibreOffice - see the limitations / issues section below for more information.

Important: issues and limitations

i3-hud-menu has quite a few issues / limitations but I decided to post an article about it anyway since some of you might still find it useful.

Also, I'm hoping someone reading this article might be able to fix or at least come up with some workarounds for some of the issues below. If you do, please let us know in the comments!

i3-hud-menu limitations / issues:
  • it doesn't work with client-side decorated applications;
  • it doesn't work with Firefox or Thunderbird;
  • it doesn't work with Qt5 apps (make sure appmenu-qt5 and libdbusmenu-qt5 are not installed or else you won't have a menu for Qt5 apps, such as VLC in Ubuntu 16.04 - if you do install those packages, you can use the menu via i3-hud-menu, but the actual menu won't be visible in the application);
  • using it, LibreOffice no longer has a menu if the "libreoffice-gtk" package is installed - this package is used for GTK+ integration (though using i3-hud-menu, you can search the menu, but actually using the menu items doesn't work for some reason);
  • to get i3-hud-menu to work with Java swing applications, you'll need JAyatana;
  • probably more.

It appears that the LibreOffice and the Qt5 applications issue occur because "APPMENU_DISPLAY_BOTH=1" is not respected. Furthermore, using "UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=" (for example, using "UBUNTU_MENUPROXY= libreoffice --writer") or blacklisting it via Dconf Editor (com > canonical > unity-gtk-module > blacklist) doesn't get the LibreOffice menu to show up.

On Arch Linux (possibly in other Linux distributions as well), which requires the unity-gtk-module-standalone-bzr package, you need to run the following command (or change this via Dconf Editor: com > canonical > unity-gtk-module, set gtk2-shell-shows-menubar to "false") and reboot to ensure that menus are displayed in GTK applications:
gsettings set com.canonical.unity-gtk-module gtk2-shell-shows-menubar false

Install and configure i3-hud-menu

Important note: I included exact instructions for Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Linux Mint Cinnamon edition, but this should work with any Ubuntu or Linux Mint flavor (14.04 and newer only). It may also work in other Linux distributions, as long as you can install unity-gtk-module and appmenu-qt.

1. Install the required dependencies: python3, python-dbus, dmenu, appmenu-qt and unity-gtk-module.

In Ubuntu (14.04 and newer), use the following command (will also install "wget", required under step 2):
sudo apt install python3 python-dbus dmenu appmenu-qt unity-gtk2-module unity-gtk3-module wget

2. Download and install i3-hud-menu

To download and install J.A. McNaughton's i3-hud-menu fork from the command line, use the following commands:
cd /tmp
tar -xvf master.tar.gz
sudo mkdir -p /opt/i3-hud-menu
sudo cp -r i3-hud-menu-master/* /opt/i3-hud-menu/

If you want to install it yourself, grab the code from GitHub (but note that the instructions below assume that you've installed i3-hud-menu in /opt/i3-hud-menu/)

3. Load the Unity gtk module

Open ~/.profile with a text editor (".profile" is a hidden file in your home folder so use Ctrl + H to see hidden files in your gile manager), paste the following at the end of the file:
if [ -n "$GTK_MODULES" ]


... and save the file.

If after completing all the steps below, i3-hud-menu doesn't work, you can try to paste the lines above in ~/.bashrc instead of ~/.profile.

4. Add to startup

The next step is to add to the system startup. If you've installed i3-hud-menu using the commands above, this file should be located in /opt/i3-hud-menu/

Xubuntu: To add to startup, launch Session and Startup from the menu / System Settings, and on the "Application Autostart" tab click "Add", enter "i3 menu service" under "Name", and "/opt/i3-hud-menu/" (without the quotes) under "Command":

Ubuntu MATE: launch Control Center and open Startup Applications, click "Add", use "i3 menu service" under "Name", and "/opt/i3-hud-menu/" (without the quotes) under "Command", and click "Add":

Linux Mint (Cinnamon): launch Startup Applications from the menu, click Add > Custom Command, use "i3 menu service" under "Name", and "/opt/i3-hud-menu/" (without the quotes) under "Command", and click "Add":

5. Assign a keyboard shortcut to

The keyboard shortcut you assign to will be used to open i3-hud-menu and search through an application's menu. Here's how to configure it in some Ubuntu flavors and Linux Mint (Cinnamon).

Xubuntu: open "Keyboard" from the menu / System Settings, and on the "Application Shortcuts" tab, click "Add". Use "/opt/i3-hud-menu/" (without the quotes; if you've installed i3-hud-menu to a different location, make sure you use the correct path) for the command, click "OK:

... and assign it a keyboard shortcut:

You can even use "Alt", like in Ubuntu (with Unity), but I don't recommend it as you won't be able to use other shortcuts that use Alt. You can use something like Alt + 1 or any other keyboard shortcut that's not already in use.

Ubuntu MATE: from Control Center open Keyboard Shortcuts, click "Add", under "Name" enter "i3-hud-menu" (without the quotes), and use "/opt/i3-hud-menu/" (without the quotes; if you've installed i3-hud-menu to a different location, make sure you use the correct path) for "Command":

... and assign it a keyboard shortcut. Note that unlike Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE doesn't allow assigning Alt as a shortcut. You can use something like Alt + 1 or whatever other keyboard shortcut you want, but make sure it's not already in use.

Linux Mint (Cinnamon): launch Keyboard from the menu, click "Add custom shortcut", enter "i3-hud-menu" (without the quotes) under "Name", "/opt/i3-hud-menu/" (without the quotes; if you've installed i3-hud-menu to a different location, make sure you use the correct path) under "Command" and click "Add":

... and assign it a keyboard shortcut.

6. And finally, restart the session (logout/login), focus an application and use the keyboard shortcut you set in step 5 to open i3-hud-menu.

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Elsa’s Berry Cupcakes

Jun. 24th, 2016 09:46 am
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Posted by Green Kitchen Stories


After quite a few years of cooking and developing recipes, we have managed to build up a little bit of confidence and don’t panic over kitchen fails or people’s opinions as easily anymore. But whenever our daughter asks me to bake for a few of her friends, my palms get all sweaty and my heart starts pounding. Seriously, nothing makes me more nervous than having to bake for a bunch of five- and six-year-olds.

Elsa is finishing preschool this summer and her favourite teacher is also retiring, so last week she wanted to bake a dessert for all the children and teachers at the preschool. She started out with grand plans for a big cake shaped like a princess but (luckily for me) we landed on mini cupcakes with a raspberry frosting. We had just bought a mini muffin pan and it was the perfect opportunity to try it out as we got a lot of muffins from one batch so it was enough for all the children and teachers.


These muffins are really delicious and moist with hints of coconut, banana, almonds and cardamom. It’s one of our go-to recipes that we change slightly every time. They are only sweetened with fruit and entirely gluten free (and we are aslo sharing a vegan version below). If you are allergic to nuts, you can blend (100 g / 3 1/12 oz) sunflower seeds and use instead of the almond flour.

Whenever Elsa initiates one of these baking sessions, she always starts with lots of enthusiasm only to loose interest after about 45 seconds, leaving us to do the actual work. This time she was much more persistent. She measured, blended, worked the batter and dropped it into the muffin tins. Halfway through the batch, we also started dropping a raspberry in the centre of each muffin and they turned out even better with that little berry pocket in the middle. Piping the frosting was the hardest bit. Elsa was utterly disappointed that hers didn’t turn out as pretty as the ones she had seen on our screens. But towards the end they at least started looking better than in the beginning.

Since that first batch, we have made this recipe two more times. One time to check all the measurements and another time so we could try a vegan version. We are sharing both methods here below. You can of course also make normal size muffins and skip the frosting if you want to keep it simple.


On another note, today we celebrate Midsummer in Sweden. We are going to be enjoying the last of these cupcakes and then we are off to find a maypole covered with flowers so we can jump like frogs around it! You think I am kidding? I am not.


Banana & Coconut Cupcakes with Raspberry Pockets
Makes 24 mini cupcakes or 12 regular

Dry ingredients
100 g / 1 cup almond flour
120 g / 3/4 cup rice flour
45 g / 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
1 pinch salt

Wet ingredients
14 soft dates (1 cup / 150 g), stones removed (if using dried dates, soak them for an hour first)
1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into large chunks
4 tbsp coconut oil or butter, room tempered
180 ml / ¾ cup plain yogurt or plant based yogurt
3 eggs (for a vegan version soak 3 tbsp chia seeds in 9 tbsp water for 15 minutes, stir around and use instead of the eggs)

24 raspberries (fresh or frozen)

Berry Frosting (recipe below)

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 400°F. Grease a muffin tin (mini or regular size) or line it with paper or silicon cup liners. Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl, stir together and set aside. Add the dates to a food processor and blend on high speed. When smooth, add the banana and coconut oil and blend again. Finally add yogurt and eggs and blend until smooth and entirely mixed. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and stir together. Drop the batter into the muffin tins, place 1-2 raspberries in the centre of each muffin and cover it with batter. Bake for 10 minutes (17-20 minutes if you are using normal size muffins) or until golden and just set. Prepare the frosting while the muffins are in the oven. Leave the muffins to cool before piping the frosting on top. Serve immediately or store in the fridge.

Berry Frosting
70 g / ½ cup raspberries (or strawberries)
3-4 soft dates, stoned
200 g cream cheese (or vegan cream cheese)

Mix raspberries and dates in a food processor or with a hand blender until completely smooth. Whisk the berry mixture together with the cream cheese in a medium size bowl until pink and smooth. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag. Place it in the fridge for 20 minutes (or longer) to firm up before piping the frosting on top of the cupcakes.


Daily Happiness

Jun. 24th, 2016 12:52 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. Went out to lunch for my birthday today with my mom and Carla. (My birthday is on Sunday, but I have work then.) We went to Truxton's and Carla and I both got the new Seoul Burger, which was so good! It had kimchi and a fried egg on top, and some sort of delicious gochujang-based sauce. Also their sweet potato fries were super tasty as usual.

2. I mostly didn't do much today but I did get some translating done.

3. We took a nice walk tonight, which we haven't done in a week or so due to the heat. (It's supposed to get hotter again this weekend, I think, but it's really nice right now, if humid.)

4. We got a package today, which means new box for Chloe! (And Molly, too, though while she does enjoy a good box, she's not nearly as box-obsessed as Chloe, who will jump in two seconds after you put a new box down, even if she was in some other part of the house sleeping.)

I think we've got about fifteen boxes of various sizes scattered around the house and it's not a large house! Should probably go around and throw out all but a few, but they love them so much!

Create Your Own Dutch Masterpiece

Jun. 24th, 2016 06:00 am
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Posted by deardesigner

Galerie Wallcoverings - Dutch Masters Mural Collection (2)

These gorgeous wall murals are inspired by the famous paintings hanging in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and are Galerie Wallcoverings’ newest collection. Dutch Masters is based on works of art from Hans Bollinger and Jan Philip van Thielen, with lush blooms trailing across dark, atmospheric, black-as-night backgrounds. I couldn’t choose a favourite. I just want them all.

And with these masterpieces on the wall you really wouldn’t need much else in the way of decoration. A wooden floor, one stand alone sofa in plush velvet, a vase of real, creamy white blooms, a gilded mirror. Job done.

Galerie Wallcoverings - Dutch Masters Mural Collection (4)

Galerie Wallcoverings - Dutch Masters Mural Collection (1)

Galerie Wallcoverings - Dutch Masters Mural Collection (3)

Galerie Wallcoverings - Dutch Masters Mural Collection (5)

Wall Murals £249.95

Multilingual signage in Manhattan

Jun. 24th, 2016 01:22 am
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Posted by Victor Mair

Cameron Majidi sent in this photograph taken on East Broadway in Manhattan:

Much of the signage is routine, so I won't transcribe and translate all of it.  Most interesting, at least to me, though, is that there seems to be enough business from Tibetans in this part of town that a dentist would go to the trouble of putting up a sign in their language.

The Tibetan line at the top reads (left to right):

stabs bde'i so sman khang སྟབས་བདེའི་སོ་སྨན་ཁང
("Convenient Dental Clinic")

Lexical notes:

stabs (or thabs) bde = "convenient; skillful", like Chinese fāngbiàn 方便

so ("tooth") sman ("medicine") = "dentist"

khang = office

Other translations for the adjective besides "convenient" are "simple" or "easy."  It's used in terms like "fast food" or "convenience store".

The other Tibetan writing is simply the address (building number and the floor the clinic is on) on the bottom left and the telephone numbers on the bottom right.

The two Korean syllables just below that are ch'ikwa 치과 (齿科) ("dentistry; dental clinic").

The partially obscured green sign in Chinese seems more intriguing:

yímín lǜkǎ 移民綠卡 ("immigration and green cards")

mínshì sùsòng 民事訴訟 ("civil suits")

fángdìchǎn 房地產 ("real estate")

xíngshì fànzuì 刑事犯罪 ("criminal offenses")

The wide assortment of signs in Manhattan offers a free lesson in multilingualism and multiculturalism — if you stop to read them.

[Thanks to Bill Hannas, Douglas Duckworth, Leonard van der Kuijp, Elliot Sperling, and Haewon Cho]

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Spotted on the street in Paris one of the most stylish men I know Pierpaolo Piccioli (also know as one half of the design duo that masterminds Valentino.


Whenever we have a chance to chat it always gets around to being Dads and our kids!


We both laugh that our kids use to ask us not to pick them up at school wearing our “fashion clothes”

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Posted by Mark Liberman

Or is it portmanteaus? Anyhow, forget Portugexit and Italexit and the rest:

Update — now that Leave has won the referendum, we should be talking about Brexiit (3rd singular perfective indicative active), or perhaps more realistically Brexibit (3rd singular future indicative active), or maybe some other combination of aspect, mood, and tense…

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Jun. 23rd, 2016 03:37 pm
[personal profile] laurajv
i'm trying to help out a friend who is a grad student. his field is comic books but there are some overlaps with media fandom and he's having trouble finding specific resources. right now he's reading about female desire and slash, and he came across a comparison of Buffy f/f slash to fake lesbian porn. my reaction was that was novel, usually it's m/m slash being compared to fake lesbian porn.

So, he is interested in seeing any of the zillion rather...odd...articles that get all weird about ladies and their slash activities, especially those that compare m/m slash to fake lesbian porn. does anyone have any saved links, either to these articles or to meta about them? ? I know you used to have some of this stuff squirreled away.

(in case you are worried: i have known this guy since 1994. he's a RL friend who went to the same university i did, back in the day. he is good people and not interested in causing fandom damage or anything.)


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