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Believe in Life

I have been looking for the chords to this songs for some time now, and even today, there is no public posting of the chords... I found only one source, a document whose pages were mostly covered by a "PREVIEW" block ppreventing me from reading most of the page...

I downloaded all the preview pages anyway, and from the tid bits I found here and there, managed to re-construct the whole song, whilst correcting a few mistakes (!!!) they made in the pay-for version !

So below is the intricate chords sequence for Believe in Life by Eric Clapton


E - Esus4 ...

         F#m7               G#m7
When the world has seen the light
       G#7              C#m7
At the beginning of the day,
         Amaj7             B
You will hear me call your name,
             B/A                E/G#
'Cause I love you more than light,
            Bm7            Amaj7
And it will always be this way
           F#m7         Esus4
As long as I believe in life.

When the morning comes too soon
And I am still without your love,
You will hear me call your name,
'Cause I love you more than light,
And it will always be this way
As long as I believe in life.

Eb/G        Ab              Bb              Cm7
   Whatever happened to the girls I used to know?
Gm7         Ab              Bb                   Gsus4-G
   Whatever happened to the places that we'd go?
             Abm7           Eb/G
When we were running in and out of time,
    F7sus4          Bb7sus4           Eb/G
But all the time we still believed in life.
        Gm7            F7sus4-F7
We were running in and out of time,
    Bb7sus4           B7
But still believed in life.

And when the day is almost done
And there is nothing left to say,
You will hear me call your name,
'Cause I love you more than light,
And it will always be this way
As long as I believe in life.

Running in and out of time,
But still believed in life.

And when the day is almost done
And there is nothing left to say,
You will hear me call your name,
'Cause I love you more than light,
And it will always be this way
As long as I believe,
As long as you believe,
As long as I believe that you believe,
then I'll believe, I'll believe in life.
As long as I believe that you believe,
then I'll believe, I'll believe in life.

Believe in life.
I believe in life.
I believe in life.

"I smell your bacon" -- MicroPop

Can't get this song out of my head...


I post the lyrics, since nobody has done so yet... Spread that bacon...

(though I am not sure whether this is really about cooked pork, or something a bit less culinary-related)


Bass line!
I smell your bacon!

Tremolo in your gut
Making waves in your butt
Check your lungs with my strings
With a cooker how swings

Make my face donuts glaze
Inky fat, play that - play that!

Life is as heavy as you make it [oh you]
Push the rythm in my vein
Double time

I wanna dip it when you flip it like a slice of pork pie!
I smell your bacon!

Life is as clever as you make it [oh you]
Push the semen in my brain
Taco time
I finally got around to catching up with Season 5 of Doctor Who - and having ingested all that in one go, I think I may have cottoned on to the rest of the season... We'll see if I'm right.

WARNING: may contain a spoiler or two.

== Observations ==

1) The "Vampires" got to Venice through a Crack. After passing through, the Crack closed.

2) To escape the Dream Lord's second dream, the Doctor blew up the TARDIS

3) To close a Crack, a complex space-time anomaly whatchamathingy should be thrown into it. He did this to the Angels.

4) The Doctor pulled out a piece of shattered TARDIS from a Crack

5) The Doctor was never aware of the crack in Churchill's bunker

== Tentative conclusions ==

a) The walls between realities may again be broken [see 4 and 2]. The Doctor could possibly re-establish Rory's existence and fully restore Amy's memory of him by bringing him back through a Crack to a reality they had already experienced [1]. The fact that that adventure hinged on them could make it a fixed theoretical point in Time and Space. Or something. And Amy is not over this (van Gogh points out she is crying, and she doesn't know why)

b) The Doctor may have closed one Crack by sending the Angels through to Somewhere Else [see 3 and 1], the mass travel resulting in the closure of the Crack [1].

c) I predict a 50/50 chance of a Crack spewing Angels somewhere else [3] or Daleks [5]


Whist many people today are peddling the pun "May the 4th be with you," in reference to the catch line from the Star Wars series, a more sombre day is to be remembered.

This photo won a Pulitzer Prize - it depicts the despair of one student over another's body, in a shooting that is still legally debated, but widely accepted as unjust.

Four students at Kent State University of Ohio were shot dead, nine were wounded, from a volley of gunshots fired by Ohio State Guards, over a period of thirteen seconds. The guards claimed they were firing in self-defense.

Regardless of the reason the shots were fired, whether indeed in self-defense or not, it is right to remember the moral duties consequences of bearing arms as a civilian or not; and the deaths of these people, who were protesting a war that History on all sides has named as Unjust a thousand thousand times over.

God of War and the Pot of Tea

I'm still chuckling at the bee...


Happy Friday Day :-)


Through my travels over the web, looking for free software in various activity domains to replace the leaders amongst the pay-for software, the following correlation dawned upon me:

The more likely an Open Source project is to be used by programmers, the more likely it is to be usable and stable.

The opposite also seems to empirically hold true.

OpenSource projects that are stable, usable and mature

Linux - in its many guises. Debian is even at the heart of Mac OS X. Yup, Mac is now in the nix camp.

Mozilla Foundation - everyone needs a web browser (Firefox) to get info off the Internet. Including programmers. And an email client in the guise of Thunderbird

Eclipse - long live Java, apparently. The main IDE for nearly every programmer I know. That or they're on Emacs.

Apache Software Foundation - creator of one of the most well-known free web servers, and installed on nearly every Mac and Linux. You have to install it yourself on Windows, because Microsoft has pay-for alternatives.

A plethora of file transfer programs (Filezilla, putty), instant messaging apps (Adium, Pidgin), file compressors (jZIP, 7-ZIP, pkZIP), text editors (Text Wrangler, gEdit, Kate, Crimson Editor, NotePad++), cross-platform programming languages (Ruby, Perl, Python, Java ...), databases (MySQL, PosgreSQL, Java DB, SQLite ...)

OpenSource areas that still have no contendors against for pay-for apps

Office software - Programmers write plain text most of the time. It's more readable in a remote terminal than a Word document. It's greppable. If they want to be fancy, they go HTML or LaTeX. No, OpenOffice did not succeed. It's crap for any serious work.

Sound mixing/engineering - the closest programmers come to sound manipulation is alert sounds, single-track voice modulation and fart jokes. They don't do pro-mixing. Art does not compute. Audacity is a joke that should not be told. The others aren't even the start of a knock-knock.

Photo collection organization and retouching - only few programmers will be artsy about their photos. The rest draw moustaches on women and boobs on men. The most sophisticated create LOLcats and demotivational posters. Funnily, the GIMP isn't looking too shabby. But most people are fine with just an souped-up Paint. I've had a go at a couple of photo organizers/editors recently (f-spot, digiKam, GIMP, bluemarine), none are worth their salt for the general public.

For now that's all I have searched for and tested, but I suspect I'll be finding more as time goes on. I knew I wasn't a real programmer at heart. And I am not ashamed of that.

Getting into Linux

NOTE - the template for this post was initially an email to a friend who wanted advice on how to migrate his Windows box to Linux. I post an edited version here for general reference.

WARNING - Before doing anything, backup your data. You will need to erase the drive to install a new system.

Migrating to Linux can vary from trivial to excessively complicated, depending which Linux you choose, and whether your files are in some proprietary format, or if they can be read by other software.

Using Linux can sometimes (or even often, if you're trying to do funky stuff) involve using the command line. You'd better be ready for it. Linux is not and probably never will be for the I-don't-want-to-know-how-it-works type of user. You do need to expect to delve a bit deeper than usual every now and again.

Choosing your Distro

The article [ http://www.tuxradar.com/content/how-choose-best-linux-distro ] has some detailed info on what kind of Linux (what "distro" or "Linux distribution") you might want to consider, depending on what type of user you are.
It's a rather long page, but only two or three items are likely to be relevant to - unless you want to start being a sysadmin-type power user.

- Newbies :: Ubuntu / http://www.ubuntu.com/
I use this one at home, it's pretty much no frills and very user friendly, compared to other OSes I've used.

- OS Migrants :: Mint / http://www.linuxmint.com/
My friend recommended this one to me after trying it out, and he's not really a techie. So it may be worth investigating.

- Everyday desktop :: Fedora / http://fedoraproject.org/
I have yet to play around with this one. I need to get another machine before I start doing that though, so there's little I can say about this, except that it's one of the more popular ones along with Ubuntu.

Note: some distros are 64-bit, some are 32-bit

Depending on what processor you have, you can run 64-bit or 32-bit

A 64-bit machine can run a 32-bit operating system as well as a 64-bit OS
A 32-bit machine can only run the 32-bit OS

A 64-bit OS can take advantage of larger quantities of RAM (32-bit can only handle up to about 2 GB of RAM), but software written for 32-bit OS may be prone to crashing. 32-bit systems on the other hand cannot run 64-bit programs.

Currently, the software industry is gradually going towards 64-bit, but 32-bit seems to still be the main focus still.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/64_bit

If in doubt, grab the 32-bit edition for the time being.

Getting the distro onto a CD

When you download a Linux distro, you'll probably be landed with a file with the ".ISO" extension.

You will need to burn this to a CD or DVD (depending on the size of the ISO), using the "Burn as Image" function of your CD/DVD writer. If you just copy the ISO to a CD/DVD, that'll be squat useful. See http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=burn+ISO+image


You will then need to run the installer from the CD - see the following: http://www.google.com/search?q=boot+from+CD

The distros quoted previously should be easy to configure - they'll lead you step by step and then run the installer whilst you make some cheese on toast.

Getting software

You'll have to deal with the Package Manager (check the System menu in the menu bar at the top of the screen, there should be an administration sub-menu and a link to the Package Manager), and some sites might actually get you to type commands on the command line to install stuff.

Visit http://alternativeto.net/ to see what alternatives there are to the software that you used to run under Windows.

If you have some small Windows apps (and some bigger ones like Office) that you want to run, you can always try installing WINE http://www.winehq.org/ which emulates the Windows OS layer for Windows apps. It's not perfect, but basic editors and regular work apps can probably be run.

Getting help

There is no "Linux hotline" to call. All the help you will ever get is in the form of blogs, newsletter archives and forums. Some things to note when getting help

1) search the web before asking anyone. Read up on the issue at hand. Think what other words would be used. Look for the technical words if you can

2) when posting a question to a forum (after having tried to check whether it's already answered and exploring any half-solutions to see if you can figure the rest out yourself), tell people what you've already tried, and any info you think may be relevant. Don't dump an error message and just say "help me". You'll get little sympathy

3) Nobody has any duty or responsability to resolve your question, or even respond to you at all. If you don't get a response, don't add posts demanding responses, don't throw insults and defamation around (known as "trolling") and don't post a new identical topic. Just try another forum.

4) If someone is rude to you (and I've fallen for this trap before), just ignore them.
There is no such thing as a heated debate on a forum. It's either a "debate" (everything to the point without any bad language or personal insinuations) of "flaming" (no matter how valid your point is, you don't need to be rude about it)
I wrote the following in a response to a review of the Sony a350 camera that I have. Unfortunately, the response is limited to 250 characters... This is, for the record, my entire response/review.

Review on PhotoRadar.com

"I upgraded to a a350 once I decided that I was fairly competent with my Kodak point-and-shoot. The appeal of DSLR and having control over the main functionalities of shutter speed and focus made me choose this one, with advice from a salesperson, who stated the equivalent would have been an old Canon with a smaller number of Mega-pixels. The only drawback really was supposed to be that Sony is slightly behind the so-called leaders Nikon and Canon in terms of release dates for the latest lens technologies.

"The plastic does feel slightly cheap - the flap for accessing the memory card excessively so - but overall, the claim in this artucle that the switches etc are clumsy did not phase me. I was, as I say, upgrading from a compact, and such complexity was not unexpected. It does not take long to get used to, so long as you're expecting some sort of learning curve any way. I don't think I'd recommend getting it if you've already got more advanced cameras, as that would probably be a downgrade anyway, but from an upgrade point of view, all the dials and switches are reassuring...

"I have since bought a 50mm/f1.8 prime lens to accompany the kit 18-70mm/f.3.5-5.6 which does offer somewhat better images, and it (the prime) has become my preferred lens, the kit lens only coming in when I want to take shots al lengths shorter than 50mm.

"The mirror "snap" does sound very lunky compared to the Nikons I've heard and handled briefly. Most of the time though I do live music photography, so it's pretty inaudible. But I don't think a wildlife amateur would take to kindly to it. It *is* quite loud.

"All in all, anyone who's upgrading directly from a compact will find this a very good buy. The only real thing is the necessity for some other lenses, but who'd stay satisfied with what they have anyway....?"

Beltane - Jethro Tull - Chords

I have somewhat a new favorite song: Beltane, by Jethro Tull. Check it out

I was quite amazed, however, to find that as of yet, nobody has got the chords down - or at least, I find no trace of any other attempts on Google...

So here's what I've so far figured out. It's by no means perfect, if anyone knows better then by all means please tell me!

Beltane - Jethro Tull (1977)

Intro chords:
B - D - E - B - A - D - E

B - A - B
(B - D - E - B - A - D - E)
B - A - B
(B - D - E - B - A - D - E)
C# - F#
C# - F#
Am - D - G - A
A - B...

(..B - D - E - B - A - D - E)

Have you ever stood in the April wood and called the new year in?
While the phantoms of three thousand years fly as the dead leaves spin?
There's a snap in the grass behind your feet and a tap upon your shoulder,
And the thin wind crawls along your neck - it's just the old gods getting older
And the kestrel drops like a fall of shot from a red cloud hanging high
Come-a Beltane!

Have you ever loved a lover of the old elastic truth?
And doted on the daughter in her ministry of youth?
Thrust your head between the breasts of the fertile innocent?
And taken up the cause of love, for the sake of argument?
Or while the kisses drop like a fall of shot from soft lips in the rain
Come-a Beltane!

B - E
B - E
F# - B - E
Happy old new year to you and yours.
The sun's up for one more day, to be sure.
Play it out gladly, for your card's marked again.

Have you walked around your parks and towns so knife-edged orderly
While the fires are burned on the hills upturned in far-off wild country
And felt the chill on your window-sill as the Green Man comes around
With his walking cane of sweet hazel brings it crashing down
Sends your knuckles white as the thin stick bites. Well it's just your growing pains.
Come-a Beltane!


The silly St Ives riddle

Here's an old riddle:

As I was going to St Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.

Each wife had seven sacks;
Each sack had seven cats;
Each cat had seven kittens.

Kittens, cats, sacks, wives,
How many were going to St Ives?

The standard riddle answer is "Only one, the narrator. They met eachother, so the rest were coming from St Ives."

That argument, however, is invalid. If they were that loaded, they would have been pretty slow, so could have been overtaken. And even if they weren't, they could have met when one of the two parties had stopped for a rest. And there may yet be a plethora of other reasons why they could have met.

Then there's the wording of question: "how many were going to St Ives?" It seems clear enough at first, but for strict mathematical consideration, we have to subtract the narrator and the man he mentions he met - they're not part of the list of the final question.

Calculative answers, considering all are going to St Ives:

Humans: 9 (1 narrator, 1 "man" and 7 wives)

Living beings:
9 humans
+ 7^3 cats = 343
+ 343*7 kittens = 2401

==> 343+2401+9 = 2753 living beings

Listed items (kittens, cats, sacks, wives):

7 wives + 7^2 sacks + 7^3 cats + 7^4 kittens

==> 2800 of the listed items

That's a lot of stuff.

The only sure thing that we can conclude from this is:
The man with the seven wives is not Christian.