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Saturday, December 29, 2007


YouTube – Family Guy Funny Moments Part 8 (Season 6)

posted by johntash at 8:09 pm  

YouTube – David Blaine Street Magic Part 3

Friday, December 28, 2007

 Be sure to check out parts one and two of this series before you watch this one.  They’re hilarious!


YouTube – David Blaine Street Magic Part 3

“The OFFICIAL third installment in the “David Blaine Street Magic” series.Blaine sets his sights on the same two effeminate idiots from the last two videos. And unfortunately for them, the third time’s the charm.”

posted by johntash at 5:10 pm  

VotD: Beer Tree

Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas was a few days ago, but this is probably one of the coolest trees I’ve seen yet.  I kind of want to make one out of bawls bottles.  It’d be pretty.

YouTube – Beer Tree: The Ultimate Christmas Project

“Christmas tree built from 1050 stubbies (250ml bottles), equivalent to 462 pints. Tied together with 300 meters of wire and decorated with 200 lights, with a bubble lamp in the centre. Tree stands 2 meters high and 1 meter wide at the base. …”

posted by johntash at 2:51 am  

Installing MythTV from SVN on Ubuntu

Thursday, December 27, 2007

This is part one of a series about MythTV and using Ubuntu as a HTPC.  In this article we’ll explain the easiest (or hardest, to some people) step of the process of installing MythTV on Ubuntu Gutsy.

We’ll be installing MythTV using the svn source, which is the latest bleed-edge version of the source code.  There is a chance that the SVN version of MythTV may not be stable. Be Careful!

Lets start by downloading the source code:

  1. Install subversion
  2. sudo aptitude install subversion

  3. Checkout the mythv* trees
  4. cd ~
    mkdir src
    cd src
    svn co http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/trunk/mythtv
    svn co http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/trunk/mythplugins
    svn co http://svn.mythtv.org/svn/trunk/myththemes

Install the extra libraries and tools we need

sudo apt-get install checkinstall fakeroot debhelper libglut3-dev libxvmc-dev libmysqlclient15-dev libtiff4-dev libexif-dev libmad0-dev libid3tag0-dev libvorbis-dev libflac-dev libcdaudio-dev libcdparanoia0-dev fftw3-dev libfaad2-dev libsmpeg-dev libmp4v2-dev libtag1-dev
#we also need this header file for MythMusic
sudo wget http://faac.cvs.sourceforge.net/*checkout*/faac/faad2/common/mp4ff/mp4ff_int_types.h -P /usr/local/include

If you get any errors from the above two commands; leave a comment here and I’ll try to see if I’ve left something out.

Before we actually compile and install the svn version of MythTV; Remove the previous installation(if there is one)

aptitude remove ubuntu-mythtv-frontend mythtv-transcode-utils mythtv-common mythtv-frontend mythtv-themes mythtv-backend mythtv mythtv-frontend mythtv-database mythtv-backend-master

Change remove to purge if you want to delete the configuration files as well, not just upgrade.

Configure the Source

./configure --prefix=/usr
cd ../mythplugins
./configure --prefix=/usr
cd ../myththemes
./configure --prefix=/usr

Compiling the Source

Letting make run it’s course is the most time consuming part of the process, so if you have something else to do while it’s compiling. Go do it.

cd mythtv
make -j2
cd ../mythplugins
make -j2


Simply run checkinstall and answer a few questions

cd ~/src/mythtv; sudo checkinstall

When it promts you, simply enter Mythtv or whatever you want for the description. The package name should automatically be mythtv. By using checkinstall we are still using Ubuntu/debian’s package system to install Mythtv and everything will be a lot easier to uninstall or upgrade in the future.
IMPORTANT: Change the version field to something like 20071226 (todays date) so that we don’t get an error building the package.(see screenshot below)
Checkinstall version setting

If everything went well you should get something similiar to this:


Done. The new package has been installed and saved to


You can remove it from your system anytime using:

dpkg -r mythtv


Do the same thing for mythplugins

cd ~/src/mythplugins
sudo checkinstall


Alright so now you want to upgrade to the latest and greatest again. Here’s how:

  1. Update the source
  2. cd ~
    cd src/mythtv
    svn update
    cd ../mythplugins
    svn update
    cd ../myththemes
    svn update

  3. Configure
  4. cd ~/src/mythtv
    ./configure --prefix=/usr
    cd ../mythplugins
    ./configure --prefix=/usr
    cd ../myththemes
    ./configure --prefix=/usr

  5. Install
  6. cd ~/src/mythtv; sudo checkinstall
    cd ~/src/mythplugins; sudo checkinstall
    cd ~/src/mythplugins; sudo checkinstall

    Only this time when you run checkinstall; increment the Release field. So if it’s 1 now, change it to 2. dpkg will upgrade it to this new package.

Conclusion / Possible Problems

If you already know how to configure and setup mythtv, you should be good to go on your own now (with the latest bleeding-edge features.)

Stay tuned for Part II in the series, but until then if you encounter any problems following this how-to guide; Please post a comment or send me an email with the issue you’re having.  We’ll get it resolved!



posted by johntash at 5:55 am  

Happy Christmas

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

This may be posted a little bit late, but you guys shouldn’t of been on the Internet on Christmas anyway.   Here’s Achmed the Dead Terrorist to sing you some songs.

Happy Christmas or December 25th if you don’t celebrate Christmas. 


posted by johntash at 12:11 am  

Duke Nukem Forever Teaser

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Duke Nukem Forever Teaser Shot Yes. That’s right.  Duke Nukem Forever.  I think it might actually be coming … someday.  The above picture is just a screenshot of the Teaser Trailer.

3D Realms yesterday posted that today they were going to post a Teaser Video they had made.

From the 3D Realms post:

“We’d like to thank the people on the team that worked so hard to create this teaser and the friends of 3DR that helped create it (Jeremy Soule and Julian Soule, Frank Bry, Jason Evigan and of course, Jon St. John).”

Now, just because these are the people who helped create it doesn’t mean they’re the ones that need to be beat if we don’t see anything else for a few more years.

Head over to 3D Realms to check out the release post or straight to shacknews to download the Trailer.  It’s about 75mb and one minute long.

There’s also a story on Shacknews about the History of Duke.

edit:  3dRealms and Shacknews are both extremely slow right now, so I might end up mirroring the video file on my server.  I’ll leave a link here if I do.
Edit: Here’s youtube to the rescue. I might still mirror the HD .mov file though, who knows

posted by johntash at 1:32 pm  

Word of the Day : Belligerent

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

From http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=belligerent


  1. Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive.
  2. Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.

n.   One that is hostile or aggressive, especially one that is engaged in war.

[Latin belligerāns, belligerant-, present participle of belligerāre, to wage war, from belliger, warlike : bellum, war + gerere, to make.]

 Belligerent is  my new favorite word for today.

Belligerent, She is

[picture found from a random google image search]

posted by johntash at 2:04 am  
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