Ubuntu, Baby! / Lilac Festival / Reef Tank

It’s a big weekend here at the Belknap household.  Sarah and I have been working on a new reef tank for the last few weeks, and things are going great.  Salt-water fish tanks are something akin to farming in many respects: it’s all about having patience and letting things happen little by little.

We bought the tank a few weeks ago, got our place in the apartment cleared out, found an acceptable table for the tank (it’s a 24 gallon AquaPod so we used an old sewing table we got at a garage sale) and filled it with water.  We spent the next two weeks getting the temperature and salination balanced out, and yesterday we got our first reef rocks.  Now, we just stare at the reef rocks with amazement.  Funny how such simple things can be so exiting.

Soon enough, we’ll have the tank stocked with blennies, gobies, sea-horses, maybe a shrimp or two and some corals.  Little by little, things begin to come together. . . .

Meanwhile, a friend at work gave me a copy of the Ubuntu operating system trial CD.  It’s basically a full-functioning version of the operating system that loads directly off the CD so you can check it out.  Rottenchester, Paige and I were discussing Ubuntu’s benefits and pitfalls earlier this week.  My major concern is my new printer, since almost every other thing I do on this computer has an analog on Linux.  However, I suppose I’m going to need to dual-boot for a while, because I’m finding that the only really good Windows emulator for Linux costs about $190 bucks.

But damn, I love the look and feel of Ubuntu.  And I am positively dying to get away from Microsoft.

And of course, this week is the Lilac Festival!  I’m psyched to go and watch the BuddhaHood play at 12:30 this afternoon.  I’m thinking that they’re going to have a hell of a crowd this time around, since the weather is amazing for this time of year.  I’ll be bringing back some pictures of the show and other things, and I’ll be sure to post them to my Flickr account and share with the group!

By Tommy Belknap

Owner, developer, editor of DragonFlyEye.Net, Tom Belknap is also a freelance journalist for The 585 lifestyle magazine. He lives in the Rochester area with his wife and son.

2 replies on “Ubuntu, Baby! / Lilac Festival / Reef Tank”

Well, they come up on the Flickr badge, or at least they did. You’re right, I should pop in with some pictures every once in a while. Right now, we’re balancing chemicals and temperature, battling algae growth.

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