Gray Matter


Gray MatterGray matter refers to certain parts of the human anatomy. It’s present in the brain, brain stem and cerebellum, and throughout the spinal cord.

A walnut, when cracked open, looks a lot like the top view of a human brain. It contains omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain functions.

Below are the latest posts featuring ideas that have leaked from my own gray matter at one time or another.

Image Attribution: Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

It’s Time for Something Different, Something That Isn’t a Chore

RT Cunningham | September 11, 2021 (UTC) | Blogging
Tags: web development

After more than a year of working on this blog, and more than 14 years on other blogs and non-blog websites, it’s time for something different. Something that doesn’t seem like a chore. When I wrote about my general lack of enthusiasm and motivation a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t kidding. And that’s just part of what ails me.

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Labor Day Travel to Various Places as Far South as North Carolina

RT Cunningham | September 7, 2021 (UTC) | Locations, Travel
Tags: maryland, north carolina, virginia

All eight of us in the family went on an extended trip together for Labor Day weekend, starting from Friday morning to Monday night. Luckily, Joe and Diann, my older son and his wife, bought a van shortly after we arrived in April. The van was put to the test this weekend as we traveled to places I thought I would never see again.

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Linux Desktop Environment: GNOME

RT Cunningham | September 1, 2021 (UTC) | Computers
Tags: cinnamon, debian, fedora, gnome, linux, mate, ubuntu

The GNOME desktop environment diverged from the traditional desktop metaphor when version 3 was released. The uproar in various Linux communities caused the creation of the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments. MATE is a fork and continuation of GNOME 2 while Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME 3.

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Movies From the 1970s That I Can Remember

RT Cunningham | August 31, 2021 (UTC) | Entertainment
Tags: movies

I was 10 years old in 1970, and I joined the military in 1978. While I lived in Hawaii from 1974 to 1977, I watched a lot of movies at a multi-screen cinema near one of the hotels. I’m sure I watched at least one at an old theater in the city of Kapaa, the closest city to the rural area my family lived in.

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Linux Distributions: Arch Linux and Its Derivatives

Arch Linux, also simply called Arch, is a distro that isn’t designed for new Linux users. Normally, it doesn’t even include a desktop environment of any kind. Other distros, based on Arch Linux, tend to be more user friendly.

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Video Games, Pocket Dimensions and Unlimited Items

RT Cunningham | August 27, 2021 (UTC) | Entertainment
Tags: movies, video games

At 60 years of age, I should be forgiven for not knowing about the latest video games. It isn’t like I wasn’t involved with them at all. It’s just that I grew out of them. There are a lot of things I would rather do than stay glued to a screen of some kind for hours at a time playing one video game or another.

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Linux Distributions: MakuluLinux and Zorin OS

MakuluLinux (or Makulu Linux) and Zorin OS are Linux distros capable of changing layouts without the user having to install or uninstall anything. Zorin OS has been around since 2009 and MakuluLinux has been around since 2013, but the ability to “shift” layouts didn’t exist until recently.

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Staying Healthy at 60 and Beyond

Today, I’m 60 years and almost nine months old. My wife, Josie, will have her 60th birthday in a few days. We will be staying healthy by doing what’s necessary, even when we don’t like it. I’m taking care of her before taking care of myself because that’s the way it has always been with us. It’s also the easiest way for me.

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My General Lack of Enthusiasm and Motivation

RT Cunningham | August 21, 2021 (UTC) | Blogging
Tags: coffee, computer hardware, linux, liquor

I’m experiencing a general lack of enthusiasm and motivation, and it isn’t the first time. It’s happened quite a few times over the last couple of years, since before the pandemic affected me in any way. My recent feeble attempts at finding something that interests me, that translates into something that interests you, have failed miserably.

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Linux Desktop Environment: Xfce

Xfce is one of the oldest Linux desktop environments. The first version was released in 1996, around 25 years ago. The K desktop environment, before version 4 became KDE Plasma, was released in October 1996. Which desktop environment was actually first is up for debate.

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