Friday Fun Facts: watch (Unix)

Did ya know…?

watch is a command-line tool, part of the Linux procps and procps-ng packages, that, when provided with a name, date and place of birth, will display a video feed back to standard output so you can watch the person over time. By default, the video feed is run every two seconds, although this is adjustable with the -n secs argument should you want continuous live feed. Since the command is passed to sh -c, you may need to encase it in quotes for it to run correctly.

Example

watch “Jean K. Jean 7/2/1981 Paris,France | grep 1991”

This will stream the video feed of Jean K. Jean’s life and filter for video for the year 1991, and display that video on the screen.

The watch command is useful for viewing you or someone you know changing over time.

watch addiction has become a growing problem among the elderly in most developed countries.

Arguments

-d – Highlights differences between specific years
-h – Displays a help message, then exits
-n secs – Specifies the interval between executions of the command in seconds – can be set to n 0 to show continuous live feed
-t – Tells watch to search for video with tags like “birthday” “kiss” “laid off”
-v – Prints verbose video, i.e., user comments. rarely used due to bandwidth constraints

…So now ya know!

Friday Fun Facts: watch (Unix)

10 Lyrics that are better than “Cause I’m the wizard of love \ And I got the magic wand”

from OMI’s “Cheerleader”

1) “Cause I’m the dragon of desire \ Watch out, my tool’s a’fire”
2) “Cause I’m the magician of making love \ Come and scry upon my nub”
3) “Cause I’m the sorcerer of sex \ My flying waterbed will get you wet”
4) “Cause I’m the warlock of whoopee \ And you can call me Shirley”
5) “Cause I like to do it \ And I have a penis”
6) “Cause I have a penis \ And I like to do it”

OK, I give up on writing 10 of these things. 6 will do and here is a bonus round that I am making up on the spot for you that deals with lazy euphemisms. I call it, “This Lack of Male Heterosexual Innuendo Might Be the Birth of You”:

I am free of innuendo
So will now talk of penises
     as they enter vaginas
     and thrust several times
     before releasing semen
     and falling flaccid shortly thereafter.

Being free of innuendo let’s
     me do this, let’s me say
     just the facts, nothing less
     nothing more.

I like good innuendo, funny euphemisms. If somebody told me they were the wizard of love and that they got a magic wand for me – I would tell them they just rolled a 1 on a d20: critical miss, shit is over, time to practice your solo magick!

10 Lyrics that are better than “Cause I’m the wizard of love \ And I got the magic wand”

Dumpster Diving for Your Love

“8-ton limit” the sticker on the outside reads
Though the dumpster flows over with what’s been dumped.
I do not weigh 8 tons so jump in to find your love.
There are crumpled memos, torn envelopes, spent tape rolls, coffee grounds, paper, paper, paper, but
no signs of your love.

There are rotten deals and political missteps and forgotten promises and half-eaten leftovers and phone cords twisted into knots from which not even Houdini could escape and there are training manuals from 1993 and CDs filled with old promotional materials that couldn’t wait to arrive at a client’s desk, but there are
no signs of your love.

I climb out,
trying to recall,
how long I’ve
been doing this,
and notice
I need a shower.

It is, however,
not yet noon
and another
green dumpster
lies in wait
just up ahead.

Dumpster Diving for Your Love

Friday Fun Facts: Solid Ball of Rock

Did ya know…?

Solid Ball of Rock is the tenth studio album by heavy metal band Saxon released in 1991.

The album is notable for being a rock opera about a rock and centers on the solid ball of rock, Feeval McStone, as he navigates his way through the seedy world of the rock business – starting as a low-level rock tech all while performing in his off-hours in his rock band The Heavies. As The Heavies get more popular, Feeval struggles to avoid common rock trappings: mud, rolling down a hill, getting put in some shitty garden somewhere. Throughout his struggles, Feeval comes to understand how to be both a better rock and a better person. The final track on the record, “The View From Way Up Here”, was forever memorialized by its music video which featured a rock strapped to a seagull’s back as they fly together over the Jersey Shore.

…So now ya know!

Friday Fun Facts: Solid Ball of Rock

Listen of the Week: Carly Rae Jepsen

E·MO·TION by Carly Rae Jepsen

The music, too, is hell-bent on that joy-rush, no matter what. These songs are absolutely overstuffed with hooks and flourishes and whizjets. Listening to the album, in the wrong mood, can be as exhausting as actual emotion. But those packed, jumpy arrangements, when they hit you right, can feel like a ray of sunshine piercing right through your soul.

http://www.stereogum.com/1824631/album-of-the-week-carly-rae-jepsen-e%E2%80%A2mo%E2%80%A2tion/franchises/album-of-the-week/

This record is pop magic.

Listen of the Week: Carly Rae Jepsen