October 31

Find Yourself A Lover

Many people have a lover and many others would like to have it.

And there are also those who do not have it, because they do not want it and those who had it and lost it, or decided to lose it.

Mysteriously, these last two groups are usually the ones who come to my office the most to tell me that they are sad or have different symptoms: insomnia, lack of will, pessimism, crying episodes or the most diverse pains.

They say that their lives go by monotonously and without expectations, that they work only to survive and that they do not know how to occupy their free time.

In short, words more, words less, they truly feel hopeless.

Before telling me all this, they have already visited other medical offices in which they received a secure diagnosis: Depression. And the inevitable prescription of the current fashion antidepressant.

I, after listening carefully, tell them that they do not need any antidepressant drugs; what they really need IS A LOVER.

It is amazing to see the expression in their eyes when they receive my verdict.

There are those who think: How can a health professional happily give such an unscientific suggestion!? They make silence out of decency, look at the clock waiting for the end of the consultation and leave.

There are also those who, scandalized, say goodbye right then and there and often never return again.

What is a Lover?

To those who decide to stay, I give them the following definition:

“A Lover is anything that we are passionate about, it is what occupies our thinking before we fall asleep with a smile and that which, at times, does not let us sleep. Our lover is what makes us distracted from the environment, which lets us know that life does have a meaning and a motive.”

A lover may be our partner, if we dare to find him or her there.

Or it may not.

But a lover not always is a person. Sometimes, we can also find it in scientific research, in literature, in music, in politics, in sports, in work when it is vocational, in the need to transcend spiritually, in friendship, in good food, in our studies, or in the obsessive pleasure of a hobby that monopolizes our attention at every free moment we have.

In short, it is “someone” or “something” that disturbs our conscience to the point of drawing a smile at the thought of separating us, even for a moment, from the sad destiny of just enduring life.

To endure is to just last and, deep down, it is the fear of truly living. It is to spy on how others live, it is to wander through doctors’ offices taking our blood pressure at every chance, to take multicolored remedies, to get away from the perks of life, to watch with disappointment each new wrinkle that returns the mirror, it is to worry and take care of the cold, the heat, the humidity, the sun, the rain, and any strong emotions in our lives.

To endure is to postpone the joy of today, using the uncertain and fragile reasoning that maybe we can do it tomorrow.

Please do not insist on just enduring life, get yourself a lover!

Be yourself the lover of someone or something. Be the protagonist of your own life!

Death will come for sure. Death has a good memory and never forgot anyone, after all.

Meanwhile and without hesitation, get yourself a lover!

The tragedy is not dying; the tragedy is not encouraging oneself to live at its fullest.

Psychology discovered a long time ago that, to live happy, active, and satisfied, you need to have a motive.

Today, I call that motive a lover.

You have to become a boyfriend or a girlfriend with life and you have to love it with the passion of those who are genuinely in love.

So, your assignment for today: get yourself a lover!

This article was originally written by Jorge Bucay. Translated from Spanish by Luis Herrera.

October 9

Linux Fedora 26: How To Modify The TeleTYpe (virtual) Console Terminal Font in 5 Steps (More or Less)

Teletype Model 33 ASR Teleprinter

It is rather easy to change the “graphical” terminal font and size from within a graphical environment such as Gnome:

Gnome terminal

What happens when you want to change the real TeleTYpe console terminals? Yes! The ones you access with Ctrl-Alt-F1…F6 (tty1 – tty6)! OK, maybe not tty1. The system (usually) assigns that one to the graphical environment but anyway…

I need glasses
I need glasses… :/

Suddenly, it isn’t so obvious how to do it.

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my version on how to do this rather obscure and mystical process:

Step 1. Verify that the moon is full and that it is a clear night.

Step 2. Verify what font you want to use by visiting /usr/lib/kbd/consolefonts/

I like the Terminus font family (the ones that begin with “ter-“) but you may pick any other.

If you want to try it out before you buy, run sudo setfont *insert the font you want to try out here* without the .psf(u).gz suffix. I.e., for a terminus font size 18, you would use sudo setfont ter-918n

If you want to revert to defaults, just run sudo setfont

Have you picked your favorite already? Good. Let’s move on…

Step 3. Modify /etc/default/grub with your prefered editor. Note that you might need sudo privileges to do this.

We are looking for the line that says

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rhgb quiet"

Comment it out and add the following line so it looks like this:

# GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rhgb quiet"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rhgb quiet vconsole.font= *your favorite font* "

In my case, that last line looks like:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="rhgb quiet vconsole.font=ter-918n"

Optional:

For extra geek points, replace rhgb quiet with text.

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="text vconsole.font= *your favorite font* "

This will replace the Fedora logo at boot start with the actual text of what is going on behind the scenes.

Step 4. Update GRUB with

sudo grub2-mkconfig --output=/boot/grub2/grub.cfg

Step 5. Go grab a cup of coffee because you finished! You should see your selected font taking over next time you boot the system.

If you want to know a bit more about the story of the teletype (a.k.a. teleprinter), you can head to Wikipedia to know more!

So, do you have any prefered Linux terminal changes? Let me know in the comments!