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But alongside that, there's a lot I really love about the relationship, which is a slightly different thing. I love how safe and secure it makes me feel - the absolute bone deep certainty that he will always be on my side, helping me up when I screw up, and cheering me on when I try to do difficult things. I love how affectionate we are, constantly cuddling and nibbling and reaching out and squeezing each others hands. I love that we like each other very much, and that we tell each other, and why. I love that we do little things for one another - he rubs my neck and shoulders when they're tense, and I bring him tea in the mornings. I love that even when we argue, which doesn't happen all that often, we both try really hard to do so constructively even when we're feeling frustrated, and that we continue to affirm our affection even as we argue. We are both lucky to have such a wonderful partnership, but it isn't just luck, and I think we can both be justly proud of what we've built together.
We celebrated our anniversary with a romantic meal at home - much like the weekend we first got together.
( Photos of food and us looking adorable behind the cut )
For those who haven't encountered it before,
xlogo is a trivial X11 application that pops up a window showing the X Window System logo.
It's close to being the X equivalent of a ‘hello, world’ program, which makes it a good lightweight initial test case. Whenever I need to do a quick check of my X11 connectivity (which in my case usually means I'm checking that SSH X forwarding is basically alive),
xlogo is a good choice of program to run: it won't spend ages setting itself up, and unlike text-
xdpyinfo, it'll pop up a window on the target display, which makes it easy to check that my connection has gone to the right display.
But that's not all
xlogo is good for. There are several other things I use it for:
As a specification. The source code of
xlogo is the official location of the definition of the X logo. On one occasion I wanted to put the X logo into some kind of document (though I now can't remember what), and it turned out that the right way to do that was to read the
xlogo source and hand-
As a ruler. Want to know how big something on your screen is in pixels? Fire up an
xlogo, line it up with one edge of the thing, resize until the opposite edge lines up too, and if your window manager puts up a tooltip during window resizing (which I think all the ones I've ever used do), then you know the size.
As an alarm clock. One of my favourite ways to get a computer to notify me when a job has finished is to get it to start up a giant
xlogo is still there when you look back; and it's better than something like
echo Done because there's no risk of the window with the message in it being behind something at the time.
As a colour chart. Want to quickly check what
#012345 looks like, or one of those X-
OliveDrab? I don't know of a faster way than
xlogo -bg 'whatever'.
I've also heard of people using it as an X session lifetime process –
xlogo is so simple that it's very unlikely to crash by accident, whereas if your session lifetime process is doing almost any kind of real work, it's more likely to run into fatal trouble.
In short, I find it a much more useful program than you might think! The only thing I've always found a bit annoying about it is that pressing ‘q’ doesn't close it –
echo "XLogo*translations: :<Key>q: quit()" | xrdb -merge
and now my
xlogos are easily dismissible, as I've always wanted. Hooray!
On Thursday I took myself to the cinema to see All Is True, a heavily fictionalised biopic about Shakespeare's later life. It's got fairly variable reviews, and I think that's probably fair - the plot is a bit meandering, and some of the characters are a bit two-dimensional, but there's some stellar acting, and I very much appreciated the bi representation.
Friday Five on grocery shopping
1. Do you make up a dinner plan for the coming week?
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