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Not Impossible, just a bit Unlikely!

Apparently I’ve become really bad at this whole “regularly blogging’ thing. *sigh*
I posted, a few weeks ago, about the cool new notification bubbles, but after updating yesterday and rebooting my computer, the beauty has vanished, just as quickly as it came. It saddens me ever so slightly; but it alas was just not meant to be.

No more sexy-time notification bubbles!

No more sexy-time notification bubbles!

On another note, we spent the entirety of tonight’s Kanji Study class doing calligraphy (called 書道, “shodou”) as a fun little break, with a visiting professor from UCLA. It was amazingly entertaining and we learned a lot about how much intricacy is often needed to draw the characters properly: angle and force of brush, amount of ink, proper stroke order etc., and how painstakingly detailed a seemingly simple character compound such as 先生¹ needs to be when drawn correctly. Near the end of our class session, he even went through several examples of how Hiragana and Katakana were derived from their respective 万葉仮名 (Man’yõgana), such as あ (Hiragana “a”, from 安 meaning “tranquil, quiet,” or in some contexts, “inexpensive”) and タ (Katakana “ta” from 多 meaning “much, many”). I found it quite intriguing; and our Sensei says that we’re going to go into this derivation in far more detail over the coming weeks. I can’t wait!

[1] Pronounced “sensei,” it is literally translated as “one who lived before” and used as an honorific title for teachers, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals.

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  1. February 18th, 2009 at 12:33 | #1

    The bubbles theme switching is a bit crappy… I wonder, what is the version of notification-daemon you have? If it’s lower than 0.4.x then setting /apps/notification-daemon/theme gconf key to nodoka should bring the nice bubbles back. If it’s already 0.4.x I’ll need to rebuild notification-daemon-engine-nodoka with corrected version check (like is done in rawhide)…

    On the second part of your post, I so much envy you. I haven’t got a chance yet to study kana and kanji properly, but I’d love to :-/

    • February 18th, 2009 at 22:36 | #2

      Hi, Martin. My notification-daemon version is (x86_64, if it matters). The only thing I’ve notification-related thing I’ve changed recently is installing libnotify-devel as a build dependency for WebKit – but uninstalling that does seem to fix the issue. However, changing that GConf key as you suggest does fix it – the sexy-time bubbles are back! Thanks very much! 😀

    • February 18th, 2009 at 23:54 | #3

      With regards to the Kanji study stuff, I highly recommend it if you can. It’s extremely challenging (something you really can’t do desultorily); but it’s also very rewarding, and very fun!

  1. February 22nd, 2009 at 16:05 | #1