Patty Wagstaff

Patty Wagstaff in an Extra 300 airplane
Patty Wagstaff is an aerobatic pilot from the United States. In 1985, Wagstaff qualified for the US Aerobatic Team and competed until 1996. She was the top U.S. medal winner, winning gold, silver and bronze medals in international competition for several years. [Note: The article does not say she was the top female medal winner. It says she was the top U.S. medal winner.] In 1987, she earned the Rolly Cole memorial award for her contributions to the aerobatic sports, and in 1991, she won her first of three US National Aerobatic Championships. In 1991, Western Flyer’s Magazine readers chose her as their favorite pilot. She was the International aerobatic champion in 1993. In 1994, her Goodrich-sponsored Extra 260 airplane was put on display next to Amelia Earhart’s Lockheed Vega at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. – Wikipedia


How to play DVD’s on Ubuntu

To play DVD’s on Ubuntu, follow the instructions on

Notice that there are two commands you must enter in a terminal. Unfortunately I just glanced at these instructions and neglected to run the second command. After you have properly installed libdvdcss2 then try watching the DVD with VLC. VLC will usually play just about any kind of multimedia file. (I don’t know if it will play Blu-ray since my computer does not have a Blue-ray player).

To the Limit

I’m trying to watch a documentary called To the Limit. It’s about Thomas and Alexander Huber, two brothers who attempt to break the speed record for climbing Yosemite’s El Capitan following the Nose route.

My fear of heights while watching these guys causes my palms to sweat. I grip the arms of my chair and try not to look away. I’m writing this post to give my heart a chance to slow down.

Ubuntu sound problems on Mac mini

I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my Mac mini and sound did not work at first. The Mac mini has a small internal speaker that works fine under Mac Os X, but I haven’t gotten it working under Ubuntu. I did get sound working through the headphone jack, though by following the instructions here. Don’t forget to reboot.

Edit: I upgraded (It’s an automated process, but it took hours.) to Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick. I had to edit the configuration file again using the instructions mentioned above. After I rebooted the little internal speaker worked. When I plug in my headphones it cuts out the speaker and sends the music, appropriately, to the headphones, but there seems to be more hiss or buzz when no music is playing.