Monthly Archives: January 2012

2012 Oscar Gut Predictions

Every year, I like to make Oscar predictions, usually based on my gut feeling about what I think will do well. Like most people, I never see all the Best Picture nominees. In fact, this year I haven’t seen any of them, so it’s very much a “man in the street” reaction. I usually watch the Golden Globes and I pay attention to film reviews, but other than that, I follow my gut.

Oscar nominations were announced this week – by the incredibly sexy Jennifer Lawrence, no less – and I posted by gut predictions on Twitter. I figured I’d repost them here, too, along with a little explanation.

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Replacing Your OS: Ubuntu Linux for the Casual User

I started this entry a while ago, but since it’s been a few months since I’ve posted here – I’ve been very active over on Google+ – I figured it was time to finish it and pull the trigger. I’ve been using Ubuntu for the better part of a year, and here’s why I think it’s awesome:

I’ve always been vaguely aware that Linux existed. In terms of operating systems, I knew that there was Windows and Mac OS,  and then, somewhere out there, there was Linux. It might have had something to do with a penguin, I wasn’t really sure.

Before you make any snark comments, no, I’m not an idiot. I consider myself to be fairly computer-savvy and I believe I have a good working knowledge of how and why computers do what they do. It’s just that I never really considered Linux its own right. I’d always been content with Windows – for the most part – and never really felt the need to try anything else. Until recently.

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