Git man page generator →

Nearly indistinguishable from the real Git man pages. For instance:

When git-swagger-subtree sends a ref, the --cultivate-nail-logargument can be used to reset an index for the subtree that is saved by a staged origin, so to archive a staged<elevate-stash> and/or show the working stages, use the command git-guard-remote --hit-dissect-change.

PhpStorm Won’t Open on Linux

Recently PhpStorm suddenly failed to start under Debian Sid. Digging around in the log (~/.WebIde70/system/log/idea.log) I found this strange error:

java.lang.RuntimeException: java.lang.ClassCastException: com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.TestWindowManager cannot be cast to com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.WindowManagerImpl
        at com.intellij.idea.MainImpl$1$1$
        at java.awt.event.InvocationEvent.dispatch(
        at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEventImpl(
        at java.awt.EventQueue.access$200(
        at java.awt.EventQueue$
        at java.awt.EventQueue$
        at Method)
        at java.awt.EventQueue.dispatchEvent(
        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpOneEventForFilters(
        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForFilter(
        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEventsForHierarchy(
        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(
        at java.awt.EventDispatchThread.pumpEvents(
Caused by: java.lang.ClassCastException: com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.TestWindowManager cannot be cast to com.intellij.openapi.wm.impl.WindowManagerImpl
        at com.intellij.idea.IdeaApplication$IdeStarter.main(
        ... 15 more

Turns out that I had somehow lost my JDK installation. i.e.

> dpkg --get-selections | egrep "jdk|jre"
openjdk-7-jre:amd64				install
openjdk-7-jre-headless:amd64	install

The fix is easy!

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk

Even though OpenJDK isn’t officially supported by JetBrains, I’ve had no issues running it for years.

Creating a bootable USB stick on OS X →

Here’s a foolproof guide for creating a bootable USB drive from your Mac. No need for UNetbootin, and should work with any Linux distro.

African animal chess pieces →

Check out these totally-sweet animal chess pieces. With the long-necked queen, I might actually not forget about (and lose) her!

Animal chess pieces

150 Years of Misunderstanding the Civil War →

Battle of Cold Harbor, 1864

This article from The Atlantic offers a fascinating new perspective on the American Civil War. It questions whether or not the horrific bloodshed was worth the outcome.

… the war [did not] knit the nation back together. Instead, the South became a stagnant backwater, a resentful region that lagged and resisted the nation’s progress. It would take a century and the Civil Rights struggle for blacks to achieve legal equality, and for the South to emerge from poverty and isolation.

What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.

— Helen Keller, quoted in the Boulder, Colo., Daily Camera

Amazon's Best Reviews →

It’s not big enough to completely cover a horse’s head, and it doesn’t provide enough air flow for them, either.

Summer Fail Compilation

Melissa doesn’t understand why I enjoy these videos. And truthfully, I’m not sure why I enjoy these videos. But for some reason I am highly entertained by watching accidents…

Summer fail compilation || TNL by TwisterNederland