startup chime

Lot’s of info online that repeats the same erroneous information, so let’s be clear:

To disable the startup chime on mac os x, including yosemite etc., enter the following on the command line:

sudo nvram SystemAudioVolume=%00

Notice that the volume percent is 00 (and not 80 as keeps being reported).


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Science is yet another fairy tale we tell ourselves, a coral reef of complicities we live within. But it’s testable and reproducible, you argue, with predictable accuracy, unlike metaphysical nonsense. Yes, and those are precisely the definitions required within its consistency; which inestimable value should never be underestimated. But there is room enough for other metaphors, too. Some that are imprecise, and mystical. Vaguely pointing to realizations that, on fortunate occasions, can break the pen.

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little buddha

Tonite I said to Sean “Buddy, know what makes me smile? That you dislike poetry and philosophy, and never fail to tell me so, but still you listen politely to the end before complaining.” “Daddy,” he replied somewhat facetiously, “that's the little buddha in me.” No tags for this post.


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The idea that there's both a conscious mind and an unconscious mind is a misconception brought about by language. There is what we call the conscious mind that generally emerges from the social practice of inner dialog: internal speech and signing that we metaphorically attribute to thinking. And there is also the vast spectrum of… Continue reading