Archive for September, 2008

Alien no longer


As of 8:50 AM this morning, I’m an American.

Here’s the timeline for me:

  • March 30, 2008 – Sent in Application N-400
  • April 3, 2008 – Received application
  • May – Fingerprinting appointment
  • September 19, 2008 – Citizenship interview
  • September 29, 2008 – Oath
  • September 29, 2008 – Registered to vote


US Citizenship: Audio CD


I lost access to the audio CD I was given at the fingerprinting and ID stage of my US naturalization. At this appointment, upon leaving, I was given a Booklet and Audio CD (Both titled: “Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons”). Strangely enough, I could not find the Audio CD anywhere online (except one Russian site ILLEGALLY selling the MP3s). On closer examination of the CD, when I finally got it back, I realized that the CD was not, in fact, copyrighted (this should have been obvious, I know, as it was a government publication), so I am enclosing a link to the torrent (2 mp3 files):

  • Quick Civics Lessons: Audio CD torrent (removed December 12, 2008…. Hope everyone got it)

A Cautionary Note:

Anyone applying (submitting form N-400) for US Citizenship on or after October 1, 2008 will have to take a DIFFERENT test (i.e., this audio CD does not cover enough). The new test, based on a quick perusal of the questions, is significantly tougher. After Oct 1, 2008, anyone TAKING the test can opt for either test.

Ubuntu install error


I’ve found a number of references to the obscure error on the web:

Failure trying to run: chroot /target mount -t proc proc /proc

After careful diagnosis, I have come to the conclusion that this error has three causes (at least for me):

  1. A bad CD drive. [replace it]
  2. Bad CD-media or a badly written CD. [slow down the write, or change media]
  3. CD drive incorrectly connected (Cable Select, Master, Slave: incorrectly set) [check that cable and setting match, and that you have at least 1 Master connected, with the drive either set to CS or Master on a proper cable]

I hope posting this helps other people, as this problem took quite a while to diagnose, and much hair-pulling was involved. In my case, it was a “gradually” degrading CD drive (1), although I’ve also experienced (2).


Oi! I’m British


I got a call yesterday from the British Consulate in Denver, asking when I wanted to come in and swear my oath. I went in today at lunch. It’s official. Yes that’s Kevin Lynch, the consul himself.


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