Translation of Evangeline Acadian Queen

December 3, 2016

Angèle Arsenault wrote this back in 1977, and I haven’t been able to find a translation that I really liked. So I had to do it myself. It’s from her album Libre (SPPS Disques, PS-19903) and was my first introduction to Acadia.

I’m going to talk to you of someone that you know
Yes but don’t deceive yourself, she did not come from the States
Even if a certain fellow who was called Longfellow
Popularized her two hundred years ago
She was called Évangéline, she was very very fine
She loved Gabriel on earth as if in heaven
They lived in Acadia, they were damned rich1
But one day the English were no longer satisfied
So they deported them, Gabriel disappeared
Discouraged2 Évangéline searched for him as long as she could
She searched for him in Acadia in Quebec in Ontario
Then in the United States in Florida in Idaho
Arriving in Louisiana with her cousin Diane
She said I have lost my time3
She was 75 years old4
Working a the hospital, she cared for the sick
Then she saw her Gabriel who was leaving for heaven
She jumped on his neck
And said thank you very much
At the hour that you’re interred I will be able to return
I’m going to invest in the companies of the future
So that the name of Évangéline will be bloody well known5

Évangéline Fried Clams
Évangéline Salon Bar
Évangéline Sexy Ladies Wear
Évangéline Comfortable Running Shoes
Évangéline Automobile Springs
Évangéline Regional High School
Évangéline Savings Mortgage and Loans
Évangéline The only French Newspaper in New Brunswick
Évangéline Acadian Queen

  1. This is “riches en maudit” in the original.
  2. This is “déconfortée”in the original.
  3. This proves that Angèle didn’t come from Clare, since she wrote “soixante et quinze” instead of “septante-cinq.”
  4. This is “A dit là j’perdrai pu mon temps.” It seems to indicate both past and future.
  5. This was the hardest to translate, “soit connu en câline.” Literally, “will be known in cuddly” but câline is a milder form of the sacre (expletive) câlisse or chalice.

Setting up Raspian Jessie on a Pi

March 15, 2016

There are a few changes to setting up Raspian Jessie on a Pi. Here’s what I do:

Burn the image

  1. Get the Raspbian image from the Raspberry Pi downloads page. I’ve been using Jessie Lite, since I don’t need the full package.
  2. Unzip it on a Linux box (mine saw the SD card as /dev/sdb, use your SD card device and don’t wipe your hard drive)
  3. Pop the card out of the Linux box and into the Pi

The command to write that I used:

sudo dd if=2015-01-31-raspbian.img of=/dev/sdb bs=4M

Configure the Pi

When the Pi boots into raspi-config, do the following:

  1. Expand Filesystem
  2. Change User Password
  3. Internationalisation Options / Change Locale, pick en_US UTF-8
  4. Internationalisation Options / Change timezones, pick yours
  5. Internationalisation Options / Change Keyboard Layout, pick US PC 104, accept defaults

Set up the network

I have my Pi configured with a static IP. The first time I boot I attach a network cable.

  1. Edit /etc/dhcpcd.conf (not /etc/network/interfaces) so the wired interface is static
  2. My /etc/resolv.conf was configured automatically by dhcp and was mostly right (missing domain and search, but I guess I can live with that)
  3. Now would be a good time to edit /etc/hostname as well
  4. Edit /etc/hosts to use the new hostname and hostname.domainname

(Thanks to for the revised instructions for a static IP.)

I added the following to the end of my /etc/dhcpcd.conf:

# Configure eth0 to be static
interface eth0
static ip_address=
static routers=
static domain_name_servers=

Install an editor

I can do a few things like adding users while updates are happening. So:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install zile

Update the OS

This takes a while, but you can continue on while this is happening.

sudo apt-get install rpi-update
sudo aptitude dist-upgrade

Add my user

I don’t like to use the default user, so I add my own.

  1. sudo addgroup –gid 3009 myshare
  2. sudo adduser –uid 3000 myuser
  3. sudo usermod -a –groups adm,dialout,cdrom,sudo,audio,video,plugdev,games,users,input,netdev,spi,i2c,gpio,myshare myuser
    log out, log in – make sure I can sudo with the new user
  4. prevent login as pi

To prevent the pi login, I do:

sudo vipw -s

and replace the password for pi with *.

Update everything else

Once the dist-upgrade has completed and it’s time to reboot:

sudo /sbin/shutdown -r now

Now you can log in again and upgrade the firmware:

sudo rpi-update
sudo /sbin/shutdown -r now

Get things I know I’ll need

I like to have an emacs clone:

zile ~/.bash_aliases
alias emacs='zile'

I also like tightvncserver on non-Lite images:

sudo aptitude install tightvncserver
(set password)

Finally, make emacs the default editor by appending this to ~/.bashrc:

export EDITOR=/usr/bin/zile

Mounting a CIFS drive

I don’t like to do more writing than I have to, so:

sudo mkdir /etc/samba/credentials
sudo chmod 700 /etc/samba/credentials
sudo chown root.root /etc/samba/credentials
sudo mkdir /shared
sudo zile /etc/fstab
sudo zile /etc/samba/credentials/myserver

In /etc/fstab, I add:

//myserver/shared /shared cifs credentials=/etc/samba/credentials/myserver 0 0

While in /etc/fstab, I change the following to reduce wear on the SD card:

/dev/mmcblk0p1  /boot           vfat    noatime 0 0
/dev/mmcblk0p2  /               ext4    defaults,noatime 0 2

{Edit} I used to have ro,noatime on /boot but the Pi gets really unhappy when you try to upgrade the OS if /boot isn’t writable. So out it came.

In /etc/samba/credentials/myserver, I add:


That’s about it.