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Sun, Nov. 13th, 2005, 12:03 am
Sony fun

Up to now, I thought the Sony Rootkit story was ... well, mildly interesting.

That changed when I read this -- there seems to be LGPL code in there.

This shit is so going to hit the fan, methinks.

Mon, Sep. 19th, 2005, 10:47 pm

There is a meme in front of you.

It tries to enter your brain.

You duck.

The meme circles around you. It tries again! You shift to the side, but the meme is faster!

You now have another meme in your head. Ewww. (A somewhat old one, too.)

create your own visited countries map

Sun, Aug. 14th, 2005, 01:29 am
A confession ...

... of sorts, anyway.

When I'm procrastinating, I tend to read anime fanfic. (Yeah, I now ...)

Some of the better stuff, IMHO, anyway. (So there.) Undocumented Features, for instance. Unfortunately, their site seems to be unreachable. This is bad, as some of it (especially the more recent stuff (which should surprise nobody)) is seriously well written. (NB: Please do hesitate before telling me that I use too many parentheses. (I know that already. (Obviously.)))

Happily, I mirrored the site a few months ago. So, four million words of Eyrie Productions' literary output are now available here.

May they be back soon.

Thu, Jan. 6th, 2005, 11:10 pm
Another meme bites. This one's red.

This is stupid. But it's fun too. So ...

General asshats
Circle I Limbo

Militant Vegans
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind

Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow

Circle IV Rolling Weights

PETA Members
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled

River Styx

The Pope
Circle VI Buried for Eternity

River Phlegyas

George Bush
Circle VII Burning Sands

Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement

Osama bin Laden
Circle IX Frozen in Ice

Design your own hell

Thu, Oct. 28th, 2004, 06:48 am

RSI again. The fact that I still can't type with my left hand might have been relevant here. Looking for alternatives to too much typing for my abused wrist, I discovered dasher, which works by letting me zoom my way into a large heap of letters, sized by whatever the program thinks is most likely to come next.

It's open source (that's the good news) but doesn't have a Python interface, or an easy way to use it with a joystick. Yet. That's the part where that RSI of mine is likely to get worse before it gets better...

NB: For the not-a-hacker people reading this, Python is a programing language. I trust I don't have to explain what a joystick is. :-)

Sun, Oct. 17th, 2004, 10:00 pm

Yesterday's contest between our glass-panelled swinging door and my left hand resulted in a draw.

I got the glass, and then the glass got me.

After a brief ER visit, my hand and wrist are adorned by seven large band-aids, and I'll have to type one-handed for the next two weeks or so.

It should not surprise anybody that this is more annoying to me than the actual injuries.

Sat, Oct. 2nd, 2004, 02:08 pm

OK, so it's Stupid Test Time.
(Probably nothing new to some of you.)
Anyway, the result I got is the only one from that test I can identify with, for reasons which should be readily apparent ...
You are a Druid!
Take the "How Do You Use Magic?" test!

On a more serious (and interesting!) note, there is this. Please watch it once. You need to count the number of times one of the balls is passed. This is difficult, so pay attention.
Don't watch twice. Then ... Read more...Collapse )

Sun, Sep. 12th, 2004, 07:22 pm
WorldCon, here I come

That is, the next WorldCon -- in Glasgow, Scotland. 2005.

I just booked my hotel room. Unsurprisingly, the best hotel rooms available (i.e., reasonably-priced and close to the convention center) are already sold out.

I don't yet know when it'll be possible to book flights, but I expect the pattern to repeat itself.

Wed, Sep. 1st, 2004, 03:17 pm
Lightning. Lots of lightning. Wow.

Tonight I saw some astonishing cloud-to-cloud lightning.

Imaging five narrow stormy clouds, side by side. There was this one lightning between the first two. That triggered two parallel strokes between the second and third, which triggered four or so between 3/4, which started off almost ten bolts of lightning between the last two clouds. At the same time. One beside the others.


With stuff *that* grand, out there in nature, for all to see who look, who needs religion?

Sat, Jul. 3rd, 2004, 12:20 pm
My cat killed the monitor

So the cat jumped on top of the monitor, like she's done hundreds of times in the past.

This time, the monitor went black. Permanently.

So, I had to chase her off, take the heavy thing to some repair shop, and buy a nice big LCD screen.

No room for the cat on top of the new screen, she's slim but not THAT slim. No Linux drivers for the cool pivot feature either. On the other hand, the thing is actually brighter than the old monitor.

We'll see how much the repair guy wants. It's nominally fixed-price, but ...

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