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Auditory Combat

Oct. 15th, 2010 | 06:03 pm

I am stuck between two co-workers engaging in sonic warfare. Nobody else is here, so they can crank it as far as they want. They're both going for the stuck-in-your-head award.

From one side: Toto's Rosanna.

From the other: Men at Work's Land Down Under.

The worst thing? My system doesn't have any speakers.

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Jul. 1st, 2010 | 06:19 pm

I have a good friend back in Denver. Haven't seen her in several years. Seven months ago, great news - she finally got pregnant after many attempts. Right now, she's in the hospital. They're trying to induce labor - for the second time in 24 hours - because they're concerned about her heart.

I'm somewhat stressed right now. Trying very hard not to have it bleed through while I'm at work.

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Feb. 27th, 2010 | 06:16 pm


So much for *this* weekend.

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Jan. 23rd, 2010 | 02:02 pm

Borrowed from another.

If I were a month, I’d be May.

If I were a day of the week, I’d be Friday.

If I were a time of day, I’d be late Evening.

If I were a planet, I’d be Pluto.

If I were a sea animal, I’d be a barracuda.

If I were a direction, I’d be West.

If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a recliner.

If I were a liquid, I’d be apple cider.

If I were a gemstone, I’d be a star sapphire.

If I were a tree, I’d be an oak.

If I were a tool, I’d be a micrometer.

If I were a flower, I’d be an orchid.

If I were a kind of weather, I’d be mostly sunny with some cloud cover.

If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a piccolo.

If I were a color, I’d be dark red.

If I were an emotion, I’d be rage. Carefully repressed.

If I were a fruit, I’d be a bannana.

If I were a sound, I’d be growling. Or purring.

If I were an element, I’d be fire.

If I were a car, I’d be a sport coupe.

If I were a food, I’d be steak. rare.

If I were a place, I’d be a narrow pass.

If I were a material, I’d be silk.

If I were a taste, I’d taste sweet.

If I were a scent, I’d be musk.

If I were an animal, I’d be an cat.

If I were an object, I’d be a knife.

If I were a body part, I’d be the spine.

If I were a facial expression, I’d be smiling, just a little. Enough to make you wonder.

If I were a song, I’d be Carmina Burana.

If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be nine league boots.

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Technical Security

Dec. 27th, 2009 | 04:12 pm
location: Home
mood: coldcold

It has come to my attention that a lot of you lack knowledge of how to write a password. Here are the rules for writing a solid password.

1. Don't use normal words. Not just "password" or "god" - two favorites - but any word you would find in a dictionary, or any name.

2. Use upper- and lowercase letters, and numbers as well.

3. Use unusual characters. This can supercede rule one - "U@ic0rN" works, for example.

4. The longer the better, while still being short enough to remember. "U@ic0rN!@#" isn't hard - it's U@ic0rN followed by the first three special characters in the numberset - but it's probably long enough and difficult to defeat 99.99% of attempts.

5. Nothing will defeat someone sufficiently dedicated with sufficient resources. If the NSA wants access to your accounts, they can manage it given enough time.

6. Use different passwords for different sites. This is annoying. Consider, however, that I juggle at least 8 passwords at work, all of which change at regular intervals. Even the ones that only lead to systems with no public access. And I don't get to select most of them.

The best way to do all this is with a password managment program. The best of them, such as KeePass - http://keepass.info/ - will maintain URLs directly to the site in question, so you can copy the password, click the link, and enter the password directly in the proper location. No, I don't get to use one of these at work, either.

In the interests of proper security, I will perform random testing on those of you I deem cute enough. Excuse me, those I deem worthy of mocking. Or both.

"Let's be careful out there." Bonus point for naming the show.

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Dec. 26th, 2009 | 04:14 pm
mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

"Menshad Korum" - In WH40K, this is an Eldar term meaning "Hunter(s) in pursuit of Themselves." Less literally, 'lost warriors' - the ones without a direction. They wander into many different pursuits, unable to find the one that is appropriate for them.

Always felt a kinship there.

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Word Definitions

Dec. 21st, 2009 | 03:21 am

Irony: Having Korn's 'Blind' start playing on Pandora while researching eye surgery.

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I'm back - be prepared.

Nov. 23rd, 2009 | 10:53 am

New tagline:

"Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing."

-- Cormac McArthy

That's not depressing. It's stimulating.

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Sep. 16th, 2009 | 04:55 pm
mood: relaxedrelaxed

Stolen from Gaaneden:

It's a game of "What if". What if you were on death row and about to be executed. You have just been asked what you will have for your last meal. What do you decide to have?

On arrival: Vintner's choice for champagne. Continue to experiment!

Appetizer: Chilled Shrimp Cocktail.

Small Soup: Potato soup with cheese & chives.

Rest break for taste buds: Change drink to water with hint of lime.

Main course: New York Strip steak, medium rare bordering on rare.

Side: Grilled vegetables - nothing white.

Rest break: Barman's choice for a Scotch.

Dessert: Key Lime pie.

Post-Dinner: Scotch - Single Malt Glenfiddich 40-year-old (the '68.)

--The girls are welcome. All boyfriends and husbands can wait in the car.--

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...well, tires.

Sep. 14th, 2009 | 09:23 am
mood: irritatedirritated

Okay. In the wake of the little-noticed decision of the Obama administration to increase the tariff on Chinese-made tires by 35% (to a total of 39%), I'm telling anyone who needs tires to get them now. Prices on low end tires will go up 20-30%; for mid-range tires 10-20%.

The tariff will cause tire manufacturers to respond by shifting production to other low-cost countries. NOT the U.S; this was never an option, which makes the move a total mystery. Hey, let's annoy the country that buys up most of the ever-increasing debt produced by out government!

Of course, that means there will be a lag in production. We will begin to see a shortage within 30 days, which will take between four to twelve months to be caught up. Lag = low availability. Scarcity = increased cost. Basic economics. So a set of four inexpensive tires at $500 a set will now cost approximately $600.

So...buy now.

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