So what’s new in the life of me. Not too much. Hmmm, let me think – I guess I’ll just go through them all. [B]Text:[/B] I have been doing a ton of reading as of late, and very little of it is uplifting. I finished Snowcrash (Gibson), the 7-novel series Death Gate Cycle (Weis & Hickman), Digital Fortress (Dan Brown) and Pattern Recognition (Gibson). Digital Fortress and Pattern recognition, although fairly long books, were both very engrossing and very quick reads. PR, though, is in Gibson’s typically-cryptic style and takes a lot of think-time outside of reading the book. Like, read 10 pages, stop, think for a few minutes, make sure I have it, then continue. Maybe I am getting dumber. Wouldn’t surprise me. I’m supposed to read The Da Vinci Code next, but I have to wait until Keen is done with it. [b]Web:[/b] [L=http://jared.seehafer.net]Jared’s website[/L] is back up, which is super. He even has all of his archives. Yay. [L=http://pinklaura.blogspot.com]Laura’s site[/L] has some new content, which is nice. Other than that, the [L=http://www.copyright.gov]www.copyright.gov[/L] website has a ton of good reading on it. For example, you don’t need to put a copyright notice on any work created after 1989 — it’s insta-copyrighted upon dissemination. Odd. Also of interest is the latest [L=http://www.uniras.gov.uk/vuls/2004/236929/]TCP Protocol Vulnerability[/L], which is a semi-big deal. Not for me but other people. I also highly suggest reading [L=http://www.kottke.org]Kottke.org[/L] – always good text and links, and it was one of the original reasons why I started rand0m.org [b]Store:[/b] The store is doing OK. We had an issue with our CS Team, but that has been cleared up. I setup the FreeBSD machine to be a [L=http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/filtering-bridges/article.html]packet filtering bridge[/L]. Yay for bandwidth shaping & firewalling. I think implementing that broke our mailserver, though, as it went totally apeshit the other day and stopped accepting mail. Burned an hour of my day to figure out why, too. I had no idea configs could just change. On another note, we are starting up a Counter-Strike League. Here’s to it working. [b]HPI:[/b] Nada, really. Had a bizarre set of circumstances that led to the whole HPI network going down. I’ll put up an article about that shortly, and link it here. Additionally, had some _whack_ weather kill a bunch of our radios in one day. It was not fun. Also, 5.7/5.2GHz ISM/UNII totally owns the shit out of 2.4GHz gear. Period. [b]Personal:[/b] I am not sexually interesting, per Samantha Garrett, my almost-life-long dream girl. How’s that for a start to your Wednesday? Maybe I need to find a floozy and use her to make myself feel good. Meh, that never works. Well fuck that. Maybe I am just uninteresting in general. I could see that, as I’m pretty bland, or have been for the past 6 months or so. Maybe I just give off the “uninteresing sexually” aura and drive women away. Ahh yes, that must be it. Nothing wrong with _me_, just the damned Aura. And some girl’s obviously misguided opinion of things. Yes, that too. One of my roommates Got Laid. He looked happier than a fox in a hen house. I was jealous there for about 3 seconds, then realized that, oh yea, I’m a eunuch, and then went on my way. There’s a girl I’m thinking about pursuing, but it’s going to take some time to sort itself out. God I hate that. And the whole relationship thing in general. It’s so fucking difficult to find good people – especially women. And then they crush your spirit mercilessly, and you’re just like “this is bullshit”. Eat shit and like it. Took Duck in the face at 250 knots. I walked to work today, and despite the inclimate weather, it felt good to be outside.
Ganked from [L=http://pinklaura.blogspot.com]Laura’s Page[/L] A cool survey that ALL the cool kids are doing! 1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says: Phonebook: “9577 Coronary Heart Disease” 2: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first? A filing cabinet. It’s been here forever. 3: What is the last thing you watched on TV? Um, it was last night … and it was … Oh, The Daily Show. 4: WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what time it is: 1:26 5: Now look at the clock, what is the actual time? 1:21 6: With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? People in the hallway, chatting about their kids 7: When did you last step outside? what were you doing? I was outside this morning around 10am when I was getting into my truck 8: Before you came to this website, what did you look at? Mah Inbox. Outlook 2003 Owns me. 9: What are you wearing? Jeans, sneakers, black AMD T-Shirt & a gray Atlanta Braves Sweatshirt 10: Did you dream last night? I am sure I did, and I’m sure it involved everything that is wrong with my life 😉 11: When did you last laugh? A real laugh? Hmmm, yesterday while in #freebsdhelp on EFNet. Somebody said something funny. Other than that it’s all bullshit fake laughing. 12: What is on the walls of the room you are in? A bunch of “Good Job!” emails, network schematics, lots of whiteboards, a poster thing of the Arches in Utah. 13: Seen anything weird lately? Not particularly. Not even yesterday. hmmm. Of course, I exist in only one of 4 places. 14: What do you think of this quiz? Meh. It asks questions that I think are aimed at lighthearted people, and I’m not. So it’s sorta depressing. Like … WOW, I don’t laugh, and WOW, I’m working and WOW, wtf am I doing? 15: What is the last film you saw? Hmm. It was on TV … OH, right, Bill & Ted’s excellent adventure (I know, ‘wtf!?’ you’re saying) 16: If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first? Instant answer, New Car. Second answer … a car, followed by a ton of other things. 17: Tell me something about you that I don’t know: I loathe doing almost everything. No joke. 18: If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do? I would try to remove peoples’ fear – fear of government, fear of retribution, crippling fear. Critical for progress. 19: Do you like to dance? Nope. I’m horrible at it, and I look even worse while doing it. 20: George Bush: is he really doing Dick Cheney? Holy shit, Cheney is gay? 21a: Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?: Sarah. Dunno why, but I’ve always liked that name. Maybe Rebecca. 21b: Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?: Steven. I’ve known a good amount of amazing Steves. 22: Would you ever consider living abroad? Absolutely.