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Amarok [21 Jan 2007|08:20pm]
Today I really wanted to listen to two albums. Making a playlist was too much hassle for this as I'll never use it again so I finally took the time to look up just what searches I could run in Amarok, my music player. I discovered this:
I highly suggest zooming in on that picture and taking a closer look but if you don't want to, here are the highlights. The search in there is: album:"speak for yourself" OR album:trouble
Those are the two albums I wanted to listen to and that's exactly what's on the playist. I could have done the same thing with artists, title, score or even the length of songs. On the sidebar are similar artists, similar songs, my favorite tracks by Imogen Heap, albums and compilations with Imogen Heap on them and that's just the tip of the iceberg. I often try to convince people that linux is better than windows but have a hard time because I can't point to things that are concretely better. Here's one.
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[16 Jan 2007|07:59pm]
http://www.aim.com/help_faq/starting_out/getstarted.adp#6_12

That's the link that tells you how to block people on aim. Make use of it if you need to. In case you didn't know there's also an invisible mode where you don't appear on peoples buddy lists but you can still chat with people. Be careful with that though; if somebody looks up your profile it will show up even if you're invisible (if you're offline it won't show up, thus people can still tell whether or not you're online even if you're invisible). If you have a gmail account chances are good that when you check your mail you'll show up as being online on the gtalk network. At the bottom of the page there's a link that says 'Standard without chat.' Clicking that will get rid of the chat features of gmail. Also, if you're trying to not talk to someone, spending lots of time on facebook (remember the news feed) or even worse, posting pictures from parties or other events that you recently attended isn't advisable. It's difficult I know, but these are the things you need to be aware of. Hope that's helpful. Talk to you all soon. Or maybe not :-)
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[15 Jan 2007|07:26pm]
It's so easy to let bitterness get the best of me. To be cruel and unremorseful and inflict pain on others. And why not? It's also cathartic, lets it out even if it doesn't change anything. But instead I'm careful and don't say the things I want to. The bitter, cruel things that might get the best of me. Because I might regret it later. So how do they get out? If I can't scream those things at the object of my bitterness what should I do? Write cryptic livejournal entries that nobody reads anymore and even if they did I wouldn't check back with them again? Do I couch it in philosophical terms, blame it on the superego or society or a lack of meaning? Do I seek God? Do I become destructive, either towards myself or towards others?
::shrug::
It's all been internalized now anyway. Maybe it's karma. I've done this before, now it's being done to me. Maybe it's fitting. Maybe it's just a joke. Cryptic cryptic cryptic. I should go into cryptography, study how to hide things. Too much math, though. Much too much math. Maybe that's the source of my problems. Too much math.
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[31 Oct 2006|12:12pm]
I was strolling through the linux forums one day and somebody had a signature that read: "If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament." Tech is a heavily male-dominated field and there's definitely a 'boys only' attitude that prevails. It was really good to see that there are people who reject that, and believe in it enough to put it at the bottom of every comment they make.
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About these packages [23 Oct 2006|01:38pm]
Disclaimer: They may not work. They may not even install. They may make your monitor explode in a shower of glass. EVEN LCDs! They may make your children grow horns, and cause the people in your neighborhood to explode spontaneously while doing the Macarena. They will rip out your eyeballs, and eat your soul with a really dull spoon, laughing and cackling while forcing Cheerios up your nose. They will make your intestines explode in a rain of confetti, while evil clowns bite your feet.

That was the actual disclaimer on a peice of software still in alpha. I love linux :-)
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[16 Oct 2006|01:58pm]
America's 10 Dumbest Congress people
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[30 Sep 2006|11:31pm]
If when a girl hits you it means she likes you, what does it mean when she flying kicks you?
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Simple 5 step plan for living room domination [28 Sep 2006|02:01am]
Step 1:
Backup all important media on old computer, format hard drives, install linux distribution of choice (Kubuntu for me)
Completed

Step 2:
Transfer all media back to newly formated computer, install samba, figure out how to mount it on all other computers on home network; configure as necessary
Completed

Step 3 (Optional):
Install Apache, MySQL, PHP on newly formated computer. Host all media so you can access it from anywhere with an internet connection, not just the LAN. Optional: Use Apache, MySQL, PHP to create a killer website. Sell website for millions. Stop here.
Skipped. For now.

Step 4:
Buy and install a Linux compatible TV Tuner Card
50% done (ordered but not installed)

Step 5:
Install and configure MythTV. You will now have complete control over the entire living room and have created a kick ass media center that can store music, movies and TV shows and make them available anywhere at anytime. Enjoy.
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[27 Sep 2006|05:37pm]
A quote from an online forum about gay marriage that I thought deserved repeating:

Fuck the GOP.
Fuck the administration.
Fuck Christianity.
Fuck who you want.

As long as you make sure the other party is consenting*
*Credit to Marysia for making that distinction :-)
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[22 Sep 2006|01:34pm]
Does anybody out there have an orkut account? Creation is by invite only. Anybody know anybody with an orkut account? Anybody whos response leads to me getting an orkut account automatically gets onto my list of awesome people for the week.

Thanks,
Aaron
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[18 Sep 2006|05:26pm]
I wonder what would happen if there was a language without superlatives and dichotomy. If instead of being able to say object x has property y, one would have to also state to what extent x embodied y. Instead of 'the cup is red' it would be 'the cup is mostly red' or 'the cup is very red.' Instead of 'men are pigs' it would be 'men are somewhat piggy' or 'some men are very piggy' or 'this man is completely piggy.' Imagine a language without black and white, a language built on shades of grey. Would people be more accepting if our language didn't default to absolutes? The cup is or isn't red, men are or aren't pigs, stealing is or isn't wrong. What if we were forced to think of everything as a spectrum? How cool would that be.
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[13 Sep 2006|02:23pm]
According to a recent survey, IT workers are 32% less likely than workers in other fields to wear clean clothes everday.

:-(
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[12 Sep 2006|05:51pm]
For those of you interested, here is a debate between the founder of Wikipedia and the founder of The Encyclopedia Britanica. It's really interesting reading, especially the discussion at the end. Enjoy.

Here's the debate
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[12 Sep 2006|11:56am]
I laughed, I cried, I techgasmed so hard I need a cigarette.

Steve Jobs is just that good, even via satellite. And for those of you who didn't follow the keynote live, you have some amazing surprises in store for you, coming very soon.
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[06 Sep 2006|06:20pm]
Vladimir looks at my watch, tells me to show it to Will
"He has a belly dancer in his watch"
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[06 Sep 2006|03:32pm]
Q. What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?
A. A stick.
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[02 Sep 2006|12:52pm]
No more bellydancing, chief!
--Vlad to me
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[30 Aug 2006|05:22pm]
"In a move that has been termed 'positively Orwellian' by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Executive Director Jeff Ruch, George W. Bush is ending public access to research materials at EPA regional libraries without Congressional consent. This all-out effort to impede research and public access is a [loosely] covert operation to close down 26 technical libraries under the guise of budgetary constraint. Scientists are protesting, but at least 15 of the libraries will be closed by Sept. 30, 2006."

Today is September 30th.

P.S. Amarok supports pocasts! It's a podcaster and a listener and completely beats out iTunes as the best music player on any platform.

P.P.S. Last.fm is rocking. It took a few weeks, but I love almost every song it plays now, including the 60% of it I've never heard. It's great. And it integrates perfectly with Amarok!
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[24 Aug 2006|10:28am]
A senior product manager at Microsoft made an announcement today at a tech conference in Australia "that full HD content shall only be played at the full resolution where only signed drivers are used — only in the 64-bit version of Vista." None of it will play on 32 bit processors. All of you with your 1 year old laptops, the ones that say Centrino, or Centrino Duo or Pentium M or have the intel logo on them won't be able to play high definition content at its full resolutions. Your computers will be intentionally crippled. The technology is there. People have set up home theatre systems that play HD just fine with 32 bit processors. Luckily for you, this senior project manager also gave a reason why they were intentionally taking this ability from you: "The media companies asked us to do this and said they don't want any of their high definition content to play in x32 at all, because of all of the unsigned malware that runs in kernel mode can get around content protection, so we had to do this."

"The media companies asked us to do this... so we had to do this." Unsigned malware in kernel mode has been one of the leading causes of identity theft for almost a decade and it prompted no changes from Microsoft. But when fucking media companies say that people will be able to steal their movies if something doesn't happen Microsoft will cripple hundreds of thousands of computers? What the fuck is up with that?

So when you get an error message saying that your computer is incapable of playing HD content at its native resolution don't let somebody convince you that it's because 32 bit processors can't handle HD content. Know that it's because Microsoft and media companies are limiting your rights to try and stop piracy. You haven't done anything wrong, but they're going to take away your ability to use WHAT YOU LEGALLY BOUGHT to its full extent anyway.

I am disgusted.
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[14 Aug 2006|02:32pm]
I never expect people with blond hair to smoke. It always surprises and slightly disappoints me. Oh well. I get over it pretty fast.
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last.fm [12 Aug 2006|05:06pm]
I just discovered last.fm and it very well may have changed my life. Imagine... having a profile of your favorite music. That's not so unbelievable. Now imagine that there are lots of these profiles, each one representing the musical tastes of another person. Again, pretty easy to do. Every time you (or whoever) listens to a song (in any music player, like iTunes, Amarok, Winamp) the fact that you listened to that particular song is added to your profile. Over time, this profile would become a relatively accurate representation of your musical taste. This is getting pretty good but still well within the realm of the reasonable. Here's where it gets crazy. The software associated with your profile doesn't just index what you listen to, it creates a complete picture of your musical taste, combines and cross-references that picture with everybody elses pictures and can figure out songs that you don't have and may have never heard of that you'll like. I just started using it and it's amazing accurate. Within 5 minutes it had a list of artists for me. Four of them I'd heard of a liked and I'm listening to one of the others now and he's good. I encourage everybody to use this.
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[11 Aug 2006|11:32am]
8+5+8+5+5+8=39-5=34
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[29 Jul 2006|10:46am]
Sometimes slashdot disgusts me. The first article I read today was entitled 'Fedora Welcomes Women to FOSS.' FOSS, for those of you who don't know stands for Free, Open Source Software. Basically, this development community set up a program to try and get more women involved in their project, citing the fact that women make up 1.5% of the open source community. The almost uniform reaction on slashdot (of all the posts that were highly modded, which are the only ones that get seen) was negative. The reasoning behind it was that men and women are just different and that trying to force women to be something they're not was an exercise in futility. Here's an actual quote from somebody:

"Why on Earth is this needed? I'm all for equal opportunities and everything, but does further segregation of the sexes help any cause?
Some things are always going to be *generally* one sex or the other. For example, men like mechanics and sports. Women like ponies and getting their nails done. Obviously not hard and fast examples.
Men like to be nerds, women like to be in the real world more."

...

Women like ponies and getting their nails done? Come on now. I know maybe one woman who has those tendencies and I tend to think that she's the freak. The complete disregard for the influence that culture plays on people was just depressing.

"Some people just can't get over the fact that vastly more men than women want to develop software (or create hardware or whatever). Why is this so threatening to them? Because it goes against their deep-seated belief that everyone is born identical and it's only culture that makes us want different things. That's bull and it's always been bull. Men and women are different in some key ways."

Yes the belief that everyone is born identical is crazy, but equally fucking crazy is the idea that we're all born with the exact qualities we're going to have the rest of our lives and that our experiences growing up don't affect us at all!!!!!!!!!!!!.

Anyway, that's my morning slashdot rant.
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[23 Jul 2006|02:47pm]
Surf the web with nothing but brainwaves (This one's kind of scary. If you read it, make sure to get the section where they beam ultrasonic signals directly into your brain [no implants required] in order to induce certain sensory experiences [such as particular smells])
Israel-Lebanon conflict mapped on Google Earth (Scary as well, but for a different reason. It's one thing to hear about all that's happening but just seeing the sheer magnitude of it all on the map... not all of the incidents could be displayed on my screen there were so many of them. According to the creator this is a 'very incomplete' listing)
The invention machine
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[21 Jul 2006|04:04pm]
Sometimes, people are wonderful
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[21 Jul 2006|12:05pm]
The Linux kernel is the foundation of one of the greatest operating systems ever to emit the soft blue glow of lcd. The latest version of the linux kernel is affectionately codenamed "Crazed Snow-Weasel." That's a relatively accurate representation of what makes Linux so wonderful.
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[16 Jul 2006|10:46am]
Spam detection software, running on the system "ca.businesselemental.com", has identified this incoming email as possible spam. Content analysis follows:

pts rule name description
---- ---------------------- --------------------------------------------------
2.9 MIME_BOUND_MANY_HEX Spam tool pattern in MIME boundary
1.6 DEAR_SOMETHING BODY: Contains 'Dear (something)'
0.1 EXCUSE_16 BODY: I wonder how many emails they sent in error
0.4 MILLION_USD BODY: Talks about millions of dollars
1.6 DONT_DELETE BODY: Don't delete me! Nooooo!!!!
0.2 MIME_QP_LONG_LINE RAW: Quoted-printable line longer than 76 chars
3.7 MSGID_FROM_MTA_SHORT Message-Id was added by a relay
3.0 NIGERIAN_BODY1 Message body looks like a Nigerian spam message 1+
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[11 Jul 2006|10:32pm]
In the words of Sigmund Freud, "I have a dream."
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[08 Jul 2006|11:51am]
I bet that most of you have heard about Windows Vista, the successor to Windows XP. What I don't think most people know is that it's actually an acronym.

VISTA = Viruses, Infections, Spyware, Trojans, Adware
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[06 Jul 2006|02:42am]
"I wish Kundera would write a book on this so I would know how to feel"
--Anonymous
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[05 Jul 2006|12:41pm]
* Tech Support: "Tech support."
* Customer: "Yeah, every time I get on the Internet and leave my computer, I get disconnected."
* Tech Support: "How long are you away from your computer?"
* Customer: "About 10-20 minutes."
* Tech Support: "Sir, if you're idle for more than 15 minutes, we disconnect you."
* Customer: "Well don't disconnect me!"
* Tech Support: "It's not us, sir -- it's the servers, they do it automatically."
* Customer: "Change it, then."
* Tech Support: "I can't."
* Customer: "Yes you can!"
* Tech Support: "Sir, I'm not allowed to."
* Customer: "I pay for this service, and dammit, you're going to change it!"
* Tech Support: "Sir, I'm not allowed to change it. Bottom line."
* Customer: "And why not!?"
* Tech Support: "Because I'm not the administrator."
* Customer: "Well tell him to change it!"
* Tech Support: "I can't do that either. The administrator hates me."
* Customer: "Why?"
* Tech Support: "Because I won our last Nerf tournament."
* Customer: "Nerf tournament?! I pay you guys to play with toys?"
* Tech Support: "We do it in our spare time."
* Customer: "I want to talk to your supervisor!"
* Tech Support: "Sorry, but my supervisor is the administrator, and he's busy."
* Customer: "Well, I'm going to rat you out about your little Nerf gun secret!"
* Tech Support: "Tell the owner -- it'll give him more of a reason to come down here to play with us."

He hung up.

* Customer: "Hello, I have a problem. My name is Bob Murton."
* Tech Support: "I'm sorry, but I can't help you with that problem."
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[01 Jul 2006|09:58am]
ZFS is a 128-bit file system, which means it can provide 16 billion billion times the capacity of current 64-bit systems. The limitations of ZFS are designed to be so large that they will never be encountered in any practical operation. When contemplating the capacity of this system, Bonwick stated "Populating 128-bit file systems would exceed the quantum limits of earth-based storage. You couldn't fill a 128-bit storage pool without boiling the oceans."

In reply to a question about filling up the ZFS without boiling the ocean, Jeff Bonwick, an engineer at Sun Microsystems who led the team in developing ZFS for Solaris, offered this answer:

"Although we'd all like Moore's Law to continue forever, quantum mechanics imposes some fundamental limits on the computation rate and information capacity of any physical device. In particular, it has been shown that 1 kilogram of matter confined to 1 liter of space can perform at most 1051 operations per second on at most 1031 bits of information [see Seth Lloyd, "Ultimate physical limits to computation." Nature 406, 1047-1054 (2000)]. A fully-populated 128-bit storage pool would contain 2128 blocks (nibbles) = 2137 bytes = 2140 bits; therefore the minimum mass required to hold the bits would be (2140 bits) / (1031 bits/kg) = 136 billion kg.

To operate at the 1031 bits/kg limit, however, the entire mass of the computer must be in the form of pure energy. By E=mc2, the rest energy of 136 billion kg is 1.2x1028 J. The mass of the oceans is about 1.4x1021 kg. It takes about 4,000 J to raise the temperature of 1 kg of water by 1 degree Celsius, and thus about 400,000 J to heat 1 kg of water from freezing to boiling. The latent heat of vaporization adds another 2 million J/kg. Thus the energy required to boil the oceans is about 2.4x106 J/kg * 1.4x1021 kg = 3.4x1027 J. Thus, fully populating a 128-bit storage pool would, literally, require more energy than boiling the oceans."
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[20 Jun 2006|04:17pm]
Some things are just so fucking beautiful they make me use an irish accent.
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[19 Jun 2006|03:56pm]
I just heard the OSX kernel described as "BSD humping Mach's leg." That's a direct quote. The worst part is I can't figure out any concrete way in which that sentence is false.
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[19 Jun 2006|11:59am]
Sometimes it's so much easier to do things the hard way
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[16 Jun 2006|12:49pm]
Sometimes (not often, but sometimes) computers scare the crap out of me. It's a very disconcerting experience.

Edit: But once I solve the problem that has made me so afraid of computers, I go on such a high. I feel like I'm conducting a virtual symphony of light and sound and bits and bytes. It is a truly awe-inspiring experience when one's video card and screensavers begin to work at optimum efficiency.
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[09 Jun 2006|01:37am]
Cat Stevens, Shinedown, Bread, graduation songs, Eve 6 and 1:38am is possibly the absolute worst combination I've ever experienced. Good night :-)
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[09 Jun 2006|12:36am]
I think that if water was red instead of clear we would all be very different people.
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[06 Jun 2006|01:34pm]
Apple has officially re-released the special edition U2 iPod. From the marketing page: "Thanks to this unique partnership between U2 and Apple, U2 fans can finally find what they’re looking for." Fantastic
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[05 Jun 2006|12:58pm]
My iPod was just stolen. Wonderful.
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[02 Jun 2006|03:28pm]
I hate to say it but in the nerd community, >= 50% of all products/new technologies that come out are just e-penis upgrades for the time being...
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BEHOLD MY ARMY OF DANCING BANANAS [02 Jun 2006|12:41pm]
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[25 May 2006|01:18pm]
[ mood | Sore, must be time to run ]

I hate my coaches. They're too damn good. I swore off track, said I'd never go back to competing, expunged it from my soul. And I was successful at it. So why am I so sore today? Because I spent three hours yesterday at my first formal track practice in two years. I hate my coaches. They're too damn good. At making me remember just how good it hurt.

If you need to get a hold of me, I'll probably be out running.

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[12 May 2006|11:41am]
So it finally happened. My computer bit the bullet. Or tried to but couldn't stop it so it kept going and got lodged in its CPU (the brain of the computer). It was a sad day. That computer meant a lot to me. I know it was just a computer made of silicon and circuit boards but it was good to me. We had a special connection. If I couldn't reuse the parts I'd probably have a memorial service. This isn't me joking around. I loved that computer and its death hits hard. I'd like to finish with some Her Space Holiday lyrics:

My sister always said that hardships come in twos
A funeral on breakup afternoon
There's really no good tiem for anyone to leave
In a couple weeks I'll get my chance to grieve
And hopefully by then my mind will be all clear
And I can cry for the reasons that I'm there
And not for all the things that are happening at home
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[11 May 2006|04:43pm]

Thanks Vidal :-D
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Because I'm allowed [11 May 2006|12:59am]
YOU
1. Name:
2. Date of birth:
3. Where you live:
4. What makes you happy:
5. Currently listening/the last thing you listened to:
6. Do you read my journal often?:
7. If yes, what makes it especially good or bad?:
8. An interesting fact about you:
9. Are you in love/do you have a crush at the moment?:
10. Favourite place to spend time:
11. Favourite lyric:
12. The best time of the year:

RECOMMEND
1. A film:
2. A book:
3. A band, a song, or album:

PLUS
1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Look at my friends-list and tell what you like about one of our mutual friends:
4. Put this in your journal so that I can tell you what I like about you.
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My Karma on Slashdot [10 May 2006|04:58pm]
[ mood | FUCKING ECSTATIC ]

IS FUCKING EXCELLENT!!!

I HAVE A +1 BONUS MODIFIER!!!!

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Uh-oh... [07 May 2006|02:23am]

He even kind of looks like me...
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[21 Apr 2006|10:23pm]

MY DESKTOP IS FUCKING HUGE. THANK GOD FOR 1600X1200 RESOLUTION AND THE 4:3 ASPECT RATIO.
NEXT STEP: 2560X1600
NEXT STEP AFTER THAT: 2 OF THEM

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Why I'm a Nerd [17 Apr 2006|11:07am]
Favorite Foods:
SQL Server Gal is a food-positive person. Sure, she's been through the diets, the junk food binges, the health food recoveries—but at the end of the day, she's about moderation and avoiding uberrestrictive regimens. Hungry for a hot dog now and then? Eat a hot dog now and then! She knows that Visual Studio Guy gets all fired up about his raw veggies, but she's never been one to push her own preferences on other people like that. Of course, she leads a pretty active lifestyle, being a superhero. Do you have any idea how many calories are burned by flying? Neither do we. But it's probably a lot. At least, more than by falling. Which is what we did when we tried our own "research" about it. Our findings? Falling doesn't burn many calories, and we don't recommend it as a weight-loss program. Plus, there's the pain part of it at the end. Frankly, falling wouldn't be that bad, if it didn't involve landing. It would be more like floating. Which seems like it would be fun, doesn't it? Mmmmm, floating. In the air. Or ice cream. Ice cream floats are yummy. What were we talking about?
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