Well hello again, remember me? I buggered off ages ago when feeling very very arggh (and whilst already wanting to severely cut back on my Slashdotting in order to free up more time). I think after I got my head back in order (which didn't take too long) the plan had been to stay away until I'd got a bunch of shit sorted out, but much such shit got badly delayed, and after a while didn't look half as worthwhile as it had, etc and so eventually got abandoned...
So I figured instead I'd keep using the time to work on stuff, but occasionally lurked here and there (and caught
up on various peoples' news, the good the bad and the awful). Then I noticed it was very nearly a year since
I'd gone, and I didn't want to look like I was some big
drama queen, or I didn't like everyone- I am only medium-sized and mostly stay away from the people I don't like. So I'm sort of buggering back in a limited capacity
(which I have of course said before and it din't work then).
This will probably be my last JE here, but I should be reading a bit and commenting something like twice a week
There is also the vaguely amusing side effect for those whose /. date displays don't show years (or who aren't paying attention) that this journal will appear to predate the previous one by this timing.
Meanwhile, I've been posting on my still-b0rken website more regularly (whilst regularly intending to fix the site management software but...), and got meself a Livejournal
account- which was mostly just intended to occasionally comment in Interrobang's journals there (firstly meant
to make an account to distinguish myself from some
obnoxious troll who was pestering her, and then
had to as she disabled anonymous posting before I
got around to it). Livejournal I find surprisingly neat,
as for a start it seems a lot better designed than
Slashdot's journal system. Plus you can get a better
picture of what sort of people you're interacting with, and
if you feel like it, find random like-minded people there. People are welcome to comment in my occasional journals
there, but note that I don't allow anonymous users to do
so- too open to abuse.
So anyhow. Here I am run out of much to say. Could do with something to eat, I think the pizza in the freezer's
for another night which is a shame, it's a lovely
ham+pineapple one. Also spotted in my absence that there
was actually a film of History of the World
(Part 1)? No wonder I could never figure out what anyone
was on about. Who the fuck did they get to play Dave
Oh yes, and it probably goes without saying by
posting this, that I'm ok, not hurt in the bombings
(I'm nowhere near London); the only people close to me
that I'm aware of being in London are fine too (as
stated on my site blog thing). I'm no longer worrying
very much about that, I simply hope they catch those
responsible (if they're still around), prevent further attacks, and keep off our civil liberties. It
seems absurd for our leaders to say things like "These people want to destroy our way of life" and then set
about destroying our way of life to (apparently) stop them.
Now then... Questions? Hellos? Abuse? Money? Pr0n? Other?
My life is currently in something of a ridiculous miniature
turmoil. Too chaotic, stressed, and busy to take the time to
even begin to journal all of it. Will be
seriously off of Slashdot until further notice
(expect something like 2 months or so, I really don't
Take care, all of you. Thanks for your time.
For M2ers, defn of "Troll"
(*-no, not because I wanted to be M2'd down, but
because I thought they weren't unfair)
Another was this little gem. Now, my
understanding of the term "Troll" is that "trolling" is a variation
on "trauling", and originally referred to a sort of fishing,
eg: "trolling one's hands through the water". It refers to
(more or less) a comment designed purely to get a
significant angry response- specifically a response
in the form of replies, rather than somebody merely
getting quietly offended.
Some others had modded it up as "insightful" and
"interesting", but it seemed clear to me it had
it all. It was:
- Offensively worded
- Able to generate at least 10 direct replies (I didn't try to count the total replies under those)
Anyway, no, this is not a reply to that. This is a reply to
the M2ers who can't smell a troll when they're shown one.
Yeah, I often m2 downmods as unfair, but if there's any
doubt I prefer to leave them "dont' know". And it
was a troll, I don't care if you agreed with him or
not. People here often refer to "groupthink" on the site,
but I still suspect this works both ways...
Any comments welcome, but bear in mind I'm still finding
myself not spending much time here nowadays, so
apologies if I don't respond (either soon or at all).
OTOH, I've got a bunch of other things to journal about
too, so... :P
[Addendum: Oh yeah, and if you were one of
the people that M2'd me down, don't
be afraid to say. I won't foe you or beat you over the head
with a blunt instrument or anything, I'll probably just
scowl at you a bit and tell you that it was a troll so ner]
Surprise visit from the Mod Point Fairy [updated a bit]
After my last JE (and a couple of comments following it),
I've found myself not on Slashdot much the past week.
Not just because of the whole GMail epidemic
getting my goat, but also because of copious IMing
with my nice shiny new Jabber account (and not so
nice Jabber client- unfortunately the only one I could
find that I could use >:( ).
As such, I was rather surprised last night when I logged
in briefly out of habit...
...and saw "You have 5 moderator points! Use 'em or
I'd been quite sure from the way I'd not had them for the
past 2 or 3 months or so, that I must have got RTBLed
when I started regularly M2ing, due to my maybe slightly
idiosyncratic fairness criteria (I put a much higher
fairness requirement on downmods than upmods, and
am not very tolerant of "redundant", for example). But
Now, although I often look through people's old JEs
and comments, I don't comment half as much as many of
you. But that bit in the FAQ about picking people who're
somewhere in the middle of the bell curve... well if
was so high that it took a week of reading little and
posting *nothing* to get back to "normal", then most
of you lot must be completely off the scale.
Just a bit of food for thought for others who've not seen
mod points for aeons (but yeah, I'm aware of the whole
"Great Slashdot Troll Post Investigation" fiasco, and how
the people involved literally haven't had points for
years). Eh, and now I have to find someplace
to spend these things. Their shelf-life seems a bit longer
than it used to be, interestingly- perhaps they realised
that if people have to use them all at once, they'll be
less likely to moderate thoughtfully.
(apologies to Btlzu2, BTW, for leaving that
last comment to go unreplied to for so long- and to
other people whose comments I left unreplied too,
for that matter)
[Update: and then a couple days later... I got them
again. And then yet again a couple of days
after that!!! I wonder how much commenting affects
the usage statistics as far as selecting moderators goes]
I still don't want GMail, and You Lot Suck.
You can all take your GMail, and stick it. And the donkey
you rode in on (but not the donkey's donkey, of
course, because as we all know, donkeys aren't
Pretty much all of you are jumping on GMail, and it sucks.
It's pretty much everywhere I turn.
Even people who don't see the point of GMail want
it, even people who don't
intend to use it want it, and I think it was the last
straw for me when I spotted Sol of all people,
who has quite vocally pointed out how she doesn't
like Google, has got a GMail account too!
Am I really the only one who couldn't give a flying
fuck about stinking GMail? Yeah, gape in amazement
at threaded comments. It's like you can see the
course of a conversation, wooo! I don't think even my
shittest mail client can't cope with that!! Spam blocking?
I get a handful of spam in a bad week. I mostly have to
worry that people's legitimate emails can get
eaten by the uptight filters. Don't have to delete
mails? I've not
had that problem for a LONG time, using POP3.
When I recently asked WTF it was that
made everybody so excited about a souped up webmail
system, I at least got some answers that hadn't occured
to me. Apparently it's useful to be able to access it from
anywhere. But it seems to me that using such a thing as
a PDA with some sort of wireless shit (802xqpfns.3232 or
whatever the fuck the latest wireless shit is), you could
access decent POP3 email from almost literally
anywhere anyways. I don't have a PDA because I
can't afford one and don't really have much need for one,
but I'm sure most of you lot could on both counts.
Is it really so terrible to not be able
to access your email for a little while? If you want to
get it from your office (where applicable), can you not
set up an extra account in your mail client there? Meh,
I know nothing about offices, don't ask me.
Apparently the other advantage of webmail is that
it's so easy to set up, which is great for people who
don't know how to use computers. Um, hold on, what site
am I on again?...
No, this isn't sour grapes for not having an invite- if I
wanted one, I'd ask for one- there's no shame in doing
such a thing when everyone else does. But I like the
way many of you wave the word "groupthink" at the
people on the front page...
Hey, at least not everybody wants it. Now, if you'll all
excuse me, I'm off to my concrete bunker of POP3ness,
to don my tinfoil hat and write some Perl scripts
to mix pineapple flavoured
booze with pizza, and fling the whole mixture out the
window at God's SUV. Despite being perl scripts, these
scripts will be released under GPL as I am a stinking
commie hippie godless heathen zealot. Oh, and I think
I need to lie down and maybe get some sleep,
(yeah, you can have the crack pipe back, I'm done
with it for now)
A says it's avocado,
B says it's clementines.
C says it's pineapple, and he always knows.
He was brought up in Hawaii, yeah, Hawaii.
--Pineapple (Jah Wobble)
One of my favourite basslines, and rather nice with ham, or
gammon. Even if that ham is sitting upon a pizza.
PS- Tomato is a fruit, yes it is. Suck it up.
My first clues that something was going wrong started
several months ago. Our ISP always disconnects us
after 120 minutes without fail, as a matter of policy.
Very occasionally, when reconnecting, I'd find the new
connection didn't seem to work right somehow, but I
wasn't sure what was going on. I assumed it was the p2p
client I was using at the time, not always being able to
deal with the change in IP address.
Since then, early this year, I realised when using
more conventional internet stuff, that I wasn't able to
resolve any domain names. I looked further into it, and
found the problem seemed to be that I was getting
connections that somehow didn't have any routes defined. It was
working such that when I gave the "route" command, it'd just sit there
indefinitely until I killed it! The routeless state remained until I
disconnected. Reconnecting again, it seemed to work. But I soon found
that the screw ups became more and more frequent.
Now, I'm inclined to blame Freeserve
(hock-ptui!) as they clearly changed something that made shit break,
but my parent's Windows machines don't seem affected, and it's pretty
obvious the route command shouldn't be acting that way. If there's no
route, it should be less shit about it. Although of course
the route command is just a symptom. Probably.
Well, I'm getting a bit desparate now, because just now when I tried
to get online it took me about TEN TIMES of "connect, test route,
disconnect, wait a few minutes, start again" before I got a working
connection, and I don't see it getting any better. A few weeks ago I
tried upgrading the ppp packages to the ones from Debian/Testing, figuring
there might have been a fix, but it made no difference. Does anybody
know where this comes from?
(apologies for unanswered posts, I've not slept since, uh,
some time yesterday, I don't know when, and I just had to rake the lawn
this afternoon in the baking heat, and then I ended up stupidly
double-posting what was meant to be a quick message in e2.com, and
embarrasing the crap out of myself, then getting incredibly confused with
opening too many browser windows trying to do I don't know what. What am
I saying? Don't know... I'm saying I'm worn out and I'll be back tomorrow probably
when I'm capable of writing more, and thinking, yes that's handy. I'm only
writing this because, well, what I said before. Must
sleep now. Bye)
(PS Apology for lack of coherence too. I'm sure
you get the picture)
Well that was fun
Well, not quite. For the past 3 hours or so (well again,
not quite, because another hour's passed now) I've been
dabbing away at my Dad's crassula plant with a tiny little
paintbrush soaked in meths. The thing was covered in
Bugs, which are officially Teh Suck. Apparently the
usual treatment is Malathion, but apparently crassula are
allergic to it (as my dad put it). As he was busy with other
stuff, he got me to do the job instead.
I'm only glad it
wasn't a bigger plant, it took so long to get them all -and
due to the way the leaves are, many were very well
hidden. I'm not certain I got them all, there would likely
have been 2 or 3 left, but maybe I'll be able to see any
survivors tomorrow. We're also probably going to repot the
thing, especially because there's a chance the little
bastards will have got into the roots. DIE, YOU
DIRTY LITTLE FUCKSTICKS
For any mealy bugs reading this, sorry, it isn't anything
I can't decide whether this
woman is a troll or has some sort of
personality disorder. She seems to have been "doing the
rounds" in everybody's JEs recently. Really not sure
what to make of her, much of what she says seems
entirely random, or sounds like she's making some
sort of joke or trying to be artsy or whatever, then every
now and again she seems to come out with something
pretty vitriolic for no obvious reason.
Reminds me of some of the GNAA
stuff at times, or those Markov bots (you know, the ones
that randomly generate vaguely meaningful looking text
based on Markov chains. There was a "Markov Blogger"
too IIRC). She also seems to produce JEs of a similar
style at a phenomenal rate, and then delete them
again (ATM the earliest is from the 11th, but I'd seen
earlier ones before). Very odd.
Yeah yeah, "don't feed the trolls", but I never bought in
to that philosophy 100%. If someone says or does
something that's way out of line, I prefer to bring
attention to the fact.
I had another JE I was going to do, but I can't be arsed
now. My feet are soggy from having to water the garden,
and I'm kind of tired, and I'm watching a spider possibly
going to catch a clothes-moth that's on the window,
although that's not relevant in any way shape or form.
Fucking clothes moths. Hate them. Oh yeah, and I've
still got more repotting to do, but I at least seem to have
found a halfway decent soil mixture (although the proof
of this will probably not be seen for a while).
After a few weeks of extra slackness (mostly due to a
flurry of emails between Interrobang and myself taking up
much of my time), I figured I'd try taking Creatine for a
bit to try to catch up on my weights again. For those
that don't know, creatine is a supplement for helping your
muscles recover quickly from exercise, giving them more
energy, whatever. It's produced by your liver, and you
get a little from meat, but both in small amounts. Creatine
isn't steroids*, and I wouldn't take those: I don't think
that getting bigger muscles would be worth getting smaller
elsewhere, do you?
(*-I know, there's different types of steroids)
Anyway, obvious effects I've found from taking
creatine this past week or 2:
- I got a splitting headache on the first or second
day of taking them. I rarely get headaches. I think it must
have been dehydration (creatine needs a lot of water to
absorb, and you're supposed to load up with extra
creatine the first 3 or 4 days). I've not had the headaches
- I seem maybe able to last a bit longer with the
weights, but unfortunately I'm still unfit (bad cardiovascular
fitness), so I get exhausted about as quickly.
- I'm about 7 quid poorer (I was lucky I found some
reduced at Holland & Barrett after shopping about;
unfortunately they're in capsule form, which is apparently
not so good)
- Every so often I seem able to smell creatine. This
may be because (according to an article I read from the
BBC a few months back) people who take creatine start
to smell. Oh dear.
FWIW, Creatine has a bit of an earthy flavour. Not
earthy like black bean sauce (yum!), but earthy like, well,
earth. Hmmph. Well, I've tasted worse, and it's quite
tolerable. It's also worth knowing that (according to most
articles I've read about the stuff) creatine should
not be taken with fruit juice, because this
apparently turns it into "creatinine", which is the waste
product, which does you no good. Water is the thing to
take it with.
I think I might have done better if I were able to eat much
more. I'm not too good at that. Being able to exercise
harder is all very well and good, but if your body
doesn't have the means or the opportunity* to actually
build the muscles, it's not quite so useful.
(*-contrary to popular belief, muscles only grow
whilst you sleep, not whilst you exercise)
(Later): that was initially written as part of my
previous JE, but the whole thing got too big, so it's here
instead. It's now been more like 4 weeks, which is
slightly longer than is generally recommended, but
OTOH I've been taking less than the recommended
dosage and I missed a couple days this week, back
when I was trying to sort out the various upgrades and
installing the Jabber client(s). There's only about a day's
worth or so of the stuff left now.
Meanwhile, I got a bag of red lentils, and a bag of soy
mince. Not because I'm a vegetarian (I'm not), just
because it seemed a relatively cheap source of protein,
that's not going to go off, and that's decently filling. I'll
probably try to make something edible out of that tonight,
other than Soylent Red (for which I don't have the
recipe). Rice will most likely be involved.
Is any of this of interest to anyone? Probably not, but
meh, there you go. It seemed worth writing about, anyway.
Seems like there's a hole in my jeans
You cannot post to this page
It happened again today, twice! WTF is it all about?
Is this what GMHowell would call "a clusterfuck"? Pah. I'm
supposing the URLs for the comments are going wrong
after a few previews. Or perhaps it's due to having my IP
change between clicking "reply" and clicking "preview" or
"submit". Who knows. Obviously you buggers don't! :P
(Since writing that, it's just happened again. Don't think
it's the IP address. And happened again,
so I don't think it's getting the URLs screwed up. But
other people are commenting in other JEs and the front
What can I say. Leviramsey recently revived that idea
of the JE circle migrating from /. to some new site of our
own (perhaps one where we can shut out all the stupid
ACs). The idea has more and more appeal every day,
I think. Meanwhile, I have various comments and replies
I can't post. How frustrating.
(deferred for future JE)
I think you are a plant
Recently got around to repotting one of my tiny bristlecone
pine seedlings. It had been in one of those little plastic
film cases (with holes punched in the bottom, of course!)
for about 3 years, but wasn't looking too well. It seems to
be doing well now, which is nice. Often things I repot
drop dead pretty quickly. I'll have to get around to doing
the other one, and put those
photos I took on my website. Speaking of which,
My lame website management thingy (I've never been
100% sure WTF it actually is, my best guess is it's a
has turned into a massive PITA. After I finished completing
the changes I needed to make so it could take page
layout info files in the form of configuration data (which
could be written and edited by scripts) rather than
m4 macros, I found that although it finally worked
as I wanted it to in functional terms, it did so so slowly that
my old ZX Spectrum could probably have done the job
faster. My Linux box is old, but not that old!
So I came to the conclusion that doing the page
generation in m4 rather than Perl was in fact a humungous
mistake. The plan is now to get Perl to parse the config
files, and use m4 purely to extract inline commands from
the included blocks of text, which it should at least
manage to do at a reasonable speed (it did OK whilst the
tast was trivial, and I think this is trivial enough for it!)
Unfortunately, untill I finish that (and I've kind of lapsed
in the past few weeks), I can only update my site using the
older version of MMSS (which worked but wasn't so slow).
Unfortunately, I've mostly forgotten how that worked...
Good thing I didn't suggest to Sol that she ran
her new website with it! :D OK, I mentioned it, but
in the context of not using it. That's OK, isn't it?
Isn't it? Pah. Speaking of which, perhaps Sol could use
her domain to hang a new email address off of. That's
probably be handy for spam, but I don't think I know any
more on the subject than she does unfortunately.
Insert interesting content here
With friends like these...
Was discussing with JtS (well failing to, thanks to the
stupid /. bugs) criteria for friending. FWIW, I tend to
friend a lot of semi-random people who I spot on the
front page who strike me as like-minded, and usually
(not always!) I friend my fans*. Either way, I normally
check up what sort of person they are, looking at any
JEs they might have, and most of their still-visible
comments, to see if they're who I think they are. I
occasionally friend FOAFs, but there's so many
of them, and my (mild) synaesthesia makes a lot of
people's names look the same to me. EG: GMontag
accuses CyranoVR and DaytonCIM (IIRC) of being the
same person, but I confuse DaytonCIM with
DubiousDave. I also used to confuse JtS with
StB. There are others.
(*-Speaking of which, I have some new fans. Hello
But most of all, I'm more than a little hesitant to friending
FOAFs because frankly you lot, SOME OF YOUR
MATES ARE BLOODY BARKING! OTOH, I can't
complain too much. For instance, one person I friended
(not telling who, ha!) has a link that resolves to tubgirl.com
in their signature. AFAICT tubgirl.com is no longer
available, so perhaps he made the link knowingly, just
to tease people- "Haha, just imagine if that had worked"
kind of thing. Speaking of which:
The term "Troll" is used for people who say things they
probably don't mean to trick people into making angry
responses. It's also been used around here for such
things as people who trick people into connecting to
goatse.cx and other such horrors. I propose that such
things don't really count as trolls as such, as the tricks
are with obfuscated/unknown URLs etc rather than
what a traditional troll uses.
So, in the same way as we have words Virus, Trojan,
Worm, for concepts that are fairly similar but somewhat
different, I propose that for people who give links to
Goatse, Tubgirl, etc, we use the name "Grue". As in the
creatures that you get eaten by in certain games if you
wander around in the dark. How about it?
What am I doing?
Hmm, I knew I had stuff to talk about, but my brain's a bit
futzed ATM. Did I mention I slept for 14 hours? I did. I
must have been quite tired (see previous JE! Yes, I'm
such a muppet sometimes).
Things I have been up to, apart from recently trying to
break Insanecarbonbasedlif's cypher (groan) and emailing
- Hoping to either install a Jabber client, or write my
own. Unfortunately, most existing Jabber clients are
either not runnable due to their requirements, or strike
me as yik. And most GUI toolkits clash with my
sensibilities or requirements. I'm considering XForms
(the recently GPLd GUI toolkit, not the stupidly
misnamed XML forms thing) at the moment. Still, I don't
know much about the Jabber protocol- it's documented,
but that spec's HUGE.
- Making Interrobang a Mix CD. Apparently arrived
today! Or yesterday. Hooray!
- Thinking about changing my Atoms clone (SDL-Toms) to be a
client-server game, rather than hotseat (you play, then
they play, etc). This could have allowed for chatting,
etc, which would have been a nice feature. Unfortunately
I got a headache trying to figure out some of the details,
and got sidelined designed a neat new authentification
system. I might go back to that later
- Taking photos- did I mention I got a neat little cheap
camera for my birthday? I did. One of them 10-quid
keyring cameras. The plan had been to try to write
a Linux driver for it, and if I couldn't it'd be so cheap it
wouldn't matter. As it happened, there's already drivers
for them. Numerous cameras (as I suspected) have
exactly the same cheap chipset as this, which Gphoto
supports as an "Argus DC-1510", and there's a kernel
driver to get the webcam functionality! Sadly doesn't seem
to last long on the battery, and I couldn't get new AAA
ni-cads (everything seems to be NiMH nowadays).
- Trying to create a replacement bookmarks server
for the Dillo browser. Got some done, and got positive
feedback from the alternative Dillo mailing list, but had
some points I was uncertain about, and I don't know how
to make Perl modules (I don't have anything more
advanced than the Llama book, and I'm a bit short of
funds to buy more). I might get something from the library.
- Still trying to cut back on my Slashdot usage.
Managed for a couple of weeks after I switched off the
JE notification (which is still off ATM, the barrage of
messages had been driving me mental).
But then it started creeping back, more and more... I
had a few days a week or so back when I didn't really
post anything. But soon, I'll be cutting back big time!
More on this later!
- Trying to upgrade stuff. Debian/Stoneage has
XFree4.1, which seems to be very BUGGY. I
eventually got around to upgrading the Xserver to the
4.3 version from Debian/Testing ("Sarge"), and I've
not had it crash since (that got to be a MASSIVE PITA,
I'd usually lose something important in the process). But
I still have to upgrade the X libraries too, and there's lots
of old programs that still needs "xlib6g", which is from
years back. I've got most of them uninstalled or upgraded
now. Some of the remaining packages include various
crappy versions of crappy Java. Perhaps somebody
can enlighten me a moment: If I install either Mozilla
or Firehamster (whatever that spinoff is called this week),
to cut out having to use Konqueror (which I had originally
thought was stable, HAH!!), will it come with its own
Java implementation, or will I have to have one of my
own installed? Hmm, actually, now I think of it, I don't
have Java switched on now anyways. But sometimes I'd
like to. Anybody?
- Thinking of writing a TODO list manager. I could
really do with something like that.
- Probably something I've forgotten. Isn't there always.
Interesting news 'bout me
(now also deferred for future JE, where it belongs! You'll keep...)
- If gay marriage is outlawed, only gay outlaws will
- There were many more, but the dog ate them.
Result? I'm now badly sleep deprived (yet again)
without any great progress in cracking the code,
with a suspicion that the thing isn't doable (even
supposing it's genuinely encrypted text...), and without
much capacity left for journaling (due to the tiredness).
This JE excepted, of course.
Cack. There's another day I won't be seeing again.
OTOH, I do now have some nice scripts for creating big
dictionaries and creating lots of useful word frequency
data, which I'd actually wanted before for other stuff
but had originally given up on out of boredom. So it
wasn't a total waste of time.
What? What're you all looking at me like that for?
Waddya mean, too much time on my hands? Pah. Well
anyways, maybe t'other JE will drop out of my head
tomorrow (although you probably shouldn't hold your
breath to be honest).
[Update: about half an hour later]
Wow, it's a good thing I asked for
clues before going any further... :D
*sigh* Well, I suppose
this sort of thing is to be expected. After all, I was born
with The Gullibility Gene - or so I'm told.
Oh go on then.
I sat and listened to each story
Deep profound evocatory
And then it was my turn
I took my lyric sheet outside to burn
'cause I had nothing to say
Being song lyrics, it's a bit uncertain, but I presume that'd
be all one sentence, and I'm pretty sure it's the 4th one
on the page. I'm not sure which bits of the webpage
definitely count as sentences, so I'll asume it's
just most of the body of the page.
I was going to do a JE anyways, but maybe I'll do one
tomorrow instead. Still doing much upgradey stuff ATM,
so my time's a bit pressed. *sigh*
Oh, and I bookmarked the Google page in question to
link later, as I'll probably forget what I used.
Comments posting: WTF?
Was reading this story today,
and clicked on "Reply to this".
Having written my short-but-to-the-point response, I
clicked "Preview". Scrolled about a bit (tiiiiny monitor
nowadays, and Dillo still
doesn't get on too well with /. so even tiny
pages tend to span several screenfuls)
to find where it had been displayed, and finally found:
You can't post to this page.
Anybody have a clue WTF that is all about? I don't
believe I've seen that before. I was still logged in, and
Dillo is configured to accept cookies from all of .slashdot.org. In short, I am flummoxed.
Random, Haiku, naughtiness, deleteses [updated]
Hello! This JE today is a mixed bag.
I quite like Haikus. Having heard how they work, they
struck me as quite neat. I suppose the idea of them
being defined by the syllables in each line is sort of like
the way latin poetry apparently worked (Iambic
pentameter and all that).
Also like the idea I read recently (somewhere
on /. but I forget who said it) that songs used to be written
to templates of sorts, and that if you take any traditional
ballad's words, you can successfully fit them to any other
traditional ballad's tune. It's a matter of rythm, I like it.
But then I read one day that strictly speaking, Haikus
have to have a nature theme. So, I present
this little Haiku of mine:
The 2.6 haiku
Great ALSA drivers,
Low latency kernel patch...
-Ooh, look! A penguin.
(Hmm, shame I can't centre that, it'd look more right).
But of course, what is nature? I've long contended
that the concept of "nature" is an empty one. All things
that are natural? How can anything that exists
not be natural?
Things created by man are ultimately part of nature,
as unnatural things clearly couldn't come from natural
OTOH, perhaps its possible to use the term in
other contexts. For example, you could suppose
that various universal laws are nature, or that certain
environments are more "natural" for a particular creature
(eg- it's reasonable IMHO to say that it's unnatural for
human beings to live in an environment with an
excess of food and no predators). Hence my next
Haiku, which I have named:
Sexual Frustration Pt 1
Nice arse on that bird!
But now I feel too randy-
Need a cold shower.
No, you don't want to hear "Sexual Frustration Pt 2".
But I'd quite like to hear your haikus. Go on,
you know you want to.
In a still naughty theme, I found
this the other day in our
cupboard and felt the need to share it with the /.
world. Of course, he isn't currently on my fans list so
prolly won't see this, but everybody else can have a
laugh all the same ;) Well, supposing you get it.
BTW, (without wanting to sound like a broken record)
If you found that amusing, you can do me a favour
and give me a comment here
(or by email) about
my site in general.
Anybody who does so
wins a snazzy virtual paper hat
and my gratitude. (And anybody
who manages to successfully
name my recent program wins
a mention in the credits for it and in its manpage)
(snips out description of disturbing dream I had
last night that would
make other male readers' wince, and might have
people going all freudian on me)
In other news, I deleted all my old JEs going back
to the first in May 2002 (when I re-registered). I was
getting embarrassed by them. Was considering stopping
altogether as it was getting depressing and boring,
but I think I'll just change the style (like here) and
continue to keep them mostly few-and-far-between.
Your're not missing much, this is just by way of
explanation, in case you suddenly see this being
my first JE (it's just my earliest existing one now).
Ooh! Last minute addition from when I was making
myself a snack just now:
Tomble's theory of sandwich
Sandwich with layers-
It tastes diff'rent upside-down.
(Or so I suspect)
(based on a hypothesis I formulated at university that
nobody else believed). Food counts as nature, no?
[9/2/2004-Update]: Yes, as I've said
elsewhere in the past few days, I've now turned off JE
notification messages so I won't hear from y'all, except
where you're replying to me. More and more, I was
finding my time getting consumed by Slashdot. I didn't
make a new JE about the fact because I didn't want to
go like some big drama queen proclaiming "Look at me!
I'm going! You won't hear from me ever again!" and such.
I'm only writing this in case other users I know didn't
spot me mentioning it. How would they know where else
to look for where I'd gone? So anyway. Bye all for
PS- I take it I was the only one who found anything
funny about "Jaws Baps" then? Oh well.