Magic Unhinged

We got together to play unhinged tonight. It’s the second set of joke-ish cards for Magic the Gathering. Lance bought a few boxes of expansion cards and we did a semi draft and came up with a deck of cards each and played some. It was pretty fun, but we only had time for a few games. I played Russell and went down 2 games to 1, but at least I got that one. We are going to play again with these cards, I think, and it would be fun to give it a go again.
Wet Willie of the Damned

time fix?

looks like from the last post the gmt offset was wrong. I think I fixed it, thanks once more to google.
ok, from the last post I meant the one at 4 a.m. Proof, once again, I shouldn’t get up when I can’t sleep and muck with things.

Long, long couple weeks

I don’t know how much I even want to write about this, and it’s late enough that I’m sure I don’t want to write it all tonight. In addition I’m so paranoid even without funky happenings but with it I’m loathe to write much detail.
Two fridays previous to today (the fog on this is so thick I can’t hardly believe it’s that long ago) I discovered what I believed to be a hacked box at work. Unluckily enough, I was the only one at work minding the store as that very day most of my team was flying out to a conference for 10 days. So working mostly by myself on it I managed to kick over an ants nest that is fairly broad. Things are only starting to come back into shape and I’m going to have to rebuild my whole cluster to be sure it’s more maintainable than in the past.
I’ve been poking around on my server tonight making sure the securing I did earlier in the week was ok I found an ssh key on my account created November 1 that I didn’t make. The earliest signs I had that things were bad at work seemed to go back to Nov 1 at work, so I’m not sure at what point someone looked here, but as I connect home from work from time to time I’m not surprised.
Well, I get to talk to the FBI, so I guess it wasn’t a total loss…

Second Life

second life
So I signed up for Second Life today. It’s like a mmorpg, but with more customization and less game. Reading about it reminded me of William Gibson’s descriptions of cyberspace. Kind of a place where you could go do pretty much anything you want. So far I havn’t done much besides run around a bit, but I did modify one of the t-shirt samples to make it blue and put my logo on the back. It’s got some definant potential for a big time sink.

Quote from William Gibson

Recently, Jack pinted out that William Gibson, one of my favorite authors, had begun blogging again and I found a quote in there I really liked and thought I’d pass it along.

In some more cheerful historical continuum, I could be quite happy with a decent centrist Republican as president. Indeed, from what I take to be the perspective of the extreme left, the problem with Kerry would be that he’s merely that: a decent centrist Republican. There are, in fact, decent centrist Republicans who quite rightly regard themselves as true conservatives, and it was not my intention yesterday to tell people like that to buzz off. If you’re a decent centrist Republican, or a true conservative, today, I feel for you; your party has been carjacked by some sort of radical movement, and driven right around the spectrum — people who’ve bathed their brains all too thoroughly in the White Light of the far, bad side.
In very much the sense that Bush is not actually a Christian, likewise is he nothing remotely conservative. Believing Bush is conservative in any traditional sense is like believing that a Formula One racer with the Perrier logo on its side is full of mineral water.

Gibson paints pictures in my head that have a life all their own, which makes it difficult to read sometimes as ideas jump to life behind my eyes and distract me from the story with their own little capers.

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