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18 month anniversary today. After work, BHK and I headed out to Silver Spring to meet up with Sirenity, Leagle_beagle555 and Chrishaas. Friendly folks and meeting was long overdue.

I forgot my camera, so I'm depending on Sirenity for picture documentation later on. We had a nice time and conversation over supper - more to follow as I think of it.



Ultraportable / subnotebook comparisons




New back drugs are - Lyrica, Cyclobenzaprine and Nabumetone. I want to do a bit more research on 'em before I take them. Nabumetone in particular had a lot of nasty, scary warnings in the information text.

I am glad that they're not habit-forming, and have a lot of pretty decent write-ups so far.



Dell will be offering Windows XP pre-installed on their computers past the June 30 cut-off date. Computers purchased with Vista Business or Vista Ultimate past June 30 will come with a copy of XP Pro. Dell plans to simply install that copy upon request to save users a step. Perhaps this will help Microsoft officials make up their minds about another extension.


According to F-Secure, over 500,000 webservers across the world, including some from the United Nations and UK government, have been victims of a SQL injection. The attack uses an SQL injection to reroute clients to a malicious javascript at nmidahena.com, aspder.com or nihaorr1.com, which use another set of exploits to install a Trojan on the client's computer. As per usual, Firefox users with NoScript should be safe from the client exploit, but server admins should be alert for the server-side injection. Brian Krebs has a decent writeup on his Washington Post Security Blog, Dynamoo has a list of some of the high-profile sites that has been hacked, and for fun you can watch some of the IIS admins run around in circles at one of the many IIS forums on the 'net.




I need to remember that free comic book day is coming May 3... next weekend! Will I forget? Probably. But it's exciting to not write it down anywhere else and then rediscover. I wonder what loot Aardvark will have for us? I hope issues of Gumby and Hellboy (and maybe an Iron Man heroclix figure?) will be left.

I should scope out umbrella academy - probably my fave freebie book from last time - I could go for a trade paperback, if available.



Just so you know - I have never, ever pistol-whipped anyone, dear journal. Please don't make me change that situation.



more question memealeemadingdongs

1. What is your real first name? Gregory

2. If you could choose your name what would it be? The one I have.

3. If you could choose your appearance what would it be like? Like me, only in better shape. Maybe a working prehensile tail that's easily hidden, too.

4. Have you ever permanently altered your physical features on purpose? Nope... lots of times by accident, though.

5. If you could be any animal what would you choose? as long as I could turn back, I would dig being some sort of bird of prey - a barn owl, perhaps.

6. What is the first thing you think of when someone says the word snow? 'snow business like show business, like no business I know.

7. Do you find the holiday season annoying or fun and festive? Yes! Primarily festive, however.

8. Have you ever spent more than half a paycheck's worth on a pair of shoes? No. Well, maybe when I was working for the library in high school, and only bringing in $100 a week or so.

9. What cartoon character do you identify with the most? Marc Anthony, the bulldog that cares for Pussyfoot the kitten. (see cartoon here or here for info)

10. If someone was trying to "sell" you, what words would be in your commercial? Monkeys! Robots! Free! Eco-friendly! Exclamation points denoting enthusiasm!

Not asked, but also use art like this -



11. What is the best present you ever got? I've gotten lots of good loot over the years. I think I'll go with mushy, and say my wife and kitty-family, though.

12. Do you think plain ol' water has a flavor? Certainly. Distilled tastes different than mineral or tap.

13. Do you like the way beer tastes? Some - I like a nice, simple Harp or Killian's Red just fine.

14. What is your favorite thing to do when you're bored at work? Maintenance. Makes time fly, and needs to get done.

15. If you could get away with it scot-free, would you kill the president? No. I'm no murderer... though he might be considered one.

16. Do you like it when people give you compliments? Depends on the person and the compliment! Generally, yes.

17. Do you like to give people compliments? When someone is doing a good job or doing something well, I do.

18. What is the best thing about summer? Fireflies and enjoying nice evenings outside.

19. What is the worst thing about summer? Heat and humidity. *pant pant*

20. Have you ever pretended to be someone you're not (outside of theater and childhood make-believe)? I've got several different email aliases, for catching spam.

21. Is there a song or type of music that begins to define you? I'm pretty eclectic. Horns and brass work sometimes, other times, soft incidental music.

22. Do you have a "happy place?" Behind the threshold of my home, with BHK, Newt & Pye.

23. Can you name three things you need, but don't want? Nope. Everything that I can think of that are needed are also wanted. I can think of lots of things that I want, but don't need, though!

24. Do you still get excited when you hear the ice cream truck? I get a little happy vibe, sure. Hearkens back to a simpler time... plus, they have ice cream!

25. How often do you stop to just look at the stars, or smell the flowers? quite often. However - BHK sniffs more flowers, I gaze at more stars.





KINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.


Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.


Rumours of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.


Purported victims, 14 of whom were also detained by police, claimed that sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear, in what some residents said was an attempt to extort cash with the promise of a cure.


"You just have to be accused of that, and people come after you. We've had a number of attempted lynchings. ... You see them covered in marks after being beaten," Kinshasa's police chief, Jean-Dieudonne Oleko, told Reuters on Tuesday.


Police arrested the accused sorcerers and their victims in an effort to avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in Ghana a decade ago, when 12 suspected penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs. The 27 men have since been released.


"I'm tempted to say it's one huge joke," Oleko said.


"But when you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it's become tiny or that they've become impotent. To that I tell them, 'How do you know if you haven't gone home and tried it'," he said.

Some Kinshasa residents accuse a separatist sect from nearby Bas-Congo province of being behind the witchcraft in revenge for a recent government crackdown on its members.


"It's real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny," said 29-year-old Alain Kalala, who sells phone credits near a Kinshasa police station.




1 year ago - concert recap, license plate seen, wendy's, lj-spam, highland fest promo / tree pics

2 years ago - camo man, free cone, gorillaz, dictator octopus

3 years ago - Commercial, Dr Who poot episode, hair-neck-man, good weather, pope palpatine, Tomi voice, Newt sleepies, Dave at Poorhouse, Condoms to saris, ashcroft not scared of calicos, King Tut Coming (it ends this week), kind words from mootpoint

4 years ago - RHL, dumb laws, Rubezahl

5 years ago - doctor and drugs, grasshoppers and micropet, letter to bro, distractions (anagrams, phone spellings, etc)

6 years ago - SOP, copyright, scarecrows in the herb garden, Tunguska, kisses, wind dreams

7 years ago - BJ's Bday, hobbledehoy, ages of sexual consent around the world, sleep-station pictures, hungry, more rights gone, character / gaming memories,xfl=pos, teeny tiny farm animals and milk ring from KellieGeotargetVisitor Map

Date: 2008-04-28 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uberbastard.livejournal.com
I fear I might have met one of those sorcerers in my childhood

Date: 2008-04-28 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottobear.livejournal.com
dang wang shrinking magi!

Date: 2008-04-28 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flying-blind.livejournal.com
While I've heard that Vista is huge and often sluggish, it's also the case that since I've installed Service Pack 2, XP has gotten incredibly slow, especially on startup. Sooner or later, everything Microsoft makes seems to bog down. Maybe Vista just comes pre-bogged.

To be perfectly fair, though, I'll admit that at least Bill Gates has never stolen or shrunk my penis. My guess is that he already has a shrunken penis of his own.

Date: 2008-04-28 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottobear.livejournal.com
pre-bogged.

best description yet!

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