1. Easter weekend 2007 in review, or, "I can't believe we made that much ham!"

    09 April 2007

    Easter weekend is always a busy one. Either we're getting ready to head back to Pennsylvania to spend the day with one or both families, cleaning, cooking, or getting ready to have people over for dinner. As it turned out, we accomplished most of the tasks on that list, as well as a couple that weren't, all in preparation for Grant and his girlfriend to come over on Sunday afternoon for dinner.

    The task began on Friday night with a couple of loads of laundry and cleaning up around the apartment, followed by driving over most of creation on Saturday …

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  2. There once was a BBS tagline that read...

    06 April 2007

    .."Old virus detected - contact your hacker for an update." It seems that malware authors have taken this joke seriously, and are offering subscriptions to website operators that make use of their software. Malware tends to evolve fairly rapidly to get around the cleaner software, which means that sites that deliberately infect web browsers have to keep up to date to keep as many systems as possible infected. Prices tend to start around $66us and climb from there, depending upon how many systems a particular website is able to infect.

    It has become apparent that it is possible to not only …

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  3. A snapshot of life, or, why I haven't been writing about what's been going on lately.

    06 April 2007

    Frankly, I've just been too tired. Not so much physically tired, though that has been creeping up on me over the past day or two, but a sort or weariness that has settled into my bones and is slowly but surely slowing me down. I've been doing a lot of running around lately and that hasn't been helping - we've got family coming into town for Easter this weekend, so Lyssa and I have been running around getting some last minute stuff to make dinner on Sunday, like a new cutting board (our old one broke a couple of weeks back …

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  4. Ummmm....

    05 April 2007

    Google Maps is a wonderful thing.

    But seriously, Google's added some interesting features to their mapping webapp, namely, the ability to draw and customize your own personal maps, which can then be shared with others, if you so desire. There is now a selection tool which lets you define routes and points on the map, a tool that lets you put flags on land- or placemarks, and a utility that'll let you define shapes, a utility that I think has a lot of potential.

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  5. This is right out of Unknown Armies.

    05 April 2007

    Ron Huebner, a sewer maintenance worker in Minneapolis, Minnesota was treated to a much more rude surprise than usual while cleaning out a sewer pipe last month: Blood. Gallons and gallons of animal and human blood dumped into the sewer by a nearby medical research facility.

    The company that owns the facility, as it turns out, has a permit to dump blood in just this way. Still, Huebner is pretty shaken up, because he was doused with the stuff, and wound up with it in in most of the orifices of his body. That's not something that you just shake …

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  6. Apple releases the workstation from hell.

    05 April 2007

    Yesterday Apple Computers announced the release of its latest Mac Pro workstation - an eight-CPU beast running Intel cores at 3.0 GHz. That's right.. two quad-core Xeon processors with 2 MB of level-2 cache each supporting up to 16 GB of RAM.

    There are servers that have less horsepower in them.

    You can find these monsters in their online catalogue at this time; prices start at $4kus.

    There has been no word yet if Apple will be re-incorporating under the name Ono-Sendai.

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  7. Windows Vista bootloader compromised!

    04 April 2007

    A presentation at Black Hat Europe 2007 by security researchers from India has blown the security of the Windows Vista bootloader wide open, and compromised the security model of Microsoft's latest operating system at the lowest levels. Vipin and Nitin Kumar of NV Labs figured out how to write what the popular press is calling a 'bootkit' that runs off of a bootable CD or DVD. The bootkit searches the primary drive for a copy of Windows Vista and executes it while making modifications to the code running in memory transparently - because the OS trusts the 'trusted' bootloader implicitly, it …

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  8. Quota of H1-B visas for 2007 exhausted!

    04 April 2007

    On the second of April the United States government opened the Immigration and Naturalization Service's offices for applicants of H1-B visas to apply to enter the United States to work in the tech industry. They can only accept about 150,000 applications for this particular visa every year, which allows skilled tech workers to live in the United States for up to six years while working in their fields of expertise.

    Every single application slot was filled within twenty-four hours.

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  9. Denis Leary: Prophet of the 20th century?

    04 April 2007

    In his standup show No Cure For Cancer, Denis Leary used to joke about all of the drugs that Keith Richards has done, and about how people would have to smoke his ashes because he'd all but used up the entire supply of illicit drugs on the planet. In a recent interview, Keith Richards of the band the Rolling Stones admitted to snorting his father's ashes mixed with cocaine. A spokesman for the music magazine NME was reportedly able to confirm that the story was not, in fact, an April Fool's joke.

    You know.. there isn't much else that I …

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  10. An excerpt from Lupa's first book.

    03 April 2007

    In response to a post on a certain forum, Lupa has granted me permission to post an excerpt from her first book, Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone on my website.

    Excerpted from FFBB by Lupa - PDF format.

    Beneath the cut is the text of the excerpt, for the .pdf challenged. Excerpted from Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic, copyright Lupa 2006, Immanion Press/Megalithica Books. Please do not reproduce without my written permission; if you like what you see, please consider buying a copy of the book. Thanks, and enjoy  --Lupa

    Appendix A …

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