1. The gadget shoulder holster at Thinkgeek.

    23 March 2007

    Am I alone in thinking that wearing a shoulder holster designed for your techno-toys is a bad idea these days? Sure, it reduces your batman factor by redistributing the gear, but these days security guards (especially in office buildings) are much more aware of possible threats, including weapons. At a glance, one shoulder holster looks pretty much like another, and no matter what that bulge under your arm might be, a bulge under the arm is still suspect, and any police officer or security guard worth the name is going to check it out. At the very least, airport security …

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  2. Gildowan update.

    22 March 2007

    Summer and the kids are holding up as well as they can.

    Ashran has second and third degree burns covering about 20% of his body (figure extracted from the last medical report). He was upgraded to stable condition earlier tonight. He's also been taken off of the respirator but is under sedation most of the time for the pain.

    Things for a care package: Stuff for kids. Toiletries (the ones they give you in hotels are crap). Instant meals that can be made in a hotel room.

    Ashran will need clothing when he gets out - XL shirts, size 36-38 long …

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  3. Misfortune strikes, and the call for assistance goes out.

    22 March 2007

    No, not for me. For Ashran and Summer Gildowan and their children, whose home was taken from them by a fire on the 20th of March, just a couple of days ago. Ashran was in the house while it was on fire, in the shower, as coincidence would have it. Still, he is hospitalised at this time, and burned over 20% of his body. He's not going to be in shape to start his new job in April, and due to the slightly mangled state of his shell he can't work at his current job.

    Camp Cambodia has put out …

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  4. "You have some accessory enervation there, my friend!"

    22 March 2007

    Translation: "You have an extra nerve that I didn't find last time!"

    Yes, once again Gallifreyan physiology strikes, and I wound up rolling sour cherries in the dentist's chair.

    Last week I had the first stage of a root canal done, and I've been in a holding pattern ever since while the last of the nerve tissue dried up and was flushed away, so that the core could be implanted and sealed.

    Well, as it turns out, things are never quite that simple... Just like my last root canal in Pittsburgh, stage two involves the endodontist taking a set of …

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  5. Tor has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code project!

    21 March 2007

    Tor, The Onion Router is a well-known net.privacy project that has been the subject of a grassroots development project for a couple of years now. The EFF has made room for a couple of student developers through Google's Summer of Code programme and posted an official announcement to the NoReply wiki. To apply for a position in the project you have to have a code sample and be at least somewhat familiar with how Tor works and how the code works. Knowledge of crypto is a major plus, seeing as how it encrypts traffic between nodes for privacy. You …

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