1. Random knowledge XIV.

    05 February 2007

    When using sed (Stream EDitor) in a shell script to match or strip out certain strings of characters, keep in mind that character usage in the regular expressions doesn't work the same. For example, running the following command manually on the command line works properly, but does not do what you'd expect inside a shell script:

    sed s/\<\/td>//

    That command is supposed to find all of the tags in an HTML document and substitute for them nothing (i.e., erasing them from the file). It works properly if run manually, but inside a shellscript you're not getting a true …

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  2. Random knowledge XIII.

    05 February 2007

    Whenever you put your headphones on at work, someone will want to talk to you within thirty seconds, necessitating removal of said headphones.



    Never try the Jedi Mind Trick on police officers. Their will is too strong.



    When your account officer at the bank looks at the interest rate on your checking account and remarks "That's pitiful," you know something's wrong.

    Enabling the WebCollage module of Xscreensaver at work can be dangerous when you have words like 'bukkake', 'sodomy', 'beastility', and 'necrophilia' in your systems' dictionary file. Disable all instances of this screensaver module on all machines that you take …

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  3. Random knowledge XII.

    05 February 2007

    Stuff to always bring with you if you'll be staying in a hotel:

    • One or two bars of soap. The travel-size bars the hotels give you aren't good for more than one shower.

    • Full-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner. The travel-size bottles the hotels give you aren't enough for a single person with a full head of hair.

    • Washcloths or scrubbies. The ones they give you don't get you clean, but work well as coasters.

    • Locks for luggage. Don't trust the housecleaning staff to not go through your things (some of my stuff was stolen at Tekkoshocon 2005).

    • A roll …

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  4. Wrapping gifts to the sounds of Lovecraftian horror.

    05 February 2007

    An old chewing gum commercial says "Double your pleasure, double your fun," but I don't think this is exactly what they had in mind.. one hannah Kersey, age 23 from the UK have birth to triplets. Triplets carried to term in her two uterii. I'm not pulling your leg, folks, she really does have two wombs. The three girls (two identical twins, and an odd one out) were born by cesarian section seven weeks early.

    Does anyone out there have a USB scanner that I can borrow? Mine just died in the middle of something important... The new threat to …

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  5. Happy day-before-Yule, everyone.

    05 February 2007

    It's been an interesting trip back to Pennsylvania, to say the very least. Lyssa and I finally got the TARDIS loaded up and set course for Pittsburgh around 1130 EST/EDT yesterday morning, stopped off for a quick lunch at the local deli, and then headed for the northbound beltway for the long haul.

    I'm very glad that I was able to talk Lyssa out of driving home on Friday night because driving conditions were so bad in the DC area. Between the rain, the darkness, and all the headlights of people trying to do last minute shopping it really …

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  6. Merry Christmas, everyone.

    05 February 2007

    James Brown, requisat en pace When I get home, I'll play some good, old fashioned LA Style in your memory, because it was That Song, the first track of Best of Rave volume one that got me listening to you after all.

    Lyssa and I got up around 0800 EST/EDT, when our circadian rhythms had decided that we'd gotten enough sleep, and got ourselves going for the long haul back to Pittsburgh to visit my family. Lyssa's father had gone to the nursing home to visit Grandma Pat before we'd awakened, so we waited for a while until everyone …

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  7. 2006 is running out...

    05 February 2007

    Wow.. are there only three days left in 2006?? It feels like time's been flying by faster than even the most sensitive of clocks can account for.

    Lyssa and I have been back in DC for about two days now, and it's been a hell of a vacation thus far. On the 26th, while we were still in Pennsylvania, Lyssa spent some time at home with a friend of hers while I trekked back to Pittsburgh to see my family some more, and catch up with some close friends thereof who have gone above and beyond the call of duty …

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  8. Back from Pennsylvania and playing with my toys.

    05 February 2007

    The down-low on Hussein's execution.

    My new USB audio recorder rocks all known sheep. I'm currently recording the third tape of.. who knows.. and the damage done to the tapes from listening to them so much over the years aside, the recordings are very clear and clean.

    Well, there are slightly more than twenty-four hours left in the year 2006 of the common era, and I am still figuring out what in the hell happened to my vacation. No, seriously. I'm not complaining about not getting a vacation or anything like that, I'm really wondering what happened to it. At …

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