Tag: life

  1. One again operating at diminished capacity.

    07 August 2017

    This week, it was my turn to suffer a somewhat debilitaring kitchen accident.

    Last week, Lyssa nearly took the tip of her thumb off with a chef's knife while helping to make pizza for dinner, an accident which resulted in several stitches to reattach the flap of skin that ordinarily formed the end of her left thumb.

    Last night, while helping to make dinner I accidentally grabbed the handle of a skillet that had spent the previous half-hour in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven.  With my entire hand.  There are (still closed) blisters on four of the five digits on …

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  2. One live body, brains still somewhat intact.

    09 July 2017

    I'm still around, just been too busy to get a lot of other stuff done really.  I need to get a couple of articles written and maybe a tutorial or two.  My overall health seems to be on an upswing right now, which is a really good sign.  First good sign in a while, really.

    It's funny, how the tools that you already have are the ones you tend to be afraid of using, because you don't know what'll happen.  Confidence is one of those things that comes with knowing what the hell's going on, or at least having a …

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  3. Short circuitry.

    07 July 2017

    Some of you might be wondering why I've been around only sporadically for the past couple of months.  Observant readers have undoubtedly noticed that no small number of my posts lately have had identical timestamps - sometimes five or six posts all in one day that went live days or weeks apart.  You may also have noticed that some of my posts are "gimme" posts, which is to say that they're just photograph dumps from months in the past, with few captions and little (usually no) attempts made to clean them up.  Friends near and far have noticed that I've been …

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  4. Status report: President's Day

    20 February 2017

    I'm still alive.  No, I didn't party too much on my birthday.  Just about all of last week consisted of twelve hour days of nothing but meetings with several times the number of people I'm accustomed to handling simultaneously.  Additionally, I was working on a music review for Vampire Step-Dad, which required a pair of studio grade noise-cancelling headphones and listening to tracks repeatedly.  I seem to have given myself a case of sensory overload, because now I feel numb all over... I also attended Pantheacon last weekend, which did a number on me.  I realize that I could (and …

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  5. 839 years young.

    15 February 2017

    839 years old today.  Solidly in the triple digits.  Eight regenerations in and I can feel the clock ticking every second.

    Why Blaster Master?  Why the hell not?

    What have I learned this year?  What have I done this year?

    Let's start with the latter: I've been knocked flat twice by sickness, a record to be sure.  I bleached and started dying my hair again, because why not?  I can get away with it without any trouble, and I may as well enjoy my hair while I still have it.

    I changed jobs, and I'm much, much happier for it …

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  6. Richard Spencer, face punching, and violence.

    21 January 2017

    I shouldn't have to write this disclaimer, but here we go anyway: I am not one of these people and never will be.  I mirrored the documents in question because data has a way of disappearing from the Net when lawyers get involved, a phenomenon called HTTP Error 451 (Unavailable for legal reasons), and we're already seeing potentially damaging and damning information quietly going away.  So, if you're going to say that because I have a copy of a particular document on my website I support the author when I just said I didn't, please pull your head out of …

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  7. A toast.

    03 January 2017

    Here's to the sysadmins, who fight to keep everything up and running.  And reboot printers along the way.

    Here's to tier-1 tech support, who know the answers but are only allowed to recite from their scripts.

    Here's to the pen testers, who keep plugging away.

    Here's to desktop support, who occasionally see things they can never unsee.

    Here's to the red team, who throw everything from Devo costumes to pork chops to ballroom gowns to the kitchen sink at the mission.

    Here's to the hacktivists, who toil endlessly to make the world a better place.

    Here's to the open source …

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  8. Real life seems like Shadowrun - so why can't I throw fragging fireballs?!

    02 December 2016

    From time to time I sit down with my gaming buddies, and we both lament and observe how well reading and playing cyberpunk games has prepared us for life in the twenty-first century. I don't think that many people expected real life to track quite so closely with many a cyberpunk world penned by the masters, from William Gibson to Neal Stephenson to Bruce Sterling. Strangely enough, many of the lifestyle strategies depicted in these stories have helped keep our own lives (and those of our families) stable and, for the most part nice to live as human history has …

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