Tag: people

  1. Neologism: Platypus truther

    20 February 2018

    Platypus truther - noun - Someone who doggedly, ruthlessly, and almost to the exclusion of anything else (including good sense) espouses, defends, and picks fights over a position, idea, or hypothesis that is completely and totally around the bend.  Even taking into account the context of this person's other activities (social media history, books written, and so forth) it makes absolutely no sense why they would claim to believe such a thing, let alone fight with people over it.  There is absolutely no way of telling if they're communicating in good faith or not.  It could be trolling, it might be absurdist …


  2. Defcon 25.

    03 August 2017

    Well, I'm finally back from Defcon 25 and writing up my notes while in the throes of con drop before too much of the experience fades from memory.  Suffice it to say that I have opinions about last weekend, which I will attempt to write as concisely as I can.  I don't like being negative about things because my experience is my own, and I much prefer that people have their own experiences and make up their own minds about things.  However, I would be lying if I painted a rosy picture of my attendence of the largest hacker convention …


  3. Apropos of nothing.

    09 June 2016

    "First, stop being failures. It's absurd to judge ourselves against a scale larger than our own efforts. Do the right thing, help one another, raise the less fortunate without ulterior motives. Live simply, never lie, never steal, limit personal wealth, donate to charity, meditate, practise self-denial, live a pure life and spend some time as a monk. Above all, don't be afraid of nothingness, because the universe is full of it and therefore it must be natural and good. In this way of being 'no-mind', we escape ajiva and achieve enlightenment."

    --Buckaroo Banzai


  4. The Occupy Movement is the largest sousveillance effort in recorded history.

    17 November 2011

    I'm not going to recap the Occupy Movement because there is, quite simply, too much to it to pack into even a one paragraph summary. Suffice it to say that the political system has, if I may be blunt, failed too many people one too many times, and the reaction of the people has been to gather and camp out anywhere and everywhere. Town squares and city parks are occupied. Colleges are occupied. Big cities (like New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC) are occupied. Little cities (I really don't know what constitutes 'little' in the United States, so …


  5. Because I feel like a nerd tonight, how about some statistics?

    08 February 2010

    The top ten most often quoted people in my .plan file (myself excluded) as of 8 February 2010:

    1. Lyssa (199 times)
    2. Anonymous (114)
    3. Hasufin (110 times)
    4. Jason (49 times)
    5. Pegritz (46 times)
    6. Kyrin (41 times)
    7. Unknown (34 times)
    8. the.Silicon.Dragon (33 times)
    9. The Ferrett (29 times)
    10. Terrence McKenna (22 times)
    All quotes of multiple people have been collapsed into a single name based upon the number of times all of the names appeared. People appearing under more than one name had all of their quotes totaled up.


  6. Crash on the red line of the DC Metro this afternoon.

    22 June 2009

    Around 1700 EST5EDT in the DC metroplex, there was a head-on collision between two trains on the red line. The crash occurred in the vicinity of Takoma Park, Maryland. Reports vary, but about ten people were severely injured in the crash. Unconfirmed reports state that the crash may have had something to do with the drivers being distracted.


    If you were on the DC metro and you’re reading this, please comment so that we know you’re okay.


    Lyssa, Laurelinde, Bronwyn, Cate, Hasufin, and I are all right.


    Hasufin’s confirmed that Mika’s all right.


  7. Where are all the heroes going?

    05 March 2008

    It seems as if we're losing heroes (or at least, people perceived as heroic) left, right, and center these days. People that are put up on pedestals by people (or more often by marketing execs and television networks) are slowly and steadily being knocked from their lofty perches in the public eye and cratering when they hit, sometimes never to dig themselves out. About six years ago (probably a bit more, because I remember reading his book when I was still at IUP) a guy named Mike Warnke published what was ostensibly his autobiography, in which he described being the …


  8. May you always roll crits and never step on your four-siders, Gary.

    04 March 2008

    Word is slowly seeping into the gaming community that Gary Gygax, the inventor of Dungeons and Dragons, went beyond the veil early today. Reports are sketchy - the usual newswires don't have anything yet, but it's been said that he died quietly and was surrounded by family.

    EDIT: Official news release here.

    Mr. Gygax, thank you for everything. You've given thousands, if not millions of people over the years hours without number of fun and taught many how to imagine. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

    See you beyond the edge of Time, perhaps.


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