Apropos of nothing.

"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

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

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 …

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

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.

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

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.

Where are all the heroes going?

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 …

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

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.

Time Lords, like fine wines and Commodore-64's, get better with age.

On Friday the 15th I turned 30.

I know that I didn't make a big deal out of it, and that wasn't out of any shame or wanting to keep things low-key as it was I've been really busy lately and didn't have time to post about it anywhere. The company I work for has pulled me from fieldwork for at least the next couple of months after what happened in Tuscaloosa. I've been moved to another project much closer to home and I spent all day Friday in the field with my cow-orkers getting stuff set up and running …

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Practical HERF: No longer an urban legend?

For years, HERF weapons (high energy radio frequency) have been the stuff of science fiction and urban legends of the hacker underground. The underlying premise is simple: Integrated circuitry is vulnerable to various forms of radio frequency emissions, and such interference can either disrupt the functioning of or outright destroy circuitry. In theory, these weapons are relatively easy to construct with a decent grasp of electronics and high voltage electrical engineering with readily available parts, but actual examples of such are rarely verified. Personally, I've heard some tales coming out of a certain hacker con in the west (which was …

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