Things to Do, Things to Avoid

Firstly, I guess we'll see what actually will happen with the Wu Flu here in the states. I've been running around helping other people prepare to work from home. A few thoughts on the impact on our day to day lives so far... It’s clear that many of us live day to day solely dependent on our massive globo-capitalist system. No spare food, no spare supplies, no safety net of any sort. We live in a fantasy that we will be taken care of by a big-government that does not exist in reality. At the time of this post…

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Frameworks, Libraries, and Learning Curves

Frameworks, Libraries, and Learning Curves

I've been quiet recently as I've both been prepping for a personal hobby project and putting a customer project to rest. On the work front, I was dealing with a combination of limitations in Amazon's built in VPN and the fact that the IBM environment we were trying to connect to overlapped the VPC. Namely, we needed to do NAT translation across the VPN, and Amazon doesn't do it. OK, fine, spin up a Fortinet instance, or a mikrotik instance, or even just an ubuntu/etc. instance and install OpenSWAN, and setup IPTables. Easier said than done when you're trying…

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Time Out

Time Out

While I may suddenly end up with some internet access and the time/inclination to write/post, I'm out of pocket most of this weekend and spending some time off. God bless.…

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Cults, Cats, and McDojos

Cults, Cats, and McDojos

Cataline draws some interesting parallels between how both the move Cats, and McDojos, share culthood. Actually he’s right, this is how a cult does operate. And it’s pretty much what the character of Victoria went through. Invitation to a non-threatening event. Love Bombing. Dangling “the Prize” in front of you Extracting an Agreement that you want “the Prize”. Shutting down dissent by threatening to remove the prize. Establishment of Guilt Carrot/Stick Control of Identity Of course, most organizations that are recruiting do something similar to one degree or another. But most aren’t trying to create a…

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Popcorn

Popcorn

You're enjoying the political shenanigans, when it occurs to you that the perfect capstone to help savor the scene before you would be some pocorn. Do not reach for that bag of microwaveable crap. You can buy popcorn, even organic or other high-grade, far more cheaply in 1-pound or larger bags. You can also use a much better and healthier grade of oil than your standard canola or vegetable oils: I go with coconut. Finally, you don't get some horrible butter "flavoring", but instead can melt some actual, real butter. The first step is a covered pot to pop it…

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On Ink, Powder, and Faith

On Ink, Powder, and Faith

Rolf Nelson shares a few thoughts at MOTW. After starting with exactly how complicated a simple-sounding question like "what is the best gun/ammo/etc to buy" can be, he digresses to the less than obvious complexities of fountain pens, for people who've only written with cheaply available ball-pojnt or gel pens... (and yes, ball point, at least technical pens, also can be a rabbit hole unto themselves): And yet, when we turn to a new thing, we often ask the “how complicated can it be?” idiot inquiry ourselves. “Fountain pen. Ink. Paper. What could possibly go wrong? I mean,…

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Video Roundup

Video Roundup

First, the silver tongue of the Razorfist, pointing out all of the ways we were supposed to have been knee deep in WW3 by now: Secondly - I can't recommend listening to the Lawstream for everyone, and hearing transcripts are boring as hell, but there is something almost surreal when you do cartoon voices for the different lawyers. The Lemonfuhrer's dry, lungless gasp, and the bit where he has a lawyer voiced as slowpoke Rodriguez (a la speedy Gonzalez) questioning another voiced as Kermit the Frog is worth more than a few laughs, as well as showing exactly why the…

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Miscellaney

Miscellaney

It would be easy to turn this into the all-Sabaton, all the time channel, but they don't release stuff quite that often. That said, while I am still not a fan of the growl/scream vocals, this cover of "82'd All The Way" is actually pretty good. I like the effect of mixing the lady's voice with the guy with the more 80's metal voice. For what it's worth, 82nd is vying with "Devil Dogs" as my favorite song on the album. Oddly, the first track here, just like on The Last Stand, is my least favorite, and the second…

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