Ones and Zeros East

the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism

It's an apt song for our junior senator

Warning, disturbing images ahead...

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Song inspired by jimhenley's mention of the
Cthulhu Dark RPG from Thieves of Time
on Twitter...
Cultists seem to come and go, Ia. 
Great Old Ones fly between the stars 

The Secret Lair of the Mi-go,
things that man should never know, 
Upon the Arid Leng Plateau
the cultusts come and go
To Dark Cthulhu... mmm... 

Al Azif, each page looks the same, all insane. 
And no one knows the Mad Arab's name 
No one hears his lonely sigh, 
There are no angles where he lies. 
In all his dreams Alhazred flies 
From Dark Cthulhu... mmm... 

That is not dead which can eternal lie.
And with strange aeons even death may die.

Again the darkness has come, 
Again his spirit's on the run, 
Moonbeams shining through his night, 
Wondering if the stars are right 
Well, pick up your book and  roll on, mad one. 

Cultist, will you ever let him go? (Ia, Ia) 
Will you bind the dead man's shade, 
Or will he sleep in deep R'lyeh, 
Or will his spirit fly away? 

But I know that he won't stay without Cthulhu. 

Yes I know that he won't stay within Cthulhu

The Trouble With Trump Decks
Random flipped the over the card. "See? It's the Five of Wands, but it's not marked. I marked it and locked it in this case last night. Checked it earlier, too. It was still there. Now? Gone." He spread his hands, as if showing that he didn't have the missing deck.

"Hmm," said Flora. "It's hard to think that something is missing, just because it cleaned itself up after you vandalized it."

"Look," the young King said, sharply, "have you ever known this cabinet not to have a deck or two in it? No, because it always does. Even if we take the ones that are there. Did you think the servants were putting them back, like soap in the privies?"

"Actually, yes. That seems quite likely," replied his sister. She brushed an imaginary spec of dust from the sleeve of her long gown.

"Well, they don't. I asked." He looked to his brother. "Julian, what do you think?"

"I?" replied Prince Julian. "I think you are inquiring down the wrong branch of the family tree. This is a matter for Caine or Bleys, surely."

"Yeah. Not here. What do you think?", Random replied.

Julian stroked his beard. It was his latest affectation. "Hmm. I suppose I think that I would be interested to know what someone might do with hundreds or thousands of Trump Decks, stolen two a day for perhaps centuries."

"Again, Yeah," replied Random. "I think this is bad, but damned if I know why."

Flora fanned herself, and feigned indifference.

I wrote this as a comment here, but decided I liked it enough to make it one of my (rare) posts.

"[S]ome people are just evil and we should be able to ID them and rank them downward. " -- Eric Schmidt

“Corporations are people, my friend." -- Mitt Romney
Ranking Downward...

XJournal 1.0.6 b 6a
The Open Source LJ client that Ginger uses fails to log in under MacOSX Lion.

Since it's Open Source, I made a quick fix. If anyone needs it, it's available. No warranty, naturally. And hopefully someone else will release an official, signed fix that can be auto-updated for the rest of the users.

Experimental XJournal for Lion (only)

Please only use this if you need it. I'm making it available for people to test. If you can't use XJournal because of the -1 problem, it's worth a shot. This version is marked 1.0.6b6a and is NOT in the svn repository.

Install by downloading the disk image, opening it, dragging the XJournal bundle to your Applications Folder, and launching it.

1: I can't sign it, so it's not updatable via Sparkle.
2: I can't tell if it's slower because I'm using a slower method or it's just LJ flakiness. Login in particular seems to be slow.
3: We've tested most functions on two Lion MBPs. There could be surprises or things that don't work that I may not be able to easily diagnose.

That being said, this version...
1: runs on Lion on my MBP and my wife's MBP.
2: logs in, gets user pics and tags, allows you to post, checks friends lists, shows history, and does everything else we tried. We don't know if it does things we didn't try.

Comment here if you notice anything, or if the devs want my changes.

The Assassination of the Outlaw Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo-Boo
via DF, which had the great post title that inspired this...

NB: As most people do, I expect this video to be taken down...

Now Yogi was a bear who never learned to share
He robbed the Jellystone camps
He stole from the campers and he took to their pic-a-nick hampers
He'd a paw and a hat and a brain

Well it was little Boo-Boo Bear who shot him in the rear
I wonder now how he feels
For he slept in Yogi's lair and he ate with him there
And he laid poor Yogi in his grave

Yogi's girl, Cindy Bear, has shed many a tear
Three cubs, now, they were brave
Well the bear that fired the shot, Boo-Boo Bear the little snot
He laid poor Yogi in his grave

Now Yogi he was smarter (and louder and much larger)
Than the average bear, by far
There never was a ranger who ever had a prayer
of taking Yogi Bear in while alive

Jury duty.

So Jury duty in district court today, oddly immlass also had jury duty for the same case. She was #21 and disqualified, I was number 82. It was a rough voir dire: #80 was empaneled. I might've been, but I'm pretty glad I wasn't.

Four counts, starting with attempted capital murder, followed by sexual assault of a disabled person, aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated assault.

I don't know the circumstances of the case, but i knew we were really in for it when the defense attorney basically warned us not to be prejudiced against his client if he was tough on the victim on the stand.

Even with the ones he accepted, he needs to be careful about that.

In more exciting news, our charming defendant made the news a few months ago when he allegedly tried to hire another inmate kill his accuser for money, because, yeah, the cops won't think that's at all suspicious. Some details in the link for the morbidly curious. If proven, I would not have felt an impulse to be particularly lenient.


We're clearing out the RPG shelves...
I mentioned on Facebook that we were getting rid of some RPG books. Turns out, about 185 of them.

For friends, I'll sell them at a fair price, but it's gotta be this week. Contact us if you're interested.

List is here:

Plus, you'll save $1750...
Camera Comparison (via Jay)

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I thought this was interesting.

01. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.
02. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
03. Don't change your wallpaper before doing it! The point is to see what you had on!

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