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Journal Journal: The start of '11 14

It turned here 20 minutes ago, yet the fireworks are only just starting now.

Odd that. (And the dogs aren't particularly pleased either...)

Since it is also a time for personal inventory and a bit more navel gazing than usual, just remember to give yourself as much credit as you do debt.

Happy New Year!
The Military

Journal Journal: Inglorious Basterds 5

Finally saw it. I've never been much of a Taratino fan and I think I finally know why. Half an hour of substance, two hours of style. With movies as storytelling, Taratino's style seems to be, "Hey, look at how I'm telling this story!" Personally, I'd rather he just told the story.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Nollaig Shona Duit! 2

(That's Merry Christmas in Irish)

All the blessings of the season to you and yours.

Christmas Cheer

Journal Journal: Ho^3 7

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all that junk!
User Journal

Journal Journal: A Mhuirnín 2

Cad é Nollaig, gan tú?

Deora ar mo chroí...


Journal Journal: Yogi in 3D 16

Saw the trailer during the game. I kept waiting for it to be some parody for some other product. Axe, Old SPice, Budweiser, Lexus: anything.

Alas, no. It is a live action 3D with CGI Yogi and Boo-Boo.

It really is.
The Courts

Journal Journal: TSA Mythbusting 10

And the TSA trifecta is unexpectedly completed through none other than Mythbuster's Adam Savage! Since w00tstock Seattle was in May this year, his anecdote predates the current outcry, but is still humorous. In a nutshell, even though he went through the full body scanner, they missed the two, foot long razor blades he left on himself after filming an episode.

WTF TSA indeed...
User Journal

Journal Journal: TSA and T9 3

Those familair with texting know T9's predictive capabilities. I was texting a friend about the TSA and started texting screener (7 2 7 3 3). Raped came up as one of the predictive options before screen. Maybe it knows?

And, just in case one of you actually remember this, I have indeed changed my way of thinking...

Personal TSA trifecta now in play, too...

Journal Journal: TSA Confiscates Clippers from Returning Soldiers... 12

But leaves them with their rifles, pistols, and the odd machine gun.

The soldiers were on a charter returning from Iraq. They and their things were inspected by US Customs before flying back into the country. On return to Indianapolis, to drop off a third of the flight, they were ALL removed from the plane and searched again whilst the plane refueled. That's when the dangerous nail clippers were removed: because they could've been used as a weapon.

When real life events make your agency sound more like a joke from The Onion than a legitimate organization, maybe it's time to rethink your operation?
User Journal

Journal Journal: Ask Slashdot: Where's the bugtracker? 11

Where's the bug tracker for Slashdot? I'd like to be able to file bugs and feature requests.


  1. Link to posting journals is difficult to find. At one time, it was nearly impossible to click, because it was part of a page footer that retreated every time you got near it. (The page body was getting filled with more content as one got closer to the bottom.)
  2. List of all my old Journal Entries is difficult to find without already knowing the URL.
  3. Enable SSL by default
  4. Enable "Public Terminal" checkbox by default, or replace with a "Remember me" checkbox like everyone else has.
  5. For some reason, <ul></ul> doesn't work, and I had to switch these lists to <ol></ol>

Feature requests:

  1. Offer an explicit programmatic API for managing my user settings, so I can crosspost my blogs to my /. journal, and my 'microblog' statuses to my /. signature.
  2. Support conveniently tying my account to major single-sign-on providers who use OpenID and OAuth. Most places will allow me to click a nice, big icon to automate filling in the needed details.
  3. Support post convenience features most other social networking sites (hey, remember zoo.pl? You were one of the first social networks on the market.) such as post-by-email, importing/exporting posts from/to some other popular sites/common APIs.

While some of the bugs have been fixed already, it'd have been a lot less grating if there was a good, visible way to report them and follow them as they got fixed.


Journal Journal: Pearls Before Swine 6

One of my favorite comis these days is Pearls before Swine. It is the closest to the big three of my childhood: Cavlin & Hobbes, The Far Side, and of course Bloom County. One of my favorite things he does is the ocassional Sunday pun.

Lord of the Rings

Journal Journal: 's Fágaim Mo Bhaile 4

        Maidin 's tús an lae
        's fágaim mo bhaile
        Tá mo chroíse go brón
        Is fad ar shiúl m'óige

        Oíche 's mé liom féin
        Spéartha dubh go domhain, a choíche
        Ag cuimhneach ar laethanta a bhí
        Gan ghá agus gan ghruaim
        Éistim leis an ghaoth
        Uaigneas mór, go deo, a choíche

        Deireadh an turas mór
        Táim brónach, buartha 's briste
        I mo dhiaidh nach mbeidh níos mó
        Ach, tá sé i ndán dúinn, a pháistí
        Tá sé i ndán dúinn, a pháistí

        Is fada anois an lá
        A d'fhág mé mo bhaile
        Níl áthas i mo chroí
        Níl ann ach an marbh,
        Níl ann ach an marbh.

                                -- Eithne Ní Bhraonáin

The Matrix

Journal Journal: Is fixed! 1

Thanks for the comments in the previous JE, too. I went through each and every preference setting and noticed that there now appears to be a preference for Discussions. I went into the "Viewing" link and saw that D2 had been checked there in 2 places. I did it last night, and then this morning when I went to write this JE I tried to go back to it and both the "Comment" link and "Viewing" link went only to the "Comment" link.

So, my best guess is they rolled out new preferences that superceded the old ones and automatically enabled D2. And now you can't get to it at all. But it's working, and in today's slashdot, that's everything.

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