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Journal Journal: Amazing turn of events!!

Well, I'm not sure if it's because of my unflinching email-replies to both Jonathan Pater and that the gag-order has been recinded; maybe it is also due to the fact that I've officially joined the Anti-Slashdot crew and posted this infringement of my Free Speech rights on my blog and also very prominently in the topic of my channel (#scottk) on the IRC Network that I'm root and Executive Boardmenber of - but then again, maybe not.

Who knows?

It also appears that my campaign at getting the lowest possible "karma" here is on-track. If you haven't learned yet, I don't care who I tick-off here - I simply post my opinions and the facts as I know them...and I've been in Data Processing/MIS/IT/IS long enough (25 years) to have my facts more accurate than the average poster here as well as having my opinion vastly more distilled and informed than the same.

Have fun!


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Journal Journal: Screw Slashdot

Well, today the crap has hit the fan here a Slashputz. I went to post an article and got this:

Due to excessive bad posting from this IP or Subnet, comment posting has temporarily been disabled. If it's you, consider this a chance to sit in the timeout corner . If it's someone else, this is a chance to hunt them down. If you think this is unfair, please email with your MD5'd IPID and SubnetID, which are "f681385705272e7da00c02de94233c8a" and "08ea2226c570ae2461f69c9f271418d3" and (optionally, but preferably) your IP number "" and your username "ScottKin".

So, it looks like I'm being censored, due to the retarded moderation system here - I'll wager good money on people simply modding me down because the post is coming from me. Simpletons.

That's fine with me. I'll just consider this as the opening volley from Mr. Malda.

In other words: I'm officially declaring WAR against Slashdot.

Enjoy the ride, kiddies!!

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Journal Journal: Update

If there is one set of universal truths, this must be included in the set:

Persistence Pays!

Although it's been over 2 years since I've been gainfully employed, I can now announce that the work-drought is over - somewhat.

I'm currently working under contract to help a web-based PC Parts supplier to help clean-up their parts-list-driven database for inclusion into their online parts list - it's not much, but it's a start and I get to telecommute.

More to follow...

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Journal Journal: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes!!

Well, a lot has been happening here, so it's time for an update:

1) The plans for the new company are firming-up. We're currently looking for funding, and possibly some Government Research grants. VC seems to be flowing a bit better now, since the economy seems to be picking-up, so we're hopefull in getting the resources we need to get this thing off the ground and flying.

2) My Back seems to be doing better now - just an occasional twinge of pain from the surgery and my back muscles adjusting to getting a full inch of height back after the surgery - I had lost an inch in height due to the disc degeneration at L4-L5 and L5-S1, and the spacer inserts, screws and rods have given me back my former height, so my back muscles are having to stretch a bit more than they're used to. Glucosamine therapy has helped the Arthritis in my back slightly, but I expect this to be a cumulative therapy and not a quick-fix.

Have a nice day!


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Journal Journal: Updates (oh, joy!)

Well, I think it's time for an update to the ole' Journal. (Stress Levels included)

Still recovering from the back surgery mentioned in the last posting. The correct name for the procedure is:

"Two-Level Instrumented Interbody Spinal Fusion with Allograph"

Info about this procedure:

Instrumented Fusion - PLIF and ALIF Techniques

In otherwords, they opened-up my back, removed the L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs, inserted machined cadaver-bone inserts where the discs were and filled the inserts with an amalgum of bone grafts from the vertebrae, implanted Titanium screws in the L4, L5 and S1 vertebrae and connected them with Titanium rods to allow the vertebra to fuse together into a solid section of bone. Consequently, if some idiot asks me if I have any real backbone or claims that I don't I can honestly say "I definitely have more backbone that the average man" (Stress Level: 5/10)

I'm in the middle of the process of starting a new consulting firm and have also been offered a partnership in an existing firm. (Stress Level: 7/10)

Still not making any serious income. (Stress Level: 11/10)

Still deailing with abusive, moronic idiots on WebChat ( (Stress Level: 13/10)

Purchased "HALO" as possible Stress-reduction tool (Stress Level 16/10)

My lovely wife is reading this and is suggesting that I'm digging my own grave. My response: It's not a grave-pit unless you can still claw your way up and out of said pit.

May all of you who read this enjoy a wonderful Christmas Season. If you don't celebrate Christmas and are offended by my wish for you, then you are more than welcome to leave this Journal - no one forced you here.


Note: This Journal Entry echoed in my Blog


Journal Journal: Down Time!

Well, it looks like I'll be getting some serious down-time after May 30th - I get BACK SURGERY!!!

Yes, I'm getting a Spinal Fusion of the L4-L5-S1 vertebrae and the discectomy of the corresponding discs - I'll be laid-up in bed for about 3 weeks.


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Journal Journal: FP!!....uhhh....wait....this is MY Journal!

Well, I thought it about time to put some entries in my oven-fresh, USDA-approved & FDIC Insured JOURNAL (please hold applause until the end of the show).

So, what's happening with me and my world, you ask?

1) Laid-off from Tier-I Internet Backbone provider due to former employers's financial difficulties exacerbated by 9/11/01 Terrorist Attacks against United States of America. (Stress level = 6/10)

2) Going back to College after 20 years to update skills-set (possibly get BA in CompSci) and prove that I *do* know everything that my resume claims that I do, and getting ready for Finals. (Stress level = 8/10)

3) Knowing that this Holiday Season (name of religious holiday usually celebrated is changed to make sure that this Journal doesn't hack-off some left-wing Liberal whacko) will be the smallest yet, due to personal financial difficulties precipitated by aformentioned events surrounding Item #1. (Stress level = 9/10)

4) Dealing with the day-to-day hassles of being a Root Admin and member of the Executive Committee of a fairly large IRC Network. (Stress level = 11/10).

Needless to say, things are pretty tense around here.

I'm sure that I'll have some interesting, thought-evoking and consciousness-raising thoughts in the near future - but don't count on it.

Happy Holidays!


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