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Journal Journal: The Horse, Hunter, and Stag

The Horse, Hunter, and Stag
An Aesop's Fable

A quarrel had arisen between the Horse and the Stag, so the Horse came to a Hunter to ask his help to take revenge on the Stag. The Hunter agreed, but said: "If you desire to conquer the Stag, you must permit me to place this piece of iron between your jaws, so that I may guide you with these reins, and allow this saddle to be placed upon your back so that I may keep steady upon you as we follow after the enemy." The Horse agreed to the conditions, and the Hunter soon saddled and bridled him. Then with the aid of the Hunter the Horse soon overcame the Stag, and said to the Hunter: "Now, get off, and remove those things from my mouth and back."

"Not so fast, friend," said the Hunter. "I have now got you under bit and spur, and prefer to keep you as you are at present."

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Journal Journal: A scathing pun that Microsoft wouldn't like 4

I unintentionally used this pun over the weekend discussing Microsoft with my wife.

Given Microsoft's success rate with Surface, Windows Phone, Zune, and the negative publicity the next Xbox has received, it seems the best way to hurt Microsoft is to leave them to their own devices.

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Journal Journal: A Future Without Email 2

As perhaps the least secure system in common use today, I've been wondering for about a decade what would replace email. I don't like it, I use it only for automated forms, and I generally think it needs to be superseded. All the efforts to extend or somehow "fix" the system end up optional and thus mostly useless, between the insecure infrastructure making spam extremely easy to send and the lack of compulsory encryption (which would have the advantage of ensuring its support by default in clients/interfaces). It seems like the only way to fix it is a fully incompatible replacement, with the unfortunate likelihood that some form of bridging would end up existing even then, opening up any new system to the problems of the old.

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Journal Journal: New job 8

Coming up on a month into a new job. One of the worst things about it? My predecessor's documentation consisted of a few outdated spreadsheets hidden in a directory on one of the servers, a list of passwords, a couple folders with license keys, and a file cabinet filled with printouts of howto documents from the Internet with no clue what he used them for (including countless ones for functions and features I have discovered we do not use, as well as software we do not use.)

One recent fun discovery? He assigned an unknown number of undocumented and unreserved IPs within our DHCP block to desktops, with no clues as to specifically why. I discovered this when I installed a virtual machine to test with and clobbered my boss's (the owner's) static IP. He was gone for almost a month before I came on. So far, the static IPs seem related to our copier's scan function, but I can't guarantee that is the only reason, and I see no reason to meddle with the systems that are working. DHCP reservations, here we come!

Now to see if I can get the desktop hubs replaced with switches...

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Journal Journal: likah isa [modern arnis]

i posted this over at my multiply page, but i thought i'd put it here too.
this evening i was promoted to level eight, likah isa. it's called "first brown" in english, but this is the belt that follows "brown," so it's actually the second one.

my test went OK. it wasn' t nearly as good as my last test was. but i guess i can't ace everything. i knew the material, i just got nervous. i think that was mostly because i wanted to do really well. it's done now.

things to work on:
  • relax, especially when it's all stuff i already know. remember that my teacher would not tell me it was time to test if he did not think i was ready.
  • although training sticks with a partner means not really splitting their head open with a crown shot, i shouldn't glaze over the motion entirely. i should still make it, just aim it not at my partner's head. ie. don't rush the entry to get to the good part. at least i didn't crack anyone over the head.
  • although i was told my anyos (katas/forms) were "very good" i should still work on "making them more fluid." this really means practicing forms more often.
  • when doing tapi-tapi (counter for counter stick sparing), don't let the feeling of urgency overwhelm my good sense of technique selection. this is really the same as relaxing more. if i retain a relaxed mental state, the physical training will do its part and i'll be fine.

the consensus seemed to be that i did pretty well, but i know i could have done much better. that's the part that is disappointing to me; i know i did not do my best.

Classic Games (Games)

Journal Journal: xavier must die 4

i have to back up just a little. through the benevolence of another individual, both an xbox 360 and a playstation 3 have recently come into my possession. my benefactor shall remain nameless. even though this probably won't be read by that person, i'd like to state that i am deeply grateful.

but that's just background.

having an xbox 360 means having xbox live arcade. so far i've just downloaded ms. pacman and defender. i remember being much better at these games when i was about 6 or 7 and we had the real arcade machines in our garage because of my dad's arcade machine distribution business. playing defender now i remember how much i hate mutants. they must be destroyed.

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Journal Journal: not sure if i'll move permanently 4

but per sam's recent JE i've set up a presence at both multiply and live journal. those links go to my pages. i probably won't do much at those places until i establish connections to people i know. but if enough of you people show up on one of those sites i just might switch over.

some of you may notice that i don't post here a whole lot, even less frequently than i have in the past. i'm still reading stuff around here. i'm just busy and not reading absolutely everything anymore. so it does make a difference which site i "live" on, because that's the one i'll read the most of, and it's the site i'll post on more when i start posting more again.

hi everybody.

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Journal Journal: for sol: gluten free girl 2

i saw a spot on foodtv about this blog http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/

i haven't tried any of the recipes, but i wanted to pass this on to sol before i forgot about it in case it has some tasty recipes she can eat. sorry if you already dicovered this and mentioned it and i forgot.

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Journal Journal: youtube disoveries 2

i don't spend too much time on youtube, so these may be old hat to everyone else.

this guy is my new favorite youtube contributor. in particular, i like amateur with hyperactive running a close second.

i also thoroughly enjoyed the stop motion animation of tony vs. paul. their super powers are what make it fun for me.

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Journal Journal: guitar hero takes out tigers pitcher 3

so joel zumaya has this horrible pain that stops him from being able to play baseball for a few games. the athletic trainers determine the symptoms are more in line with guitar players than baseball pitchers. the culprit turns out not that the tigers pitcher has been playing too much actual guitar, but mr. zumaya's love of the game guitar hero. story here by way of [H].

i thought it was amusing.

Star Wars Prequels

Journal Journal: star wars books 1

i read star wars books. i started with things like i, jedi, and the timothy zahn books. a while ago i started reading a basic chronology starting just before episode 1. so far in this chronology i've read:

cloak of deception
darth maul: shadow hunter
episode 1: the phantom menace
rogue planet
the aproaching storm
episode 2: attack of the clones

i thought i'd ask anyone who's read through this time period what they'd suggest reading next. i was thinking about shatterpoint. anything else anyone would recommend before reading episode 3?


Journal Journal: albums battle 1

my sister sent me a link to this battle of the bands movie that i thought i'd share here. it might not be safe for work if you work where people would be offended by the cover of nothing's shocking by jane's addiction or if you wouldn't like to have your coworkers see you watching something that strongly implies various sexual activities without actually showing them.

Star Wars Prequels

Journal Journal: likah [modern arnis] 4

this evening i had my level seven belt belt test, which is the first of four brown belts in modern arnis. the short version is that i rocked out. i knew the material forwards and backwards. my instructors also had me go through some stuff beyond my level, and i did pretty well with most of it.

i feel alright.

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