Holy McMansion Batman!
So, I'm vaguely considering buying a house, and I tripped over this one:


Listed at 9355 sq.ft....For $315k...

Hey Will, you looking to upgrade? :) I expect to be invited to the first house party.

My favorite print comic: Frazz

The so called "Crafty Swamp Meme" :)
The first five people who give me their name and (meatspace) mailing address will get something made by me. I'll even take suggestions, but I won't guarantee to take them. The catch (you just knew there would be one) is that you have to "pay it forward" as it were: If you accept you must make the same offer to those on your LJ friends list.

Now, most of the people I know don't do LJ, so I'll be cross posting this to facebook. Also I'm somewhat busy with classes and work and chorus and volleyball etc, ad nauseam, so it might take some time, but I'll get to it.

In recent memory I have done:

Chain mail
Furniture (regular and "experimental")
Baked goods
Singing (B+), Guitar (D+), and Piano (F)

Plus I'm pretty much willing to try new things and I appreciate a challenge.

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I tripped over this today and, having never heard of the six work Ernest Hemmingway "story" ("For sale: baby shoes, never worn") I got a kick out of it.

This one immediately made my mind create a scene:
Please, this is everything, I swear. - Orson Scott Card

And these made me chuckle:
Gown removed carelessly. Head, less so. - Joss Whedon
Longed for him. Got him. Shit. - Margaret Atwood


I heard about that and had the same reaction. If you were in the business of making an embedded application for a closed ecosystem and you knew there were exploitable vulnerabilities would you:

A) fix the exploits
B) Add a hugely complex system intended to use backchannels to prevent anyone from actually using the exploitable code...so long as you know exactly who they were, which backchannels and precisely the form their attack would take.

Let me think...Well, its not so important what the users may or may not want, but what do our customers want?

XCom: UFO Defence
Hey Will, did you ever find your install of XCom? If not I have found out that it is available free online! Click here for the goodness.

XCom: turning gamers into hermits long before WoW was even a twinkle. If any of you haven't ever played XCom don't! Hey, check it out: the shift key and the 1 key make exclamation points!!!!!!!.

This bout of giddiness has been brought to you by a lack of sufficient sleep. Who needs drugs.

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Well, the bells in St. Peter's basilica just tolled seven o'clock and I'm here listening to the fountains. It never occurred to me that sculpure would be so plentiful here. Nearly every building has some and the Vatican seems to have so much they don't really label them all. One of the first things in the Musei Vaticano is a very long hall of nothing but busts and other pieces from several millenia spent collecting them. If you only have a day I'd suggest a guided tour. You'll never get through it all otherwise.

I've never before been to a city that feels this permanent. There are buildings where the original doors are now below ground, not because they sank but because the city built up and left the older buildings behind. I have pictures that I'll post once I get a real computer.

Outta this taco stand
Well, it's official: I'm going to Germany next week (I leave on Saturday morning) for work. Once I'm done there I'll be taking the train down to Rome, Florence and Venice and hanging out for a while. Anyone having any suggestions on places to see in these three places should chime in now. I'm also taking suggestions on unique places to stay in Venice and Florence.

I've never been out of North America, so it'll be an adventure. I have been requested by my family to take a camera, so I'm auditioning for a high quality fixed lens (not SLR) camera.

On another note, one of the premier sooth-sayers of our time has passed on. George Carlin was the jester of our time...speaking the truth while being funny enough to avoid censure. Check out his schtick on saving the planet

On slavery...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote:

"the despot assures his subjects civil tranquility. Granted; but what do they gain, if the wars his ambition brings down upon them, his insatiable avidity, and the vexatious conduct of his ministers press harder on them than their own dissensions would have done?"


ribs == ?
I have to admit a passing fondness for the urban dictionary. On woot today I saw a comment: "These look pretty ribs."

Well, *that's* got to be in the urban dictionary, so I went and checked. Definition #2 was what I was after, but definition #1 was chuckle-worthy.


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