The expanses of WolfWings' land
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April 21st, 2013
April 21st, 2013
April 21st, 2013
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April 21st, 2013

[User Picture]06:07 am - My comment to the TSA regarding AIT...

I just sent this in as my comment (not yet visible as of this posting, give it a couple days) to the public comment on TSA-2013-0004-0001 docket and felt I should share it here as well.

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January 11th, 2013
January 11th, 2013
January 11th, 2013
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[User Picture]12:48 pm - UEFI Linux w/ SSDs

This is partially some notes, and partially a guide to setting up a fully UEFI (though not Secure Boot enabled) Linux laptop, optimized for use with any and all SSD's including the most recently known details (as of January 2013) on how to get the best performance and endurance from consumer-grade SSD's, including minimizing I/O latency and allowing as many features of Linux as possible to work.

Note, however, that I am making one specific trade-off: I'm optimizing for a machine with 8+GB of memory, and an SSD under 100GB when we're done, so I'm not even attempting to add swap space or enable disk hibernation as a result.

This work was done to configure a Dell Latitude E6430 w/ 16GB of RAM, and a Samsung 840 Pro 120GB SSD. I must give Dell EXTREMELY high marks for their UEFI BIOS, BTW. It's the best I've seen for dealing with advanced setup and configuration and made this a breeze compared to my ThinkPad W530's BIOS.


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January 23rd, 2012
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[User Picture]07:38 am - So... I want to commission a new power supply for Lumi.
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August 19th, 2011
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[User Picture]03:20 pm - So... possible replacements for OpenCanvas.

I'm seeing one major obstacle to why things like Open Canvas don't take off more:

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July 24th, 2011
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[User Picture]03:54 am - I deleted my Google+ account for now.

The following is, verbatim, what I submitted as feedback to Google for why I left Google+Collapse )

Amusingly, this re-activated my "Google Profiles" link, so that is active instead of a redirector to my Google+ account. So http://profiles.google.com/wolfwings still works and displays correctly.

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May 8th, 2011
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[User Picture]09:49 am - So what have I been up to lately?
First: Got Lumikelluke v2.0!Collapse )Second: Started working with a very good friend on getting their business rolling.Collapse )Third: FINALLY set up my seed account on DreamWidth!Collapse )

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March 12th, 2011
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[User Picture]

So... where the hell have I been lately?

Working.

I wish it was more complex than that, that I had some amazing thing to show for all this time busy besides more cash in the bank, but I don't.

I've had several projects I've been promising to work on, and they've all sat nearly 100% idle because I've been so run ragged I can't focus to code or work on anything detailed... I'd love a good old-fashioned night of physical exertion right now. And no, I'm not being subtle here... camping, wrenching on cars, hiking, sparring, BDSM, sex, a mix of the above, but something physical is what I crave lately that doesn't involve staring at a screen or sitting on my ass for hours.

As to why? That's simply. I haven't had two contiguous days off in around a month now.

I took two days off of work (last saturday/sunday) so I could rescue a friend by driving out to Las Vegas and back. 50+ hours sitting in a vehicle as a result across roughly 6 days. That was a big marker that got called in.

This weekend I've gotten called into work, opposite my normal shift of midnight->noon to cover someone for noon->midnight, so I'm basically losing this weekend as well. I've heard something about the earthquake in Japan, but I'm oddly detached from it... I just don't have the brain-power to spare to dedicate to that it seems.

This last Mon/Tues/Wed ended up spent almost entirely sleeping instead, and doing a crap-ton of chores like my own laundry and bedding that had been badly neglected until I realized my own bedding smelled funny, then (again) getting called in to help with something suddenly.

So... there goes the last 4 weeks of my life, and before that it's just way too much of a fucking blur at about the same tempo. And the annoying part to me is so much of it is tasks that simply force me to drop all my side-projects suddenly, without having a chance to explain why or schedule ways around my absenses, which hurts.

Help? =^.^=

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October 25th, 2010
October 25th, 2010
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[User Picture]05:21 am - Writer's Block: Trick or treat
Do you plan to dress up this year? If so, who or what are you going to be?


I'll actually be running around as a werehyena, possibly for three nights in a row. =^.^=

I've made some 'ragged, burst-out-of clothing' to wear over my brown-hyena fursuit Split Paw, leaving the pockets intact on the remnants of the jeans so I have somewhere to store ID in case it's needed.

Friday evening, I'm going to a big-time local party that takes over the local central train station area for the evening, then heading in to work directly from there.

Saturday, I'm going to another party before work.

Sunday, once I get off work, I'm hanging around to tromp around the trick-or-treat areas around town as much as I can, hopefully with a friend driving around in their vehicle so I can bounce around more easilly from area to area.

I'll likely toss on my Cal-Trans-style reflective vest over everything else just to make sure I'm good and visible to cars when I'm outside, but otherwise just screwing around as a hyena as much as I can. =^.^=0 commentsLeave a comment

September 13th, 2010
September 13th, 2010
September 13th, 2010
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September 13th, 2010

[User Picture]09:09 pm - *PING* SoCal friends: My grandmother just had a stroke. Mom needs a lift!
UPDATE: Ride obtained! Thank you!

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September 3rd, 2010
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[User Picture]05:52 am - Help a fox out!
Clementine Fox needs some cash in a hurry and is doing some hella-cute badges of various types for $15 to get their phone reactivated!

Go here and sign up for a badge if ya' can help out!0 commentsLeave a comment

September 1st, 2010
September 1st, 2010
September 1st, 2010
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[User Picture]11:14 pm - Thank you for making me waste some time hacking on YOU, LiveJournal, instead of my own website.
What so many others have said: Bad rollout and badly breaking the 'least surprise' theory of UI design with this new release with a crap-ton of social-site cross-linking options being added.

It's all blocked at the style-code layer for my own journal now using CSS abuse for now mostly because it's finally reaching the tipping point that makes the site obnoxious to use via my BlackBerry and noisy/cluttered on even my 1920x1200 screen browser at the small font size I use.3 commentsLeave a comment

August 3rd, 2010
August 3rd, 2010
August 3rd, 2010
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August 3rd, 2010

[User Picture]06:48 pm - *ping* Anyone out there dealt with knee problems?
I have a friend that's kinda freaking out because they found out the doctor they'd been going to that'd been having them do basic physical rehab for knee pain hadn't been telling them the whole truth of the MRI results: They actually have a hole in the cartilage and some bone damage. They hadn't mentioned either of these things on any of the previous visits, just offered the occasional cortisone injection.

They (my friend) finally has an appointment with a sports-medicine doctor on Monday, but this sudden shift in what's wrong from 'not much, possible tilted knee cap' to 'Yeah... you have a hole in your cartilage, not a tear, and your bones have ground together some already!' had them kinda freaked out and they're wanting to talk to someone that's dealt with knee problems before, to get some second-hand knowledge and talk to someone else that's gone/going through similar to themselves.

Anyone out there on my wide-ranging friends list care to talk to them? Comment here, I'll grant access to a second post that'll be up immediately after this one with contact details.0 commentsLeave a comment

July 29th, 2010
July 29th, 2010
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[User Picture]03:08 am - I voted for him. My mistake.
Someone that's worked in this country for a decade, payed their taxes, is flying home in a couple weeks because nobody can hire them because they've been unable to be allowed to immigrate.

It disgusts me that this happens, while those that bum-rush across the border by any means they can and disregard our laws entirely are now being given a free pass.

Both aspects disgust me, that they both in effect mean the same thing: It doesn't pay to even try to obey the immigration laws in this country anymore, a country that is one of the most immigrant-based countries of a large size I know of, second only to Australia.

No, we can't afford to actually 'secure our borders' like people keep preaching, I hold no illusion on that. And deporting them doesn't slow anything down, if anything I'd be all for imprisioning them for 30 days before deportation just to delay the flow of them back in and impact the money going back out to discourage things.

The core problem to me is simply the unfairness that someone perfectly willing to pay taxes and obey the laws of the land is banned from working here, but those that flaunt our laws and flip the bird to us, get in and get work.

Unless you can justify why my friend I've known for years is having to fly home after living in this country for a decade working at a single job for the majority of that, but was unable to immigrate despite their proven work ethic and ability and willingness to obey our laws and regulations, don't try to convince me that this ruling is a good one. Save your typing. I'll leave comments enabled for now though.38 commentsLeave a comment

July 7th, 2010
July 7th, 2010
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July 7th, 2010

[User Picture]08:20 pm - Looking for an Artist interesting in something steampunk-ish.
As usual, just what it says on the tin. Looking for an artist willing to design a bit of steampunk-ish gear, specifically: I'm getting a fursuit of my actual fursona, WolfWings, and I'd like to get a bit of jangly, steampunkish kit to wear over the fursuit mostly over the front chest, shoulders, and arms.

The only real way to describe the idea is a post-apocalyptic steampunk urban shaman. Or to use a lot less fancy words: Drop a stereotypical Amerind 'shaman' into the wrecked cities of the movies "I Am Legend" or "Book of Eli" or the games "Fallout 3" or the "Left 4 Dead" series and imagine how they'd piece together a ceremonial outfit. Just realize this would be worn over top of a fursuit based on the character sheet I've had drawn by Wolf Nymph. Think things like using a driveshaft from a car as a ceremonial staff, and the like.

So... anyone out there know any artists that'd be interested in a commission like this? There's no rush on it, I won't have the fursuit itself for many, many moons yet.2 commentsLeave a comment

July 5th, 2010
July 5th, 2010
July 5th, 2010
July 5th, 2010
July 5th, 2010

[User Picture]01:27 pm - A twist on an old question...
Poll #1588232 How far would you go for love?

How far away would you be okay having a relationship over?

30 minutes or so.
0(0.0%)
2 hours/A tank of gas round-trip.
3(18.8%)
5 hours/A tank of gas each way.
6(37.5%)
12 hours/Road-trip to visit.
2(12.5%)
Multi-day drive/Flying almost required.
5(31.2%)


Just what it says on the tin, how far away would you be willing to have a relationship with someone else? Conversely, it's kinda related to how often do you need to see your other half or halves, I suppose, since the further away something is the less often you can see it.12 commentsLeave a comment

May 31st, 2010
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[User Picture]You know how sometimes people on your friends-list post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes. Read more...Collapse )3 commentsLeave a comment

April 10th, 2010
April 10th, 2010
April 10th, 2010
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[User Picture]09:47 pm - Man... sometimes I just don't realize I'm pissing someone off until they say it.
Casually discussing a technical problem with a house-mate that works in IT as well: Just upgraded the core switch at a friend's house to gigabit, had someone in the house make a quick test to/from the NAS I set up for them, still only getting 5 megabytes/second throughput. Mention 'whew, there, ethtool set up... yeah, the NAS is running gigabit' casually, and start discussing it with my housemate. Only option since the other server we tested from, under Linux, claims gigabit support at full and half duplex.

So I mention, "Either the cable's lost one of the non-crucial pairs on the home-run or his patch cable, or the plugs have a fouled pin somewhere along the way." Housemate mentions, "No, that'd stop even 100-Base," and it degrades quickly when I mention, "Um... 100-Base only requires two pairs, gigabit requires four pairs," as he thinks 100-base-T also requires all four pairs.

I just got quiet, pulled up the spec, and verified. Nope, 100-Base-T requires two-pair CAT-5 or better cabling. 1000-Base-TX requires four-pair CAT-5 or better, with CAT-5e or CAT-6 recommended to improve tolerances. Mention this, apparently that was pushing too far... =-.-=

I just saw a technical question, with a possible technical counter-point raised, and so I figured, "Go check the spec," while my housemate saw it as, "RAR! Won't stop arguing until you admit I'm right!" mentality, and I didn't realize it could be interpreted that way. *sighs* Sorry?

Anyways... yeah, rant over.9 commentsLeave a comment

April 3rd, 2010
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[User Picture]12:19 am - Setting up a software-RAID server under Gentoo Linux w/ initramfs the simple way.

This can technically cover a NAS, a file server, a web server, or anything else. In my case, it's being used as a borderline NAS/file server/media server for a household.

All drives are hot-swap, the RAID is heavilly growable (from 4-8TB usable w/ 5 drives up to 16+TB with more drives, all hot-swap), and this is based on the newest tech out there so things are fast, stable, and I'm focussing on the 'easy' side of the 80/20 equation: I'm putting in the 20% of the work that gets 80% of the benefit, so please don't make recommendations like "why didn't you use XYZ file system, or set ABC tunable based on I, J, K, and L aspects of your syetem?" because my answer for all of those is: Because I didn't need to eek out 100% performance.

Even with sub-7200RPM drives, and only five of them, this RAID array built in about 5 hours, and reshapes to/from RAID 6 in around 8-12 hours. A rebuild takes about 6-8 hours, using these relatively slow but modern drives. With a 4k-chunk size, aligned with the 4k sectors, I'm seeing write speeds in excess of 90MB/second, and read speeds in excess of 200MB/second, so this thing can theoretically saturate a single Gig-ethernet link pretty handilly as a file server.

First, this is based on Gentoo. I go with Gentoo because they have a rolling-release schedule, versus a backporting schedule. This server was based on the 29th March 2010 sync-point. It varies very little from the normal Gentoo Handbook. I reconfigured the hard drives in fdisk to 32 sectors per track, 128 heads per cylinder, and adjusted cylinders-per-drive accordingly. This results in 2MB cylinders, which also align with the 4K sector size on newer hard drives no matter what you do in fdisk at that point. All partitions are normal, none of them are the 'RAID automount' type.

MDADM is included in the autobuilt install-CD, so I just used that to configure the RAID initially, then made a filesystem and installed normally on top of it. I specifically tuned the file-system to reserve 1% of the resulting 5.3TB available for root only, instead of making a seperate 'operating system' partition. So there's two partitions on each drive: 1) a 40MB 'boot' partition RAID1 across all drives, and the remainder of each drive as the 'system' partition in RAID5 or RAID6 (your choice, you can change this choice later) for the 'system' partition.

All of this is fairly simple, and the normal Gentoo Installation Handbook steps are taken with one exception: Manual Kernel Configuration, to include initramfs support and add mdadm support.

First, we need to set two packages to include the 'static' USE flag, which forces their binaries to be statically linked so they can be safely included on the initramfs easilly.

1) Make a directory on your new system during the installer:

mkdir /etc/portage

2) Then run these commands:

echo sys-apps/busybox static >> /etc/portage/package.use
echo sys-fs/mdadm static >> /etc/portage/package.use
emerge busybox mdadm

That'll rebuild busybox, and install mdadm as static-linked binaries. Next, a few options to enable on the kernel:

Enable initramfs support, but disable all forms of compression of the initramfs, because the entire image (including the compiled-on initramfs) will be compressed at once instead. I pointed it at the /usr/src/initramfs directory for where to pull the initramfs from. Now, configure that directory:

mkdir -p /usr/src/initramfs/dev
mkdir -p /usr/src/initramfs/proc
mkdir -p /usr/src/initramfs/sys
mkdir -p /usr/src/initramfs/newroot
cp -a /dev/{console,null,tty,tty1} /usr/src/initramfs/dev
chown -R root:root /usr/src/initramfs

Copy your busybox and mdadm binaries to /usr/src/initramfs:

cp `which busybox` `which mdadm` /usr/src/initramfs

Now, you need to write your 'init' for the initramfs as a shell script. Yes, a shell script. It's tricky to get right, so here's a full copy of the one I use. :-)

#!/bin/busybox sh
/bin/busybox mount -t proc proc /proc
/bin/busybox mount -t sysfs sys /sys
/bin/busybox mdev -s

# We have a basic /dev tree configured now. We can manually assembly the md* devices:
/bin/mdadm -A /dev/md0 /dev/sd?2
/bin/mdadm -A /dev/md127 /dev/sd?1

# We need to 'rebuild' the /dev tree before the md* devices will show up though:
/bin/busybox mdev -s

# Now we can mount the root file system, and drop the temp file systems:
/bin/busybox mount -t ext4 -o ro /dev/md0 /newroot
/bin/busybox umount /proc
/bin/busybox umount /sys

# And finally... switch to the new root filesystem:
exec /bin/busybox switch_root /newroot /sbin/init

# Oh-shit panic code, to drop us to a minimal busybox shell to examine the wreckage:
echo Failure! Press enter to boot a shell instead...
read
exec /bin/busybox sh > /dev/tty1 < /dev/tty1 2>&1

Make that owned by root:root, and RWX permissions for root as a user at least, and you're set. You can now compile your kernel like normal, though it'll end up just shy of 1MB larger than normal due to the initramfs. This is assuming you compile your hard-drive drivers into the kernel, and I recommend leaving your USB drivers as modules so if you leave a USB device plugged in it won't error on you strangely. This is a first-pass init script, better can be done, and note this isn't using LVM's but just raw MD devices for the RAID.

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March 22nd, 2010
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[User Picture]07:11 pm - And on a unanimously happy note...
...someone with a few grand can still one-up all the multi-hundred-thousand-dollar racing teams.

Seriously. $500 craigs-list BMW with NO EXTRA CREW AT ALL takes third place at WRC Mexico.2 commentsLeave a comment

February 19th, 2010
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[User Picture]02:42 am - And today gets twice as bad...
...with two souls passing before their time to remember on this day from now on...

Hopefully next year I'll be working this day, so it can pass me by without having time to dwell too heavilly on it.1 commentLeave a comment

February 18th, 2010
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[User Picture]02:39 pm - You're remembered. And hopefully will be when many are but dust and ash...

Like many others, I have an anniversary. That of evil_dwagon's death by DUI, or as more among my friends know/knew of him, Furp, or Patrick Reed. A year ago today, he was taken from us. And I've been working to give him a proper memorial in the only way I know how... this is the first step, it's a shortened re-mix/re-blend of a VNV Nation song, Beloved, from their full version and their 'official' short version down to one that's just under 3 minutes long now when I was done, rendered into mono since for the intended purpose stereo would provide no advantage.

Now... construction and planning of the rest begins. I had hoped to have it done for FC this year, but realized getting it done right is infinitely more important than getting it done by any artificial deadline.

Beloved - Heartstring Mix - VNV Nation

It's colder than before... The seasons took all they had come for.
Now winter dances here; it seem's so fitting don't you think?
To dress the ground in white... And grey...

It's so quiet I can hear... My thoughts touching every second, that I spent, waiting for you...

Circumstances afford me, no second chance to tell you... how much I've missed you...

My Beloved, do you know?
When the warm wind comes again,
Another year will start to pass.

And please don't ask me why I'm here...
Something deeper brought me, than a need to remember...

We were once young and blessed with wings!
No heights could keep us from their reach!
No sacred place we did not soar...

Still greater things burned within' us...
I don't regret the choices that I made...
I know you feel the same.

My Beloved, do you know? How many times I stared at clouds, thinking that I saw you there...
These are feelings that do not pass so easilly; I can't forget... what we claimed as ours!

Moments lost and time remains! I am so proud of what we were!
No pain remains, no feeling... eternity awaits!
Grant me wings that I might fly; my restless soul is longing...
No pain remains, no feeling... eternity awaits!

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February 14th, 2010
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[User Picture]10:31 pm - Nick Granato - Color Outside the Lines

There's a song that I'll admit I've adopted, sorta sworn by just before FC, and I think is one reason I've (for better or worse) taken less shit from others lately and inparticular one of the reasons I've more-or-less blown off people trying to blame me for the various drama that happened at FC that I was involved with.

It's not the best singer, I love the song though, and I'm tempted to try to record my own version if I could find someone to play music for it. It... fits a lot of folks in our fandom, I think. For better or worse.

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February 8th, 2010
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[User Picture]04:46 pm - Am I really that strange of a commissioner?
I just realized... I've made (or committed to making, technically, though basically just holding final payment for delivery in both cases) two seperate $2k-ish purchases.

One of them, I'm working patiently to be meticulous about getting every detail right, for multiple reasons, then will hand off final approval and get out of the way as the final piece is made. And by patiently I mean I'm willingly taking extra months here and there to let the concept-artist work out details until they're happy with the options they make, and then we discuss the options, lather, rinse, repeat until we're both satisfied.

The other? I basically handed the money across, and am waiting for the product to very loose specs. Species, name that indicates an easy-to-integrate theme without specifying how to integrate it, etc. No concept art, just 'get to it!' and let the artist chart their own course on things.

I just... something says it's the 'right way' to do each of these commissions, but I wonder am I really that odd to try to take such a hands-off, no-bother approach with the artists I commission as much as possible? Even on the detailed one, I'm quite happy biding my time while life works it's kinks out and moves along around the commission.

Dunno why I'm being so introspective lately, but between that, and someone commenting that my ratio of credit cards to bank accounts is backwards compared to most folks, am I really doing things that out of whack with how most people think they should be? =^.^=4 commentsLeave a comment

February 5th, 2010
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[User Picture]09:50 pm - I may be insane for considering this... thoughts?
There's a $10k contest for anyone able to avoid being found for one month.

Someone tell me if I'm insane for considering applying to this or not? I have no clue if my job would even allow it, but gods... this sounds so tempting to me...4 commentsLeave a comment

February 4th, 2010
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[User Picture]07:14 pm - Meme Sheep time!
Ask me a question!0 commentsLeave a comment

January 30th, 2010
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[User Picture]07:33 am - And on better news...
...finally have a 'new year' resolution: Getting more in shape for endurance.

I'm in far better shape than I thought I was for raw strength of body, and better shape overall for endurance than I hoped. I was able to carry another suiter (Clementine/Vitani) on my shoulders from the headless lounge all the way to the main ballroom, including jogging/sprinting part of the way. And that was after carrying her around on my back like a horse for a'while to boot. And I was able to do various high-kicks and spins in fullsuit as well, though a good portion of that is simply being able to hold onto my fursuit feet with my real feet so they don't fly off when I do crazy shit.

So my goals:

Next FC I'll tote someone around on my shoulders while I'm in full fursuit for the full parade.

Next FC I'll manage a free-standing handstand in full fursuit.

So... now to go buy a weight vest, and build up the weight I can carry around between now and next year.2 commentsLeave a comment
[User Picture]05:58 am - Man... I feel ripped off.
I bought plenty of gear to be ready for damn near armageddon in my Yaris; good extra-skinny winter tires, heavy-duty snow chains (which I have used to chip the ice off of a friend's street, amusingly, without harm to the chains), heavy gloves and coat and hat, etc.

This entire trip, I haven't run into so much as snow on the ground. The closest I came was deep mud in one friend's driveway that I stopped at along the way. Nadda else, at all. Even here in Denver, Colorado, it's bone-dry and staying that way all day today so my drive down out of the mountains will be sedate and boring.

I'm not complaining about the hassle-free drive, and my tires/chains have saved my bacon once or twice already back in Kansas City, but I bought them all for this trip... and ended up not using any of them. *laughs* Ah well, at least all the gear's gotten use a few times, and proven itself useful; just not for it's intended purpose.

How does that old song go? You can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need... I definately needed this gear in the last couple months and upcoming few more months, but not in the way I thought, or wanted.11 commentsLeave a comment

January 28th, 2010
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[User Picture]11:01 pm - To flaredragon and bush_rat both...

...since before I could reply to either of your questions on the furcon group the post was simply deleted:


First, flaredragon, we honestly didn't know we were negatively impacting anyone. Nobody, not in suit, out of suit, when we were in the headless lounge, at the piano outside headless, or walking around the 2nd floor, not once did anyone approach us and request we stop.

It wouldn't have required desuiting and running to con-ops, to be frank. Send someone, in or out of suit, anyone, to stick their head out and holler, "Hey! We're practicing for a skit, keep the noise down please?" even and we'd likely have suddenly become very mute sheep, grabbed sharpies and starting making Wile E. Coyote 'baaa' signs instead in the creator's lounge.

And as a note, all of us were sitting front-row right in front of the projector screen, still in suit, listening to your memorial and applauded as best as were able along with everyone else when it concluded.


Second, bushrat, you're right. You were there first. We should have stopped. If we knew we were annoying anyone. See above. Nobody approached the group that I saw at any time to ask us to stop, if anything we had folks watching the reactions when a husky or what-not would suddenly bray and they'd start cracking up at the strange looks we'd get.

Hell, we had many people start joining in on the braying. The flock did, indeed, grow larger over the course of the night. That made us think folks were enjoying the sillyness. None of us were drunk or anything else, we simply found a simple-to-make noise that all of us stuck in suit could make. Suiters can't clap, and most other animal noises just get muffled to uselessness from the heads, so it was part 'Eureka!' and part 'Yay, a bunch of other folks to goof around with!' rolled together at once.

So, yes, directly walking up and saying, "Hey, this is annoying me. Please stop," is more-or-less what I think you should have done. If the 'perpetrators' don't know the fun they're doing is causing someone harm, and it's purely audible noises they're having fun making? They won't know to stop.

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January 26th, 2010
January 26th, 2010
January 26th, 2010
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January 26th, 2010

[User Picture]11:25 am - Wow... FC2010 was really what I needed this year.
Getting in early to help with the load-in let me really re-focus myself, finding my way if you will... but the rest of the con, just went so flawlessly I was able to relax with friends, but even more importantly make some new friendships and reinforce existing ones quite heavilly.

I left work on Friday at midnight, and immediately drove to Oklahoma. And got stuck in the mud of a friend's driveway. Upside: Learned my car has a full set of four recovery points hard-mounted to the unibody frame stock, seperate from the tow-hook point available for heavy-recovery situations and seperate from the dingy-towing mounts and tow-hitch mounts the car comes with as well. That's better than most Jeeps. =O.o= Upside: Took the tow-truck driver all of 6 seconds to pull the car free when he had all those options to work with so easilly.

So... Saturday I spend there, enjoy a wonderful meal and conversation with friends, and then headed west to New Mexico. That was remarkably uneventful, though I gave my hosts a bit of a surprise when they needed us to go down a dirt road and I didn't go all namby-pamby but just hauled ass and skittering gravel the whole way up and down their driveway each time. *laughs*

Sunday spent with them, I headed off again, and caught wind of a truck that goes by Sandman that I'd seen off-and-on every since Oklahoma City in a yellow-cabbed truck with two GIANT green machines on his flatbed. Thanks to him and his routing, we made some EXCELLENT time through New Mexico, Arizona, and all the way to California where he dropped down to 55 while I could keep going 70. Yay! First sign of stupid California laws encountered! Oh, how I missed loathed thee...

Anyways, that burned Monday along with picking up batnwolf and whyrl, and Tuesday I managed to get us up between the storms. My mom drove most of the way as I'd racked up the last 2200 miles. Got up to the bay area, and found crash space thanks to my friends up there before we could check into the hotel on Wednesday morning and sleep s'more!

Now... the con itself was an outright BLUR! A wonderful, excstatic, hyper blur of labor at first, then some bit of time that just didn't seem to really exist... I managed to bump into jurann finally, along with Skant and jaelyn during the con, which was nice to touch bases/catch up/etc with all of them. Saw drama-bombs land around me, but none really impacted me directly thank the Goddesses. Quite a few folks, I will say, I both wish I knew better so I could have been there for them, but admittedly a shard of myself was glad I didn't so I at least knew the drama didn't involve me.

Then the part I will never forget which began at the fursuit parade. I'd encountered the 'elevator hell' of heavy loads and the fursuiters not combining well so I went to the parade in Lumi Kelluke as a partial instead of a fullsuit, my usual gray gryphon-emblazoned sports-coat ensemble. Met up with pretty much all the other Soki suits at the con: Kahlua, Malibu, Serpy, Silver R. Wolfe, tdiwolf, and Tuxedo Kitty all in the parade. Someone suggested we get together and do a Soki TwoPaws photoshoot, so texts went out, etc. Gunnar, and Balto Woof both joined us, though Serpy couldn't make it, and a deer I can't find on the Fursuit Database that was also by Soki joined us. So we had 9 suits total, ended up in a really awesome 3x3 pose showing everyone off.

After that, de-suited, ran around like a loon on Sunday, then got into suit at about 18:00 as Dealer's Den closed with the recurring tradition of a Dealers Free Pizza Feed I enjoy helping fund each year. While that was going on, I ran into Serpy, Vex, Clementine, and a small additional herd of suiters whose names didn't stick very much I'll admit. =-.-= Serpy had had their phone off so missed the reminder/text about the photoshoot, so me, her, Clementine, Vex, and company all headed over to the photoshoot area. Along the way, we all became sheep! BaaaAAAaaaAAAaaa...

And once we get to the photoshoot area, even more sillyness ensued between the photoshoot area, piano outside the headless lounge, and in the headless lounge itself. Good grief, I'm sure dozens of photos and videos will pop up of the lot of us, including TDiWolf when he joined up with us in suit as well. We gave the photographer full reign over posing us, and ended up with some really marvelous shots as a result. We also got a good video of me carting Clementine around on my back like a horse, which was fun if tiring. Also carried her on my shoulders to the dance, but I don't think anyone caught any proof of that unfortunately. Need to work on that more for next year, so I can maybe lug someone on my shoulders for the fursiut parade itself. =^.^=

But after that, danced a little bit but the music just wasn't catching any of us, so we all ended up back in the headless lounge for a'while until the rest of the herd decided to de-suit, but I was still feeling good so I went off again... It all became a blur again of hanging with TDiWolf for quite a'while until... gah, around 4am when I finally fell over and passed the fuck out after de-suiting and gorging on what became my daily ritual meal for FC: Ultimate Cheeseburger w/ Cheesecake and a Large Dr. Pepper from Jack-in-the-Box.

Monday... actually ended up much the same, amusingly. There was remarkably little to be done on Monday, as the bottleneck wasn't people to move stuff or carts to move stuff, but places to move stuff to. So most of the rooms were closed by compacting them into other rooms... then waiting for the final staging space to clear for the final shuffle. So for a good chunk of the day I spent time with friends, snuggling closer ones I knew or want to know better and impact-hugging everyone I could. At 18:00 again, I pulled on Lumi and headed down to the Dead Dog party, and kept up much the same, the night turning into a very sweaty, wonderful, hyper-chaotic blur of dancing, panting, and finally using a taxi-cab as a boom-box for half an hour and running around the streets outside the hotel with a horde of other fursuiters getting random photos taken of the mob of us being lunatics but never quite breaking any laws or being too stupid or dangerous thanks to the handlers keeping an eye on things. Oh, and I was able to offload that bag of firecracker-ultra-hyper orange glow sticks on Clementine, I don't think I've ever heard such a perfect 'schoolgirl on helium' squeal in my life before she saw one get lit off in front of her, nor have I had the air crushed out of my for a change before that either. =^.^=

After that... well, it's Tuesday Morning, I have to check out of the hotel in a few hours, and whyrl is in the shower now. I'll hop in next, we have a nice late checkout of 14:00, then a bit of driving ahead of us today once we pack up the car and what-not.4 commentsLeave a comment

January 21st, 2010
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January 21st, 2010
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[User Picture]11:48 am - For anyone trying to reach me at the con:
Room #1708 in the Fairmont.
(785)WLF-WNGS
(785)953-9647

Google Voice account, so hit it with phone calls or text messages to your heart's content, it should work.

(310)735-7838

Primary cell phone: Use if you need to, it may be busy if/when I'm using it for internet access instead of dealing with the failboat that is the hotel WiFi.2 commentsLeave a comment

January 19th, 2010
January 19th, 2010
January 19th, 2010
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January 19th, 2010

[User Picture]10:17 pm - So... I'll be up there in San Jose earlier than planned...
...since we're snaking up north between the storms, anybody have room for me, whyrl, and my mom batnwolf to crash at their place until we can check into our hotel room at the Fairmont on Wednesday afternoon?

EDIT: Safe crash space located and plans finalized. Zzz...

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January 13th, 2010
January 13th, 2010
January 13th, 2010
January 13th, 2010
January 13th, 2010

[User Picture]03:58 pm - FC Meme!
Are you hosting any panels?
Nein. I'll be at quite a few panels when I'm not fursuiting my tail off.

Where are you staying?
Fairmont with batnwolf and whyrl in the room with me.

Who will you be with?
Often running around by myself, feel free to use my contact page to get a'hold of me in a hurry.

Do you do trades?
If ya' need some kind of web-coding, I'd be happy to tinker.

What is your gender?
Male.

How old are you?
Old enough to appreciate Jim Croce, young enough to be carded.

Can I touch you?
Hugs are great! Especially when I'm in fursuit of any sort. =^.^=

Can I talk to you?
'Sointly, though we warned that if you inform me of a problem you are having, my instinctual reaction is to consider the problem as one I'm to seek a solution for. If you DON'T want that reaction to kick in, tell me, or avoid informing me of problems.

Can I buy you lots of drinks?
Moderate teetotaler and designated driver, though I'm not against tasting a drink you may offer. Please don't be offended if I then spit it out instead of swallowing, even if I compliment the taste. I occasionally (deeply) enjoy a balsamic martini in the evening to wind things down, but as a while I don't partake to speak of.

Can I give you lots of money?
To quote Pathia: In exchange for what? Wait, don't answer that question.

Can I hug or snuggle with you?
Hugs are pretty much always fine, just please, for the love of all that's unholy, SHOWER! Snuggles depend on more variables.

How tall are you?
5'11"

Are you nice?
I endeavor to be, even to both sides of a conflict. I'm not Switzerland, by any stretch, but I endeavor to be neutral ground as much as possible.

Are you cliquey?
Not that I know of. Busy? Yes. Hard to pin down? Yes. Hard to get a'hold of and voice your concerns to? Nope.

Can I stalk you?
Good luck keepin' up! But feel free if it strikes your fancy. =^.^= My positive reaction is not guaranteed however.

How long are you going?
All of the con proper with change to spare.

Do you have an artist table?
Nope, but I try to swing by and make sure the few artists I know are well supplied with food of their choice.

Do you like parties?
Yes, but not the ultra-loud rowdy 'drunken frat-boy' type parties usually.

If I see you, how should I get your attention?
Hollering, "Wolf Wings," is likely to get my head to spin 'round. Just 'Wolf' will get my attention in smaller groups, but in the hotel proper I usually filter it out due to non-uniqueness. Random arm-grabs and the like are okay too.5 commentsLeave a comment

December 15th, 2009
December 15th, 2009
December 15th, 2009
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December 15th, 2009

[User Picture]09:15 am - Farewell to another artist...
...darkwolfie has passed away.Link

December 13th, 2009
December 13th, 2009
December 13th, 2009
December 13th, 2009
December 13th, 2009

[User Picture]Heads up for FC folks that like glowsticks and dancing: I'm going to have 50 "firecracker" 30-60 SECOND glowsticks in bright orange. They're not kidding either, they're utterly burnt out in 5 minutes or less. I want to get a horde together to light them all off one evening on the dance floor at once, track me down at the con if you want to use one or more.1 commentLeave a comment

December 11th, 2009
December 11th, 2009
December 11th, 2009
December 11th, 2009
December 11th, 2009

[User Picture]01:33 am - About this new TF2 update...
...do not like. And I've yet to find a single map that whichever side is playing soldiers doesn't end up utterly dominating a side with a lot of demo-men on it. I've played at least a dozen different maps, from payload to CTF to CP, even TC_Hydro. And every single one, in 12-24 players playing, if 50% of each team were demo or soldier... the side with soldiers just steamrolls the side with demos. Bleah!

And there's no way to NOT end up spawn-camping the HELL out of the other team with this much explosives flying around. So... congrats, Valve. I'll play less than ever, at least I have a reason to play Left 4 Dead 2 now instead of just TF2.1 commentLeave a comment

December 8th, 2009
December 8th, 2009
December 8th, 2009
December 8th, 2009
December 8th, 2009

[User Picture]08:52 pm - Little known secret LiveJournal sub-site...
Current LiveJournal Status

They're pretty good about updating that whenever there's issues, like the earlier notification-delays that everyone was going, "Hey, this broken for you?" about earlier... they had a note about the problem up on that status page. =^.^=6 commentsLeave a comment

November 18th, 2009
November 18th, 2009
November 18th, 2009
November 18th, 2009
November 18th, 2009

[User Picture]03:44 pm - About FurCon...
...as some know I tend to bend social norms up to the actual limits of the rules, and have and will continue to use the technique of begging forgiveness instead of asking permission when my research says it won't cost anyone anything, but is more likely to let me succeed in what I want to do.

Case in point: I've organized and run the chaotic frenzy of a group of truly extra, extra, stupid-large pizza's that I bring to the dealer's den, just for the dealers to eat at their leisure while they close up shop.

This year I'll likely be adding an order of Ceaser salad on top of it, and trying to get the word out to the dealers ahead of time. Dealers/artists? I can't promise the hotel won't stop me cold, but the pizza'll get ordered and brought to the Fairmont at least. If anyone reading this is an actual pizza-delivery worker and doesn't mind assisting with subterfuge by pulling on your jacket and hat and helping carry the pie's in, I'd appreciate it!

Anyways... main reason for this post: I'll have a room at the Fairmont to check in on the 21st, checking out on the 25th. So four nights. I'll be in the area very early on the 21st, since I'm leaving from SoCal late in the evening on the 20th for an overnight leisure-drive up there.

As I've heard there's no free shuttle to/from the airport for this hotel, please feel free to call or text me if you need/want a lift! I'll have my 2007 Toyota Yaris, which can hold quite a bit of stuff comfortably. This offer is primarily for artists, fursuiters, or others with a bunch-o-cargo they want to be careful with to/from the airport or other major transportation hub in the area.

Only warning: My car lacks a split-folding rear seat, so it's either 3 passengers and a bit of dedicated cargo space, or 1 passenger and a *LOT* of dedicated cargo space.

Contact Information including phone numbers and all that.3 commentsLeave a comment

November 16th, 2009
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November 16th, 2009

[User Picture]07:42 am - Minor utility-dump...
...since I'm running a web server without Apache anywhere to be seen, pure NGinx, I didn't have the htpasswd utility available from the Apache distribution.

The htpasswd utility from Apache is quite bloated with extra features and complexity as well, far beyond that is usually needed for simply adding a new BasicAuth entry to a .htpasswd file or similair. So... I read the docs, wrote my own specifically for use with NGinx's BasicAuth module.

htpasswd.tar.bz2

Download, unpack, make, ./htpasswd for usage. It's less than a thousand bytes, punt it around. Hell, it's short enough to be a Data URI, though none of the browsers out there allow downloads from Data URI's that I've tested.2 commentsLeave a comment

November 12th, 2009
November 12th, 2009
November 12th, 2009
November 12th, 2009
November 12th, 2009

[User Picture]09:17 am - Maybe I'm doing something wrong...
...but every, single, god-damn time I try to install Ubuntu under VMWare Server... everything from square one of the installer to the final VM, no matter what I do, runs like ass.

I mean it, it feels like I'm trying to play Quake 3 over a satellite link, navigating the menu's on the Ubuntu install CD, Server or Desktop. Text-mode or not.

And even SSHing into the minimal box, typing has random pauses, pressing tab for auto-complete just flat hangs for ten or more seconds... it just makes no sense. Processes just hang and freeze with no warning, just sitting there spinning their wheels, then the VM decides to do more again...

This is regardless of if VMWare tools, Open-VM-Tools, or no VM tools are installed. Regardless of if it's 32-bit or 64-bit, LSILogic, BusLogic, or IDE hard drives, or anything else. What is Ubuntu doing to the kernel and everything else to make it run this poorly?

And CentOS I've just never been patient enough to sit through their freakin' DVD or full set of CD images just to get the VM installed... seriously, their packaging system is borked when it can't even understand the concept of 'just give me a minimal install CD' as a core concept. Hello? This isn't the Slackware days when we need to sneakernet everything to a friend's house... why do we need to download a couple of gigabytes just to install your OS? What is this, MicroSoft?

Then I compare everything to Gentoo's kernels, where things just scream along, my clock doesn't fall out of sync, the installer is under half a gig for the main install, and there's no cruft from the get-go... it just... baffles me. There's basically no chance Gentoo can ever get into Corp datacenter environments, but gah...

And yes, this is a kinda random rant. Still... gah!12 commentsLeave a comment

November 2nd, 2009
November 2nd, 2009
November 2nd, 2009
November 2nd, 2009
November 2nd, 2009

[User Picture]05:23 am - Linux thoughts... somewhat stream of consciousness here, forgive me.

Cut for those that don't care to be able to skip over things.Collapse )

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[User Picture]03:10 am - And the best part, to me?
He's dead on about how fucked up Primer is to trace out.3 commentsLeave a comment

November 1st, 2009
November 1st, 2009
November 1st, 2009
November 1st, 2009
November 1st, 2009

[User Picture]Man... I'm so glad I bought Torchlight instead of Borderlands. Spyro-cutesy rampaging dungeon crawl that works great even under Wine and has no issues is a lot better than the game-resetting, config-killing noise I'm hearing about from those that went the other way with their cash.6 commentsLeave a comment

October 21st, 2009
October 21st, 2009
October 21st, 2009
October 21st, 2009
October 21st, 2009

[User Picture]02:28 pm - And all the rest of my yearly expenses are now sorted...
...car is payed for until the end of the year (though I'll lob one more payment in before FC).

...rent is payed for until the end of the year.

...phone is payed for the month.

...and I finally swung by and went through the process to set up a seperate checking account with my bank that has no links at all to my other accounts. So... yay, paypal account get now too! *joins the 21st century with proper firewalls and protections in place*3 commentsLeave a comment

October 17th, 2009
October 17th, 2009
October 17th, 2009
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October 17th, 2009

[User Picture]09:21 pm - Champions Online...
...it's got a LOT of WoWisms, but mostly of the sort I admit are a good idea: Stick to the accepted majority-UI conventions when possible, so people can understand the interface faster. So... ? and ! over people's heads, etc.

But OMG... no more wondering what you want to play, and having to go 'Aw... but I really wanted to do XYZ!' It's... not Ultima Online-esque truly free-form, but damn if it's not close. The level up progression and power-changing mechanic should have a much more intuitive in-game display of what you'll get when, IMHO, but that's spit-and-polish stuff not game-mechanics stuff.

So far I've played about ten toons through the training levels of all sorts, and three or four up to the mid-teen's, and one all the way to 25th where you first get your 'Arch Nemesis' stuff unlocked. I've realized that if you're an alt-a-holic, this is NOT the time to get into the game. While the individual story-lines are much easier to get into as you run through the missions, there simply isn't that much there yet. And since there's almost no way to level up except from the mission-reward experience, you'll end up seeing the same set of missions if you level up multiple characters right now.

Overall, the game is very pretty, and they kept one of CoX's best features: Re-scaled in-game resolution versus UI resolution. So I can run at 1920x1200, but the game is only rendering at 960x600 for the 3D stuff so all the text is crisp, sharp, and clear, but the in-game stuff runs smooth as silk even on my laptop.

So what's my plan? Enjoying the free month, likely going to get this character up into the 30's before I run out of time... but not gonna subscribe. Not yet at least. There's just too many glitches and bugs to content with yet, from the patcher itself crashing and not wanting to load half the time (including throwing really WIERD javascript errors from it's HTML components, since I'm running Windows XP 64-bit) to other issues like the game always crashing when I log out. Yes, every time. So... I'll give it a couple months, if it's still alive I'll poke my head back in then, give it another whirl. For now? Still a CoXr.2 commentsLeave a comment

October 12th, 2009
October 12th, 2009
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October 12th, 2009

[User Picture]10:06 pm - Small gripe/note to web developers...
...stop storing the login cookie code in the user record. It prevents folks from logging in from more than one browser at a time. Cell phones are often more than capable now (especially with Opera Mobile) of being able to load your website too. It's annoying to have to constantly re-login whenever I switch from mobile device (phone) to mobile device (laptop) and influences where I spend my money.2 commentsLeave a comment

October 5th, 2009
October 5th, 2009
October 5th, 2009
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October 5th, 2009

[User Picture]01:24 am - About that wallpaper meme...
...I could either post a black screen (what I had set up when it went around) or instead I'll post this:



Simulated image of my laptop booting up, though without the Windows login screen popping up centered exactly in that 'dim patch' the image has for a moment.

Yes, I have that as my boot-screen, and login, and desktop wallpaper on my laptop now. <3 the poor wingless gryphon!6 commentsLeave a comment

October 2nd, 2009
October 2nd, 2009
October 2nd, 2009
October 2nd, 2009
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[User Picture]09:21 pm - Fursuiting at Zona Rosa on Saturday October 24th, noon onwards!
Just sending out a feeler so I know how many are interested and can plan things. Very sorry for totally dropping the ball on September entirely, between MFM and suddenly a boat-load of overtime at work it just entirely slipped my mind!

And yes, I asked if we could be there on the 31st, but that's the one and only day of the month they don't want us there, but they couldn't explain why. As Disney helps sponsor that day for them, I'll chalk it up to the mouse's usual aversion to costumers being worked into the contract somewhere. Or just them being cautious for a first-year, second-event group coming over.1 commentLeave a comment

September 28th, 2009
September 28th, 2009
September 28th, 2009
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September 28th, 2009

[User Picture]10:48 pm - Never bought this before... but this year it seems warranted.
Buying a set of winter snow/ice tires for my Yaris for the first time.

First year on brand-new TripleTred's I managed to bend a rim without damaging the tire due to ice on a roundabout, and dodging someone else spinning out on the highway resulted in my astro-turfing a couple hundred feet sideways down slushy median on the local interstate loop that thankfully has no center barrier or cable-netting. So no damage from that.

Second year I managed to end up off-roading a couple times trying to stop... lacking traction, and having to duck into the muck on the side of the road to drag myself to a stand-still in time. Once I clipped a curb in the process, but it was the direction I was facing so the car just climbed up dutifully without damage.

So first year I was surprised by ice on bridges and roundabouts. Second year I just midjudged, though that was with mostly worn out TripleTreds at the time. This year? Extra-skinny extra-high-load/PSI Bridgestone Blizzak's on seperate 14" rims versus the stock 15" rims my car came with. Short of drop-shipping custom tires from Europe these are the best winter-only tires available stateside. Sure, it's gonna ride rough as hell compared to the TripleTreds, but at least it'll stick to the damn roads during winter.

Anyways... off to work.2 commentsLeave a comment

September 14th, 2009
September 14th, 2009
September 14th, 2009
September 14th, 2009
September 14th, 2009

[User Picture]08:07 pm - Call it advertisement, spam, or whatever... but stop paying a fortune for glasses!

Whenever I see multiple friends suddenly bitch at once about this time of year about the price of glasses (why does everyone get glasses just after Labor Day? *shrug*) I realize I've missed telling someone else something: Glasses are a rip-off on the magnitude of thousands of percent. Yes, for every dollar you spend nine or more can end up being profit for the vendor.

How'd you like to be able to afford to get a bi-yearly eye exam, and regularly buy three to five pairs of glasses a year, and still pay less than $200 a year? Sure, won't work for some ultra-extreme cases, but here's how for the majority:

  1. Wal-Mart charges $50 for an eye exam at locations so equipped. If you just need a basic exam, they're perfect. That's between $50 and $100/year. Make sure to ask for your "PD Number" which usually isn't filled out on the prescription sheet unless you remind them. It's how far apart your eyeballs are.
  2. GlassyEyes is the central blog that links to all major internet eyeware vendors that don't ass-rape you. $8 for a pair of prescription glasses? Ding, look here. There's plenty more up to around $60/pair for hingeless memory-titanium ones w/ ultra-ultra-light lenses and sillyness like that.
  3. Order from one of those sub-sites, no wierd voodoo, no insurance claims, just pay about what you would for a couple pizza's, and wait anywhere from a week to a couple months. Yes, months in some cases for some of the on-line vendors. One sub-vendor that comes and goes due to their long shipping delays but incredibly low prices is Zenni Optical. They're the one I've personally bought stuff for others from, and most of my friends have personally ended up using them with great success, but their shipping times vary across the full gammut from 2 weeks to the full 2 months. They DO eventually ship though!

So who can't do this? Those that need a new pair of glasses in the next 24-48 hours. That's pretty much it. If you can be patient, you can order a half-dozen pairs ranging from cheap $8 ones to keep as spares in the glove-boxes and night-stands of your life and for going swimming in (yes, you can get a pair of solid-plastic corrosion-proof prescription eyeglasses w/ tinting just for poolside/beachside use, huzzah, now we're talking civilized living!) and still have one or two pairs of really nice day-use glasses.

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September 10th, 2009
September 10th, 2009
September 10th, 2009
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September 10th, 2009

[User Picture]06:31 pm - Con Meme
Everyone else is doing it, might as well lob my hat in too! *cackles*

ConFurence - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
CaliFur - 2004
Mephit FurMeet - 2001, 2008, 2009
Further Confusion - 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Camp Feral - 2001
BayCon - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Rocket City FurMeet - 2007, 2008, 2009
OklaCon - 2007

Con I was Staff at.
Con I was a Lead at.1 commentLeave a comment
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