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SILT: Stuff I Learned Today

This is my dad wearing a pair of shades I found.

This is my dad wearing a pair of shades I found.

This is the first in an indefinite series of catch-all blogposts. Now that school is up and my schedule is more regular I think I can make a few more minutes a day to log some findings and post some links. Also, I’m thinking that by presenting a more innocuous task (a short, general post, as opposed to a long, targeted one), I might find myself sowing the seeds of expanded posts.

Also, sometimes I feel silly calling up friends and telling them each individually about cool junk when I know they’re all subscribed to this baby right here. Content will range from factoids to news to mini-rants to Linux and beyond. So:

  • Peep Show Season 6 has started. I might need to cache up the whole season before I start, it’s such dark goodness. 9.5/10 on imdb with 5,200+ votes? Intense.
  • I found out a way for a Linux machine to dynamically get a hostname on a Microsoft Active Directory network that isn’t set up to update hostnames via DHCP. This was ridiculously hard and I strongly suggest you contact me if you ever run into this issue. It involves kerberos and this one-off script.
  • I’m watching Kate Humble’s 4-part series of Middle Eastern travel, The Frankincense Trail. It’s from the BBC and it’s not too bad. It probably is a bit too frankincense-centric to be honest, what with her hauling her own little load of frankincense everywhere and asking everyone whether their people use or used frankincense. The most interesting tidbit I picked up is that apparently some parts if not all of Israel enforce some crazy Shabbat rules. For instance, you can’t use (technically be directly involved in the use of) anything electrical. You can ride an elevator, but you can’t press the buttons (it stops on all floors). You can open a fridge and grab something, but you have to tape the light sensor down beforehand. All this because it’s the ‘day of rest’. I’m wondering how universally this stuff is implemented.
  • Last, but certainly not least, Oyama is back up at the makuro.org address. My $30 Time Warner lets me upload at like 300kb/s so please be courteous and only max out my connection at night or during the workday. Also, I’ll know who my true friends are based on who logs in first (only my true friends use RSS and FTP).

Well, here’s hoping that wasn’t too painful, because I’m planning on learning a lot of stuff and posting about it. And then, this series of blog posts, like its namesake (silt), will provide me and my offspring a fertile farmland on which to raise agricultural goods.


Shopping for munitions

In a time of war and strife, one might find oneself desiring a few armaments of one’s own. Well, this post is here to provide you with all sorts of advice.

First, don’t buy Palestinian rockets. They’re crap. In fact, you probably can’t buy them, you’ll have to hand make them, just like the Palestinians. Handmake the sugar-based propellant, scrounge up some urea and a couple kgs of TNT so you have some explosives. And then you’ll have one of these.

A Palestinian rocket, and its exxxtreme damage infliction

A Palestinian rocket, and its exxxtreme damage infliction

Yeah, total crap. No guidance system and no reliable way of targeting, period. I’ve seen sweeter rockets in SkyMall.

Instead, I recommend becoming fast friends with the U.S., they’ll give you sweet stuff, even if it’s against their own laws. Like the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, which requires that each nation that receives weapons from the United States is not using the weapons for any form of conflict escalation. But let the results speak for themselves.

That's more like it.

Israeli weapons: That's more like it.

See, that’s what I expect when I hear ‘missile fire’ or ‘shelling’. I mean, you can’t even tell if there was a shack, shanty, or shed there. Also, they got the medical van, which was wise, as I learned from some very wise World of Warcraft players: you should go after the healers first.

Anyway, this post brought to you by Boston.com’s Scenes from the Gaza Strip.