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  02:00:56 am, by Nimble   , 48 words  
Categories: Announcements [A]

Townhouse Gone!

Possession date has come and gone. September 30, all final transfers took place!

Thank you to my sweetie and my future in-laws especially for all their hard work in evacuating the place, and to my realtor for getting it on market and giving some great advice :)

That is all!

  01:52:00 am, by Nimble   , 274 words  
Categories: Distractions

Hacker, Hack Thyself

I'm sure this one has made the rounds before (it's from April), but I just love the [possibly apocryphal?] story and didn't encounter it until just today.

It answers the question: what happens when a angry, blustering, amateur "hacker" who feels powerful because they have downloaded hacker tools... meets people who know simple networking :)

The story...

Comment by Adam:

Cute! I'm continually amazed at the number of technical people who don't understand that "localhost" or "" refers to their own machine. I'm slightly less surprised at the number who do know that but don't understand the concept of loopback versus routers just sending packets back.

(And I'm also testing the RSS feed so generally ignore this spurious comment!)

Comment by Ritchie:

And how is the RSS feed working?

*laugh* I tried to keep up with blogs using SharpReader for a while, then work got utterly insane and I didn't have the attention span any more...

SharpReader really does grab things far too often by default. I'll have to look up the reader Tom was recommending after having tried SharpReader. (Of course, if it looks like a Unix shell prompt, I'll laugh ;)

Comment by Adam:

I'm using Trillian's RSS feed monitor. I only have it set up at work rather than at home. It seemed to work fine other than for some reason all of the updates appeared at once, typically at the same time each day, rather than when they were posted which does break the timely RSS concept a bit. Since I have it polling every five minutes or so, I would assume it's your aggregrator that's updating the RSS page once a day.


  09:33:21 pm, by Nimble   , 260 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Internet, Spamming

First E-mail Spoof "Attack"

No, it was just under 350 bouncebacks from a spam that forged a nimblebrain address as their 'from:' address.

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  11:44:58 am, by Nimble   , 507 words  
Categories: Thoughts, People, Programming

Tales of Outsourcing

A friend of mine related their experience with outsourcing to India. This may not be the way it happens everywhere, but I found it most interesting, since it shows that the promise of outsourcing does not necessarily match what it delivers. It's not necessarily the difference that you would expect.

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  11:31:25 am, by Nimble   , 1520 words  
Categories: Reviews, Attractions, Science

Quantum Reality : Nick Herbert


Full title: Quantum Reality | Beyond the New Physics

This is a pretty appealing book about the mysteries of quantum physics. If you know a little math (no calculus required) and perhaps the way sound waves work, this is a great introduction to what quantum theory is all about, and some really good insights into attempts to figure out what it all might mean.

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  02:07:25 am, by Nimble   , 1210 words  
Categories: Announcements [A]

Accidents Happen

Got in an accident over the weekend. Was sandwiched between two cars. Nobody was injured, but my poor car's left eye popped out, as it were...

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  02:09:35 am, by Nimble   , 88 words  
Categories: Announcements [A]



Just a reminderr, landlubbers and mateys... and Metis, that today be the day ye arrre best advised to talk like a pirate, arrrr, for 'tis Talk Like A Pirate Day.

I've been mighty downcast e'er since the days yon cutter we commandeered sunk in the Bow River with its cargo of bootlegged CDs. Arrrrr. Tis perhaps better this way, for the scalliwags in the rubber dinghies always got the better of us, and the seagulls, well, I'd best not say the insult they did do to yars truly.


  02:11:40 am, by Nimble   , 1565 words  
Categories: Reviews, Programming



No spies or anarchy here, at least in the traditional sense. I'm talking here about a magnificent little version control system, and if you're programming or even maintaining documents, it is a godsend.

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  02:20:47 am, by Nimble   , 93 words  
Categories: Reviews, Movies

Weird Movies: Code 46


Here's a short and sweet movie review.

Remember Agatha from Minority Report? She's back in another science fiction movie.

This is a very interesting "exploration of the future" movie, but it doesn't really... go anywhere. There's no space travel, there's just a lot of computerization, biotechnology and travel restrictions. I also surmise the ozone layer is gone as well.

It's worth a boo to view from the bargain bin. I enjoyed it mildly, but couldn't understand some of the decisions made, and was a little frustrated at the mountains of questions left unanswered.


  11:26:53 am, by Nimble   , 329 words  
Categories: Distractions, Thoughts, Religion, Science



I just get such a kick out of the satire of Intelligent Design that has been catching on, that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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  02:22:08 am, by Nimble   , 149 words  
Categories: Distractions

Smell Of Demeter

We located twelves bizarre scents in a display in the Chinook Centre Shopper's Drug Mart. We were looking at them, head tilted, at the names of the fragrances, things like "Dirt", "Wet Garden" and "Sugar Cookie".

So we picked up "Dirt" and gave it a sniff. Hell's bells, it smelled like DIRT!

Well, that was it, we were off and sniffing :) Sugar Cookie really does smell like sugar cookies. Angel Food Cake smells like hot angel food cake. I can't vouch for the authenticity of Gin & Tonic, Cosmopolitan or Mojito, 'cos I don't drink or hang around in bars, but pretty much everything else was authentic. We came back home with a Fuzzy Navel.

Check out their web site. There are far, far more fragrances than the ones we encountered. So if you're determined to get back childhood memories, one of these smells is likely to do it :)

  02:02:15 am, by Nimble   , 1638 words  
Categories: Announcements [A]

Townhouse Finally On Sale!

After months of not living there and having precious little time to clean it out, the place is bare and has been put up for sale!

It took concerted effort to clean the place out. High, high kudos to Dena and her parents for helping out. I like my soon-to-be in-laws. Not just for their help with the house, lest you think me fickle :)

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  11:44:50 pm, by Nimble   , 1534 words  
Categories: Reviews, Books, Science

The Ancestor's Tale : Richard Dawkins


This has got to be one of my favourite books of all time. I've read some of Dawkins' books before, such as The Blind Watchmaker, and always enjoyed them, but this book is utterly, utterly amazing.

Far from being the usual small book trying to prove one particular point, this is a grand survey, not just of life, but detailed explanations of radioactive dating, how trees of life are built, how creatures split apart into species, how bodies are built, with plenty of modern-day revelations about current creatures. All of this interspersed

Plus, it's heavy enough that you can seriously bean someone in the head with it :)

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  02:28:03 am, by Nimble   , 560 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Ethics, Internet

Phishers - II

They (though it may be a different "they") are at it again (as if they'd ever stop, of course), on another one of my accounts.

This one uses more nasty, urgent language. You can dress it this attempt to con people into going against their better judgement up by calling it Social Engineering, but I think that's far too... euphemistic.

Once again, it's absolutely amazing that the eBay account I don't have has been cancelled! Oh god, maybe they'll also take away the time machine ... that I don't have...

Here is a screen capture of this particular scam.

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  02:23:30 am, by Nimble   , 317 words  
Categories: Thoughts, Science

Vat Meat

It's starting to happen. Serious research into creating meat from cells has already begun. I just noticed one of the headlines recently, but this has been going on for a while. One reason being, if you're going to remain in space for a long time, taking along, feeding and killing animals has its drawbacks.

Experiments of this sort started back in 2001.

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