Thursday, October 28, 2004


I've been having a little bonsai trouble lately. The tree looks really nice. It's a star juniper, good shape, good size, but the foliage seems to be drying out. I don't know what the problem is. I've been checking the soil moisture lately. This one is my best, but I haven't had a really successful one yet. Unless this one doesn't die. Then I'm good.

I made my own alphabet. It's kind of pointless I know, but it is a little bit better than it sounds. It's phonetic, and has enough letters for all of the different sounds. Even reading that now, I know how lame it sounds, but I'll have you know vowel sounds are more complicated and numerous than it initially seems. Okay, that is lame. I'll move on now.

Not really a whole freakin' lot else going on. School's going well enough. I'd better go before I come up with something worse to talk about than a fake alphabet.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004


I just tried again to get a dual-boot thing going on with my computer between Microsoft Windows XP, and FreeBSD Unix. Last time, I tried to get things going harmoniously with XP, and Suse Linux, RedHat Linux, and Windows 98. If any of you are thinking of trying this, screw it. Except the Win98 bit, that worked okay. But still, screw it.

Setting up your machine to boot separate operating systems is a waste of time. Get a second freakin' box. They don't naturally play nice together, and if you do get them to, there seems to be no point.

My next great plan is to get a second box, install Unix, and run a bit of a server off of it. I'm not holding my breath on this one, maybe have it out in like a year or two.

Anyway, I got all my files back up and everything, and aside from that whole mess, things are going well. Or as well as ever. Utah was good, seeing people there was good. Getting back and seeing people here was good. No complaints really. School is also going good. Finals are coming up tomorrow, a little early due to the compressed schedule, but I'm not too worried about them. I don't typically have big problems on tests, and I've got all day tomorrow to study for them. Last minute like.

I'm also thinking about changing some things around on my website. Not too sure I like where it is enough to finish things of in that direction. But I don't hate it enough to remove it. Maybe just add some interesting crap somewhere. I could throw up some of my photoshoped pictures. If I do, they will be on venenum. I don't keep that kind of stuff on vociferor.

That's about it for now, just remember, Dual-Boot sucks.

Friday, October 1, 2004

Takes a thief

It seems, unfortunatly, that security is almost always an illusion. And that's not even counting huge things, like nuclear war, and freak terrorist attacks, just your day to day, locking up, keeping safe kind of stuff. They say a lock will not keep out a determined thief. It will only keep an honest man honest.

I have a car with a broken out window. I've covered it up with plastic, but there is nothing to stop someone from punching through it to get inside, so I don't lock my doors. After all, the lock won't keep them out. What keeps them out is the total lack of value in the car, or its contents. It's something intangible. It's like pennies on the sidwalk. No one picks them up.

This whole lack of security thing is why I like to study lockpicking. That, and the couple of times it's actually been useful. I mean, it's not everyday someone loses their keys, but it's nice to be able to help them when they do. I just wish I could get a nice set of lockpicks, instead of the bent pins and crap I'm using. They seem to be restricted here, and I'm not sure how to go about being one of the guys who is allowed to have them. Maybe I should look into some kind of locksmith classes or certification. Nothing that will delay, or get in the way of my current education goals, just another hobby.