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Going Postal... in a non-violent fashion.

Nov. 29th, 2006 | 06:05 pm
human condition: stressedstressed

Hi there, fruitcake!

1. I'm alive.
2. My sister has not harvested my organs for any purpose.
3. But she continues the smoking lectures.
4. The cat is addicted to catnip and acts like a crackhead when we run out.
5. I have a lot of post cards to send to people (hence the subject line).
6. I should probably send regular cards as well.
7. Want me to send you a card of some sort? E-mail me (it's on my profile page)
8. I have CDs to send also.
9. I'll have to give in sooner or later and admit that X-mas is on the way, then proceed to buying gifts.
10. #10 to make this list a round number.

I've been trying (and failing) to keep up with the goings-on of LJ friends and various other RSS feeds...

But I need to focus on this mailing things to people stuff. I've acquired stamps, solving one of the problems.

xoxo,
echo

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How many of me?

Oct. 30th, 2006 | 07:34 pm
location: Computer Room
human condition: "less special"


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are:
2
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?



There are 2 people with my name. I assume I'm one of them. (What if I'm not?!!!?!?!?) Who is the other chick with the same first and last name as mine? I wish I could find her. Or him. You never know, it could be a guy.
I'd prefer it to be some dude, as discovering some girl with "my name" is out there running about somehow makes me feel less special...
But only slightly less. I'm certain this other person doesn't have my middle name, and my entire name rocks, so HA!

Got this from mylittlechicken.
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The Jung Personality Test

Oct. 5th, 2006 | 12:35 pm
location: Computer Room
human condition: tiredtired

I took this again. Can't remember what results I received in the past. I suppose I'll try again in the future.

INFP - "Questor". High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

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ECHOING.ORG GETS A LIVE MAKEOVER

Sep. 1st, 2006 | 05:58 pm
location: The Crazy Diamond Mine
human condition: accomplishedaccomplished
listening to: Listening to a 'Net radio thingy


With the upcoming birthday of echoing.org, I decided to give it a new look.



The trouble is, I'm feeling uninspired. So I started off with basic XHTML & PHP and absolutely no CSS. Just a bunch of words, appearing in the browser's default setting.



Since then, I've added some colours and now a modified photograph of - guess what? Oh, yeah, one of my favourite go-to pictures for layouts these days. The photo is the view from a boat on the Atlantic Ocean taken during my most recent trip to Atlantic City.



Right now it's looking... very generic. Except for the "I took this photograph and laugh in your face, people who use copyrighted pictures without permission!!!"


I should add that I'm guilty of the above offense. Rarely, but still...



Do me a huge favour, please. Take a look at how things are progressing and give me some advice. If you think it sucks - tell me! If you like the direction it seems to be going in - tell me! If you just pop in for a second to look, please sign the book.



I'm in the middle of re-coding some PHP goodness in addition to the ongoing makeover echoing is receiving.

Here's hoping I'll finish it in time for the actual anniversary!



cheers,

echo

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Save The Internet! [x-posted anywhere I can find a willing textbox]

Aug. 8th, 2006 | 03:54 am
location: The Crazy Diamond Mine
human condition: discontentdiscontent

The following was not written by me, it comes directly from The Queen. I am cross-posting it anywhere and everywhere.
Please read it, thank you.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


HOT WET ANAL SEX IN HERE part one

Now that I got your attention, I have something to tell you about that has nothing to do with sex. Sorry. It might be the only way I could get you to look in here. So look. Or else your ability to look at HOT WET ANAL SEX on here might be mightily impeded.
This is part one.

American capitalism. This concept has allowed the human race to progress at a dizzying speed that some are not so sure is good. I, however, believe that this is the beginning of man's finest hour, should we so choose to bring our best into fruition. This can't be done any other way than through the free market economy. I'm sorry, my socialist friends. It just doesn't happen so well in any other way. If it did, we would already be doing it. Some of you will mention that other countries are doing x, y and z better than us, but I counter you with the idea that not only did we invent x, y, and z, but we then had the sense to sell it to other countries for a profit. The VCR comes to mind right away. Most folks believe the Japanese invented it but that is not true. It was us.
Now I mention this because I want you to know that I am a die hard believer in this grand American experiment. I also know that the unbridled life force equals death, like in cancer, or war. So it is a delicate balance. Too much, and you die. Not enough and you wither away. This is why our concept of checks and balances is so mindblowingly effective and beautiful. The thing is, though, that it is not just the government, which YOU hire and YOU pay that has to participate in the checking and balancing. YOU have to help out, especially when the fat cats at the top are getting away with all kinds of murder, robbery rape, and pillage at the expense of the teeming masses beneath. That would be you. The teeming masses. If you want to keep your internet the way it is right now,meaning that there are no "tolls" at most sites imposed by companies and sanctioned by the government because we weren't paying attention, then listen up! Don't let the internet fall prey to the same disease that cripples California's electricity.
When it came time for the decision to be made about how to handle California's energy supply, the populace was asked a question directly. This was how it was worded. I know, because I worked at one of the information gathering companies that collected data for the surveys that backed the political arguments that changed the laws.
We called registered voters in CA and asked them something like this:

"Do you remember when there was only one telephone company and you had to get your phone, your phone lines and your local and long distance services through them? There was no choice, and therefore, no competition. The free market was not working in the phone industry at that time. Then, government came along and broke up the monopolies, which produced the competition between phone companies that led to your lower costs for phone service that you enjoy now. Thinking of this situation, do you think that energy should be deregulated the same way to allow for competition? There would be 'built-in' protections, of course. Consumers will have the ability to set a price that they will not go over when purchasing the energy, so you don't have to worry that they will be able to set whatever ridiculously high price they can and you have to buy it."
Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
The only problem is that the person on the phone doesn't know that they are not the "consumer" in this equation. Their local power company is the consumer. So if the consumer says they will not pay over, say, a dollar per kwatt for electricity (the producers, now deregulated and able to tell the "consumer" to go to hell if they don't want to pay) they don't pay over the dollar. The beauty for the producer? The CONSUMER DOESN'T GET THE POWER. Period. It's not a bunch more laptops and Christmas trees that cause blackouts and brownouts in Cali, it's partly the fault of the deregulation of the power production companies. This was voted on. This was a referendum that the citizens said yes to because they didn't understand the implications. And thousands are in the dark every year since. Enron execs laughed like hell over that one, on the phone to each other in recorded conversations. And even though record profits were made, thousands of the employees lost everything they worked for thier whole lives. Something is wrong with this picture.
So what this brings me to is this. Right at this very moment there are forces aligning against you, and against me and against everyone that uses the internet. They are going to make a decision for you if you don't step up and do your part of the checking and balancing. I love the free market, but I have also driven down one of the largest streets in one of the largest cities largely in the dark with no working stoplights because the checks weren't balanced.
CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSPEOPLE! WHEN I SAY THAT, I MEAN CALL THEM, SEND THEM A LETTER, SEND THEM AN EMAIL. TELL THEM IN THAT EMAIL LETTER OR PHONE CALL THAT YOU ARE A REGISTERED VOTER (GOD I HOPE YOU ARE!) AND THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE THEM BACK IN IF THEY DO NOT SUPPORT

NET NEUTRALITY!!!

Let me tell you what this means in easy to understand terms. If there is no net neutrality, this will become pay to play, kids. It means that the largest companies will be the only ones to afford the highest speeds and that they will buy those speeds and sell them to you for more than you can afford. Why should the biggest companies be able to have the highest delivery speeds online while we are condemned to the lowest of the low? Think about this.

The sad part is, I'm going to have to rework this and present it to the AARP. They are the only group that I can think of that actually votes as a block and makes their votes effective. We could do that too, you know. That's partly what this internet is born to do, whether you realize it or not. Of course, HOT ANAL SEX is fun on here, too, but how much fun will it be when you have to wait 45 minutes again for it to load? The internet will eventually bring people that are physically distant into accord with each other mentally and otherwise so that they can effect change for the good of the group. You see where I'm going with this? You may believe your one vote doens't count. But I can gaurantee you that one vote times one million is enough to make anyone in office stand up and pay attention. And that, dear readers, is partly why this move to eradicate Net Neutrality cannot be allowed to happen. They are trying to take away our ability to use this little rock in a slingshot to bring down Goliath.
Plus you won't be able to download weird sex.
Please. Find your representative. Use the net while you are still able to do this. It's easy. Type in congress and then find your state and area and write to them. Sign the petition.

savetheinternet.com

And pass this on. It's more important than you realize. Thank you.

Want more information? Watch Moby tackle the issue.

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The Madcap Will Shine On Forever

Jul. 11th, 2006 | 12:56 pm
location: The Crazy Diamond Mine
human condition: sadsad
listening to: The Madcap Laughs by Syd Barrett

Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett

1946-2006



Pink Floyd's Barrett dies aged 60

Syd Barrett, one of the original members of legendary rock group Pink Floyd, has died at the age of 60 from complications arising from diabetes.

The guitarist was the band's first creative force and an influential songwriter, penning their early hits.

He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. He went on to live as a recluse, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs.

"He died very peacefully a couple of days ago," the band's spokeswoman said.

"There will be a private family funeral."

A statement from Pink Floyd said: "The band are naturally very upset and sad to learn of Syd Barrett's death.

"Syd was the guiding light of the early band line-up and leaves a legacy which continues to inspire."

-- BBC NEWS



JUGBAND BLUES
(from the album "Saucerful of Secrets")

It's awfully considerate of you to think of me here
And I'm much obliged to you for making it clear
That I'm not here.
And I never knew the moon could be so big
And I never knew the moon could be so blue
And I'm grateful that you threw away my old shoes
And brought me here instead dressed in red
And I'm wondering who could be writing this song.

I don't care if the sun don't shine
And I don't care if nothing is mine
And I don't care if I'm nervous with you
I'll do my loving in the winter.

And the sea isn't green
And I love the queen
And what exactly is a dream
And what exactly is a joke.


REST IN PEACE,

MY CRAZY DIAMOND

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More than 43...

May. 31st, 2006 | 06:06 am

I’ve been photographing sunsets and sunrises since I was a child. (I prefer sunset to sunrise.) I can’t possibly count how many pictures of sunsets I’ve already taken.
I’d like to start a ‘43 Sunsets’ project. No previous sunset pictures of mine will be recycled. I wonder how long it will take me to get this done in an organized manner…
All sunset photos captured after I post this shall be catalogued under the ‘43’ theme.

See more progress on: Photograph 43 Sunsets

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Also Known As: Lost On Purpose

May. 31st, 2006 | 05:58 am

I love getting “lost on purpose”. That’s my fun little way of referring to taking a road trip without a planned ending. Grab my camera, get some good music going, perhaps have a puff or two (or three…), take along some friends and just hit the road.
This kind of trip is definitely worth your while. Unless you have an issue with being in a car for a long time ;)
So congratulations to me for doing this as often as possible! Gas prices have recently limited my ability to go on road trips without a predetermined destination.
However, I may get the chance to drive cross country with my sister. We’ll see how that works out.

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STOP BANDWIDTH ABUSE by NOT spreading around the "bread abuse" forward.

May. 20th, 2006 | 10:28 pm
location: Computer room
human condition: angryangry

PLEASE STOP SPREADING THE BREAD ABUSE FORWARD

Please, if you see the forward that is circluating around - DO NOT REPOST IT ANYWHERE.


It is a forward that is neither funny nor worth your time. Furthermore, it has cost me money.
The forward is entitled (sort of) "BREAD ABUSE", and goes on to show pictures of people eating bread, toasting it, etc.It is all over myspace, livejournal, xanga, diaryland... that list goes on and it's also being e-mailed.

The images used in this forward are HOTLINKED. If you do not know what that means, use a search engine and look for: hotlinking, direct linking and most importantly BANDWIDTH THEFT.

The forward in question is full of direct linking and bandwidth theft. Guess what? One of the images has been hotlinked from my domain.
That's MY bandwidth that is being stolen and it is COSTING ME MONEY.
I'm sure it is doing the same with all of the other direct linked images.

Please be very nice and DO NOT pass around the "bread abuse" forward as it asks.
Having it repeatly posted everywhere is having a negative effect on many people.

I understand that not everyone knows how certain things work on the Internet...
The average person probably gets the forward or sees it as a post, thinks it's a ha-ha, wants to show it to others (to stop 'bread abuse'), copies the forward and pastes it, then unwittingly steals the bandwidth of others.

They think they are simply passing on a harmless joke. Unfortunately, there are scores of people who have already reposted the 'bread abuse campaign' and the results ARE NOT HARMLESS.

It is not the fault of people who don't know about bandwidth theft, hotlinking/direct linking and their effects.

In this particular case, it is the fault of whomever originally created the 'stop bread abuse campaign'.

For those of you who know about bandwidth theft and related issues, I'm sure you can understand why this makes me angry.

Instead of copying the 'bread abuse' forward as it asks, please do the following:
Pass around this bulletin. No direct links or bandwidth theft here.

Also, if you are currently displaying the 'bread abuse' campaign, PLEASE REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY.

Thanks very much for your attention to this notice.

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PLEASE STOP SPREADING THE BREAD ABUSE FORWARD

May. 20th, 2006 | 09:54 pm
location: Computer room
human condition: angryangry
listening to: none

Please, if you see the forward that is circluating around - DO NOT REPOST IT ANYWHERE.
It is a forward that is neither funny nor worth your time. Furthermore, it has cost me money.
The forward is entitled (sort of) "BREAD ABUSE", and goes on to show pictures of people eating bread, toasting it, etc.
Those images are HOTLINKED. If you do not know what that means, use a search engine and look for: hotlinking, direct linking and most importantly BANDWIDTH THEFT.

The forward in question is full of direct linking and bandwidth theft. Guess what? One of the images has been hotlinked from my domain. That's MY bandwidth that's being stolen and it is COSTING ME MONEY. I'm sure it is doing the same with the other direct linked images.

Please me very nice and DO NOT pass around the "bread abuse" forward as it asks. Instead, pass around this bulletin. No direct links or bandwidth theft here.

Edited to add: "Please me very nice..." Oops, I meant "Please be very nice..."

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I want my food sealer... you're tryin' to keep it from me!

Apr. 7th, 2006 | 03:00 pm
location: Computer room
human condition: awake
listening to: Oasis - The Importance of Being Idle

More fun with the food sealer in the form of a recovered text message:


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Committee Man

Mar. 5th, 2006 | 06:23 pm
human condition: sadsad

A man just came to our door and rang the bell, for some reason I actually answered it.

He asked for my father; he was working from a list of registered republicans because he wants to run for "Committee Man" and needs a certain amount of signatures to do so.

When my father was younger, he was Committee Man. I used to tease him about it, saying things like, "Okay, Committee Man!" in a voice full of sarcasm. I thought it was funny. I hope Dad thought so too. I think he did, but now I wonder if it ever hurt his feelings.
It's difficult to describe why I would use that nickname in jest because you have to know the background... or maybe you don't, I'm not sure. Dad was very political; My Uncle Frank was involved in politics and that's how the whole Committee Man thing came about.

I wanted to sign the sheet for the guy, but I couldn't because I'm not a registered Republican. Mom is asleep because something is wrong with her back. I think it's best not to disturb her.

But now I'm crying because if Dad were here I wouldn't be sitting at this computer writing this, or crying. I'd be laughing it up with him - ha ha ha, a candidate for Committee Man was just here.

I hope Dad is laughing about it somewhere. He probably doesn't want me sitting here trying to hold in sobs. Time to give my heart a hug.

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