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Password Security

I have linked information on password security before.  Can’t ever do it enough.  Borepatch has a great post on password security, including an idea for creating strong passwords that are pretty easy to remember.

The only thing I might add is that longer is better.

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Dear God

I’m a big fan of Leg Iron’s rants at underdogs bite upwardsThis, however may be among the two best sentences ever written in the English language:

I’m not religious but Dear God, can’t you smack some intelligence into the things you made? You say you made them in your image and they make you look like a fucking retard.

It’s part of a piece called “The Pan Generation” (as in Peter Pan).  It’s worth your time.  Go read it.

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Well, this should be fun

For the last week, the weather folks have been forecasting a major ice storm here in the Ratlands.  They are predicting up to a half inch of ice around these parts, up to an inch a bit further north.  Needless to say, the likelihood that a significant number of folks around here are going to lose electricity is fairly high.

Assuming, of course, the weather actually behaves as the computer models predict.

We were supposed to be having ice by now, but it is still around 35°.  I guess we’ll see.  The Head Rat and I are basically sitting around waiting for the power to go out.  We were thinking of driving over to my parents’ house (they have a wood stove) but my truck has developed an aversion to running in wet weather.

Like I said, it should be interesting.

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Pretend

Lovely graphic seen at Borepatch (who has excellent taste in these sorts of things)

Of course, I’m immune.  I don’t use WiFi in public places.  And, I didn’t talk to people in public in 1995, so it would pretty much be business as usual for me.

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Because America Sucks

Just ask any leftist.

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The Multiplier Effect

If you have never heard of the economic concept “multiplier effect,” your education is severely lacking. If you don’t really understand the concept, you can, at least to some degree, be forgiven because most of us don’t, especially the economists and politicians who are so fond of it. If you would like to understand it, and why it is a twisted cross between pure bullshit, political feel-good magic fairy dust, and unadulterated unicorn farts, I suggest you read Captain Capitalism’s excellent post on the subject.

If you can’t be bothered to read, at least look at the power strip graphic in the middle of the post.

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Drugs are Like Shoes…

“Drugs are like shoes: everybody needs them, but they don’t always fit.”

I have no idea what that means.‡

The Head Rat has me watching Sense8 on Netflix.  Not one of my favorites (although, I have to admit it’s better when you see the first episode).  The quote is from the show.  I only mention it because I’m a fan of really good wordsmithing and great turns of phrase.

That said, I’d really rather not be watching Sense8, but she watched rugby and cricket earlier, so I can’t really complain (although I probably will, just to keep up appearances).  That, and I can play EVE Online while I’m sitting here.

‡Actually, I have a really good idea what it means. Not from personal experience, of course.

Update: (and there is a spoiler, of sorts, so if you want to watch Sense8 you know what not to do…)

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Electoral college

Because I am working today, and because it has been a rather slow day, I have been following live reports on the electoral college voting.  According to the reports, Texas has just put Trump’s total over the 270 necessary for election.  Texas and California started their voting process at about the same time.  California is still at it.  It is, perhaps, a sign of how jaded I have become, that I find it deeply satisfying that, at this point, what California does is completely irrelevant.

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What is best in Life?

Probably this:

http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2016/12/conan-what-is-best-in-life.html

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Well, I think I might be able to explain that one…

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a psychological Defense Mechanism is

…in psychoanalytic theory, any of a group of mental processes that enables the mind to reach compromise solutions to conflicts that it is unable to resolve. The process is usually unconscious, and the compromise generally involves concealing from oneself internal drives or feelings that threaten to lower self-esteem or provoke anxiety.

(italics mine – cziltang)

Of particular interest to me is the concept of Projection.  From the same source:

3. Projection is a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person, where they then appear as a threat from the external world. A common form of projection occurs when an individual, threatened by his own angry feelings, accuses another of harbouring hostile thoughts.

Simply put, I have thoughts and feelings I am ashamed of, or don’t fit with what I profess to believe, so I ignore or repress them and instead accuse you of the very things I can’t accept about myself.

Watch this.

I’ve believed run of the mill leftists had serious projection issues for a long time.  But hey, draw your own conclusions.  Unlike most of the people in this country, I don’t give a rat’s ass whether you agree with me or not.

 

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