gridlore: The word "Done!" in bold red letters. (Done!)
If you are reading this and have a LiveJournal, go and delete it immediately. The new terms of service are binding only in Russian, so we have no clue what's actually in them. This is the final straw.

Ever since the sale to the Russians, LJ has slowly become unbearable. Good riddance.
gridlore: Army Infantry school shield over crossed infantry rifles (Army Infantry)
Screw Facebook, screw the internet. We got along JUST FINE without them as I recall from the hazy days of my youth! Hell, let's dump telephones, telegraphs, the printing press and the ability to make paper, and go back to the Roman way of communicating, scrawling graffiti on the walls. It worked in Pompeii, after all.

What brings this Luddite rant on, and yes I appreciate that I'm using another form of social media to spread it, is the last 24 hours of my Facebook account. See, I was quite dim and trusted things to work as designed. Silly me, you think I would have learned my lessons before!

But no, I had to assume that a multi-billion dollar company would have decent tech support, and that a publication vetted by the Departments of Defense and the Army would be careful picking vendors when it came to managing their web content. I laugh now, of course. I can still remember how sloppy their were in vetting the taco truck guys at Fort Benning!

So here's what happened: yesterday, while doing my daily reading of the Book of Faces, I found a story on the Army Times page that was interesting. Even though I've been out for 30-odd years - and some of them were very odd years indeed! - I still follow stories about the Army as an interested veteran. In this case, the article was about a proposal before the Sergeant Major of the Army concerning facial hair.

See, the Army bans beards, unless you need to wear one for religious reasons or have a medical profile stating that you can shave. Even then, those beads need to be tightly trimmed and neat in appearance. Mustaches are allowed, but they can't extend beyond the edge of the mouth and again, must be neatly trimmed.

I think they allow mustaches just for the giggles senior NCOs get watching 19 year old PFCs trying to grow a decent 'stache. Gotta find amusement somewhere!

But I digress. The argument against beards was uniformity of appearance, being able to properly wear protective gear like helmets and protective masks (what we call gas masks), and the usual "why change?" crowd. The pro side was countering with the experience of our NATO allies, who do allow facial hair without problems, the fact that the US Army hasn't been gassed since 1918, and the fact that up through WWI beards were just fine in the service.

Interesting stuff, and there was a poll attached. Three questions on the subject. Being a noisy bastard, I took the poll, and because I have many friends who are veterans or military service all over the world, I posted the link to my Facebook. By Patton's Pistols, that was a mistake.

My initial post was cloning itself every three minutes. Copy after copy. With no way to stop it! At one point last night Kirsten was seeing 54 distinct posts of the same thing. Which meant almost everyone on my friend's list was getting spammed by this damn thing, as horrific a breach of etiquette as you can find in the more polite end of the ol' interwebs.

In between marathon deletions of the offending post, I was trying to wave down someone, anyone, to help me with this nightmare. Apester, the company that was handling to poll software at least got back to me, and I submitted a trouble ticket with them. I emailed the webmaster at the Army Times to tell him that there might be a bad code issue with the poll, and never heard back. And Facebook? I laugh because murderous rampages are really tiring.

Ever needed help with something on Facebook? Good luck. Rather than actual help you are faced with page after page of FAQs on common issues. No human, not even a helpful script to be found. Of course, my issue was decidedly uncommon, so not a single option they had applied. There's no email address for or the like. No toll-free number you can call. Just a sad little web form that still tries to force you back into their self-help pages before admitting you have a problem. No idea if anyone reads those submissions.

I ended up disabling my Facebook account to prevent everyone from getting buried in my opinion about soldierly beards. Which pisses me off now end, as Facebook is my primary way of staying in touch with friends and family. This stupid error also adversely affected my sleep as I was worrying about losing years of photos and information.

The happy ending. Sort of. One of Kirsten's contacts explained the nuclear option of deauthorizing all apps on my page. It worked, and my page is back up. A bit crippled, but it's there.

Now, If y'all will excuse me, I'll be writing a strongly worded letter of complaint in cuneiform on this clay tablet.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Exploding)
Why do I even fucking bother?

As most of you have heard, the U.S. Treasury has announced that a new run of $10 bills will feature a prominent woman from American history. In a thread on the decision, people were making suggestions, some serious, some farcical.

I suggested Jeannette Rankin. Suffragette, Organizer, Social Worker, first woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and active up to her death in fighting for weird concepts like "liberty and justice for all." Who also, as you'll see if you read that link (do so, she was an amazing woman), was the only member of Congress to vote against our entry into both world wars. I mentioned that, to show that even in the face of immense pressure, she held true to her principles, despite the cost. Which I find admirable in a person, especially in those times.

Well, boom goes the dynamite. What's funny was just how mind-boggling ignorant these fuckers are! They asked if Rankin was thinking of the victims of the gas chambers. The first death camp, Chelmno, opened the same week as the US war vote, and gas chambers weren't used until the spring of 1942, plus, that was Germany. We didn't declare war on Germany until December 11th, after they declared war on us.

Then I had to explain the difference between concentration camps and extermination camps. Then I had to explain that the "Nacht und Nebel" order was a secret decree, issued by Hitler the same day as the Pearl Harbor attack, and only applied to dissidents in occupied countries. Finally, that no one really knew about the Holocaust in detail until late 1944 when we started finding the damn camps and capturing SS officers and documents!

Once we were finally back to Japan, another idiot asked if she supported Japanese cruelty and domination of colonies taken by force. I replied that under that logic we should have declared war on King George VI and the British Empire for doing the exact same thing to Egypt, India, Ireland, and big chunks of China for centuries.

The reply? "Well, that's a different situation."

Where the hell is my SMITE button?
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - CAR -15)
I've been getting a ton of email from camera whores. Today, I snapped and replied.

OK, who the fuck are you? If you offer me dirty pictures, I swear by the howling dark gods of my fathers I will track you down and pour Drano down your throat. I will rip your entrails out and set them on fire before I let you die. I will ravage your family unto the ends of the Earth.

So, what's up?

Be interesting to see if I get a reply...
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)

  • Darby's current gas mileage: 21.5 mpg

  • Finally, finally got CivIV back on the computer and running right.

  • Only took four re-downloads from Amazon.

  • CivV and the Steam engine have been removed with great prejudice.

  • The Giants won the NL West!

  • Other than that, life has been boring.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Keep Calm)
After running a couple of errands this morning, I decided to see if I could get a good deal on Civilization V. I simply can't find my CivIV disks, and am jonesing for conquest.

Woo-hoo! Steam has it for $15! Log in, create an account, make the order and... nothing. I download the downloader, and it installs, but then I'm prompted to log in. And the fucking system tells me there's no such account!

I loathe goddamn downloader software. Give me a fucking link to the zip file. I can right-click with the best of them. You have my money, give me my game without having to install something else on my computer. Because that always fucks up.

Go to Steam's customer service area.. and find I need to create a new account there! Do so, and no see that there is no way to actually speak to someone. Just an email form that someone may or may not read. In the mean time, they have my money, I have nothing. Steam sucks.
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
texts between me and [personal profile] kshandra just now.

Kirsten: Have a piece of cheese or two while I think about it; I'll get back to you.
me: Check. Had salsa, will survive. Text me, as I'm going to kill things for awhile.
Kirsten: sounds good.
me: Then I'll play Civ IV.
Kirsten snorts
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Glare of Sarcasm)
We get it. Y'all are so much more evolved than us Neanderthals who enjoy sports and like the spectacle of the SuperBowl. And they way you so cleverly mangle the game's name and feign ignorance of the event? Hysterical! Just like last year. And the year before that. Oh, and just about every year since I first got on the internet 20+ years ago.

Why people cannot just ignore the event and not try to show off their disdain is beyond me.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
Originally posted by [ profile] write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 

Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Exploding)
My Google account was hacked. Ignore any spam you get from me. Changing passwords all over the place.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Bucky Says No)
I avoid the net on April 1st. Not just because it's a traditional date for viruses to go active, but because I find April Fool's Day to be extremely annoying. 90% of the jokes are just frakking idiotic, and I'm not in the mood to wade through several thousand lame attempts at humor. To wit; what NationStates did this morning. They thought it would be hilarious to make it look like all our accounts had been hacked, and went so far as to post insultiung messages under our accounts on regional forums. When people complained, we were told to "grow a sense of humor."

Because of this, I'm deleting my account. I have a sense of humor. I've made money with my sense of humor. Stealing my online identity on a site where I've worked hard to establish a good reputation and playing games with it is not funny.

So I'm spending the day playing games and watching DVDs. I'll be back when the crazy stops.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Baseball - Giants 50 years)
If you follow me on Twitter, or read my Facebook, last night you saw a rather strange post go up.

Gosh, the crickets are lovely tonight. #eastcoastbaseballbias #KOingKO

There's a story here. )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Keep Calm)
Check out The Commonwealth of Gridlore. Now with graphs!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Typing)
First of all, I'm awake at 0315 because I went to take a nap yesterday at around 1500 and fell dead asleep. Oops.

But anyway. Yesterday, Kirsten and I were snarking about Furcon. You saw my "five million hairs" post, yes? We do this every year. I tweeted the following:

"I am not allowed to go to Furcon naked. Nor in a thong. But a full scuba suit is acceptable. I can work with this."

Amusement was had. Suggestions were made. Time marches on.

Sit down to check my mail this morning, and what do I see?

"Scuba Diving Store is now following you on Twitter!"

Let's be clear. I've never gone scuba diving in my life. I suffer from Thalassophobia, I absolutely freak out at the thought of getting into water where I can't see the bottom. Even if I could afford the gear and training, I suffer from severe asthma.. not something you want to have hit you while 20m beneath the surface!

But because I tweeted the words "scuba suit" their bot found me.

Makes me wonder who else I can dragnet for with key words.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - Grateful Dead)
I'm listening to the Grateful Dead live at the Henry J. Kaiser, 14 FEB 86, on One of my favorite song combinations, Lost Sailor/Saint of Circumstance comes up. The band completely manages to forget how to play SoC. So what do they do? Muddle through, improvise, and get to the coda as fast as possible. And it worked.

Incredible show. The second set alone:

First Set
Feel Like A Stranger
Cold Rain & Snow
Mama Tried>
Big River
West LA Fadeaway
Looks Like Rain
Brown Eyed Women
Let It Grow

Second Set
Keep on Growing
Lost Sailor>
Saint of Circumstance>
Terrapin Station>
Wharf Rat>
Throwing Stones>

Brokedown Palace
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
The original website for the movie Space Jam is still up. And evidently untouched in the intervening 14 years.

Frames, tiled background image, it has it all!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Typing)
From an AT&T radio spot I hear at least 20 times a day:

"The internet was originally called the World Wide Web."

Excuse me, I have to do some Gopher searches of FTP sites for a way to express just how utterly wrong this is on every level. Shouldn't take long, I have a 56.6K modem!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Typing)
I have updated everything; browser, definitions, Windows updates, even made sure that my device drivers are up to date. I have optimized my system until it squeaks. I run a virus scan daily. I've uninstalled anything that might be trying to hog bandwidth. And still we're dealing with horrendously slow net speeds. I just tested on four sites. The average results?

Download: 1.3875 Mbps
Upload: 0.4675 Mbps

Compared with other AT&T customers in our area, that's terrible.


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