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I'm updating to the latest version of Drupal. Thus you may note the lack of any theme and strangeness from time to time. I apologize to my half-dozen readers for the inconvenience :)

Please note that the Gallery is down for the time being. I'm working on a new photo gallery to replace it. It still has a couple of issues (notably, problems submitting items at any resolution lower than 1280x1024). Once I'm done, though, it should be a lot more integrated and nicer than the old gallery.

UPDATE: Got the upgrade in. Cool, you should see more updates now that the Blogger API is working right. I'm excited to load up the pages on my laptop and have an opinion written by the time I get to work in the morning...

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Outlanders, Burglary, and Being Scared

First, I haven't posted any blogs in a while because I've been working on the web site for my Planetside outfit, the Outlanders. You'll see a link to that site on the right-hand side. It uses the same technology as Barnson.org to drive it (Drupal), but it's a newer version. Once that new version graduates from "release candidate" to "release", I'll be updating Barnson.org as well.

Second: My life used to be pretty boring to all appearances. Yeah, I'm always excited about my work, technology, and music, but outside of those arenas, we didn't have much in the way of interpersonal conflict with neighbors or any other strangeness to be worried about. I mean, it seems like there are people who thrive on disasters. For a really great treastise on this subject in an easy-to-read fiction form, try The Losers, by David Eddings. It's an engrossing read by a popular fantasy author, but it's not fantasy. It's a modern-day urban good vs. evil morality play, and really worth the time to read. It's not very long, either.

Unfortunately, I found my life closely resembling The Losers last night...

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Planetside Tips

Here are some tips I picked up recently off the Sony boards that I thought were relevant. If you don't play Planetside, this will probably make no sense to you.

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Gator Baiter

So Slashdot linked to an article about Gator, the much-hated and much-imitated adware/spyware program that many people accidentally install on their Microsoft Windows [WARNING: Strong language] operating systems. I almost exclusively use GNU/Linux, particularly Gentoo, at home and work, so I'm not susceptible to accidental installation of this program... <read more>

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This faith called "Otherkin" made the front page of Kuro5hin today. I must admit that I, like probably every other science-fiction fan on the planet, occasionally play with the idea that if I just think harder I can make that pencil on the desk move with my mind (heck, there's a training course you can take to teach you how), or that I'm really the malevolent god Hastur. Or whatever.

But building a faith around it? Well, no accounting for taste, but stuff like this is one of the reasons I avoid religion.

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Gentoo vs. everybody

So I've been running Gentoo Linux on my home machine for several months now, and other than one thing, I'm in love. It's an amazing, stable system, easy to geek out on, yet incredibly easy to run once you get everything working. That's a big "once" there.

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Artificial Intelligence -- How do we get there?

I made this post on Slashdot.org today, and felt like I wanted to mirror it in my weblog. I really think that an "inclusive" approach toward Artificial Intelligence, one that is multi-disciplinary, can be the key toward creating our ultimate goal, which is (basically) a new class of slave. I'll leave the moral implications of creating our own mechanical slaves out of the discussion for now, but really, the main benefit of creating an artificial intelligence, besides having it do stuff for us, would be to give us some company...

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Mom's Day

Well, it's 11:03 PM and so it's still Mother's day, so I just wanted to wish Mom a happy Mother's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New PC desk

Just picked up a cheap PC desk ($120) from Fred Meyer, but it actually looks pretty nice! I'll post pics later. Just finished getting it together, and that is always a pain.

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Dancing the Tango!

Christy and I arranged a date tonight. We've been pretty good about making sure we have a date every single week for the last few years; it's a tradition I really enjoy. Lately we've been looking for more interesting things to do than the traditional dinner or movie thing. Last week Christy suggested we go dancing, so I said let's do it this week. We did it, and it's a lot of fun...

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