Thursday, January 31, 2013

"Locked Out of Heaven" cover by Kristin Moura

A friend of mine has uploaded a music video on YouTube.  I thought that I'd share.


Website of Emerald City Comic Con has been hacked.

You may or may not have heard, but the website for the Emerald City Comic Con had been hacked.  They have currently redirected their old site to their Facebook page.  (I'm using the term hackers for people who break into improperly secured websites.  I know that it can cover a lot more than that but I'm being rather general for this post.)

What is scary is that the hackers actually went through the trouble to delete the back up files.  That is just scary.  It's a shame that if someone takes advantage of a flaw, they will go through the trouble to do as much damage as possible.

I can't find it, but I read an article a while back about someone who got their personal account hacked and everything erased.  Somehow the victim got a line of communication established with the hacker and for all intents it was just a "kid" who was being destructive because they didn't know the consequences.

It's something that I've noticed with inmates.  A portion of them either don't think about their actions or they actually have no sympathy for their victims.  For some this will change over time, for others it won't.  (The rest seem to fall under the "altered mental status" category but I won't talk about that today.)

Nothing is 100% foolproof.  I know a lot of hackers have the concept that websites "must be taught a lesson" if they don't have their stuff properly done.  Not everyone is going to catch every mistake, and that is not a reason to "punish" them.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Nut Shot!

Normally issues with inmates can be resolved without resorting to hands on.  Unfortunately there are a few who are either going to push it past the limit or who won't give us time to talk it out.  

One interesting fact about fighting inmates is that there are "rules."  When fighting male inmates, they rarely bite or go for groin strikes.  My only question is this: When an inmate decides to kick me in the nads, why is it that I always have a full bladder beforehand?  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Rusty And Company.

I'm a big fan of webcomics.  Quick wit, lots of laughs, and often something to think about.

One of the webcomics that I like to read is Rusty and Co.  I'm not providing a link to it because it has been taken down by it's creator.  Apparently, the creator ran a Kickstarter campaign in order to make some stuffed animals of it's namesake, Rusty the Rust Monster.

And then Wizards of the Coast stepped in.

There is an argument that WotC may or may not have a legal leg to stand on.  Whom actually owns a trademark on a rust monster?  I'm not a lawyer so I'm not throwing my hat into the fight.

But I'm just sad that WotC could not come up with a better solution to the problem than "let's sue!"  They could have been smart and used it as a promotion.  I mean, they have to do something because Dungeons and Dragons does not appear to be selling.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

No ammo at Wal Mart

I made a mistake.

I went to buy some ammo.

Horrible mistake.

I'm not going to lie.  I like to go to Wal Mart and buy their "Winchester White Box."  Generally I can get 100 rounds of plinking ammo for just a little more than 50 rounds of the same at my local gun store.  It's just the facts, and I have to be frugal with my money.  Also, the fact that someone had given me a Wal Mart Gift card helped with my decision.

So, I went to...  well, I traveled to several Wal Marts and I found bupkiss.  If I needed shotgun shells or rifle rounds, I'd have been good.  But they were wiped clean of all pistol caliber rounds with the exception of .40 cal.

Well, I had planned to go to a "steel match" this weekend and obviously I had let my plinking rounds run low.  But no dice at Wal Mart.  Therefore I decided to pay a bit more out of pocket and pick up some rounds from my local gun dealers.

Once again, bupkiss.

I was rather shocked to see that one of my "slower" local dealers to nearly have a line out the door!  I've yet to be in there when there were more than three people in there.  But, there they were.

And they were out of pistol ammo too.

I had no better luck at any of the other local dealers.  Suffice it to say I skipped the steel match.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Konrad Mueller killed a man... in the 14th Century

Apparently, an eternal lamp has been lit since 1357 in a church in Switzerland.  This was done as restitution for a murder.  Apparently the current owner of the farm sued in order to stop the practice, and won.

Swiss Court Wipes Clean an Ancient Farm Debt - Yahoo News.