Today, at approximately 18:30 Greenwich Mean Time, I turn 32. I don’t feel 32. Heck. I dunno, it doesn’t even really feel like my birthday today at all. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is and I’m happy for that fact, It is just that it’s the end of November and I’m so used to having snow and sub-zero temperatures by now that the lack thereof is throwing my internal seasonal clock all out of whack. Here I am with the temperature hovering around 18 degrees and the weather feeling (to me at least) like what I’d expect in late September or early October. I feel like I should be gearing up for Thanksgiving and, subsequently, Halloween. Instead I’m sitting like a deer in the headlights while the 18 wheeler that is the Christmas retail season barrels head-long towards me. (As an aside, I’ve got a rant brewing on that subject but I’m going to save it for another day.)

At this rate, it’ll probably be February before I am ready for Christmas so if you don’t get anything from me, you’ll know why… or at least now I can use this as an excuse to not get people gifts 😛

Anyways. Enough melancholy bullshit from me for now. I’m off to amuse myself for the rest of the day.

In Flanders Fields

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– Lt. Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Armed Forces

Birthday Quiz

I’m easily amused and I know you all are as well so here’s a stupid little birthday quiz.

Your Birthdate: November 28

You have a Type A personality so big it makes other Type A’s shrink away in shame.
You never shy away from adversity – and you love to tackle impossible problems.
Failure is not an option for you, and more than a few people are put off by your ego.
You tend to be controlling, and you hate leaving anything up to chance.

Your strength: Your bold approach to life

Your weakness: You don’t accept help

Your power color: Bronze

Your power symbol: Pyramid

Your power month: October

Digital Rights Management & You

Well, it’s teh day after halloween and I figure I’ll toss out a little horror story for you to tide you over until next year. Here is a solid reminder as to why I loathe the recording industry and their witch hunt against piracy. I’m all for them protecting their product, as long as it doesn’t invade my system unknowingly and leave it potentially vulnerable.

Man… with record companies doing shit like this, the occasional mal-ware/spyware that you can get from P2P filesharing seems so much safer.

Bastards! And not the right proper kind either.