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Miscellania [Jul. 8th, 2005|11:37 am]
Zoethe
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The teenager convicted of creating the Sasser worm was found guilty of computer sabotage and assorted other crimes and given a suspended sentence and 30 hours of community service, but no fines. Wow, that was not was I was hoping for. Something closer to public torture and execution was what I had in mind. How are you going to convince these asshats that there's a risk to creating viruses if all you give them is a slap on the wrist?

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I have suddenly developed monocular diplopia in my left eye. My vision seemed a bit blurry this morning, and while waiting to speak to an attorney who was on the phone I did the hand-over-one-eye thing. The right was fine, but when looking at a typewritten page with the left I was - and am - clearly seeing double. It's not so bad that I am incapacitated, just mildly irritating that everything is fuzzy. Could just be aging, could be the beginning of a cataract, though no one in my family has ever had them. Since it resolves when I look through a pinhole, it's almost certainly not a tumor.

Must make time to go to the doctor. How irritating.

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Biking in this morning was kind of amusing. It was a gorgeous day, which os always nice. Once I got up out of the park and was biking through the business district part of Detroit Road, I came across a black teen on a nice bike. He was sort of moseying along the sidewalk when I passed him and from just over my shoulder I heard, "Oh, that is just not happenin'!" and he came riding up past me again, having picked up speed. I just smiled at him and waved him on, but once he got about ten feet in front of me he looked back over his shoulder and jeered, "Oh, c'mon, mama, ain't you gonna try?!"

I laid out on the bike and sprinted. He laid out on his and picked up speed.

I totally schooled him. From behind me I heard, "No! NO!!! I can't believe this!" I gave one fist pump into the air and buzzed on, crossing 25th and starting up onto the bridge.

At which point some other guy whizzes past me, not even looking back. By the time I got to the top of the bridge, he was nowhere in sight on the downhill side.

Schooled.

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And I almost had something in common with our fine president - crashing into pedestrians on a bike. I was going through the Public Square area at about 15mph and had the green light when three women stepped right out in front of me, not even looking. They were staggered out so that there was no swerving around them to either side, so I hit both brakes, felt my rear tire come up off the ground, jumped off the seat and stagger-stepped to a halt, avoiding both falling and hitting anyone, and only blurting out one swear word. They all looked at me like I was a jerk. "I had the light," I growled and then just shook my head and moved on. People are idiots.
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[User Picture]From: loralai
2005-07-08 03:46 pm (UTC)
i'm currently a little wary of my bike... alright not so wary as lazy, but the wary's got a good excuse!

my first bike ride of the summer, after having not touched a bike for over 4 years, wound up being a 30 mile loop through the chicago land suburbs. by the time we got back to the house, i could no longer feel either my hands or my bum... and, well, there was the running over of a small child involved. (oops!). anyways, i try to bike to classes right now whenever i can, but that bike seat just looks more uncomfortable every time i look at it...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-08 03:54 pm (UTC)
30 miles on the first time out is a huge mistake. *I* haven't even done a 30-mile day yet this summer!

The discomfort must be dealt with, but eventually diminishes substantially.
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[User Picture]From: loralai
2005-07-08 04:33 pm (UTC)

mmm.... food.....

yes, they lured me out with the promise of cheese kurds and root beer floats... i'm still debating if it was worth it.
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[User Picture]From: roadnotes
2005-07-08 09:26 pm (UTC)
The first time I rode a bike in over twenty years -- and the first time I ever rode a bike with handbrakes and gears and all that -- I did something along the lines of a seven-mile ride, I think. I was useless for the next two days.
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[User Picture]From: old_hedwig
2005-07-08 03:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm glad you didn't spill over the front of the bike onto the pavement.

A few years ago someone almost ran me over while I was crossing the street and he was biking fast the WRONG way on a one-way street - I hadn't bothered looking in that direction on account of no traffic was supposed to be coming that way. He screamed bad words at me.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
If I have to bike in such a situation (wrong way, on the sidewalk, even in the park on a multi-use path shared with pedestrians), I regard it as my responsibility to keep everyone around me safe. The guy was a jerk.
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[User Picture]From: old_hedwig
2005-07-08 06:59 pm (UTC)
I have found that bike riders are generally more polite and careful than dirvers, with messengers sometimes being the exception because they are desperate to make each delivery so they can get another run and make a few more dollars.
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[User Picture]From: bitteroptimist
2005-07-08 03:51 pm (UTC)

schooled!

YES!
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[User Picture]From: force_of_will
2005-07-08 03:51 pm (UTC)

Is it just me?

Or is virus activity down?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-08 03:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Is it just me?

It seems to come in waves...
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-07-08 05:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Is it just me?

Yeah.

Wave 1: someone who knows what they are doing discovers the exploit and writes a virus. People who don't keep up-to-date with security patches get nailed.

Wave 2: script kiddies all over the world track down the code, change the name, and try to spread it. They are teh suck!!!!!1!eleven!!111!!
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2005-07-08 03:54 pm (UTC)
Must make time to go to the doctor. How irritating.


***** Please do make time for this, something that can be taken care of easily might not if you wait to long.....check out your stress level in your life too!

Glad you left the biked well schooled!

They all looked at me like I was a jerk. "I had the light," I growled and then just shook my head and moved on. People are idiots.

****** I love the look of what are you doing in people when it's clearly their fault but they sre not even aware of it!.....In my mind I call them cows....like the dumb cow that is in the middle of the highway and doesn't even percieve the danger!....I know I'm not nice.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-08 03:58 pm (UTC)
The stress level in my life? You are teh funny!!!!

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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2005-07-08 03:54 pm (UTC)
Heh. The "Come on, mama!" guy is particularly amusing.
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2005-07-08 04:37 pm (UTC)

C'mon, Mama!

That was beautiful, actually.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-07-08 05:10 pm (UTC)
They all looked at me like I was a jerk. "I had the light," I growled and then just shook my head and moved on. People are idiots.

Some people think pedestrians always have the right away, even when they do not.

One time when I was in college, I was driving my wife's car through campus. A student decided to jaywalk right in front of me without looking. I swerved around her, leaned on the horn, and gave her the one finger salute.

My wife gave me an astonished look and asked "what the hell are you doing? She has the right of way!"

Now, I'm from Jersey, so the concept of someone walking out into a street without looking (and not in a crosswalk) having the right of way was foreign to me. I've since learned that you have to be ever vigilant of these types of pedestrians, since they seem to be in the majority here.
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[User Picture]From: old_hedwig
2005-07-08 06:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, at the University of Maryland where I went, pedestrians DID have the right of way at all times on campus.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2005-07-08 07:01 pm (UTC)
Fear the turtle!!! ;-)

I'm sure pedestrians had the right of way all of the time at Virginia Tech, too. It's just that that concept was foreign to me at the time. Where I lived, you only crossed the road (or a parking lot lane) if there weren't any cars around because the car most likely wouldn't stop for you.

We've gotten so used to courteous drivers since we've lived in NoVA for so long that we take our lives into our hands when we visit family in the garden state.
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[User Picture]From: plantgirl
2005-07-08 05:38 pm (UTC)

c'mon mama

::grins::

Thanks for the smiles. What fun.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2005-07-09 12:27 am (UTC)
Pedestrians are a pain in the arse for cyclists, unfortunately.

I ran over somebody's foot in college. She was coming towards me, and we each tried to dodge the other, but unfortunately dodged the same direction. :/
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2005-07-09 02:55 am (UTC)
Wow, I've never heard of the pinhole thing and tested it out of curiosity. I could read the screen with my left eye! This is of particular interest since I have never in my entire life been able to read with my left eye, without my glasses.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-09 04:37 am (UTC)
Wild!

I have an appointment in the morning.
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[User Picture]From: intelligentrix
2005-07-09 04:34 pm (UTC)

From a cab driver...

People stepping out in front of me is one of my biggest peeves. It's particularly bad in the French Quarter, as all tourists seem to think of it as a kind of Disneyland where you can walk in the streets all the time. Um, no, that's just Bourbon Street at night, and part of Royal street before 4pm. The rest of the time, there are cars and trucks trying to get around just as if this was a normal city! Imagine that! The number of people who have stepped off the curb into my path, looking the wrong way up the one-way street or simply not looking at all are legion. As are the myriad morons who step backward into the street while looking through a camera. Then there are the locals who enjoy walking in front of you when you have the light, just to make you slow down or stop, in a display of the only power they wield on a daily basis. Ack. I'm ranting. Sorry. I recommend getting a nice loud horn for the bike.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-09 10:11 pm (UTC)

Re: From a cab driver...

Driving for a living is one of those professions I admire because I'd never have the patience for it. Horn is a good idea.
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[User Picture]From: sandman74
2005-07-11 04:07 pm (UTC)

Kinder, gentler

The punishment given to the Sasser teen isn't out of the ordinary for the Germans. A life sentence in their system is 20 yrs.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2005-07-11 04:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Kinder, gentler

I know. Alas.
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