My what a quiet morning. Woke up early as usual and just sat back and continued reading A Storm of Swords. Only on page 710 or so. At least I am nearing the end. Seems like George has managed to pull the rug out from under me a couple more times. Excellent writer and very hard to anticipate. The story has me entralled because just when I think I have something anticipated I find evidence that I am going to be wrong and then totally blind-sided.

[Rant]Find it amazing how people are so willing to use email lists to further their agendas. The harsh words and the stretching of facts… the anger. What is ironic is the perceived tone I get of bitterness really takes me from thinking “I would support this” to “I will not support this person”. Someone so angry… so full of bitterness does not rationally approach the situation. I have seen people so mired in this desire to further the agenda that they will say and do anything to further it.

All they want is to make sure that they get what they want. I find this duplicitous manipulation of others emotions for a cause insulting. It is as though they think that I cannot see through this charade, this farce. By plunking at my emotional strings they think that everyone will come to their aid.

Then again… some people do. Some people are so easily manipulated that they will be manipulated by hate speech. Charisma is something that can be the most dangerous factor in any battle. Perception is everything to us. People will follow a dictator if they a gulled into believing the ones the dictator opposes are evil. Described by a skilled orator, an old man giving a little boy a candy cane a Christmas can be a pervert.[/Rant]

Now that I have become a hypocrite, I will stop… ūüôā

Kuddos to¬†Slyflame as she has read one of the best authors ever… George R. R. Martin.

That is funny… got kicked out of a computer lab because they were going to have a class in there. Lo and behold,¬†no one showed. Gee… a Saturday class? Riiiigggghhhhtttt. As a college student, we had a professor tell us that we would have to go to a Saturday class because we got the 4th of July off… 5 of the 30 of us showed. We got extra credit, but still… Saturday class? It should be unconstitutional!

Okay… I may have a new favorite web site… for annoying Danny & Joe at work…¬†Dumb Facts: Why Do You Care? which has news, statistics, random facts, insights, wierd brand names, on and on and on…

Oui, je suis un nerd!

Interesting site…¬†The Super-Scientific, Remarkable Accurate Gender Test… hey, it could guess that I am a male, so how bad could it be?

The Phobia List
Another site to check… what fears do you hide?

New Glasses

New Glasses
New Glasses

Probably was just me, but could not get here yesteday afternoon. Have a new pic available…¬†Pic of my new glasses…

Found the buttons for the service. Like the thought of a service that check for updates for me. Maybe I am a slacker and should do my own checking, but a reminder email helps for some reason… In case you are interested, the service is at

Remember years ago when this could have been me… Robert Luhn’s “Diary Of A Mad Surfer”

Really enjoyed watching Attila Part 1 last night. Think I will catch part 2 tonight. Romans in heavy armor throwing the pilum, forming shield walls vs the Hun hordes? Maybe I just enjoy swords and armies? Course, I am still salivating over LOTR.

Ah, yeah!¬†Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon finally is going to open everywhere! Guess a movie who has won such laurels is deserving of a national audience? Just looked at the site… who would YOU believe? The web site or the TV commercial? Guess 10 years from now, when the TV is as outdated as the radio, the web site will the authoratative source. Until then I look forward to seeing this martial arts marvel in the theatre… even if I have to go to Tallahassee, FL or another large city to see it.


Rather enjoyed the Superbowl, writing and reading between commercials… Thought that the 2 new Budweiser commercials were actually hilarious. The GTI commercial with the 2 guys looking up in the oak tree wsa great. Probably because I have been in the situation of trying to knock something out of a tree on many occasion.

Content-Type: text/plain

Hmmmmmm…. of course a problem with emails not showing up in an email program would have to be due to people not giving the correct Content-Type header information. I mean, who in their right mind would use “Content-Type: text” when it should be “Content-Type: text/plain” with the charset… doesn’t everyone know that?

The weblog scene seems so crowded… with¬†Blogger,¬†Diaryland,¬†LiveJournal, community weblogs, social group weblogs, sports weblogs… you name it, I bet there is a weblog for it… I had thought that the weblog is something for individuals, but obviously I was wrong.

In a chat room without anyone I know being there… just kind of lurking while surfing… thinking about updating the web page I have in my handle there… yeah, think I will!

You have to know your password in order to edit your web page… ūüôā

This site is now operating under a new name… “Fountain of Knowledge Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric by Ezra”… okay, at first blush it is kind of lengthy, but I feel that is a fairly descriptive name for the site.


Hmmmmmm… really like this site. Can see what web server someone has installed on their web site. The site is¬†NetCraft.

Caught some hacker wannabe scanning our server for scripts with known vulnerabilities. Why us? *sigh* Glad I hid those I knew about months ago, the little punks. Now I have to discover WHAT they found and what problems he might cause by finding them…


The new Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring theatrical trailer is out. This movie promises to surpass all of the dumbing down fantasy has done to movie audiences everywhere. Willow is probably my favorite fantasy move of all time with The Dark Crystala close second. Going to be a good Christmas!

Found a pretty nifty site…¬†Echo streams music off their site without the use of RealPlayer, Media Player, or WinAmp. It does all the plug-in stuff in the background via ActiveX. Course, it probably is not kind to Macs or Netscape…

I take that back… it creates a player made in Flash that plays the music somehow… very sweet!

Script Kiddies

Got a scare at work… Searching for¬†porn on the school’s search engine puts one of my home pages in the number 2 slot. Turns out I have a link to Furniture Porn.

Yesterday was pretty cool. Gave 3 presentations to some 7th graders for Career Day. A couple of them are really interested in hacking (maybe because I am opposed to hackers). Someone who works to make sure that others cannot hack into a web site probably would not tell you how to do it. Did describe for them some of the attacks and how they did. Asked them lots of questions. Most have computers and know the basics like email and surfing. They just need some help to move into the next step.