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    Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
    9:31 pm
    Death Valley's moving rocks
    The mystery of the 'slithering stones' of Death Valley appears to have been solved-- they got it on video, even:

    According to [Richard] Norris, a geological oceanographer and paleontologist, Death Valley’s rocks move under a delicate mix of water, ice, sun, and wind. Norris and his cousin were able to document the rock movements by inserting GPS tags into chunks of limestone and syncing their movements with readings taken from a custom-built weather station.

    Unlike one of the previous explanations, which had thick ice capturing the rocks and carrying them along like a miniature glacier, Norris said their evidence shows that thin ice floes break up and pile against the rocks. This creates enough friction to cause the rocks to skim across the muddy surface of a temporary pond. If you were there to see it, the rocks would look like ice-breaker ships plowing through sea ice—though in this instance, it’s the ice that’s moving the ships.
    National Geographic has the full story.
    Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
    12:15 am
    Brigadoon Day 25: now with ssh access
    Twenty-five years ago, a "weekend hack that got out of hand" called TinyMUD opened to the world, and here we are 25 years later. Point your mud clients at muds.toccobrator.com 4201 if you have a client; if you don't, then there is now ssh access available-- get the login and password at TinyMUD Classic's homepage: http://toccobrator.com/classic.html

    Spread the word! Classic will be up through Labor Day.
    Monday, August 11th, 2014
    10:34 pm
    Sunday, July 6th, 2014
    2:52 pm
    New Pink Floyd album.
    Four words none of us ever expected to hear put together again without a negation (such as "there will never be another"):

    It’s been 20 years since the last Pink Floyd album came out, and now frontman Dave Gilmour is ready to knock the dust off and get the band rolling again. Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, announced via Twitter that Pink Floyd would be releasing a new album, ‘The Endless River,’ in October of this year.

    http://diffuser.fm/new-pink-floyd-2014/

    Man, I hope it doesn't suck.

    Current Mood: boggled
    Sunday, March 16th, 2014
    9:51 pm
    2014 NCAA men's college basketball tournament, flat-ASCII brackets
    Flat-ASCII NCAA brackets for 2014:


                2nd Round  3rd Round   Regionals            1st Round  Dayton
                    March 20-23       March 27-30              March 18-19
     1. Florida -------\_________                          Albany -----------\_16S
    16. _______________/      (1)|_________                Mount St. Mary's -/ Tue
     8. Colorado ------\_________|         |             North Carolina State\_12MW
     9. Pittsburgh ----/                   |_________      Xavier -----------/ Tue
     5. Virginia Commonwealth____          |         |
    12. Stephen F. Austin     (5)|_________|         |           Final Four
     4. UCLA ----------\_________|         Thu/Sat   |           April 5, 7
    13. Tulsa ---------/                    South    |_________
     6. Ohio State ----\_________          Memphis   |         |
    11. Dayton --------/      (2)|_________          |         |
     3. Syracuse ------\_________|         |         |         |
    14. Western Michigan                   |_________|         |
     7. New Mexico ----\_________          |                   |
    10. Stanford ------/      (6)|_________|                   |
     2. Kansas --------\_________|                             |
    15. Eastern Kentucky                                       |_________
     1. Virginia ------\_________                              |         |
    16. Coastal Carolina      (7)|_________                    |         |
     8. Memphis -------\_________|         |                   |         |
     9. George Washington                  |_________          |         |
     5. Cincinnati ----\_________          |         |         |         |
    12. Harvard -------/      (3)|_________|         |         |         |
     4. Michigan State \_________|         Fri/Sun   |         |         |
    13. Delaware ------/                     East    |_________|         |
     6. North Carolina \_________          New York  |                   |
    11. Providence ----/      (8)|_________          |  Thu/Sat          |
     3. Iowa State ----\_________|         |         | (1) Orlando       |
    14. North Carolina Central             |_________| (2) Buffalo       |
     7. Connecticut ---\_________          |           (3) Spokane       |
    10. St. Joseph's --/      (2)|_________|           (4) Milwaukee     |
     2. Villanova -----\_________|                                       |
    15. Milwaukee -----/                                      Arlington  |_________
     1. Arizona -------\_________                                        |   2014
    16. Weber State ---/      (5)|_________             Fri/Sun          | Champion
     8. Gonzaga -------\_________|         |           (5) San Diego     |
     9. Oklahoma State /                   |_________  (6) St. Louis     |
     5. Oklahoma ------\_________          |         | (7) Raleigh       |
    12. North Dakota State    (3)|_________|         | (8) San Antonio   |
     4. San Diego State\_________|         Thu/Sat   |                   |
    13. New Mexico State                     West    |_________          |
     6. Baylor --------\_________          Anaheim   |         |         |
    11. Nebraska ------/      (8)|_________          |         |         |
     3. Creighton -----\_________|         |         |         |         |
    14. Louisiana-Lafayette                |_________|         |         |
     7. Oregon --------\_________          |                   |         |
    10. Brigham Young -/      (4)|_________|                   |         |
     2. Wisconsin -----\_________|                             |         |
    15. American ------/                                       |_________|
     1. Wichita State -\_________                              |
    16. _______________/      (6)|_________                    |
     8. Kentucky ------\_________|         |                   |
     9. Kansas State --/                   |_________          |
     5. St. Louis -----\_________          |         |         |
    12. _______________/      (1)|_________|         |         |
     4. Louisville ----\_________|         Fri/Sun   |         |
    13. Manhattan -----/                   Midwest   |_________|
     6. Massachusetts -\_________       Indianapolis |
    11. _______________/      (7)|_________          |
     3. Duke ----------\_________|         |         |      1st Round  Dayton
    14. Mercer --------/                   |_________|         March 18-19
     7. Texas ---------\_________          |           California Polytechnic\_16MW
    10. Arizona State -/      (4)|_________|               Texas Southern ---/ Wed
     2. Michigan ------\_________|                         Iowa -------------\_11MW
    15. Wofford -------/                                   Tennessee --------/ Wed
    
    Friday, December 13th, 2013
    3:57 am
    Hobbit 2
    Attention:

    Smaug is awesome.

    That is all.
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
    1:15 am
    (EVIL!)Mud is back
    For those of you that care about such things: (EVIL!)Mud is back up, at evil.xibo.com 4201.

    Current Mood: don't look now but here comes 1990
    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
    12:03 am
    45
    Upon reaching 45, my geeky side notes that it's the lowest standard vinyl rpm that's also a whole number, while my twisted side notes that it's the only vinyl rpm speed that has a non-standard spindle hole.

    Current Mood: year++
    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
    12:37 am
    Brigadoon Day 24 (yikes, that's a large number)
    Brigadoon Day 24 is here! For anyone that was on TinyMUD, or its descendents Muck, Mush, Muse, Moo, or any of the rest, TinyMUD Classic was the ancestor of all of them. It's up for its 24th anniversary; if you weren't at last year's Brigadoon Day, note that your password has been reset to 'password'; see http://toccobrator.com/classic.html for all the gory details. Otherwise point your client at muds.toccobrator.com 4201 and catch up with people you haven't seen in a while.

    Current Mood: retro
    Sunday, July 7th, 2013
    9:21 pm
    Can anyone identify this Bach fugue?
    Many years ago, a friend of mine identified the high score music in my Swords of Fury pinball machine as a Bach fugue, but he never specified which one it was. So can anyone identify which one it is? The youtube link is about a minute long and is just the audio of it. Thanks in advance!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxFRBz8NCzg
    Thursday, June 27th, 2013
    6:45 pm
    Gauntlet II by four
    Thanks to my friendly neighborhood pinball repair guy (who also repairs video games), my Gauntlet II not only has a working monitor for the first time in years, it also has four working controllers for the first time since before I bought it in Indiana in 1996.
    Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
    4:29 pm
    How the Supreme Court ruled on California's Prop 8 should worry everyone
    Even if you are the strongest supporter of gay marriage ever, how the Supreme Court ruled on California's Proposition 8 should worry you.

    The Supreme Court didn't actually rule yea or nay; the Court decided that the people bringing the challenge to the state court decision that ruled Prop 8 unconstitutional didn't have standing to challenge it, only the officials in the state government had standing. Think about this for a minute. A state constitutional amendment was passed by a vote of the people, but the people don't have standing to challenge a court's declaraction that the amendment is unconstitutional?

    This means that any court ruling about any state constitutional amendment is immune to any challenges by anyone if the officials in the state government don't want to challenge it for any reason. So if here in my state of Georgia, if gay marriage was put on the ballot and approved by the people, but a state judge decided to strike it down, and the governor didn't want to challenge it for whatever reason, no one would have standing to challenge that judge's ruling and the people's will would be thwarted by a small number of government officials.

    That's a horrible precedent and should worry anyone who doesn't trust their government (which should be everyone).
    Monday, March 18th, 2013
    12:52 am
    2013 NCAA men's college basketball tournament, flat-ASCII brackets
    Flat-ASCII NCAA brackets for 2013:


                2nd Round  3rd Round   Regionals            1st Round  Dayton
                    March 23-26       March 28-31              March 19-20
     1. Louisville ----\_________                          North Carolina A&T\_16MW
    16. _______________/      (1)|_________                Liberty ----------/ Tue
     8. Colorado State \_________|         |               Middle Tennessee -\_11MW
     9. Missouri ------/                   |_________      St. Mary's (CA) --/ Tue
     5. Oklahoma State \_________          |         |                             
    12. Oregon --------/      (2)|_________|         |           Final Four
     4. St. Louis -----\_________|         Fri/Sun   |           April 6, 8    
    13. New Mexico State                   Midwest   |_________
     6. Memphis -------\_________        Indianapolis|         |
    11. _______________/      (3)|_________          |         |
     3. Michigan State \_________|         |         |         |
    14. Valparaiso ----/                   |_________|         |
     7. Creighton -----\_________          |                   |
    10. Cincinnati ----/      (5)|_________|                   |
     2. Duke ----------\_________|                             |
    15. Albany NY -----/                                       |_________
     1. Gonzaga -------\_________                              |         |
    16. Southern ------/      (4)|_________                    |         |
     8. Pittsburgh ----\_________|         |                   |         |
     9. Wichita State -/                   |_________          |         |
     5. Wisconsin -----\_________          |         |         |         |
    12. Mississippi ---/      (6)|_________|         |         |         |
     4. Kansas State --\_________|         Thu/Sat   |         |         |
    13. _______________/                     West    |_________|         |
     6. Arizona -------\_________        Los Angeles |                   |
    11. Belmont -------/      (4)|_________          |  Thu/Sat          |
     3. New Mexico ----\_________|         |         | (1) Lexington     |
    14. Harvard -------/                   |_________| (2) San Jose      |
     7. Notre Dame ----\_________          |           (3) Auburn Hills  |
    10. Iowa State ----/      (7)|_________|           (4) Salt Lake City|
     2. Ohio State ----\_________|                                       |
    15. Iona ----------/                                        Atlanta  |_________
     1. Kansas --------\_________                                        |   2013
    16. Western Kentucky      (6)|_________             Fri/Sun          | Champion
     8. North Carolina \_________|         |           (5) Philadelphia  |
     9. Villanova -----/                   |_________  (6) Kansas City   |
     5. Virginia Commonwealth____          |         | (7) Dayton        |
    12. Akron ---------/      (3)|_________|         | (8) Austin        |
     4. Michigan ------\_________|         Fri/Sun   |                   |
    13. South Dakota State                  South    |_________          |
     6. UCLA ----------\_________        North Texas |         |         |
    11. Minnesota------/      (8)|_________          |         |         |
     3. Florida -------\_________|         |         |         |         |
    14. Northwestern State                 |_________|         |         |
     7. San Diego State\_________          |                   |         |
    10. Oklahoma ------/      (5)|_________|                   |         |
     2. Georgetown ----\_________|                             |         |
    15. Florida Gulf Coast                                     |_________|
     1. Indiana -------\_________                              |
    16. _______________/      (7)|_________                    |
     8. North Carolina State_____|         |                   |
     9. Temple --------/                   |_________          |
     5. U Nevada-Las Vegas_______          |         |         |
    12. California ----/      (2)|_________|         |         |
     4. Syracuse ------\_________|         Thu/Sat   |         |
    13. Montana -------/                     East    |_________|
     6. Butler --------\_________       Washington DC|
    11. Bucknell ------/      (1)|_________          |
     3. Marquette -----\_________|         |         |      1st Round  Dayton
    14. Davidson ------/                   |_________|         March 19-20    
     7. Illinois ------\_________          |          Long Island U. Brooklyn\_16E 
    10. Colorado ------/      (8)|_________|               James Madison ----/ Wed
     2. Miami ---------\_________|                         Boise State ------\_13W 
    15. Pacific -------/                                   La Salle ---------/ Wed
    
    Sunday, December 23rd, 2012
    12:43 am
    Fuck you, TNT
    Fuck you, TNT. Leverage was the only reason I had to ever turn to your otherwise-crappy channel, not counting about 4 days in March when the college basketball tournament is running.

    In case I didn't make it obvious enough:

    Leverage canceled? FUCK YOU, TNT.

    Saturday, December 1st, 2012
    3:16 pm
    New Orleans convenience store boots an ambulance on an active call
    Okay, this is completely bugfuck insane.

    An ambulance on a call to a convenience store in New Orleans (lights on, the whole works) tried to drive off and found out the hard way that someone from the store had put a tire boot on the ambulance.

    What the FUCK, over?

    Booting an ambulance on an active call?

    Again, WHAT THE FUCK?

    Someone needs to be thrown in jail over this.

    The news article has pictures, including showing the boot on the ambulance.

    Current Mood: gobsmacked
    Thursday, November 8th, 2012
    10:41 pm
    Lincoln's saying only goes so far
    While it is true that you can't fool all the people all the time, you can fool 51% of the people at election time.
    Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
    12:55 am
    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." -- H. L. Mencken
    Sunday, August 19th, 2012
    11:28 pm
    Brigadoon Day is back: 23rd Annual for 2012
    It's Brigadoon Day again, and TinyMUD Classic is finally back! Running on original tinymud-1.5.4f source now, the database had to be rolled back to 2004, so unfortunately everyone's password has been reset to 'password' again.

    The important part: muds.toccobrator.com 4201
    Monday, July 30th, 2012
    12:10 am
    I'm voting against the T-SPLOST Tuesday (July 31)
    (If you're outside Georgia, you can skip this entire post.)

    I'm all in favor of improving roads, but I don't think this is the way to do it. From what I understand, if it passes but some regions vote against it, those regions get their funding reduced, which smacks of blackmail to me-- if it's worth voting for, it shouldn't need crap like that. Also I understand that a number of the items that get funding were chosen for political, not transportation, reasons. If they want us to vote more money for them to spend, then they damn better well be taking our needs into account, not theirs. Just look at the advertising: the 'vote yes' side is buying large billboards facing major expressways, the 'vote no' side has small little signs in their yards.

    I hate quoting PDF links, but I like the analysis in this link: http://www.georgiapolicy.org/pub/transportation/120523IATSPLOSTFINAL.pdf -- I think the Beltline has more merit than they give it credit for, but other than that what they say seems reasonable, and it's enough to convince me to go vote against this Tuesday.
    Tuesday, March 6th, 2012
    1:12 am
    I'm voting for Newt
    Besides voting to legalize alcohol sales on Sunday in Cobb County, there's another election I'm going to vote in tomorrow, and that's for Newt Gingrich for the Republican nominee for President of the United States.

    Why Newt? There are three good reasons, and they're named Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, the only other candidates running.

    Mitt Romney, or as I call him, the Lying Suckweasel. He's been hitting every other campaign with cheap smear ads all along, because he's been outspending everyone else. In the Florida debate, he stood right there and said he had no knowledge of an ad that was running that had him in it saying "My name is Mitt Romney, and I approve this message", so he's either grossly incompetent or, again as I call him, a Lying Suckweasel. Furthermore, if Republicans are going to win the Presidency in November, they have two main issues: the economy being in the toilet, and that people hate ObamaCare (has always polled 50-60 percent in favor of repeal at Rasmussen Reports). Romney got RomneyCare passed in Massachusetts, then touted it as a model for ObamaCare, and now is disavowing any knowledge of that. He can't run against ObamaCare without looking even more blatantly like a Lying Suckweasel than normal.

    Rick Santorum-- well, all you need know about Rick really is that not only does he hate both abortion and birth control, he's even against amniotic fluid testing as part of prenatal care because he thinks it leads to more abortions. Plus he's a Big Government Republican, Erick Erickson has lined out all the wasteful crap that Santorum voted for when he was a Senator.

    Ron Paul. Ron Paul published a newsletter in the 1980s with his name prominently at the top of it that had racist content. There's absolutely no way in bloody hell that he can defeat the first black President, all his other lunacy aside.

    So that leaves us with Newt Gingrich, whose economic advisors say that Newt's budget will balance the budget by the end of his first term. Remember when we had a balanced budget before? That was because Newt Gingrich was the Speaker of the House.

    It's time for economic competence. It's time for Newt Gingrich to be the next President of the United States.
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