Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Saturday, November 13, 2004


This Regent apple is really good. Firm, brilliant white flesh and a whole lot of apple taste - not a tart or sweet taste, but an apple taste. This is the apple to have when you're having more than one.

Here is what you need to know about the election: most of the people that voted for Bush believe we found WMD in Iraq and Hussein was involved in the 9/11 attacks - the rest swear up and down that Bush never said Iraq was involved in 9/11 and we invaded Iraq for reasons other than to "disarm" Hussein. In other words, Bush's election strategy made effective use of stupid people.

I administer the server this site runs on - some German freaks hijacked it for the second time in as many months to distribute pirated German language versions of incredibly bad American movies. I tightened up security by just closing all but a few ports, which prevented blogger from being able to FTP new posts - I did the two election posts immediately preceding this one "manually". Hackers strategies make effective use of the fact that Windows literally are big transparent holes in walls.

The solution to getting Blogger to play nice with a limited number of ports open was to set the PASV port range to 1025-1026 (any n and n+1 sequence greater than 1024 should work).

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