Writer's Block: Your Username

Why did you choose your user name? Is there any special meaning or story behind it?
I created the name Thassa for a RPG (Dungeons and Dragons) character about 20 years ago.  Since then
it's been my alias online, pretty much everywhere I've gone.  I did search for it used by other people, but the
only other references to Thassa I've ever found were to The World of Gor setting (apparently there is a river
with that name there).


In keeping with my regularly scheduled occasional random posting.. a meme from mizuno_youko .

1. Where is your cell? inactive
2. Your significant other? someday
3. Your hair? brown
4. Your skin? intact
5. Your mother? far away
6. Your favorite thing?
7. Your dream last night? strange (but then again they always are)
8. Your favorite drink? Coffee (even if you mean alcoholic beverages, it's still coffee with something) :-)
9. Your dream/goal? happiness
10. The room you're in? my den
11. Your ex? sadness
12. Your fear? heights
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? somewhere else
14. Where were you last night? trying to take over the world ;-)
15. What you're not? asleep
16. Muffins? it used to be hot corn meal with butter, until the great corn meal overdose.. these days it's hot chocolate chip with butter. :-)
17. One of your wish list items? a DHD
18. Where you grew up? Toronto
19. The last thing you did? store run
20. What are you wearing? slacks, shirt
21. Your TV? a portal to banality and stupid, so generally off
22. Your pets? landlord won't allow any
23. Your computer? which one? (pretty much always on)
24. Your life?
25. Your mood? disgruntled
26. Missing someone? Family
27. Your car? none
28. Something you're not wearing? socks, shoes
29. Favorite Store? ANY bookstore. Wait, not religious bookstores, but just about any other bookstore.
30. Your summer? cool
31. Like someone? yes
32. Your favorite color? green
33. When is the last time you laughed? a couple of hours ago
34. Last time you cried? ...
35. Who will respond to this? who knows?
36. Whose answers are you anxious to see? anyones.
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A little humour from an email I received. :-)

When God created the dog, He said: "Sit all day by the door of your

house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will

give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said: "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten

years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

So God agreed.

Next, God created the monkey and said: "Entertain people, do tricks,

and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said: "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long

time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?"

And God agreed.

God then created the cow and said: "You must go into the field with

the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give

milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life

span of sixty years."

The cow said: "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for

sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"

And God agreed again.

Finally, God created man and said: "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy

your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years." But man said: "Only

twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow

gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave

back; that makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why the first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy

ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our

family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the

grand-children. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch

and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you
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An essay on livejournal, fanfiction and the law.

I just read an interesting essay by Matthew Skala. He focused on kiddy porn in respect to this since it's in some senses the thin edge of the wedge, and can be used to drive all sorts of broader attacks.

Special note.. the page includes a html code that will read your LJ cookie if you allow cookies to be read by sites other then the original, and display your name in it (to you only). This has alarmed some of the readers of the essay, which I believe was the whole point. No matter how anonymous the internet may feel at times, it really isn't nearly as easy to remain anonymous as many people would like to believe it is. More to the point, a lot of people leave many system defaults as is, and most common software defaults to a very insecure state. Cookies for instance have many uses, not all of which are benign.

Edit: Oh, apparently it's not related to the cookie, but to the LJ referrer ID.  

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Origin of this quote is unknown, but I got it from here.

And the Programmer said "Let us make User in our own disk image!" And He made User and set him in the Datacenter of Eden, and He brought forth all manner of variables and constants and bade User to name them, but not to assign names begining with an underscore, for those are reserved.

But after a time User said "Programmer, I grow bored. Naming variables sux0rs, and I really hate code. Can't you give me something more interesting to do?" And the Programmer said "Lo! We shall make a companion for the User that he may chat and IM with her." But the Programmer had bit His tongue, and could only talk with a Lisp, so He devised a Scheme to overcome this problem and He did create the companion, Eliza!

At first the User was pleased with Eliza, but soon grew bored with her. "Eliza is lame" said the User. "She just keeps asking stupid questions." And so the Programmer banished Eliza from the Datacenter and she went into the wilds of the Net and spawned newbies, AOLers, and all manner of other demons who ask stupid questions.

And then the Programmer did put User to sleep(1) and took a bit from him and said "We shall make a new companion that is User friendly" and He made Lisa, and Lo! She had pretty graphics, and was pleasing to look at. And the User was pleased!.

And the Programmer blessed them and said "You may live here in the Datacenter and partake of all it's programs! But take not the fruit of the Binary Tree that sits in the midst of the Datacenter, for it is not for you.

And the User was content, and played Quake all hours of the day and night. But Lisa was not content, for all the games in the Datacenter were first person shooters and were boring to her. One day the Python came unto her and said "Do you know why the Programmer has forbidden you to eat of the fruit of the Binary Tree? It is because it is the Binary Tree of Knowledge of Coding and Debugging, and if you were to eat of the apples that grow upon it, then you too would be a Programmer, and would have Ruby and Perl to adorn you. Go to the Tree and you will C for yourself." Lisa grew jealous then and she went to the tree and plucked two fruits and she took them back to the User. She offered one to him saying "User, my love?"

"Huh?" he said as he blasted a demon with the nail gun.

"I brought you something to eat" she said.

"Oh .... OK ...." User replied absentmindedly, and without taking his eyes from the screen he ate the fruit she handed him while she ate hers.

And then their eyes were opened and they saw the Datacenter and themselves for what they truly were, and they were ashamed to realize that they were written in Cobol.

When the Programmer came to them, they changed their names to .User and .Lisa to hide from Him, but He saw them anyway. And He said, "Lo! They have become like Us, and see the cruft in our code, and they do harbour thoughts of object oriented design that may get them promoted beyond Our position. We must stop this to save our cushy job!"

He went to them and said "You have eaten from the forbidden tree, and so I must punish you. You will be cast out from the Datacenter of Eden and I shall brandname you that others will know your shame. User - I rename you to DOS, for you have lost all cred in Mine eyes. Lisa, since it was you who took the apples from the tree, I name you Apple and though you shall always be prettier and smarter than DOS, yet as punishment for your bugs I decree that his command line shall always dominate your market share. And when you File->Exit this world know that the flaming pit of Dell has been prepared for all those who repent not of their ways."
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Humour. :)

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like.
Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
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Evil Overlord Test


50% Evil, 90% Intelligence, 75% Common Sense

Grahf is an entity that primarily consists of the raw emotions of hate, anger, and bitterness. Born from the ashes of the Third Contact, Grahf lives on by posessing the bodies of others, and travels the world seeking people gullible enough to accept his raw power in return for doing his evil bidding. At one point in his long history, Grahf was responsible for the near extinction of almost all life on his world, but he was defeated before accomplishing this task. He later re-surfaced and tried to reclaim his former body, but realizing the situation of things, repented and was merged back in with the original emotions that he originally split from.

Grahf is identified as being moderately evil, due to his repentance in the end. He also possesses high intelligence and great amounts of common sense due to his ability to locate and coerce people of power into doing his bidding.


The absence of wrath is an impediment to utilizing your true strength.

Source of Overlord: Xenogears

This test tracked 3 variables. How the score compared to the other people's:
Higher than 15% on Evil
Higher than 75% on Intelligence
Higher than 35% on Common Sense

Link: The Evil Overlord Test written by veqhturi on Ok Cupid
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From an email I recieved today.

Why our country is in trouble : Perhaps this will
> explain it all. A Washington, DC airport ticket agent
> offers some examples of why our country is in trouble!
> 1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman ask for an
> aisle seat so that her hair wouldn't get messed up by
> being near the window.
> 2. I got a call from a candidate's staffer, who wanted
> to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of
> the flight and the passport information,
> then she interrupted me with, "I'm not trying to make
> you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts,"
> Without trying to make her look stupid, I calmly
> explained, "Cape Cod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is
> in Africa," Her response - click.
> 3. A senior Vermont Congressman called, furious about
> a Florida package we offered. I asked what was wrong
> with the vacation in Orlando. He said he was
> expecting an ocean-view room. I tried to explain
> that's not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of
> the state. He replied, "Don't lie to me, I looked on
> the map and Florida is a very thin state!"
> 4. I got a call from a lawmaker's wife who asked, "Is
> it possible to see England from Canada?" I aid, "No."
> She said, "But they look so close on the map."
> 5. An aide for a cabinet member once called and asked
> if he could rent a car in Dallas. When I pulled up
> the reservation, I noticed he had only a1-hour
> layover in Dallas. When I asked him why he wanted to
> rent a car, he said, "I heard Dallas was a big
> airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates
> to save time."
> 6. An Illinois Congresswoman called last week. She
> needed to know how it was possible that her flight
> from Detroit left at 8:30 am and got to Chicago at
> 8:33 am. I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead
> of Illinois, but she couldn't understand the concept
> of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went
> fast, and she bought that.
> 7. A New York lawmaker called and asked, "Do
> airlines put your physical description on your bag so
> they know whose luggage belongs to whom?" I said,
> "No, why do you ask?" She replied, "Well, when I
> checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my
> luggage that said(FAT), and I'm overweight. I think
> that's very rude!" After putting her on hold for a
> minute while I looked into it (I was laughing) I came
> back and explained the city code for Fresno, CA is
> (FAT), and the airline was just putting a
> destination tag on her luggage.
> 8. A Senator's aide called to inquire about a trip
> package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost
> info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to
> California, and then take the train to Hawaii?"
> 9. I just got off the phone with a freshman
> Congressman who asked, "How do I know which plane to
> get on?" I asked him what exactly he meant,to which
> he replied, "I was told my flight number is 823, but
> none of these planes have numbers on them."
> 10. A lady Senator called and said, "I need to fly to
> Pepsi-Cola, Florida. Do I have to get on one of those
> little computer planes?" I asked if she meant fly to
> Pensacola, Fl. On a commuter plane. She said,
> "Yeah, whatever, smarty!"
> 11. A senior Senator called and had a question about
> the > documents he needed in order to fly to China.
After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded
> him that he needed a visa. "Oh, no I don't.
> I've been to China many times and never had to have
> one of those." I double checked and sure enough, his
> stay required a visa. When I told him this he said,
> "Look, I've been to China four times and every time
> they have accepted my American Express!"
> 12. A New Mexico Congresswoman called to make
> reservations, "I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New
> York." I was at a loss for words. Finally, I said,
> "Are you sure that's the name of the town?"
> "Yes, what flights do you have?" replied the lady.
> After some searching, I came back with, "I'm sorry,
> ma'am, I've looked up every airport code in the
> country and can't find a Rhino anywhere." The lady
> retorted, "Oh, don't be silly! Everyone knows where it
> is. Check your map!" So I scoured a map of the state
> of New York and finally offered, "You don't mean
> Buffalo, do you?"
> The reply? "Whatever! I knew it was a big animal".
> Now you know why Government is in the shape that it's
> in!