8331 – silly aim prank bots – “I say, old bean, have you seen my hat?”

I keep getting hit by the aim bot that starts out with “i say, old bean, have you seen my hat?”, usually aim user chewableputty.

An explanation of how the bot works is here.

Check out the google search – it seems to be happening to quite a few people.

The greathatsby bot scans LJ users for AIM screen names then sends two people the same message and relays their replies to each other so each person thinks the other person IMed them out of the blue.

Sort of a new version of the 3-way calling prank. I’ve gotten pings (even when invisible to aim) maybe once a week for the last 6 weeks. a nifty part of the trick is that it auto translates your im name to the bot name when you’re in chat, too. so if you identify yourself as “I’m biglug23” it’ll say to the other side “I’m chewableputty”.

a way around it is to break it up with spaces or some other character – b’i’g’l’u’g’2’3′

other bot names –

chewableputty
thegreathatsby
bananahoedown
studbeefpile66
studleyqbeefpile
dirkfunk3000
dirkfunk5000
funkyplumber238
hatfact0ry
ofhatsandmen
scrubtron
iamscrubtron
scrubtronwashere
scrubtronics
octosausage
goatblaster16
greathatsby64
bananahootenanny

8330 – Guten Drudennacht! Time for der Hexen-Orgie!

We’re directly opposite of Halloween at this point. The season started with Candlemas / Groundhog’s Day has come to an end.

May 1 marks the final victory of Spring over Winter, but before departing, the witches and their cohorts have one last fling. The night from April 30 to May 1 is called “Walpurgisnacht”, the night of Walpurgis or Walpurga. The festival is marked by numerous rituals to ward off evil. Legend has it that on Walpurgisnacht the witches would gather on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains. Because of the Walpurgisnacht scene in Goethe’s Faust, in which Mephistopheles takes Faust to the Brocken and has him revel with the witches, the witches gathering became widely known.

Under Christian influence Walpurgisnacht became a fest to drive out evil spirits. Walpurgis derives its name from Walpurga or Walburga. Walburga, Abbess of Heidenheim near Eichstätt, a Catholic Saint, was known as the protectoress against witchcraft and sorcery. On the Eve of May 1, bells may toll in some areas and prayers may be said; there may be blessings with holy-water and blessed sprigs can be found in homes and barns. The most widespread remedy against evil spirits during Walpurgisnacht is noise. As soon as the sun sets, boys of all ages may make noise. Their equipment ranges from boards to beat onto the ground to pistols for firing shots.

In Bavaria the night from April 30 to May 1 is called a Freinacht or Drudennacht. For youth it is an opportunity to play tricks. They may stroll in groups through the streets and wind toilet-paper around cars, smear door-handles with tooth-paste, unhinge garden doors and carry them a few meters away, and they may displace shoe scrapers. It is said that at one time boys took a sparred-frame cart to pieces and reassembled it on the roof of the house of the owner.


May 1st marks the victory of Spring over Winter, but before departing the Hexen have one last fling and make an attempt to assert their power on Walpurgisnacht. This Hexennacht is the best known in the seasonal cycle. The roots for this fest extend back to a pre-Christian Frühjahrsfest, which was perhaps celebrated in an even more rowdy fashion, as the Valborgs maessafton is still celebrated today in Sweden, Thueringen and elsewhere. Under Christian influence it was probably transformed into a fest to drive out the Hexen. The festival became widely known outside Germany due to Goethe’s use of this theme in Faust.

The festival is marked by numerous rituals to ward off evil. On the eve of May 1st the bells toll in Luxembourg and many prayers are said, there are blessings with holy-water and blessed-palms in the homes and barns. In Schmalkalden in Thueringen the little girls, dressed as Hexen themselves, chase out the Walpermännchen. They wear paper hats and sometimes carry sticks in their hands. Similarly, in the south Harz region, the young boys ride stick-horses and chase the Hexen out of the fields. The most widespread remedy against evil spirits during Walpurgisnacht is noise. The boys begin making noise as soon as the sun sets. In Bohemia boards are beaten onto the ground in front of the houses, accompanied by this chant: “Hex geh raus, ‘s brennt dei Haus.” Whoever hears a pistol shot on that evening is supposed to say, “Schiess mei Hex a mit!” In Lippe the noise is referred to as “Maiklappen.” A lot of noise is especially made in front of the houses of married couples who are childless, because it is believed that it is necessary to “further the blessings.” In the Berner Jura the shepherd boys, on the eve of May 1, stand atop the manure-piles and crack whips in order to drive away wolves. The wolf is the incarnation of evil, and symbolizes the departure of winter. The manure-pile symbolizes fertility of the fields and gardens, and therefore is often the locale where prayers are said. Farmers who don’t have as many cattle help each other out in the summer. They make a pledge-group, which takes this form in Donaueschingen: they go to a nearby chapel and pray, then they climb together onto a manure-pile, hold hands, and say “Mir (=wir) gmaren miteinand,” which means “we are helping each other to bring home hay and grain with our cattle.” [i.e. they are sharing each other’s manure-piles, which is sprayed onto the fields as fertilizer].

So, folks, there is a parable here — when we lapse into slinging mud at each other, we should look at it from a higher perspective — we are really fertilizing each other’s fields!Geotarget

8329 –

Funny.. SoFlaChris and I discovered Plazes within about 5 minutes of one another. Newtcam was added.


On the way to the meeting yesterday, a 16-wheeler ran over a piece of steel, which spun off to the right, and caused Elsie’s window to explode into the cab of the car. She was lucky… it took a big divot out of her doorframe. If it had hit an inch earlier, she’d probably be at least in the hospital right now. Fortunately, she’s unhurt. I got a spray of tiny glass fragments in my lap, too. I think this’ll be a good opportunity to clean out her car.


Brush fire caused me to bail out of SL unceremoniously. Launched an evac, and looks like folks are all ok.


Kat and GP have been so quiet since returning from vacation… only a post and a couple of comments from Kat. I hope they return to regular lj’ing soon!

These mustache tattoos made me think of GP & Kat. I admit that I was a tempted a smidgen by the idea, m’self.


Bibliochaise, is a literal armchair library “for those who like to be immersed in deep reading.”. The chair can house up to five linear meters of books.


Rush Limbaugh Arrested, out and done Continue reading 8329 –

8328 – until later, Dear Journal.

Rough day yesterday. I knew in my gut it would be… I was tempted to take a mental health day.

Meeting this morning, but it’s set to be over after an hour, so it shouldn’t be too grueling, despite my concern about the content – I hope folks can keep professional and clear.


Socialists: Give apes human rights

The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for “the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings.” The PSOE’s justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.

The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests “the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species.”

According to the Project, “Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species’s closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals.”


1 year ago – droopy dan, mlm scam, petroglyphs, wifi via airship, science fiction, local graffiti pics, newt on kittenbreak and kittenwar

2 years ago – Team Laser Explosion Secret Fan club, Eels, ADP sassmouth, php nuke is el-sucko

3 years ago – Travel plans, work, finn’s karma, Saw Murray

4 years ago – May Day Coming, Snuggles Newt, Super power, Chupa Blabs

5 years ago – web poll, dj poll, bit o’ fiction, My pet Skeleton, naughty news – lots of breasts, a bunghole, creed and a mime, mum.org letter for menstrualhutGeotarget

8327 – many questions.

1. What does your LiveJournal name mean?
My name and my stature/demeanor (usually more of a teddy bear than a grizzly)

2. Elaborate on your default photo.
my original back from when I first started.. .my face pressed up against a scanner… looks like a peeping man at a window.

3. Do you still talk to your ex? Why?
Which Ex? RG, yes. Because we have common interests, and are able to be civil.
MM, CJ, D, AT, PP, PM, Magda? Nope

4. What’s your current relationship status?
Friendly with some folks, but nothing physical happening. I can’t seem to synchronise schedules or hammer out distance issues at the moment.

5. What exactly are you wearing right now?
forest green/drk blue plaid shirt, dark gray/black pants, black sneakers, gray socks, dark blue hairtie, Boxers with little multicolored atomic symbols.

6. What is your current problem?
Not functioning at fullest potential. Need to Lose all me re-tacked on weight, and get to coding again.

7.What do you love the most?
Newt’s pretty high up there!

8. What makes you happiest?
when folks I care for are truly happy

9. Are you musically inclined?
a bit… I can keep a beat going, know how to read music and play at a low-to-fair level. Maybe more from a desire to have some music, rather than actually having some in my heart already.

10. If you could go back in time, and change something, what would it be?
Probably CLEP out of High school, go straight to college from 9th grade.

11. If you MUST be an animal for ONE day what would you be?
Currently existing – Gorilla, otherwise a Triceratops Mythological? Maybe a Huffalump.

12. Ever have a near death experience?
Every time I cross the street in Fort Lauderdale, it seems.

13. Name an obvious quality you have?
Big feet

14. What’s the name of the song that’s stuck in your head right now?
Coattails of a dead man –  Primus

15. Who did you cut and paste this from?
eryx_uk & christin

16. Name someone with the same b-day as you:
Brent Spiner

17. Have you ever vandalized someone’s private property?
Yup. Many times, especially if you count TP’ing.

18. Have you ever been in a fight?
verbal – many times, fistfight, a few. gunfight, never.

19. Have you ever sang in front of a large audience?
yup, as part of a crowd, nothing solo.

20. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Eyes, generally.

21. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
“Gimme the biggest Iced Chai you’ve got” (they mutter something in crazy moon-man starbucks language.. venti or whatnot) “Whatever the biggest iced chai you have, is fine.”

22.Have you ever broken a bone?
Collarbone… ask Graypumpkin and Kat about that. 

23. Has anyone ever said that you look like a celebrity?
Grizzly Adams, Silent Bob, Travis Tritt

25. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows?
Yup.

26. Do you wear braces?
Nope

27. Are you comfortable with your height?
Sure, it works for me… can be difficult folding into cars, but other than that, I’m a-ok.

28. What is the most romantic thing someone has ever done for you?
Hard to say… I’m usually “the romantic one.” of a couple.

29. Do you speak any other languages?
I can speak foully in at least 6 languages, and find the bathroom in four.

30. Do you have a crush on someone on your LiveJournal?
Well, I have affection for more than a few folks. Not sure if I’d color that a crush.

Friday 5 –

1. What’s missing from your life? 
supersonic zeppelins. a personal rocket-belt. true democracy. an educated majority

2. Do you like to get drunk?
Nah, not really. I like the taste of rum drinks though.

3. Have you ever kissed a stranger? 
Yup, and I didn’t even have to pay a dollar!

4. Do you smoke? 
Nope. Fire not for internal use. I prefer to abuse my body in other, less expensive, and longer-term ways.

5. What makes you happy?
Hugs from folks I care aboutGeotarget

8324 – So, this is a Thursday, is it?

Wendy pointed me to this… how cool!

Adopt Sea Turtles for Mother’s Day!

A mother sea turtle will travel thousands of miles to move from feeding areas to mating areas and then to her preferred beach to lay her eggs.

It is a long crawl up the sandy beach where she makes her nest before she swims back to sea. Wouldn’t your mom travel such great lengths for you as well? This Mother’s Day, show her how much you appreciate all she’s done for you with an adoption of a sea turtle from WWF’s Online Adoption Center.


Second life has been running slow as molasses lately.. no packet loss so I’m a bit befuddled about the slowdown.


Moment of Lyric – mp3

8323 –

World History Sources – Guides to analyzing particular types of primary sources as part of world history. Each guide includes an introductory essay, a list of questions to ask when working with a particular type of evidence, interactive quizzes called “You be the Historian!”, an sample analysis of one source, an annotated bibliography, and an annotated list of relevant websites.


Folkvine cute Flash site for Florida Folk art.


Turn sunshine into electricity with the PowerPocket 12V solar charger. Four flexible photovoltaic panels deliver up to 6.5 watts of power to recharge portable electronics like your cell phone, PDA, iPod or digital camera. In bright sunlight, many devices can be charged as quickly as they would plugged into a wall outlet. You can even trickle charge your automobile battery using nothing but sunlight! Includes 12V DC auto power plug, 12V DC power outlet, 18″ battery clamps, 4″ barrel connector and 8″ extension cable.


Seen Yesterday:

caution-jw
Not sure why this nice Jehovah’s Witness was cordoned off with caution tape.
This guy has been in the same location every morning with literature for at least 4-5 years.
He has at least five different cowboy hats, and he’s worn one whenever I’ve seen him.
(the cones and tape are new – his literature is laid out on top of the trash can.)

1 year ago – Egyptian origins, clown confession, big brown bear, trix returns to simplicity, hugs, fleet week, chitchat w myid8myego, kind entry, country bears movie, human gene in rice, funeral dance, FL gun law self defense, energy crisis, Cheney & Abadullah

2 years ago – Godchecker’s Mythology Encyclopedia, Andy Griffith factoid, CS out, Cute Newt Pic

3 years ago – vanessa/rosie/fernanda/Chloe, seafood fest, gift exchange

4 years ago – Foomy goes poof, nifty human tricks, Quick little story, full moon thoughts, Prof. Eben Norton Horsford.

5 years ago – bricolage, misc news, email tags, lj burp, uck, how to catch a polar bear, prezziesGeotarget

8322 – Camo-man lurks at the Bus Station.

Strange things afoot at the Bus Station yesterday morning. Unusual man lurking about, patrolling all of the bus bays, hiking at a good clip.

Click here to see him meander past on shaky-animated gif style video. – about 1 meg.

camoman3
Camo-man has powers similar to the yeti and loch ness monster, as cameras cannot photograph him properly. Is it the suit? His magical giant old-lady sunglasses (complete with rhinestones)? That huge hand-carved walking stick?

See more of Camo-man

8321 – H – wow, it is trickier than it might appear!

Here is how it works: Comment in this entry, and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter including an explanation of what those words mean to you and why.

Weezeroni, that clever Weezle gave me an “H.” Here goes:

1 – Home. I need a place to keep myself and my stuff… somepleace where I can shut the doors and nobody else will have the right to come in and root through my stuff. I don’t mind having a housemate, but I really prefer to have a region that is exclusively mine. Newt is welcome anywhere, at any time, however.

2 – Hugs. I love ’em. I love to give em out to folks that aren’t made uncomfortable by them. I can be gentle, or do a spine-snapper depending on the tastes of the recipient.

3 – Humor – Of all sorts. Dry, black, witty, satire, scatalogical, slapstick… I laugh easily, even at some things that my forebrain tells me that I shouldn’t. I especially like folks that are quick wits, and those that “think outside the box”. That said, Tom Green was never, ever funny. He’s just an idiot.

4 – Harmony – When people or things just synch up and work without tossing a cog. Music is just one side of it.

5 – Her-folk (possibly also hormones or just human?) – I have a weakness for girls. So sue me. It’s not just “hotties”, but almost all women get some pedastal treatment, unless they’ve proved themselves to be severe headcases or manipulators, which then causes me to toss them into the discard pile.

6 – Hubbub/Humanity – I confess that movement and activity of people facinates me. So much about people stll confuses me, and I’m one of ’em. Different behaviors, clothes, interactions… there is monkey politics, to be sure, but folks are really amazing how they interact with one another. I’d like to think that people are fundamentally, if basic needs are met, but experience tells me that some are, and some arent. See health, below.

7 – Health – Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social. I think that the root of all problems comes from damage in these areas. Money isn’t the root of all evil, it just adds opportunity for more good or evil.

8 – Happiness – I like to make people happy, including myself. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff… I don’t always remember that, but when I do, it pays off in spades.

9 – Horripilation – An awesome term meaning “goosebumps”. One of my favorite little-used words. I like the thrill that comes from reading a really scary story, or going on a roller coaster type ride with a huge drop.

10- Herbivore – I prefer not to eat the flesh of an animal, if I can help it, due to the cruelty factor involved, not to mention it’s more evironmentally sound and healthy. I’m a bit hypocritical (another H word!) on that, because I will do eggs and dairy, mostly out of convenienceGeotarget