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Nov. 4th, 2014

voter fraud

This morning I helped a lady fill out her ballot.

I sat with her and discussed how she should vote on each contested item.

After she was done filling out her ballot and signing it, I took it from her.

I drove to a ballot box and put it in.

And you know what?

I don't think I'd feel guilty about it at all, even if she were a stranger and not my wife.

Oct. 22nd, 2014

today's email subject montage

we can't fall short Holy moly!!! this isn't good WOW!!! last chance an e-mail to say sorry NEW POLL: (bad news) I keep emailing CRUSHING defeat DOWNGRADED This is serious what he said... throwing up our hands LAST CHANCE: we wish this weren't true We need your support We've heard enough I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E TERRIBLE news not throwing in the towel EXCRUCIATING loss heckuva job! not over yet BLATANTLY LYING one last time It's over. It's done. PANIC Not going to sugar coat Six things I like about you no more CRICKETS: Weakening
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Jan. 8th, 2014

twister

Now microblogging as ysth on twister (an new, alpha decentralized microblogging service).

Jan. 1st, 2013

ysth.info

ysth.info (long defunct, formerly hosted on perlmonk.org) now points here (also long defunct, or at least inactive).

Welcome, anybody.

Nov. 8th, 2010

More browsers (ubuntu)

This post is now very out of date. Someday I may update it :)

# Chromium Dev Channel (currently 9.0.570.1):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily/dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

# Opera:

wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -
echo >/tmp/opera.list deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free
sudo cp /tmp/opera.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install opera

# Firefox 4.0 beta:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:silverwave/one-daily-a-month-1  # lucid
# sudo add-apt-repository ppa:silverwave/one-daily-a-month-5  # maverick
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firefox-4.0

Sep. 19th, 2010

Some haiku

standing by the shelf
a dragon guarding her hoard
all the books I love

a library shelf
tall, light colored, full of books
would that I had more time

I quite like haiku
arranging the syllables
in pleasing order

refrigerator
magic beyond all compare
keeping our food cold

Copyright 2010, Yitzchak Scott-Thoennes
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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Oct. 31st, 2009

Daily poem: Melville Cane, End of Daylight-Saving

End of Daylight-Saving

When I was rich in April
They robbed me of an hour,
But, having many, many,
It was plucking one flower,
Or stealing one penny.

Brooks poured fast,
Flowers pushed thickly,
Hours slid past,—
All too quickly.

But brooks drain thin,
Flowers dry seedy,
Light draws in,
Now I'm needy.

The thief must have learned it
And, giving no warning,
Mysteriously returned it
One crisp morning.

When I was rich in April
Before the early leaves,
Long before this ditty,
I never thought of thieves,
Or that thieves felt pity.

From Snow Toward Evening, by Melville Cane
(probably included in an earlier volume and earlier collections, as well)

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Oct. 7th, 2009

Not-so-daily poem: Michelangelo, Madrigal CIX 13

view poem in new window...

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Nov. 23rd, 2008

Daily poem: Hugh MacDiarmid, In the children's hospital

In the children's hospital

'Does it matter? Losing your legs?' Siegfried Sassoon

Now let the legless boy show the great lady
How well he can manage his crutches.
It doesn't matter though the Sister objects,
'He's not used to them yet', when such is
The will of the Princess. Come, Tommy,
Try a few desperate steps through the ward.
Then the hand of Royalty will pat your head
And life suddenly cease to be hard.
For a couple of legs are surely no miss
When the loss leads to such an honour as this!
One knows, when one sees how jealous the rest
Of the children are, it's been all for the best! —
But would the sound of your sticks on the floor
Thundered in her skull for evermore!

by Hugh MacDiarmid

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Aug. 25th, 2008

SSH tunnel humor

We name servers after types of animals. I see the following a lot, but for some reason this evening, I really registered it and it made me laugh:
ysth@cat:~$ logout
Connection to elephant closed.

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