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October 19th, 2018
11:33 am


LJ's had their password DB stolen
(Making an exception to my abandonment of LJ, just in case anyone affected is seeing this but not my DW.)

I just got a scam email informing me that my email account had been hacked, they’d taken over my computer, and had compromising websites I’d visited and pictures taken with my computer’s webcam.

Which they don’t.

To prove it, they told me the password to my email account.

Which it wasn’t.

I recognized it as the password for my LJ, which I’d typed in enough times over the years to remember.

So, LJ’s had their password DB stolen, and either they were storing the passwords in plain text, or their hashing algorithm is weak enough that even moderately strong passwords can be extracted. (Probably the latter; DW sent out a message to their users two weeks ago warning about these scam emails, and saying they didn’t believe the compromise was their system, and blaming an unnamed social networking site, which is totally LiveJournal. I only got the scam email today, which suggests that they didn’t have my password for the original wave.)

So, if you still have an LJ account, change the password. If you reused the password anywhere else, change those first.

And use a password manager, and have it generate passwords for you. Human-memorable passwords are simply not secure enough, and my password was not what most people would consider “human memorable.”

(Schemes like diceware and correct horse battery staple are probably still usable, but even with those, how many can you remember?)

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April 13th, 2017
04:47 pm


Joining the exodus
I’ve set up jl8e.dreamwidth.org, and am currently importing my LJ.

I’m not planning to delete this, as there are things here (mostly the Shadowfist fiction) that people may be keeping links to, but I won’t be crossposting to here. (And I post so often.)

If you think I should have friended you on DW, but I haven’t, let me know.

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November 29th, 2014
03:30 pm


Cheese Muffins
So, I currently seem to be using this LJ as a place to put recipes when asked for them.

Here there be muffins…Collapse )

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February 12th, 2014
12:55 am


I was asked for a recipe link over on FB when I posted a photo. This requires having a recipe to link to.

The way I do things is that I have a generic cookie base, and I mess around with the stuff that goes into the it.

(Slightly adapted from Joy of Cooking; the edition that tells you useful things like how to skin a squirrel.)
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variationsCollapse )

Current Mood: blue, fuzzy, and googly-eyed
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July 8th, 2013
12:54 pm


Dominion tournament card sets
Here are the card sets from this year's Dominion tournament at Dexcon. (Which I won.) I'm interested in how other people would have played them. (I didn't record the kingdom in the qualifying round, but could probably recall most of it if anybody cares; it was all-Intrigue. (Great Hall?, Masquerade, Shanty Town, Wishing Well, Bridge, Coppersmith, Duke, Torturer, Tribute, Harem.))

They were not fully random; the organizers at least filtered them for interestingness, and I believe the finals set was actually constructed, or at least adjusted from a random set.

Card texts behind a cut, because some of you don't care.

All games are four players.

I'll explain how I played and why in the comments, if anybody wants me to.

The semifinals were Intrigue and SeasideCollapse )
The finals potentially drew from everything, or possibly everything not used in previous roundsCollapse )

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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September 12th, 2012
01:46 am


I am a humungous geek
...but I still have to bow before this guy's skills:

How to implement a Turing Machine in Magic the Gathering.

(I don't think it's possible to do the same in Shadowfist -- no way to implement the tape, either in play or in the stack.)

Current Mood: sleepysleepy
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July 8th, 2012
05:16 pm


For the Dominion players out there
Here's the setup for the finals of the Dexcon tournament.

How would you plan to play them with a 3-4 money split?

(And yes, there's inevitably some things you do to react to your opponents and your actual draws. I'm just looking for general plans.)
card texts hidden to spare those of you who don't care...Collapse )
Bonus points if you can guess which one of these ten cards was never bought by anybody at the table.

Current Mood: tiredcheereful but tired
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April 18th, 2012
10:57 pm


Favorite songs
A while back, I decided to go through my music collection and make a playlist of my top ten favorite songs, with only one song from each artist.

These are the songs I decided were my absolute favorites at the time I made the list. Some of them could be replaced with other songs, likely by the same artist. Odds are that if I made the list today, it'd be similar.

Because I feel like it, I'm sharing them with the world. (Or at least the small subset that reads my LJ.)

In no particular order:
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January 7th, 2012
02:56 am


A farewell to Magic
I'm selling off my Magic cards next week, (I have about 10,000 cards by my rough estimates), and the process of sorting all my cards left me feeling somewhat nostalgic.

I played for about ten years, from Beta in 1993 to Scourge in 2003. For the last couple of years, I was only playing in prerelease tournaments, due to the combination of the decline of the regular Sunday tournament at my local store and the fact that I wasn't buying many cards any more made it hard to stay competitive. I was also working on Shadowfist at the time, which required the same sort of mental energy that Magic does.

I don't regret the time or money I spent. (It's even possible I'll make a profit selling my cards, but I doubt it, and can't really tell anyway.) I had fun. I was good, but not great. The fact that I was never spending that much money on cards and refused to buy singles made me an eccentric deckbuilder, never playing the standard archetypes of the time. I like to think that if I'd gotten serious about it, I could've competed at high levels. That might've happened if I'd stayed in Pittsburgh, where I was friends with somebody who later became a regular on the pro tour. Then again, it might not have; I wasn't that active a player back then, and didn't play Magic with Erik much.

Most importantly, if I hadn't played Magic, I'd likely never have played Shadowfist, and that would have been a huge change. Through Fist, I met mneme, and through him, directly or indirectly, I met most of the people on my friends list here.
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Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
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June 6th, 2011
03:36 am


In retrospect...
...helping them move a body would have been far easier.

Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted

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