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Stephen Shirley
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"He probably meant well"
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I've been a long-time fan of depression comix, and have been supporting Clay via paetron for close to 2 years. Every month he randomly picks a paetron supporter and draws them a sketch of a character of their choosing. I never really paid attention to this until i got a message from him saying i had won the monthly sketch. I quickly decided i wanted a sketch of Wren from https://www.depressioncomix.com/posts/159/, one of my favourites. Clay posted the sketch just now, and it's beautiful.

http://www.depressioncomix.com/blog/posts/january-patreon-sketch/

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When you come in from the snow and need to take your shoes off but the cat refuses to move.
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Some of you might remember that i signed up to a crowd-fund by one of my favourite groups to make their debut EP. Last friday i got an email from one of them asking when i'd like to schedule the mini-concert they're going to perform for me over skype. This made my day :) I've suggested this saturday to them, and am waiting back to hear if that works. In the meantime, i'm on a Young Adults bender. This one is pretty magical:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynDT97_-k4A

I dreamed that +Tim Johnson was having a party, and i rented a horse to go to it. The next morning i was petting the horse when it surprised me by wrapping my arm in its front legs and pulling me to the ground for snuggles. After a minute i became suspicious, and felt around its neck until i found a zipper. Under the realistic costume head, there was a rubber horse head, and under that a grinning +Fabian Schorp. And then i woke up.

#braintroll

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In August 1983, the US learnt about a bug the soviets had planted in another conuntry's embassy. The sophistication involved caused the NSA to became seriously concerned about the possibility that the same had been done to US embassies, particularly in Moscow. Thus began Project GUNMAN, a massive logistical effort involving shipping 10 tones of new equipment to Moscow, without tipping off the Soviets, and huge amounts of technical work. In July 1948, a technician noticed an extra coil on the power switch of a typewriter, which led to the first discovered bug, one of the earliest known key loggers.

I read the 2012 NSA report last night (https://www.nsa.gov/about/cryptologic-heritage/historical-figures-publications/publications/assets/files/gunman-project/Learning_From_the_Enemy_The_GUNMAN_Project.pdf). A bit more searching just now turned up http://www.cryptomuseum.com/covert/bugs/selectric/index.htm, which looks like it has a lot of extra technical detail.

Fascinating stuff :)

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A few years ago, there was a kickstarter to make a Veronica Mars movie. While i liked the series, +Saskia Schäfer was a huge fan. So i signed up for a fairly high tier of reward on the kickstarter, specifically so i could write a script and have Jason Dohring perform it, and give the video to Saskia. It took ages to come up with the right script, but the result was even better than i expected.

It came up in conversation today, so i decided to re-post it :)

Q: Why is Polish magazine short?
A: Contains no articles.

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