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George Lenzer
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This work in MandelBulb3D is pretty amazingly organic. The music selected to go along with it is great too: https://vimeo.com/131179002
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Yup. Mastery. He's still at it (2013 release): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anYZ67T34L4
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Hehehehe... So I dug out my OLD MOD player from the 90s, ran it in WINE and played a few of my favorite old MOD files. Then I wondered... "Someone has to have posted these to YouTube by now. I was not dissapoint. ;P

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qatfjpn5wuU
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Fun little take on Space Invaders for the 21st century (Linux, Windows and Mac OSX). I like it. Virus scanned on Linux, and it came up clean. Haven't checked Windows or Mac OSX though:

http://www.indiedb.com/games/space-invaders/downloads/space-invaders-linux
Linux version of space invaders! controlls: keyboard: - ster ship z - machinegun x - pistol v - restart game ofter game over gamepad: axis - stership a - machinegun b - pistol music is: Juno Reactor - Rotorblade
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Isn't there a space invaders for Grub2?
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Ahhh... new Michael Gray: Michael Gray - Missing You
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Once again, the insane creature in the wooded area behind the house made it's piercing shrill sounds. The last time this happened I thought it was a bird because I could hear it moving through the air quickly (I'm currently up in the attic) between the tow adjacent neighbouring houses.
This time I actually got to open the window fast enough to hear leaves on trees rustling. So it's not flying through the air, but it's high up in the tree tops. The cries are unlike anything I've ever heard before. Not a cat. Not a bird I can readily identify, nor do I think birds can move through trees 50 to 70 feet in just a few seconds.
So what could it be? This is the second time in as many months that I've been treated to this cacophony. A crazed nocturnal squirrel maybe? Perhaps a rabid raccoon? One thing I was surprised by was the sounds of breaking branches and a heavy thud at one point. The creature is larger than I previously suspected. I know a few weeks ago I saw a deer in our back yard. That is quite rare for this area. Do deer scream? And if so, what is the deer doing high up in the tree tops?
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does it go "nevermore"?
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Aaaand... Little Man by the incomparable master, Elwood once again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KM43OABXCQ
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I'll note that the MOD file play well in 'xmp' under Linux without WINE as well. But the 90s GUI of ModPlug is part of the nostalgia. :)
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Defunct Texas band VoxTrot channeling The Smiths to some extent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxezbqwbTVY
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Did... did The Residents sell out to Satan Claus? ;(
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I always wondered if Robbie Krieger is one of The Residents?
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MS Office 365 shortcoming of the week: No way to recover a user to a specific state at a point in time.

Having come from the Zimbra product, there are a number of excellent features on the admin side that Zimbra contained.  About the best feature was their point in time restore which was executed from the command line with the 'zmrestore' command.  It should be noted that this differs greatly from Microsoft's point-in-time snapshot of Exchange.  Their point-in-time applies to all users on the Exchange server.  Zimbra's point-in-time applies to individual user mailboxes.

Scenario: User "Sally Smith" calls me at 4:55 PM saying, 'OMG!!!  I just accidentally dragged a really important mail folder into the trash and then emptied the trash!  It contained 500+ really important messages and reports that I will die without'!  I or one of my staff would say, 'No problem Sally.  When did this happen'?  She'd tell us the time and we'd tell her to log out of mail, then we'd tell zmrestore to set her account back to say... 4:35 PM.  Of course she'd run the risk of losing any mail she sent or received between 4:35 PM and 4:55 PM, but moste users would accept that in exchange for retrieving a year or more worth of work deleted in a few seconds.  Five to ten minutes later we'd call Sally back and she'd log in to find everything where it belongs.  The day is saved.

Ahhh... but not so in MS land (there may  well be some third-party product for Exchange sites that would do something similar but they are likely to idiotically be client-side rather than server-side).  Instead, users are empowered to be able to recover their own mail (something that is also available in Zimbra 8 which we didn't upgrade to).  The user who deleted that folder with 500+ message simply right clicks on the "Deleted Items" folder and selects "recover deleted items".  They are then presented with a dialogue that allows them to scroll through an endless list (see my KDE 5 post for my feelings on scrolling lists) and then to select each item they want restores.  When they are done clicking all 500+ messages they had to spend time locating, they click a button and the message are restored to... the Inbox.  The original folder structure is lost forever and there is no way to specify a different target folder.

This means that after spending all that time locating and recovering their deleted items, the user will then have to go through their Inbox and locate all the messages that were previously filed somewhere else and move them to a new folder.  To add more sunshine, these messages are not contiguous as they contain the original time stamps and so are mixed in with anything else in the Inbox.  Inconceivable!! (said in my best Wally Shawn voice).

The tragedy here isn't that users are going to be put through needless hassle if they accidentally delete messages.  The real tragedy is that most Exchange (Online) mail admins don't even know there is a better way.  That is what I am learning as I move into the Office 365 world.  I'm trying to embrace it, but it's really hard when you know that things can be done better in so many ways and no one seems to understand or care.
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MS Office 365 annoyance of the week:  Admin login page.  Given that I'm an administrator, I need to log into the Office 365 admin portal from time to time.  If the session expires, MS provides a very helpful screen that has a button for me to log back into my session as long as I enter my password.

I do this, and... instead of being logged in, I am returned to the default login screen saying that my session has expired and I need to log in again.  No kidding.  So I've taken to just typing a random character in the password field and pressing enter because I know it's going to fail so why bother wasting time typing the real password?

Fix your stuff MS!
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I needed to attend a professional conference in Columbus a few years back. Looking for something inexpensive but relatively close, I chose this place via the web. I knew nothing about the area and figured it has to be somewhat rural if it's outside of Columbus. I got off of I-71 and everything looked about as I expected. There was a grocery store, a Waffle House, a strip club, a... wait what? A strip club? By a residential neighborhood grocery store? That was my first clue that I was in the wrong part of town. But I persevered. Perhaps it was one of those upscale clubs with normal clientele? I go to check in and the clerk is in a glassed in area. I've NEVER seen that in a hotel before. The building itself looked like it was built in the 80s or earliest 90s so it had a bit of an ancient feeling to it. But combined with the security glass around the clerk, that was my second warning that something wasn't right. The next sign was when a big luxury vehicle pulled up right under my room on the second floor blaring the loudest rap music ever (and I can deal with rap and hip-hop just fine). This stuff was especially dark (as in evil) sounding as well. That car was parked there playing music pretty much all night and no one seemed to do a thing about it. I looked out the window a few times and there was a lot of activity around the car. Women mostly, so... you can guess what might have been going on. There was also a young girl (probably about 12) sitting in the hallway at 11:00 PM. Then again at 1:00 AM when I went to get some ice. She just sat there talking on a cell phone pretty much all night. I spent most of the night wondering if I'd get knifed in my sleep as well as keeping the pillow over my head to try and block out the music. If there were any sex noises in the nearby rooms, I couldn't have heard it due to the volume of the music in the parking lot. I'm planning another trip to Columbus again this week. I'm staying FAR AWAY from here. You should too.
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