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April 28, 2003

Monday, April 28th, 2003, 10:24 PM

Rob @ 10:24 PM

Woo! It's been an odd week or so.

For those who noticed, my site was down. My webhost was zapped, and it took a while to recover. But it's rising back toward its former greatness. Three cheers for Micah! Now I just need to get email restored, and I'm set.

Which reminds me, you can all reach me at in the meantime.

In other news, I'm still working like a working guy who works too much. My friends have been passing around photos of me so they remember what I look like. My plan to replace those photos with the best of National Geographic's bonobo monkey photos is not yet complete.

I've only got time for a few more quick updates...

More news as it arrives.

April 15, 2003

Tuesday, April 15th, 2003, 10:56 PM

Rob @ 10:56 PM

Stole this from Grey, who stole it from someone called Erick, who stole it from someone named Kelly. I have no further idea where it's been...

Five details about you...
[x] I'm left-handed
[x] I'm active in the phreaking and hacking communities
[x] I am currently attending Witchcraft classes
[x] I'm experimenting with music, and may release a free album one day
[x] I draw a lot, but not as much as I'd like to

Five details about your appearance right now...
[x] I'm wearing my most comfortable trousers
[x] My socks don't match, I prefer it that way
[x] I have a cut on my hand sustained from a vending machine
[x] I'm covered in cat hairs
[x] I have a small zit in my eyebrow, which doesn't seem fair at all

Five things you did today...
[x] Woke up
[x] Fell back asleep
[x] Showed up late for work
[x] Went to Connecticut
[x] Read some of "Hope," by Mark Clapham

Five memorable things you did in the last year...
[x] H2K2!!!
[x] Took it upon myself to edit and release UPL issue 28
[x] Started a Sealab 2021 fansite which now gets lots and lots of traffic
[x] Started a top-secret video project which I really, really want to get around to finishing one of these days
[x] Appeared in a crowd shot in a Norwegian documentary film called New York City Hackers

Five things that everyone should know about you...
[x] I don't have enemies, just people who make me laugh for different reasons
[x] I haven't closed my PC's case since the 20th Century
[x] I'm single
[x] My ex is my best friend in the world
[x] I'm counting the days until I can once again vote against George W. Bush

Five favorite groups...(as of right now) ?
[x] Information Society
[x] Insane Clown Posse
[x] Glenn Miller Orchestra
[x] Freezepop
[x] VHS or Beta

Five favorite songs...[as of right now]
[x] Information Society - "Closing In"
[x] A really long InSoc megamix I picked up on the fileshares one day
[x] The Seatbelts - "Tank" (the theme to "Cowboy Bebop")
[x] U2 - "Numb"
[x] Falco, "America"

Five favorite movies...
[x] "Duck Soup" (Marx Brothers)
[x] "A Night at the Opera" (also Marx Brothers)
[x] The "Back to the Future" trilogy (they count as one movie if you watch them back-to-back-to-back)
[x] "Freedom Downtime"
[x] "Doctor Who" (1996)

Five things that make you happy...
[x] My friends and family (my friends are family)
[x] Learning new things
[x] People getting all they deserve
[x] Console emulation
[x] Email from people who've read stuff of mine

Five people who mean a lot to you...
[x] Fina
[x] Grey
[x] Matt
[x] Infinity2
[x] All the rest of the folks linked at the top of this journal (Ha! I cheat!)

Five things that disgust you...
[x] Bullies
[x] The current US government
[x] Cigarette smoke
[x] Booze
[x] Parents who put their children on psychoactive drugs

Five things that impress you...
[x] Honesty
[x] A sense of humor
[x] Inquisitiveness
[x] Creativity
[x] Individuality

Five things that don't impress you...
[x] Cowardice
[x] Violence
[x] MTV
[x] Computer security
[x] The major news media

Five things you cannot live without...
[x] Oxygen
[x] The Internet
[x] My family and friends
[x] Something to investigate
[x] Faith

Five things you'll do when you complete this...
[x] Post it to my journal
[x] Hopefully get a bit farther in Infinity2's copy of Final Fantasy X
[x] Go to sleep
[x] Drool in my sleep
[x] Wake up

Five things you feel right now...
[x] My mouse (plasticky)
[x] My keyboard (clicky)
[x] Igor, my evil kitty (biting my foot)
[x] A twinge from an eyebrow-mounted zit (ouchy)
[x] Tired

So, this is me, Rob T Firefly, saying goodnight. Goodnight.

April 11, 2003

Friday, April 11, 2003, 1:29 PM

Rob @ 1:29 PM

After working all day in New Jersey, I impulsively decided to leave the crew in the Bronx, where we were dropping off someone else, rather than come all the way home to Long Island. Instead, I took a 6 train into Manhattan, to catch the "Cowboy Bebop" movie, recently released in the US.

I arrived in SoHo, and killed the hour and change I had before the film by wandering around the shops for a bit. I went back to the Angelika, possibly the nicest indy movie theater in NYC, and caught the film, which any fan of "Cowboy Bebop" is sure to enjoy, but non-fans may have slight trouble following without a fan handy to explain a few things. And legendary phreak Captain Crunch gets a mention! I'll have to add this to my list of hacker movies for the next UPL issue.

After the flick, I was in the mood for a walk, so I walked up Broadway to Times Square. I stopped in McDonalds for a soda, and on a whim bought a bag of dollar menu stuff I didn't really want. I walked away with the bag, and found out why I bought it when a homeless person in a doorway asked me if I could help him out. So, he got himself a bag of McDonald's food. A few blocks later, I directed a scared foreign tourist to a subway station.

I managed to poke my head into the big Virgin Megastore about ten minutes before they closed, and grabbed a CD I've been meaning to grab for ages. VHS or Beta rocks! For those who haven't heard of them, they're a live band which attempts to sound like a DJ stringing together samples in a set. Definitely worth checking out.

I had bought a fun pass (an unlimited-ride Metrocard, valid 24 hours from when you buy it) rather than a normal card, so I figured I'd use it to take the one stop ride back down to Penn Station, rather than walk the six blocks. This was from more of a desire to make use of the card than to avoid the walk. So I strolled down to the blue line (A/C/E) platform in the Times Square Station, and as I descended the stairs, the A train was there, doors open. I started to run to catch it, but suddenly decided not to bother, since I could always get the next one. Five minutes or so later, the E train showed up, I boarded, but it didn't leave the station. A few minutes passed before the conductor made an announcement; "Due to a violent incident on the train in front of us, we are experiencing delays. We apologize for the inconvenience..."

That's why I didn't want to run to catch it, I guess.

Soon, they sent another A train across the platform for the passengers to switch over to. On that train, I started idly practicing my badly-done card-vanishing tricks with my unlimited Metrocard. At that point, another panhandler showed up. I offered him the unlimited card, and he smiled and accepted it.

I arrived at Penn, and walked toward the LIRR with my hands in my pockets. My left hand was playing with a golden dollar which had somehow ended up in a pocket I don't normally keep coins in. I passed by one more panhandler, and gave him the coin. Just then, I noticed that my train home was departing in a few minutes, and if I missed it I would have been stuck there for an extra two hours. So I ran to catch that.

On my way home from the train station, I encountered a stranger walking the opposite way. This was odd enough, since by this time it was three-something in the morning, and my town is usually dead by then. He complained that he had been walking around for two hours looking for a specific street, which was a few blocks away. After I pointed him in the right direction, he described his lousy evening, which apparently involved him making a pile of cash on a game of pool, and losing all his money in the rematches. A classic hustle to be sure, but this isn't something one is inclined to point out to strange, depressed men wandering around near one's own house at odd hours. I politely wished him good luck, and turned down the wrong street to avoid advertising where I live.

Music - VHS or Beta - "Le Funk"

April 8, 2003

Tuesday, April 8, 2003, 10:32 PM

Rob @ 10:32 PM

Photos from Friday's 2600 meeting are up!

Some of my favorites..

We love paranoiac "homeland security" signs!

Fear Gonzo.


When they chose this name for the pastry shop in Penn Station, what name do you think came in second?

April 1, 2003

Tuesday, April 1, 2003, 11:14 PM

Rob @ 11:14 PM

Happy All Fool's day!

To everyone who was actually worried by that last post, did you check the links?

Another classic Fina moment... Our mom owns no less than six VHS copies of "Independence Day." My family has a connection with someone involved with the flick, so she has picked up extra copies here and there over the years. One in widescreen, one in Spanish, and so on. It's a bit sad. Anyhow, I've been expanding my DVD collection lately, and I mentioned to Fina that I was pondering buying "Independence Day" on DVD. Fina responded "We have six copies! You could grind them up and make the DVD."

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