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Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Time:12:11 am.
Mood: nostalgic.
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How long has it been?

Wow.

If only I had something to say.
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Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Time:3:14 am.
Gah, I'm talkative tonight... must be the early trimmings of my darlings, ahhhhhh...

Soooo, what's the most effort you've put into achieving an altered state? For some people spending a few minutes spinning in circles or hyperventilating is as far as they've gone. For many others working long enough to earn the $5 for the fancy coffee or $25 to buy a bottle of liquor tops the list.

About half of the cannabis I smoke I grow myself, and that takes about 4 months to grow and another month to cure properly, spending perhaps 20 minutes on it every day. The most effort I ever put into a substance was the year I spent growing reed canary grass on my windowsill, about 10-20 minutes a day of work, once a month cutting and drying trays of grass, after a year then came the processing, 4 weeks extraction and purifying, all for just 150mg of DMT freebase (little more than two doses)...

...but the prize has to go to this guy in Seattle... he's been cultivating peyote his entire adult life - 25-odd years - and last year had finally grown enough buttons to have his first peyote experience (it grows very slowly, one of the reasons why it's becoming endangered, people are picking it faster than it grows back). Years ago, way back when (pre-the-whole-Organix-crowd, pre-MDMA, I was 24), matter of fact back when I was growing that reed canary grass, I once joked about buying a live peyote button and having my first trip on my 50th birthday... I have to admire this guy, he actually did it.
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Monday, January 5th, 2009

Subject:Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow
Time:7:03 pm.
Our driveway, or at least half of it, after two weeks of snow and the occasional partial thaw and refreeze.

My particular corner of Surrey is at the top of a hill near the Fraser - if the weather forecast says it "could be rain or snow", we get snow. Any "percent chance of snow", we get snow. If it wasn't for those partial thaws, the average depth would be about 125cm (about 4'). As it is, the average depth is about 70-90cm (about 2-3') - and due to the refreezing is dense, icy, heavy - in most places the crust is thick enough for me (265 lbs) to walk on. The tallest mountains I created when shoveling the driveway are about 150cm (about 5') high - much higher wouldn't be possible, you try throwing blocks of ice over your head all day ;-) - so thank Bob it's not going to snow again for a while.



I guess you had to be there... the sense of scale kinda gets lost in the transmission...
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Friday, December 12th, 2008

Time:5:25 pm.
Holy Bob! I just downloaded the latest IT Crowd episode in 25 seconds! 7 *megabytes* per second (that's 56 mbit/s)!

If you have roughly $25/mo to spare, these guys [ http://acanac.ca/ ] will rent you a VM linux server, 100GB storage space, 500GB transfer per month, guaranteed 10mbit/s down *and* up, full root access, install whatever you want. So, on those private torrent trackers where it's so hard to maintain ratio, because this thing is so fast, so available, zero traffic shaping, there's usually no problem whatsoever in seeding back the entire torrent quickly. Once the torrent is complete, downloading from the server to my PC is easily done via FTP, and it usually saturates my cable modem's 10mbit/s maximum.

This more than makes it official: I will never watch broadcast TV again... heh...

...and this server, being a full server, can do soooo much more than just torrents... think VLC streaming video server, all sorts of possible website and database ideas...
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Time:6:40 pm.
I'd never noticed before that 'heroes' and 'herpes' differ by a single letter - and that the 'o' and 'p' keys on the keyboard are right next to each other...

...I'll leave it to your imagination, the sort of trouble this caused me today... :-P
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