3/12/14 11:14 pm - Thorin sits down and starts singing about gold
3/6/14 04:40 pm - countleaves
2/22/14 11:32 am - irc extension
Thought from last night: If IRC had a protocol extension meaning "if the client disconnects without warning, do nothing for n seconds, and if a later connection authenticates as the same client within that time, pick up the session seamlessly", it would make using IRC from mobile devices much easier and obviate much of the need for running bouncers. I may look at the source of dancer and see whether that would be possible. What do you think?
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2/8/14 06:48 pm - Meditation in lamplight
MEDITATION IN LAMPLIGHT
by J C Squire
What deaths men have died, not fighting but impotent.
Hung on the wire, between trenches, burning and freezing,
Groaning for water with armies of men so near;
The fall over cliff, the clutch at the rootless grass,
The beach rushing up, the whirling, the turning headfirst;
Stiff writhings of strychnine, taken in error or haste,
Angina pectoris, shudders of the heart;
Failure and crushing by flying weight to the ground,
Claws and jaws, the stink of a lion's breath;
Swimming, a white belly, a crescent of teeth,
Agony, and a spirting shredded limb,
And crimson blood staining the green water;
And, horror of horrors, the slow grind on the rack,
The breaking bones, the stretching and bursting skin,
Perpetual fainting and waking to see above
The down-thrust mocking faces of cruel men,
With the power of mercy, who gloat upon shrieks for mercy.
O pity me, God! O God, make tolerable,
Make tolerable the end that awaits for me,
And give me courage to die when the time comes,
When the time comes as it must, however it comes,
That I shrink not nor scream, gripped by the jaws of the vice;
For the thought of it turns me sick, and my heart stands still,
Knocks and stands still. O fearful, fearful Shadow,
Kill me, let me die to escape the terror of thee!
A tap. Come in! Oh, no, I am perfectly well,
Only a little tired. Take this one, it's softer.
How are things going with you? Will you have some coffee?
Well, of course it's trying sometimes, but never mind,
It will probably be all right. Carry on, and keep cheerful.
I shouldn't, if I were you, meet trouble half-way,
It is always best to take everything as it comes.
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1/30/14 11:34 am - sleep
Almost every day for the last few months I've woken up too tired to think about anything but going back to bed. I've usually forced myself to work, with the result that I was sitting at my desk too tired to think about anything but going back to bed. It's been heavy going.
Today I was properly awake when I woke. I don't know whether this will continue, but I feel I've been given a precious gift today.
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1/30/14 09:30 am - 39 today
Scene: An office. Enter Marn.
Marn: Morning, everyone.
Coworker: And... happy birthday?
Marn: Thank you! and well remembered.
Marn: And it occurs to me... oh, don't worry, I'm not going to make a speech...
Coworker: No more than any other day, anyway.
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1/12/14 11:20 pm - double dactyl
Writing this down so I can sleep:
Paul the Apostle has
Sent many letters to
Corinth and all;
Why were their answers kept
Readers discovered they
Started... to pall.
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