March 15th, 2006

Neko (lofulah)

Loyalty Userpics

We're also excited to announce the Loyalty Userpics program for paid account holders. For every three months that you have a paid account, we will award you one bonus userpic. The bonus userpics will continue to add up for as long as you have paid time, but if your paid account expires, your limit will fall back to the free level. Whenever you renew your paid account, your bonus userpics will be restored.

To reward you for the paid account time you've had in the past, we are going to increase your limits retroactively. If you want to earn your retroactive Loyalty Userpics, make sure you are a current paid account member or that you renew your paid account within the next 30 days (our retroactive offer expires at midnight GMT on April 14, 2006). Permanent account holders will always have the maximum amount of Loyalty Userpics possible, which as of today is 32 (bringing their total to 132), and will accrue Loyalty Userpics at the same rate going forward. Please see the FAQ for additional details. It might take a little while for your retroactive userpics to kick in, but you should see them shortly.

-via news

Also via news, apparently they managed to complete the major hardware upgrade in less than 10 minutes, half of their prediction. Major props to livejournal. And there's now a feature that'll play the voice post recording directly from our browser... Hmm.. I need to check that out.
Neko (lofulah)

LGBT Ally training~

So I attended an asian LGBT Ally training session today. Twas.. interesting. There was, as we concluded, a really small number of Asians who'd identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. (eh? did I not spell that right? ..."transgender" is a misspelled word.. it suggests "transponder" -.-;; )

The ice breaker activity was the most memorable. We were given a piece of paper, told to split it up into 8 pieces. For two pieces of paper, we were told to write down two objects that were important to us. The next two were to be two people that were important to us. Then two activities that were important to us. And finally, two roles that were important to us.

Then we were asked to crumple up two and throw them away.

And then we had the person to our right randomly pick one. That too, was thrown away.

And finally, the group 'leader' walked around and randomly took pieces and threw them out.

This was equated to the losses that one might experience coming out.. and I thought it did a really good job of that.

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Other thoughts/ideas/points of note included:
-the major lack of asian LGBT. This was attributed to community factors, as well as the fact that, as asians, sex really isn't talked about much. I never got the bird-bees talk, and I definitely self-educated myself. (Hah, "What are you talking about?!? This is research! Not pr0n!")
-the fact that there is a.. sense of "normality" on campus. And desire to avoid change. And that "normality" fell towards christian, white, middle-class. And for asians, them Christian small groups. Those things are massive, yo, despite being called "small groups". (rather, when they band together...yeah.)

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Randomness for today.

"I hereby knight you... Sir Girls-Run-Alot."

I don't know. It just struck me that.. girls seem to run a lot on campus. Lots of female joggers, anyhow. And somehow, I added Sir in front of that, and was highly amused for a good 5 minutes while biking to lunch. Yeah, don't think anyone noticed the silly asian boy grinning his face off while biking down Green street.

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The reason why you shouldn't post random news pranks online.

I'm amused.

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Oh, and in other google news (this is has been out for a while. Just waited a day+ to see more articles confirm it), it appears google _has_ been ordered by the federal judge to release their data. Poo. The article's in a number of places, including washingtonpost.com.
Neko (lofulah)

Stuff to install and play with

I need to update LiveJournal on my iBook and play around with it.. it's been a while since I've played with my installation. 'course, it's rather boring when there's no one else in it.. kinda like playing God without little critters to poke at and ask for opinions.

I should install some other blogging tools. Done it before, but meh.

Need to install Tripwire, Snort, and Nesses. Maybe Linux as well, on my Desktop box here.

Oh, and while I'm on security, this is pretty sad:
DHS Gets Another F in Computer Security

DHS, if you don't know, is our lovely "Department of Homeland Security". Somehow, I get the vaguest feeling that they just sorta sit there and get paid to look pretty.

"It turns out that the vast bulk of the federal information security money is spent on documenting these systems, not on securing or testing them against attacks," Paller said. "Most [agencies] are spending so much on the paperwork exercises that they don't have a lot of money left over to fix the problems they've identified."
:: sighs:: This is why, while I'm interested in security, I'm not too enthusiastic about working in the sector. Well, that, and there is SO MUCH I still need to learn.