Backbone network

Since I have been back in the gym two weeks, I’ve been getting a lot of neck pain again. Went to a decent physio I trust, he did some good stuff to crack me open.

Lats and rotator cuff dynamic stretches.

Facepulls 3×12 at the end of workout

Double dumbell OHP

Incline/Decline Dumbell benchpress

DB Row 3*12

Machine rows 10-12*3

Recommends more psoas and hip flexor stretches, in addition to the glute work I’m doing. Hopefully I can keep working out without getting injured again.


Make a random fantasy generator in Powershell

Got an idea for a fantasy campaign when a friend complained about lazy opinion pieces masquerading  as hard-hitting social criticism in the media.

take any opinion and add one of the following phrases for instant keks:

  • “and that’s ok”
  • “and here’s why”
  • “and this is why it should be”
  • “and it’s beautiful”
  • “and that’s a good thing

you now have the title of your article

That listicle automatically triggered my autism into a fantasy parody. I’d call the game Progressives and Pozzitives or PnP. You’d get a mission every week from a government official along with a stack of gold and your goal is convince people the situation is fine and normal.

I decided to rig up a generator in Powershell. I first thought about the inputs. They should be in arrays:

prog and poz seeds

That’s easy enough to do in powershell:

$monsterArray =”Bandits”,”Mindflayers”,”Dragons”,”Elves”,”(((ELVES)))”,”rat-men”

The get-random commandlet also let me pick from an array at random:

array objects and random working

But now I needed to find a way to put all the strings together. Whacking them into the terminal seems like the best way for a cheap laugh. Write-host also concatenates the string outputs.

write-host “$(Get-Random -Maximum $monsterArray) $(Get-Random -Maximum $actionArray) $(Get-Random -Maximum $phraseArray)”

You can run it yourself for output:

  • rat-men are massing to raid the capital and it’s beautiful
  • Mindflayers are abducting children and that’s a good thing



$monsterArray =”Bandits”,”Mindflayers”,”Dragons”,”Elves”,”(((ELVES)))”,”rat-men”
$actionArray =”are killing farmers”,”are poisoning the water”,”are abducting children”,”are summoning demons”,”are trying to assassinate the king”,”are massing to raid the capital”
$phraseArray =”and that’s ok”,”and here’s why”,”and this is why it should be”,”and it’s beautiful”,”and that’s a good thing”,”and why we need to get with the times”

write-host “$(Get-Random -Maximum $monsterArray) $(Get-Random -Maximum $actionArray) $(Get-Random -Maximum $phraseArray)”


Plenty of things you can expand it with in here:

“An ogre regards a party member as the perfect mate” & “and that’s ok” is especially nice.
I am trying to think of an alt-right fantasy equivalent generator, but many on that DnD wiki need no alteration: “Suspicion arises that the inhabitants of a town are gradually being replaced by impostors”, “The characters are framed for a genocide they didn’t cause”, “Suddenly an entire country turns black”.





Did not do the CCNA part 2 exam at the end of December – too much Christmas stuff to be doing, and an office move in work took up all our time here. Have put it out to the end of January, but I’m already losing interest. It doesn’t seem especially valuable, but I know HR departments filter based on a piece of paper.  I would be better served learning Python and Amazon Web Services for an Infrastructure job, because I’m getting real tired of 50% helpdesk tasks. No individual task I do is hard, it’s just the sheer volume of stuff that comes in.  2500 tickets in just over a year is a lot. That’s probably 7500 touches with people, averaging 3 per ticket.

Models are going well, ordered a creepy mould of cherubs/putti from China for €1.50, came here today. Mould is not great, but that will serve my purpose nonetheless. Began making the Suicide Squad models for the Batman miniatures game. The Falcon would like to start painting models, partly to try understand me.

Christmas was good, pretty low stress. Got a sweet Swiss watch from the Falcon, from a brand that is not luxury priced. So I was pleased by that. Also asked for whiskey from several people to avoid disappointing presents. Whiskey never lets you down.

2018 goals is buy a house and put deposit on wedding venue. Have the guts of €50k between Falcon and myself. Wedding priced at €10k. House somewhere between €250k and €350k. Also walk in the Alps again with my pals: training to regain my bubble butt for that sick climbing speed.







Networking jokes I never got to put in our newsletter

A TCP packet walks into a bar and says, “I’d like a beer.” The bartender replies, “You want a beer?” The TCP packet replies, “Yes, I’d like a beer.”


The problem with TCP jokes is that people keep retelling them slower until you get them.

The best thing about UDP jokes is that I don’t care if you get them or not!


So, what’s so great about being a multicast packet? Woah woah! Don’t all shout at once.


I’d tell you an IPv4 joke, but we ran out!

I’d tell you an IPv6 joke, but I just don’t think you’re ready for it!


The bad thing about proprietary jokes is you can’t share them with your friends.


“Wanna hear a flood joke?

Wanna hear a flood joke?

Wanna hear a flood joke?

Wanna hear a flood joke?

Wanna hear a flood joke?”

homo devil machine

snmp traps

Saw Alan Turing statue in Manchester.  Undoubted the evil father of the homosexualizing computer. Died of a lethal estrogen overdose contained within an apple – a fitting end to a grotesque monster. Steve Jobs saved that half-eaten apple and had it preserved his Cupertino lair.  The Apple symbol is on millions of devices today, a silent reminder of the depraved homolegacy of Turing.

[Pretty fucked up what they did to him especially after his work in WWII. I think the different interpretations of his death were encouraged to take the blame off the government for prosecuting him.]


The answer is D by the way. A and F are trick questions: traps are not gay by default on Cisco equipment.

Bladerunner 2049

The waifu game in the film was strong. The Falcon and I have been talking about it since we crawled out of the kino pit. Many thoughts on it. Really like the first 3 acts, up until he meets the resistance in the watery basement. Then the film loses the threads – the twists are annoying to follow and the running time is too long. More time in the “world” would have been better, I think this was something the recent Ghost in the Shell movie did better, with a shorter running time. The original Blade Runner also had much more background characters with their own lives – Deckard was not “special”. But the plot overall was weaker, 2049 improved on this by raising the stakes and having rising action.  Many clanging references too – Joi and Luv being corruptions of emotions, and named as such. Everything Jared Leto said was kind of rubbish.
Some excellent scenes – all the “baseline” sequences. The opening 20 minutes.
The heresy was first raised by the Falcon – she found Ghost in the Shell more complete and satisfying than Blade Runner 2049. It also didn’t have Jared Leto hamming it up in every scene. Only question for me is can a bored looking Scarjo compete with Villenueve’s waifus? Probably not. This was confirmed by a third party in the /lit/posting group after rewatching Ghost in the Shell. Nevertheless the film was more sterile overall.
Real talk though: K’s apartment was nicer than the mouldy garage we live in. Plus he had a car, a gun and cyberwife. This ruined the dystopic mood – his life should definitely be worse than ours. The Irish times had it that there was 35 years between noir film and Bladerunner. And then 35 years between the original and 2049. But by placing itself in a future that rhymed with the past, Blade Runner made itself more timeless. Perhaps 2049 will date badly because of that – it’s more like the director’s vision of our 2017.
At least it was better than Robocop 2014.DMILEp6UQAA1Ll5