November 3rd, 2002


Progress? None here

Well, the show (aka the House) is over (for me and scyllacat, sophocles and a few others have one more night).

The realization of the scope of this story and the amount of it there is, coupled with the understanding of how little of it I have yet, is discouraging.

I am not ready to write this story yet, and don't think I'll be much readier by December.

In other news, I am reading pulp shadowrunning novels, whch are fun, and could serve as inspiriation for the easier (I could write this week and start faking up the code and logs) bits of said story.

le sigh

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Oh, and our ever helpful server at Denny's had some more job leads, and even told us about someone who needs a roommate. He's great, he is..

some ethical musings

Comments, Questions, and Submissions appreciated, work-in-progress

Thief Ethics:

  1. Anything not nailed down is mine.

  2. Anything I cay pry loose isn't nailed down.

  3. Just because it's mine doesn't mean I have to take it now. Conversely, just because I haven't taken it yet doesn't mean it isn't mine.

  4. Never carry a gun. You might be tempted to use it. --Entrapment

  5. No target is secure from a determined attacker == "Doorknobs and locks keep honest people honest" == All most security systems try to do is encourage the thief to steal from someone else.

Hacker Ethics:

  1. Freedom is good. --esr == Given a choice, pick freedom over $foo, $bar and $baz.

  2. Boredom and drudgery are evil. --esr == Banality and dopamine self-addiction are bad things, and to be avoided.

  3. The world is full of fascinating problems to solve. --esr

  4. No problem should ever have to be solved twice --esr == If you do something, do it right the first time.
  5. Attitude is no substitute for competence --esr == Actions speak louder than words, and code louder still.

  6. If something is broken, and you have the tools and skills to fix it, fix it now, and leave a note if you feel the need.

  7. Use the source [Luke], and RTFM.

Warrior Ethics:

  • What must be done, must be done.

  • It is best to win without battle --Sun Tzu

  • Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger --Crom

  • Weak leaders are to be challenged, but not in times of war. --The Litany, WW:tA

  • Never tell me the odds! -- H. Solo aka "Then we must each kill 100 of them.." -- Thlingon hol lore

  • "A warrior may slit one thousand throats in one night if only he runs fast enough." Thlingon hol lore

Theater ethics:

  • The Show must go on

  • Never confuse marks with patrons, or the crowd with the audience.

  • When all else fails, improvise!

  • There is no such thing as bad publicity.

  • There's a sucker born every minute. -- P T Barnum

  • No one ever lost a dollar betting on the mendacity of the American people -- H. L. Mencken