Jan. 22nd, 2009

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Via [livejournal.com profile] kageneko, this lovely parody. Original source is apparently here. I don't even play MMORPGs but it's still a riot.

US Democracy Server: Patch Notes
Version 44.0

* Leadership: Will now scale properly to national crises. Intelligence was not being properly applied.
* A bug has been fixed that allowed the President to ignore the effects of debuffs applied by the Legislative classes.
* Drain Treasury: There appears to be a bug that allowed loot to be transferred from the treasury to anyone on the President’s friends list, or in the President’s party. We are investigating.
* Messages to and from the President will now be correctly saved to the chat log.
* Messages originating from the President were being misclassified as originating from The American People.
* A rendering error that frequently caused the President to appear wrapped in the American Flag texture has been addressed.

Vice President
* The Vice President has been correctly reclassified as a pet.
* No longer immune to damage from the Legislative and Judicial classes.
* The Vice President will no longer aggro on friendly targets. This bug was identified with Ranged Attacks and the Head Shot ability.
* Reveal Identity: this debuff will no longer be able to target Covert Operatives.
* Messages to and from the Vice President will now be correctly saved to the chat log.
* A rendering bug was affecting the Vice President’s visibility, making him virtually invisible to the rest of the server. This has been addressed.

* There was a bug in the last release that prevented the Cabinet from disagreeing with the President, which was the cause of a number of serious balance issues. This bug has been addressed, and we will continue to monitor the situation.

* Many concerns have been raised regarding balance issues in the Supreme Court. This system is maintained on a different patch schedule, and will require longer to address.
* A large number of NPCs in the Judiciary were incorrectly flagged "ideological." We are trying to identify these cases and rectify this situation.

Homeland Security
* Homeland Security Advisory System: We have identified a bug in this system that prevents the threat level from dropping below Elevated (Yellow). The code for Guarded (Blue) and Low (Green) has been commented out. We are testing the fix and hope to have it in by the next patch.
* Torture: This debuff is being removed after a record number of complaints.
* Item: Large Bottle of Water is incorrectly generating threat with TSA Agents when held in inventory. We are looking into the issue.
* Asking questions about Homeland Security was incorrectly triggering the Chain-Jingoism debuff.

* Serious on-going issues with server economy are still being addressed. We expect further roll-backs, and appreciate your help identifying and fixing bugs. We can’t make these fixes without your help.

* Reputation with various factions are being rebalanced. The gradated reputation scale was erroneously being overwritten by the binary For Us / Against Us flag.

* The "Desert Storm" quest chain was displaying an erroneous "Mission Accomplished" message near the beginning of the chain.
* The quest chain that begins with "There’s no Cake like Yellow Cake" and terminates with "W-M-Denied" has been identified as uncompletable, and has been removed.

* Many recipes that currently call for Crude Oil can now be made with Wind, Solar, Geothermal and Ethanol reagents. We hope to roll out even more sweeping changes in the next patch.

* The “Axis of Evil” event is drawing to a close. Look forward to the “Rebuilding Bridges” event starting in January.

Great stuff. Seriously, though, [livejournal.com profile] reannon notes that Obama has accomplished a hell of a lot in just 100 HOURS.

Okay, enough political discussion. Today's file is a musical offering, from guitar wizard Chris Impellitteri. Impellitteri was one of the guys behind the neoclassical guitar explosion of the early 80s, but unlike Yngwie Malmsteen, he hasn't released the same album 15 times; he likes to grow and change and stretch out his style. He's still at his best, though, when playing intricate strings of notes at breakneck speed without a single slur or fuckup. He also has a rare talent for writing said strings so that they're actually musical instead of just sounding like random runs up and down the fretboard. Here, with the song "17th Century Chicken Pickin' ", he shows off his skills playing something that might have been popular during Bach's time....if only they'd had electric guitars back then. It's alternated with a harpsichord in the left channel to make things interesting.

Impellitteri - 17th Century Chicken Pickin' is in .m4a (iTunes) format, also playable by Windows Media Player or Winamp.


[[The Oracle would like to know if you've ever had a threesome.]]
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I've been very lucky over the years. Never been admitted to a hospital for a stay, although I've been to the emergency room once or twice for major cuts that had to be seen to. I've also never had any real illnesses that have laid me up for long periods of time. Also fortunately, I've never really had to take any medicines regularly to control anything (unless you count the twice-weekly allergy shots that I took for a number of years). So I always used to wonder why they warned about possible side effects of medications. After all, I've never experienced any of them in my thirty-six years.

I'm not wondering any more. I've had a gradually worsening chest cough over the past month or two. Went to the doctor in December and was given heavy-duty cough syrup as well as some antibiotics. It improved some after that but worsened again in January until I've been having actual pain when I cough. So I went back to the doctor and this time the diagnosis was a form of asthma that can last up to three months if untreated, but will run its course more quickly if medicated. I'm now on some steroid anti-inflammatories, another heavy-duty cough syrup (this stuff is so thick it's almost a gel), and an albuterol inhaler to use every four hours.

The doctor warned that one common side effect of this inhaler is elevated heart rate and a possible jittery feeling. I told him I'm high-strung already and it probably won't be any different from the way I usually am, and he laughed. Turns out he was right, though. This stuff DOES make me feel weak and jittery. I can hold up my hand and watch the tremors. It's weird.

The meds are doing their job, though -- barely any coughs since I started on 'em. If this keeps up I'll be back to normal in a couple days, rather than just a couple weeks. Hooray for modern medicine.


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The downside of having over 16000 songs in your music colleciton is that you can't remember specifics sometimes.

I remember talking to [livejournal.com profile] datalopez about a cool "lounge" version of a prog-metal song I'd heard a few years ago, by a band we both like. The problem is that at the moment I don't remember what band it was and I damn sure don't remember what SONG it was. So I can't go find a copy of it for her.



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