Isqua Istari

The Wise Wizards

New Anti-Spam Measures

Posted in Other by Toad Wednesday January 31, 2007 at 17:15

So, I’ve installed a new anti-spam plugin on the blog. It should be completely transparent to the end-user, unless you aren’t using a java-script enabled browser, in which case it will tell you why you can’t post, but since just about everyone has java these days, I’m not guessing too many will run in to that.

Let me know if you run into any problems!

Flighty

Posted in Other by Ziggy Wednesday January 24, 2007 at 00:13

For the information of those who read these updates (a paltry demographic, I know) the following.

Sunday morning, at approximately 1630Z (8:30 local time) I completed my first solo flight. The weather was calm during taxi to the runway. During run-up the winds were picking up as well, and about the time I lifted off the runway it was blowing 15 knots, gusting to 20 (not very good for flying). Of course this also meant turbulence, so after the third touch-and-go I called it a day with about 12 minutes of time in the air.

On the up side, that’s about as bad as it gets around here, and the absence of 160lb of instructor plus the headwind made for fantastically quick takeoffs. On the down side, without all that weight and with the distraction of all the turbulence I ended up really high on all the approaches. Oh well, practice practice practice!

A moron for a king

Posted in Other by Ziggy Friday January 12, 2007 at 11:59

Recently, I have been helping to edit and clean up the Wikipedia project.  I have been consistently surprised at the quality of information already present, and I rarely can find anything useful to add to the major articles.  This is to say that I think the Wikipedia project, although clearly fallible, is often accurate and precise.

In contrast, I present for your approval this article about vacuum furnaces. (more…)

Practice practice practice

Posted in Articles by Ziggy Wednesday January 3, 2007 at 13:52

From Luke 16:10 and Mere Christianity.

There is never an action which does not shape our character. This is why I try (often unsuccessfully, true) to do my homework, act honorably in computer games (especially when they don’t reward it), not cheat in meaningless games, and not exceed the speed limit. They are all trivial in the breach, but I would argue they are tremendous in a bind. For what you practice, you will do. Sure, no one cares if you kill the peasants, but it is the character that you engender that counts. This is why I hate it when people say “it’s just a game!” It is NOT “just” a game, it is a practice run. Every time you perform, you practice, you prepare for when it really counts. And he who is unrighteous in a very little thing…

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