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Well. I scored fourth-row tix for Rufus on Sunday.

M's going with me.

M: Sure, why not. Who is this guy?
Ldy: He's good. Louden Wainwright III's son.
M: Yeah, but what does he do?
Ldy: He sings, orchestrates, composes...
M: Yeah?
Ldy: Yeah. He's really good. And cute, too!
M: Oh. OK!
Ldy: Gay, but cute.
M: Oh. OK.


She trusts me not to drag her to anything unless it's worth her while. At least, anything music-related.

Saturday, I think we're going to see The W's show. Community theatre. I was asked to audition... I declined, since I was planning on the Baltimore trip. Good thing I declined, or I'd not have seen Z play!

Have to go see it, though. Please don't suck.

I also scored tix in the Orchestra Pit for Victor Wooten in January.

For some reason, The Egg calls them "Pitt" seats. I'm sure they're B-radd.

Whatever. My neck'll hurt, but I'll be smilin' up at the best bass player of the century.

I think I'd like to be a bass player.

I think, more specifically, I'd like to be Victor Wooten.

Mmm. Yes.

Looks like I'll be back visiting Florida during that weekend, but will make it back in time for Victorygoodness.

mrs_puma just turned me on to this little lady. Joss Stone. Well, SHIT.

Go listen to her on Amazon. I dare you.

Holy smokes. That girl has soul. I think I'm in love.

Dubfreque's new album should be in my hot little hands soon. I can hardly wait!

Man, I love music.

Life is goooood.

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I saw the doctor yesterday for a physical. He thinks the recurrent sinusitus, hives and leucocytosis are all related, and may be conquered with something as simple as this thing. Yeah, it's funny. But if it works... I may be through with my multiple wacky unsolved health problems. That would ROCK.

Otherwise, I got a clean bill of health. He said my ratio of HDL to total cholesterol was so amazingly good that I had no worries of heart disease (CHF runs in my family).

I also got a tetanus shot. My arm hoits. I have no idea whether I got the kind that has mercury and formadehyde or if I got the "better" kind. I did ask what company provided the formula... but they make both. Ah, well.

Oh, and I thought I was over 5' 4". I'm really less than 5' 3". My world has gotten bigger!

Nearly five months into the nonsmokingness. I'm not even doing my "sometimes-cloves" anymore. They were jacking up my blood pressure, making me hallucinate, and giving my dulcet tones the Harvey Fiersteination. Seriously. I may indulge again sometime, but not today. I don't want to.

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Tomorrow I celebrate ten years working for my current company.

Ten. Freaking. Years. It's a long time, in my book.

P was talking about moving, and how he was trying not to take it personally that I haven't dropped everything and jumped on a plane already.

"That was a joke! A passive-aggressive joke, but still a joke!"

*sigh* I wanna clove.

I'd rather have a P, but there it is.*

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breekola challenged me to eat a parfait today. I did.

mrs_puma had one, too. Man, I'm just all over her today, I aren't I?

Maybe I'll post the pictures I took later.

Of me and the parfait. I don't have any of me all over mistressfrog.

Hm. I always mistype that as "mistressfrong." I don't know why.

Btw, McD's nutritional value page lists the parfait as having 160 calories. For some strange reason they only list the dollar menu size, and not the "regular" size, which comes closer to 400 calories. Still nummy, though!

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OK. No worrying about work, no fretting about the play, no concern over the horrible state of my apartment, no crankiness about the fact that P is 1200 miles away. Oh, and no cloves.

It's that time again.


I even have a list. Good thing, too.

I'm feeling dumb and down and cranky and sad. This too shall pass.

I wish he were here or I were there.

Next week. Next week we'll both be elsewhere.

Which reminds me...

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If you're in or near Boston, this means you.

Wanna do lunch Friday (the day after Thanksgiving)?

Or would Saturday be better?

Oh, screw it. I'll do a poll later.


* Yes, I went and took one, but not the one I wanted.

I'm feeling all kinds of: why am I still at work?

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elysiangirl From: elysiangirl Date: November 20th, 2003 03:57 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Oh, and I thought I was over 5' 4". I'm really less than 5' 3". My world has gotten bigger!

you rock my world.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 20th, 2003 04:01 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I thought about you and your earlier post right after I typed that, too!!

Hee :)

lizvang From: lizvang Date: November 20th, 2003 04:02 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Oh, and I thought I was over 5' 4". I'm really less than 5' 3". My world has gotten bigger! That's how I felt when the nurse said I wasn't 5'7 but 5'5....WTF? I don't THINK so lady! :p
ldy From: ldy Date: November 20th, 2003 04:03 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Yeah, it strikes me as odd, but she was even measuring my HAIR. For all I know, I could be 5'2" by this point!

I'm shrinking... and it's all the oompa-loompa icon's fault.
eccequambonum From: eccequambonum Date: November 20th, 2003 04:08 pm (UTC) (permalink)
'this thing' looks scary. but then, i'm old fashionged, and use this. with some of this lovely stuff mixed in. cleared up the raging sinus infection in a weekend. i'm in love.

friday or saturday would be cool if i'm one of those peeps you were talking to. ;)
ldy From: ldy Date: November 20th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Cool! And yes, you definitely are!!

Friday actually works better for me. I think. Let me think about that after I have some food in me.

And I find it amusing that your link refers to this article, from my local paper! ;D

Perhaps I'll try that first!
moneypenny From: moneypenny Date: November 20th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I vote Friday!
ldy From: ldy Date: November 21st, 2003 06:47 am (UTC) (permalink)
OK! Another vote for Friday! :D
ladyfire From: ladyfire Date: November 20th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC) (permalink)
friday = my kids come too
ldy From: ldy Date: November 21st, 2003 06:50 am (UTC) (permalink)

It seems that most people are leaning toward Friday, but I'll do a poll in the nearish future :)

It'll be great to see you again!
gefiltebitch From: gefiltebitch Date: November 20th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC) (permalink)
i think i have fourth row too!!!

omg i love him.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 21st, 2003 06:50 am (UTC) (permalink)
I'ma gonna kiss him on your behalf then.
From: theres_that Date: November 20th, 2003 06:04 pm (UTC) (permalink)

hold the phone mister!

they have regular sizes?

ldy From: ldy Date: November 21st, 2003 06:51 am (UTC) (permalink)
They do here!

stevenglassman From: stevenglassman Date: November 20th, 2003 07:11 pm (UTC) (permalink)
I saw the doctor yesterday for a physical. He thinks the recurrent sinusitus, hives and leucocytosis are all related, and may be conquered with something as simple as this thing. Yeah, it's funny. But if it works... I may be through with my multiple wacky unsolved health problems. That would ROCK.

Same basic premise as a Neti pot. I've tried it, it didn't really work for me. But I've always thought the idea is sound, it was the neti pot itself that was unwieldy.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 21st, 2003 06:52 am (UTC) (permalink)
I may give the Neti a try first, just for kicks. The mechanical thingamajig is ~$100, and although I have a prescription, it's doubtful that my insurance will pay for it.
mrs_puma From: mrs_puma Date: November 20th, 2003 09:16 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Woo! I think I need a cig after all the lovin' in that post! ;)

ldy From: ldy Date: November 21st, 2003 06:53 am (UTC) (permalink)
<BARRYWHITE>Baby, you're not leavin' me. Put that cigarette down. Oh, yeah, baby. Come back to bed.</BARRYWHITE>
From: ex_mrfreeze638 Date: November 20th, 2003 11:48 pm (UTC) (permalink)
Heyyyyyyyy,. Wouldn't clove cigarettes be cheating???
Mr Nicotine WAS my life
ldy From: ldy Date: November 21st, 2003 07:04 am (UTC) (permalink)
Yes, I suppose so... though it's different somehow. I have no desire for a "regular" cigarette. Ew! Ick! Yucky! (This from a pack+/day smoker for over 20 years.) And I know I couldn't indulge in the "occasional" cigarette. Just not possible. I'd be smoking a pack a day again after the first one!

But for some reason, I like the flavour of the occasional clove. And seem to be able to keep it to that.

Go figure!

As long as it's occasional, not a habit, and doesn't interfere significantly with my health or well-being, I don't have much of a problem with it.

It was starting to bother my throat, though. And I feel a little lightheaded, even today. So a break is definitely in order :)
wilson From: wilson Date: November 22nd, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC) (permalink)

bluetooth hack

Bluetooth is attack vector for mobile phones
By John Leyden
Posted: 14/11/2003 at 18:16 GMT

Security researchers have uncovered a serious flaw in the authentication and data transfer mechanisms in some Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.

Data including a user's entire phonebook and calendar could be nicked from a range of Nokia and Ericsson phones using what researchers Adam and Ben Laurie of A.L. Digital describe as a "SNARF" attack.

They have written a paper warning how confidential data could be stolen from some Bluetooth enabled mobile phones.

"It is possible, on some makes of device, to connect to the device without alerting the owner of the target device of the request, and gain access to restricted portions of the stored data therein, including the entire phonebook," the paper states. "This is normally only possible if the device is in 'discoverable' or 'visible' mode, but there are tools available on the Internet that allows even this safety net to be bypassed."

Ericsson T68s, T68is and T610s, along with Nokia 6310is and 7650s are vulnerable to the exploit whilst in 'visible' mode, according to A.L. Digital's preliminary research.

Look out for that backdoor!

Nokia 3610is are vulnerable to a second, even more invasive attack. The memory on this phone (and some other models) can be accessed by a previously trusted ("paired") device that has since been removed from the trusted list. By exploiting this vulnerability an attacker is able to copy all the information on a targeted device, including media files such as pictures and text messages. This backdoor attack could also permit phreakers to access Internet or GRPS services without a user's knowledge or consent, A.L. Digital warns.

The media spotlight has recently fallen on bluejacking: the technique of anonymously sending messages to users of other Bluetooth-enabled devices who have switched on the technology and made their handset 'visible' to other users in the immediate vicinity.

Bluejacking creates a means to send unexpected, unsolicited messages to users even in areas where there is no network coverage. This can all be innocent fun but A.L. Digital warns that bluejacking may also be used by attackers as a means to trick users into pairing with an attacker, exposing users to further (more serious) attacks.

Wake up call

In the interests of full disclosure, A.L. Digital has published a paper on the security shortcomings of bluetooth without waiting for manufacturers to develop security fixes. A.L. Digital said it did this because it believes that it is more important to "alert the general public to the fact that the problem exists, and to give them the information required to adequately defend themselves".

A.L. Digital advises users to set their device to "invisible" or can simply shut off Bluetooth when not using it. "To permanently remove a pairing, and protect against future backdoor attacks, it seems you must perform a factory reset, but this will, of course, erase all your personal data," it adds.

In order to validate its research, A.L. Digital has developed a number of proof of concept tools which it is prepared to share with manufacturers - but not with the Internet community at large.
ldy From: ldy Date: November 22nd, 2003 11:32 pm (UTC) (permalink)

Re: bluetooth hack

Good to know-- thank you. :)

I can't say I didn't see it coming, though. Bluetooth has had inherent security problems since its inception: device address listed upon inquiry without authentication ("can you track me now?"), key-exchange protocol weakness, insufficent encryption etc.

To say that Bluetooth has a flaw that compromises its security is kind of like saying that cigarettes have a flaw that compromise their health benefits. You don't expect health benefits from smoking, and you shouldn't expect security from Bluetooth. The architecture's flawed.

At least, that was my take on it when I was looking into it, which was, admittedly, quite some time ago. Perhaps they fixed some of it... though, evidently, not all of it.

I'm not terribly keen on it, and have neither the need nor the desire to exploit it. But I appreciate the heads-up :)
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