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The RELAY network on BITNET was the inspiration for IRC. Nodes were known by their address (RELAY@BITNIC) and a nickname, traditionally a location (New_York). One exception was the node nicknamed "TwiliteZne", based at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Rumor has it that the chief student operator (me) picked that because no one knew where the heck Potsdam was. See for a partial node list and a few tidbits of ancient network history.

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I'm in Chapter 1 of this book. That was when my hair wasn't Grey.

"Underground" by Suelette Dreyfus, with research by Julian Assange

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Everyone has a monster inside of us. Everyone has an Angel too. It is about who you are going to be. -- Lisa Joy, Director of S2E4 of

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My hobby is writing stuff in awk and bash that should not be written in either.

The patron saint of copying people on emails is St. Francis of a CC.

The average driver in the D.C. area lost 87 hours to traffic congestion in 2017, at a cost of $2,007 in lost time and wasted fuel, according to the transportation group TRIP.

Congestion in the Baltimore region caused the average driver to lose 50 hours, at a cost of $1,220.

Seen on Fark, which found it on Birdland...

tl;dr - Economic Report of the President includes "Kathryn Janeway" and "J. T. Hutt" among fictional and famous list of interns.

Report can be found at the bottom of this page, I checked it... The names are there.

That TXT record is gone. Doing the dig without specifying the record type (dig works fine now. The web site is pretty blank.

Ok, so I have a tweet that's getting kind of popular on birbsite and I want to share the essence here too:

A guy tweeted that MySpace had lost all the music uploaded to it from 2003-2015. " An entire archive just... gone, forever."

So... this is your periodic reminder that uploading stuff to a website isn't an archive.

Limited time offers...

Disable fare collection at selected Toronto transit stations -

At participating airports, buy two hot dogs and get a free Boeing 737 MAX 8.

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Another small step forward. My old domain went inactive and was poached, I don't feel like negotiating with the poacher.

The fastest and most efficient way to kill a software engineer's professional confidence: put them through the hiring process.

Checking the cabbage patch to see if St. Patrick left me some corned beef...

Just saw a truck with VA plates with bumper sticker supporting Penguins hockey and farms. The farms sticker was the best:


A study shows that 3 people in a conference room can result in a CO2 levels that can impair cognitive functioning in just 2 hours.

Any decisions made at the end of the meeting are made in a mentally deficient state.

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