A Miracle In Scotland

Sandy Smith - Reproduced from The Transverse Myelitis Association Journal

Having had TM for almost 22 years, I still find it very difficult to accept what happened to me 6 months ago. I feel as though I experienced a miracle. I hope that my story will give hope to other TM sufferers.

How To Stop Worrying And Learn To Love The Internet

Courtesy of Douglas Adams

A couple of years or so ago I was a guest on Start The Week, and I was authoritatively informed by a very distinguished journalist that the whole Internet thing was just a silly fad like ham radio in the fifties, and that if I thought any different I was really a bit naïve. It is a very British trait – natural, perhaps, for a country which has lost an empire and found Mr Blobby – to be so suspicious of change.

Pooh Goes Apeshit

Everything was rather quiet in the hundred acre wood. The trees whispered to each other as the wind rustled their leaves. Under a large oak tree, there lived Pooh bear. From inside Pooh's house, there came a steady bang...bang... bang!, that was making his honey jars rattle on the sideboard. The light came through the window, and in the evening sun Pooh raised the axe once more and brought it down on the tattered remains of Christopher Robin.
"Why...won't... he...fit..." puffed Pooh to himself as the axe came down once more.

Building Enigmail for SeaMonkey in Ubuntu 8.10 (AMD64)

I've previously documented the process "Building Enigmail for SeaMonkey in Ubuntu 8.10" and the problems which I had to solve to get a working system.

I then went on to build an AMD64 build of the Enigmail plugin as I'm using the AMD64 install of Ubuntu 8.10. And, of course, I started off by following my earlier recipe to build the i686 32-bit version.

This went well, until I installed Enigmail, where I encountered an error that indicated the enigmime modules was unavailable.

Building Enigmail for SeaMonkey in Ubuntu 8.10

I like SeaMonkey - I've used it for years (since the days of Netscape Communicator), but I also like using GnuPG signing and encryption of my mail. There's no enigmail package for Ubuntu 8.10 so I had to go and roll my own.

Here's the procedure I followed to build my own Enigmail package for Ubuntu :

Building Enigmail for Debian Etch AMD64

I like the Mozilla suite but missed having a working EnigMail. As I'm running Debian on an AMD64 and there's no working EnigMail for i386 I figured I had a snowball's chance in hell.

I tried working from the Debian packages for IceDove and from the packages from the previous release for Mozilla-EnigMail without success.

I then found a link to a page with info on how to achieve this, so I've reproduced it here along with downloadable configuration files and an installable .XPI for Debian Etch AMD64.

Installing the OpenSKS keyserver

I've been trying to install a PGP keyserver for some time, then found sks.
It's in the Ubuntu repositories, so actually installing it is a breeze :

# sudo apt-get install sks

However, configuring it is a little more complicated, here are the steps I took :

Court Transcripts

Things people actually said in court, word for word...

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practising law somewhere.

Weird American Laws

Alabama

  • In jasper, it is illegal for a husband to beat his wife with a stick larger in diameter than his thumb.
  • It is illegal to play Dominoes on Sunday.
  • It is illegal top wear a fake moustache that causes laughter in church.
  • Putting salt on a railroad track may be punishable by death.

Alaska

USA To Revert to British Colony!

BBC World Service broadcast 09:00 GMT 15/11/2000

NOTICE OF REVOCATION OF INDEPENDENCE

To the citizens of the United States of America...

In the light of your failure to elect a President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective today.

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