Thursday, 17 April 2014

April 2014 Random Thread

Space Squid Greetings

Users’ Manual: Obey The Rules. Consult The Guide. Have fun!


Welcome, Neophytes!

If you’re new on the blog, please stop by this thread and say pie — er hi.

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The Hare and Hedgepig, v. V

As a Courtesy to Your Fellow Patrons,
Please Leave All Electronic Devices and Projectile Pastries with Our Pie Check Department
Formal Dress Required
Continued from Vol. IV.
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Best of the Blog

Use the comments here to swap tips about outstanding, little known, and/or underutilized parts of MuseBlog. (In four years, we’ve accumulated an amazing number of chasms, subterranean passages, sunken cities, and fossiliferous formations.) Be sure to include the URL (Web address) so others can share your finds.

World Domination 102

You can’t stay in WD 101 forever.

More tips and moral support for getting in, getting ahead, or just staying in the game.


MuseBlog and the HeartBleed Bug

Our Web provider, Dreamhost, says we’re okay:

As soon as we learned of the “Heartbleed” OpenSSL vulnerability, we began to patch any and all systems that it may have affected. Fortunately this was a very small subset of our systems and was mostly isolated to a small group of mail machines. As of early yesterday, all of our systems are patched. As a preventative measure, we are also re-keying the certificates on any systems with that bug. We have no reason to believe that any of those machines have been compromised, but in the interest of proactive security, we feel that changing SSL certificates is the best option. was not vulnerable, but the machines that redirected traffic to our actual site were. This was corrected quickly and those machines will also have their certificates re-keyed.

We can confidently say that our shared servers, VPS guests, and dedicated machines are NOT vulnerable to this issue because they run Debian “Lenny” and/or “Squeeze”. The most common version of OpenSSL on our network is 0.9.8o-4squeeze14, and the “HeartBleed” vulnerability in OpenSSL’s heartbeat module exists in versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2-beta.

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Attention, Everybuggy!

Not quite Muse news, but close:

Cricket magazine is having a sort of homecoming for grownup readers. Here are the details, snatched from an email announcement from the publisher:

Remember when you got your first Cricket? Or maybe you rushed to the mailbox for your issues of Ladybug or Spider.

Whichever magazine you loved, we want to hear from you! Tweet: My favorite @CricketMag memory is…#celebratecricket or post it on our facebook page and you may receive a copy of Cricket’s 30th anniversary commemorative book. This delightful treasury of exceptional stories and poems, great art, and reminiscences is illustrated throughout in black and white and contains 20 pages of color reproductions of Cricket cover art.

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Pollyhymnia Sighting!

Robert writes:

Polly Shulman came down from New York yesterday for the retirement party of our friend and frequent editee, the renowned geoscience writer Richard Kerr. Here’s a picture of Polly, Dick, and me in Dick’s strangely bare and reverberant office.

Polly, Dick, and Robert

Polly was her usual ebullient self. Her latest book in the Grimm Legacy series has just gone off to her editor, and she’s pondering new projects — maybe something a little different. More news as it becomes available…


Happy Spring*!

The vernal equinox is occurring right…now! Is everybody ready?

*Or autumn, if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, of course.

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Prime Web Real Estate up for Grabs!

Robert speaketh:

Attention, all cephalo-fans! The domain name, which I’ve owned for a few years but never used, has just expired. I bought it for Squidblog but wound up using instead. So if you’d like it for your very own, any domain registrar will be happy to turn it over to you for $10 to $20 a year.

Speaking of which, April Fools’ Day is coming up. I haven’t had time to cook up anything for MuseBlog this year, so I’m planning to rev up SquidBlog again unless some of you newly empowered Authors can hatch something else between now and then.

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Writing, v. 2014

A place to post things you’ve written and to talk about writing in general.

Continued from v. 2013.


March 2014 Random Thread

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Happy 205th Birthday, Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin!

We owe both of you so much.

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February 2014 “Happy Birthday!” Thread

Known Muser birthdays and “K Days” this month*:

02-01 Keiffer’s birthday (1997)
02-02 Groundhog22′s birthday (1989)
02-06 Choklit Orange’s 6K Day
02-08 Birthday of Cerulean Pyros (1996)
02-09 Drama Llama’s 5K Day
02-16 cromwell’s birthday (1996)
02-19 Castle’s 6K Day
02-26 KaiYves’s birthday (1993)
02-26 Kai D.’s birthday (2001)
02-26 Zinc’s 6K Day

You turn 5,000 days old this month if you were born between May 26 and June 22, 2000.
You turn 6,000 days old this month if you were born between August 30 and September 26, 1997.
You turn 7,000 days old this month if you were born between December 4 and December 31, 1994.
You turn 8,000 days old this month if you were born between March 9 and April 5, 1992.

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February 2014 Random Thread

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KaiYves’s Drawing

And slightly zoomed in:

Kai writes:

I drew this picture this weekend, “Forecast”. It’s inspired by the idea that a change as small as the flapping of a butterfly’s wings alters the state of the atmosphere enough to make the weather difficult to predict.


January “Happy Birthday!” Thread

Known Muser birthdays and “K Days” this month*:

01-01 Jadestone’s birthday (1992)
01-03 Armada’s 6K Day
01-03 Lady Bunniful’s birthday
01-23 Kittymine’s birthday (1993)
01-25 Cinnamoon’s 7K Day
01-26 Glassboro’s birthday (1995)

You turn 5,000 days old this month if you were born between April 25 and May 25, 2000.
You turn 6,000 days old this month if you were born between July 30 and August 29, 1997.
You turn 7,000 days old this month if you were born between November 3 and December 3, 1994.
You turn 8,000 days old this month if you were born between February 7 and March 8, 1992.

*Note: Listed MBers who have been inactive for several months won’t appear on next year’s birthday calendar unless they show up again.


Computer and Video Games, v. 5.0

Continued from v. 4.0.


Comics, Manga, and Graphic Storytelling

Exactly what it sounds like.

Previously in this topic: both Seriously Awesome Comics and Manga, Anime, and Graphic Novels


January Random Thread: Happy New Year! –Part 2

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Upgrade Managed!

The long-dreaded WordPress upgrade went as planned. So far, everything seems to be working normally. Let us know if you notice anything off-kilter.


College / University / Higher Education, v. 2014

A place where people applying to college can ask questions of college attendees, and college students can ask questions about grad school.
Continued from v. 2012.


Music, v. 2014

Listening, playing, performing, composing.

Continued from v. 2012.


What Next?

Robert writes:

It’s no secret that MuseBlog is more leisurely than it used to be. Just for fun, I took our traffic data for 2009 through 2012, pasted it into a spreadsheet, and graphed it to see what story it might tell. Behold the fruits of my labors:

Graph of blog traffic, 2009-2013

According to the trend line on the second graph, the number of posts here should reach zero any day now. And then what?!

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January Random Thread: Happy New Year! –Part 1

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Happy Birthday, Jadestone!

Jade turns 22 on January 1 — the most memorable birthday of any MuseBlogger. The January birthday thread isn’t up yet, so please feel free to post your felicitations here.


Mathematics, v. 2013

A new thread for discussion of mathematics, continued from the previous one.


Happy Friday the Thirteenth!

Friday the Thirteenth, as we all know (or ought to) (or at any rate ought to agree to pretend to), is a lucky day for the inveterate contrarians on MuseBlog. We eagerly await your tales of outrageous [good] fortune.

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