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Time:01:33 am
Remember when I was shopping for a new netbook? Somewhere along the line I stumbled across the Zenbook, and I'm kind of in love with it. Today I stumbled across this one. How can I resist? It's not clear that they're actually for sale in that color, though.


I've done two weeks without grains, now. Well, a day short. Plus, last night we wound up at an Ethiopian restaurant. It's essentially impossible to eat Ethiopian food without injera, so what could I do?

Me: "I'd like the kitfo, please."

Server: "How would you like that cooked?"

My inner monologue: "Look, hon, I know I'm a white girl, but I know what kitfo is."

My actual voice: "Cooked? Who cooks kitfo?"

In any case, I'm going to continue the experiment. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it's a net win-- specifically, the joints in my hands and feet seem to have less pain.


I have played a fabulous practical joke on the players on my backgammon server.

The way the server works is that there are lots of players logged in. If you want to play, you pick a player and invite them to a match of a specific length. For example, you might invite Patti to a 3-point match. I would then have the option of joining you, or not.

Today is FIBS roulette day. When you issue an invitation, it goes not to the person you invited, but to a totally random user.

Chaos. Mayhem. Madness!


I have been made into a bobblehead. Really! More details as I have them.
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adb_jaeger
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Time:2012-04-01 12:27 pm (UTC)
Today is FIBS roulette day. When you issue an invitation, it goes not to the person you invited, but to a totally random user.

Based on previous "email from my users", you must keep us updated on people who now lose rating points becuase of this, and then threaten to sue you.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-02 04:45 am (UTC)
It's been an amazingly enlightening experience. I've learned:

- Almost nobody reads the login banner
- People have a tremendous sense of entitlement
- Few people are able to phrase their complaints in a constructive rather than a hostile manner (see also: entitlement)
- There are appallingly bad backgammon players on FIBS
- Common courtesy seems to have become automated
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wwjfergusond
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Time:2012-04-02 03:54 pm (UTC)
This is my board, exactly.
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luckylefty
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Time:2012-04-02 09:51 pm (UTC)
You didn't already know that almost nobody reads the login banner? If you're reading this in LJ, did you read the LJ banner at the top of the page? If you're reading it in your email, did you read the banner at the top of your mailreader?

I'm not sure what you mean by "common courtesy seems to have become automated", but it sounds interesting. What are you saying here?
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-02 09:56 pm (UTC)
Mail reader? You mean my ssh window and MH?

Many FIBS clients today send an automated "Hi and good luck" type message at the start of the game, and, "Thanks for the match" at the end.
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andrewhime
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Time:2012-04-03 10:51 am (UTC)
There's a banner at the top of my LJ friends page?
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michaelsullivan
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Time:2012-05-08 03:06 pm (UTC)
I call April fool shenanigans. IIRC, you've been running that server (or at least involved with admin on it) since I remember playing internet backgammon, which was close to 10 years ago.

There is simply NO WAY that you did not already know at least four of these five things before this experiment.
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wwjfergusond
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Time:2012-04-01 02:44 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'm one of those people who would cook kitfo. I'm an apostate, I know....
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-01 08:27 pm (UTC)
Why would you order raw beef and then have it cooked? Why not just order something else?
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wwjfergusond
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Time:2012-04-02 03:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm Ethiopian food-ignorant, so I had to look it up on Wikipedia in the first place. But if I'd unknowingly asked about it in the restaurant and the server asked how I wanted it cooked, I would have said "medium." I wouldn't eat raw beef. I know it defeats the purpose and is completely irrational, but I'm (sigh) still just a white girl from suburban NJ.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-04-02 06:13 pm (UTC)
Sure, but if you were reading the menu and you found a dish that was described as "minced raw beef spiced with..." you'd probably skip it.
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wwjfergusond
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Time:2012-04-02 11:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, I would skip it.

Let us know about the bobblehead, though. That's pretty cool.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2012-04-01 04:14 pm (UTC)
Madness!
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