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You’ve done it now; you’ve wandered into international waters. You just had to ignore common sense, common decency, and even the sailor’s superstition that these are cursed shores. And what do you find? Behold the PIT. Like our very own libertarian billionaire’s model island state nestled away in the howling back country of the Member […]

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If the USA and the USSR let loose with the ICBMs, what would the world look like after? While I’ve read plenty of post apocalyptic literature, the game ATOM RPG constitutes the first serious study of what life might be like in the burned remnants of the old Soviet Union. (And if you were hoping […]

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On Crises, and the Wasting Thereof

 

First, I will admit that I have, perhaps, not been paying as much attention to the coronavirus (or as I like to call it, the ‘Rona) as maybe I should.  But crass as it may be, it also seems that there are opportunities here.

I’ve been thinking about the quote by Rahm Emanuel, “never let a crisis go to waste.” When it came out, it was much maligned by conservatives, and rightly so, for many reasons, foremost of which, as seen most recently with Nancy Pelosi, is that it isn’t a great look to be seen to attempt to advance political goals when in the midst of said crisis.

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Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls! Sit back for another edition of Ricochet Silent Radio! Once again it’s time to check back in with the knuckle-dusters of the intelligence community, the six-shooter samurais that protect our way of life, Whiskey Sam Dagger Hate! Turn your mind to that flashing rhinestone of the desert, Las Vegas, […]

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What Have I Got in My Pocket?

 

This isn’t the actual question I’m looking for an answer to today, but it is where it starts. Friday morning, I found something on Twitter that had me thinking all day and has generated more than its fair share of discussion, so I’ve decided it needs a post of its own. The line was “I don’t always carry all the groceries on one arm, but when I do, my keys are in the wrong pocket.”

Now, this was quite frankly shocking to me. I mean, who changes up the location of where their keys are? The items I carry every day go into the same locations every day. Apparently this is not universal behavior, so one does when faced with such a problem, I decided to take it to Ricochet.

Forgotten Debates

 

With all the focus on current issues, I was reminded recently that it is possible to lose focus on the timeless debates, that might not have a true answer but must be considered in order to have perspective on where we’ve come from to where we’re going.

I’m speaking, of course, on the ancient struggle between “Great Taste” and “Less Filling.” Now, I can’t say which is the correct perspective, nor would I presume to tell other people what they should think. What I can do is provide information on how great thinkers of the past considered the question, and thereby perhaps help others gain insight on the question.

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Due to the success of last year’s Milwaukee Meetup 1: The Sprecherung and by popular demand* we’ll be having another meetup in the Cream City. Following the pattern established last year, the tentative dates will be July 26-28.  The itinerary, such as it is, will also be following last year’s patterns, though it is subject […]

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Willie: Welcome to another edition of Thunderdome! Boy oh boy this time we’ve got a real treat for you! We’re broacasting live from the History’s Sneakiest Bastards Connive-Off Invitational, and let me tell you we’ve seen some really underhanded dealings today. The skullduggery is only going to get better from here so stay tuned! As […]

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Recently the comment was made that if Ricochet ends, we won’t be figuring out who was the winner, and my thought was “Well not with that attitude it isn’t.” I followed that up with some more thoughts about how I would go about determining who is in fact winning Ricochet, and this post is the […]

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This one’s for all you dorks who walk alone. And while you’re walking your dork road you can take comfort in the fact that while you may be dorky you’re in good company. Well, company at least. I mean look at these dorks. Ladies and Gentlemen, prepare yourselves for the Dork Contest results! But first, […]

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Group Writing – Eliminate the Negative (Of Your State)

 

The reminder for this post came from this comment, although the idea’s been an idle dream for at least a couple years now, and with the election, now seems an appropriate time to bring it up. For those who don’t want to click the link, the plan is that given the power to redraw state borders, Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee and the surrounding area would become a state, and Wisconsin would take the Upper Peninsula from Michigan.* There are a couple variants on that plan, but that’s the basic idea. As far as names go, I’m thinking that the new state would be known as Superior, or that it would stay Wisconsin and that the C-M-M combination would come to be known as Megacity One.

That got me thinking: I know about the movement to break up California into several states, in some cases with the addition of land from Oregon, but I’m sure that there must be other proposals that I haven’t heard about, or that people in different areas might have thoughts on how they would like to get rid of annoying parts of their state.

You’re Out of Your Element

 

A few weeks ago, I was watching Young Frankenstein. About halfway through, I realized that to the best of my knowledge, I hadn’t seen it before, yet due to the sort of people I associate with, I was already aware of all the most-referenced parts. It was not the first movie I’ve seen where previous secondhand knowledge somewhat diminished my enjoyment.

On the other side of the ledger, @hankrhody referenced Bartertown at work. In a group that could be expected to have known and asking other people afterward, he was only able to find 1.5 out of 19 people that knew who run Bartertown. (The half point was for knowing the movie.)

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This post was inspired by a hypothetical batch of cookies. When it comes to gift giving, there are in my opinion three generally accepted categories: expensive, thoughtful, and the backup. Backup gifts are given when you don’t have the necessary resources to give a gift in the first two categories, and includes things like alcohol, […]

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How to Crack Excel Files

 

This all starts with Mike Mahoney. Mahoney was the Excel guy, two Excel guys ago. To his credit, he wrote pretty good stuff. His macros don’t break often. Everything would have been cool except he was writing these things when Excel 2003 was the hot new thing. Mahoney was also excellent about locking things down from accidental damage. Trouble is, nobody remembers his passwords. Breaking through his protections makes an excellent case study on how to secure and how to bypass the security on an excel workbook.

Not even swordfish works.