Friday, March 28, 2014

Jupiter Ascending

The trailer for the new sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending looks pretty good:


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Secret Cryptogram Notes

There have been Secret Cryptogram Notes found in D.B. Weldon Library Stacks, which I have just discovered via one of the RSS feeds I follow, and I am quite intrigued. I haven't had a chance to really dig in to any of them (yet), but I wonder if anyone has done a number analysis to see how many times each symbol occurs in each note. I know that there are more symbols than letters in the alphabet, but this seems like it should be the first step in any cryptanalysis attempt. If no one beats me to it, I may just try that to see what the results are.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Does anyone remember an old door game back in the BBS days called Cyberspace? It was almost more of an engine than an actual door, because once you set it up, it was up to you and your users to /dig new rooms, /describe them, define exits, create objects to populate them, etc. There were commands to make objects move from room to room, give them classic RPG character attributes, etc, so you could, essentially, create a game within the door of Cyberspace. I was considering finding the user docs for this door and recreating it in PHP. What does everyone think? Could be kind of interesting?

Monday, March 24, 2014

lonelygirl15: We will not be stopped.

From, lonelygirl15: We will not be stopped.

lg15chat: Knock knock.
lg15chat: We are here..
lg15chat: We are everyhere.
lg15chat: We will not be stopped. lg15chat: 6/9/14

Wonder what time, and what timezone? Regardless, very exciting stuff :)


Friday, March 21, 2014

Broken Links

Broken Links
I have started using a plugin to clean up some of the broken links on the site. Many of the links that were found are quite old, and some merely needed updated from http to https. Others had .com when they should have had .org. Still others are long gone from the internet. And some were just fine, and I have no idea why they were marked as broken. Once I complete this cleanup of broken links, I will likely point the ones that are gone forever to the Wayback Machine, if available, or turn the plugin's CSS back on so that broken links are apparent.

On a related note, I removed the Links page, as all it was getting was the occasional spam that needed moderated. I originally set the page up as part of doing strictly "Ghosts of Ohio" with the site, when it sorta made a good idea.

Cleaning up the sidebar is my next priority. What should go? What should stay? Should any of it be moved to the footer instead? Let me know in comments!

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Pro-tip: when playing around with Wordpress plugins, trying to decide on whether or not to change which Google Analytics plugin to use, don't forget to re-install the one you started with if you don't find one you like better ;)

On a (somewhat) related note, this:


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Abuse of Authority

You may have noticed the new page on the site called "Abuse of Authority." This page will link to my posts on the many abuses of authority which occur daily, many focused on the TSA. Some other TSA-related posts may wind up there as well, because, when talking about the TSA, it usually is about their abuses, or their lack of actual security, or some such. Easier just to keep everything in one place ;)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Linux CLI tricks

tuxOne of the reasons I enjoy Linux so much, I think, is because I've always been a fan of the command line, even after the GUI came into its own. So here are a couple of articles that I've recently bookmarked showing a couple of cool Linux CLI tricks.

The first is how to look up the geographic location of an IP address from the command line, which could come in especially handy during an ARG ;)

Second is how to use Google Translate from the terminal.

Finally, here's 20 great terminal replacements for GUI applications.

Just wanted to share :)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Errors in LGPedia

ahcapella pointed out some errors in LGPedia, or at least my version of it, the other day, and I noticed that the entries for the CiW Clues is missing information, so my question is: how long do I give Miles before I open up my version for editing? Anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Time Travel

It would seem I traveled back in time before filling my tank last night ;)


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

phpBB Scraper

Just as an FYI, I have a phpBB scraper ready to go, and have tested it with, which I now have an XML dump of, should something ever happen to it ;) I'll work on making that XML dump usable (and searchable) in an effort to gather as much CiW-related information in one place. Once usable, I'll make a download available as well. If someone wants the raw files in the meantime, just ask :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Come and get it!

Come and get it! Or, go and get it! The content I used to get LGPedia back online is an XML dump at Download it so you have a copy. I guarantee I don't plan on letting it ever go offline again, but plans sometimes change. The only way to make sure LGPedia survives forever is to make sure as many people as possible have a copy.

That said, I plan an scraping any remaining CiW-related content I can find online, and have even considered writing a custom web crawler that simply searches the web for Cassie-related content and indexes it for us. The scraper I plan on unleashing will grab content from phpBB forums (I'll add more forum types later) and create either static pages or XML files of the results. I'm thinking XML files, as I can more easily style the results as well as make them searchable.

If you run any type of CiW-related website, especially if it's database-driven in any way, please consider sending a copy of the content my way. If your site is still active, I can do as I've done with LGPedia, at Miles Becket's request, and make it read-only. Or, as I plan on doing with LGPedia once the official is back up, make it inaccessible and just redirect the traffic to the original site.

At any rate, if you want a copy of LGPedia, come and get it! I can help you get a local copy of it accessible, should you so desire, or, just grab it in case something happens to my copy and/or the copy.

Monday, March 3, 2014

See you in Second Life

Late night Saturday, early Sunday, I met up with modelmotion and Ahcapella in Second Life for a little while. I'm led to believe that this has been a regular Saturday ritual for some time, but this was the first time I made it on. Had a great time, even though we didn't get much discussed before 6am rolled around, but it sets the stage for me being on more often. So, see you in Second Life ;) Another thing that come of it is that I realize how much my CassieIsWatching theories seem to focus on who the PM was. That was not my intent, and, quite honestly, that's not important. What is important is solving that last anagram, figuring out what Helter Skelter has to do with anything, and what other clues we missed. The only real bearing who the PM was has on any of this is it might give insight into their thinking. At the same time, knowing it was a specific person may cause us to think one way and ignore clues that point another. Overall, I don't think their identity matters and having them unknown to us helps keep the mystery alive.

On a related side note, I find it very interesting that Cassie managed to be very careful not to reveal her identity, but was careless enough to leave the default PIN on her voice mail set to 1234#. A possible explanation is that the PM was well aware of the sleuthing that went into revealing the Creators' identities, so put energy into keeping that secret at the expense of a bit of carelessness elsewhere.

Regardless, I hope to see everyone in Second Life. Join us there for some CiW sleuthing.