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Remake of the 10 Commandments

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Moses

This is just crazy.  They are going to remake the 10 Commandments.  I can't imagine what it will be like, but I can tell you one thing:  Christian Bale isn't going to be any better than Heston.  Whenever I read the story of Moses in the Bible, I picture Heston playing Moses.

Image from Superfloop via flickr

so is it or isn't it?

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And people think I'm crazy for not believing in man made global warming.  I wish the scientists could decide if it is or isn't happening at all.....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/30/global_warming_didnt_happen_at_all_according_to_new_treering_study/

Privacy Idea

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In this post, I ask for some help figuring out how I can secure my communications.  In this post, I talk about some ideas I'm currently doing.  Right now, I'm working on a proof-of-concept (to prove that I can do what I want and that it works how I want).  In this post, I'm going to outline what I'm going to do, why, and what I hope to gain.  As I accomplish things, I'll link to detailed articles about what I did (partially so I can duplicate it later but also to help anyone who is trying to do something similar).

Goal What I hope to accomplish Rationale Instructions
 1. Get my own server hosted in a datacenter somewhere
1a. Use a VPS for testing purposes
 Have a server with a dedicated internet address and domain name.  It needs to have at least 10Mb/sec internet access (preferably unlimited is terms of data transfer limits)  a VPS is ok for testing purposes but the ONLY way to really guarantee no one else has access to my critical data (encryption keys, logs, archives, etc...) is to run my own.  Anything else and there is the risk that someone else can access my keys.  
2. Encrypt the drives

Encrypt everything but the boot partition*

I'm thinking about doing something really crazy like encrypting portions of the drive and destroying the keys.  That way, if the machine is powered off, I don't have them any more.  I haven't figured out how this might actually work though because I want to keep some of the stuff

 If it is mine and no one but me has access to the server, the government has 2 options:
  a) arrest me and make me turn over the keys
  b) seize the server and get the keys.  

If everything is encrypted and they seize the servers, they get nothing unless they arrest me.  If they arrest me, then I've got all kinds of other legal protections

 
  3. Get a VPN running  

 Yes, I can ssh into the server and do things.  But I want to be able to 
  a) replace the vpn I'm using right now
  b) run things (like minecraft) on my sever but not have them open to the public
  c) have access to the VPN from my tablet and phone too.

 Since I have a server (and my goal isn't to hide where I am) I might as well use it.  I've always wanted to make it so my phone, tablet, and the rest of my devices can use the VPN.  With my current provider, I have to pay extra to have multiple devices connected.  I also have to trust them with my data.  This limits who I have to "trust" to a single ISP (from the datacenter).

Instructions for getting the server installed, configured, and running.

Instructions for configuring iptables to work with openVPN

 4. Get minecraft running  So I can move my minecraft server off my home computer  Might as well  
 5. Get some sort of VoIP server running  Secure voice communications (including logs).  The encryption will be handled by zrtp, I think on the client.  The server may be asterick or something else.  Since the keys are on the client, this isn't so bad to have externally.  But I can't rely on a service provider like Silent Circle to do it for me since they may have the ability to be a MiTM.  If I do it, even the logs are under my control  
 6. Get a secure chat server running same as above.     
 7. Backups  Use the server for off-site backups.  I plan on getting about 4 TB in a RAID configuration.  Why not use it for this too.  
 8. WebHosting  Again, I might as well use it if I have it.  THis will be secure with https    
 9. ownCloud  cloud storage baby  dropbox type functionality only on my server with me in control of the data.  THis means the files don't have to be encrypted before I upload them  
 10. Email  I want the police to come to me if they want my email.  I'll also use PGP for any secure coms  Right now, anything older than 180 days is not subject to 4th Amendment protections on an external service.  If I control it myself...they have to atleast come to me for it  

sorry

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But man-made global warming is a proven hoax.  Whoever did this survey has an ulterior motive....make the people who don't believe in mmgw are crazy as the people who believe in the V lizard people.

http://boingboing.net/2013/04/15/12-million-americans-believe-l.html

Sure the earth may indeed be warming.  But why? No one knows enough firm data back far enough to prove anything.  Heck, I only think the world is 6000 years old and there isn't enough data....now what happens if you believe in millions or trillions?  This could be a normal cycle.

proof gun control doesn't stop crazy people

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Serbia has gun registration and fairly restrictive gun laws.  This horrible event is proof that draconian laws don't prevent horrible events from happening

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/serbia/9980839/Serbias-worst-peacetime-massacre-as-gunman-kills-13-in-village-rampage.html

I've got....

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funky toe

...an ingrown toenail.  I had poked around at it but it wasn't getting better.  So, after asking a few people here, I gave up and called our surgery for an appointment.  I wasn't hopeful, but after talking to people, I thought they would numb my toe and take off part of my toenail....in otherwords, I wouldn't waste my time going.

So, I went yesterday.  And then came home with.....antibiotics....and instructions printed off the internet about how to soak the toe and push the skin back.  The odd thing about this is that as a general rule you won't get antibiotics if you turn up with a sinus infection or something, but I got them for an infection in my toe.  crazy.

While there, I asked about things you could buy at the chemist (aka drugstore) like outgrow.  The dr said the closest thing she knew of was iodine liquid but you couldn't get that any more here.  ARG.  So, For the next 5 days I'm taking my antibiotics and using a cotton bud (aka qtip) to poke around at it.

Image from ksbuehler via flickr

Synthetic Fuel

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Firewood

I was reading this article on Fox News about alternative fuel.  Towards the bottom, I saw this

Wood chips can be used to heat your home, but why not use them to propel your car? That’s the idea behind the Wood Powered SUV, developed by Beaver Energy. The company’s converted 1988 Isuzu Trooper turns wood chips into an organic fuel, and can drive about 20 miles on 25 pounds of chips. The truck uses a process called pyrolization, which converts any organic compound (including wood chips, grass clippings, and even garbage) into hydrogen and carbon molecules. The fuel, produced in a contraption on the back of the SUV, is then used in a modified internal combustion engine.

I then thought of the video below I had seen a couple of years ago.

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Direct Link 

There are 2 more parts to the video linked above.  Part 2 and Part 3.

Why not make the car just run on woodgas?  Sound crazy?  Read the whole article....there were about a million cars converted to run on the stuff during WW2.  My guess is that woodgas isn't popular because it burns the wood.  And then you have the whole deforestation thing.  But we can farm trees just like any other crop (corn, wheat, etc...).  When you cut one down, plant a new one.  Then, in 10 years you can cut that one down too.  Burning wood is also carbon neutral (the carbon released when you burn it is the same carbon it absorbed when alive).

[Update 2012-12-26 15:33:45] The videos were taken down so I've removed the dead links to youtube

Image from moosicorn via flickr

If anyone says they can't be married...

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...speak now or forever hold your peace.  Would have been funny if someone actually spoke up.  Why do I say this?  Not funny for Kate and William, certainly.  But, for the same reason I say that I like sports teams loose.  For the crazy fans.  Sometimes other people make way too big of a deal over things.

[Update 2011-04-29 21:09:51] I've thought about this today and wanted to clarify....my comments here were directed at the people who watched NOT from countries within the Commonwealth.  Those in the Commonwealth should be interested....at some point in the future, the child of William and Kate will be their king.

Image from edwin11 via flickr

A Hotter Pepper

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Cyndi tells me that I've killed my tastebuds because I put hot sauce on my food.  I'm sure the guys at Subway think I'm crazy when I ask for more jalapenos on my sub 3 times.  I just like my food to taste.

When I moved to the UK, my view of British/English food was that it was fairly bland.  That was reinforced when I went to an indian takeaway for curry.  I asked for it to be made hot...Isaac could have eaten it and not batted an eye.  It was so not hot at all.

Today though, the BBC has an article about a new record-breaking chilli.  And it is grown in the UK.  I can't believe it!

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