Well, I've been offline for a week taking a break on the south coast, which was nice. I celebrated...

Well, I've been offline for a week taking a break on the south coast, which was nice. I celebrated my return by completely breaking Windows XP (for the 6th time this month, incidentally) and hence requiring yet another reinstall. This time it was because of a virus, which also conveniently deleted my entire warehouse of installation files, making the reinstall process a hell of a lot more painful. To aid myself and others in future struggles, I will contribute a microvote to google here by mentioning that if you want drivers for the SK 1301 keyboard, you can download them from Netropa, the manufacturer. If you use Windows XP, you should use the drivers for the SK 1300. Yes, I'm fully aware that no-one cares about this but me. However, it's my blog, so bugger off and write your own.
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It's good to see that not all Americans are clueless about the real reasons behind the war in Iraq....

It's good to see that not all Americans are clueless about the real reasons behind the war in Iraq. Unfortunately, some Americans are clueless about the war (thanks to Chez for the link), while others are just plain clueless. While I continue to support getting rid of Saddam, I also support the removal of other world leaders who obtained power undemocratically and are now oppressing citizens of their country. But the Bush administration is unlikely to get rid of them for me. Meanwhile, I invite you to search Google for the worst search engine.
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G Takahashi has a good weblog thing going, with some recent posts about the war. One examines the...

G Takahashi has a good weblog thing going, with some recent posts about the war. One examines the Seige of Baghdad and how difficult it's going to be to go Bush's "final 200 yards". Another is an e-mail home from a soldier in Iraq. It gives a very detailed and fascinating look into what the average solider experiences in combat these days. It's got some great gung-ho quotables, too, like this one: So far, we haven't seen any direct action. We're hoping to keep it that way, but things could get interesting in the upcoming weeks. So far we've fought the reluctant benchwarmers from the Iraqi JV team, and some very motivated amateurs, but we're about to take on the Medina Division, which is Iraq's professional army. These guys are well trained and have good equipment, so it will be a different fight. We will still massacre them, don't get me wrong, but it will be a different kind of battle. It will be much more textbook-grade conventional warfare rather than the "Marne 500" as we are currently referring to...
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My new desktop background (I was going to say "wallpaper", but if it's a desktop, how can it be...

My new desktop background (I was going to say "wallpaper", but if it's a desktop, how can it be wallpaper? Weird. Anyway, yes, so I'm bored and like BoyMeetsBoy way too much.
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It's time for another backblog. Are you paranoid about being attacked? Then you may want the...

It's time for another backblog. Are you paranoid about being attacked? Then you may want the ultimate in post-millenium clothing: ties that can double as gas masks. If you're going to be paranoid, at least do it in red silk, hey? GPS drawing for those with too much money and time on their hands I urge you to visit NationStates, visit the proud Federation of Edenists and add your own nation to our wonderful region "Keep it out of my Hearing Distance". It's SimCity for policy wonks! (Link via Ed, your resident policy wonk) Have fun with arty website nonsense I used to believe is a fascinating collection of the stuff we thought was true when we were younger, including the classics about how babies are made. One that's sure to get me a lot of "where do you find this stuff?" type comments is the body modification risks site, which doesn't sound too interesting until you start reading about such fascinatingly gruesome concepts as genital beading and the absolutely cross-your-legs cringeworthy subincision...
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Now that I've generated my blogger code, ( B9d++t++k++s-ufiox+e-l+c--), I can blog about a meme...

Now that I've generated my blogger code, ( B9d++t++k++s-ufiox+e-l+c--), I can blog about a meme that asks you how often you blog about memes, thus perpetuating the meme and justifying my answer to the question! WOW! *head explodes* Um. Yes. Incidentally, I've cross-posted this blog to Gay Geeks, which I feel should really earn me some extra points in my blogger code :->
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WebTorrent: the peer to peer web If you haven't heard of bittorrent already, you're missing out on...

WebTorrent: the peer to peer web If you haven't heard of bittorrent already, you're missing out on a good thing. The concept is fairly simple: for large files (like movie files), instead of a download location, people give you a .torrent URL. If nobody else is downloading the file at that time, your torrent-enabled browser (via a plugin) will just download as normal from the server. But if lots of people are downloading it, then the P2P magic kicks in and you download portions of the file from all over the place, from people who have already downloaded those parts. Result: the server never gets overloaded, and everybody gets their file, and really fast. Better still, serving torrent files doesn't require any server software: you can use somebody else's BitTorrent tracker server, and tracker servers are so simple that they can handle absolutely enormous numbers of hits without trouble. So that's big files. But what about lots of little ones? One of the problems with the nature of the Internet is that while...
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I haven't seen enough human beings in real life recently. Somebody invite me to lunch.

I haven't seen enough human beings in real life recently. Somebody invite me to lunch.
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Enough already! Stop sending me this link! Here it is: welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com, a...

Enough already! Stop sending me this link! Here it is: welovetheiraqiinformationminister.com, a collection of writings, indeed an homage to Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf, also known as MSS and Baghdad Bob by those who can't hack names with that many vowels. I have been watching copious amounts of war coverage, and You have to admire the sheer conviction of a man who stares danger in the face and completely fails to acknowledge even its existence. I sincerely hope he's enjoying his holiday. Update 15.04.2003: the spin-offs have started. Other random links recently: Building the Enterprise out of a floppy disc has spawned imitators who have gone completely over the top. Your daily dose of terrors: the WHO SARS information page The Science Blog is like a slightly more readable version of EurekAlert, which I should really check more often. As an April Fool's day joke, Steven Bellovin wrote a proposed Internet Standard, RFC 3514, about setting certain packets as "evil". He got many reactions to this, the best of...
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It was recently pointed out that a Google search for "Chris Seldo" turns up this photo. Google...

It was recently pointed out that a Google search for "Chris Seldo" turns up this photo. Google knows far too much about me. Testing its knowledge further, I tried some others: "Seldo dan" gets Dan and Mikey "Seldo Martyn" comes up with Martyn and Mikey, "Seldo damien" gets the infamous hobbit photo, and "Seldo guy" turns up this terrible photo of guy. This shows that Google is not exactly infallible, thankfully, and also that Mikey seems to be insinuating himself into my love life :-) Geeks among you may notice that my microvotes here are going to change the PageRankings of those pictures away from what they are now to what I've labelled them. That's the point :-) Anxious to discover who Google thinks my next romantic entanglement is going to be, I tried "Seldo next". Eventually, it popped up this photo followed closely by this one. Look out, guys.
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On Iraq from an email to Ben, cross-posted to Free Trinidad. Ben said: There are at least...

On Iraq from an email to Ben, cross-posted to Free Trinidad. Ben said: There are at least two points here: 1. I may think that Saddam needs to be removed, but I am not an Iraqi. This is the same as any other form of totalitarianism: I have no right to decide for the Iraqis who shall or shall not govern them. They are perfectly capable of deciding for themselves, and history suggests peoples are in general capable of removing leaders they are truly unhappy with. Even more worrying is the idea of some bloody Yank who /really/ doesn't understand how things work in Europe marching in and telling people what's best for them. I said: In a paragraph you summarise Europe's attitude to the war. Firstly: it's quite clear that the Iraqis were unable to get rid of Saddam themselves: the society was a very cleverly constructed totalitarian state based on paranoia and distrust. The obvious and surprisingly enthusiastic reaction to their sudden liberation (if they call it that, and they do, so will I) is...
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Whoa! The Trini blogosphere (until recently somewhat dire) has suddenly expanded for me, via...

Whoa! The Trini blogosphere (until recently somewhat dire) has suddenly expanded for me, via Jonathan Ali, who registered at Free Trinidad and then kindly blogged about it (although that permalink is broken at the moment for some reason). And Jonathan has lots of Trini-blogger friends: Damien Smith at IndiaWest, JessieGirl, and Nicholas Laughlin, who went to my school but apparently didn't hate it as much as I did. Nicholas was also quite complimentary about my Iraq post on FT, so I'm clearly going to give him a reciprocal link or two, or three :-) There was apparently an article about blogging in the Trinidad Guardian recently, so hopefully these will be the first of a wave of Trini bloggers, who will eventually unite and overthrow the government through the sheer power of our intellectual arrogance :-) I haven't blogged about Trinidad much, if at all, and I don't really intend to change that habit -- anything I want to say about Trinidad is generally over at FT.
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Okay, that's it, deadlines are scaring me again. I'm going offline until this blasted report is...

Okay, that's it, deadlines are scaring me again. I'm going offline until this blasted report is done. If you want to get in touch with me, do so IRL, or if you don't have any IRL means e-mail me -- I'll be checking once a day. Time management is for wusses; here's hoping for a really first-class last-minute panic! P.S.: you are henceforth read the weblog of the right Reverend Seldo, since I am now a fully ordained minister of the Universal Life Church. Takes three minutes to apply online, and it's free. And it'll give me some great ammunition the next time I feel like pestering a Christian :-)
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Creme eggs should be available in six-packs all year. I'm just sayin'.

Creme eggs should be available in six-packs all year. I'm just sayin'.
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Okay, my personal alarm bells are going off: 402 cases in Beijing alone. This being up from the...

Okay, my personal alarm bells are going off: 402 cases in Beijing alone. This being up from the "37" officially reported until 2 days ago. Beijing is China's largest city, of course; but it's also hundreds of miles away from Hong Kong. Is SARS also everywhere in between? Do you realise how incredibly difficult it's going to be to wipe out a disease this deadly from a country the size of China? Mortality rate is currently at 9%, and edging up every day. Scared yet? There've been 14 cases in Canada. How about now? The virus can spread by contaminated water supplies and human waste. The corpses may also be temporarily infectious. What about now? I'm staying indoors. For the next two years or so.
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My god, Thomas Friedman is such an idiot. In a recent op-ed piece in the NY Times, he declares that...

My god, Thomas Friedman is such an idiot. In a recent op-ed piece in the NY Times, he declares that "the terrorism bubble has burst" and that people need to "stop overreacting to 9/11". He calls for the return of civil liberties and a free and open society. Now, on the one hand, I'm all for the USA calming the fuck down and removing all the draconian anti-terrorism laws that it's put into place recently (and while we're at it, could we kill Donald Rumsfeld and Tom Ridge?). But what is Mr. Friedman's justification for declaring terrorism no longer a threat? You guessed it: the end of the war in Iraq. Hey, butthead, the terrorists weren't from Iraq! Neither was their leader! Nor was their money! All three of those things, in fact, came mainly from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is still alive and well, thanks for asking. The war on Iraq was not about terrorism. And if anything, beating the crap out of an Arab state and deposing its leaders is, if anything, going to make the Middle East even more pissed off with...
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Are you Addicted to the Internet? 68% Hardcore Junkie (61% - 80%)While you do get a bit...

Are you Addicted to the Internet? 68% Hardcore Junkie (61% - 80%)While you do get a bit of sleep every night and sometimes leave the house, you spend as much time as you can online. You usually have a browser, chat clients, server consoles, and your email on auto check open at all times. Phone? What's that? You plan your social events by contacting your friends online. Just be careful you don't get a repetitive wrist injury... The Are you Addicted to the Internet? Quiz at Stvlive.com! ...saved only by the fact that I have more friends in real life than online.
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Unfortunately, only the name is satirical.

Unfortunately, only the name is satirical.
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Memory I remember Crix and peanut butter At midnight When the house was sleeping I...

Memory I remember Crix and peanut butter At midnight When the house was sleeping I remember The kids' lime I remember The junk shop I remember The L on my wall I remember My little chair at the table I remember The bookshelf in my room I remember When you didn't listen I remember When you didn't understand I remember When you heard me I remember When you understood I remember The little talks I remember The stories at bedtime I remember Fluffing my pillows I remember Finding stuffed animals I remember Giving you grover I remember You thanking me I remember Making mum's vase I remember Corned beef hash I remember Sandcastles at sunset I remember Watching the pelicans at dawn I remember Taking me to the library I remember Drinking tea in your bed I remember When you said horrible things I remember When you said sorry I remember That you have always loved me And I am sorry That I ever forgot
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I refer everyone to the current front pages of the Ironic Times and the Daily Probe. The Iraqi...

I refer everyone to the current front pages of the Ironic Times and the Daily Probe. The Iraqi Information Minister will always be funny! Always! There is no truth to the rumour of the joke being over-used! Meanwhile, SARS panic continues to spread significantly faster than the disease itself, getting totally out of hand, although I have to say I think Toronto's complaints are unjustified given that the rest of the world put travel bans on Hong Kong and other places long before they had as many as 200 cases. Personally, I'm unsure about whether to worry or not. It's not a nice disease, certainly, and they don't really know how to stop it, yet. It also seems to be spreading quite easily even in cities like HK that are trying really hard to stop it. And people say the death rate is "only" 5%, like that's supposed to make me feel better. 5% is also a conservative estimate of the percentage of homosexuals in the population: 1 in 20. And there are loads of gay people; therefore, 5% is a lot of deaths! So I'll...
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Oh, and just in case you were wondering if there really was someone tasteless and sleazy enough,...

Oh, and just in case you were wondering if there really was someone tasteless and sleazy enough, yet well enough informed on current events to create a porn video called Weapons of Ass Destruction, yes, they really did. No, it's not even a parody. You can actually buy 138 minutes of ass-destruction action, starring (I kid you not) Arnold Schwarzenpecker. You may remember him from such films as "Stuff Your Face #01", "Stuff Your Face Again", "Stuff Your Ass #03" or that family favourite "Butt-Hole In One". Or then again, maybe you won't. But either way, don't miss out on this cinematic gem! The DVD features bonus footage and a "fetish index" if you want to skip straight to your kink of choice; it's that kind of thoughtful extra design work that really makes me appreciate sleazy porn DVDs... Warning for the brain dead: these links are, obviously, not safe for work. They go to porn video stores. That really wouldn't look good. Update: And since you keep asking, I found the site by typing weapons of ass...
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Blogging (and the pointless websurfing that powers it) ends now. Yes, I know I said this a week...

Blogging (and the pointless websurfing that powers it) ends now. Yes, I know I said this a week ago, but this time I mean it, and this time it's a lot longer. This will be the last update to Seldo.Com of any kind until my exams are over. And then hopefully I'll be able to say how well they went, rather than complaining about how little I did for them...
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