MadScientist

Oct 182019
 

happy thoughts please
push away the darkening gloom
that threatens to consume
the room between my ears
by stoking all my fears
reminding me of tears
the years that went by wrong
the promises broken
the dreams undone

happy thoughts please
wash off the pain
remove the stains
repair the wonds
evict the gloom
before it turns the light to pain
the morning sun to a cold harsh intruder
painful brutal beastly heartless and unrelenting

happy thoughts

please

Sep 012019
 

He’s seen a hundred come before
They’d rush ahead although forewarned
…and in their haste – get their “reward”
Another verse if you please…

He raised his voice to spread the lore
The signs he posts still go ignored
… as they scurry past the scattered gore
Another verse if you please…
Another verse if you please…

He settles back, can’t bear to watch
He shakes his head, and checks his watch
… and bides his time,
it ticks and talks,
then there’s the cRACk
that tells the tale,
A flash of red,
A tuft of fir,
A FLURRY OF UNBRIDLED MADNESS AND VIOLENCE AND SHIVERS RUN UP HIS SPINE SHAKING HIM TO HIS CORE CRUMBLING HIM TO THE GROUND IN HORROR, and, sorrow, and, loneliness, and despair…

The 2nd mouse gets the cheese.
The 2nd mouse gets the cheese.

Apr 282019
 

Nowhere
Nothing
Zero
Zilch
A quantum foam
Seithing with fire
The emptiness burns
A glassy sea
And no this doesn’t ryme
It’s chaotic
Zilch
Zero
Nothing
Nowhere
Zoom
Out

Apr 282019
 

IT does not compute
IT does not compute
Cat can haz compute?
IT does not compute

green eyes wonder through a smoldering sky
without blinking
without fading
piercing the blue orange gradients through to darkness and pinpoints of shiny twinkles

Slow

Blink

Apr 282019
 

kaBOOM klatter clatter chatter tinkle tinkle chikatika
BOOM clatter tinkle crash sizzle pop pop
BOOM BOOM chatter clatter tinkle CRASH shatter tinkle CRACK!
BOOM whisper whisper whisper squeak

Mar 172019
 

Something precious, ripped away
see how the broken pieces lay
they’re scattered here and all around
in shredded tatters on the ground

Where once was hope and promises
now we count but lies and losses
smoldering embers question: why?
while answers smoke into the sky

Sounds rumor joy off in the distance
while pain enforces it’s persistence
tears may carry it away, but
far too slowly on this day

No longer cause to celebrate
on every footfall, hesitate
shuddered breaths between each tear
a hollow moan for each lost year

Fall to the floor and block the door
drift off to sleep and dream no more

Mar 042019
 

don’t clutch at the ashes and curse at the darkness
blend your flame with my fire and rage at the edge
we’ll forever move forward in increasing circles
rippling together through oceans of love

discard the cold cinders of broken machinery
hold tight to your memory of our hands intertwined
in the smiles of the faces we’ve met we’ll keep living
immortal as starlight and bright as the sun

we are never a part of the dust that we’re borrowing
the sweet sound of your voice only moves through the air
these thoughts we exchange are like sparkling fireworks
for a brief, brilliant moment they light up the night

hold close to me now and move with me sweetly
slow dance to the music we’ve grown in our souls
entangled we’ll travel eternity’s limits
after worlds melt away may there still be our song


Mar 032019
 

Lord, don’t you take me a piece at a time.
Don’t make me die shivering, and losing my mind.
When I go, take me quickly in one blinding flash.
Preferably fighting the dragon.

Joanie fell down and got stuck on her back.
They lopped off her feet when they wouldn’t grow back.
To stop her complaining, they hooked her on smack
and she quietly wasted away.

Oh lord, don’t you take me a piece at a time.
Don’t make me go shivering, and losing my mind.
When I go, take me quickly in one blinding flash.
Preferably fighting the dragon.

Bobby had started to lose track of time.
He misplaced his name, and his life slipped his mind.
To keep him from roaming they tied him up tight.
There he lingered for hundreds of days.

Oh lord, don’t you take me a piece at a time.
Don’t make me die shivering, and losing my mind.
When I go, take me quickly in one blinding flash.
Preferably fighting the dragon.

Freddie rode his bike home.
It was time to get back but his friends ran him over while driving on crack.
They scooped up the pieces and kept them alive.
The light’s on and nobody home.

Oh lord, don’t you take me a piece at a time.
Don’t make me die shivering, and losing my mind.
When I go, take me quickly in one blinding flash.

— http://www.alt230.com/Music/Dragon/SongSheet.jsp

Aug 032016
 

I recently upgraded my primary laptop from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 and suddenly discovered that when I ssh into some of my other boxes all the colors are gone!

As it turns out, a few of the boxes I manage are running older OS versions that became confused when they saw my terminal was xterm-256color instead of just xterm-color.

Since it took me a while to get to the bottom of this I thought I’d share the answer to make things easier on the next few who stumble into the spider web. First: Don’t Panic! — always good advice, unless you’re 9 and then you’ll hear that “Sometimes, fear is the appropriate response…” but I digress.

So, what happened is that my new box is using a terminal type that isn’t recognized by some of the older boxes. When they see xterm-256color and don’t recognize it they run to safety and presume color isn’t allowed.

To solve this, simply set the TERM environment variable to the older xterm-color prior to launching ssh and that will be passed on to the target host.

At the command line:

TERM=xterm-color ssh yourself@host.example.com

If you’re telling KeePass how to do a URL Override for ssh then use the following encantation:

cmd://gnome-terminal --title={URL} -x /bin/bash -c 'TERM=xterm-color ssh {USERNAME}@{URL:RMVSCM}'

The colors come back and everything is happy again.

Oh, and one more thing before I forget. If you’re like me and sometimes have to wait a long time for commands to finish because you’re dealing with, say, hundreds of gigabytes of data if not terabytes, then you might find your ssh sessions time out while you’re waiting and that might be ++undesirable.

To fix that, here’s another little tweak that you might add to your .ssh/config file and then forget you ever did it… so this blog post might help you remember.

Host *
    ServerAliveInterval 120

That will save you some frustration 😉