Day 124: Wednesday 15 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Woke up maybe an hour late. I think I forgot my nose spray last night, which is why I was in such rough shape in the morning?

Lunch = pb sandwich - coffee.

Standup easy, 1:1 with boss easy, 2 new tickets, didn't take back any of the ones that were offloaded, lots of reviews.

Dinner = salmon & wings from Teri Teri.

Virtual WNA - just randomly chatting while the others played Terraria.

Still working on my centers for skaven control mod, got good ideas on how to proceed...


The CIA will not leave Iran alone, because why would it?

The Central Intelligence Agency has conducted a series of covert cyber operations against Iran and other targets since winning a secret victory in 2018 when President Trump signed what amounts to a sweeping authorization for such activities, according to former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

The secret authorization, known as a presidential finding, gives the spy agency more freedom in both the kinds of operations it conducts and who it targets, undoing many restrictions that had been in place under prior administrations. The finding allows the CIA to more easily authorize its own covert cyber operations, rather than requiring the agency to get approval from the White House.

Unlike previous presidential findings that have focused on a specific foreign policy objective or outcome -- such as preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power -- this directive, driven by the National Security Council and crafted by the CIA, focuses more broadly on a capability: covert action in cyberspace.

… The involvement of U.S. intelligence agencies in hack-and-dump activities also raises uncomfortable comparisons for some former officials. "Our government is basically turning into f****ing WikiLeaks, [using] secure communications on the dark web with dissidents, hacking and dumping," said one such former official.

… The CIA's new cyber powers prompted concerns among some officials. "Trump came in and way overcorrected," said a former official. Covert cyber operations that in the past would have been rigorously vetted through the NSC, with sometimes years-long gaps between formulation and execution, now go "from idea to approval in weeks," said the former official.

Former officials declined to speak in detail about cyber operations the CIA has carried out as a result of the finding, but they said the agency has already conducted covert hack-and-dump actions aimed at both Iran and Russia.

Zach Dorfman, Kim Zetter, Jenna McLaughlin, and Sean D. Naylor
Are we seriously attacking another country in the middle of a pandemic? Yes, yes we are. Is it the country we're mad about for sabotaging our elections? No, no it isn't. glare

I will never understand police in America. Right wing terrorists are murdering them, Antifa isn't. So who do cops think is the real problem?

As protests against police violence spread to every state in the U.S. and dramatic images flooded in from cities across the country, President Donald Trump and his attorney general spun an ominous story of opportunistic leftists exploiting a national trauma to sow chaos and disorder. They were the anti-fascists known as "antifa", and according to the administration they were domestic terrorists who would be policed accordingly.

But while the White House beat the drum for a crackdown on a leaderless movement on the left, law enforcement offices across the country were sharing detailed reports of far-right extremists seeking to attack the protesters and police during the country's historic demonstrations, a trove of newly leaked documents reveals.

Among the steady stream of threats from the far-right were repeated encounters between law enforcement and heavily armed adherents of the so-called boogaloo movement, which welcomes armed confrontation with cops as means to trigger civil war. With much of the U.S. policing apparatus on the hunt for antifa instigators, those violent aspirations appear to have materialized in a string of targeted attacks in California that left a federal protective services officer and a sheriff's deputy dead and several other law enforcement officials wounded.

The cache of law enforcement materials was recently hacked and posted online under the title "BlueLeaks," providing an unprecedented look at the communications between state, local, and federal law enforcement in the face of the nationwide protests. In an analysis of nearly 300 documents that reference "antifa," The Intercept found repeated instances of antifa and left-wing protesting activities cast in cartoonishly grim terms alongside more substantive reports of lethal right-wing violence and threats that have received scant mention from top Trump administration officials.

"Throughout the documents you see counterterrorism agencies using extremism so broadly as to mean virtually anything that encompasses dissent," Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, told The Intercept. "There are instances in which people engaging in white supremacist violence get the benefit of the doubt as potential lone offenders, while people of color and those who dissent against government injustice are smeared as threats with guilt by association."

Ryan Devereaux
Abolish and start from scratch, please.

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Day 123: Tuesday 14 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Slept in by about half an hour. Got ready slow. Lunch = Dunkin. ♥

Got some whiteboard stuff out of the way.

For the past week I have forced myself to read a chapter of a fairly dense book in the morning before allowing myself to touch twitter, email, or groups. It was kind of distressing how strong the urge to "take a peek" was at the start, but it seems to be getting easier.

John Carmack
This is interesting becasue I'm thinking I have better results when I do whiteboard stuff at the beginning of the day instead of the end. Too easy to go doomscrolling, then go "ah well, nevertheless" when I realize how late it is. confused, embarrassed

Short chat with Queep to verify he's still alive. So far, so good.

A bunch of people unfollowed me on Twitter and I was rather salty about it all day. Was it something I said? No, of course not, I'm just an intolerable douchebag online. sticking tongue out

Vacuumed the house. Washed the sheets.

Dinner = last of the rice + last of the salad... and one of the cucumber pieces had quite a bit of fuzz growing on it. I'm going to die. sick Also Magner's berry. I fucking can't get enough of this stuff.

Watched AEW Dark (great stuff all around) while working on the Centers for Skaven Control mod. I think I've got province lockdown working, but it needs more testing...

Stayed up late doing postcards for Florida Democrats, even though I knew tomorrow would be hell.

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Day 122: Monday 13 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Woke up on time. Got ready slowly. Got my whiteboard stuff out of the way since I wasn't in a hurry.

Lunch = pb sandwich - coffee.

Kept debugging the Centers for Skaven Control mod. Lots of dumb mistakes, including most of my efforts undermined last night by a typo. So stupid! angry

Dinner = last of the chicken & rice from Pollo Supreme. Surprised the salad lasted this long.

Kept working on the new mod late into the night. I think I've finally managed to figure out how to tell if the tax checkbox is selected, so I can simulate lockdown. (Not using an actual lockdown button, that would be WAY too much work.)

Finished my re-read of Infinite Powers by Steven Strogatz. What an excellent book. ♥


This is a good summary of how fucked up the war in Libya is... back in June:

When we last visited Libya, we saw the demise of Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi at the hands of various Libyan rebel forces. Those videos are now tagged with a graphic content warning on YouTube. His gruesome death with a knife up his arse, a bullet in his head and his carcass on display in a Misrata grocer's freezer should have been a warning of what was to come. Even Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, on the day of his capture issued a strong warning to his captors about Libya's new radical leaders and the risk of internal divisions. Of course he was only talking about particular Islamist leaders among the rebels. Even he didn't foresee the danger of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Those jihadists had their moment, but neither of the current warring factions in Libya have any use for them. At least there's that.

Ah yes. How could I forget Benghazi. We all remember the killing of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi on 11 September 2012 and the ensuing four years of Congressional investigations. But that's another story.

Some time after the killing of Ambassador Stevens, the USG started developing plans to begin rebuilding a new Libyan Army starting in 2015. It definitely would have been a much tougher mission than rebuilding the Lebanese Army in 1983. It would have taken an entire SF Group and various supporting elements fully deployed for several years. Given our existing deployments at the time, I doubt this mission ever got past the initial planning stage... if that far. If we were at all serious about this endeavor, we should have started planning before the first American bomb fell on Qadaffi's forces.

Now back to reality.

The pandemic has no doubt made the situation much, much worse. Still helpful to read how it got this way.

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Day 120-121: Weekend Edition 11-12 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Saturday - Only woke up an hour late. Got ready slowly, but still made it to my shift on time.

Lunch = pb sandwich - coffee.

No new tickets for me, just lots of reviews for SC and R, and the tickets I hadn't completed on Friday night.

Kai wasn't very talkative during our call. But at least I caught them!

Dinner = chicken & rice + Magner's berry.

Spent most of the day on LAUNDRY or my Imrik campaign. Got a tiny bit of mod editing done since I was annoyed about some stupid shit.

Tiny of bit whiteboard stuff, enough to keep me happy... but I forgot to put out a book report, breaking the streak. cry

Sunday - Woke up almost an hour late due to a not-so-good night's sleep. Dreamt about running barefoot in Clifton with Dré.

Lunch = bec from Bagels on Park. Poor T's basement kept flooding all week thanks to the rain.

Today was soooo much busier than yesterday! Had to take multiple tickets, including a call I didn't want. Ugh. Lotta good teamwork though.

Mount Nerdcore concert was nice. I miss these people so much. And Leva Bates was the MC! Wasn't expecting that!

Finished my Imrik campaign! Finally! Short and long campaign victories, whoo!

Started a MARKUS ... WULFHART campaign. Stopped it after about 45 turns so I could continue work on my Centers for Skaven Control mod.

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Day 119: Friday 10 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Woke up mostly on time, got ready quickly. Got through standup easily.

Lunch = Dunkin. The rain required an umbrella, otherwise no big deal. Humidity was pretty fucking bad though, made it hard to breathe. dead

Didn't take any new tickets, instead too busy with my own. Also took a phone call for HS since he was overwhelmed by his traffic cop shift. Having been there, I figured better to just do it then risk him getting burnt out.

Showered before dinner.

Dinner = leftover chicken & rice + Crabbie's + Magner's berry while I tried to get responses out to the last few tickets.

D&D: Unnamed 5e campaign started an hour late because of my stupidness.

A grotto is a cave by the sea. No sign of guards. I sent Frider in first, Al followed with his goggles on. The water is leaving, so the tide is going out. First room seemed empty. The next room had some sort of tide pool in the middle behind a pillar. Ajax and Al went to investigate. Before I could stop them, Al stuck his hand into the pool. The pillar came alive to attack us. angry

We avoided the roper's attacks initially, somehow. Al couldn't hit its eye. Sparky mauled one of its tentacles. Frider kept hitting it with death from above. I backed out of the range of the tentacles and let loose with firebolt. Sparky & Ajax both got grabbed. Ajax & Al cut loose and went nuts. Sparky got free too and ripped the damn tentacle off! I tried to finish it off and hit Ajax but accident. Whoops. I could see Ajax glower "Not cool!" from the other side of the room haha. The roper gummed Al. Ajax finished it off.

Ajax asked Al "What did you grab?" "Some crude statue. Unrelated to Ioun? Driftwood. Humanoid. Sort of magical. Maybe." I had no idea if this was magical or dangerous. I checked the pool and found a necklace made of small bones. Not magical, possibly a shaman used this for rituals.

In the next room, there was a strong smell of fish. Also a giant shell in the middle. Also a waterlogged chest. Also a boat. The boat didn't appear to be a monster. The sea shell had clammed up. The driftwood pillars weren't alive. I tried to read the markings. Claw marks? Depicted a scene in 3 parts. Bottom of the ocean, the rise, and fish creatures worshipping a large creature. Is it an aboleth? Nope. (I only know this from my discussion with the Vertruses.)

Al went to the chest. I begged him to check for traps first... and he found something! Al disarmed it easily, then pocketed the poison. A living creature?! He went through the chest, full of shells... but something magical at the bottom. A pearl of some sort. Al talked to it... It didn't respond. Illusion type magic? Seems to be enchanted, can maybe cast minor illusions.

Al checked the shell. Didn't seem to be alive. Ajax checked for a way to open the clam. He found something!? The clam was alarmed, but Ajax managed to open it the proper way. Ajax disarmed the bells. We suspected something's up with this cave. It feels off.


I was so angry about Thomas Parrott getting fired by Black Library that I dumped $1100 into various state elections. No more books about space marine for the rest of the year. angry

Went down a rabbit hole of stupid stuff for some reason instead of going to bed. confused, embarrassed

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Day 118: Thursday 9 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Water was on briefly in the morning so I managed to wash my hands and face and drink a couple of glasses of water. I then tried to get a couple hours of sleep with the CPAP machine on. Stupidly had *no fucking idea* that the water would go off again, so I'd have no water for meds. And the fucking toilet ran forever, although maybe that's my fault for not hitting the pipes hard enough to dislodge the valve... at this rate, it's only a matter of time before it's gonna be my toilet that needs replacing, causing water to be shut down for the whole building.

Finally the water came back on shortly after noon, in the middle of some meeting I really didn't care about. Took a real dump, then washed my hands. It felt great. Got through the morning routine by 2pm. Lunch = pb sandwich - coffee.

Took a single ticket. Too busy with my other tickets. Didn't take back any of the tickets that I'd handed off, that's how busy today was.

Dinner chicken & rice from Pollo Supremo + Crabbie's. The delivery person made it to my apartment while the fucking app said she was 2 blocks away. I fucking hate Uber.

Got answers out to all of my tickets by 11pm.

Tiny bit of whiteboard stuff. Just enough to earn a mark. Better than nothing.

Kept going in my Imrik campaign for most of the day. Fucking determined to pull this one off.

Took a shower around 1am. This time the water didn't shut off, so yay.

There's a fucking tropical storm coming! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Day 117: Wednesday 8 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Much better night of sleep, although that's not saying much.

Lunch = bec from Bagels on Park. ♥

Spent a couple hours waiting to get in touch with someone @ Vanguard to re-characterize my IRA contributions. Stupid, but it was the only way to avoid getting killed in taxes. Good problem to have, but goddamn I should've done this sooner.

Spent most of the rest of today working on my Imrik campaign. Got my whiteboard stuff in early to make sure I couldn't come up with any excuses for why I wouldn't have time for it.

Dinner = the last of the Tony Boloney's + a couple of Crabbie's.

Virtual WNA wasn't, again, although this time it was mostly my fault since my fucking audio kept cutting out. Stupid fucking Optimum. Hopefully this won't be a problem tomorrow when I go back to work.

After taking a dump right before taking a shower, there was just enough water to partially wash my hands... and then nothing. No water for medicine, no water to prevent a hangover, certainly no water for a shower. When I called it quits at 3am, I didn't trust that my hands were clean enough to use the CPAP machine, so I went to bed without it. Fucking horrendous way to end a break. angry

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Day 116: Tuesday 7 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Got outta bed mostly on time. Not thrilled about how little sleep I got.

Lunch = pb sandwich - coffee.

Had lots of chats with people at work to get sorted. Day off my ass.

Someone recommended Shadow Weather as an alternative to Dark Sky... I'll give it a try, but already the UI is ass. Why are programmers so fucking stupid? cry

Dinner = Tony Boloney's + Magner's berry.

Mostly spent the day on my Imrik campaign. Bloody and brutal, but I'm determined to not let these fuckers win.

Once again, forgot to go to bed until 4am. At least I got some whiteboard stuff in!

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Day 115: Monday 6 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Slept in by almost an hour, whoops. Wasn't the best night's sleep either, argh. So hot. So humid.

Lunch = Dunkin. ♥

Cleaned the bathroom. Didn't get anything else done.

Spent the entire day on my Imrik campaign. Can't believe how far I got this time when I couldn't make any headway in previous attempts. wide eyed

Dinner = Tony Boloney's + Magner's berry.

Officially released the Clan Skyre Units for Skaven mod.

Didn't get to bed until 4am. Stupid.

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Day 113-114: Weekend Edition 4-5 July 2020 by Lord Omlette

Derp in the Time of Coronavirus

Saturday - Only slept in by half an hour.

Lunch = bec from Bagels on Park. ♥


Started work on a sister mod, Clan Skyre Units for Skaven. Simple because it's just a copy/paste of HIgh Elf Units for High Elfs code. Would be fucking hilarious if some Skaven playuer winds up with Asur units because I fucked something up.

Spent more time than I wanted researching the Citadel of Dusk faction from OvN since I still owe Hawkshark an answer on whether including it in my mod is possible. Maybe.

Used a straw to snake my sink and nearly vomited as a result. I'm annoyed because I obviously didn't need to run and pick up Draino, but I wish I had better tools. Ah well.

I could actually see some of the fireworks outside my window, whoo.

Dinner = Tony Boloney's + Magner's berry cider.

Reviewed Helsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. I believe this is now the 5th Saturday in a row that I've gotten a book report out. This whiteboard is clearly working! victory!  love and peace!

Sweden has a case fatality rate of 7.6%. The United States case fatality rate is 4.6%. Their per capita death rate is also higher than ours. Am aware that seems weird given that we're reaching 25% of the world case total, but Sweden handled their problems really, really badly. Universal health care was insufficient to overcome horrendously bad leadership. Of course, I must make this about me, so: I am happy to know I was justified in unfollowing/blocking anyone who suggested that we should be doing what Sweden is doing. glare

Sunday - Woke up just a tiny bit late. Got ready reasonably quickly. Lunch = pb sandwich - coffee + a pear.

Little bit of whiteboard stuff. Just enough to get me on the board.

Took a shower, then headed over to Kayul & Rahul's place. Played upstairs with Kai... indoors. Sigmar's blood, I hope none of them are sick because this is highly suboptimal. Mostly played hide and seek with Kai. Also smashed his head into the ceiling while playing elevator, whoops. confused, embarrassed Apologized profusely.

No Meg, sadly, she was laid low by allergies. (We hope that's all it is.) Rahul, Kayul, Mom and Dad all seemed in a good mood. Mom still hasn't spoke to Sajel yet, which is frustrating, because the story she heard from Vasu-masi is pretty fucked.

Dinner = Tony Boloney's + a couple of Magner's berry. Holy shit that stuff is good.

Started an Imrik campaign. Resisted the urge to lower difficulty to hard. Instead, rushed Greenskins before the could snowball. It seems to have worked...

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