The Plunger

A wooden stick with a rubber cone on the end can solve so many problems.

When the toilet’s on the fritz,
But you’ve really got the shitz,
You’ve got to plunge it.
You’ve got to plunge it.

Cat on a toilet, with a plunger

That cat clogged the toilet. PLUNGE HIM.

When your dinner’s in the pot,
But your sink has got a clot,
You’ve got to plunge it.
You’ve got to plunge it.

Dinner in the kitchen sink, with a plunger on it

Apply plunger to dinner. Throw dinner away.

And when the shower doesn’t drain,
Don’t go get naked in the rain,
You’ve got to plunge it.
You’ve got to plunge it.

A plunger on a shower drain

Take the plunge in the shower.

If your vehicle don’t start,
Because the gas tank needs a fart,
You’ve got to plunge it.
You’ve got to plunge it.

A Tesla car with a plunger assassin

Plunge the electric hookup. Do it. That’ll definitely work.

Computer’s getting worms,
Don’t you worry bout those germs,
Just plunge it.
You’ve got to plunge it.

A bald white dude, in like, a Yoga Guru outfit, with a computer, and a plunger.

Plungers work on computers too. Apply to screen liberally.

Sometimes the boss man starts to growl,
Pull that paper out your bowels,
You’ve got to plunge him.
You’ve got to plunge him.

A dude plunging his boss' face

Bosses really appreciate plungers to the face. It gets things moving through the digestive tract.

For when your baby starts to tire,
Use the tool to stop that crier,
Just plunge him.
You’ve got to plunge him.

A plunger on a baby's butt

Johnson and Johnson approved – no tears.

San Antonio Hackerspace

Apparently San Antonio has a hackerspace now.  Up until a few minutes ago, this image was alongside the rest of their “About Us” page.  I think that by observing the page I changed it, so perhaps it’s a quantum webpage.

Princess Leia and C3PO, making out.

Leia’s going to cut her tongue if she’s not careful.

Anyway, these are a bunch of nerds interested in ham radio, building hardware and software, and talking about all these things.  This makes me even more excited to head back to SA.  I don’t want to lose this nerdy motivation I’ve got right now, as a consequence of school, and I guess this seems like an appropriate environment to cultivate that.

In the next few years I’d like to come up with a PhD research topic, and somehow get involved in whatever field that’s in.  My masters topic involved reverse engineering embedded system firmware, with the goal of furthering embedded system security.  I don’t think I want to continue down that exact road, but maybe I’ll reverse network card or cell phone radio firmwares and see what kind of vulnerabilities those contain.  Perhaps there are classes of frequent bugs in those devices.  Participating in something like a hackerspace might keep me motivated to do that kind of research.

Another cool thing I found today – the San Antonio IEEE Computer Society chapter.  The details about their last talk sound interesting, even if their webpage is in no way exciting.  Now I’ve got two groups to check out when I get down there.

Unix Text Editing Awesomeness

Oh, LaTeX acronym package, you won’t automatically alphabetize my list of acronyms?  Strange…  Let’s see if Unix will…

$ echo "\acro{SCADA}{Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition}
\acro{PLC}{Programmable Logic Controller}
\acro{RTU}{Remote Terminal Unit}
..." > toSort

$ for i in `cat toSort |sed "s/.*\\acro{\(.*\)}.*{.*}/\1/" | sort`;
do grep "{$i}" toSort; done
\acro{ADC}{analog to digital converter}
\acro{API}{application programming interface}
\acro{APT}{Advanced Persistent Threat}
\acro{ASCII}{American Standard Code for Information Interchange}
...

Unix, you rock my world.