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Gentleman Bastards into the wild for "the worthy"

Some weeks ago a friend moving far away left me some books to read and pass on to "the worthy" . So here we go, another friend is visting tonight and although he didn't know yet, he'll take the first piece with him:

"The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch
"The Lies of Locke Lamora" by Scott Lynch - an entertaining read.


Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora" turned out to be a quite entertaining book. The setup of the book is kind of medieval, but also includes fantasy and even science fiction elements. Think of Charles Dickens, subtract the moral instructions and add a small dash of Terry Pratchett. Well, compared to Dickens/Pratchett it's not that well written. Basically it tells the story of Locke Lamora, an orphan stealing for a living and over the years becoming the mastermind of the gentleman bastards. This group is smart, well educated and trained, but also calls for trouble by making their schemes bigger and bigger. Desaster calls. If you like it, there is more: Several sequels are planned, but only one is published so far. I'm in the middle of it right now and it's also a nice read.

So, the book is out there and when ever _YOU_ get your hands on this book, let me know (gentlemanbastards @ gegenglueck . org - remove the blanks)

PS: Yes, I know about bookcrossing, I like the idea, but first of all I don't want to print labels.

Some more technical hints for #Egypt

Cleaned up stuff from here

* How to circumvent the communications blackout in #Egypt http://slink.us?lr in Arabic
* TOR Bridge 189.129.67.78:443 04FD6AE46E95F1E46B5264528C48EA84DB10CAC4
* #Egypt hams are on 7.050-7.200 MHz LSB
* Egypt Gov only blocking by DNS. So try IPs:
-> Twitter try 128.242.245.148 or 128.242.240.52
-> Facebook 69.63.189.11 or 69.63.189.34
* VPN
-> VPN Server http://texnomic.com/url/2L is now stable and open for FREE to ALL
-> FREE VPN Server to bypass ANY Blockage on ANY ADSL or Cell Network. Domain: Cloud.Texnomic.com User: FreeEgypt Pass: #Jan25
* Tor: Help the Egypt Revolutionaries by overcoming the Firewall https://www.accessnow.org
* Dialup:
-> We are now providing dialup modem service at +46850009990. user/pass: telecomix/telecomix (only for #egypt, respect that PLEASE!).
-> People of Egypt ONLY! Use this dial-up provided by friends in France to go online: +33172890150 (login 'toto' password 'toto')
-> Nour DSL is still working in Egypt, Dial up with 0777 7776 or 07777 666

Take care.

Working around Egyptian Censorship

While the news from Egypt are both encouraging and horrifying, it's hard to get in touch with people within the country. Internetaccess, phonelines, tv - all this is target for egyptian attempts to censor and block information. So gegenglueck - worrying about friends who where online at least yesterday - spreads some ressources / hints. Maybe it helps.

A collection of good ressources for news at iRevolution.

Internet access seems to be possible via dial up! A good ressource is werebuild - if you can check for updates there! Below a copy of the dialup info:

* A more updated pad with modem pools here: http://pad.telecomix.org/modempools

* A dialup guide for cell phones and lots of numbers: http://manalaa.net/dialup Manal and Alaas

* A french ISP, offer a free dial-up internet access against egypt censorship.
Number : +33 1 72 89 01 50. Login/Password: toto
http://blog.fdn.fr/post/2011/01/28/Censure-de-l-internet-en-%C3%89gypte-:-une-humble-action-de-FDN

* We are now providing dialup modem service
Number: +46850009990. user/pass: telecomix/telecomix

* “free” PPP dial-up access on Madrid, Spain:
+34 912910230. user:internetforegypt@trovator.com / pass:internetforegypt

* Dutch non-registred dialup ISP. Non-hidden phone number required, SMTP blocked
Number: +31 20 7155593. Login: buitenland@inbellen.org, no password [http://www.inbellen.org/?p=1]

* Massive list of american ISP dialups:
Login/pass: guest/password

* Bainbridge: (206) 312-1000
* Bainbridge: (206) 312-1500
* Bainbridge: (206) 312-2500
* Bainbridge: (206) 312-3700
* Bellevue: (425) 786-1000
* Bellevue: (425) 786-1111
* Bellevue: (425) 786-7777
* Bellevue: (425) 786-5073
* Black Diamond: (360) 469-1000
* Black Diamond: (360) 469-1111
* Black Diamond: (360) 469-2000
* Black Diamond: (360) 469-2222
* Buckley: (360) 761-6000
* Buckley: (360) 761-6111
* Buckley: (360) 761-6101
* Buckley: (360) 761-6102
* Centralia: (360) 523-1000
* Centralia: (360) 523-1111
* Centralia: (360) 523-1001
* Centralia: (360) 523-1002
* Graham: (253) 780-1000
* Graham: (253) 780-1100
* Graham: (253) 780-2000
* Graham: (253) 780-2020
* Hoodsport: (360) 717-1000
* Hoodsport: (360) 717-1111
* Hoodsport: (360) 717-1122
* Hoodsport: (360) 717-1133
* Olympia: (360) 515-3000
* Olympia: (360) 515-3001
* Olympia: (360) 515-3030
* Olympia: (360) 515-3131
* Seattle: (206) 495-1000
* Seattle: (206) 424-1111
* Seattle: (206) 337-5050 *
* Seattle: (206) 337-5252

Es wird nichts mehr geloggt / No more logging

Ich habe die Einstellungen für die Domain so geändert, das keine Logs / Userstatistiken mehr geschreiben werden. Das häufigste Suchwort war bislang "Kacki", in Zukunft ist das nicht mehr festzustellen.

I've changed all settings for the domain in a way that no logs or usage statistics will be written. The most common searchword was "Kacki" so far. In the future I can't find out anymore.

Round corners

Today I've become a bit annoyed by the look of gegenglueck ... it was just looking oldfashioned somehow, but I decided the reason wasn't the colors. So I started to remove and change the borders slightly. Than I remembered the CSS-voodoo at Hospitalitywiki and added round corners. Much better now! And it wasn't very difficult as I'm using bulletproof theme, a great and flexible theme for Serendipity. I've already set up an own colorset in the past, a simple CSS that is used by Bulletproof to replace the standard settings. With a little help of Firebug I identified the related CSS-classes and added the borderstyle. Probably some of this is expected to be done in your own user.css, but that's still empty here ... Right now I like it, if you want to have a look, here is the gegenglueck_style.css

PS: This probably won't work in Internet Explorers. Well, I couldn't care less.