Dream of The Arts

I don’t remember much, but it was fairly early in the morning. We were at a play, at a school auditorium, which had been an evening gala. Piles of clothes lined up around the dressing and rest rooms. Several friends were playing roles, on a whim. It was sort of like live auditions, in front of a live audience. Several people were drunk from an evening of partying.

I was heading out, and navigating stacks if clothes with a 2-wheel hand truck, through the door, through what I thought was a restroom. Fun jibes with a guy on the way out. I was pooped. Then… I was outside.

And as I walked away, I saw her. She had been inside, in a red dress, with frills. Here, jeans, a white and baby blue striped shirt, and the best curls I’ve ever seen. We’d talked inside, but not much. Time jumped. because she had been in line to go on stage when I left.

Someone was trying to pick a verbal fight with her, so I walked with her, put my arm across her back, and told her to just ignore them.

She was tall, had a kind, pretty, uncertain face. Light brown, dark tan.. but with freckles. I REALLY loved her hair. All 1″ curls, even on top.

Slight Spanish accent, but mostly neutral US. We chatted, and were both kind of swooning. “Would you really be interested in dating a mean girl?” “Maybe.”

Some quips and we found the we lived close, and would try to have no expectations, but were both besmitten. We were late 20s, healthy, I was lean, and we were excited.

After waking, I still have the feeling. I miss her, and she’s an imaginary amalgamation of a comedian, my spouse, and others.

The dream before had something to do with international calls, and trying to solve something.


Grice’s maxims of cooperative communication

Grice’s maxims of cooperatice communication are fourfold.

——

His maxim of quantity is to be informative, and has two submaxims:

  1. Make your contribution as informative as is required (for the current purposes of the exchange).
  2. Do not make your contribution more informative than is required.

Analogy: If I ask for 4 screws, do not provide only 2, and fo not provide 6.

——

His maxim of quality is to be truthful, and has these submaxims:

  1. Do not say what you believe is false.
  • Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence.

  • Analogy: Be genuine and not spurious. If I ask for sugar, I do not expect salt. If I ask for a spoon, I do not expect a trick rubber spoon.

    ——

    His maxim of relation says:

    Be relevant — i.e., one should ensure that all the information they provide is relevant to the current exchange; therefore omitting any irrelevant information.

    Analogy: I expect a partner’s contribution to be appropriate to the immediate needs at each stage of the transaction. If I am mixing ingredients for a cake, I do not expect to be handed a good book, or even an oven cloth (though this might be an appropriate contribution at a later stage).

    ——

    His final maxim of manner is to be clear, and has ingrained parody of itself:

    Be perspicious.

    1. Avoid obscurity of expression — i.e., avoid language that is difficult to understand.
  • Avoid ambiguity — i.e., avoid language that can be interpreted in multiple ways.

  • Be brief — i.e., avoid unnecessary prolixity.

  • Be orderly — i.e., provide information in an order that makes sense, and makes it easy for the recipient to process it.

  • ——

    Flouting a maxim ironically can be used to convey deeper or alternate meaning when context is correct.

    Viloating maxims can be used to mislead, or impede communication.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperative_principle


    Fire Chasies

    It was embarrasing. We had firechasies loose on the ship. One or two were annoying. They liked to toy with people, maybe singe hair. They were psychic, and imbued people with a little fear. They thought it was funny.

    But this was maybe 40 or 50. The richies who rented the ship thought it would be good fun, but of course, the chasies got loose. This was a real hazard. We would have to vent the ship.

    But did we? Were we just playing into their silly littly game? How long could people last with the cabins purged, Could we cram everyone somewhere safe and keep the chasies out?

    I went to the cockpit, and looked out the window. Beautiful. We were low over a thick dust ring around a gas giant. Anyway, back to the plan.

    I needed to make sure that others were safe if we lost control of the ship. Only one ship nearby.

    “Pegasus, how many on board?”

    “Pegasus Crew Transport, 51 souls on board.”

    I could see them now. They looked like a lolipop with two long pontoons. Reminded me of the Precursor ship on Star Control.

    They were moving fast, lower against the dust rings. They had to be hitting pebbles, but they were gone in less than a minute.

    OK. We have 3 minutes of venting. Any longer, and we won’t have enough air left. Hope we can get all of the chasies out.

    I feel a twinge of guilt. They’re sentient. Not overtly evil. Some people even keep one as a pet. But there’s no other choice.

    And then I woke up.

    I don’t always remember dreams. Sometimes not as much detail, but sometimes very elaborate, multiple scenes, etc. Usually not vibrant, like me visualizing or remembering when awake. Usually happens when waking, and usually gone if I go back to sleep. I remembered more when I was younger. Probably because I had untreated sleep apnea in my 20s. (UPPP/Tonsilectomy did wonders for sleep quality.)

    I have others in text files, livejournal, wordpress, facebook, reddit.


    Mock the Victims!

    Wake-up thoughts on wording. It’s slow to process. Not news.

    It’s generally not cool to mock someone for their trauma. Exceptions might exist for individuals you know well, who are not still suffering from it.

    This is the very essense of where “punch up. Don’t punch down.” comes from. So, a comic can get away with mocking themselves, their buddies with permission, and rich assholes.

    Examples: You don’t make dead baby jokes around people who lost a child. You don’t make rape jokes around a group of rape survivors.

    As soon as they mock people whose grandparents lost their whole family to war crimes, it gets dicey, especially if they mock the group for the loss, or stereotypes about the loss, or jokingly blame them for that loss.

    There’s not a threshold for affected percent. It’s about whether the audience empathizes.

    For instance, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men admit to having been raped in the US. More than this have been assaulted, but many keep it inside because society blames victims. So, everyone knows at least one person who’s directly affected.

    A celebrity would probably not be tolerated if they made a lot of jokes demeaning sexual assault victims. It’s raw. People are not “over it” because it’s ongoing.

    Kids murdered in school shootings, also mostly off limits. You can demean the shooters, maybe, but not the survivors and parents. It’s just bad form, and insensitive.

    Some examples of acceptable consequences:

    Self-Yeet declaring “deathcon” against jews, and spreading old-style hateful “they own everything” messages. “Well, it makes sense he’d lose contracts, followers, etc.”

    Schadenfreude over Musk digging his own hole with Twitter? “Great! He deserves it!” People organizing to cancel their Twitter accounts by the hudreds of thousands? “That’s their right.”

    Bliss over the Kentucky student getting kicked out of school and her influencer jobs because of racist tirades while drunk? “Totally on board. She was a little snot anyway.”

    But there is a line in the sand. One exception carved out.

    We have a group where 66% of the members are sexually assaulted. 82% planned suicide, and 40% tried at least once. 44% suffer PTSD. The bullying NEVER ended. The murder rate against this group quadrupled during the previous presidency, as did violent rhetoric against the group.

    You’d think that demeaning this group, might be slightly off limits.

    You’d be wrong.

    Strong support from all classes and other minorities. “Don’t you dare boycott paying your money to this comic. His group has an 8.7% PTSD rate, so HE KNOWS.”

    Doubling down on it, and having other friends come support poking at people with gender dysphoria, or whose internal perception does not match their external presentation at birth?

    Outrage is not allowed. No boycotting allowed. No cancelling memberships allowed. “How dare you try to cancel my beloved Chappell.” “Those people need to grow a spine.”

    The list of when you invoke protected speech status, vs when you nod and say “consequences will get you”, is what defines the bias. A group 7x more vulnerable not getting the same protections you invoke for your favorite group is a sizeable prejudice.


    Alien Dreams

    I don’t remember much of my dreams from last night, but I just remembered that there was something where there were aliens trying to talk to us. We kept not noticing that listening, and so eventually they brought in some sort of dimensional shift.

    I don’t know if it was another earth or if it was space-time folding around the earth or whatever. There were places and times where gravity was extra light or was reversed. I remember feeling the stomach drop from floating up at some point in the dream.

    There was some communication with aliens through some devices that were floating around and interacting and everything. Eventually, they were leaving, and asked if I wanted to go with them. I had 2 1/2 minutes to decide. I asked a few questions about it, but I woke up before I decided.

    I’ve been awake 2 or 3 hours, and it surprises me that I remember any of it. I didn’t remember it when I first woke up.


    Rules of the Internet

    Rules of the internet are a historical meme. Some of these are horrible, and some are amusing. This is ancient lore of the Internet from 4chan.

    0. Don’t fuck with cats.

    1. Do not talk about /b/

    2. Do NOT talk about /b/

    3. We are Anonymous

    3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399573105…. Expect us.

    4. Anonymous is legion

    5. Anonymous never forgives

    6. Anonymous can be a horrible, senseless, uncaring monster

    7. Anonymous is still able to deliver

    8. There are no real rules about posting

    9. There are no real rules about moderation either – enjoy your ban

    10. If you enjoy any rival sites – DON’ T

    11. All your carefully picked arguments can easily be ignored

    12. Anything you say can and will be used against you

    13. Anything you say can be turned into something else – fixed

    14. Do not argue with trolls – it means that they win

    15. The harder you try the harder you will fail

    16. If you fail in epic proportions, it may just become a winning failure

    17. Every win fails eventually

    18. Everything that can be labeled can be hated

    19. The more you hate it the stronger it gets

    20. Nothing is to be taken seriously

    21. Original content is original only for a few seconds before getting old

    22. Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality

    23. Copypasta is made to ruin every last bit of originality

    24. Every repost is always a repost of a repost

    25. Relation to the original topic decreases with every single post

    26. Any topic can be easily turned into something totally unrelated

    27. Always question a person’s sexual prefrences without any real reason

    28. Always question a person’s gender – just in case it’s really a man

    29. In the internet all girls are men and all kids are undercover FBI agents

    30. There are no girls on the internet

    31. TITS or GTFO – the choice is yours

    32. You must have pictures to prove your statements

    33. Lurk more – it’s never enough

    34. There is porn of it, no exceptions

    35. If no porn is found at the moment, it will be made

    35.2. If no pony is found of it, it will be made.

    35.3. If there is no app for it, it will be made.

    35.4. If no poop is found, it will be pooped.

    35.4×2. If there is no Lego of it, then make one.

    35.5. If it is in Minecraft, the crafting idea video will be shoved into the farthest corners of YouTube.

    35.6. If there is no parody of it, make one.

    35.7. If there is no Pokemon based on it, there is/will be a Anymon based on it.

    35.8. If no dubstep is found of it, it will be made.

    35.35. If it is not on the internet it must be by midnight.

    35.99. If no mario paint composer version is found of it, it will be made.

    35∞. The number of objects and situations yet to be porn-ified spontaneously decreases over time.

    36. There will always be even more fucked up shit than what you just saw

    37. You can not divide by zero (just because the calculator says so)

    38. No real limits of any kind apply here – not even the sky

    39. CAPSLOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL

    40. EVEN WITH CRUISE CONTROL YOU STILL HAVE TO STEER

    41. Desu isn’t funny. Seriously guys. It’s worse than Chuck Norris jokes.

    42. Nothing is Sacred

    43. The more beautiful and pure a thing is the more satisfying it is to corrupt it

    44. Even one positive corment about Japanese things can make you a weeaboo

    45. When one sees a lion, one must get into the car

    46. There is always furry porn of it.

    47. The pool is always closed due to AIDS (and stingrays, which also have AIDS).

    47.2. YOU ARE FOOL!

    47.3. THE CONSEQUENCES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!

    48. A cat is fine too.

    49. One cat leads to another.

    50. Another cat leads to Zippo Cat.

    51. No matter what it is, it is somebody’s fetish. No exceptions.

    52. It is delicious cake. You must eat it.

    53. It is delicious trap. You must hit it.

    53.2. The trap broke the lazah.

    54.2. And today.

    54.3. So does America.

    55. If you have time to make up new rules, you have no life.

    55.2. Except for me.

    55.3. If you have no life, you do not exist. Therefore, your rule does not exist if you do not exist. No exceptions.

    55.4. The rules were created by people who do not exist, so the rules do not exist. No Exceptions.

    55.5. Although the rules do not exist, logic exists. The rules = logic. Therefore the rules do exist. No Exceptions.

    55.5.2 Since the rules exist by logic, then the rules have always existed. No Exceptions.

    55.5.3 So the creation of your rule is only a repost of science. (See rule 24)

    55.6. If Rule 55 applies to you, then /b/ welcomes you.

    56. They will not bring back Snacks.

    57. You will never have sex.

    57.2. I just had sex and it felt so good. (See rule 82)

    59. No one does it like Gaston. No exceptions.

    60. It needs more pumpkin. No exceptions.

    60.1. What pumpkin?

    60.2. It doesn’t matter as long as you give him the butter.

    61. It needs more cowbell. No exceptions.

    61.2 Chuck Norris is the exception, no exceptions.

    62. It has been cracked and pirated. No exceptions.

    62.2. The previous rule does not apply to Pokémon X and Y.

    62.3. The previous rule is null and void if you have a gateway 3DS card

    63. For every male character there is a female version. No Exceptions.

    63.2. For every female character there is a male version. No Exceptions.

    63.3. For every asexual character there is a version for each sex. No Exceptions.

    63.4. Rules 63, 63.2 and 63.3 does not include real people. (Too much work. No Exceptions.)

    63.5. Real people are ruled unworthy.

    63.6. Rules 63.4 and 63.5 are lies. Real people can and will be gender-bent. No exceptions.

    64. Don’t copy that floppy. rule 64 number

    65. Anonymous is not your personal army.

    66. The cake is a lie.

    66.2. The lie is a cake.

    66.3. The cock is a lie.

    66.4. The lie is a cock.

    66.5. The cake is a liar.

    66.6. THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST!

    66.7. Iron Maiden is awesome. No exceptions.

    66.8. Unless you are GLaDOS.

    66.9. Maybe GLaDOS is a lie. You’ll never know.

    66.10. Even if GLaDOS is a lie AFH is still truth. Refer to rule 334.3 and rule 93.

    67. Anonymous does not “buy”, he downloads.

    68. Milhouse will never be a meme. Ever. No matter what your post ends with. No exceptions. Ever. No.

    68.2. However, “Milhouse is not a meme” is a meme.

    68.3. It is undecided whether ‘ “Milhouse is not a meme” is a meme’ is a meme or not.

    68.4. Refer to rule 899899

    68.5. Rules 68, 68.2, and 68.3 define falsity, truthiness, and ambiguity. So by definition, Milhouse is not a meme.

    69. LOL SIXTY NINE AMIRITE?

    69.2. If your question ends with “AMIRITE?”, the answer will never be yes.

    71. The internet is SERIOUS BUSINESS.

    71.∞. The internet is better than you.

    72. Darth Vader is your father. No exceptions.

    72.2. Except for Ash. NO ONE knows who Ash’s father is. Not even his mother.

    73. If there isn’t enough just ask for Moar.

    75. Rule 75 is a lie.

    76. Twinkies are the answers to life’s problems.

    76.2. Disregard rule 76.1, the creator was gay. Twinkies are back. They will always be back. No exceptions.

    77. The internet makes you stupid.

    77.7. Rule 77 is false. You are not necessarily stupid, just incomprehensible.

    78. It will always need more sauce.

    80. Interwebz177 did it. No exceptions.

    81. Anonymous is a fool by default.

    82. Nobody tells the truth on the Internet

    83.2. Only mental slugs edit Star Wars.

    83.4. Han shot first

    84. All rules ARE true, including this one.

    84.2. These rule, therefore, are rule 478-compliant.

    85. Stupid rules are forbidden.

    86. The term “sage” does not refer to the spice.

    87. If you get pepperoni ever again, I swear I’ll blow this joint sky-high!

    87.2 But you know I only like pepperoni!

    87.3. Cheese pizza is the best pizza. No exceptions.

    87.4. Sorry, all I got were shrooms, but we can still get high right?

    88. Anonymous rules the internet. No exceptions.

    89. Bruce Lee was a hero to us all.

    90. It’s never lupus.

    93.2. This is not rule 93. This is rule 93.2., and rule 93 was not here.

    93.3. Rule 899 is rule 93. (This is not)

    93.4. Fagicorn deleted the real rule 93.

    93.5. Rekt.

    93.6. Get it. Kunt.

    93.7. The above rules are rule 93 pro tempore

    93.8. AT LAST! We found rule 93! Everything makes sense now and the balance of the universe is restored!

    93.9. To the writer of rule 93.8: no it isn’t.

    94. This is rule 94. It was definitely not deleted by SOPA.

    95. Anonymous did NOT, under any circumstances, tk him 2da bar?

    96. If you express astonishment at someone’s claim, it is most likely just a clever ruse.

    97. The government, The CIA, Everything is a lie.

    97.2. The NSA is out to get you, no exceptions.

    98. Only Zippocat is truth.

    99. All numbers are at least 100 but always OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAND.

    100. Gay will not be tolerated. (Basically, a lot of homophobic teen boys were all over the net in the late 1990s and early 2000s. We all know this is not as much of a problem, but is not all rainbows and moonbeams either.


    Social Media Popularity

    I got to wondering why we don’t use Flickr anymore, and it sent me into a social media dive. This is not all-inclusive. It’s just what was most noticeable. I’m sure I’ve missed things that a lot of people use.
     
    ### Analysis
    The clear winner for blogging is Facebook, with 2.93b active accounts. It seems that the combination of free accounts, and heuristics to filter and add things on your wall beyond just “my friends by date”. Political and Social outrage seems to drive a lot of its activity. Fine-grained permissions are good here too.
    LinkedIn has 830m users, with about 47% active in any given month. This is more about work networking, and less about general social interaction or blogging. There definitely is some of that.
     
    WordPress (455m) won over most of the linear journaling sites, probably due to customizability, and the ability to run on your own server. There is a feed aggregator page for WP, but it’s more or less an online RSS aggregator.
     
    Reddit (26m) is mostly about individual communities here, and not much in the way of individuals. There’s not really a personal wall of text, and there’s not fine-grained permissions like with the other sites. Pretty much everything is public or group access.
     
    MeWe (20m) seems pretty sparse by comparison.
     
    Livejournal (15.5m) didn’t really do media well, didn’t filter out low-interest friend posts, and didn’t add in high-interest non-friend posts. After it was bought by a Russian company, some of the originators started DreamWidth, with some good tools to import your LJ blog and friends. They only have around 50k active users.
     
    BlogSpot/Blogger was just a linear feed. Aggregation was external with RSS readers. It still exists, but it’s hard to find stats on it.
     
    MetaFilter (12k) is like a super-curated version of Reddit. It has a tight-knit niche population here.
     
    Google Plus, Okta, Friendster, SixDegrees… they all died a long time ago.
     
    ### Video / Photo
    YouTube (2.6b) is still the winner, even with their commercial push lately. Being the incumbent helps, but also they have a strong focus on educational material, and long-format videos. They harmed some small content creators, but have a lot of momentum yet. They also offer music, movies, and live TV streaming options.
     
    Instagram (1b active) is mostly pictures, but has a strong “reel” presence too. Insta feeds off of emotional interest, such as celebrities, sex appeal, current events, etc. Their outrage focus avoids the top-tier battles more than FB, and you’ll see bad drivers, belligerent drunks, etc. Top Tier outrage happens, but the text format is not as conducive to memetic virus explosion.  This is somewhat ephemeral, and it’s difficult to actually “share” photos for others to download.
     
    TikTok is also about 1b active users, and does the same thing as Insta. No photos, and more focus on content creators, and less on celebrities and politics. Despite having short video clips, they compete well with YouTube.
     
    Twitch (30m active) is streaming and stream recordings. In this space, they compete very well, but they do not have general videos, nor other media types. It has a large percentage of video game players, and thirst trap sex appeal.
     
    Flickr is also mostly photo sharing, but has videos too. 500m new posts per month, 7.6m active users.  It lets you share original size, and unlimited album sizes.  Paid vs Free balance has changed over time.
     
    Vimeo (5m) is more commercial than social, but deserves mention.
     
    ### Music/Audio
    For music, outside of YouTube, the winner seems to be SoundCloud, with 76m users.  Small bands, limited commercialization.  Lots of experiemental, small reach, and new creative content.  If this embedded better into shared posts of other social media sites, I think it would be even larger.
     
    MySpace (7m), it surprises me it still exists. It used to be in the general blogging category, but has been music niche for a long while.
     
    Some sites try to tell me BandCamp fits here, but BandCamp is 99.9% music sales. Spotify, Last, Pandora, etc all have scrobbling, but none of these really have a social network around bidirectional friend communication.
     
    ### Messaging / Chat:
    WhatsApp has 2b active users. It’s mostly a replacement for SMS/MMS chat, and supports a large, international following. It supports end to end encryption, but is owned by Facebook. It has some minor amount of tracking involved.
     
    Facebook Messenger has about 1.3b active users per month. This is very similar to WhatsApp, but has integration with Facebook userid instead of phone number.
     
    Snapchat (332m active daily) is similar, but ephemeral, with photos and text evaporating pretty quickly.
     
    Twitter (330m active daily) is kind of unique. It was an SMS integration, and kept small-message size limits. It does some embedded media integration pretty well. It does some following/grouping, and some “you might also like” heuristics which helps it stay relevant.
     
    Discord(155m active monthly) fits in here, with private and group chats. Similar to IRC. it has chat rooms that people can join and leave at will.
     
    Signal (40m) is an also end-to-end encrypted SMS alternative. It supports connecting your phone and PC to the same chats.
     
    Slack (10m) is very similar to IRC also, but more for corporate/business use than personal.
     
    IRC still exists, but is heavily splintered. Peak hours have about 228k connected users, which probably means about half a million daily or monthly users. Used more by Open Source projects in lieu of Slack, etc.
     
    Plenty of other jabber/XMPP chats in various places that probably add up to large numbers of users.

    Ubuntu LTS UEFI NVME Mirror Boot

    This is super touchy, and here is what I did to make it happy and stable.

    This does not address if UEFI decides to write to one of these mirrors.  Someone else has a systemd unit to assemble with resync.

    In the past, I used someone else’s bypass script, but this was cleaner, and works in 18 and 20 LTS.

     

    ### Filesystem / Mirror for EFI / UEFI booting:
    mdadm raid 1, metadata 1.0
    vfat filesystem for /boot/EFI

    ### Proper GRUB package
    apt-get purge grub\*
    apt-get install grub-efi
    apt-get autoremove

    ### Settings that seem to not stick
    dpkg-reconfigure -p low grub-efi-amd64
    Update NVRAM variables to automatically boot into Debian? NO
    echo "grub-pc grub2/update_nvram boolean false" | debconf-set-selections
    echo "grub-pc grub-efi/install_devices multiselect /dev/md0" | debconf-set-selections

    ### Grub config
    update-grub
    grub-install --no-nvram /dev/md0

    ### UEFI boot list (variables)
    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -?
    efibootmgr: invalid option -- '?'
    efibootmgr version 17
    usage: efibootmgr [options]
    -a | --active sets bootnum active
    -A | --inactive sets bootnum inactive
    -b | --bootnum XXXX modify BootXXXX (hex)
    -B | --delete-bootnum delete bootnum
    -c | --create create new variable bootnum and add to bootorder
    -C | --create-only create new variable bootnum and do not add to bootorder
    -D | --remove-dups remove duplicate values from BootOrder
    -d | --disk disk (defaults to /dev/sda) containing loader
    -r | --driver Operate on Driver variables, not Boot Variables.
    -e | --edd [1|3|-1] force EDD 1.0 or 3.0 creation variables, or guess
    -E | --device num EDD 1.0 device number (defaults to 0x80)
    -g | --gpt force disk with invalid PMBR to be treated as GPT
    -i | --iface name create a netboot entry for the named interface
    -l | --loader name (defaults to "\EFI\ubuntu\grub.efi")
    -L | --label label Boot manager display label (defaults to "Linux")
    -m | --mirror-below-4G t|f mirror memory below 4GB
    -M | --mirror-above-4G X percentage memory to mirror above 4GB
    -n | --bootnext XXXX set BootNext to XXXX (hex)
    -N | --delete-bootnext delete BootNext
    -o | --bootorder XXXX,YYYY,ZZZZ,... explicitly set BootOrder (hex)
    -O | --delete-bootorder delete BootOrder
    -p | --part part partition containing loader (defaults to 1 on partitioned devices)
    -q | --quiet be quiet
    -t | --timeout seconds set boot manager timeout waiting for user input.
    -T | --delete-timeout delete Timeout.
    -u | --unicode | --UCS-2 handle extra args as UCS-2 (default is ASCII)
    -v | --verbose print additional information
    -V | --version return version and exit
    -w | --write-signature write unique sig to MBR if needed
    -y | --sysprep Operate on SysPrep variables, not Boot Variables.
    -@ | --append-binary-args file append extra args from file (use "-" for stdin)
    -h | --help show help/usage

    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -v
    BootCurrent: 0019
    Timeout: 5 seconds
    BootOrder: 0005,0006,0007,000C,0019,0018
    Boot0000 Startup Menu FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)....ISPH
    Boot0001 System Information FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0002 Bios Setup FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0003 3rd Party Option ROM Management FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0004 System Diagnostics FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0005* nvme0_grub HD(1,GPT,e41eb9e0-6606-411a-bb83-bed7577f29b3,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\ubuntu\grub.efi)
    Boot0006* nvme1_grub HD(1,GPT,aa23256a-95c6-4148-b56c-c8861fc7966a,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\ubuntu\grub.efi)
    Boot0007* nvme2_grub HD(1,GPT,1f7f7f5b-2a89-4d87-a617-6ccaf15078dd,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\ubuntu\grub.efi)
    Boot0008 Boot Menu FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0009* Kingston DataTraveler 3.0 408D5CE57214E331293064F6 BBS(USB,USB1,0x900)/PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1d,0x0)......ISPH
    Boot000B Network Boot FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot000C* nvme3_grub HD(1,GPT,cb8bc8b4-affc-4765-97c2-72af0c615d44,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\ubuntu\grub.efi)
    Boot000E* IPV6 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)/MAC(88c9b3bfa1e9,0)/IPv6([::]:<->[::]:,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0010* IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1550 BBS(Network,Network1,0x0)/PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x19,0x0)......ISPH
    Boot0011 USB: PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1d,0x0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0012 HP Recovery FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0013* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0014* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH BBS(CDROM,CDROM1,0x400)/PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)......ISPH
    Boot0018* ubuntu HD(1,GPT,e41eb9e0-6606-411a-bb83-bed7577f29b3,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi)....ISPH
    Boot0019* ubuntu HD(1,GPT,e41eb9e0-6606-411a-bb83-bed7577f29b3,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi)....ISPH
    Boot001A* IPV4 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)/MAC(88c9b3bfa1e9,0)/IPv4(0.0.0.00.0.0.0,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH

    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -B -b 0005
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -B -b 0006
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -B -b 0007
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -B -b 0009
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -B -b 000c
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -B -b 0018
    BootCurrent: 0019
    Timeout: 5 seconds
    BootOrder: 0019
    Boot0000 Startup Menu
    Boot0001 System Information
    Boot0002 Bios Setup
    Boot0003 3rd Party Option ROM Management
    Boot0004 System Diagnostics
    Boot0008 Boot Menu
    Boot000B Network Boot
    Boot000E* IPV6 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter
    Boot0010* IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1550
    Boot0011 USB:
    Boot0012 HP Recovery
    Boot0013* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH
    Boot0014* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH
    Boot0019* ubuntu
    Boot001A* IPV4 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter

    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -v
    BootCurrent: 0019
    Timeout: 5 seconds
    BootOrder: 0019
    Boot0000 Startup Menu FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)....ISPH
    Boot0001 System Information FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0002 Bios Setup FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0003 3rd Party Option ROM Management FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0004 System Diagnostics FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0008 Boot Menu FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot000B Network Boot FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot000E* IPV6 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)/MAC(88c9b3bfa1e9,0)/IPv6([::]:<->[::]:,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0010* IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1550 BBS(Network,Network1,0x0)/PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x19,0x0)......ISPH
    Boot0011 USB: PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1d,0x0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0012 HP Recovery FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0013* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0014* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH BBS(CDROM,CDROM1,0x400)/PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)......ISPH
    Boot0019* ubuntu HD(1,GPT,e41eb9e0-6606-411a-bb83-bed7577f29b3,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi)....ISPH
    Boot001A* IPV4 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)/MAC(88c9b3bfa1e9,0)/IPv4(0.0.0.00.0.0.0,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH

    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -c -d /dev/nvme0n1 -L nvme0_grub -l '\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi'
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -c -d /dev/nvme1n1 -L nvme1_grub -l '\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi'
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -c -d /dev/nvme2n1 -L nvme2_grub -l '\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi'
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -c -d /dev/nvme3n1 -L nvme3_grub -l '\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi'
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -o 0005,0006,0007,0009,00019
    BootCurrent: 0019
    Timeout: 5 seconds
    BootOrder: 0005,0006,0007,0009,0019
    Boot0000 Startup Menu
    Boot0001 System Information
    Boot0002 Bios Setup
    Boot0003 3rd Party Option ROM Management
    Boot0004 System Diagnostics
    Boot0005* nvme0_grub
    Boot0006* nvme1_grub
    Boot0007* nvme2_grub
    Boot0008 Boot Menu
    Boot0009* nvme3_grub
    Boot000B Network Boot
    Boot000E* IPV6 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter
    Boot0010* IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1550
    Boot0011 USB:
    Boot0012 HP Recovery
    Boot0013* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH
    Boot0014* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH
    Boot0019* ubuntu
    Boot001A* IPV4 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter

    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# efibootmgr -v
    BootCurrent: 0019
    Timeout: 5 seconds
    BootOrder: 0005,0006,0007,0009,0019
    Boot0000 Startup Menu FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)....ISPH
    Boot0001 System Information FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0002 Bios Setup FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0003 3rd Party Option ROM Management FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0004 System Diagnostics FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0005* nvme0_grub HD(1,GPT,e41eb9e0-6606-411a-bb83-bed7577f29b3,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi)
    Boot0006* nvme1_grub HD(1,GPT,aa23256a-95c6-4148-b56c-c8861fc7966a,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi)
    Boot0007* nvme2_grub HD(1,GPT,1f7f7f5b-2a89-4d87-a617-6ccaf15078dd,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi)
    Boot0008 Boot Menu FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0009* nvme3_grub HD(1,GPT,cb8bc8b4-affc-4765-97c2-72af0c615d44,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi)
    Boot000B Network Boot FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot000E* IPV6 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)/MAC(88c9b3bfa1e9,0)/IPv6([::]:<->[::]:,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0010* IBA GE Slot 00C8 v1550 BBS(Network,Network1,0x0)/PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x19,0x0)......ISPH
    Boot0011 USB: PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1d,0x0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0012 HP Recovery FvVol(cdbb7b35-6833-4ed6-9ab2-57d2acddf6f0)/FvFile(9d8243e8-8381-453d-aceb-c350ee7757ca)......ISPH
    Boot0013* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)/Sata(0,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH
    Boot0014* hp PLDS DVDRW DU8AESH BBS(CDROM,CDROM1,0x400)/PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1f,0x2)......ISPH
    Boot0019* ubuntu HD(1,GPT,e41eb9e0-6606-411a-bb83-bed7577f29b3,0x800,0x8e800)/File(\EFI\grub\shimx64.efi)....ISPH
    Boot001A* IPV4 Network - Aquantia AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter PciRoot(0x0)/Pci(0x1,0x0)/Pci(0x0,0x0)/MAC(88c9b3bfa1e9,0)/IPv4(0.0.0.00.0.0.0,0,0)N.....YM....R,Y.....ISPH

     

    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 20.04.3 LTS
    Release: 20.04
    Codename: focal

    [root@tsm2: /root]
    /bin/bash# uname -a
    Linux tsm2 5.4.0-97-generic #110-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jan 13 18:22:13 UTC 2022 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux


    Sony Disc 18 Dream

    Dreamland had a big party and I don’t remember everything. Basically my grandparents Davis’ house, and the kitchen was a living room. All of the cabinets and where the stove were had a bunch more cabinets, and we had a lot of books and storage information.

    I’d just met up with one of the two really tall guys that we all knew from the parallel universe. He had a Sony video recorder that used Disc 18 which was basically an 18 inch analog laser disk. It had a 10 inch LCD on the other side. It had a 1.8 inch camera lens on one of the edge near the corner.

    It had hand straps on both sides so it was easy to hold while watching playback. The recording quality was excellent, but it was a little bit of an older unit. Everything had been replaced with digital and gotten more compact but the guy who had it really liked it and wasn’t ready to make the change.

    Another one of the guys had a special type of mask that he was trying to use so that he would be allowed to formally date his girlfriend from the other universe, but he kept forgetting to wear it, and was probably going to get denied.

    The mask had a patch of blue surgical mask fabric that covered almost the entire bridge of the nose as a sort of clamp to hold it in place. It had elastic straps down to a small patch that cover just the nostrils and then another elastic patch that maybe hung off the lip or something.

    I’m having trouble remembering exactly but it seems like possibly everyone from both universes maybe had more than two nostrils. This is one of those things that you just kind of don’t remember the details because it is so mundane.

    It was all very vivid and probably spawned by some memories from when I looked up my moms house on Google Maps the other day, as there were similar memory feels, and vivid connections between the houses.


    7-10 beavers

    Found online, kind of a mockery of /r/niceguy. Author unk.

    Women on here need to stop being 7-10 beavers in a trench coat

    Look, we’ve talked red flags to death. Consent? Did it. Predatory doms? Addressed it. That one person who keeps fucking produce? Covered.

    But the thing nobody on this site seems to have the balls to call out, so I guess I alone must, is women right at the end of the date laughing, opening their trenchcoat, turning into a mass of 7 to 10 beavers.

    This shit is BULLSHIT ladies. And it’s not just me, many, many men on this site have found themselves in this situation and the Kink Community has been DEAD SILENT on it, except for the curious sound of gnawing and splashing.

    Let me give you a few examples:

    The first time it caught me by surprise- I was out on a date with a lovely young brunette. She didn’t talk a lot, and what she said was very rote, as though it was typed into a vocalization program on a cell phone.

    I didn’t understand a lot, but I did understand the words “Home Depot” so we stopped for lunch at the hot dog cart, and then ordered 2000 dollars worth of lumber she really seemed to like. We loaded that into the truck of a daylaborer, who left with it for parts unknown then BOOM, that same old story we’ve all heard a million times at this point- she laughed, turned in 7-10 beavers and broke off for parts unknown.

    Never even called me back.

    The second time I was more prepared for it- I’d met what I ASSUMED to be a gorgeous redhead. I took her to a fancy French restaurant, Where I was mildly concerned when she ordered 20 salads and bit the waiter.

    l ignored the red flags of course, chatting her up as she ate the wine corks one by one-then, right in the middle of dinner (as the Baked Alaska SHE ORDERED arrived,) of course there’s a roar of thunder from outside the building, and then pow- she turned into 7-10 beavers and just fucking scattered.

    The third time was my fault actually- that was a real lady just she wanted to visit Hoover Dam and I got mad suspicious.

    And on and on and on- Supermarket date? 7-10 beavers. Rowboat cruise of the river? 7-10 beavers. Las Vegas weekend with full penetrative sex? Step off that plane after and see what happens buddy cause I can assure you she’s gonna laugh, kick her heels off, and then turn into 7-10 beavers. You’re never getting that ring back, either.

    Why do we have to put up with this? I realize it’s difficult to screen women for being 7-10 beavers in a trench coat, especially since I bought them all those burner phones, giving them the ability to create dozens upon dozens of accounts right from the comfort of their own dam systems.

    However when these 7-10 beavers are verified you have to be mildly curious as to why they won’t take that trench coat off. That ID is made of bark, also, I’m telling you- you can tell because it doesn’t have the little hologram foil on it, and also is brown and the letters are carved it.

    Like if it was just one or two or five to seven times I wouldn’t even sweat it- I’m not accusing all women of this – but let’s face it……. SOME percentage of the female population is 7-10 beavers and that’s really how it is.

    Don’t start with me on how some men are 2-5 flamingos in a judges robe- yes, that happens, but not nearly as often as a woman turning into 7-10 beavers and you can vet for that- just don’t date any judges or pink men with three foot necks.

    But ANYONE can wear a trenchcoat.

    Anyway, don’t worry about me. It took a while, a lot of vetting and a LOT of patience, but I finally found a real one. She’s a Latin girl, with a kind voice and a beautiful trench coat and the moment I heard her name I fell HARD.

    “Soyuna Castor, you’re one in a million.” I said. Then I clarified “ONE. Not seven to ten.” and she blushed and said nothing- just eating leaves from a trashbag and letting the moment be the moment…..

    Anyway, tonight, when I’m proposing to her with a giant diamond and the reciept she requested to get it resized in case it’s too small, I’m going to look out from that fan boat right into her wetlands and say right out loud…

    “Finally, the nightmare is over.”