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Someday, my heart will explode from all the poison I eat and drink, or a merciful aneurysm will pop while I’m sleeping, or an airline toilet will fall out of the sky and squash me, and the trainwreck I’ve endured so long will finally be done.

And my Christian friends will ask themselves, “Why couldn’t he just talk to God again, pray for strength and peace and purpose, rediscover his place in the universe as a beloved son of God?”

And my hedonist friends will ask themselves, “Why couldn’t he just learn to live again, enjoy himself, let go, have some fun, stop thinking so much and just laugh and play and love?”

And my online and gamer friends will ask themselves, “Why couldn’t he find solace and community with us, throw himself into the virtual world, let all that creativity of writing and imagining and socializing pour over him again?”

I wish I knew.

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I am (still) posting this from a dialup connection, on a computer that doesn’t even have a rackin’ frackin’ mousewheel!

You might not think having a mousewheel is a big deal, but it’s kind of like a thumb – you don’t really realize how useful the damn thing is until a mob enforcer comes and rips it off with a pair of needle-nose pliers.

ANYway, here’s a completely self-indulgent list of things I can’t do properly until I have my beloved broadband internet connection back: 🙁

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I’ve never quite figured out what people mean when they say “Sure it’s hot, but it’s a dry heat.” I mean, your oven is a dry heat too, but you wouldn’t want to live in it!

Yes, I am comparing Arizona to living in an oven, and I’ve been here less than a day.

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Well, it’s finally go-time! My sister and I will officially be out of the house/apartment we’re currently in by September 1st, just a couple weeks away. Reservations have been made, deadlines have been established, changes of address have been completed.

I am composing this in a hurry – I had thought the cable would hold out until we were gone, but when I rolled out of bed this morning I noticed that all of the television channels are blocked and say ‘Access Not Authorized’, so I fear it’s just a matter of time before they realize they cancelled the tv but not the internet access. Depending on a number of things, I may be offline for as long as a few months, so if it seems like I suddenly disappear off the face of the virtual world, you’ll know why.

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So ever since the latest round of foolishness with DRG, the comment spam to this blog has gone from 1 or 2 entries a day to almost 50 a day. You know, comments full of nonsense words and dozens of links to all kinds of crap sites, that sort of thing.

Usually none of them are actually posted, thanks to automated spam blocking software, but I was curious as to why the sudden increase. Of course I would never accuse DRG servers of directly targeting a site they don’t approve of without proof. I did learn something interesting though.

Remember ‘DeathBG’, who was an obvious shill for DRG? His IP information tracks back to here:

OrgName:    RIPE Network Coordination Centre
OrgID:      RIPE
Address:    P.O. Box 10096
City:       Amsterdam
PostalCode: 1001EB
Country:    NL

I looked up the info for the IPs of the last 10 spam posts – 8 of those 10 IPs resolved to the exact same information.

I’m sure that’s just a coincidence though.

(Which reminds me – I always keep redundant copies of TheMook.Net archived off-line, so no worries there … but if the site does get hacked, I think we all know from where such an attack would come).

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DRG Servers does not seem very happy – they reported my site to my server host (as is their right of course) as “abuse”.

My server host reviewed the site and reasonably concluded I can post whatever I want (within the normal legal limits).

If you are ever in the market for a webhost, I cannot recommend Esosoft highly enough! Not only excellent prices and server stability, with fantastic customer service, but apparently they won’t just throw you to the wolves on the whim of some baseless accusation either. Can’t ask for much more from a webhost!

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I can’t believe it – checked my email the other morning and there was actually an email from Lee at DRG Servers! Their last contact with me was a full year ago.

For those not familiar with the way our SoF2 clan was treated by DRG Servers, it is more fully explained in these three posts: DRG Servers – Avoid At All Costs, DRG Servers – Update, and DRG Servers – Still Unprofessional.

Here is the email I received from Lee/DRG:

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It would seem I jumped the gun a bit on announcing I would be offline indefinitely. An 11th hour reprieve was thrown my way by a dear friend, and my net access looks to be stable for at least another month or so.

I. Am. Very. Relieved!

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Howdy All.

Unfortunately, my cable will be going dark on June 12th, and I have no idea when I’ll be able to get it back up again. This coupled with the fact that I may need to move as well means it’s possible I could be offline for as long as 2-3 months.

TheMook.Net site is still paid up until September, so it isn’t going anywhere – but I won’t be able to access it, so there will be no updates for a while, either to the site itself, the MookUI compilation, the Soldier of Fortune server, or anything else. Naturally you are all still welcome to use the message boards and anything else you want for as long as they are up.

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This is probably the last update until the expansion is released – here is version 12-27-2006. As always, you can find the most current the MookUI_readme for all the gory details (including full list of AddOns).

Download: .zip file containing all the AddOns

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