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Message to Adobe

Dear Adobe, please stop helping me.

jmorgan@mifhjmorgan-l2 ~ $ sudo -u morgajel acroread /home/morgajel/omnomnom.pdf 
[sudo] password for jmorgan: 
Adobe Reader does not need to be run as a privileged user. Please remove 'sudo' from the beginning of the command.

The Willis Hangout campaign, Part 2.

When word of Willis opening reached your realm, you were intrigued. There were reasons for leaving home, and the news of Willis was perfectly timed. Destiny, opportunity- call it what you will, but the ship to take you to Willis couldn’t arrive soon enough.

Disembarking, you and a dozen others are led from the docks into the back of a covered wagon, which is sealed behind you. You have no idea where you’re headed, but the clop-clop of horseshoes on cobblestones continues for several minutes. When the wagon stopped, a wizard in black and yellow robes flung open the cover,  simply commanding “Come with me.” You file out and follow him into a decrepit building. As your names are called off, you are ushered into various waiting rooms.

You came to Willis for various reasons and from various lands, yet find yourselves sitting in the same office. Immigrants are required to earn their citizenship by serving as a “foreign legion” force that the officials use to deal with problems that they don’t really want to waste good troops on. The terms of the service vary with the city’s needs, however your combined skillset has landed you on the same team. After an undetermined amount of time, your debt will be repaid and you will be citizens.

You have little knowledge of the realm or of the tasks ahead. Only that the works is dangerous and pays little, but the reward of citizenship in the great kingdom of Willis is far too tempting to pass up.


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The Willis Hangout campaign, Part 1.

Nineteen years have passed since the end of the Mage war. King Vern’s grip over Willis has tightened like a vice. Few know what actually happened; after the failed war with the dwarves, the wizards from the surrounding realms met in the floating mage city of Korinara. They were never heard from again. Some say the archmage Astinathis tore Korinara from this plane of reality, leaving nothing behind but a black void.  Before anyone could verify the story, Willis laid siege to the elves of Vine Ring forest, which was located between the capitol city of Willis and the bordering Korinara.

Fighting was fierce in the beginning, when King Vern threw battalion after battalion into the forest, only to find their corpses stacked at the treeline neatly the next morning. Eventually the war cooled, although it has never officially ended. All trade with the elves has been cut off ever since.

While Willis has always had a unified population, the ruler has always been a human. Humans are the largest segment of the population, and the king’s vitriol has infected their beliefs. Dwarves are often referred to as “turtles” due to “their stubby arms, stubby legs, and hiding in their home when they get threatened.”  Elves aren’t strictly barred from Willis, but many are treated as potential spies, often disappearing in the middle of the night to be questioned. Halflings are seen as thieves, and the slightest infraction will result in a grizzly public execution. Gnomes are seen as repairmen and servants, but little more, walking unnoticed among the humans.

Since the mage war, anyone wishing to be a magic practitioner must register with the city and complete a “training course” before being allowed to practice magic. The primary loophole in this is the clergy, whom are allowed to practice freely. Many rare and powerful magic items still exist and can be found within the realm, but few are newly crafted.

Trade is still strong within the realm, and is just now opening back up to the outside world after years of seclusion. Many adventurers head to Willis in search for artifacts, to find glory in the arena, or to profit from strange quests ordered by the king himself…


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Second Core not detected on Intel Core 2 Duo e8400 on Ubuntu 11.10

Long title, but accurate. This was on a Dell Optiplex 760- dmesg showed only one core being found, cat /proc/cpu only showed one core, etc.

  1. sudo vim /etc/default/grub
  2. on GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT, change acpi=off to acpi=noirq
  3. save file
  4. run sudo update-grub
  5. reboot

Now your cores should be found. Leave a comment if this was able to help you.

Perl shortcuts in Vim

Since I’m home sick and trying to figure out how to do something productive with my time, I figured I might as well share something useful. The following are a few hotkeys I have set up in vim that I use when working on perl:


map <F2> : call PerlCritic()<CR>
map <F3> : call PerlCheck()<CR>

map <F4> :!perltidy -i=4 -ci=4 -syn -w --add-semicolons --indent-spaced-block-comments --closing-side-comments --cuddled-else --maximum-consecutive-blank-lines=2 -l=120 -wbb=" + - * / x \\!= == >= <= =~ \\!~  < > ? & =  **= += *= &= <<= &&= -= /= ?= >>= ??= //= .= \\%= ^= x="<CR>

func! PerlCritic()
    exec "w" "Save the file
    exec "!perlcritic --stern "expand("%:t")

func! PerlCheck()
    exec "w" "Save the file
    exec "!perl -c %"

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