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December 17th, 2005

11:56 pm - Application for Community Membership
Please post a comment to this entry describing why you think you should be a member of this community.

Please state whether or not you are a SOTOS member.

This application shall be revised on an as-needed basis.
Current Music: Gorillaz - DARE

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December 7th, 2005

12:44 pm - Reminder of Community Info
I've noticed recently that there's been an influx of interest in this community, reflected by numerous membership applications by non SOTOS members.

As of this writing, membership in this community is reserved for SOTOS members. Up to this point, I have been rejecting membership applications from people that I have not recognized. I'm not sure what the other maintainers of this community have been doing, if anything at all.

That said, I feel it is unfortunate that all of this potential is going to waste. I think this positive flow of energy could be better redirected. I'm going to try out a "membership application" entry on this community. That way, anybody who's interested in becoming a member of this community can state their intentions and possibly let the rest of us know if they are a SOTOS member, instead of maintainers relying on familiarity in a username.

Does this mean membership is going to open up to non-members? Who knows?

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July 6th, 2005

01:05 am - Mid-Year Update
Relevance: Everyone

This is just to let people know that the Society of the Onyx Star is still alive and well, despite what rumors may say.

I have noticed that the SOTOS Web site (http://onyxstar.org/) is currently down. If you'd like to interact with others interested in the Society, please visit the official SOTOS Yahoo! Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/societyonyxstar.

Our Council Administrator has been in contact with the person who'd been hosting onyxstar.org to find out what's going on with it, but she hasn't had any response. I have loads of free time on my hands lately, so I may be able to reinstate societyonyxstar.org, societyonyxstar.com, and societyonyxstar.net. More info. regarding this will be posted as it's available.

The U.S. branch of the Society has been rather quiet as of late; its proprietors have all been very busy lately, and haven't had much time for much of anything strictly SOTOS-related.

Our Council Administrator, magicaldance, has put together an informational Web site about Satanism called Satanism and Crime. It is suggested that people knowing little to nothing about Satanism, or people who think Satanism is a "brutal" religion, visit the Web site, review its contents, then take the accompanying survey. Everything is completely anonymous, so you needn't worry about privacy concerns. I will ask her if she would be willing to post an entry here with more elaboration to do it justice.

Magistrate Bleach has reported that the Australian branch of the Society is bustling with activity and is having regular meetings. Way to go!

Magistrate Ellaway--from what I hear--is working on his thesis for his PhD, and has been chronically busy for quite a while. The rest of us are wishing him the best of luck, not only so the UK/GB branch's activity will pick up, but also so he can make lots and lots of money to donate to SOTOS Headquarters. *grin* I'm being facetious, by the way. I am serious, however, when I say that anybody interested in communicating with members of the UK/GB branch of the Society should do so at its official Yahoo! Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SOTOS_UK.

Magistrate van Schayk (snofroe) has been very busy with his own affairs in the Netherlands, however he is fairly active on IRC if you'd ever like to get a hold of him. Head over to #unholy on irc.satanic-chat.net (irc://irc.satanic-chat.net/unholy) and say "hi".

Magistrate Van Patten has also been extremely busy with his own ventures and other magical institutions, from what I've heard.

I've also been substantially busy, balancing work and school. However, I have a bit of a break for the time being, and I'm going to be able to devote more time to the Society. As I mentioned before, I may be able to get our original three second-level domains back online (.org, .com, and .net).

Well, that's about it. If anybody else has any news or information, please post a new entry. If anybody has any questions and/or comments regarding anything I've mentioned here, please reply with a comment to this entry.
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds

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October 25th, 2004

09:04 am
Relevance: Everyone

(Posted to our General Discussion List today, by Vicky. For those of you who don't know, Chris Cranmer was, at one point in time, a member of the SOTOS Council.)

In the Sydney Morning Herald today


Royal Navy's first Satanist welcome aboard
October 25, 2004

A devil-worshipping non-commissioned officer in the Royal Navy has become the first registered Satanist in the British armed forces.

Chris Cranmer, a naval technician serving on the frigate Cumberland, has been officially recognised as a Satanist by the ship's captain. That allows him to perform Satanic rituals aboard and permits him to have a funeral carried out by the Church of Satan if he is killed in action.

Leading hand Cranmer is now lobbying the Ministry of Defence to make Satanism a registered religion in the armed forces.

Leading hand Cranmer, who has been aboard the Cumberland's tour of duty in the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf since April, said that being registered as a Satanist gave him "the freedom of religion I wanted, despite its controversial nature".

Satanists are encouraged to perform devil worship rituals, to fulfil their sexual desires and to change situations or events in accordance with their will.

Leading hand Cranmer, 24, is single and comes from Edinburgh. He has been in the navy for four years and was promoted leading hand - the naval equivalent of corporal - in July last year.

He realised he was a Satanist nine years ago when he "stumbled across The Satanic Bible. I ... came to realise I'd always been a Satanist, just simply never knew".

He had been "warmly congratulated" by his friends and family for becoming the armed forces' first Satanist, but did not feel that the war in Iraq was "the devil's work".

"From a military perspective, I believe in vengeance. I don't consider Satan to be an intelligently external force in my life; instead I consider it an empowering internal force. If I were asked if I were evil, I would say yes - by virtue of the common definition. However, if you asked my family and friends you would hear a resounding 'no'. I get a massive amount from my career, while sacrificing little."

He added: "Freedom to practise my religion irrespective of location was one of the most important factors. I didn't want to feel I couldn't get out my Satanic Bible and relax in bed. I didn't want to bite my tongue any more when dealing with idiots.

"First, I can read what I want and express Satanic opinions without fear of prejudice. Second, I no longer have to attend religious ceremonial duties and am excused from all of them.

"Third, I will have a space provided for Satanic ritual practice - I'm not a habitual visitor to the [ritual] chamber, but to know that I have the facilities to use if need be is indeed a comfort.

"Fourth, I will not be subject to a denominational burial should I be killed in action. The Church of Satan will be contacted to provide a service ..."

The Church of Satan was founded in San Francisco in 1966 by its high priest, Anton Szandor LaVey, author of The Satanic Bible. Adherents live by the Nine Satanic Statements, which include "Satan represents vengeance, instead of turning the other cheek", "Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they lead to physical, mental or emotional gratification", and "Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence".

The arrival of the navy's first Satanist shocked veterans. Admiral Sir Sandy Woodward, the former Commander of the South Atlantic Task Groups in the Falklands War and a flag aide-de-camp to the Queen in 1989, said Satanism would be "terribly undesirable" on a ship. "My immediate reaction is 'Good God, what the hell's going on?"'

A spokesman for the Royal Navy said: "We are an equal opportunities employer and we don't stop anybody from having their own religious values."

The Telegraph, London

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July 29th, 2004

05:13 pm - E-mail Once Again Operational
Relevance: Everyone

Finally, we once again have a functional e-mail system.

A part of my venture in getting this up and running is documented in my personal LiveJournal: cparker

POP3/SMTP/IMAP access is available to anyone who has an e-mail account on our servers. We also have a webmail client setup at http://mail.societyonyxstar.net/. If anyone knows of a different/better mail client (currently SquirrelMail), please reply here and let me know.

I'm currently installing Clam AntiVirus and SpamAssassin. After that, an alternate queuing mechanism, a log analyzer, and a "badword" filter. The filter would be used to catch any spam not stopped by SpamAssassin.

Somewhere along the way, I'll also be installing rt.

That's it for now. ^_^
Current Mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable

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May 25th, 2004

06:55 pm - vQadmin: An External Consult
Relevance: VDS Admins

I've decided to ask others about their thoughts regarding my problem with vQadmin.

My Entry on alt.comp.mail.qmail

My next step (if this is unresolvable) is to remove all of the domain aliases from Apache and to remove all records from BIND and start from scratch (without Virtualmin's help).
Current Mood: anxiousanxious

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May 23rd, 2004

01:48 pm - D'oh! Again
Relevance: VDS Admins

Apparently, the gcc 3.3 packages in the Debian package repository did NOT come with the frontends for g++ 3.3. I had to install g++ 3.3 separately.

Installation was a bit odd. g++ depends on libstdc++. libstdc++ depends on g++. In order to complete installation, I had to run dpkg --install for both, which in turn produced dependency errors for both, and then apt-get install and it installed both for me.

Similarly to gcc 3.3, g++ 3.3 did not install as /usr/bin/g++--instead, it installed as /usr/bin/g++-3.3. So, again, a symlink solved the issue of attempting to call g++: ln -s /usr/bin/g++-3.3 /usr/bin/g++

vpopmail is now configuring.

<ccp:grin type="wide" xmlns:ccp="http://xml.cparker15.com/ccp.xsd"/>
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Bal-Sagoth - The Splendour Of A Thousand Swords Gleaming...

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12:11 pm - D'oh!
Relevance: VDS Admins

  1. I was only installing from the stable branch. Upon selecting "all" from the available dropdown box, I found gcc 3.3 in the unstable branch. So, we now have a more recent version of gcc.
  2. gcc 3.3 installed as /usr/bin/gcc-3.3 and NOT /usr/bin/gcc. The addition of a symlink solved this: ln -s /usr/bin/gcc-3.3 /usr/bin/gcc
  3. As a test, I attempted to ./configure gawk to prep it for compilation, and it all works now.
I think I should be able to continue with qmail installation again.
Current Mood: relievedrelieved
Current Music: Scissorkiss - Dream Of Razors

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10:40 am - More qmail & gcc Woes
Relevance: VDS Admins

I'm still unable to install vpopmail after installing gcc 3.0 from the Debian repositories.

Excerpt of vpopmail Install ProgressCollapse )

I'm not quite understanding why this is happening, since I successfully installed gcc 3.0 with the gcc 3.0 base package (which is the gnu compiler collection, including g++).

I'll keep on trying...
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Dogda - Lord Of The Underworld

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May 22nd, 2004

06:11 pm - qmail & gcc
Relevance: VDS Admins

I started to install the most recent qmail bundle from qmailrocks.org yesterday (qmail is a typical replacement for sendmail). After the VDS-specific DNS changes went through, I noticed I was not able to check e-mail.

When we got our VDS set up, our Web host did not include a pop3 server on our system (I found this out after a bit of trial and error). So, I set out to check out different pop3 servers. I found three that I thought could have been possibilities: xmail, qpopper, and qmail (yes, qmail can be set up as a pop3 server). I decided to go with qmail.

I'm at the point where I'm compiling vpopmail, and I'm unable to do so, since we only have gcc 2.x. We need a C++ compiler. Our version of gcc is only a C compiler. So, off to gcc.gnu.org, so I can get gcc 3.4. You think compiling and installing gcc would be a trivial task? Au contraire.

Because there was NO WAY I was going to be able to do all of that in short time, I tried to look and see if there was a binary available for our platform: Debian 3.0, x86 architecture. You think there should be? There isn't.

So, off to the Debian package repository. They had gcc 3.0, but when I tried to install it, it had all sorts of dependencies. I could have tried to weave through them all to make sure I had all my bases covered, but the last time I did that, I ended up going around in circles for hours on end and getting nowhere. I think that was just because I was tired and/or lazy, because the Debian package repository is fairly effective with denoting what has dependencies, and these dependencies are almost always available in the repository as packages, as well.

Back to gcc from source. With most other programs I've compiled, all I've had to do was ./configure and then make and make install. So, I tried ./configure and it started configuration. All was going fine, and then I received an error that the command cc couldn't be found, and that I should have an environment variable (CC) pointing to my C compiler. I did that, and still, nothing.

After about an hour of trying different things, I just quit and went to bed. That was around 4:00 AM.

I think I'm going to end up trying to round up all of the depended-upon packages from the Debian package repository and install the gcc 3.0 package again. After that, then I'll be able to continue with the rest of our qmail installation, and then everyone will be able to check e-mail again.

Perhaps I should make an attempt at compiling gcc 3.4 again after all is said and done. It might be in our best interests. Additionally, I am thinking about replacing BIND with djbdns...

<ccp:sigh type="deep" xmlns:ccp="http://xml.cparker15.com/ccp.xsd"/>
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Rob Zombie - Iron Head

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