Stranger – Chapter 7 – Anything can be a monster with the right type of imagination

So my wife and I have divided chores in our household in certain categories. Some chores she will take care of and do it however she pleases, and some I will. Others we will both take whenever there is time. One chore my wife is responsible for is taking the laundry, this includes folding the clothes. However, when she folds the clothes, she places them on the bed. Then we are both responsible for taking our own folded clothes to where we store them (we currently store them separately for no specific reason, it just became like that). We are both lazy in our own ways, and I’m lazy when it comes to putting away my clothes once they have been folded. Thus, they end up spread out around my side of the bed. Currently, one pile is laying on the air conditioning unit next to my bed, and another one on the windowsill next to my bed.

A few nights ago Stranger was on watch as usual, when he suddenly detected something straight out of a horror movie. Between the folded clothes on the windowsill, were red glowing eyes. There were hundreds of them, and they were staring right at us, ready to attack. This of course required immediate evacuation. Stranger acted without hesitation and grabbed the cover, and then swiftly made his way out on the balcony. Standing out there, I woke up, and Stranger let go of the controls. I knew what had happened, but the feeling of being confused and terribly frightened had me standing out there for a few minutes before I could go back inside. I double checked the clothes so that nothing was hiding under them, and then went back to sleep.

Next to the clothes is a pile of socks I’ve been picking from every morning when I’m about to take my morning shower. Last night Stranger sensed a disturbance in the force coming from the pile of socks. His instincts are as always, 100% correct and the socks had turned into snakes! He quickly leaped into battle against the overwhelming number of foes (I have a lot of socks, and change daily, sometimes twice a day depending on what I do during the day). It was a long and hard battle, but I never doubted Strangers abilities and he obviously managed to take care of the threat.

When I woke up the traces of the battle were still there in plain sight. My first thought was that I might need to call a medic to the scene, but there were clearly no survivors. There were socks spread out literally everywhere in the room (I even had one tucked up in my armpit).

Stranger triumphs, yet again.

Thanks Stranger!

Extract private key from multibit-hd

I used this wallet for a long time. Since they dropped the development and didn’t really provide a good way to extract the private keys from the wallet, I had to find a hacky way to do it. Fortunately for me, someone else had already done this. However, I realise that this method might not be very easy for everyone, so I decided to fork the wallet and provide a patched compiled version that anyone can use to extract their keys. The instructions are the same as in the source link below.

Source for patch and instructions: https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/40507/how-can-you-extract-private-keys-from-multibit-hd/51297#51297

My patched fork: https://github.com/jra89/multibit-hd

Compiled jar: https://www.alcor.se/files/multibit-hd.jar

If you downloaded and used the compiled jar above, you can skip to step 4.

  1. Clone the MultiBit HD Git repository
  2. Apply the patch above
  3. Build the project: mvn clean dependency:sources install
  4. Start the application: java -jar mbhd-swing/target/multibit-hd.jar
  5. Go to Tools -> Sign message and enter a Bitcoin address from your wallet for which you want to recover the private key.
  6. Press finish.
  7. Read the Bitcoin address and corresponding private key from the console output

When you have the key you can import it in whatever client you have. Remember that different addresses in the wallet equals different private keys, so you will need to extract all of them via the “Sign” method in multibit-hd. If you can’t figure it out, leave a comment and I might be able to help.

Stranger – Chapter 6 – The embodiment of Stranger

I actually had a dream about Stranger last night (He’s a lot taller than I thought). He was standing in one of the bedroom corners (The one where he saw the tractor before) with a very fancy hat. I think it was a top hat but I didn’t quite pay attention to the details (also it was dark). He told me that bread is numbers and if I don’t move the squirrel gets it. The weird thing about this is that I’m unsure in what language he said it. I remember the dream quite clearly, or rather I wrote it down as soon as I woke up, but for some reason I can’t remember if he said it in English or Swedish.

I might need an exorcism.
Also, I couldn’t find a squirrel anywhere so I think he was lying (Or he’s hiding it somewhere).

Creating a character named Stranger has obviously not been the best idea ever given the consequences. But no use turning back now. We’re having so much fun.

Anyway I got an idea today that might stop me from running around during the nights. I will buy a bell of some sort and attach it to my ankle or wrist. Hopefully it wont make any sound as I lay in bed, and wake me up when I stand up to move. The problem is that if I’m too active my wife might get disturbed by it.

Only one way to find out I guess.

Another thing that has happened a lot recently, is that Stranger believes there’s a spider or some sort of insect under the cover. I don’t usually write about this since it would become basically the same text every time. Even if experience it differently every time it happens. I think there was one incident last night or the night before where Stranger threw my cover down on the floor. He saw something on or under it and tried to save us from it. The floor wasn’t very dirty, but not really clean either. So I guess I have to clean it more often.