Sunday, December 31, 2006

We used to have a good President.



Anyone remember when we used to have a good President? Unfortunately I wasnt alive during JFK's time. But listening to anything he says is a night and day difference between what we have today.

Friday, December 29, 2006

My new car


This is the sweetest ass car I think I've ever seen. I must possess one.

Click here for all the cool shots of it.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

A robot scoops my poop.

So my cat, Jonesy, as stopped wanting to go outside after getting very sick awhile back. I still dont know what happened to her and neither does the vet, but I digress.

Since she no longer goes outside half the day, she's become a poop and pee machine and her box is always getting full and I have a hard time keeping it as clean as it should be. It never smells or anything, but it does get a lot of stuff in it.

At any rate, I always wanted to buy a Littermaid and I finally got around to it as an after-Christmas present to myself. And WOW do I love it.

At first, Jonesy wasnt sure what to make of it. It's sides are higher than her old box and since it's a bunch of different pieces and moves and makes a little noise as she gets into it. So it took lots of sniffing it, staring at it, laying next to it, swatting it with her tail, staring at it from across the room, pacing back and forth in front of it, more sniffing and what I can only guess to be some sort of an attempt at the creation of a psychic link before she finally decided that it wasnt something to eat, kill or run from.

I sat next to it and talked to her and pet her to keep her calm and and to realize it wasnt anything to freak out about. So she jumped into it and then looked at me and jumped right back out. It took her about two hours to either work up the desire to go to the bathroom or to finally break down and use the box.

And presto the box scooped it self and left nice clean and raked litter and now she seems super happy with it. I am very impressed.

Watch the video of the Littermaid in action from their site.

She's a model now?!

Okay, okay WHO THE HELL IS THIS WOMAN?

I would hate to be this poor woman, someone probably found her random picture in some high school year book.

This is one of only like 3 pictures that Classmates.com website (or whatever the hell it is) uses to advertise their service and man am I sick of seeing it.

I think I should install the adblock extension in Firefox again and set it to block all old high school year book photos.

Oh and if you are this woman, email me - we have some things to talk about.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tech Quote of the Year

"Let's face it. We're not changing the world. We're building a product that helps people buy more crap -- and watch porn."
Seagate CEO Bill Watkins
-- As quoted by Fortune magazine during a corporate dinner in San Francisco recently.

Mortal Kombat Fatalities

This is an .avi file containing every fatality move from the first four Mortal Kombat games edited together into one long blood soaked gore-fest. Pointless but entertaining! Whilst the original audio of the fatalities is missing, there is a Mortal Kombat soundtrack which plays along throughout the fatalities.

Hope you all enjoy it!

Length: approx 22 minutes

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Phoenix electric truck


The 100% electric Phoenix sport-utility truck holds five passengers, has plenty of cargo space, does 95mph, 0-60 in under 10 seconds, and charges to 95% full in under 10 minutes.

It's nice to know that there are some companies out there trying to not lie to people about how electric cars can function in today's world and offer every benefit as their polluting, oil-addicted cousins.

A recent study says the nation's current power grid can support up to 180 million electric cars at the same time. And obviously doesnt include those cars (or homes) that have solar power.

Phoenix Motor Cars

Trailer: Who Killed The Electic Car?

Monday, December 25, 2006

The Pope's Christmas Message

Marking the second Christmas season of his pontificate, he said that while 21st century man appeared to be a master of his own destiny, "perhaps he needs a saviour all the more" because much of humanity was suffering.

"People continue to die of hunger and thirst, disease and poverty, in this age of plenty and of unbridled consumerism," he said from the central balcony of Christendom's largest church.

"Some people remain enslaved, exploited and stripped of their dignity; others are victims of racial and religious hatred, hampered by intolerance and discrimination, and by political interference and physical or moral coercion with regard to the free profession of their faith.
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"Others see their own bodies and those of their dear ones, particularly their children, maimed by weaponry, by terrorism and by all sorts of violence, at a time when everyone invokes and acclaims progress, solidarity and peace for all."

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I could make some sort of pessimistic comment about the role of women in the Catholic church, their continue condemnation of gays, or there turning a blind eye to a enormous landslide of molestation by so many in his employee. But I will simply agree with him on his point. Because no matter how chapped with irony and ignorance the lips are, they can still speak truth.

Merry Christmas!

My family and I had a wonderful wonderful Christmas! Everyone got great presents and everyone was home and safe and loved.

Merry Christmas to everyone out there!

Friday, December 22, 2006

Firefox Wallpaper


Merry Christmas, here's a Firefox Wallpaper I made. I might still tweak on it some more but it's looking pretty good so far. And since I am sick and cant concentrate on much else, I thought I'd post it.

Scary find in a dumpster.

So we were leaving work yesterday and walking thru the alley. When we passed the dumpster for the nearby apartment building we were remarking on the giant futon frame that was wedged in it and there is always crazy shit in this dumpster. And then we heard it. Over and over again something saying the word, "blood" ... "blood, blood, blood, blood, blood"! I snagged a pic, but no video and then scored the audio of the recording. Play the movie below to hear it and see what you think.



I guess it started playing a few hours before we left work and continued on into the night. We didnt hear it this morning.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

HAHA!


I wanna buy ALL my clothes from this company. Only if I knew who it was.

Global Warming - Winter fun

Here are a few links from today about the impacts of the global climate change. We are in desperate need of real answers and real leadership on this, but alas we have a dumbass in office who doesnt think it's an issue and tries to silence any report that comes past him to keep the truth from getting out.

Anyway, on to the links:

Niargra Falls frozen over in 1911
This will probably never happen again.

Scientists say bears have stopped hibernating due to climate change
This will be fun, year around bear attacks. I guess it's time to go and kill them all.

Extreme autumn temperatures cause unseasonable flowering in the Netherland
At least we'll have something nice to look at while the bears come and maul us.

Washington DC is even warmer and changing. Looks like Bush cant hide from it for long.
Oh what am I saying he spends most of his time in Texas.

Blizzard in Denver

Was reading today about the blizzard that hit Denver and dumped 2 feet on the city.
Then they showed a picture and while it looks bad:



It doesnt look THAT bad, so I decided to fire up Photoshop and make it a lot worse looking. Enjoy and stay warm.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

SNL - My Dick in a box!



I loved this video from Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Merry Christmas, it's my dick in a box. haha

New layout tweaks

Working with the new BETA features that Google is rolling out for Blogger, including the new super easy layout customizer and stuff. So, as you can see, the layout's a bit different and cleaner than it was before. Also the archive is now a hierarchical menu system that you can collapse and expand to troll thru my tons of posts (remember all my old posts from my old blog are crammed together at the very end in the February section).

Sunday, December 17, 2006

4.0

Woot! College is done for this quarter and I aced both of my reporting classes and got a straight 4.0 for the term!

YAY!!! And no school until January 16th.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Border Fence Firm Snared for Hiring Illegal Workers

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All Things Considered, December 14, 2006 · A fence-building company in Southern California agrees to pay nearly $5 million in fines for hiring illegal immigrants. Two executives from the company may also serve jail time. The Golden State Fence Company's work includes some of the border fence between San Diego and Mexico.

After an immigration check in 1999 found undocumented workers on its payroll, Golden State promised to clean house. But when followup checks were made in 2004 and 2005, some of those same illegal workers were still on the job. In fact, U-S Attorney Carol Lam says as many as a third of the company's 750 workers may have been in the country illegally.

Link

100 Things You Probably Didnt Know...

  • An average record shop needs to sell at least two copies of a CD per year to make it worth stocking, according to Wired magazine.
  • WD-40 dissolves cocaine - it has been used by a pub landlord to prevent drug-taking in his pub's toilets.
  • Humans can be born suffering from a rare condition known as "sirenomelia" or "mermaid syndrome", in which the legs are fused together to resemble the tail of a fish.
  • It's possible for a human to blow up balloons via the ear. A 55-year-old factory worker from China reportedly discovered 20 years ago that air leaked from his ears, and he can now inflate balloons and blow out candles.
  • If all the Smarties eaten in one year were laid end to end it would equal almost 63,380 miles, more than two-and-a-half times around the Earth's equator.
  • The = sign was invented by 16th Century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who was fed up with writing "is equal to" in his equations. He chose the two lines because "noe 2 thynges can be moare equalle".
  • "Restaurant" is the most mis-spelled word in search engines.
  • The name Lego came from two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". It also means "I put together" in Latin.
  • The spiciness of sauces is measured in Scoville Units.
  • You're 10 times more likely to be bitten by a human than a rat.
  • Jimi Hendrix pretended to be gay to be discharged from the US Army.
  • It takes a gallon of oil to make three fake fur coats.
  • Pulling your foot out of quicksand takes a force equivalent to that needed to lift a medium-sized car.

100 things we didn't know this time last year

A would-be immigrant ...

A would-be immigrant crawls after his arrival on a makeshift boat on the the Gran Tarajal beach in Spain's Canary Island, May 5, 2006. REUTUERS/Juan Medina
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Found this picture today and wow, it just really struck me. The plight of one man coming ashore looking for safety and a new home. Using Google Earth, he would have had to travel an estimated 62 miles in the ocean from Africa to reach this shore. And in the distance you can see the opulent relaxing for the day, free from worry and apparently unconcerned with helping him.

Reminds me of another photo (famous now) by Margaret Bourke-White Bread Line taken during the floods of 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The pictures speak for themselves.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Monday, December 11, 2006

More PS3's than you can shake a stick at

According to an official statement by SCEA Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Dave Karraker:
”...early manufacturing issues [have been] resolved and we do remain focused on having one million PS3s in the pipeline by December 31, 2006.”
That means that between now and December 31st, 2006, Sony needs to sell 27.8 Playstation 3 units per minute.

Then again this is going to be a worldwide figure, when I am sure they would want you and investors to assume this is a wholly US number.

Also interesting:

The Xbox 360 moved 511,000 during that same month, the PS2 sold 664,000 units, almost as many as both combined.

Microsoft's most recent total puts the 360 in the hands of 8.5 million people total, on their way towards 10 million (which they wont make by the end of the year). What's most interesting is the number of (cheap) PS2's still selling out there. Looks like Sony is going to enjoy some healthy competition from itself as well.

I just feel sorry for the kid that asked for a PS3 but his parents got confused and thought they were getting a hell of a deal and bought a PS2 instead.

Friday, December 08, 2006

IGN: Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement


IGN: Nintendo Sued for Patent Infringement: "In a surprising turn of events, Nintendo is already the target of litigious action concerning its newly released Wii console. California-based Interlink electronics has filed a complaint against Nintendo for what it has deemed to be a case of copyright infringement over the pointing functionalities of the Wiimote."

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Wow, Nintendo, you really are a bunch of top-notch innovators.

Iraqis, U.S. dispute deadly raid in new friction�|�Top News�|�Reuters.com

Reuters.com: BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi and U.S. officials disputed each others' accounts of an overnight raid and air strike on Friday that killed up to 20 people in a new sign of friction over allegations of American troops killing civilians.

The U.S. military said ground forces with air support killed 20 suspected al Qaeda militants, including two women, in an area where the Sunni Arab insurgency is strong.

Police and officials in Ishaqi, 90 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, said the bodies of 17 civilians, including six women and five children, were found in the rubble of two homes.

'The Americans have done this before but they always deny it,' Ishaqi Mayor Amer Alwan told Reuters by telephone. 'I want the world to know what's happening here.'

Complaints that unjustified killings by U.S. troops are common have soured Iraqis' sentiment toward the U.S. presence in Iraq and prompted Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki earlier this year to say he was losing patience over such reports.

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Wow. What the hell are we even doing over there anymore. We built our forward bases to have a military presence there from now on. Go back to your bases, get the rest out and quit killing people. It's not that god damn hard.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Nintendo - Wii


My friend has finally gotten a Wii (after much hunting by both of us for it) and he invited me over to check it out first-hand.

I hate to say it, but I was pretty unimpressed, although I am probably a little spoiled by my 360.

1) The graphics are bad. And before you start with the 'graphics arent everything' - I agree, but these are bad. They wont hold up over time and the best game is ALWAYS 10x better when it looks good too.

The Wii Sports golf game was horribly distorted on the grass textures and far away "detailed" textures. They almost jittered as you played and would give me a headache after awhile. Maybe this would be better with the component cables, dont know.

The Zelda game had some nice blurring type effect on it, but it only served to help muddle the already very low texture resolution to the point where there wasnt a lot of good distinction between world objects.

2) The Wiimote controller is not what you think.

In the Wii Sports Baseball game, you'd think that the bat would move exactly how you were moving the controller but it doesnt. Moving it around freely doesnt not replicate to the bat movement. So instead of naturally using the Wiimote like a bat, you have to learn how to move it how the game wants you to move it. You dont have to make a real-life swing and could easily hit the ball with the same force and skill with a small wrist flick. This is helped out by the fact that the interaction with the Wiimote stops at contact with the ball and the game takes over the swing thru mechanics.

Pitching the ball was erratic at best. No matter how fast or slow you "throw" the ball you would register at either 65mph or 94mph. Only once did I get it to deviate to 92mph. It's also not possible to just lob the ball and let it drop - again you are restricted to the game's translation of the movement and not real world movement. This was the same in the bowling game.

3) Moving around that much is NOT fun.

The Wii Sports boxing game was fun. I boxed a Mii that looked like Jesus and one that looked like a blonde Hitler. Again the Wiimote and the nunchuck didnt exactly replicate what the boxer's hands were doing on the screen. You have to figure out the sweet spots of where to hold and move them to allow for the best punch and guards. It wasnt too difficult to do, but after two matches my arms were tired and I was done. I dont think I could have played more than 5 or so matches at one sitting of that game without having sore shoulders.


Creating the Mii characters was kinda fun, and seeing your friend's Mii characters walking around on the screen in a parade was kinda neat, but they will only show up if you know their long friend code, enter that, they approve it and know your code to enter and then you have to send your Mii to them. They also show up for no reason during the parade. It's not an indication if they are online they are just there and walk around to make you feel like you are with your friends I guess.

The only thing I really liked was the small speaker on the controller. That added a nice little touch to some of the games.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Yannone: This is the America we have become

Yannone: This is the America we have become: "I arrived in Syria that same day, at the end of the day and I was able to confirm that I was in fact in Syria after my blindfold was removed and I was able to see the pictures of the Syrian President. My feeling then is I just wanted to kill myself because I knew what was coming. I knew that the Americans, the American government send me there to be tortured."

Spiderman 3 & The Moon Rocks


Spiderman 3: Climbing the Walls in Anticipation? - Associated Content: "The creators of the Spiderman comic, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, teamed up for this third installment to the Spiderman sage. Serving as writers for the action-packed sequel, Lee and Ditko will be sure that the integrity of the comics is preserved in this film – something which will delight Spiderman purists.

In this adventure, Spiderman comes into contact with some moon rocks. Yes, that’s really the plot. The good news is that a comic-book favorite will finally make an appearance in the Spiderman movies. Spiderman 3 means the appearance of alter-ego and favorite villain Venom, a character that scored big with comic book fans. The new Green Goblin and Sandman will also come to life in Spiderman 3, doing their best to thwart our hero and spoil the day. "

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While I doubt there's a really good way to explain where the Venom symbiote came from in the comics within the context of the film. I just hope this "moon rock" explanation doesnt come off too cheesy.

Here's the full history.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Utterly Insane!

Nov. 30, 2006 — It was the shocking story — and unbelievable surveillance video — that riveted the nation. A young McDonald's employee humiliated, forced to strip and then to perform a sexual act in the back office, during her work day.

This horrifying ordeal changed one woman's life forever, and put one man on trial, accused of masterminding a bizarre and elaborate hoax. If convicted, David Stewart faced 15 years in prison on charges ranging from solicitation of sodomy, to impersonating a police officer.

Louise Ogborn was always willing to take on extra shifts at McDonald's in Mount Washington, Ky. Ogborn's mother had health problems and had recently lost her job, so the 18-year-old did whatever she could to help make ends meet.

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I have never seen so many stupid people do so many stupid things. This is simply amazing what was done to this girl. I felt sorry for her until she said, "My parents always taught me to do what adults tell me to do." - It's a good thing they didnt ask her to jump off a bridge. The girl is filing a $200 million dollar lawsuit against McDonalds.

Story Link

Video Link *Take a few minutes to watch this. It's shocking

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Beware of the fungi!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Tony vs. Paul

This is amazing!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Improv Everywhere Mission: Best Buy

Improv Everywhere Mission: Best Buy:

Fortunately, Agent Shafer knew the law and kept turning the officer's statements back on themselves:
'I'm not trespassing until you ask me to leave. No one has asked me to leave yet.'
'Are you disobeying a lawful order?'
'Are you asking me to leave?'

haha - this is too funny

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Roddy Piper diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer


WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper made an announcement on his official website today stating that he has been diagnosed with lymphoma cancer.

The cancer was found after a tumor was removed from his back which has been causing him extreme pain. Initial tests of the tumor found it to be benign, but the additional test found the lymphoma.

Piper commented by saying: “It seems like I have been fighting someone, something, someplace, in some manner, my whole life. But this fight, is one I am gonna win!”

Iraq, Iran Reach Agreement on Security


Pawtucket Times - News from the Associated Press:

By NASSER KARIMI
Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iraq's president said Wednesday he had reached a security agreement with Iran, which the United States accuses of fueling the chaos in the war-torn country. Iran's president called on countries to stop backing 'terrorists' in Iraq and for the Americans to withdraw."

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I dont really want to comment on this topic overall, but this picture is a little odd to run. It looks like a moment from Lady and the Tramp and they are about to kiss after slurping up the ends of the same piece of spaghetti.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

GameDaily BIZ: Microsoft on PS3's HD Problem

GameDaily BIZ: Microsoft on PS3's HD Problem: "If you bought your HDTV a few years ago, there's a good chance it doesn't support 720p resolution. And unfortunately, if you hook up a PS3 to these TVs, the only image you'll see will be in 480p, not 1080i. Microsoft's Andre Vrignaud believes this may not be fixable either...

As you probably have heard by now, some owners of older HDTV sets have been having trouble getting proper high-def visuals from the PlayStation 3. The PS3 outputs HD visuals for PS3 games in either 720p or 1080p, and if your HDTV does not support 720p, the PS3 won't upscale the picture to 1080i either.

While Sony initially told us that they are working on a fix (and still are apparently) that would come via a firmware patch, the company has since retracted its statement. Worse yet, it's not clear if this problem even is fixable via a patch because the PS3 hardware would appear to lack the necessary scaler."

Saturday, November 25, 2006

My Shared News Reads

I just added a widget to my sidebar to see the RSS feed reads I am sharing from Google Reader. Just the stuff I find interesting and not necessarily worth a post about. Check 'em out off to your right.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Small nod to SONY

Okay for the record I am not a fan of SONY, but did realize something the other day about their controller for the PS3. And while I still think it's a half-assed attempt along with the PS3, I do have to give a slight nod to the controller's name.

I had orgininally dissed it until I realized it's a homophone: SIXAXIS is the same forward and backward and that makes it slightly less sucky. But only slightly.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Bush is such a slimey dick

Simply disgraceful.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Hell of Sand Falling Game

Hell of Sand Falling Game - Presented by AddictingGames

Wow this thing is just super cool.

Taiwan market: Only 500 PS3s available for launch on November 17

Taiwan market: Only 500 PS3s available for launch on November 17

Haha how embarrassing. Sony's a bunch of losers.

And now Circuit City is reporting that their ENTIRE line of 20GB versions of the PS3 have been totally canceled nationwide and they received no extra 60GB versions to compensate.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

This is sick.


From the Huffington Report: Huffington Post has obtained an internal Fox News memo written by the network's Vice President of news. The memo details Fox's game plan the day Democrats won control of both the Senate and the House.
Alan Wake demo on Intel Core 2 Quad cpu and Nvidia GPu

Coming for the 360 and PC - this video made me shit my pants for real! Wow this is amazing.

Monday, November 13, 2006

IGN: Sony Comments on Backwards Compatibility

IGN: Sony Comments on Backwards Compatibility: "Japan's Cnet.com reports backwards compatibility problems for over 196 PlayStation 2 titles. This figure counts multiple versions of the same game (budget versions, limited editions, etc.) as a single entity and includes the full range of problems, from simple sound issues to more dramatic freezing issues.

In response to these issues, Sony's PR department pointed out that it, from the start, expected backwards compatibility to be less than 100%. It was also good enough to point out that some people can put up with playing games that lack sound.

Regardless of this somewhat arrogant response, an official statement issued at the PlayStation.com site states that Sony will fix the problems with a future system update, and may even resort to individual patches for certain titles. When this will happen has yet to be specified."

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Sony is such an asshat. This is ANOTHER point they tried to use to deride the 360 that not all games are backwards compatible and then they have the same issue.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Worldometers

Worldometers - real time world statistics
Farewell, Douchebags

I had to post this on YouTube and share it with all of you. :)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Crackdown Co-op review


"The best part about Crackdown's co-operative mode is that you don't really have to work together with your partner if you don't want to. It seems odd that this is the best part of a mode that is supposed to be about helping each other, but that is part of the draw of Crackdown. Just as you have the freedom to choose which missions to do and in which order, the co-operative mode simply places two players in the world and allows them to do whatever they please. Just because one person is busy storming a gang base on a mission to take down one of the generals, doesn't mean the other person needs to have anything to do with it. He could be on the other side of the city trying to climb to the top of a building in search of an agility orb in an attempt to improve his jumping ability. Or he could be shooting you in the back of the head trying to kill you. Or he could help you. Right, like he's going to be helping you when he can give you a roundhouse to the face and send you flying off of the rooftop."


Egads I wish more games would do stuff like this. MMO's are fun, but playing a simple normal game with just one or two other friends really makes it a blast. Here's a good example of this. I dont need 800 more people running around. Even if you arent running together, it's good to know you arent alone in the world and can help each other out if necessary or just chat about stuff going on. Kudo's to this game for this - I hope more games explore this aspect.

Remembering Veterans Day



They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
A pool filled with non-newtonian fluid

Science is cool. Just simple corn starch and water.Read More about it here.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Hospital plans to set up baby hatch

Hospital plans to set up baby hatch "TOKYO, Nov 9 (Reuters Life!) - A Japanese hospital plans to set up the country's first 'baby hatch' where mothers can drop off unwanted babies, who could then be offered for adoption.

Jikei Hospital in southern Japan said it plans to install what it is calling a 'stork's cradle,' consisting of a flap in an outside wall which opens on to a small incubated bed.

An alarm bell would ring within minutes after a baby was deposited so hospital staff could come and care for the infant.

'By installing the hatch, we want to rescue both parents and babies,' said a hospital official. 'Maybe there are some people who are suspicious about it, but we should not pretend not to see them and let them die. Babies are innocent.'"

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

2006 Election

I cant express the joy and excitement I feel about how this year's election turned out. As I am writing this it is just being announced that the Democrats have secured the majority position in the Senate with Webb's win in Virginia.

So it's official, the Democrats now control the whole of Congress and as such have effectively neutered President Bush. He is now a lame duck and the rats are jumping ship (as seen by Rumsfeld today).

I'm proud of all the hard work we all put in at the local Democratic phone bank (even if our main favorite, Rick Siferd didnt get the win). It's an awesome feeling to know that in some small way you can help make a change.

A small pebble can send ripples across the whole pond.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Clinton on republican 'strategy'

I love Bill Clinton. This is great!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Newspaper gets slapped for sex story�|�Oddly Enough�|�Reuters.com

Newspaper gets slapped for sex story

"KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian government leaders have rebuked a local newspaper for publishing a frank expose of sexual attitudes among the country's youth.

The Weekend Mail gave detailed descriptions of favorite sex positions from its survey -- including 'spooning, galloping and tea bag positions' -- in three pages of stories that delivered on its front-page promise: 'You'll be shocked.'

'I received endless calls and SMS over the articles,' Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak told a ruling-party meeting Sunday.

'The media going overboard in exploiting sex will only worsen our social problems,' he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times, a pro-government daily in the same stable as the Mail."
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They listed tea-bagging? The tea-bagging position? haha I cant believe that even made the top three.

Election Thoughts


I try to keep my blog from being all about politics and more about stuff I am interested in or find funny or just want to talk about, but as the midterm elections near I find myself being more political with every day.

As you've probably read, I've been doing Get Out The Vote (GOTV) phone bank work for the local Democratic party where I live over the past couple of days. I spent about 12 hours this weekend working the phones and about 30 hours total. We've called and re-called over a 1000 people to help remind them to get out and vote. You've probably received similar calls in your area - either from a human or a pre-recorded message or robo-call.

The lists we worked from were targeted Democrats and Independents who've either left their registration as Democrat or voted in the Democratic primary. Your vote is secret, but the fact that you did vote is not. Invariably, as with any system, it's prone to errors and you'll get the odd Republican who acts all shocked and disgusted that a Democrat is calling them. That's not really so bad, it's not disheartening it's not even the worst thing that could happen to you on the phone.

The worst thing is when people simply say, "I'm not interested" or "I'm not going to vote". I know it can be a pain to get calls from random strangers about shit that you might not want to hear about but this is different this is the future of your local city, state and national government. This is EVERYONE's issue this effects EVERYONE and men and women have died and continue to die for our right and privilege to participate in this process.

We have a duty as Americans to take this seriously. We have a duty to become informed and to go out and vote each time. And if everyone did do that, these calls would slow way down or stop. This constant barrage of vote, vote, vote stuff would dial back. People do this because (in midterm elections) only 38% of the registered voter base even bother to show up to vote. That's not even a simple majority of the people who bothered to register!

Do your duty, get informed, go out and take a few minutes to vote tomorrow November 7th and demand an equal, open and fair vote tally. That's the least you could do as an American - simply having a magnetic "Support the Troops" ribbon on your SUV or a flag out on the Fourth of July isnt going to cut it anymore.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Hacking Democracy

Watch the new HBO documentary Hacking Democracy for free on Google Video. Find out just how the voting machines from Diebold were actively setup to rig the elections they've been used in and how these machines are still being rolled out and used today.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The war is OVER. Our military commanders are refusing to follow Bush.

To publish this kind of scathing critique in all four US Military Times magazines, on the eve of the most important election in modern American history, will go down as the boldest statement our military has ever made. Make no mistake - this is as close to a coup as we have ever seen in this nation.

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Dick Cheney on Iraq

"It doesnt matter if the public thinks it's right..."

Last time I looked it was us in the public going over there and dieing - I think we are on pretty strong ground here.

Army Times: "Time for Rumsfeld to go"

The Ross Report: "An editorial scheduled to appear on Monday in Army Times, Air Force Times, Navy Times and Marine Corps Times, calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

The papers are sold to American servicemen and women. They are published by the Military Times Media Group, which is a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc."

Friday, November 03, 2006

Brownie doing a heckuva job = Rumsfeld doing a good job

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Great Quote!

"Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph."
Haile Selassie

Democrat Phone Banking Round 2

Well tonight I am working the phone banks for the Auglaize County Democratic Party. Pushing the Ohio Democrats - Rick Siferd, Sherrod Brown and Ted Strickland.

Just to remind my faithful readers that voting is this Tuesday, November 7th from 630am to 730pm and Ohioans WILL need a photo ID card to vote this year.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

John Kerry's Balls Have Emerged!

A funny thing happened today, John Kerry's balls dropped again. I am not trying to belittle his years of service prior to this by saying he was without a sack - I just wished he showed this much passion going after Bush in 2004.

So the story is Democratic U.S. Sen. John Kerry drew election-year fire from President Bush and other Republicans on Tuesday for saying college students could "get stuck in Iraq" if they do not study hard.

Some people thought that he was disrespecting the troops - I dont think so, he's essentially right. Anyway there was supposed to be more said according to the official speech copy that he left out, which was, "Just ask President Bush." Intending this to be a slam on Bush - now it ends up being a "botched joke".

At any rate the Right Wing Media and the GOP are jumping all over Kerry and trying to tear him a new one. Well this isnt your daddy's John Kerry ... he LET LOOSE on the ones talking smack about him, check it out:

"If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I'm sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I'm not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq . It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they're afraid to debate real men. And this time it won't work because we're going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq ."

Truly some awesome stuff. I'm glad him and the other Democrats are willing to start nutting up to Bush and the GOP. So congrats, Kerry, on your twins bungie-jumping back down into your Fruit of the Looms.

Funny Cat Pictures

Monday, October 30, 2006

New Rules - America Must Stop Bragging... Oct 27 2006

Bill Maher hits the nail on the head with this one.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Remember America because it's changing!

Check out the 12 Warning Signs of Fascism and decide for yourself if you agree about how many we match.

Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

"In a stealth maneuver, President Bush has signed into law a provision which, according to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), will actually encourage the President to declare federal martial law (1). It does so by revising the Insurrection Act, a set of laws that limits the President's ability to deploy troops within the United States. The Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C.331 -335) has historically, along with the Posse Comitatus Act (18 U.S.C.1385), helped to enforce strict prohibitions on military involvement in domestic law enforcement. With one cloaked swipe of his pen, Bush is seeking to undo those prohibitions.

Public Law 109-364, or the 'John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007' (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a 'public emergency' and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to 'suppress public disorder.'

President Bush seized this unprecedented power on the very same day that he signed the equally odious Military Commissions Act of 2006. In a sense, the two laws complement one another. One allows for torture and detention abroad, while the other seeks to enforce acquiescence at home, preparing to order the military onto the streets of America. Remember, the term for putting an area under military law enforcement control is precise; the term is 'martial law.'"

Read More: Toward Freedom - Bush Moves Toward Martial Law

The Land of the Free just got a LOT more scary.

I've been around the world ...

Here is a list of some of the cities and countries where people live who have recently visited my blog. I love looking at these kinds of stats:

Brooklyn, New York - United States
Burnaby, British Columbia - Canada
Columbia, Illinois - United States
Hampden Sydney, Virginia - United States
Hulshout, Antwerpen - Belgium
Lilburn, Georgia - United States
Lima, Ohio - United States
Livonia, Michigan - United States
London, Lambeth - United Kingdom
Mooseheart, Illinois - United States
Olching, Bayern - Germany
Ottawa Lake, Michigan - United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - United States
Praha, Hlavni Mesto Praha - Czech Republic
Richmond, British Columbia - Canada
Rockaway, New Jersey - United States
Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland - Netherlands
Sana, Hadramawt - Yemen
Wapakoneta, Ohio - United States
Washington, District of Columbia - United States
Waterbury, Connecticut - United States
Winston Salem, North Carolina - United States

It's also nice to know that I get so many pass-thru hits from the Tina Fey Scar Blog still. :)

Friday, October 27, 2006

Vice President’s radio interview championed torture


WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney was not talking about a torture technique known as "water boarding" when he said dunking terrorism suspects in water during questioning was a "no-brainer."

Human rights groups said Cheney's comments amounted to an endorsement of water boarding, in which the victim believes he is about to drown.

"You know as a matter of common sense that the vice president of the United States is not going to be talking about water boarding. Never would, never does, never will," presidential spokesman Tony Snow said. "You think Dick Cheney's going to slip up on something like this? No, come on."

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The intent in his quote seems pretty damn clear to me. Dont think it's torture - Read the Wiki article on it and decide for yourself.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

DeWine's Going Down! YAY!

Survey: Democrats taking Ohio Senate race: "CLEVELAND -- A SurveyUSA poll for Channel 3 News shows Democrat challenger Sherrod Brown winning over ncumbent Republican Mike DeWine.
Brown unseats DeWine 57% to 37% according to Ohio voters likely to vote, interviewed October 23 through October 25.

Brown led by 14 in an identical SurveyUSA tracking poll on 10/12/06. Today, Brown leads by 20. "

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Stay the Course?

Monday, October 23, 2006

Halloween Party 2006

My mom thru another great Halloween Party. Check out the pics from it. And yes I did all the pumpkin carving and have the cuts and cramps to proove it. We did a total of 6 pumpkins that night. 3 of them were from patterns that my sister helped with, Mom did one free form that turned out great (that one and one of the patterned ones went to my sister's house). The "Grim Reaper" one I did free form from an image I found via the peeling and thinning method with two eye holes all the way thru. Then the other "Old Man" was my first attempt at a 3D carving of a pumpkin. I think it turned out well. I cant wait to do some more next year like this. The detail is fantastic with this method.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

3D Deutz engine animation

Ever wonder how a car engine works? Wonder no more.
Daily Show: Rumsfeld Caught In WMD Lies

Legacy of Lies

Thursday, October 19, 2006

  • Norman Larsen, president and head chemist at the Rocket Chemical Company, developed a water displacement formula on his fortieth try, naming it WD-40.

  • The aerospace industry needed a product to eliminate moisture from electrical circuitry and to prevent corrosion on airplanes and Atlas Missile nose-cones. The newly developed WD-40 worked so well, engineers working at the Rocket Chemical Company began sneaking it out of the plant for home use on squeaky doors and stuck locks.

  • WD-40 became available to the public in 1958, and in 1961, a sweet fragrance was added to overcome the smell of the petroleum distillates. In 1969, the Rocket Chemical Company was renamed the WD-40 Company, after its only product. The WD-40 Company makes the 'secret sauce,' then sends it to packagers who add the solvent and propellant.

  • In 1964, John Glenn circled the earth in Friendship VII, which was covered with WD-40 from top to bottom.

  • The WD-40 Company went public on the NASDAQ exchange in 1973. The initial 300,000 shares, available at $16.50, closed that same day at $26.50.

  • WD-40 makes over a million gallons of the 'secret sauce' every year.

  • WD-40 can be found in four out of five American homes.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Olbermann on the Murder of Habeus Corpus

Yeah! Leif Ericson Day. Oh and fuck Bush - I dont want your protection at your cost.

Gaming Edge: Sony clarifies some PS3 controller talk

Gaming Edge: Sony clarifies some PS3 controller talk: "There was an update today, based on Japanese tech site Broadband Watch.

According to the report, the controller will have to be paired to the console via the USB cable before play. This pairing process will be required each time the console has been shut down and turned back on, or - given the rough translation - possibly every time the controller has lost power.

It's unlikely that putting the console into standby mode will cause a reconnection requirement, if it's console-related. It's also unlikely that many of those lucky (?) enough to get a launch PS3 are going to want to leave it on, even powered-down, 24/7.

Those wondering about battery life will be happy to note the controller is expected to get about 30 hours of playtime out of one 2.5 hour charge. As the battery isn't replaceable, when it's no longer recharging the controller needs to be replaced or sent for repairs.

Does either option seem especially appealing?"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

David Blaine Street Magic: YouTube Edition!

Haha this is a great parody of David Blaine's street magic stuff. This is so funny.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

My Way News - Teen Questioned for Online Bush Threats

My Way News - Teen Questioned for Online Bush Threats: "SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Upset by the war in Iraq, Julia Wilson vented her frustrations with President Bush last spring on her Web page on MySpace.com. She posted a picture of the president, scrawled 'Kill Bush' across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She later replaced her page on the social-networking site after learning in her eighth-grade history class that such threats are a federal offense.

It was too late.

Federal authorities had found the page and placed Wilson on their checklist. They finally reached her this week in her molecular biology class.

The 14-year-old freshman was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by two Secret Service agents. The incident has upset her parents, who said the agents should have included them when they questioned their daughter."

Friday, October 13, 2006

Jobless man asks judge for jail time - CNN.com

Jobless man asks judge for jail time - CNN.com: "COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for police.

On Wednesday, Timothy J. Bowers told a judge a three-year prison sentence would suit him, and the judge obliged.

'At my age, the jobs available to me are minimum-wage jobs. There is age discrimination out there,' Bowers, who turns 63 in a few weeks, told Judge Angela White."

Saturday, October 07, 2006

NEWSWEEK Poll: GOP in Meltdown

For the first time since 2001, the NEWSWEEK poll shows that more Americans trust the Democrats than the GOP on moral values and the war on terror. Fully 53 percent of Americans want the Democrats to win control of Congress next month, including 10 percent of Republicans, compared to just 35 percent who want the GOP to retain power. If the election were held today, 51 percent of likely voters would vote for the Democrat in their district versus 39 percent who would vote for the Republican. And while the race is closer among male voters (46 percent for the Democrats vs. 42 percent for the Republicans), the Democrats lead among women voters 56 to 34 percent.

NEWSWEEK Poll: GOP in Meltdown - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com

Democrat Phone Bank

Today I am helping out the local Democrats in the office by getting the word out to get out and vote. If anyone local is interested in helping today or whenever let me know.

Apart from that, choose to do something. For Democrats (or even the Republicans - I guess) to go out and add your voice to the nation. The ability to create change can come down to one simple vote.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Gripes about the PS3 in list form

My problems with the PLAYSTATION3 and SONY in general regarding the PS3.

I figured I'd do this in list form for easy reading and because I am conversationally anal retentive.

  1. Cell Processor
    • Unproven technology for this size rollout
    • 8 Cores, but the manufacturing process can only guarantee that 6 will work
    • Out of the 6, at least 3 are needed for major AI processing, leaving three left to do all the other work (1 for physics, 1 for paint, 1 for general processes)
    • Some prominent developers already commenting on the Cell's inability to thread for AI very well and prefer the 360's method and call it better.
  2. Blu-Ray DVD
    • Unproven technology for this size rollout
    • Expensive production (too early)
    • Data read times not well documented
    • Death-bit technology (a bit could be added to the game or movie rendering it unplayable except on ONLY your PS3 or not at all)
    • This total size increase is not really needed from current-gen DVD and may lead to sloppy data placement
    • Discs cost a great deal to manufacture and that cost gets passed on
    • No common device possibilities (extra content for PC or soundtrack not possible)
  3. Internal Power Supply
    • Internal power supply has already required a re-design of the unit's case
    • Unnecessary heat build-up
  4. 2 Flavors
    • All but the most astute will realize what they are truley missing out on with the cheaper version
    • Sony's notorious for re-releasing their consoles a bit redesigned to bank more dollars from early disgruntled adopters
  5. Current Game Line Up
    • Some PS2 only franchise games are not being produced for the PS3 due to the extremely complex development process
    • Lack of actual game footage from launch titles
    • Hype being built only by game trailers or rendered movies and are a FAR cry from what the game play looks like
    • Sony's hype machine said the PS3 would be leaps and bounds above the 360 and current game play looks the same or worse than comparable 360 titles
  6. SIX AXIS
    • The name "Six Axis" is horrible for a controller.
    • Sony wont be honest about the lack of Rumble, claiming it would be too costly to make tech to isolate the rumble from the motion sensors, but they don't mind charging $700 for their "premium" console.
    • Current footage of actual use shows the controller's motion sensing to be a poor mechanic for games and gives no good feel for error other than visual queues from the game
    • No real improvements over button position or sensitivity from previous Dual Shock controllers
    • Blue Tooth wireless option is a MAJOR battery hog and will significantly reduce the play-time on wireless
  7. All sorts of Ports
    • There are all sorts of memory card and USB ports on the thing, but you still have to buy a separate adapter to copy game saves off your PS2 game cards\
    • Sony MemoryStick's suck and cost too much and arent standardized enough - another example of Sony snubbing current tech and making up their own formats to force you to be stuck with their equipment
  8. Programming for and with
    • Sony's pushing for the PS3 to be classified as a personal computer (much like they tried with the PS2) to defray extra shipping and import costs in Europe and other markets
    • In that vain Sony again will attempt to tout the PS3 as a base for Linux developers - you know of any that really tried stuff with the PS2? If it was so nice, then why is there a HUGE Linux-based hacking community for the XBOX?

Okay I am ending my list here as I cant think of anymore right now.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Olbermann's special commentary on Clinton vs Fox

Keith Olbermann is simply awesome and has a HUGE set of balls.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Government Auctions

Anyone want to buy a pair of Men's Pajama Bottoms from the US Government?

Today's PS3 Weak Ass Excuse.

Kaz Hirai states that the decision to remove the rumble function from the PS3 controller would save gamers money, by reducing the cost of the controller.

“The issue is trying to isolate the vibration feature from the motion sensors,” he said. “Is it technically feasible? Absolutely. But the balancing act that you need to do, is to be able to present the controller to the consumer at an affordable price. We have one controller in the box, but many consumers will want to go out and get an extra controller. To isolate the vibration from the sensing, if that means that the controllers are going to be so expensive, then we’re doing the consumer a huge disservice.”

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So they tout the console as being so superior than it's an honor for you to spend so much money on it, but yet this technology would raise the cost of a controller so much it would be too much. Here's an idea, make one with and one without and sell them both and let the consumers decide. No they wont do that because that's not what they are talking about here. If they concede to use rumble in this new version they will owe even MORE money to the people that own the patent on rumble technology and Sony has been ripping them off for years and havent paid them a dime. But then again with their stock slipping and needing to save some money to pay off the huge loan they had to take out to even produce this thing, they dont have a lot of money to throw around.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Getting screwed by the bookstore

Well I wondered how long it would take until I got screwed out of some money from college. Not only am I footing this quarters full bill myself (before the payback system from work kicks in), now I get stuck paying for a book that I dont need.

Last Wednesday I went and bought an Algebra book for an upcoming half-quarter class and it cost $125. It's about as thick as 3 magazines and roughly their same dimensions - $125!

I left it in it's shrink wrap and kept the receipt, just in case as it is not returnable at all without that. So I did some searching online that night and found it at a used book store for sale for $7 (+$3 shipping). So I bought that and went to return the other one and wham-o, I cant return it.

The bookstore manager informed me that the program he teaches from relies on each student purchasing the book and thus off-setting the cost of the course materials and that she couldnt return it unless I drop the class (and provide a drop slip) or I can get written acknowledgement from the teacher that I no longer need the book. Meanwhile they have at least 60+ copies on the shelf of this damn thing. *sigh*

At least I got a 98 on my first test for Art History. So that makes me super happy. I would have gotten a perfect score but I couldnt remember who painted The Raft of the Medusa and put down Delacroix instead of Gericault - that was pretty dumb of me and I lost 2 points for it.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

1984 by George Orwell

"Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?"

Read it again, or for the first time. Even online

dailyepisodes.com

Every episode of The Simpsons, The Futurama, South Park, Family Guy and American Dad.

http://dailyepisodes.com | All the episodes of different series

White House Said to Bar Hurricane Report

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration has blocked release of a report that suggests global warming is contributing to the frequency and strength of hurricanes, the journal Nature reported Tuesday. The possibility that warming conditions may cause storms to become stronger has generated debate among climate and weather experts, particularly in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

In the new case, Nature said weather experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - part of the Commerce Department - in February set up a seven-member panel to prepare a consensus report on the views of agency scientists about global warming and hurricanes.

According to Nature, a draft of the statement said that warming may be having an effect.

In May, when the report was expected to be released, panel chair Ants Leetmaa received an e-mail from a Commerce official saying the report needed to be made less technical and was not to be released, Nature reported.

White House Said to Bar Hurricane Report

Sunday, September 24, 2006

More Ink!

Here is the beginning of my chest piece. It took a bit over two hours to get this all done today. This is simply the outline.

In two more weeks I'll go and get it shaded in and then in two weeks after that I will get the color all added.

This work is absolutely amazing, I cant keep from looking down at it all the time and am so totally amazed that my artwork is now a part of my living flesh. If I get a chance I will post the actual artwork from this. The angel went thru about nine different versions and poses and was quite a process to get the feeling I wanted. Posted by Picasa

Clinton, Wallace Battle in Fox Interview

NEW YORK (AP) - In a combative interview on "Fox News Sunday," former President Clinton defended his handling of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden, saying he tried to have bin Laden killed and was attacked for his efforts by the same people who now criticize him for not doing enough.

"That's the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now," Clinton said in the interview. "They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try, they did not try."

Clinton accused host Chris Wallace of a "conservative hit job" and asked: "I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked, 'Why didn't you do anything about the Cole?' I want to know how many people you asked, 'Why did you fire Dick Clarke?'"

On NBC's "Meet the Press," also taped Friday and aired Sunday, Clinton told interviewer Tim Russert that the biggest problem confronting the world today is "the illusion that our differences matter more than our common humanity."

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This was an awesome interview and Clinton made it clear he didnt roll over then and he's not going to roll over now. This is passion from thought - passion from true caring. We need more leaders like Clinton.

Here's the Interview on Google Video.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

The night before ...

Tomorrow is the day I finally get started on my chest piece. A tattoo of an angel on the left side and a devil on the right. Sandman (the tattooist) and I are working on pieces of the background, but these are the main pieces. Now I am not a religious person - this is just an expression of good and bad, male and female, left and right, choice A or B.

So tomorrow the outline goes on, then two weeks later I will get it shaded and two weeks after that I will get the final colors put on it. I will post some pics when I get it all done.

Friday, September 22, 2006

It's really quite simple


Sometimes international politics can seem confusing and strange. Unpronouncable names and places in far off corners of the world.

But this is really quite simple. The man on the left is the President of Pakistan, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. The man on the right is the President of the United States, George W. Bush. This picture was taken today and they are shaking hands in the White House (our house).

Osama bin Laden is hiding in the mountains between Afghanastan and Pakistan. But Bush says if he were to receive good intelligence about his location he would go in after him. The President Musharraf says that he does NOT want the United States in his country running amok and that he would prefer to be allowed to use his forces to route out Osama bin Laden.

This is the tenuous pact between our two nations for 5 years now. Pakistan is 778,720 sq km by comparison Texas (the state Bush calls home) is 695,622 sq km.

Bush said, "we will not distinguish between the people that harbor terrorists and the terrorists themselves."

It's quite simple - something is VERY wrong here.

Goodbye Tomcat!

On Wednesday the last of the F-14 Tomcats still in service were being flown at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia as part of the goodbye ceremonies

On Wednesday the last of the F-14 Tomcats still in service were being flown at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia as part of the goodbye ceremonies The US Navy began a series of ceremonies on Thursday to celebrate the F-14, as the pilot favourite that served on aircraft carriers for three decades heads into retirement.

The last of the F-14 Tomcats still in service were being flown at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia as part of the goodbye ceremonies that would last into Friday, a Navy spokeswoman said.

The fighter jet was made famous by the 1986 film Top Gun starring Tom Cruise, but was more recognized by pilots for its speed, versatility and ability to carry a broad array of weapons.

First flown in 1970 and introduced to the Navy’s fleet in the middle of that decade, F-14s were involved in confrontations with Libya and saw action in Lebanon, the first Gulf War, the Bosnian wars, Afghanistan and the second war with Iraq.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Monday, September 18, 2006

Friday, September 15, 2006

Nice Jeans

God it would be sweet to have a pair of these.

Bounty hunter Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman arrested

Bounty hunter Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman arrested - REALITY TV - MSNBC.com

FREE DOG!

This is a pretty fucked up situation. Take the celebrity out of it, just read the details. It's messed up that the US Government would comply with this.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

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Superman-How It Should Have Ended

Haha this is great ... I'm Batman!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

My Online Store

I've just started up a Cafe Press store for my site. Just going to throw stupid stuff up there. Mostly things that I just want, but I thought I would share it too. The only thing I have up there now is the bumper sticker above - and if you know where it's from you are cool.

Space Tomatoes Store

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Want to be cool like me?

If you want your Firefox to look like mine, add this code to your userchrome.css file:

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CRIKEY!

I'm sure if you have a pair of ears you've heard the news that Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin is dead.

I guess the only thing I have say is "Crikey" of course he's dead he jumps in the water with crazy deadly shit. Now if he took a job as a campaign finance budget calculator and died from doing math, I think that would be more shocking.

It is a shame that he has past away - he seemed like a pretty cool guy.

After class in the caffeteria

I am sitting in my college caffeteria right now after class waiting to leave to pickup Brendan at the airport. I should be reading the first six chapters of my typography book, but I decided to post to my blog instead.

My first test is this Thursday on the previously mentioned six chapters and I still have about 150 pages to read for Art History before next Monday.

All this reading really sucks with my eye. They get so fatigued so easily anymore it's not even funny. I didnt get to have the Intacs surgery because my insurance wouldnt cover it. They called it "experimental" so I am in the middle of fighting with them over that and trying to get them to cover it. If they dont end up covering it, I think I will go with the cornea transplant surgery instead. Something has to be done, my contact is not helping that great anymore is a big pain in the ass.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Art of David Bollt

Wow I just found this cool artist - David Bollt.

Check out his work at his website.

Finally I have class *fart*

Hi everyone. :) Bet ya missed me. I wanted to post the last couple of day but havent had a chance yet. I've completed my first week of college and have been very busy.

Also I just finished working 7 days in a row because Brendan (my personal slave on days) had to take vacation - the wuss.

So I am taking this art class called "Intro to Macintosh" and if you know me you know I HATE Macs. But I thought I would try to throw off my Mac prejudice and embrace the learning experience.

Now granted this is an Intro class and since I have worked with both Macs and PC's for the last 10+ years it's a well below my current level of understanding. So I am trying to focus more on the Art aspect of it. The instructor is really cool and is very free-form in his assignments and projects. He is a very big Mac zealot and his ignorance about PC's and his ignorant smug assumptions that Mac's are superior and do EVERYTHING better is a bit annoying. But he's a nice guy and the class is fun - so I will grin and bare it.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Gas Prices - MSN Autos

Gas Prices - MSN Autos

This website is great at checking local gas prices and showing you the cheapest and it's not based on volunteer spotter info.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Pretzel Six

Myself and a few co-workers have recently become addicted to eating pretzels all day long.

At any rate, we all decided to try to bite the number 6 out of a pretzel. It's a LOT more difficult than what it would first seem. Only Mike and I were able to accomplish this feat and here is my photographic proof.

If you think you have the skills, go ahead and try. You can ONLY seperate the pretzel hunks with your teeth - no fingernails or breaking them by other means.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Build the Lawnadillo

I read about this in my latest issue of Popular Science and I am so going to build it. BTW, dont get a subscription to the magazine since they screw you and print everything in it back on the web for free. Well at least you can read it on the toilet. Then again I am sitting on the toilet now blogging this.

Build the Lawnadillo - Popular Science

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hummers

So the other day I was at a gas station (a Speedway). The gas there was $2.63 a gallon. 40 miles south, where I live, the gas was $2.89 a gallon that day. So as you can imagine this station was VERY busy. Across the street was a BP station and for whatever reason their gas was $2.79 a gallon. So myself and many other motorists caught these stations in a mini price war before they had to go up to the new price. There was at least 30 cars at the Speedway station with me all jostling for position at any open pump. While waiting for an open pump, I noticed two amazing things. Outside our station was a very old looking man holding up a sign that read "Vietnam era vet. Need work for food and bills. Please Help God Bless." This man was clearly not one or two paychecks from turning things around either. The second thing I noticed was across the street at the BP station, the ONLY vehicle there to get gas was an H2 Hummer. Not only did this guy spend as much as some houses on his vehicle - he clearly didnt care to put the extra expensive gas in it either.

I think Hummer dirvers (and other large SUV drivers - fuck you too Ford) should have to display a bumper sticker like the one on top of this post I mocked up. I also think that a group of people should start posting pictures of dead soldiers on gas pumps as a way of non-violent protest to get more people to wake the fuck up. I think I might start printing up some fliers and taking them around to gas stations with me. Who's with me?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Honda Majority

Well yesterday I sold my Grand Am. I am now 100% debt free again. No loans, no credit cards - just living expenses and college (which I am paying for out-of-pocket). This feels great. :)

I am down to 3 vehicles now, my old Jeep, my motorcyle (a Honda) and my '91 Honda Accord that I bought off my sister. And I have to admit that I am loving Hondas. Especially after I heard about this movie and GM's old EV1 vehicle and all that bullshit. I am certainly buying a Honda or Toyota the next time I buy a car.

I'm also glad to be rid of that car because I had it during some very negative times in my life and it collected a lot of bad memories. If the car was a magnet for that bad stuff, I hope it doesnt follow to the new owner. She's a 16 year old girl from a little north of me. She's saved up her money from raising and caring for dairy cows and was able to buy it herself. She was even looking for a black Grand Am so it was pretty much the perfect match. Since I was unable to sell it to a friend at work, I am glad this girl got it and she will give it a good home.

I guess I should also mention that I sold my car by listing it on Autotrader.com. It's a great website and a very simple process and worth every penny!

Monday, August 14, 2006

YAY! Possible Car Sale

It would seem that the people that came to check the car are VERY interested in it and after they check insurance rates on it and get with me for sure tomorrow.

*crosses fingers*

Windows Live Writer (BETA)

So I am sitting here testing out Microsoft's new Windows Live Writer program which is a WYSIWYG editor for Blogging. It downloads your CSS data and applies it as you type for the true WYSIWYG experience which is nice and works with tons of different Blogging services (such as Blogger) and not just Microsoft's Live Spaces, which really sucks ass now.

I'm also sitting her waiting for a woman to come by to look at my car for sale. A guy at work wants to buy it too and needs to try to secure a loan for it first. I would rather sell it to him, but I would rather just sell it first. Hopefully her and her daughter show up pretty soon or else I am going to fall asleep sitting here.

If they stand me up I'll be really pissed as I was going to get some tattoo work done tonight and I put it off to do this.

Okay time to hit post and see what happens with this thing. Oh let me test a picture upload quick too.

Peeing Tree

Dont drink the tree's piss buddy! YUCK!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Step Three

Well I have now registered for classes for Fall quarter. Starting on 8/28 I will be a student again. Mondays I have Art History from 6 to 845 and Tuesdays and Thursdays I have "Intro to Macintosh" from 4 to 5:50. I hope that class has more of an art slant to it or the ability for me to test out of it. Thankfully it's only the first half of the quarter, then Algebra takes it's place for the second half of the quarter (at a bit later of a time slot).

The cost wasnt too bad - about 8 credit hours total $980 for the quarter. Granted that doesnt included books or supplies, but still that's pretty cheap.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

How not to release a leopard

This is one dumb bunch of park rangers... Don't poke a leopard with a stick, it might just come back and bite you... even climb in the truck cab and get you...

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Breakthrough gives 3-D vision of life’s dawn

Breakthrough gives 3-D vision of life’s dawn - Science - MSNBC.com: "The images show that one fossil embryo known by the scientific name Markuelia must be most closely related to a modern group of marine invertebrates known as the penis worms, based on the number of teeth it has and the way they are arranged."

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Yes you read that right "penis worms" - more here on that.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Sony to Launch a New Wireless Handheld

Wow a Sony product I would actually consider buying. Too bad they can go fuck themselves.

My Way News - Sony to Launch a New Wireless Handheld

Friday, August 04, 2006

Bill to boost minimum wage, cut estate taxes stalls

The bill would have raised the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour over three years, the first increase in a decade.

It would also have replaced current cuts in the estate tax, due to expire in 2010, with new provisions eliminating the tax entirely on estates worth up to $5 million - $10 million for a married couple - and capping the tax at 15 percent on estates up to $25 million. Larger estates would be taxed at 30 percent.

Bill to boost minimum wage, cut estate taxes stalls� - Aug. 4, 2006

Let's put this into perspective for a second. Disregard the Democrats are pushing for the increase of the minimum wage and that the Republicans say 'Ok, but we get this other thing for our rich friends'. Forget that the minimum wage currently puts you below federal poverty standards. Forget that it hasnt been increased in 10 years. Just focus on the incredible difference in being poor and being rich in this country.

If I have an estate worth $25 million and under the proposed bill, they would cut my taxes down from 30% to 15%.

So: $25,000,000 x .15 = $3,750,000 tax when I die and my estate is consolidated

$3,750,000 / $7.25 = 517,241 So that amount of tax could pay for 517,241 hours of minimum wage.

517,241 / 40 = 12,931 That's 12,931 forty hour work weeks.

12,931 / 50 = 258 That's 258 years worth of 40 hour work weeks.

That's all what the rich people want to pay. That's amazing.

Or look at it this way, if you work 40 hours per week for 50 weeks a year at 7.25 an hour you will gross $14,500 a year. Now let's say you pay 7% in taxes on that a year, so you net $13,485 a year (paying $1015 in taxes). It would take you 278 years to make $3,750,000 in your net wage or 3594 years to pay it off in your yearly 7% taxes.

The gap between rich and poor in this country is a gigantic disgusting chasym and pretty soon the poor folk are going to get fed up.
the darkness - i believe in a thing called love

I'm slowly becoming addicted to this song.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Connie Chung is a pussy

This is a video of my sister's new cat. Her name is "Connie Chung". That's one of the greatest cat names EVER!